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June 12, 08 - Facing a British invasion
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WEST BOYLSTON — British, French and “summer soldiers” marched into town Friday. They fired a few rounds and stayed a few days for what was officially proclaimed as Revolutionary War Soldier weekend in West Boylston. More >>

May 29, 08 - Parking bans set for June 6-8 re-enactment weekend
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WEST BOYLSTON — In anticipation of the Revolutionary War re-enactment and related events during the weekend of June 6, 7 and 8, Police Chief Dennis Minnich has announced places where parking will be prohibited.

May 29, 08 - Full Weekend Schedule
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WEST BOYLSTON — Next weekend features a full slate of bicentennial-related activities, starting Friday, June 6, when Revolutionary War re-enactors will make presentations to students at the elementary and middle schools before setting up camp in the center of town.

May 22, 2008 - Two hundred pennies for 200 years
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WEST BOYLSTON — The Bicentennial Committee is asking for the adults in town to do their part to help fund the year-long celebration.
Not a lot, but just enough to honor the town’s 200 year history. - More >>

May 15, 08 - Bicentennial brings full slate for June 6 – 8
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A full slate of activities is scheduled for the weekend of June 6 through 8 in celebration of West Boylston’s 200th birthday.

Beginning Friday, June, 6, Revolutionary War re-enactors will make presentations to students at the elementary and middle schools before setting up camp in the center of town.

April 7, 2008 - Town ponders mystery in history
Church was spared when reservoir created
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WEST BOYLSTON— While historians know a great deal about what happened through the years in Massachusetts, no one seems to know why the Old Stone Church was left standing when the state flooded Wachusett Reservoir lands in 1908. -

March 27, 2008 - Cookbooks, road race mark Bicentennial
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WEST BOYLSTON — The Bicentennial cookbooks have arrived.

There are 250 recipes from town folk, past and present, as well as from Lt. Governor Tim Murray, state Senator Harriette Chandler, state Representative James O’Day, and Town Administrator Leon Gaumond Jr.

March 20, 2008 - Bicentennial black and white ball a success
The Bicentennial Ball Committee and the Beaman Oak Garden Club were so pleased to host the Black and White Bicentennial Ball on March 8. The 325 guests who attended were eager to participate in the black and white theme – most were dressed in their finest black dresses and suits with some in black tie.

March 08, 2008 - Bicentennial mosaic celebrates town’s history
WEST BOYLSTON — The Bicentennial mosaic, created by the students of Major Edwards Elementary School, is now finished. The Mosaic can be viewed at the school

March 08, 2008 - West Boylston proclamation
Editor’s note: The following is the text from the official state proclamation of West Boylston Day, presented to West Boylston officials in Boston by Governor Deval Patrick, state Representative James O’Day and state Senator Harriette Chandler last week.

March 10, 2008 - Bicentennial celebrations begin
Ball honors town meeting held in 1808
The 325 people who attended Saturday night’s Black and White Bicentennial Ball celebrated in style.

Held at the Wachusett Country Club and sponsored by the Beaman Oak Garden Club, the ball was one of several weekend events planned to mark the town’s first town meeting held 200 years ago, on March 7, 1808.

February 21, 2008 - Ezra ‘Bearman’ needs some clothes
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Two bare bears have been spotted in Oakdale. Will someone please provide them with some clothes before they get arrested for indecent exposure?

The two plush bears were donated to the Bicentennial Committee by Alice Ohristo, to be used in whatever way the committee deemed appropriate. Their time has come. We would like to raffle them off on June 7 in conjunction with the West Boylston
5K Run/Walk

February 14, 2008 - Upcoming Bicentennial events
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Upcoming events:
What: Old Time Movie Night, sponsored by the West Boylston Historical Society
When: March 5, 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Odd Fellow’s Hall, 7 Newton St.

February 14, 2008 - Bicentennial coins now on sale
Banner News
WEST BOYLSTON— The Friends of the West Boylston Bicentennial announce the arrival of the official Bicentennial coin. The coin features the town seal on one side and the bicentennial logo on the other.

February 7, 2008 - Students learn town history repeats itself
WEST BOYLSTON— West Boylston began amidst a web of church and political intrigue. History records its version of what the mood was on that day 200 years ago when church and politics mixed and created a new town. But it was all remembered amidst good humor last week, when the town’s bicentennial celebration officially kicked off with Ezra Beaman Day at the high school.

January 31, 2008 - Bicentennial road race scheduled for June 7
Banner News
WEST BOYLSTON— On June 7, there will be a 5K race around the Thomas Basin in West Boylston, Massachusetts to raise money for the West Boylston Bicentennial celebration.

The 3.1 mile race starts at the high school on Crescent Street and proceeds to the village of Oakdale, then onto route 140 past the Old Stone Church, across the causeway and onto Goodale Street.

January 31, 2008 - Town father honored after 200 years
Ezra Beaman Day begins celebration
WEST BOYLSTON— Two centuries after his efforts, a celebration was held for “the father of West Boylston.”

Ezra Beaman led a group of families in constructing a church on what is now the town common more than 200 years ago. Residents then petitioned the state Legislature and the town of West Boylston was incorporated in 1808.

Yesterday, at the West Boylston Middle High School, Jan. 30 was declared Ezra Beaman Day.

January 30, 2008 - Ezra Beamen Day celebrated in West Boylston, Mass. - NECN NEWS
(NECN) - The Central Massachusetts town of West Boylston turns 200 this year and residents plan to make the milestone a memorable one.

January 17, 2008 - Bicentennial needs volunteers (Press Release)
Bonnie Fancy, Publicity Chairwoman Friends of The West Boylston Bicentennial Committee
To the editor:

The West Boylston Bicentennial has arrived, and volunteers are needed for several events, including a re-enactment of the first town meeting, a grand ball, a military re-enactment, a parade and a major event for the children.

January 17, 2008 Yearlong birthday bash begins with Ezra Beaman Day, Jan. 30
High School to honor West Boylston’s founder
WEST BOYLSTON— Ezra Beaman is coming to town. In fact, his coming to town is the reason West Boylston exists in the first place.

In honor of the town’s founder, the town will begin its yearlong Bicentennial celebration with “Ezra Beaman Day,” a formal program at the high school for students and invited guests, on Wednesday, Jan. 30.



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Fireworks Sept 21

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