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Body found in Lake Quannapowitt

Local and state authorities investigating

Earlier this week, the Wakefield Police, in coordination with the Middlesex County District Attorney, reported that the body of a male was found in Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield (July 16). The DA’s office said that the man, whose identity is being withheld, was from Burlington, Mass.

“As this death is not considered suspicious no additional information will be released,” said Liz Vlock, spokeswoman from the Middlesex DA’s office in a statement to the Advocate.

A press release from the Wakefield Police stated that the body was found “along the Church Street side of Lake Quannapowitt.” They said there were “no obvious signs of foul play.”

Lake Quannapowitt borders Lynnfield and is located on the opposite side of Interstate 95. It is the larger of Wakefield’s two bigger bodies of water, and the frequent site of activity. Fire Chief Michael Sullivan, whose crews were on the scene of the incident, said that the lake is frequently used for boating, kayaking and canoeing, and swimming is generally “not allowed.” He called the discovery of the body “very rare,” but could not comment on safety as the investigation is ongoing.

By Melanie Higgins

 

Lynnfield History: Mooooo … Cows in Lynnfield

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“From the first the citizens of the territory have been known as farmers, and that is still largely their business. There are in town eighty-seven farms. A few of them have remained in the same families for centuries, many of them half of that period.” —Lynnfield historian Thomas Wellman, 1895

In 2000 Edie Pope Richard reminisced about the Lynnfield dairy operations of her childhood, starting with the Cox Farm in the vicinity of Main Street and Route 128. Bob Cox, son of the owner Ralph Cox, recalled that his father had a milk delivery route in Reading and later became a cattle dealer. Their property extended to the Saugus River.

Butterfat

Moving along Main Street, Anson Strong had about 30 Guernsey and Holstein cattle, now in the vicinity of Edwards Avenue. Unfortunately, a terrible fire destroyed the family home in the 1940s so the farm was sold. Across Main Street, Andy Rombult had some 50 Guernseys. The family sold “raw milk and later pasteurized their own,” emphasizing that their herd gave “5% butter fat” in their product. Unlike today, the quality of milk then was judged by its “fat content.”

According to another recollection by old-timer Shorty MacGregor, whose father kept a small herd, “In those days, from Four Corners (Lowell & Main Streets) to the North Reading line, there were between three and four hundred cows.” In addition, some 150–200 horses were worked on the same farms. Shorty remembered, “We got 21 cents for an eight and a half quart can of milk” from the local dealers.

Stomping grounds

Residents of newly built Sanders Road in the 1950s were surprised to hear the lowing of cows from the Carter Farm, now conservation land behind the Lynnfield Center Shopping Center. By far, Town Father Joseph Smith (1881-1963) was the last holdout in Lynnfield’s dairy business, selling some 150 Holstein cattle prior to his death. Several of his cows were known to stray across Lowell Street, ripping up the newly seeded lawns in the Grant, their former “stomping grounds.”

South Lynnfield

Fletcher’s farm at the intersection of Summer and Salem Streets (Post Office Square) had some cows whose milk “may have just been sold to neighbors.” Gerry Mansfield and Frank Newhall, both of whose families had been in South Lynnfield for generations, kept dairy cows. Newhall owned property in Topsfield where he “drove” his 45 head of cattle each summer. The writer did not specify just how this was done – presumably by truck. Frank and his workers “went up and milked the herd every day, bringing it back to Lynnfield to be sold.”

Town reports

By perusing the “Report of Inspector of Animals” in our Town Reports, we can chart the decline of the dairy business in Lynnfield. For example, Inspector Arthur W. Bryant in 1938 examined “23 barns where animals are kept and all found in good condition.” Four years earlier in 1934, he had inspected 30 barns.

In 1958 Inspector Gustav H. Koch opined, “Lynnfield, once the scene of many fine herds of Dairy Cattle grazing in the pastures, has now but two herds left.” The owners were Joseph Smith on Lowell Street and Arthur Hudson in the Center. Meanwhile, the population of Lynnfield had nearly tripled in the post-War years, swallowing up available acreage.

But by 1963 Koch noted sadly that the town no longer had a herd of cattle within its borders. As a longtime Lynnfield resident, he concluded, “An era has passed, and the price of progress has been paid.”

(Sources: Lynnfield Historical Society Bulletins, 2000 & 1972, Town Reports)

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By Helen Breen



 

When Jimmy Piersall came to Lynnfield

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Back in the 1950’s, baseball stood alone as America’s pastime, and the idols of the day, for young and old alike, were such household names as Ted Williams, Stan Musiel and Philip Francis “The Scooter” Rizzuto. They weren’t paid the excessive salaries as the players of today but they did share endorsement deals – albeit, more of the lesser known brand names, products and of course, money.

