Weekly Update

Ruth Wakefield

Hello all, and happy Friday! Hard to believe it is April and there is more snow coming. The Red Sox have provided a nice touch of spring though with a thrilling win at a very windy and cold Fenway Park yesterday!

Today we celebrate two important women in Easton's history, one past, and one present. The New York Times has a series of articles running the obituaries of women who have earned a place in American history for their many and diverse accomplishments. The Times is recognizing these women by publishing their obituaries because they were "overlooked" at the time of their passing. They are worth reading about, and you will find the person whose link is included below to be of much interest: Ruth Graves Wakefield, pictured above, of Toll House Restaurant and Cookie fame! Raised in Easton at her grandparent's home on Mechanic Street, her story of perseverance through the difficulties of starting a business following the crash of the stock market is special, and so too is the story of the Toll House Cookie (with hats off to our friends in Whitman). Check out this link, and at the end of the article you can see the stories of other women who were "overlooked" by history. Thanks to Hazel Varella for bringing this to my attention! https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/21/obituaries/overlooked-ruth-wakefield.html The second important woman can be celebrated next weekend in person! She is Ellenor Simmons, who for 23 years has been the face of Borderland State Park. I wrote about her several weeks ago, and she is most deserving of this night of appreciation. The drop-in celebration will be held at Oakes Ames Memorial Hall on Saturday evening, April 14th, from 7-11 p.m. There will be music, a slideshow, and light refreshments for as long as they last. Write your memories and notes of congratulations on a keepsake for Ellenor! This is a drop-in event, no reservations are needed, and stay for as long or as short as you wish. Thanks to Avery Lee Williams for sponsoring this terrific celebration! And don't forget to come to our Open House this Sunday from 1-5 p.m. We will be featuring a number of Oliver Ames High School Senior Projects, with presentations by the students beginning at 1 p.m. If you miss the presentations, you can stop by and see their projects on the display boards they have created. Come by and encourage these young people to continue to do great things! Looking forward to more signs of spring, and more Red Sox wins, Frank

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