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Historical Commission Minutes September 2007
Hopedale Historical Commission Minutes
September 10, 2007

Present: Merrily Sparling, Chair, William Gannett, Robert Hammond, Daniel Malloy, Frederick Oldfield III, Thomas McGovern.  Not present: Alan Ryan, Theresa Ryan, Elaine Malloy.

Meeting began at 6:40 p.m.

Minutes from the June 11, 2007 meeting were read and discussed.  Motion made to accept the minutes.

Little Red Shop
-Update on contract.  Some part of the contract was not found in project manual.  Merrily looked into it and it is all set.
-Blackstone Valley Tech students may be able to do some of the electrical work such as the rough wiring.  Gene Phillips needs to contact them regarding this and the plumbing. 
 -Lenny Izzo can test the paint for lead.  Need to look into what to do with the lead paint.
-Funding- Letters from Senator Moore's office, Jan DaSilva, and the Secretary of State.
-Sign was taken to Signs Plus. Once the wording is approved the sign will be made.
-Highway Department will dig holes.  Dig Safe will be called first before sign is installed.
-Sealing the clapboards.  Merrily will talk to architect regarding what kind of clapboards should be used.
-Windows- The Little Red Shop has been given a senior tax volunteer. Peter Johnson will be the person.  He is interested in doing the sidewalks.  Also interested in working on the floors which are pine.
-Doors also need to be worked on.  Merrily know someone who may be able to do this.
-Someone wants to make a hand carved wooden sign for out front.  Danny will check with Elaine.

South Hopedale District
-no news

Day in the Park will be this Saturday, September 15, 2007.
- Hayrides will be given by Iron Shoe Carriage Service.
- Tom McGovern's RV will be there as well as motorcycles.
- There will be items for sale also such as Little Red Shop prints, cup plates, cross stitch patterns of the Community House, and T-shirts for both adults and children.
- Day in the Park goes from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  We need staffing for Saturday.

Other business
- Blackstone Valley Heritage Homecoming Breakfast will be held on Friday, October 5, 2007 at the Hopedale Unitarian Parish. It begins at 8:30 a.m. and all are invited.
 - Need to set up meeting to lay out the plan for the Little Red Shop Museum.  On September 24, 2007 a meeting will be held with the Friends of Historic Hopedale.
- Next meeting for the Historical Commission will be Monday, October 15, 2007 at 6:30 p.m. at the Bancroft Memorial Library.

Meeting adjourned 7:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,


Frederick Oldfield III
Recording Secretary