PHOTO: The band cleans up

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Beatrice Wadland, 97

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Published September 20, 2019 MELROSE — Beatrice Towner (Flagg) Wadland, 97, lifelong Melrose resident, died peacefully at the home of her daughter, Judy, in Wakefield on Monday September 9, 2019.  Born on February 12, 1922 in Melrose, Beatrice is one of two children of the late Arthur Samuel and Glenna Beatrice (Towner) Flagg. She graduated with the class of 1939 from Melrose High School, and attended Boston University, taking both religion and business courses including courses in insurance. In 1940, Beatrice married her beloved Robert Lewis, and they shared 70 wonderful years together. They raised their family in Melrose. Beatrice was very active in her church, the First United Methodist Church, joining in 1933. In those days it was called the Methodist Episcopal Church. She taught Sunday School for over 40 years, served on...

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Donald A. Batson, 90

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Published September 20, 2019 WEST NEWBURY — Donald A. Batson, 90, a resident of West Newbury and formerly of Melrose, passed away peacefully in Newburyport on Thursday, September 12, 2019. Born in Bath, Maine on April 3, 1929, Don was one of three sons of the late Linwood T. and Edna M. (Sprague) Batson. He was raised in Somerville where he graduated from Somerville High School, Class of 1947. Don proudly served in the US Army for two years before receiving an honorable discharge. On June 28, 1952, he married Vera MacPhail in Somerville and they settled in Melrose to raise a family of four children. While raising a family, Don continued his education by taking night classes and successfully earned his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Northeastern University. With a strong work ethic...

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Old-fashioned Apple Festival does not disappoint...

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Published September 19, 2019 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — You’d think after a quarter of a century the volunteers who put on the town’s beloved Apple Festival every September would be slowing down. But that’s just not the case. Chalk it up to their hearty New England lineage. Every year, for the past 25 years, the members of North Reading’s Historical and Antiquarian Society and North Reading’s Minit and Militia transform the grounds and buildings of the Rev. Daniel Putnam House on Bow Street into a miniature Colonial village. And hundreds flock to Bow Street to enjoy it all. The mainstays remain — the pony rides and children’s games, the tours of an ever-expanding array of 17th, 18th and 19th century buildings, the art raffle and auction, and of course the apple pie...

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School enrollment numbers remain low for 2019-20...

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Published September 19, 2019 By JILLIAN STRING NORTH READING — It was a smooth start to the 2019–20 school year, Superintendent Jon Bernard reported to the School Committee at their meeting on September 9. Bernard stated that as of the first day of school on September 4, enrollment for the district totaled 2,407 students. This number represents a slight increase over the 2,397 reported for opening day 2018–19, however it remains lower than the 2,493 reported for the 2017–18 school year. “Trends show that our enrollment is in a little bit of a dip. It’s not anything that is unanticipated,” Bernard said. “It’s not (something) that we attribute to anything other than just a population decrease.” According to Bernard, there are 1,121 elementary students (Batchelder: 444, Hood: 340, Little: 337); 540 middle school students...

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