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Volume 9 No. 51 “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” –– Charles Dickens Thursday, December 23, 2010

Recall letter Hanson

came too late SAFE grant
Bowman family spreads word on Fire safety prevention
Ford Windstar recall notice continues in schools
By Meaghan Glassett, Express Staff street from her home. She said By Meaghan Glassett, Express Staff she went to the scene to see for
Family members of Sean herself because she didn’t be- During yet another tough
Bowman received a recall no- lieve it. budget season, the Whitman
tice for his 2001 Ford Windstar “It’s scary to think if it had and Hanson fire departments
one week after he was killed been a half hour later more peo- were able to continue the Stu-
in an early-morning crash. He ple would be out and he could dent Awareness of Fire Educa-
was on his way to school on have hit someone,” Bowman tion program after receiving
Oct. 15 when the rear axle of said. “From what we saw, and funding from the state Depart-
his car split in two. the marks left from fluid that ment of Fire Services.
His widow, Justine Bow- came out from the car, the ac- Both Whitman and Han-
man, of Whitman, said the re- cident started near Marylous’ son were awarded $4,815 for
call came too late. News and he tried to fight for the 2011 Fiscal Year S.A.F.E.
She was the first person control up until where he hit Program.
to be contacted by the hos- the building.” The governor and the leg-
pital. She said that, when an Ford announced in August islature fund the S.A.F.E. Pro-
employee from the hospital that 575,000 Ford Windstars gram through the Executive
told her there had been a bad were recalled due to concerns Office of Public Safety and
accident involving Sean, she about axle corrosion as a fac- Security and the program is
thought someone was playing tor in failures. administered by the state De-
a trick on her. Bowman said that experts SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN: Maeve and Nora Kealy partment of Fire Services.
Bowman said the accident have looked at Sean’s vehicle meet Santa at the 55th annual Red Acres Farm Christmas Sing The S.A.F.E. Program al-
had happened just down the continued on page 11
on Sunday. For more photos see page 9. Photo courtesy of Teresa Santalucia lows specially trained fire
educators to work with class-

Scout to build a IH students visited

room teachers to deliver age-
appropriate lessons on fire and
life safety. The key fire and
life safety behaviors meet both

new sports wall by meteorologist

the requirements of the De-
partment of Elementary and
Secondary Education’s Health
Alex Clemens will install the wall By Stephanie Spyropoulos, Express Staff He visits nearly 10,000
Curriculum Frameworks and
the state Department of Fire
kids a year as part of his free Services Curriculum Planning
at WHRHS near the sports fields A word like cumulonim-
bus is a real party-starter
community service program Guidebook.
By Jared Trout and hopes to bring his enthu- “Our firefighters enjoy
Express Contributor if you happen to be a third siasm to lessons of science working closely with our
grader who wants to converse and math. Noyes said he has school teachers to help young-
When Whitman-Hanson
about storm clouds. talked with students who pur- sters learn what they can do to
senior Alex Clemens was con-
Matt Noyes, meteorolo- sued meteorology a decade prevent fires, to survive those
sidering possible Eagle Scout
gist on New England Cable after he visited their schools that do occur and how to re-
projects, he remembered kick-
News, made an appearance and noted with satisfaction spond correctly to fires and
ing a ball against a wooden
and presentation at the Indian that his goal of intriguing other emergencies,” Hanson
wall when he was a student at
Head School on Tuesday with others to go into the field of Fire Chief Jerry Thompson
the Indian Head School.
the third graders participating meteorology was achieved. said.
“We would play kickball
enthusiastically. Having returned to Hav- The funding from the state
during recess. It was a way for
Alex Clemens requests permis- Noyes, a native New Eng- erhill in 2002, Noyes was will supply materials to the stu-
kids to get outside,” Clemens
sion from the School Committee lander, returned to his roots in hired by NECN, where he is dents to support the program.
said. to build a sports wall between Massachusetts and is now a currently a full-time meteo- The grant also funds when an
The wall at Indian Head the high school fields for his broadcast meteorologist with rologist and executive pro- instructor is out teaching a
has since been taken down.
continued on page 14
Eagle Scout project. NECN. continued on page 12 continued on page 14
Photo by Meaghan Glassett
2 The Express – Your Hometown Newspaper! Thursday, December 23, 2010

A visit with Santa Claus Express Almanac

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By Mike Tropeano, Express contributor
834 Franklin St., $300,000, David Uhrig to Mark J. Shadley.
hen children and
parents put their 104 Liberty St., $1,425,000, Hanson Mob LLC and Wamp LLC to
heads down to Collin Ward and Ward Endowment & Partners.105 Waltham St.,
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there is one person who will be
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make sure wishes and dreams 412 South Ave., $149,900, FNMA to Michael Johnson.
come true. Others may call him
Kris Kringle or Saint Nicholas, 54 Washington Terrace, $257,500, Carolyn Corrente and Carolyn
but he is known to most of us K. Bonomi to Amanda M. Lynam and David F. Lynam.
as Santa Claus or simply Santa.
Working with a crew of nine
reindeer and too many elves to ALAN HURLEY
count, Santa has a job that is a 8F"DDFQU
year-round commitment with

all of the present making, list Santa Claus, also known as Kris Kringle, Saint Nicholas and by
tracking and distribution plan- other names, will be stopping in Hanson on Dec. 24. Follow his
ning. Despite his busy sched- progress on Christmas Eve online at Courtesy photo - WINTER SPECIAL -
ule, Santa made some time dur- of Barbies, LEGOs, fire trucks, thought about taking Christ- Up to $500 Off on Complete New Roof
ing a recent pre-Christmas visit books and train sets. I always get mas to social media like Face-
to Hanson to sit down and chat people asking for sports equip- book and Twitter? It has really tBMBO!BMBOIVSMFZSPPmOHDPN
with the Express. ment and video games. This helped. I have a large database
Are the children of Han- year, many of the lists from the that has replaced all of the pa-
son on the naughty or nice little boys and girls have things per lists that I used to have to
list? You have some very nice like iPads, iPods, Xbox Kinect track all of the boys and girls.
boys and girls in Hanson. They
have been doing many good
and My Pillow Pets. We have also used computers
How can you make it to for our new inventory system,
things over the year. My help- everyone’s house in just one which makes sure we have
ers and I have noticed them night? It is much easier now enough toy dinosaurs and not - Winter Special -
mowing the lawn, raking the that I have a GPS attached to too many Baby Alives — one YBSFBMBZFSTPGBTQIBMUPWFSHSBWFM
leaves, helping mom with din- my sleigh. One year, even with year that happened and we had
ner, cleaning their rooms and Rudolph’s nose, we almost got a mess all over the workshop.
even being nice to their broth- lost because I took a wrong turn The people at Facebook ESJWFXBZTtQBSLJOHMPUTtTUPOFESJWFXBZTtTFBMDPBUJOHtGSFFXSJUUFOFTUJNBUFT
ers and sisters! That doesn’t in Schenectady, N.Y. We now have asked me to wait a little
mean that everyone is on the
nice list. We do have some who
have some additional people while before putting up a page.
helping out. There are a couple They are afraid I will get too
of elves, Homer and Felix, who many friend requests and bring
have been naughty. I am going
to be watching them over the are dedicated to planning our down the system. Twitter was
next few days to see how they route. They look at things like an option, but I am thinking
end up. the weather in different parts tweeting is for a bird.
Do you make all the toys of the country, what planes What do you and Mrs. THE FIRST CONGREGRATIONAL
in the workshop? We make
most in the North Pole. Now
are flying in the sky and how Claus do after Christmas?
many presents I can carry un- Usually we take a long vaca-
til we need to reload. We also tion. Last year, we went to Ha- invites you to make Christmas complete
with all this online shopping,
Mrs. Claus will scan the Inter- need to work with some moms waii and I got to surf a little. by joining with friends and family in a
net for some of the items. It is and dads and send presents to This year my knee has been warm, beautiful atmosphere for
just easier on the elves during some homes ahead of time. If bothering me so we are going
the busy time. We also do not you want to follow my journey to take it easier. We have a trip
have all the equipment to build across the world, you can go to planned to a small island in the
some of the high-tech gadgets Caribbean. I hope to do some
that are on the market. What is your favorite treat scuba diving and see some ex-
Did you go to any of the when stopping at each house? otic fish.
Black Friday sales? No, I was I like them all! Each one is When do you start pre-
too busy getting ready for the so special because they come paring for next Christmas? It
big day to get caught up in the from the heart. It is very nice is really a full-time job for the
middle of that. Besides, I am when the boys and girls leave a elves and I. I also cannot forget
not sure that I could have start- little extra treat for the reindeer how important Mrs. Claus is to
ed shopping at midnight and because they get hungry pull- this. As soon as I get back from
been awake enough to meet all ing the big sleigh around. I also vacation, we start the planning
the boys and girls. appreciate the notes that some and building process for all the Family Service - 7:00p.m.
What are the hot presents children leave for me. toys for the next year. I also be- Candle Light Service – 11:00p.m.
for this year? That is a tough How has technology gin to work on my naughty and
question. As always, I have lots changed your job? Have you nice lists. 639 High Street – Hanson – 781-293-7997

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Thursday, December 23, 2010 The Express – Your Hometown Newspaper! 3

