The Holmes Public Library, 470 Plymouth St., Halifax, hosted its annual Hallowe’en Costume Parade last week. Children from several nearby towns came dressed in their best costumes to Trick or Treat as the Holmes welcomed their new Children’s Librarian, Holly Iannucci.
Halifax police are investigating the unattended death of an 83 year-old man on Tuesday.
The victim has been identified as Henry Stukuls of Atkinson, New Hampshire.
State police detectives and Halifax police are jointly investigating the incident, according to reports from Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz and Halifax Police Chief Joao Chaves.
At approximately 10 a.m. Tuesday, State Police Detectives assigned to the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office were advised by Halifax Police of an unattended death, which occurred at 287 Holmes Street in Halifax.
The victim was transported to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Plymouth where he was pronounced dead.
The state office of the Chief Medical Examiner took jurisdiction and will determine the cause of death, according to the press release.
Wednesday, when this reporter sought comment, there was no activity at the building, and the front doors were locked. There appeared to be video cameras on the outsides of the building, which is located across from the entrance to the Halifax commuter rail station. The business is reportedly a woodworking company that makes custom wine racks. There was an overhead sign that read Maverick Furniture but appeared to be painted over on the front of the building.
A car with New Hampshire plates remained in the parking lot Wednesday morning and appeared to have been there overnight with frosted windows.
The dispatched 911 call over the public scanner Tuesday morning around 8: 30 a.m. was reported as a possible industrial accident involving a fork lift. Stukuls was reportedly found outside the building.
Police would not confirm any other details of the incident citing the ongoing investigation.
Police did say that there is no apparent danger to the public at large.
Colchester Farm celebrated their annual Fall Fest Celebration Oct., 5, with hay rides around the farm and pumpkins for sale.
Many festival goers purchased Tom’s Wood Fire Pizza and Harper Lane Brewery concessions while they enjoyed musician guitarist Hayley Sabella at the outdoor event.
With face painting and beanbag toss games along with visiting the goats, there were plenty of activities for all ages. Many families were delighted to pick their own flowers and put them in Mason jars – a popular choice.
The Halifax Fire Department Open House brought kids, adults, and families together on Sunday, Oct. 6.
People got to meet their firefighters, tour the station, and have a lot of fun while they tried on the real firefighter gear and checked out the trucks!
Kids had fun in the bouncy house, ate cotton candy, popcorn, pizza, and soda, and learned about fire safety with demonstrations.
Nessralla’s Corn Maze in Halifax opened for its 12th year in mid September to the delight of families near and far.
Fifteen acres were planted in the spring and cut to represent “Super Girl” in a challenging maze experience.
This young adventurer, Lydia Giarratana, 10, of Whitman, appeared as an aerialist in the sky as she slid down the zipline into the sunset.
HALIFAX – Heavy smoke could be seen from across the street as witnesses said they made 911 calls from the Dunkin Donuts drive thru on Plymouth Street Friday, Aug. 23, around 3 p.m.
A house fire at 346 Plymouth St. appeared to have been caused by a faulty electrical outlet and was deemed accidental in nature, Fire Chief Jason Viveiros told the press.
One personnel member responded with a fire engine because the Halifax ambulance was committed on a prior call.
In early images from bystanders, flames could be seen pouring out of the side of the two-family home. Witnesses said they ran to bang on the doors when they saw black smoke quickly turn to flames.
Tayla Jarris of Pembroke said there were more than a few people with cell phones calling the fire in as she and Stephen Bentley of Plympton went to the home to listen for sounds of people or animals.
Another man who did not wish to comment had also reportedly run to the back of the home to check if help was needed there, Jarris said.
Halifax Fire requested mutual aid and a second alarm was called to bring more manpower to the fire scene.
Jeanmarie Venti, the tenant of the home, had just returned to work from her lunch break when she received a call that her house was on fire. The property is owned by Tina and Bill Alger, also of Halifax.
Marie Sanford, Venti’s daughter who was at the fire scene, told the Express that her mother was shaken up and did not want to speak to the press at that time. She said that her mother was not home at the time of the fire, but incidentally had returned from a quick lunch just about an hour before the fire.
Sanford added that she was thankful that her mom was not hurt.
An early estimate put damages around $300,000, according to Chief Viveiros.
The fire was brought under control just before 4 p.m.
One firefighter was taken to Brockton Hospital for medical treatment.
Departments who responded to the scene along with a Kingston engine that covered the Halifax fire station were: Hanson, East Bridgewater, Pembroke, and Plympton fire departments.
During the fire incident both the Kingston engine and Pembroke ambulance responded for a medical emergency call.
All units were cleared and in service at 5 p.m. according to Viveiros.
The always anticipated Annual Pet Show at the Holmes Public Library, 470 Plymouth St., Halifax, was held Monday, July 8, beginning at 6 p.m.
More than 20 entrants came to be seen and petted, representing several species of canines, rabbits, frogs, and even a chicken named, of course, “Chickie”!
Children’s Librarian Miss Stacy emceed the event, introducing each entrant with its person, allowing the audience to get a close-up look.
HANSON — Early morning the sun shone on 25 yogis of varied skill levels that stretched on their mats Saturday, June 22.
