Halifax, Jones River Pond

At one time Silver Lake was known as Jones River Pond. It is said that ice merchants thought that ice from “Silver Lake” would taste cooler and cleaner to consumers, so they decided to change the name of the pond.

The Dorchester Ice Company had five huge ice houses on the shore of Silver Lake for a number of years, until a spark from a passing freight train started a fire. All five buildings burned.

The ice houses extended from the street to the shores of the lake. When the ice became sufficiently thick in mid-winter, the harvest would begin. Large plots were marked off with horse plows and channels were cut up to the shore. The ice was then sawed into blocks and floated up to an endless chain belt, where the cakes were lifted up and stored in the buildings until needed.

During the hot summer months fifteen or twenty freight cars sat on rails next to the site, waiting to be loaded with ice and taken to Boston. The harvest and distribution of ice from the lake provided work for many in the area during busy periods of the year.

Respectfully Submitted, Sue Basile

Big news from the Friends of HOPS! (Halifax Open Play Space)

They’re excited to report the process of building our new playground will soon be starting!

They are eyeing an early spring build.
In order to make sure they’re ready to roll the town will soon be razing the current site… taking everything down… and prepping things as best as they can… so that they can get a jump on the build as soon as the winter weather leaves.
They know many folks still use what’s left of HOPS… so they’ve stayed committed to delaying the demo as long as possible to allow people time to enjoy what’s there and still leave time to raze it before the snow falls.
Expected demolition is mid-November… when the Fall sports season comes to an end.
From all of the Friends of HOPS: a huge THANK YOU to everyone who made the journey with them. You’ve all answered the call countless times. And because of that they’ve raised nearly $220,000… a great number for our little town… but our goal has always been $250,000. And it still is. Keep an eye out for their buy-a-brick fundraiser as they try to take their final steps to success.
The finish line is in sight! Here’s to HOPS 2.0!
Story and image credit: www.facebook.com/friendsofhopshalifax


$1,560.30 was raised from the clients of Salon Esprit for the Annual Cut-a-thon to benefit Heather &
Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
on Saturday, October 27th

Raffle prizes winners were:
*Years Worth of Haircuts – Maureen Harrington
*$50 gift certificate to Salon Esprit – Lisa Nickerson
*Any one hair product at Salon Esprit – Joan Carson
*4 complimentary tickets to the N.E. Patriots Hall of Fame – Marion Manning
*private personal training sessions at Warner Method in Abington with an XL t-shirt – Carol DaSilva
*$100 gift certificate to Tiger Shark Tattoo in Abington – Doug Palmacci
*Yardzee Game with Giant Dice – Ellen Leahy

Collecting Cleats for Uganda

Denis Kwesiga, a senior at Bridgewater State University had a visit from his mom last month, a the Honorable Prima Ndeka, Mayor of Rakai, Uganda. Mayor Ndeka combined this visit with a Ugandan meeting in Washington, D.C.
The town of Rakai has an award winning football (soccer) team but many of their players do not have cleats! (Neither do they have matching jerseys).
The many wonderful people from the Town of Bridgewater worked together to arrange the donation of lightly used soccer cleats and sporting goods for Mayor Ndeka to send back to Rakai!
Bridgewater Youth Soccer donated some cleats they had collected and The Dome has set up a collection box. As well as individual Bridgewater citizens who reached out to collect items which Mayor Ndeka brought home with her. Denis & Mayor Ndeka say a HUGE THANK YOU! They are very grateful for the outpouring of generosity! Anyone who wishes to contribute here is their FB page : Rakai Youths For Action and Development – RYAD or contact Denis directly: kwesigaivan4@gmail.com

Fantastic job John Coyle of Bridgewater Scout Troop 88 on his Eagle Project!