Pet Salon opens on property of

Venus CAFE

former Lynch’s Laundromat


By Meaghan Glassett, Express Staff outside pen to play. When groomed, the dogs
Juliet Keene said her dream are brushed, bathed, trimmed 1/2 Price Pizza Special
came true when she opened and have their nails cut. After Sunday & Monday - Eat In Only
the doors of her new grooming being bathed, they go under 0IZZA0ER0ERSONs/THERRESTRICTIONSMAYAPPLY
business, Juliet’s Pet Salon on the dryer until they are almost 49 South Ave., Whitman • 781-447-0494
Main Street. dry. The dogs are then given
Juliet’s Pet Salon File: some finishing touches with
Address: 1625 Main St.
The only time a dog goes
Hours: Monday-Friday from 7 in a cage is when they are be-
a.m. to 5 p.m. (Hours will be
ing dried.
extended to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
If a dog comes in for a
after Dec. 21.)
half day of doggy daycare 4VMGBUF'SFF
Phone: 781-294-0147
and a grooming, Keene will Treat Hair from the
E-mail: Jkeene156@yahoo. Juliet Keene grooms Brady at let the dog play for awhile Inside Out!
com 22 Years
her new business, Juliet’s Pet and do the grooming as close of Business -FUVTHFUZPVSFBEZ
Salon, located at 1625 Main St. to pickup time as she can. GPSZPVSIPMJEBZQBSUZ
Keene’s business partner on Tuesday afternoon. “We always send them home $BMMOPXGPSZPVS.BOJDVSF .BLFVQPS
and boyfriend Matt Shaulis Maine Coon cats. For 17 years, clean,” she said. Hair Appointment
inherited the property at 1625 she worked with a Maine Coon When it comes to the first (JGU$FSUJmDBUFTBWBJMBCMFJOBOZBNPVOU
Main St. when his father died breeder in Marshfield. speed bump, Keene said hope-
a year ago. Shaulis assists Keene with fully things will be resolved so 587 Washington St., Whitman Center
However, since the official walking the dogs and letting she can go back to doing what t+PIO3VTTFMM4UVEJPDPN
opening last Monday, Keene them out in the 40x50 foot she loves.
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and Shaulis have hit a bump in

the road.
Keene and Shaulis are
working with the Board of
Health on receiving compli-
ance for Title V. Each day they
are open before they receive
compliance they are subject to
a fine.
Keene said that they may
be closed for a few weeks, but
their goal is to receive com-
pliance and continue with the
At a young age, Keene
Now world-leading
began grooming and bathing
animals. She went on to assist cancer care is right in
her grandmother, who owned
a grooming shop in Hanson, in
the late 80s.
your backyard.
Keene grew up on a
25-acre farm in Hanson with
dogs, cats and horses. Keene Introducing the most advanced cancer care available on the South Shore.
attended Norfolk County Ag- Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and South
ricultural High School in Wal-
pole were she learned the trade
Shore Hospital are collaborating to provide the highest level of care
of grooming. south of Boston.
Keene worked for 15 years
at the Hanson Animal Hospital The new center at South Shore Hospital brings the first choice in cancer
where she was a groomer and
a veterinary technician. care closer to you – including many of the innovative treatments available
“I gained a lot of hands-on at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center in Boston.
experience. I also learned how
to take temperatures, draw
blood and take vitals,” Keene Call 781-624-5000 for an appointment or visit
said. “I learned the signs and for more information.
symptoms of dogs that were
Opening a grooming shop
and a doggy daycare has been
something Keene has always
wanted to do.
“Matthew’s father made
it possible for me to do this,”
Keene said.
When Verizon first as-
signed Keene a phone number
for the shop, it turned out to be
Shaulis’ father’s home phone Focused on cancer. Focused on life.
number before he died.
“I think it is an omen,” she
said. “I always got along great
with his dad […] and because
of him, my dream is on its way
to becoming true.”
Juliet’s Pet Salon is a full
service grooming salon for pets
and a doggy daycare. Keene
also specializes in grooming

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4 The Express – Your Hometown Newspaper! Thursday, December 23, 2010

Hanson police log Maquan enjoys sundaes with Santa

Monday Dec. 13 Lane.
9:47 a.m. Caller reported
larceny at Whitman Hanson Thursday Dec. 16
Regional High School, Frank- 5:59 p.m. Officer wanted
lin Street. on Steven Street.
9:55 a.m. Malicious dam-
age reported on Main Street. Friday Dec. 17
12:20 p.m. Officer wanted
12:21 p.m. Motor vehicle on Pearl Street.
accident reported on Monpon-
sett Street. Vehicle towed. 2:08 p.m. Motor vehicle
stop on Holly Ridge Drive.
1:13 p.m. Officer wanted
on Nina Drive. 4:18 p.m. Suspicious activ-
ity reported on Gorwin Drive.
1:21 p.m. Breaking and en-
tering reported on Reed Street. 7:00 p.m. Animal com-
plaint Meryl Street.
2:40 p.m. Motor vehicle
accident with personal injury
reported on East Washington Saturday Dec. 18
Street. Vehicle towed. 8:45 a.m. Officer wanted
on East Washington Street.
7:40 p.m. 209/A served on Area search negative.
Pearl Street.
9:47 a.m. Officer wanted
7:48 p.m. Officer wanted on County Road.
on Elm Street. Perpetrators
gone on arrival. 12:55 p.m. Officer wanted
on Jerrold Street.
Tuesday Dec. 14 2:47 p.m. Police required Daisy troop 65204 is all smiles after eating their delicious ice cream sundaes.
11:51 p.m. Animal com- on Surrey Lane. Area search
plaint on Wood Street. was negative.
1:49 p.m. Animal com- 3:11 p.m. Fire Department
plaint on West Street. required on High Street.
4:15 p.m. Officer wanted
on Woodbine Avenue. Area Sunday Dec. 19
search was negative. 12:22 a.m. Police required
on West Washington Street.
4:55 p.m. 209A served on Peace restored.
Fairwood Drive.
10:22 a.m. Officer wanted
7:24 p.m. Police required on CVS, Liberty Street. Area
on Main Street. search was negative.
8:20 p.m. Auto lockout re- 12:23 p.m. Animal com-
ported on Brook Street. plaint on Perry Avenue.
8:35 p.m. Officer wanted 2:29 p.m. Police required
on Woodbine Avenue. on Elm Street.
Wednesday Dec. 15 6:33 p.m. Police required
on Arlene Street.
6:44 a.m. Police required
on Monponsett Street Peace re- 7:20 p.m. Motor vehicle
stored. accident reported on Reed Maquan students sing Christmas carols as they patiently wait
8:50 am. Missing person their turns to sit with Santa.
reported on Barbara Road. Indi- 8:40 p.m. Motor vehicle
accident reported at High and Jason Murphy stands with Santa’s helper while he
vidual transported to hospital.
Main streets. waits for his chance to talk to Santa.
9:51 p.m. Officer wanted
on Reed Street. 9:39 p.m. Officer wanted
on Gorwin Drive. Area search
10:45 a.m. Suspicious ac- was negative.
tivity reported on Greenbrier


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Porter’s Cafe
785 Bedford St. (Rt. 18), Whitman
Kindergarteners, Henry and Brody,
each draw a picture for the Christmas
781-523-1729 mural that will be hung in the hallway at
Mon.-Sat. 8am-7pm • Closed Sundays Maquan Elementary.
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Send obituary nOtices to There’s no better edge than Blue!
There is no fee. Photos are welcome
Deadline is Tuesday at noon. CHRISTMAS
Barbara W. Philbrook, 89, Hanson resident We go beyond simply teaching RMV requirements and
Barbara W. (Savary) Phil- her many loyal customers as band Peter of Hanson. She is preparing students for their road test. Our goal is to ensure that
each student has the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need
brook, 89, died Sunday, Dec. the “singing waitress.” also survived by eight grand- to obtain their Massachusetts Driver’s License
19 after a period of failing Prior to moving to Hanson, children and ten great grand- and become safe, responsible and defensive drivers.
health. She was the wife of where she was a resident for children as well as four neph- AT BLUE ALL OF OUR INSTRUCTORS
the late Earle K. Philbrook. over 45 years, Barbara had re- ews. She was the sister of the ALL DRIVER TRAINING WILL BE CONDUCTED IN SUVS AND
Born in Quincy and raised sided in South Weymouth and late William Savary. ALL STUDENTS WILL TRAIN AT OUR PRIVATE SKILLS TRACK.

in Weymouth, she was the was a member of the Rebecca Her funeral service was CLASSES STARTING NOVEMBER 16
daughter of the late Henry and Lodge there. held Wednesday, Dec. 22 in
Eva (Kimball) Savary and a She was also an avid and the Blanchard Funeral Chapel, 781-934-2113
graduate of Weymouth High. talented bowler and a member Whitman. Burial followed 20 Tremont Street, Building 9 Suite 17, Duxbury
For over 30 years, she had of several area leagues. in the Riverview Cemetery,
been waitress at Woolworths She leaves her children Groveland. Donations in her
of Brockton and had remained Earle “Skip” Philbrook and name may be made to the
with the company until their his wife Linda of Hanson and charity of one’s choice.
closing. She was known to Shirley Cavicchi and her hus-

Robert L. Solari, 89, World War II veteran

Robert L. Solari, 89, of Brockton. He had been em- ton, and 12 grandchildren He
Hanson, died on Dec. 15 at the ployed there for 27 years. was the brother of Alice Hoe-
Coyne Healthcare Facility in After his retirement, he was a zel of Ariz
Rockland. longtime permanent substitute A Funeral Service was
He was born in Haverhill, teacher and administrative as- held on Tuesday, Dec. 21, at
son of the late Lewis and Mar- sistant at Whitman-Hanson the Magoun-Biggins Funeral
ion (Loring) Solari and was Regional High School. Home, Rockland. Burial fol-
raised and educated there. He Husband of the late Kath- lowed in Fern Hill Cemetery
was a graduate of Wentworth leen F. (Soper) Solari, he in Hanson. Donations in his
Institute and Fitchburg State leaves his children, Steven R. memory may be made to the Wishing you a
College. Mr. Solari was a U. S. Solari of E. Bridgewater, Da- Citizens Scholarship Founda-
Navy veteran of World War II.
Mr. Solari retired as a
vid L. Solari of Halifax, Greta
C. Mitchell of Hanson, Lisa
tion, 600 Franklin St. Whit-
man, MA 02382.
Merry Christmas and a
branch manager in 1981 from
the Nissen Baking Co. in
M. Grant of Maine and Robert
and Judith Solari, both of Nor-
Happy New Year!

