Views of the TenMile River, alongside the Attleboro Riverwalk
When I first started doing research for what became what is now a trail guide series, Easy Walks in Massachusetts, I could not have imagined how far the project would take me. I’ve experienced the joy of encountering Easy Walks in Massachusetts towns near and far, in different states, as far away as California, and even overseas to Ireland. But it is the places nearby, close to home, that I continue to return to and get great pleasure from. Even though we bemoan the continued loss of habitat in this heavily populated area of New England, I am humbled by the efforts of local folks to open up trails, work to make pathways more accessible, and even create trails where there were none. That’s what we found when we visited Attleboro recently.
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Almost directly behind the Attleboro Public Library the Ten Mile River flows through downtown Attleboro.
In years past rivers were viewed as convenient dumping grounds, a quick way to flush away unwanted…everything. The past 30 years has brought a sea change in how cities and towns value their watersheds. But a challenge remains. A lot of the infrastructure of local downtowns for the most part blocks, or turns its back on their rivers. The rivers were a big part of why the cities grew up where they did. Attleboro, MA is no exception.
The Ten Mile River and Bungay Brook, which feeds into the Ten Mile River, flows right through the heart of downtown Attleboro,
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|North Attleboro Eagle Scout gives back. Keigan Cullen, a North Attleboro High student athlete,and an Eagle Scout Candidate with Troop 33 in North Attleboro is working on his Eagle project, a nature trail behind the YMCA. Keigan, a Scout since he was eight years old, chose the YMCA site for his project as a way to give back to the YMCA for all the years of enjoyment he’s had there. Keigan attended The Childrens’ Center Daycare as a child, tried his hand at every sport available, learned to swim, and went to Summer Camp at the YMCA growing up. He remembers taking the trail years ago as a shortcut from the Senior Camp to the Drama Stage, but the trail hasn’t been maintained in years. To start, he – and 35 volunteers that he rounded up – cleared the trail and cut down five dead trees along the trailside. He then built bird and bathouses which he installed along the way. To go along with the houses, he installed informational signs about some of the local animal life, such as bats, birds, and squirrels. He hopes the trail will be enjoyed by generations of kids for years to come. Keigan is a Senior at North, and plans on joining The National Guard and applying to State Universities to study Engineering.|
I just learned of this blog for the Richards Memorial Library in downtown North Attleborough.
The Town-Wide Read is back. This year the book is Animals Make Us Human by Temple Grandin. North Attleboro loves its animals as we can tell from the popular Strut Your Pet events. We also have been inundated with wildlife throughout the years — remember the bear that came through the area?
Some copies of the book will be available at the library starting in February for check-out, but they can also be ordered through the SAILS system.
For a complete list of the programs we’ve planned check out our website, http://www.rmlonline.org/town-wide-read-animals-make-us-human-temple-grandin
We would like reservations for programs so we can put out enough chairs, but you can drop in.
Here are the highlights:
- Book Discussions for adults and children (who will read The One and Only by Katherine Applegate.)
- Caleigh Brown talks about her training to be part of a Therapy Dog team with her dog, March 9, at…
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The Massachusetts Feline Intervention Alliance, a small non-profit cat rescue located in Attleboro, MA, raises funds by making handmade gifts and holding fundraisers. They serve the Bristol County Massachusetts area. The MA – F.I.A. is dedicated to connecting cats with people and people with resources.
We will treat you like “FAMILY”.
Donations are greatly appreciated and very much needed for our rescued cats, and the ones still out there waiting to come in. They can be sent to:
Attleboro, MA 02703
by Jack Dakin
The first annual Trunk or Treat fundraiser event will be held on Sunday, October 30th, from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM in the Beaupre parking lot (to the right of the high school track). If you decide to go, there will be cars parked all around the lot and the trunks of the cars will be open and full of candy to take. Just like trick or treating but with less walking and more candy, perfect for parents and kids.
Throughout the parking lot there will be fun Halloween-themed games that include corn hole, pin the nose on the pumpkin, witch hat ring toss, and many more. At these games the kids will be given prizes for participation and there will also be Halloween themed temporary tattoos given in the center of the parking lot.
A $5 donation is recommended for every family that attends. It is also…
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