For those who have driven down Washington Street and passed the Cornerstone Lodge sign, or who have seen the “all you can eat” flyers around, the mystery is about to end. The Clipper sat down with some of Duxbury’s Masons to learn about the history of the lodge and what the masons have in store for the future.
Students who are struggling may now have a chance to catch up to their peers with a “blended learning” program.
The brand-new program was created by director of Guidance Lisa Dembowsi and DHS Assistant Principal Marc Talbot. Blended learning is a formal education program that utilizes technology in conjunction with traditional “brick and mortar” learning. It’s a flexible learning program where the student has some control over the courses, pace of the course and the instruction.
Duxbury’s 344-acre Lansing Bennett Forest has had a facelift in recent months. Many of its trails were devastated by the wet snow and high winds of the Blizzard of 2013. Over 100 trees snapped off or were uprooted, many blocking trails, smashing wooden walk- ways and demolishing a bridge that spanned the upper section of Philips Brook. These problems have been remedied, as the bridge and many of the wooden walkways beside the trout stream were rebuilt and the last of the downed trees obstructing both the trails and Philips Brook were removed over the past few months.
After spending decades doing research and conducting archaeological digs in the Middle East, one former Duxbury resident says he still calls the South Shore town home.
Owen Doonan, director of the Sinop Regional Archaeo- logical project and Duxbury High School graduate, has spent more than 15 years directing an archaeological project in northern Turkey and is now reaching out to the Duxbury community. After living in Turkey for decades, Doonan said the community is very similar to Duxbury, with a rich history of shipbuilding and coastal trade, and he has become inspired to reach out to residents who would like to learn more.
The Duxbury Rural and Historical Society has named Erin McGough as the new Executive Director of the Society.
McGough has been the interim Executive Director since September 2013, when former Executive Director Patrick Browne stepped down. Following her appointment as interim director, the DRHS trustees started the search for a permanent director. A committee of seven members was formed and interviewed several applicants.
“Erin clearly stood out, offering an outstanding combination of experience, vision, organization and personal skills,” said David Corey, DRHS Board of Trustees President. “[She] has done a superb job of keeping the Society moving forward while simultaneously managing the transition.”
This week, Duxbury selectmen heard from the proponent of a proposal to increase the height of the second and third floor hallway railings in the new middle and high schools as well as a member of the school building committee who said the railings are safe as designed.
“The more you get involved, the more you can learn for later.”
The words rolled easily off of Janine Neprud’s tongue, but it was clear she had put a lot of thought into a project that she hopes can change the mindset of Duxbury’s children.
Neprud is working toward her Girl Scout Gold Award and has created a project called EDEN: Everyone Deserves Equality Now. Her goal is to work with second to fifth grade children to teach them that being different is not just alright, it’s actually good.
A bid to push along the town’s commitment to buy power from a proposed wind turbine project in Plymouth has stalled because the Board of Selectmen wants more information about the town’s costs and savings as well as the lawsuits surrounding the proposal.
February means longer days, little cards with hand-drawn hearts, and just when you are getting the hang of your diet, boxes of chocolates. It also means the return of the Red-winged Blackbirds! Although it usually still feels like winter and blizzards can be waiting in the wings, February starts the downward slope to spring. Most people think that the American Robin is the iconic sign of spring but some robins spend the winter here and emerge on warm days.
For most teams, a shutout victory and a tie would not be a down week, but for the Duxbury girls’ hockey team, it is a sign that there is still work to be done.
The Dragons survived one of their toughest opponents thus far this season with a 1-1 tie against the Westwood Wildcats on Jan. 20 and then beat Whitman-Hanson/Pembroke team 2-0 at The Bog on Saturday in a stretch where scoring is suddenly coming at a premium for the Dragons.
While the flurries continue to fly outside this winter, the high school and middle school construction site is a beehive of activity. The warm, dry interior of the building allows an average of 200 workers a day to execute their trade in comfort. The project is on schedule for completion in June. The layout of the school has permitted Dimeo Construction Company and their subcontractors to sequence the work for efficiency. Generally, the various trade work begins in the high school wing, then to the middle school wing, then the gymnasium, fitness and music areas, and finally the library, auditorium and cafeteria areas.
There is significant ongoing work in each area of the building. In the entry areas and new PAC lobby area, curtainwalls, storefront and interior door glazings are being installed. In the concourse, railings, handrails and wall panels are being installed in anticipation of clearing the area to allow the installation of the terrazzo flooring to begin next week.
Duxbury selectmen reviewed and voted on the articles in the March 8 annual town meeting warrant this week, approving all but one – a citizen’s petition to create higher railings in the top floors of the new high school/middle school.