Blood drive and silent auction scheduled

McLaughlin Chevrolet is en a leave from her job. Madi- Brockton Kidney Center, 907
New Years New Years Day
sponsoring a blood drive and son’s uncle, Tom Mclaughlin, Summer St., Stoughton, MA Eve “Six Foot
silent auction from 1-6 p.m. on has worked in McLaughlin 02072. “Too Loud” Sunday”
Jan. 20. All auction proceeds Chevrolet’s parts department
are going to the “Prayers for for many years.
Madison” Foundation. Madi- McLaughlin Chevrolet
son Bergstrom is a 2½- year- will be accepting auction bids
old that was diagnosed this on many great prizes. Also
year with acute lymphoblastic donations can be deposited
leukemia. She has been under- anytime with checks made out
going treatment since March. to “Prayers for Madison” to
In order to accommodate her any Harbor One Credit Union
Seamstress Venus III wishes everyone happy holidays!
daughter’s needs, her mother, or mailed to: Lisa Sprague, on premises Christmas Eve: Closing at 5pm
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Around Town
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➢➢ Whitman Troop 22 Life

Scout Nick Anderson got an ear-
ly start on his Eagle Scout proj-
ect recently, constructing one of
three new stairways at the Senior
Center. With the help of several
other scouts and a few adults, the
construction was the easy phase
of the task. Coordinating the per-
mcguiggan’s pub
mitting and design with the Whit-
man Building Department, Town
Administrator Frank Lynam and
Merry Christmas
C.O.A. Director Barbara Garvey
took place this fall. The demoli- and
tion of the old stairs and con-
struction of a new sidewalk by
the Whitman DPW were also
Happy New Year
done in advance. Fundraising for
the $1500 in materials will con- from all of us at
tinue through the coming months
with the completion of the other McGuiggan’s Pub
stairways slated for April. Ander-
son designed and printed (with
sponsorship of several local busi- Closed Christmas Day
nesses) a 2011 calendar that de- EAGLE PROJECT: Whitman Troop 22 Life Scout Nick Anderson
picts other Troop 22 Eagle proj- works on one of three new stairways at the Whitman Senior open daily at 11:30 7 days a week!
ects. These calendars ($15) make Center as part of his Eagle project. 781-447-7333
great Christmas presents and
have made getting in and out of 546 WASHINGTON ST., WHITMAN
the building a lot easier too! Stop WWW.MCGUIGGANSPUB.COM
by the Whitman Senior Center or CHRISTMAS
call Nick at 447-4366 to pick one
up for someone on your list.
"Happy 9th
➢➢ This summer, Katherine birthday to
Green Buckley, of Whitman, John Jordan
raised $4,695 for cancer research - Our
and treatment at Dana-Farber best ever
Cancer Institute by riding up Christmas
to 190 miles in the Pan-Massa- present!"
chusetts Challenge. Their effort with love FLASH UPDATE!
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While estrogen therapy provides effective Hot flashes are mostly caused by the hor-
tion to $303 million. Sarah.
relief, it isn’t recommended for more than monal changes of menopause, but they can
short-term treatment and is not an option for also be affected by lifestyle and medications.
➢➢ Happy birthday to Chris women who have had breast cancer. Recent If you have had breast cancer, your hot
Brewer and Doris Grindle (Dec. randomized trials show that certain anti- flashes can follow the same pattern as for
depressants, including the selective sero- women in general, or they can be more
26), Chris Brennan (Dec. 27), tonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) paroxetine intense and last longer, particularly if you are
Carol Hammond, Mary Bar- (Paxil) and fluoxetine (Prozac), can reduce taking tamoxifen and your body hasn't
ber, Brooke Chancholo, Juliana hot flashes by 50% or more. However, par- adjusted to it. For your family’s prescription
Borghesani (Dec. 28), Stepha- oxetine and fluoxetine greatly reduce the needs, please call DUVAL’S PHARMACY at
nie West and Laura Butman effectiveness of tamoxifen (Nolvadex), which 781-447-0606. Located in Whitman at 571
(Dec. 29), Rebecca Hanscom, is prescribed to reduce the recurrence of Washington St., Rt. 27, we are also located in
Rachel Brown and Alexandria early-stage hormone receptor-positive breast East Bridgewater at 1 Compass Way
Kyriakakis (Dec. 30), Christine cancer. Fortunately, a new study shows that
the SSRI citalopram (Celexa) reduces hot
(508-350-2900). Happy Holidays!
HINT: Citalopram (Celexa) is effective at as
Brewer and Hilda Phillips (Dec. flashes by at least 50% in postmenopausal low a dose as 10 milligrams per day.

STAYING CONNECTED: Former Whitman, Abinton, East Bridgewater

State Representative Kathy Teahan catches up on local news in
the Whitman Express. Photo by Justin Graeber

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Gi Studs
Brendan Sartori, son of
Bonnie and David Sartori of
Hanson and a 2009 graduate
of Whitman-Hanson Regional
High School, has completed
U. S. Naval Basic Training at
Recruit Training Command, NING
Great Lakes, Illinois. He is D
currently in Panama City, Fla. DAY
completing Navy dive school EV AN 971
training and will continue on to OP ITM 47-4
Pensacola, Fla. for additional WH 781-4
TRAVELING EXPRESS: Catie and Marisa Rothwell catch up on
training. hometown news while enjoying a visit to Washington, D.C.
Thursday, December 23, 2010 The Express – Your Hometown Newspaper! 7

Christmas traditions Christmas dinner at

hat is a sugar plum and why would it dance in a Church Hill United
child’s head the night before Christmas? Clement Methodist Church
C. Moore wrote his immortal poem “A Visit from
Saint Nicholas” in 1923, a time when Victorian children in Eng- Church Hill United Meth-
25 -75% OFF
land were seen, not heard, and treats were given out sparingly odist Church will serve a Selected Items Silk and
less a child be spoiled. Most children worked as laborers and Christmas Day dinner in the Decorations, Arrangements, and More.
were denied an education; only the wealthy children enjoyed fellowship hall behind the
creature comforts and even these church at the corner of River
children led strictly structured lives. and Church streets in Norwell.
Christmas and its richness must All are welcome at no cost on
have been a greatly anticipated day Dec. 25 for refreshments be-
of indulgence for children. Sugar ginning at 12 p.m. with a com- FULL SERVICE FLORIST
plums, a plum-less treat made from plete turkey dinner at 12:30
a piece of dried prune or cherry that p.m. followed by entertain- ,IBERTY3T 2OUTEs(ANSONs  
has been swirled in fondant or rolled ment at 1:30 p.m. Call Melissa w w w. c o u n t r y t h y m e s h o p . c o m
in decadent sugar, would have been at 781-826-4763 or Gail at
an extravagant treat worth dreaming of on Christmas Eve. 781-545-1666 to make a reser-
Did you know that the lifespan of a vation. Transportation will be
fruitcake, another Christmas confection provided if necessary.
from Victorian England, is up to twenty- Wishing You a Shiny
five years? According to the Joy of
Cooking, a fruitcake can last a quarter of ASL classes Happy Christmas
a century “when they are well-saturated straight into the
with alcoholic liquors, which raise the scheduled
spirits, and keep down the molds.” Times A six-week American Sign New Year filled with
were tough and frugal families stretched Language session will begin
By Michelle Conway the budget by making a sweet sponge Thursday, Jan. 6  at the Car- brilliant smiles!
cake with bits of dried fruits and soaking dinal Cushing School in Ha- Dr. Sheehan and Team: Karen,
it in alcohol as a preservative. The left- nover. Two levels of instruc- Nannette, Karen, Donna and Brighid
over cake wouldn’t be thrown away, but would be drenched in tion will be offered. Beginner
booze and more cake and fruit would be added to the leftovers ASL is from 5-6:30 p.m. Ad-
the following Christmas. Get ready to celebrate; the oldest vanced voice off ASL will run
“living” fruitcake will turn 100 years old in December of 2011. from 6:30-8 p.m. The cost is COMPLIMENTARY CONSULTATIONS
According to the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, a man moved $75, which includes all mate- OPEN MON., THURS., FRI. 8AM-5PM
into an apartment in 1992 where he found a box of fruitcake rials. Certificates of comple- TUES. 8AM-1PM
with a note on top that said “Xmas cake, baked in December tion, PDP credits as well as
of 1911.” A note on the bottom says “Xmas cake baked by my EMT/Paramedic hours will
mother’s brother Alex died on December 27. Was operated on be awarded according to state
Xmas Day.” Pierre Gerard trots out the storied fruitcake every
guidelines. A few slots remain
year and sets it as a centerpiece at his Christmas table. What a
in each level. Please contact
conversation starter that fruitcake must be!
Marianne Molinari 1-781-447-
Yesterday, my husband’s family gathered for the annual
Christmas party and Aunt Darlene served a simple pie that 2470 or to BRIDGING GENERATIONS OF SMILES
evoked Christmas at Grandmother’s house. The humble register. Attendees needing this ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT FOR CHILDREN, ADOLESCENTS AND ADULTS
“Graham Cracker Pie” was elevated to rock-star status when I instruction for reasons pertain-
learned that Grandma Lil got the recipe from her mother, Nana ing to deaf, or non-verbal fam- 1510 Tremont Street Duxbury, MA 02332
Moynah. I glanced down the table at two and half year old ily members will not be put on
a waiting list.
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Lilliana and realized that five generations separate this darling P: 781-934-5583
little girl from Nana Moynah. That piece of pie in front of her
was just as magical today as it was when her great-Grandma Lil
was two.
Graham cracker pie team.
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
½ cup unsalted butter, melted hospital. SM

