Fire crews responded to the Duxbury Free Library last Tuesday after a pipe burst on the second floor near the reference area.

Read more: Library suffers damage after pipe burst: Director commends response

Duxbury firefighters battled a fire at the Duxbury House Thursday morning.

Read more: Ice, gas leak cause fire; No injuries, residents displaced

The Duxbury Education Foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary this March by switching up its annual fundraiser and inviting community members for a night out full of laughter.

Read more: DEF celebrates 25th anniversary

Fire crews reported the fire on multiple floors of the Duxbury House Thursday morning.

The two-alarm fire started around 10 a.m.

Duxbury Fire Chief Kevin Nord said the fire was most likely weather-related. 

The state fire rehab truck was on the scene of the fire around 11:30 a.m.

More information will be provided as it becomes available. 

Route 53 will remain closed for at least an hour while emergency crews deal with the fire. 



Tom Guilfoile, Erin Guilfoile, Patty Guilfoile, Nancy Cross, Jamie Cross, Emma Rosenfeld, Jon Cross, Maddie Foote, Cheryl Foote, Jackie Sullivan, Marie Sullivan, Sue Quilty, Molly Quilty, John Quilty, Caren Harrison, Catherine Harrison, John Harrison 

The Duxbury girls’ basketball team celebrated Senior Night at the high school on Wednesday by honoring their six seniors and their families prior to the game, but the seniors’ show did not end with the ceremony. The Dragons went with an all-senior starting lineup and result was the most dominant first quarter Duxbury has played this season as they shut out the Plymouth South Panthers on rout to a 53-28 win in which all six Duxbury seniors scored. Senior captain Maddie Foote put on a show in the first quarter by hitting all four of her shot attempts, including three straight three-pointers, to help Duxbury jump out to a 26-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. Fellow captains Catherine Harrison, Molly Quilty and Jackie Sullivan all hit shots in the frame, and the Dragons got a pair of midrange jumpers from Jaime Cross and a rebound and put back from Erin Guilfoile to cap off the senior celebration.

Read more: Senior Night delight: Seniors pace Dragons past Panthers

Over the weekend of February 6-8, the Duxbury U10 girls’ hockey team followed in the footsteps of the high schools girls’ team by winning the Waterville Valley Invitational.

Read more: Great time for girls’ hockey: U10 team dominant in invitational

The last two seasons were frustrating ones for the Duxbury boys’ basketball team, so it seemed only fitting that their frustration ended on Senior Night. The Class of 2015 were freshmen the last time the Dragons saw the MIAA tournament, but they will get to end their high school careers with a trip to the South Sectionals after a 54-27 win over the Pembroke Titans at the high school Thursday night clinched the team its first playoff berth since the 2011/12 season. Since the time, the Dragons have endured more than their share of growing pains with one win in the 2012/13 season and another disappointing campaign last year. But the team was able to right the ship thanks in large part to the work ethic and camaraderie imposed by the unselfish upperclassmen, according to head coach Gordon Cushing.

Read more: Boys’ basketball back in the dance: Dragons clinch playoff spot with Senior Night victory


Sophomore wrestler Carter Lewis usually has to set the tone for the Dragons, but Saturday at Whitman-Hanson, he stole the show. Lewis usually wrestles one of the first matches at dual meets, but the 113-pounder was the last Dragon standing at the Division II South Sectionals where he not only won the 113-lb. championship, but was also names Most Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament.

Read more: Carter Lewis arrives: Sophomore dominates Sectionals as three wrestlers head to States

Duxbury High School students, teachers and students’ parents will be able to weigh in on the climate and culture of the school this spring, as administrators look to host a quantitative approach to addressing concerns and needs.

Read more: Climate and culture at DHS

It’s early in February, Duxbury is covered in a thick, white blanket and there are no signs of the snow letting up. This year’s snowfall total is five feet and counting, and it is in this snowy setting where the chronicle of a service trip to Haiti taken by 10 Duxbury High School students over February vacation begins.

Read more: Duxbury High School students depart for Haiti

Paving the transfer station and the Matakeesett Court parking lots, repairing the Alden tennis courts, and replacing the dining room chairs at the Senior Center are just a few of the 22 items listed in the fiscal year 2016 capital budget that will be presented to voters at the annual townmeeting March 14. On Feb. 12, Duxbury selectmen voted unanimously to support the FY16 capital budget totaling $1.45 million. Most of this amount will be funded from the free cash account. The Finance Committee has approved the total. If passed by town meeting, the money becomes available on July 1. Last year, the capital budget totaled $1.3 million.

Read more: Capital Budgets Total $1.4 million

As Duxbury prepares to buckle down for yet another predicted snow storm, officials and members of the community are taking a moment to thank the Department of Public Works and emergency crews for their tireless efforts this winter. Town Manager Rene Read said he believes the Department of Public Works has done a “terrific job.”

Read more: Crews do a ‘terrific job’: Long days for emergency crews during storms

The Duxbury Police Department and Duxbury High School will maintain their Memorandum of Understanding as it stands, the School Committee learned at its most recent meeting. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ben Tantillo said the Memorandum of Understanding was most recently updated in 2010. In January, the high school administration met with the Duxbury Police Department to discuss any changes that should be made to the memorandum. 

Read more: A memo of understanding

Duxbury selectmen finalized the slate of issues that will come before voters at this year’s annual town meeting when they added four new articles to the warrant and removed seven last week.

Read more: Warrant updated: Town Meeting articles changed

The Duxbury girls’ hockey team enjoyed four years with goalie Rachel Myette able to win games where the team wasn’t at its best by putting on a show in net. For the next four years, they are going to have to figure out how to prevent the same thing from happening to them when they play Barnstable and their superstar freshman goalie Olivia Sallows.

Read more: A rare donut for the Dragons: Sollows shuts out Duxbury in loss to Barnstable

The Duxbury girls’swimming team dominated their Patriot League opponents during the dual meet season, but they proved on Sunday that they are more than just a local powerhouse.The Dragons won two relays and broke a school record while scoring 234 points to win the South/Central Sectional meet for the first time since 2000.

Read more: A party 15 years in the making:  Girls swimming wins South Sectionals