Camp titicut handicap site

Camp Titicut Campsites & trails are now clearly marked. The beautifully made firepits and the handicap accessible site are fabulous!
To reserve your campsite complete this form and submit to the Bridgewater Conservation Commission. jbrown@bridgewaterma.org

Camp Titicut Reservation trails and river access is open for passive recreation daily during sunlight hours. Beech St Bridgewater.

Rotary’s Bridgewater Citizen of the Year Peter Kelleher

The Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters is pleased to cite Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self’ as it recognizes Peter Kelleher as its 2018 Citizen of the Year for Bridgewater.
Citing that his hometown had many economic challenges then as now – “many people are just a paycheck from being on the streets” – Peter feels he was “spoiled” – as his father was an undertaker and the family grew up in the relatively comfortable and secure surroundings of a funeral home.

According to Mr. Kelleher his dad was a “very giving man,” and was “always doing something for everyone,” often having others anonymously drop off envelopes filled with cash in the mailboxes of needy local citizens. This set an early life example of helping others in need.

Attending public schools, Peter Kelleher graduated from Bangor (Maine) High School in 1979. Soon he went to work at Great Northern Paper Co., where he “did everything” for 6 years. Then he founded Kelleher Applicators Co., which provided painting, roofing and siding services for 10 years. Subsequently he operated a “boiler-room” fund raising center for a business associate, and more recently established a” doggy day care” service in his back yard in Bridgewater, an endeavor he ceased a month ago due to the demands of Soupman activities. He had moved to the Bridgewaters with his life partner Esther eight years ago.

Peter’s life changed forever on May 23, 2016, when his 33-year old son Travis died from an overdose in Bangor. Thinking that had to do something to honor his offspring, Mr. Kelleher last year began by making 32 quarts of “hamburg soup” (tomato soup, chicken, vegetable and some beef ham burg) and taking it to feed homeless men and women in Brockton, Taunton, and then in Boston. The grateful recipients of Kelleher’s thoughtful and generous outreach began calling him “The Soupman” and the rest is history. Last winter, after giving a cold, homeless woman his gloves keep her frigid hands warmer, he realized the clothing was needed as well.

The Soupman put a photo on Facebook, asking for donations, and received a large number of responses including one from the owner of P & L Paintball, who has provided a great deal of support for his and fellow volunteers’ efforts

Now, in addition to providing free food, The Soupman distributes backpacks, clean underwear (especially socks) and foot ware to the homeless. Recently the Lucini transportation company donated a yellow school bus to The Soupman’s 501 c 3 charity. Job Lot has helped fill the bus up with $31,000 worth of donated boots, which will be distributed to the homeless over the next several months.

A new venture being developed within the charitable structure is “Support the Soupman Foods.” It has the goal to achieve profits that can benefit the organization’s services to the homeless in a way similar to what former actor Paul Newman has achieved with his salad dressing line. www.facebook.com/supportthesoupmancorp

Story and image courtesy of  Bruce Marquis and Rotary of the Bridgewaters

Massachusetts first female licenced master electrician grew up on West Union St, EB in the 1950’s.

Massachusetts first female licenced master electrician grew up on West Union St in the 1950’s.
The story began when she was 16 when Deanna was hired by Clyde Meserve to help out around the shop. Deanna soon found that she had a talent for all things electric and built a transformer for the high school science fair.

While taking classes at Bridgewater State for teaching, she continued her part-time job as an electrician’s assistant with Meserve until someone commented that it wasn’t “dignified” work for a lady. So she looked into what it would take to become a licenced electrician.
Taking a break from her studies at Bridgewater, Deanna completed her 6,000 hours of apprenticeship, an ICS course in electricity and went on to study at Franklin Institute in Boston.

In 1962, Clyde Meserve hired Massachusetts first licenced woman master electrician.

21 year old Deanna Dunlevy of 17 West Union St took three examinations, 2 written and one oral, and within days was awarded her journeyman and master electrician’s license.

Information & Image provided by Bruce Meserve from an ICS magazine published in 1962.