1 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon

2 cups whole milk
3 tablespoons cornstarch Dr. Brigid McCue
3 eggs, separated and yolks slightly beaten Laborist
½ teaspoon vanilla extract Jordan Hospital
Preheat oven to 400° F. Mix graham cracker crumbs, but- Dr. Laurie Konowitz
ter, and 1/2 cup of the sugar in a bowl. Set aside 1/2 cup of the Neonatologist
graham cracker mixture. Add remaining mixture to a deep pie Floating Hospital
for Children at
plate or pan and press into place. Bake the crust for 6 minutes. Tufts Medical Center
Remove from oven and set aside.  Heat 1 3/4 cups of the milk in
a medium saucepan until just boiling; lower heat to medium. In
a small bowl, mix another 1/2 cup of the sugar with the corn-
starch and remaining milk. Gradually whisk mixture into the
hot milk and cook until creamy, about 2 minutes. Stir a small
amount of the hot milk mixture into the egg yolks; add this back “A group of colleagues this strong
into the mixture. Stir constantly for 1 to 2 minutes or until the means UNCOMPROMISING CARE
custard has thickened. Remove from heat and let cool. While the
custard is cooling, beat the egg whites with 1 tablespoon sugar for any situation.”
until stiff. Stir vanilla into cooled custard and pour into graham
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Commercial Club, 1 Nielson Ave. Free Reiki Clinic. Every Monday,
Thursday Dec. 23 East Bridgewater. $10, all welcome. Tuesday and Wednesday and on the
Library and senior centers closed first Friday of each month, 7-8:30
Whitman Knights of Columbus p.m. at the Hanson Holistic Center
for Christmas holiday. Meat Raffle. Second Saturday on Liberty Street, admission is
Rockland-Hanson Rotary Club. of every month, 3-6 p.m., Rt. free. Donations accepted. For more
6:30 p.m. on Thursdays at the Olde 18 Whitman. Five meat raffles, information, call 781-293-7110.
comeback prize and two 50/50
Hitching Post Restaurant in Hanson.
Expres s A ca
H a n s o le n d a r f o r
drawings, free refreshments. Ladies Auxiliary Meeting. Meets on
the second Tuesday of each month,
Friday Dec. 24 n&
e ve n t Whi t m a
Hanson Community Preservation
Committee. Meets the third
7 p.m., at the VFW Post #697,

Senior centers and libraries closed

for Christmas holiday.
Commu nit y wcolrassess,, mcoeuertsiengs, n Wednesday of the month at Town
Hall at 7 p.m.
Whitman. For more information, call
Marilyn at 781-447-2343 x16.
Film Night. Last Thursday of each
k s, Senior Book Club. Meets on the
d a n c e sh op s, p l ay
Saturday Dec. 25 Calend ar oppsoratnudnvoluntese,r fourth Thursday of each month, 1
p.m., at the Whitman Senior Center.
All are welcome and refreshments
month, 6:30 p.m., at the Whitman
Public Library. Admission is free,
titles can be found on the Web site or
Merry Christmas i t ie s ! at the library.
will be served. To sign up, call 781-
Christmas dinner at Church 447-7619. Bingo. Monday. 6:30 p.m. at the K
Hill United Methodist Church. of C Hall in Whitman. Sponsored by
Community Yoga Class. $5, Joy the Whitman Knights of Columbus
Christmas Day dinner in the
fellowship hall behind the church
n d a ll c a le n d a r i te ms In Christ Church, 21 S. Bedford St.
Abington, Mondays at 7 p.m.
to support youth and community
at the corner of River and Church Se e s d ay t o
streets in Norwell. All are welcome at o n o n Tu
no cost on Dec. 25 for refreshments by n o re s s .c om .
Rockland-Hanson Rotary Club.
6:30 p.m. on Thursdays at the Olde
Bingo. Wednesday, 4:30 p.m., at
the K of C Hall on Route 139 in
beginning at 12 p.m. with a complete @ c li p p e r p Hitching Post Restaurant in Hanson.
turkey dinner at 12:30 p.m. followed e ve n t s e av ai la ble ba
d on a sp ac
sis. Pembroke.
by entertainment at 1:30 p.m. Call s are publishe or Han so n ev
en ts . Hanson Tri-Town Lions. Meet the Adoption and Foster Care School
Ca le nda r item -c ommerci al Whi tm an first Wednesday of the month at
Melissa at 781-826-4763 or Gail at fo r non Project. Meets on the first Tuesday
781-545-1666 to make a reservation. Preference is 7 p.m. in the community room at of each month, 7:30 p.m., at the
Transportation will be provided if Meetinghouse Lane. For information, Lydia Drake Library on High Street
necessary. call Tom Powers at 781-293-9008. in Pembroke. For more information,
New members are always welcome. call Charlotte Simpson at 781-293-
Monday Dec. 27 the Hitching Post Restaurant. For
more information, call Mike at 781-
creates and edits job documents. No
registration is necessary.
Hanson American Legion Post
226. Meets the third Monday of the Hanson Garden Club. Meets on the
Hanson Senior Center. 10 a.m. 447-6501. month at 7 p.m. at 92 Robinson St., second Wednesday of each month, 7-9
chorus rehearsal, l p.m. Tai Chi ($5) Blood Drive and Silent Auction. Hanson. p.m., at the Congregational Church on
and knitting group, 5 p.m. potluck 1-6 p.m., Jan. 20 at McLaughlin High Street from September through
supper. Thursday Dec. 30 Chevrolet in Whitman. All auction
proceeds benefit the “Prayers for
Hanson Sons of American Legion
and the Ladies Auxiliary. Meet the June. Annual dues are $25. For more
second Thursday of the month at 7 information, call Joan Godwin at
Whitman Senior Center. 9 a.m. Hanson Senior Center. 9 a.m. Madison” Foundation. Madison 781-837-1195.
around town, 10 a.m. Wii bowling, hairdresser,10 a.m. Cracker Barrel, 1 Bergstrom is a 2½- year-old that p.m., 92 Robinson St., Hanson.
11:30 a.m. lunch, 1 p.m. bingo, 11 p.m. line dancing class. was diagnosed this year with acute
a.m.-1 p.m. BP clinic. lymphoblastic leukemia. Donations
Whitman Senior Center. Foxwoods can be deposited anytime with checks
Casino, 7:30 a.m. center pick up, 7:45 made out to “Prayers for Madison”
Tuesday Dec. 28 a.m. home pick up, 8 a.m. Walk the
Park, 8:30 food shopping, ll:30 a.m.
to any Harbor One Credit Union or
mailed to: Lisa Sprague, Clinical
Hanson Senior Center. 9 a.m. nails lunch, 12:30 p.m. fuel assistance by Director, Goddard Brockton Kidney
by Julie, 9:30 a.m. card games,10 a.m. appt., 1 p.m. cribbage. Listings Wanted
Center, 907 Summer St., Stoughton, LET US SAVE YOU MONEY?
beginner’s bridge, 1 p.m. bowling at MA 02072.
the Hanson Athletic Association. Combine Auto & Homeowner Insurance for Huge Savings

Hanson Library. Pumpernickel

Friday Dec. 31 Preschool Information Meeting.
6:30 p.m. Feb. 10 in the Performing
Check with us on Insurance Renewals
Puppets Show. The Friends of the Hanson and Whitman senior Arts Center at Whitman-Hanson Serving Hanson Since 1960.
Hanson Public Library presents the centers closed. Regional High School. The meeting is
Pumpernickel Puppets’ show, “Sir for all Whitman and Hanson parents
George and the Dragon” on Tuesday, Hanson Library closed. of children who will turn three years
Dec. 28 at 2 p.m. This is a free
Whitman Library closes at 3 p.m. old on or before August 31, 2011. Wyman’s Christmas Shop Open
Whitman Library: 1-4 p.m.
Upcoming events Ongoing Events COME GET YOUR
In appreciation of school
vacation week, the library will
Learn to Skate in 2011.  Pilgrim Hanson Library On the Go.
open the Community Room to area
teens who are looking for something to Skating Club offers Learn to Skate Book delivery library service to the
homebound. For more information,
do. Today, there will be board games, lessons on Wednesdays from 5:35- XMAS TREES ARE HERE!!
6:30 p.m. from Jan. 5-Feb. 16, or call Donald at 781-293-2151 x101.
Wii, pizza and snacks. No need to Kiln Dried Firewood
register, enjoy some gaming fun! Saturdays from 12:30-1:20 p.m., Hanson COA Day Care. This is
Jan. 8-Feb. 19, seven weeks for $135 Available! Propane
for elders who need some activity fill Station Open
Whitman Senior Center. 8 a.m. (plus $15 annual registration fee for and companionship. This is a non-
Walk the park, 8:30 a.m. food new students).  All classes held at medical program that runs five days
shopping, 9 a.m. hairdresser, art Hobomock Arena in Pembroke.  For Lots of decorating ideas
a week with a hot lunch served daily.
class, fuel assistance by appointment, more information, call 781-294-7575 For more information, call Diane for Christmas
10 a.m. line dancing at Legion, 11 or visit McCarey at 781-293-2683.
a.m. Panda Palace, Weymouth, 11:30 Hours: Mon-Sat 8am-5pm / Sun 9am-5pm
a.m. lunch, 12 p.m. Atty. Whitney by Whitman Public Library. Strong Whitman Hanson Public Health 24%s(!.3/.s  
appt., computer class, 1 p.m. knitting/ Women and Literature Book Club Clinic. Blood pressure screening, MILENORTHOF3HAWS
crocheting, bowling. is open to all. The January book blood sugar testing, nutrition
is “Infidel” by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. counseling, immunizations, TB
Hanson Food Pantry. 10:30 a.m.- Discussion on Thursday, Jan. 6 at skin test (fee), Tuesday, 2-4 p.m.,
12 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at First Baptist 6:30 p.m. in the community room. Thursday, 2-4 p.m., except on the
Church, Main Street. Call or stop by the library to order a fourth Tuesday of the month, there is
copy of the book. Call 781-447-7613, an evening clinic with hours 7-9 p.m.
or e-mail for Whitman Town Hall, South Avenue.
Wednesday Dec. 29 more information. For more information, call 781-681-
Hanson Senior Center. 9:30 a.m. American Sign Language Classes. 1013.
card games, 10 a.m. poker, 1 p.m. A six-week ASL session begins Whitman Library-To-Go. Free
cookie decorating, 1:30 exercise with Thursday, Jan. 6  at the Cardinal delivery service to homebound
Cindie ($5). Cushing School in Hanover. Whitman residents, regardless of
Beginner ASL is from 5-6:30 p.m. age. Those with temporary health
Whitman Senior Center. 9 a.m. Advanced voice off ASL will run restrictions are also eligible. Inform
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, 10 from 6:30-8 p.m. The cost is $75, the staff of your favorite subjects
a.m. chair yoga, 11:30 a.m. lunch, 1 which includes all materials. Contact
p.m. Bingo at Harvard Court, Mah- and they will choose materials for 5HßHFW\RXUOLIHDQG\RXUVW\OHLQRQHRIDNLQGMHZHOU\FUHDWHGLQ
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Whitman Library: 1-4 p.m. Calling Jobs Week. Whitman Public Library, registered participants. To sign up or
all teens! Come in from the cold and 100 Webster St., Jan. 10-14. On for more information, call Barbara
join in for an afternoon screening Monday, Jan. 10 from 1:30-3 p.m. Bryant at 781-447-7613.
of “Despicable Me.” Popcorn and there will be an Optimal Resumé
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families are invited to attend. dance lessons by Rhythmic Motion

