Friday, September 23, 2011
Volunteers needed to help prepare and plant.
The Norton Tricentennial Committee and Land Preservation Society are working toward wrapping up work on the Tricentennial Park. In fact, they are trying to gather volunteers to help prepare and plant the park this Saturday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to noon. “We need volunteers to help rake, weed, spread mulch and plant shrubs and other plants,” said Kathy Ebert-Zawasky of the Land Preservation Society of Norton. “Become a part of this permanent memorial to our town's 300th birthday.” The park is at 217 W. Main St., in front of Norton Middle School and the Community Playground. Bring gloves and garden tools, if you have any. Shovels and rakes will be available. A brick walkway at the entrance to the Tricentennial Park will soon be installed. For a…
Monday, August 22, 2011
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- Tom McGinty
Monday, August 22, 2011
The town of Norton turns 300 years old in 2011 and the most recent in a long list of events is the Old-Fashioned Town Picnic held on the field behind the Yelle School on Sunday night.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Town to gather behind Yelle Elementary for birthday picnic.
This Sunday’s town picnic is the final celebration of Norton’s 300th Birthday. Organized by the Tricentennial Committee, this event promises fun for all. Starting at 5 p.m., Trinity Bar & Restaurant will sponsor music by The Galley Dogs and Frayed Knots. Norton Singers will conclude the music portion of the evening with patriotic songs. There will also be outdoor games, old fashioned cars on display, wood carving, hay rides and even a hot air balloon ride from RE/MAX. Tricentennial Committee chairman Dan Rich will be sitting in the dunk tank, taking turns with committee member Clarence “Butch” Rich and Deputy Fire Chief Paul Schleicher. Even Norton Patch is getting in on the action. We will have a beanbag toss game for all to enjoy. …
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
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New sign put in Friday.
Work has begun on the new Tricentennial Park, a project by the Land Preservation Society and Tricentennial Committee. Located in front of Norton Middle School, the purpose of the park is to serve as a peaceful place for people to congregate and a memorial to the town’s 300th birthday. “A lot of volunteers have pitched in and helped a lot,” said Kathy Zawasky, co-president of the Norton Land Preservation Society. As a project, the Eagle Scouts helped to dig out a path and will lay out blue stone. Other volunteers have done some weeding and rototilled. The design of the park is by Dana Rappaneau of Olde Thyme Shoppe. “He’s like an artist at work,” Zawasky said. Jay Maloney and Joel Vieira of Signs By Tomorrow stopped by the park Friday …
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Last major tricentennial celebration event is Aug. 14th behind the Yelle School.
Did you have other plans when Norton sponsored First Night this past New Year’s Eve? Couldn’t make it to the Tricentennial Ball? Did the weather keep you away from the big parade last month? Well fortunately for you, there remains one more “big event” where you can join with friends, neighbors and fellow citizens to celebrate Norton’s 300th birthday. Norton’s Old-Fashioned Town Picnic will be held Sunday, Aug. 14 behind the Yelle School on W. Main Street. The fun and excitement will begin at 5 p.m. and run until 9 p.m., winding up with what promises to be the largest and best fireworks display in Norton’s illustrious history. It will be like stepping back a bit in time as Norton folks bring their baskets of food and coolers to sit on …
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Norton's Birthday Picnic to take place Aug. 14.
Visitors to Norton's all-town picnic will be treated to some rare treats - a ride 50 to 60 feet up in the giant REMAX advertising balloon for the first 100 visitors for $5 per person, and an evening full of fireworks. Tricentennial organizer Dan Rich told Norton selectmen last week the picnic committee is putting the final touches on the last big birthday event of the summer. Rich said a wealth of volunteers have made the process relatively smooth, and said the Aug. 14 picnic will be a late afternoon and evening affair, beginning about 5 p.m., and winding up after the fireworks show, planned for 9 p.m. The committee now has enough donated money for about a half hour's worth of fireworks. Tricentennial Committee member Brian Coughlin …
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Old friends, grandson made Norton's parade historic in the mind of this "Townie."
I had the pleasure and honor of marching in Norton’s tricentennial parade this past weekend, and it is something I will remember for the rest of my life. And although the parade participants were all great, I have to admit it won’t be the bands, the floats, the clowns or the Clydesdale horses that will stick in my mind. What I will always remember is the walk through my hometown as we celebrated Norton’s 300th birthday. I will remember the children on the side of the road, the crowds of people smiling and waving as we walked by. I will forever recall the moments when I saw people along the way I had not seen in a long time, and had to run over and hug them or shake their hand. That happened a lot for me along the route. Having grown up in …
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Rain held off for exciting town birthday event.
On June 12, 1711, the North Precinct of Taunton was incorporated as the Town of Norton. Three-hundred years later this Sunday, the town commemorated that historical day with a birthday parade. The parade, which ran noon to 3 p.m. from Henri A. Yelle Elementary School to J. C. Solmonese Elementary School, included appearances from Congressman Barney Frank, State Representatives Jay Barrows and Betty Poirier, clydesdale horses, big wheel bicyclists and more. Aimee Kolf and Jay Creeden, Norton's own version of Regis and Kelly, were the parade emcees, relaying information on each float for Norton TV. Norton's oldest citizen, Dottie Schissler, was the grand marshal. On behalf of everyone at Norton Patch, Happy Birthday Norton!
Friday, June 10, 2011
Norton's 300th gives columnist appreciation of the past, and hope for the future.
It’s finally here. Happy 300th birthday, Norton. The town I live in and grew up in enters its fourth century this weekend, capping a year-long celebration with a huge parade featuring everything from a U.S. Senator to marching bands to the Clydesdale horses. Somehow, that eclectic mix seems fittingly “Norton." This ain’t your normal, small New England town, folks. The Norton I have lived in for more than 53 years is a community of characters. Some of these names may not mean anything to a lot of you, but in just the last 50 years I offer you some distinguished – and some notorious – names that have made Norton the unique and fascinating place I know it to be: Henri Yelle, Lewis Rubin, Raymond Patenaude, Maurice Splaine, Robert Kellner, …