Amid them were three very spunky, friendly goats nicknamed the ‘Golden Girls,’ after the TV comedy — Dorothy and Blanche, both miniature Nubians and Rose a Nigerian dwarf goat.
Red Horse Farm is a serene space set slightly back off 300 High St., in Hanson.
Each weekend they host Goat Yoga —just as it sounds, the yoga class is with goats. If you love getting an intense stretch and possibly a nose kiss from a curious, furry face you may have found your niche.
Nicole Riley owner and trainer of Red Horse Farm works with the goats as local yoga instructor Kristina Northrup teaches the class.
“The interest has been amazing! We thought we’d get a few people who’d want to attend, but we’re packed every weekend! And it’s not just Hanson; we’ve had people drive all the way down from Boston to attend… which blows me away,” said Riley.
The goats are trained to participate with the group and introduce slight, weight-bearing additions during several poses. Riley is inside the fenced area and entices the goats with food pellets.
“Kristina Northrup, our yoga instructor, has done such a great job,” Riley said. “We needed to train the goats prior to launching the class in May and she’s just been game from the very start! She has such a great way about teaching and we’re lucky to have her.”
A mix of genders and ages attended the Goat Yoga class.
Nick Collazo of Taunton who was adept at yoga and fitness was in a full downward facing dog and held his pose as if he barely noticed the two Nigerian dwarf goats that gently danced on his back. Eventually he lowered himself laughing with the people around him who also took a moment to snap some cell phone pictures.
Quite possibly the goats offer a balanced enlightenment to the perfection some impose on themselves during yoga. The audible laughter and amusement blended well in the breezy, summer air.
Nicole and her husband Paul also shared their love of the outdoors and a fairytale wedding on the property when they married in 2015. They purchased the property in 2014 and are close to completing their renovations on the homestead, which was built in the 1800’s.
Their friends who own Hobby Knoll Stables in Duxbury brought their wedding party down High Street in a horse drawn carriage with neighbors looking on in delight.
The bride called her wedding day “magical.”
The farm also hosts a hands-on program called Little Farmers Morning for children. They learn about the goats, chickens, and horses. It is geared towards children ages 5 to 11, with hands-on learning of horsemanship skills, goat and chicken care, egg collection with an arts and craft project or storybook.
One of her favorite parts is watching the faces of the little ones light up.
“It is the best feeling,” she said.
The RHF is primarily a boarding farm but they wanted to add things that people could enjoy in the outdoor atmosphere.
“I think its fun for those not accustomed to being around horses to hear them neigh during class or see the chickens from the yoga ring’” Riley said. “The goats, ‘The Golden Girls,’ are a riot — each with their own hilarious personality. And there’s as much laughter during class as exercise!”
RHF also offers riding lessons, and farm fresh eggs.
They are located on three acres of land, which abuts conservation land with riding trails.
There’s just something about this little farm and it’s peaceful feeling …being in the fresh air with animals is good for the soul and we hope people enjoy visiting, she said.
Upcoming events and classes, which run through October along with sign ups, are located on their website. RedhorseFarmHanson.com.
With various art media displayed throughout the Silver Lake hallways- this week students will observe and participate in a noticeably different method of creativity -in the form of tape art.
Founder of Tape Art Crew Michael Townsend carries over three decades of art experience and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design. Artist Leah Smith and Tape Art instructor also has over a decade in creating public art.
The pair generated inspiration with the SL students during a brief brain storming session prior to the application of the tape on Tuesday.
The students were encouraged to create and envision their story and then pairing up in groups they taped their portions of the story as it would unfold along the bare white wall.
Strictly pictorial each detail of the wall art was made of tape. Flowers, grass, lines both leading and finishing, cat ears, tiger bodies and a story unfolded about within various stages.
The green and blue artistry tape is easily removed and repositionable.
The idea of creating a scene together incorporates everyone. Coming into a space and seeing something new is exciting and when it is removed it will be missed and leaves room for new ideas to spring up, said Smith.
Several students stood on a table and stools to work on the top portions of the mural each had a shared task.
In recognition of March – Youth Arts Month this event was made possible by the generous support of the Kingston, Plympton and Halifax Local Cultural Councils and the SLRSD PTO.
Hannah Close Art teacher at the Silver Lake Regional High School was first introduced to the Tape Art Crew when she attended a professional development workshop in spring 2018. The event was hosted by the Massachusetts Art Education Association MAEA at UMass Dartmouth featuring the Tape Art Crew and led by two of the crew members.
Similar to the students the teachers at the workshop were given a prompt and coaching on how to manipulate the blue and green painter’s tape and all were paired in groups to create a temporary tape art mural.
‘The Tape Art Crew members posed thoughtful questions about imagery, communication and visual problems while we worked. The results were as exciting as they were varied,’ said Close.
Close who also spent class time Tuesday with the Tape Art Crew was excited about the opportunity to bring working artists to SLRHS because of the conceptual thinking, exposure to the media of temporary tape art murals and allowance for her students to develop visual communication skills. Her hope in what the students will gather from the experiences this week is: development of interpersonal and problem solving skills.
‘They work together to create large scale murals that will be shared by the whole school and community,’ said Close.
The Tape Art Crew hails from Rhode Island and has hosted their workshops all over the world. Internationally they have traveled, creating tape murals throughout the US, Hong Kong, Greece, and Tokyo.