cover letter with the assistance of on Wednesday’s from 6:30-9:30 WHITMAN CENTER
Samantha Duckworth, reference p.m. at the East Bridgewater RTE 27
Whitman-Hanson Kiwanis Club. librarian, as she guides you through
Meets on Wednesday, 6:15 p.m. at the new software program that
Thursday, December 23, 2010 The Express – Your Hometown Newspaper! 9

Red Acres Christmas Sing celebrates 55 years

Photos by Teresa Santalucia and the Leonard family

SANTA SMILES: Scout Leonard, Caroline Armstrong

and Jenny Dimascio get a Santa greeting at Red Acres

The Santalucia family, Mariela, Teresa, Mateo and Pepper pose

for a family photo with Santa.

Bob Colletta and George McLaughlin enjoy socializing

at the annual event.

Gerry and Gret Lozeau enjoy a moment with Santa. The couple
will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on Dec. 25.

Gret Lozeau teaches her

grandaughter, Mariela
Santalucia, the fine art of
roasting a marshmallow.

Mike Mullen and Kate Norris

join in the caroling around
the fire.

Madeline Geagan with her mom, Katie, grandmother Ellen Conant

and brother Owen.

Mike Kelley was busy serving up hot chocolate on Sunday. Over

13 gallons of milk were used preparing the hot chocolate. YO SANTA: Santa greets Tim Leonard at the Red Acres Christmas Sing in Hanson on Dec. 19.

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opinion page to Christmas preview with
the gang of four plus one
The Deadline for all
erself and I are blessed with having a large, extended
letters & commentaries family who live reasonably close by, and who actu-
is Tuesday at noon. ally like each other as we head into the mid to late
autumn of life. On three big holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas
and Easter most of three generations of the whole clan gather
Plymouth County Study Commission meets –––– for an enjoyable several hours of feasting, story telling and joy-

ful noise. As a matter of fact, if the middle generation continues
he newly elected Plymouth County John Donahue of Wareham was elect- to procreate as they have been, we shall soon
Charter Study Commission held its ed  vice-chairman,  Richard Zaccaro of Brock- have to rent a hall to get everyone together in
one spot.
first meeting on Saturday, Dec. 18, at ton was elected treasurer and  Carl Harris of
Now at Christmastime Herself wants her
Hanover Town Hall.  In the state election last Hingham was elected clerk.  private time with the grandkids and the task
month, voters voted to create the commission to Discussion included objectives of the com- is getting more complicated each year as the
study the form of county government and voted mission including future reviews of assets, gaggle of cousins is more interesting than the
for members of the commission from through- personnel and finances of the county.  A sub- By Emery Maddocks old folks. A mere detail to Herself who has
out the county in accordance with state laws.  committee for providing information about decreed that in our family there will be two
The commission will meet until the next state previous county charter study commissions in Christmas celebrations: one with the extended family and one
election in two years when it could propose a Massachusetts will be led by Carl Harris and with our brood the weekend before. Ergo this past Saturday was
change in the form of county government to be Robert Wisgirda of Brockton. pre-Christmas for us, the boys, their wives and the grandkids,
placed on that ballot for county voters to de- The remaining commission members in- the erstwhile gang of four Bop, Boo, Mad Dog and Eefie who
cide. clude Thomas McGuire of Middleboro, Gordon were reinforced this year with a new cousin recruit Baby Jonah.
Saturday’s meeting was convened by Andrews of Halifax, Theodore Bosen of Plym- He’s only 8 months old so he hasn’t been inducted into the mob
Charles Markham of Norwell, the commission outh, John Franey of Carver, Michael Cunning- as yet, nor has he earned a nick name from Princess Boo who is
member who received the most votes in the ham of Abington, Steven Foote of Brockton, charged with these details.
state election.  Plymouth Town Clerk Laurence Anthony Marcucella of Whitman, Andrew Bur- Now there was a time in our lives when an invasion of
Pizer officiated over the swearing-in of com- bine of Abington, Dennis Denapoli of Brock- five crazed Christmas elves, all under six, would have been
mission members.  ton, and David Fitzgerald of Kingston. a traumatic event, but magically
The election of officers began with mem- The next meeting of the commission is
Getting real mellowness comes on with age and
ber Caitlin Cavanaugh of Hanover nominating Thursday. Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Registry of experience; besides we know they have to go home with their
Daniel Pallotta of Hanover for chairman of the Deeds in Plymouth.  parents at some point. Bop is on his best behavior as he is a
commission and William Harris of Duxbury Anthony O’Brien, Chairman   mature young gentleman who will be six in two weeks. Besides,
nominating Charles Markham.  Markham was Plymouth County Commissioner his mom, the lovely Jennifer, has threatened him with solitary
elected chairman by a vote of 12-6. confinement until he is twenty-one if he doesn’t keep it real. 
The Princess Boo is fresh from her dance school holiday pag-
eant where she has once again wowed her adoring public and is
Church Services ready to hold court with grandparents, aunt, uncle and cousin.
She is decked out in red sweater, black lace skirt and black
First Baptist Church of Hanson Worship schedule: Friday, Dec. 24, 7 p.m. tights. Her hair is still in its star turn “do.”
214 Main Street Informal Christmas Eve service featuring the The twins, Mad Dog and Eefie are ready for their first
Phone: 781-293-3502 Christmas Story by church youth; 11 p.m. Tra- Christmas of self propulsion and spin into action as soon as they
Friday, Dec. 24: 7 p.m. Christmas Eve ditional Candlelight Service with Senior Choir hit the floor. Baby Jonah just sits, observes and studies. Next
Candlelight Service; Sunday, Dec. 26, Contem- and selected handbells. Sunday; Dec. 26, 10 a.m. year he too will be ready for action.
porary Worship, 9 a.m., Traditional Worship, Unified Worship Service, no Sunday School. One gift for everyone then Herself decrees that dinner is
served while everyone is still calm enough to at least go through
10:45 a.m.
the motions of eating. Bop eats nothing, Boo revels in salad,
Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church the twins eat everything in sight and Jonah settles for a sippy
St. Joseph the Worker Parish 580 Monponsett Street, Halifax cup. Adults gorge on shepherd’s pie, salad, Irish bread and a
One Maquan Street Phone: 781-293-7971 soft drink or a Guinness depending on who is on duty. It’s very
Phone: 781-293-3581 Friday, Dec. 24: 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., Mass organized if chaotic.
Friday, Dec. 24: 4 p.m. (two Masses) Chil- in the parish center for both services, Satur- Mad Dog is determined to be chief elf in charge of gift dis-
dren’s Pageant and Mass at 5:45 p.m. (Children’s day, Dec. 25: 10 a.m., there will not be a 4 p.m. tribution from tree to family member. Gift designation is not an
Liturgy), 8 p.m. and midnight; Saturday (choir Mass. important detail for him. All gifts go to his uncle or his Mom.
prelude starts at 11:30 p.m.), Dec. 25, Mass at He will not be dissuaded from his self appointed rounds. He
9:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., December 31, 5:30 p.m. First Parish Church of Norwell also knows instinctively that giving is more fun than receiving.
Mass, Jan. 1, 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Masses. Unitarian-Universalist Bop wants to take apart all gifts which require assembly and
24 River Street, Norwell Dad has to convince him this is not a good idea since every-
Calvary Baptist Church Phone: 781-659-7122 thing has to be transported home. Eefie lays claim to everything
429 Monponsett Street Sunday services: Dec. 24: 5 p.m. Family that passes in front of him. Princess Boo is playing with a
Phone: 781-293-6367 Flashlight Service: a brief interactive service stuffed animal that purrs and growls. It’s an hour into this after
Pastor: Tim Shafer for everyone but especially families with young dinner exercise and everything is spinning nearly out of control.
Friday, Dec. 24: 7 p.m. Christmas Eve Can- children. Bring a small flashlight or glow stick The witching hour has arrived. The place is trashed. The kid
dlelight Service; Sunday, Dec. 26, 10:45 a.m. and hear the story of Jesus’ birth. 7 p.m. Tra- cacophony is at its height. The fire in the hearth is dying down
Worship Service ditional Service of lessons, carols and candle- and, frankly, things are just wonderful!
light. It’s time for the gang of four plus one to leave. We’ll see
The First Congregational Church of Dec. 25: Christmas Day Community Tur- them Saturday. The cats magically reappear and take up their
Hanson key Dinner, 12 p.m., no charge, family style. duty station on the sofa. Christmas is all about love and in our
Call Melissa at 781-826-4763 or Gail at 781- little family love is chaotic, noisy, a little messy and a whole lot
639 High Street
of fun. Some how we think the Baby Jesus probably meant it to
Phone: Church Office 781-293-7997 545-1666 to make a reservation. Transportation
be that way.
Senior Pastor: Rev. Cindy Shepherd available if necessary.

q u e s t i o n o f t h e w e e k By Kristy Kennedy

What’s on your Christmas wish list?

