Rose Colleran and Susan Weisenfeld (above) have co-chaired the Medfield Foundation Angel Run for many years, and today announced that they will do so for two more spectacular, family fun filled Angel Runs, this December 2 and in 2019.
Therefore, the Medfield Foundation is looking for someone interested in learning how to operate the Angel Run over the next fifteen months by apprenticing to these two pros, to learn the ropes, and to then take over running the Angel run to be held in early December 2020. The Angel Run is Medfield premier family fun event, and raises monies for Medfield families in need.
Run in the 2018 Angel Run
Apprentice in the 2019 Angel Run
Run the 2020 Angel Run
Borgstein Alpaca Farm Open Farm Day 10/28
I saw the Borgstein Alpaca Farm booth at Medfield Day, loved it, and said I would post about their open house.
I really like that we have an operating farm in town. Plus pictures of alpacas on the Internet makes for a nice change from pictures of cats. The Borgensteins have 17 of their goal of a 20 alpaca herd, per the count up screen.
Further research lead the four observers to conclude that we saw a mink, not a fisher cat on Saturday in our neighborhood. Deb and I concluded that its head was that of a fisher cat.
I have never seen either a mink or a fisher, and had no idea that a mink could be that large and stand with it rump that far off the ground.
The animal control officer (probably Robert LaPlante) said to Deb that someone called in about the animal eating berries right next to him in the area, and that the ACO opined that it was probably just a juvenile forced by its parents to find new territory and not rabid. That sounds more likely to me too, versus the odd behavior being a sign of it being rabid, as it was not acting and/or looking sick – just not afraid of people.
So in sum, probably a juvenile mink, not a rabid fisher cat.
Odd behavior by Fisher Cat on Copperwood Road
This morning Deb and I had an encounter with a fisher cat that did not seem fearful of us at all – it came within about ten feet of me. My neighbor later told me that it had squabbled with her dog and then peered in their screen door at them.
I alerted Jenny Cronin, the Town of Medfield Animal Control Officer, as the odd behavior made me wonder whether the fisher cat might be rabid. Jenny said that if you see the fisher cat and know where it is at that moment, call the Medfield Police Department at 508-359-2315, and they can dispatch Jenny to see if she can capture it.
FYI: This email from Chief Meaney about a deer being aggressive behind the Medfield State Hospital came this afternoon –
In case it comes up tonight, a deer went after a dog in the Dover section of the hospital property this afternoon around 2 PM. The dog and owner were beyond the fields behind the hospital on a path that leads to the Dover-Sherborn soccer fields and eventually to the school.
Jenny checked and learned that this is typical behavior this time of year. There are many baby deer around. Most likely the doe had a baby bedded down in the vicinity and felt threatened by the dog.
The dog was taken to the vet clinic Jenny will come up with some wording for a sign which we will post on that particular gate and also by the boat launch.
While this is typical behavior, Jenny has not had this occur before.
MFi Lifetime Achievement Award
Kim Agricola was nominated for the MFi Lifetime Achievement Award for her decades of work for the Medfield Animal Shelter. Interestingly, this year Kim also nominated another Animal Shelter volunteer as the Medfield Foundation volunteer of the year. This was Theresa Burns’ nomination:
Primary organization or initiative where she/he volunteers: the Medfield Animal Shelter
How many years has the nominee be donating her/his time? At least 20.
Kim and her husband, Mike, after years of dedication to the Medfield Animal Shelter, decided to spearhead a group to raise funds to build a new, state-of-the-art facility. Optimistically, they need the initiative Shelter 2000. While it was not built by 2000, it was built. Mike made sure that each arterial used was cost effective, durable, easy to clean, and the optimal for the animals. Kim markets the facility, organizes the volunteers and rescues animals from other shelters to be adopted from Medfield.
The public is invited to the reception honoring all the MFi volunteer award nominees at 3PM on Sunday, April 8 at The Center.
The Medfield Foundation volunteer awards are made possible through the sponsorship of Roche Bros. and Brothers Marketplace, as well as a contribution for Rockland Trust.