Lynnfield has always been the home to many professional Boston sports stars, especially in the 1970’s Boston Bruins, from Bobby Orr to Wayne Cashman and the late Gary Doak. We’re sure some baseball players found their way to the sleepy streets of Lynnfield. whether it was a temporary career stay or, as in this case, and product promotion at a local store.

On October 31, 1955, Red Sox star centerfielder Jimmy Piersall went to Worthen’s Food Mart at the Colonial Shopping Center on Main Street to promote Coffee Time syrup and sparkling soda; it was a very big deal when, according to a Wakefield newspaper, “The popular centerfielder attracted over 300 youngsters and adults to the store.”

   

Beacon Hill Roll Call

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ votes on roll calls from prior Senate debate on the fiscal year 2018 budget approved by the Legislature and sent to Gov. Charlie Baker. There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week.

 

$300,000 FOR CENTRALIZED PUBLIC HOUSING WAITING LIST (S 3)

Senate 37-0, approved an amendment providing $300,000 for the creation and implementation of a centralized waiting list for people seeking to rent a unit in state public housing.

Amendment supporters said this is part of the plan to modernize the state’s public housing system and local housing authorities. They noted the waiting lists are long and among other things, the centralized list will allow smaller local housing authorities to see where there is availability in other communities.

(A “Yes” vote is for the amendment.)

Sen. Joan Lovely               Yes

Sen. Thomas McGee           Yes

 

$50,000 FOR AUTISM (S 3)

Senate 37-0, approved an amendment providing $50,000 for the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (CANDO) that provides comprehensive clinical services to children with autism spectrum and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

Amendment supporters said the center was launched four years ago to fill a void and is the first-ever interdisciplinary autism disorder clinic in Metro West and Central Massachusetts. They said the clinic’s services are provided by specialists at every stage of patient care, from evaluation and treatment to transition to community providers.

(A “Yes” vote is for the amendment.)

Sen. Joan Lovely                            Yes

Sen. Thomas McGee                       Yes

 

$2 MILLION FOR SHANNON POLICE GRANTS (S 3)

Senate 38-0, approved an amendment increasing funding by $2 million (from $5 million to $7 million) for the state’s Shannon Community Safety Initiative to reduce gang violence across the state. The program was established in 2006, in honor of the late Sen. Charlie Shannon who was also a police officer.

The state’s website describes the program as one that is aimed at combating gang violence through coordinated prevention and intervention, law enforcement, prosecution and reintegration programs.

Amendment supporters said these grants have been successful in helping to combat and reduce youth, gun and gang violence in the state. They noted the program increases community outreach to at-risk youths and provides them with positive opportunities and information that help divert them away from gang activity.

(A “Yes” vote is for the amendment.)

Sen. Joan Lovely                            Yes

Sen. Thomas McGee                       Yes

 

HOW LONG WAS LAST WEEK’S SESSION? Beacon Hill Roll Call tracks the length of time that the House and Senate were in session each week. Many legislators say that legislative sessions are only one aspect of the Legislature’s job and that a lot of important work is done outside of the House and Senate chambers. They note that their jobs also involve committee work, research, constituent work and other matters that are important to their districts. Critics say that the Legislature does not meet regularly or long enough to debate and vote in public view on the thousands of pieces of legislation that have been filed. They note that the infrequency and brief length of sessions are misguided and lead to irresponsible late-night sessions and a mad rush to act on dozens of bills in the days immediately preceding the end of an annual session.

During the week of July 10-14, the House met for a total of 10 hours and 55 minutes and the Senate met for a total of three hours and 54 minutes.

Mon. July 10

House11:00 a.m. to 11:17 a.m.

Senate 11:07 a.m. to 11:51 p.m.

Tues.July 11

House11:06 a.m. to1:05 p.m.

Senate 11:03 a.m. to1:01 p.m.

Wed. July 12

House11:04 a.m. to4:00 p.m.

No Senate session

Thurs. July 13

House 11:01 a.m. to 2:44 p.m.

Senate11:03 a.m. to12:15 p.m.

Fri. July 14

No House session

No Senate session

Bob Katzen
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Lynnfield Little League’s Grey Team wins local playoff and first ever Middlesex Big Diamond Junior Championship

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For the first time in Lynnfield’s short history of being part of the Middlesex Big Diamond League (MBDL) the local boys, “Team Grey” brought home the championship cup for the Junior Division.  After having knocked off two other top-seeded teams in the local Big Diamond division playoffs in Lynnfield, Team Grey defeated the league champs from Wakefield, Stoneham and Wilmington to take home the crosstown championship.  This is the first time a Lynnfield Team has won the MBDL.  The team was managed by Mike Bolger and assisted by Rob Gizmunt, Dave D’Amico, and Walter Sazo.


   

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