Aiden Fahey Claudia Sagastume Kayleigh Fougere Danielle Longemare Owen Frazier
Age 8, Whitman Age 10, Whitman Age 6, Hanson Age 6, Hanson 15 Months, Whitman
“That’s a tough one… anything “I really want a new bike, or “I hope I get an American Girl “All I want is a Wii!” “Anything Elmo!”
Pokemon!” maybe a My Little Pony set!” doll”
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Family speaks out about recall

continued from page one

Banner’s Automotive Service

hicle and from their reports it
is clear that it was corrosion Best Wishes
that rusted the rear axle from
the inside out. She said that the
rear axle broke on the left side
for the Holidays!
and the right side also showed
fractures. 712 Monponsett St., Hanson
“The initial recall was is- Phone: 781-293-2355 Fax: 781-293-3558
sued in August and mailings
began in September,” Bowman
said. “Sean’s was postmarked
three days after the accident.”
Ford announced in Au-
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began sharing her story with star. “The recall of these older XXX.BIPOFZ'BNJMZ-BXDPN
as many media outlets as pos- “When the recall came it vehicles with millions of miles
sible. was infuriating,” she said. “If of dependable service was
“I know this is something he had gotten it a week earlier, covered nationally by news
I need to do because I don’t he would still be here […] If it media in September, and was
want anyone else to have to were a few hours later, the kids followed by a government
go through what we went would have been with him.” consumer advisory in Novem-
through,” Bowman said. “Last The Office of Defects In- ber,” according to Ford Safety
night, I sat with a crying four vestigation of the National Communications Manager
year old who wouldn’t go to Highway Traffic Safety Ad- Wes Sherwood.  “Ford is com-
bed because she misses her fa- ministration opened a prelimi- mitted to safety and notifying
ther. I don’t want anyone else nary evaluation to investigate customers of recalls.  We send
to feel the pain they feel. In allegations of the rear axle individualized letters to cus-
my eyes, by doing this, if we beam failures in model years tomers with affected vehicles,
can save somebody then what 1999-2003 Ford Windstar in and go beyond government re-
happened to him, as awful as May. According to documen- quirements for recall notifica-
it is and my kids still have to tation from the National High- tions.”
deal with that, it won’t be for way Safety Administration, the Bowman said she and
nothing; he would have saved office has received 234 reports Sean’s brother, Jeff, are work-
someone.” of rear axle beam failures. The ing on spreading the word
Bowman said her children document states that many of about the recalls. “My main
are four and seven and they the complaints indicate axle concern is people know-
are just starting to live their corrosion as a factor in the ing [about the recall], so this
lives and they will never have failures and 225 were submit- doesn’t happen to anyone
their dad. ted by consumers residing in else,” Bowman said.
“They are devastated; they Salt-Belt states.
miss their father. He was a In July, the NHTSA began
very good father and his kids conducting tests of the rear UNDER
were his first priority always. axle. A video made in Novem- NEW

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and still had the kids every “To me, when they did the
weekend. Sean was supposed test and saw how serious it

Happy Holidays!
to graduate this month [from was, they should have pushed
Massasoit College] with a de- quicker for the recall,” Bow-
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NECN’s Matt Noyce visits IH

continued from page one
of weather programming. He
has been a meteorologist for
11 years. After graduation he
worked and lived in upper Open Monday-Friday 7am-5pm
state New York prior to return- Grooming by Appointment Only
ing to the Boston area. Come Check Us Out!
“To return to Boston was Located at 1625 Main Street, Hanson
my dream, and I am doing
what I love,” he said.
Getting kids excited about
science makes the difference
in keeping their attention, ac-
cording to Noyes, which he
did with ease.
Noyes conducted a dem-
onstration using water and the
effects of heating and cool- Bring in a toy for
ing, and the students correctly
identified the scientific proper-
Toys for Tots and
ties that produce rain. receive a chance to win FREE haircut!
The students, who are cur-
rently studying the water cy-
cle, weather charts, and other
related topics, were quick with
answers and could name the Matt Noyes cheers as the students get the number one answer he
clouds as Noyes presented his was looking for regarding rain and condensation.
There was talk about safety
during thunder and lightning
storms, the formation of fore-
casts, tools of the trade that he
works with daily and who gets
to name the hurricanes each
Noyes was energetic,
animated and likeable as he
received high fives from stu-
dents exiting the auditorium. Karen just found
He seems to have made instant
friends in Hanson. something even
Indian Head students will
also make a guest appearance better than free:
in the next few days via video
on the five o’clock news. Totally Free Checking.
Karen loves a bargain. And she just
Ad deadline
There will be an early found the best bargain around: Totally
deadline for ads for the Dec.
30 issue. The deadline will be Free Checking from Mutual Bank.
Monday, Dec. 27 at 1p.m.
There’s no minimum balance, no

Hydrant monthly service charge, and

shoveling no per-check charge. Plus

The Hanson Fire De- a free Mutual Bank debit card,
partment reminds residents
to dig out any nearby hy-
Online Banking and Bill Pay, unlimited
drants that are covered by
snow. In case of a fire emer-
gency, having the hydrants
check writing, unlimited free ATM
easily visible and clear
saves time and allows fire- usage worldwide - and a free gift
fighters to begin their work
more quickly. For ques- when you open your account. Visit any
tions, call the Fire Depart-
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or go to
Nine convenient locations in Whitman, Brockton,
Fine free month at Carver, Falmouth, Halifax, Hanson,
Middleboro, and Plymouth to open your account today.
the Hanson Public (866)-986-9226 *Minimum opening deposit $50. Mutual Bank will not charge a
Library fee for the use of other banks' ATMs. Other institutions may impose a fee for the use of their ATMs.
Return your overdue books
fine free for the month of De-
cember. In return, please make
a donation to the Hanson Food
Pantry. Containers are located Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.
at the main entrance into the
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Don’t forget
Large or Small
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When snow warnings are as part of their concert for the residents of Meetinghouse Trays will help
Pickup for
issued, residents are request- Lane. Photos by Meaghan Glassett make your
all Tray &
ed to remove parked vehicles Over 25 Holiday
Cannolis is
from all streets to avoid dam- residents of Party
Dec. 24,2010
age to them and to expedite Meetinghouse a memorable
plowing and sanding opera- Lane gathered event! ITALIAN PIZZERIA
tions. Vehicles interfering with in the commu- A little taste of Italy in Hanover Hours: Open
snow removal will be moved nity room to hear Deadline for 1143 Broadway Monday-Saturday
at the owner’s expense and a Mrs. DeProsse’s
placing Hanover, MA 02339 11am–8pm
$50 fine may be assessed.
No person other than an
third grade stu-
dents perform Christmas 781-826-5637
their holiday orders is Pasta • Gourmet Pizza We are now on
employee in the service of the
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town of Hanson or an employ-
ee in the service of an inde-
pendent contractor acting for
the town of Hanson, shall pile,
push, shovel, snow blow or
plow snow or ice onto a public
or private way plowed by the
town, so as to impede the flow
of traffic on such way. Who-
ever violates this section shall
bear the cost of such cleanup
and shall be punished by a fine
of not more than one hundred
and fifty dollars ($150). Fur-
ther, contractors may not be Vicki and Darrel just
hired or requested to clear pri-
vate driveways or walks while bought their first house
they are working for the town,
however, should an emergen- with help from people
cy arise, the highway surveyor they’ve never met.
has the authority to use his dis-
cretion in such cases.
The town is not responsi- Vicki and Darrel just bought their first
ble for damaged lawns, fenc-
es, shrubs, trees or mailboxes house with a Mutual Bank fixed-rate
located within the town street
layout. mortgage. The money behind that
Further, the winter months
are pothole months; please mortgage came from hundreds of
drive with caution and report
all potholes that have not been Mutual Bank savings and checking
repaired in a timely fashion
to the highway office at 293-
2822. accounts, large and small. Lots of
Sand and treated sand will
be available for the conve- people they’ve never met helped
nience of residents. The sand
will be stored in a yellow bin Vicki and Darrel realize their dream. If
located to the left of the former
police station in the parking you have a dream, call 866-98MYBANK,
area for the baseball fields.
or visit We’d love

Do not pump water to meet you.

onto roadways
Residents are reminded
that town bylaws state that:
“No person shall cause water Nine convenient locations in Whitman, Brockton,
or effluent of any kind to flow Carver, Falmouth, Halifax, Hanson,
Middleboro, and Plymouth
onto a public way by siphon-
ing or pumping.” The fine for (866)-986-9226
each violation is $150 and you
may be held liable for any
accident that occurs due to
pumping onto a public way. If
the Highway Department can
assist you, call the office be-
tween the hours of 7 a.m. and Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.
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Wall to be finished this winter

continued from page one Clemens also hopes that The wall will be composed of
But Clemens remembered his wall will attract students pressure-treated lumber and
the old wall, and he also no- who enjoy a game of wall plywood. To keep the wall FALL CLEAN UPS
ticed that his high school did ball after school. Wall ball is in place, concrete will extend Snowplowing
not have one. a game of dexterity in which four feet into the ground. ->˜`ˆ˜}ÊUÊ,i“œÛ>
“The school is always look- players take turns throwing a To help pay for the wall,
ing for improvements, and the tennis ball hard off a wall and Clemens has drafted a fund- snowplowing list
athletic program is sometimes catching it. raising letter for donors and FULLY LICENSED & INSURED
short of funds. I thought that if Currently, soccer, lacrosse, local businesses requesting Ray Tremblay 781-844-8930
I built a wall, the students and and wall ball players are in the money and materials.
athletes could benefit from it,” habit of practicing their cho- “Stewart Fence has been
Clemens said. sen games wherever they can. helpful in planning the design
The idea is that student Sometimes this means throw- and in helping to ensure that s0ELLET3TOVES
athletes, especially soccer and ing balls at the side of the high the wall is sturdy and will last
lacrosse players, can use the school or the maintenance a long time,” Clemens said. s7OOD3TOVES
wall to sharpen their skills and house by the turf field. Stewart Fence has also
to practice their passing and Clemens is hopeful that lent an augur - a large drill to s'AS3TOVES
shooting. his wall will be a place where help drill the holes as the cold
“They can practice their students can practice hard and of winter closes in. & Inserts
sports by rebounding the ball play hard without damaging Clemens hopes to have
off the wall,” Clemens said. school property. the wall completed by Febru- Take advantage of $1500 s#HIMNEY
Clemens speaks from ex- The proposed wall will ary, in time for his eighteenth Tax Credit before it is over
perience. A veteran of both be located on the lower fields birthday on March 5 and his December 31st! Fireplace
soccer (though he did not play between soccer, baseball, and senior season of lacrosse.
soccer this year) and lacrosse, softball fields. The dimensions And perhaps a little wall s-ASONRY
he intends to play a final sea- of the wall will be 24 feet by 8 ball.
son of lacrosse in the spring. feet - the size of a soccer goal. Repairs

