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Time Slipping Away

September 26, 2007 (reprinted from Southborough News)- Through the efforts of the Southborough Town Clerk’s office, the second phase of restoring the oldest of the town records is in progress. Many of Southborough’s oldest birth, death, town proceedings have been recorded in old ledgers and books some dating from before the official establishment of the Town in 1727. These records have been kept in the Vault at the Town Hall. The vault is as old as the current Town House which was built in 1870. The door to the vault is not the original but still is old. Town Clerk Paul Berry said that the vault in it’s current state is not good to keep the old vital records in. It is not climate controlled and dusty and he would eventually love to get a new modern safe that would be fireproof and climate controlled to ensure that the records remain stable.

Money for the restoration of the records was voted on at the Annual Spring Town Meeting through the use of the Community Preservation Act funds and the Community Preservation Committee support. Currently one of the older records of births in town is being restored by Brown River in Vermont. They carefully remove the binding and clean and preserve the pages and place them into archival quality sleeves and then will rest itch the binding. This process should last these records another 200 to 250 years. Mr. Berry said that it is vital that the Town of Southborough have these records preserved and maintained to ensure that the Town never loses the information or its past.


Town Records to be restored

 Reprinted from  May 23, 2007 - There will be a new look to the All Wars Memorial that sits between Main Street and Common Street next year. At the annual Southborough Town Meeting, the voters approved funds. The $25,000 will come from funding from the Southborough Community Preservation Act Historic Reserve Fund. The idea hatched when Peter and other veterans were discussing the memorial and the improvements that should be made to it. That idea evolved into the current planned restoration work. Veteran Peter Phaneuf has been the main force for the local veteran groups in leading the charge to get this accomplished. Mr. Phaneuf proceeded to get architectural plans for the veterans’ conception of what the renovations should entail and look like. Next step was to seek the funding for the project. They submitted an application to the Southborough Community Preservation Committee and met several times with that committee. It was then brought forward to the ATM where it passed overwhelmingly.

     The original All Wars monument was spearheaded by Don Banks and other veterans from town at the 1969 Southborough Annual Town meeting. The memorial lists the wars from WWI and up. All and any veteran that enlisted or served from the Town of Southborough would have their name inscribed on it. But over the years the bushes have become overgrown the rock wall and wrought railings have prevented handicapped veterans to easily access the monument.

     Under the new plan there will be a brick and Boston cobble base (similar to that at the Civil War Monument) and a new-bricked handicapped ramp will be built. In addition there will be granite pavers and squares that will be available to engrave Veteran names. Several granite benches will serve as seating to reflect upon the sacrifices made by the men and women. A granite podium will be built just off to the side of the Memorial. A plaque attached to the podium will have the words from the poem In Flanders Fields by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae. This poem has always been read at every year’s events at the Memorial and holds deep meaning to many of the Veterans. The veterans will purchase the materials for the project with the money funded and then a contract for placement of the material will be put out to bid. Much of the labor in prepping the All Wars Memorial will be done with volunteer labor. The drawings of the project are stunning and I am sure the All Wars Memorial when completed will be just as stunning.

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