Town gets $4K S.A.F.E. grant

continued from page one Whitman has been offer- Ford stresses the importance
1127 Main Street
class and the station needs to ing the S.A.F.E. Program for of smoke detectors.
be backfilled, Thompson said. four years. He said he tries to make 3HOWROOM
“This is the 16th year of In the spring, Whitman the class fun by bringing in
the S.A.F.E. Program in Mas- firefighter Tom Ford com- props such as blankets, posters
sachusetts and we are truly pleted classes to become a and smoke alarms.
reaching our goal of raising S.A.F.E. instructor for the Du- Ford said the program is Restaurant & Bar
a fire safe generation of chil- val and Conley schools. He really geared toward making
dren,” State Fire Marshal Ste- also attended a conference in sure the students don’t get Book Your Private Event or Holiday Gathering Today!
phen D. Coan said. September for life educators. scared during an emergency.
“Since consistent compre- Ford said that when he is “I say don’t be scared …
hensive fire education is the working with preschool and Be prepared,” Ford said. Dinner Service
one thing we are doing for kindergartners he teaches Ford said the best part begins at 5pm
children that we are not do- them how to crawl low under about teaching the students Tuesday-Saturday
ing for every other age group, the smoke. To demonstrate fire safety is hearing that they and
I think it’s fair to say we are how to stay low, he has the took something out of the pro- 4pm on Sunday
proving fire education works,” students crawl under a blan- gram.
Coan said. ket. Ford said he teaches first “It’s real important for
The Hanson Fire Depart- graders that there are two children to know what to do Gift Certificates Now Available! Great Stocking Stuffers!
ment has been offering the ways out of every room. Third in case of an emergency and “Open at 11:00am to Purchase”
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Thompson was the first in- an escape plan. In every class ately,” Ford said. watch Football on our new Wide Screen TV at our Expanded Bar
structor of the program before
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graders learn the importance
of smoke detectors and fourth
graders focus on fire safety in
the kitchen.
In February, five-year-old
We have gift
Christian Silvia was awarded certificates available
the Young Heroes Award for
responding appropriately dur-
ing a medical emergency in-
volving his grandfather.
“He learned what he did
from home, but it was rein-
forced by what he was taught
through the S.A.F.E. Program,” M & F JEWELRY
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Career Connections at WHRHS By Ruth Carrigan,

Special to Express
Whitman-Hanson Regional High School hosted a Career
Connections Fair in the library. on Tuesday, Dec. 7. The fair
was focused on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and
Send School news & Photos math) fields of science, technology, engineering and mathemat-
to ics. Over 20 professionals in those fields attended, including
the Deadline is Monday at noon. radiology technicians, marine biologists, chemical and bridge
engineers, and accountants, businesses such as NSTAR, Immu-
noGen, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, and several other

December reflections
The end of the year is a remiss if I didn’t recognize the
local companies were also represented. In addition to career pro-
fessionals, the fair also included a number of college admissions
counselors from various institutions that are known for their
science programs including Wentworth Institute of Technology,
natural time of reflection. members of the Drama Club Stonehill College, and Ben Franklin Institute of Technology.
This year, as I think back
Principally and their performance of “Al- Students were able to sit in small groups with these profession-
on my first 160 days as the Speaking ice and Wonderland,” and the als and learn about what it takes to succeed in their field. Stu-
principal of Whitman-Hanson talented show choir who has
dents left with a better understanding of what career opportuni-
Regional High School, I am competed at various schools
around the South Shore. ties await them in the STEM fields. The day was a big success
amazed by the many accom- the 100th annual Thanksgiving
plishments of the student body The holidays are tradition- and was a wonderful opportunity for students to network with
Day game between Whitman- local businesses and professionals.
in 2010. Hanson and Abington. It was ally a time for giving and for
First on my list is the reac- a cold day, and the Panthers community service, and Whit-
tion of the students and staff to fell to a very talented Abing- man Hanson students are keep-
the “pink issue.” ton team, but I think everyone ing with that time-honored tra-
It was incredible to see how in attendance, including all the dition. Recently, the Whitman
our students – especially the alumni, had a great day, reliv- Food Pantry and the Hanson
seniors – stepped up to protect ing glory days on the gridiron. Food Pantry were awarded
their school from the outside In addition, the school checks in the amount of $4,000
media. It was a remarkable launched a 21st Century Com- each from a Miles for Meals
demonstra- munity Learning Center called fun walk/run that was spon-
tion of student Mission: Possible, which fo- sored by Ryan Kelly and mem-
leadership cuses on helping students tran- bers of the National Honor
and a great sition from 8th to 9th grade. Society. The High School Stu-
first step to- This grant, which will continue dent Council have continued
ward building into the next years, funds a free “penny wars” with proceeds
By Jeff Szymaniak a new culture after school program. Ten staff funding Special Olympics
W-H High School of
acceptance members oversaw a cohort of and coordinated the Holiday
and together- 60-plus students, helping them Concert and turkey dinner for
ness. As a school community, adjust to the high school envi- the senior citizen groups men-
we weathered this controversy ronment. The program helped tioned above.
and were able to have one of to reduce the percentage of These are just some of the
the best rallies that I’ve ever freshmen student failures dur- many great things the students
attended. ing Trimester 1, as compared and staff have done of my first
I’ve noted the public ser- to 2009-2010, and offered four months. I can’t wait to
vice announcement that was students a chance to make an see what 2011 brings. I feel
made by seniors as well as easier transition to life as a fortunate to be part of such a CAREER CONNECTIONS: Whitman-Hanson students meet with
clips of the rally. I can’t say it Panther. wonderful school and district. the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society during the Career
enough: I’m so proud of your The Music Department Thank you for welcoming Connections Fair.
students for doing the right held a very successful fall con- me into your community and
thing. cert and recently celebrated for your support in these first the holidays by performing at months.
ed00dc51e2affce5f625/PSA- the Hanover Mall, at both mid- Please have a safe and hap-
for-Rally-2010 dle schools, for the Whitman py winter break. Louis J. Vanrenen Council on Aging, and the Han-
b0200a58e36f7a9fbca3/WH- son Senior Center. I would be
Fall-Rally-2010-Part-1 video/
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Just this month, our Stu- – 25 Years of Experience –
dent Council brought Rachel’s
Challenge to our school com-
munity. Rachel’s Challenge Merry Christmas &
was founded in memory of the
first victim of the Columbine
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trance to the Performing Arts
Center and gymnasium.
Elizabeth, who is a student at Bridgewater State University, will
be visiting on a community service trip during Christmas break NFOV
It was great to watch the and will deliver the supplies. Photo courtesy of Nancy Florence
fall athletes play and dem-
onstrate good sportsmanship
in their various games and What Do You Know Joe Trivia Night, Wednesdays
matches. League titles were
won by girls’ soccer and boys’
and girls’ cross country. The HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM DAMIEN'S!
cheerleaders won their league
and also placed second in the
Half Price Pizza Every Monday & Tuesday *strings attached
state earning yet another bid to
nationals. Although the foot-
ball team didn’t make the play-
offs, they were able to experi-
ence history by participating in
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South Shore VoTech holds sports banquet SSVT open house

One hundred eleven stu- flower League Sportsmanship Peter Murphy, golf coach and Bobby Balchunas of Ha- Over seven hundred
dent-athletes were recognized Award. at South Shore Regional, nover. people attended the annual
at the South Shore Regional Kell’s team fell one praised his squad on a Head football coach Open House at the South
Vocational Technical High win short of making great season. The Shore Regional Vocational
School annual fall sports ban- the state playoffs. team was led Technical High School on
quet on Dec. 16. The Vikings had by Nick Ar- Monday, Dec. 13. Princi-
Thomas Hickey, prin- one all-star thurs of pal Thomas Hickey reported
cipal at South Shore, repre- captain Deb Rockland, “all technical programs were
sented the administration, Langley of who not staffed to explain to future
welcoming the 220 in atten- Abington only was a students and their parents
dance. Hickey congratulated and two oth- Mayflower the many opportunities at
the athletes along with their er Abing- League all- South Shore. Anyone inter-
coaches for their hard work ton players star, but also was ested in more information
and thanked the parents for as honorable voted the league’s for the incoming freshmen
their cooperation. The princi- mention in the May- most valuable golf- or the other opportunities
pal gave special recognition to flower League, volleyball er. Other golfers who were at South Shore should call
volleyball coach Mame Kell team captain, Lisa Osgood named league all-stars were the Guidance Department at
and her players for their May- and Brenda Salino. Rockland’s Thomas Donovan 781-871-4153.
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Last team stranding

Panthers hold on against Red Raiders
By Dave Palana, Sports Editor Whitman-Hanson opened quarter, but struggled against
the fourth quarter with a nine- the Red Raider press, allow-
It wasn’t easy for the point lead, but North Quincy ing North Quincy to take the
boys basketball team Tuesday closed to within two with less lead on a 7-0 run. The Pan-
night, but when it was crunch than 2:35 left to play. Miles thers regained the lead before
time, the Panthers stepped up Hoffman put the Panthers back the end of the quarter and
and left the high school with up by four, and a steal and never relinquished it despite
a win. layup by captain Jason Steph- continuing to have problems
anksy ran the lead back to six. with the press defense of the
girls basketball North Quincy answered, but Red Raiders.
Pembroke 19 a three-pointer by Hoffman “Our defense was so good
Scituate 58 made it a three-possession in the first half, so it was frus-
game with 1:35 left to seal the trating to be giving them those
win for Whitman-Hanson. easy points,” Rodgers said.
The Panthers held off a “Miles is a scorer and he “They only had 15 points I
Red Raider fourth-quarter does so many good things on think eight of those were be-
rally to defeat North Quincy the court,” Rodgers said. “I cause we couldn’t break their
50-41. think he’s going to get bet- press. I think part of that is the
“We’re establishing an ter as the season goes along inexperience, and we’ll get
identity of a team that just and he sees the little things he better the more we see it. At
plays really tough,” head coach can do to make everyone else times we scored.”
Bob Rodgers said. “We’re still better. When he starts doing The Panthers led by 10 at
very young and we make those that, he’s going to be tough to the half, and held onto their
inexperienced mistakes, but guard.” lead despite three three-point-
we’re learning from those and The Panthers jumped out ers by the Raiders in the third.
hopefully we’ll get better.” to a quick lead in the first Whitman-Hanson caught a
break when North Quincy’s
leading scorer, Dan Gould,
Senior captain Jay Stephansky sinks a lay-up with less than
fouled out with less than four three minutes to play to keep Whitman-Hanson in front of North
minutes to play after he had Quincy. Stephansky was big on the boards down the stretch for the
drained two threes in the sec- Panthers with five rebounds in the final three minutes.
ond half.
Hoffman led the team with
14 points while senior Declan
Wirzburger added eight with
six rebounds and Stephansky
scored to go with five crucial
rebounds in the final three
“That’s captain leader-
ship,” Rodgers said. “I think
it becomes contagious when
you see someone hitting the
glass hard. That is where we
won the game tonight with-
out question. In these first two
games, we’ve dominated the
glass like no team I’ve ever
had, and that’s saying some-
thing because we’ve had some
really good teams over the
Stephansky and Wirzburg-
er are the only players return-
ing from the Patriot League
championship team from last
year, and both played spar-
ingly last season. With such
an inexperienced varsity
team, Rodgers said he was
concerned heading into the
season, but said the focus and
work ethic of his team has him
excited going forward.
“To have two guys coming
back who didn’t really play
and guys coming up from a JV
team that struggled, it had us
nervous,” Rodgers said. “But
the trademark of our program
of the last 10 years is how hard
the kids work in the offseason.
The want to be successful,
and they don’t just say it, they
go out and do what it takes. I
Senior Miles Hoffman drives through a North Quincy defender for watched the time these guys
two of his team-high 14 points against the Red Raiders. Hoffman’s put in over the summer, and it Declan Wirzburger leaps for the tip-off. Wirzburger’s sky hook
three pointer with 1:35 left to play sealed Whitman-Hanson’s win
to stake the Panthers to a 2-0 start to the season. Photos by Dave Palana
really showed over these first put the Panthers on top to stay at the end of the first quarter and
two games.” finished with eight points and six rebounds.
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Big cats
that was incredible.”
Bechen squeaked out a
2-1 win over Hingham’s Max
Goldstein in the 145-pound fi-
nals, and Cavender won 16-8
Wrestlers over teammate Joe Petersen
in the championship match at
dominate 152.
“That was an unbelievable
League meet match and I’m really proud of
both of them,” Kain said of
By Dave Palana, Sports Editor
Cavender and Petersen. “Joe beat the top seed earlier in the
The Whitman-Hanson tournament, and that was a big
wrestling team has their en- upset. It just goes to show how
tire league schedule ahead of competitive those guys are.”
them, and they made a state- Panthers Mike Garrett
ment on Saturday that they are (130), Chance Morocco (135),
the team to beat. Chris Kellum (160) and Tom
Alex Perry, Colin Mc- Condon (285) also earned sec-
Sweeney, Jeff Bechen and ond places in addition to Pe-
Derek Cavender all won their tersen, and Mike Coles took
weight classes as the Panthers 4th in the 135 division.
racked up 234 points to win The Panthers begin their
the All-Patriot League meet at league schedule with Duxbury
the high school. on January 5. Kain said the
“It was a really posi- team made a statement to their
tive experience,” head coach league opponents on Saturday
Shawn Kain said. “The guys with their decisive win, but
who wrestled were very en- they need to keep progressing
thusiastic and aggressive, we to win the league champion-
had some JV guys manning ship.
the tables and some parents re-
Junior Colin McSweeney celebrates winning the 140-pound finals with a surprise pin of Duxbury’s “The captains have high
Pat Donovan after McSweeney trailed Donovan in the third round. Photo by Dave Palana expectations and we are really
ally helped out all day to raise
money for the program. It was optimistic,” Kain said. “But
tuate in the 119-pound finals victory with 11 seconds left in ment, and his finals match was we’re going to see all these
a great day.” with an 8-6 decision, and Mc- the 140 finals. outstanding,” Kain said. “To teams again, so we definitely
Perry knocked off top- Sweeney stunned Duxbury’s “Colin had a great tourna- come back and get a pin like need to keep improving and
seeded Jake Buckley of Sci- Pat Donovan with a pinfall

Sailors hold off SENIOR MOMENTS

Panther rally A visit with girls cross-country
continued from page 24 captain Kaley Mientkiewicz

goals, that’s not what we’re
Sophomore Chris Boussy about right now, but this was
ientkiewicz captained the cross-country team to 10th
scored eights second after play out best game of the year. We
in the All-State Meet this fall and is now playing on
resumed and Nick Pike cut were inconsistent in our first the basketball team. She’ll finish up her career at
the lead to one with a tip-in three games, but we got behind Whitman-Hanson on the track and field team this spring. She
with 3:42 left in the third pe- in all three and didn’t quit. To- shared her thoughts on...
riod. However the Sailors kept night we definitely battled a
the puck in the Panther end, lot harder and for the full dura- ...schools she’s looking at. My top choices for
preventing the Panthers from tion. We accomplished a goal colleges are Stonehill and Keene State, but I’m also
pulling the goalie until there in that we really committed to looking at Merrimack , URI, and Springfield.
was less than one minute left the game tonight.”
in the period. Manning said the team ...choosing a major. I’m not entirely sure on
will be a work in progress in what major I want to pursue yet. I was thinking
the early stages of the season about psychology possibly.
boys Hockey
Whitman-Hanson 2 with so many underclassmen
...her favorite sport. My favorite sport is
Scituate 3
adjusting to the varsity game, cross-country because I love how close the team
but he added that watching his is and how we work together to achieve the high
The Sailors out-shot the team hold their own gave him expectations we set for ourselves. To me, there’s
Panthers 34-14 and the Pan- confidence moving forward nothing more relaxing than taking a run with my
thers fell to 0-3 on the season that the Panthers will be com- friends. Plus, it’s a sport where you can push
and 0-1 in the Patriot League petitive as they mature. yourself to the limit mentally and physically and
with the loss. The Panthers “A lot of these kids are that takes a lot of toughness.
lost their opener to Dennis- learning on the job,” he said.
Yarmouth 4-1 after the Dol- “We have a lot of first-time ...her favorite sports memories. I have two
varsity kids, so the speed and favorite memories. The first is the last meet of the
phins held off a Panther rally
the strength of the game is 2008 cross-country season when we went against
in the third period and lost Hingham for the league title on our home course.
6-2 to Bridgewater-Raynham new to them. But we showed
Both teams came in undefeated and a Hingham
on Dec. 15 when the Tro- what we can do when we play runner won first in the race, but our top four runners
jans scored three third-period hard.” took second, third, fourth, and fifth to automatically win
goals. Manning expects Scituate the meet for the team. We all finished under 20 minutes
Despite losing their third to win the league again this and within 10 seconds of each other because we worked
straight to the Sailors, Man- year, but said most of the other together as a team. The second was the last regular sea-
ning said it was the best effort Patriot League teams are also son basketball game of the 2010 season. We were play-
of the young season for his rebuilding on the fly like the ing New Bedford, a team that was 18-0 and had already
team. Panthers. beaten us that season at home. I remember we all had one
“I don’t think we’re ever “I think there is a lot of par- common thought, we had nothing to lose. We played really
ity in our league,” he said. “Sci- hard and everything we did seemed to work. We ended up
going to win the shots on goal
tuate may have the most talent, winning the game ruining their perfect season and shock-
battle unless we dedicate our- ing so many people.
selves to throwing pucks at the but the rest of us are going to Photo and
net from everywhere,” Man- have to work hard to compete. ...future goals. I want to run a marathon at some point and
story by

ning said. “We’re not going I think there are going to be a hopefully I’ll be able to run Boston. Other than that I’m not
to get a lot of pretty highlight lot of close games.” really sure, it seems so far away.
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W-H youth LAX registration

Getting The Whitman-Hanson Youth Lacrosse 2011 registration is open until Jan. 15 at
whlax/ for grades 1-8. Registration fees are as follows; Boys grades 3-8, $140 per player plus
$25 U.S. Lacrosse dues (separate registration); Girls grades 3-8, $125 per player plus $25 U.S.

Lacrosse dues (separate registration); Boys/Girls grades 1-2, $25 per player plus $25 US Lacrosse
dues (separate registration).
W-H Lacrosse Girls Director Dan Sullivan reports there is a need for an influx of new players,
especially with the girls program at all levels. The W-H High School lacrosse program continues
to grow each year and boys program has qualified for the MIAA tournament the past two years.

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