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Geocaching in Framingham
People love to visit Cushing Memorial Park in Framingham. It's a fun place to walk around and enjoy the great outdoors. For kids, there's a playground. fun places to ride their bikes, and lots of open space to run around or fly a kite.
Did you know there's a treasure in Cushing Memorial Park? No, not buried treasure.
The treasure is place by people participating in Geocaching - the world's larges treasure hunt.
What is Geocaching
If you?re new to the concept of geocaching, think of it as a giant treasure hunt. Players stash goodies in publicly accessible outdoor locations, then post the GPS coordinates of these prizes on Geocaching.com. When other players find these hidden gems, they post their victory on the site?s forums and then put the prize back for others to locate in turn.
Geocaching in Framingham
As of today, there are 26 geocaches in Framingham and 16 of those are places in the vicinity of Cushing Memorial Park. That's a lot is a lot considering one of the rules of placing geocache:
Geocache containers and physical stages of different geocaches must be at least 0.1 miles (528 feet or 161 meters) apart.
A physical stage is any object placed by the cache owner, such as a container or a tag.
Five Things We Learned
Some of the things we learned, without giving any clues to the location of the geocaches.
- The geocaches are spread out through the park. It's fun to watch the kids try to find them based on vague hints and generic map locations.
- None of the geocaches are buried - as per rule.
- Some of the geocaches have places to jot down your name in a log. Bring a fine pen to write down your name.
- A few of the geocaches have small trinkets. You can take one and leave small tchotchke for the next treasure hunter. Tchotchkes can be found at the dollar store.
- Some of the geocaches are very well designed and really hard to find. Don't be discorage if you don't find it!
Fun Time at Cushing!
It will take about 45-minutes to find the geocache in the park. This is based on the complexity of the treasure hunt and the distance between the locations.
Frederic P Stearns
As you drive down Winter Street in Framingham, you?ll see a large sign in front of the waterfall. This is the DCA sign letting people know that this is the Frederick Stearns Reservoir.
Mr. Frederick Stearns did valuable work in connection with securing a water supply from the Sudbury River and later as chief engineer, supervised the construction of a tunnel under Dorchester Bay and reservoir on Moon Island.
Under the leadership of Frederic Stearns, the Chief Engineer of the Metropolitan Water Board, it was decided that the new water source should be gravity-operated and not require filtratio
Some Fun Facts I Learned About Frederick Stearns
Born on November 11, 1851 in Calais, Maine and move to the Boston area with his parents when he was 18
Full name is Frederic Pike Stearns.
Married Addie C. Richardson of Framingham in 1872.
From 1865 to 1907 he was the chief engineer of the Massachusetts Water Works.
He was the consulting engineer for the Charles River Commission. (1903 - 1910)
In 1905, he was a member of the Board of Consulting Engineerings of the Panama Canal. He was one of three experts engineers to advise President-Elect Taft on the Canal problems.
He had two sons Herbert R Stearns and Ralph H. Stearns.
Frederic Pike Stearns Monday December 1, 1919 he was 68 years old.
Framingham Recycle Center
Couple of notable things at the Framingham Recycling Center. It cost Framingham residents $20 a year to use the facilities - might as well get the most of your money!
It costs nothing to dispose of any metal that you have. So if there?s something in your basement or garage that might - and your not going to use it any time soon - recycle it. Here are just some of the things I saw at the recycling center:
- Deck Chairs
- Window frames
- Beach Chairs
- Lawn motor
- Scott?s Lawn spreader
- Metal Shelves
Last year we tried to donate a few shopping bags full of books. We couldn?t find a place. I did notice that the center has a couple of bins to recycle books.
Note: before recycling any old books check eBay.com to see if they are valuable.
DiscoverBooks.com has a couple of drop off bins for books. This is the only place around Framingham where we could find a place to drop off books.
Books that are left in these bins may get sold on their website or they may get donated to local libraries.
You can read more about Discoverbooks.com services.
Last year when I was in the Boston Public Library I found a book on the history of Framingham.
Someone placed some maps inside the book. It doesn't look like that they were supposed to be included in the book.
The one map I thought was most interesting was the map of Framingham from 1872:
The quality of the map isn't all that good. The next time I am at the Boston Public Library, I'll get a better copy.
It?s been a while since I posted about COVID-19. Things are much better and most restaurants are now fully open for indoor seating.
Just because the COVID-19 numbers are down, it doesn?t mean that it?s ok to go back to normal. People should stay vigilant against COVID-19.
Interesting COVID-19 Facts
City of Framingham COVID Numbers: 8,352 Cases, 250 Deaths, & 83 Active Cases
Framingham currently has about 74,500 residents.
June 12 was the first time that Framingham reported zero COVI-19 cases.
April 2, 2021, was the last time Framingham was in the red (High-Risk Zone)
March 26, 2020 was the first reported COVID-19 fatality.
According to the Massachusetts Department of Health statistical numbers, Framingham is one of nine cities in Massachusetts to have a large number of COVID-19 cases.
Framingham has been classified as Red since August 24th. The Average Daily Incidence of Rat per 100,000 is 10.9.
To be in red, the Average daily case rate over the last 14 days: 8 cases per 100,000 population. To be in yellow, the Average daily case rate over the last 14 days: 4-8 cases per 100,000 population.
This means that have to drop at least 3 percentage points in the 14-day Average Incidence rate.
What?s Red Mean?
Schools, public and private are not allowed to hold in classroom learning. Schools can only hold 15% of their maximum capacity. Saint Bridget School and Keefe Tech had both plans on opening with in-classroom learning. Both schools had to shift to remote start.
Schools are not allowed to go to full in-classroom learning until Framingham is at least yellow for two consecutive weeks.
There are no changes for businesses or churches at this time.
This is the second week in a row that the city of Framingham has been in the Red. The First time Framingham went red, Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer took to Twitter to spread the word:
This is the followup Tweet when Framingham made the listed for the second week in a row:
There hasn't been any other notable differences in actions.
Saint Bridget School Variety Show
In these crazy times it?s nice to see that there are some schools doing things to keep the student body connected.
At Framingham?s Saint Bridget School, the students and faculty recently participated in a variety show. This event had a great turn out and featured some talented acts.
This event, among others, is helping bring together students in these challenging times.
Check out the variety show
Check out the Variety Show on YouTube.com.
Boston Mile Marker in Framingham
Near the Minuteman Statue, at the corner of Union Ave and Main Street, is an Old Stone Mile Marker. This tells you how far away from Boston you are.
Five Things I Learned
There are 40 markers throughout the Boston Area and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. At one time there were at least 99 that once existed.
These markers trace back to the early days of the country and were placed by the Massachusetts Council Order in 1767. They were used to help people navigate their way to Boston.
In 2015, the MassDOT restored 29 the old Stone Mile Markers the project was completed in 2018. The stones were restored were the original stones as the preservation work was done to the strict standards of the Interior's Standards for Preservation.
The mile market at this location reads: "23 miles from Boston 1768"
You can find all sorts of information on the National Register of Historic Places on their website.
A closer look at the Stone Marker, you can make out the letters. Keep in mind that this is 252 years old!
The Framingham F
Driving around town, fou may have seen this 'F' painted on some driveways around Framingham, such as this one on Crest Road:
Fun Facts About this Design
- In 2018, the Framingham Youth Basketball sponsored the citywide campaign as a Community Pride Fundraiser.
- A donation of $25 would get the painted F on the driveway or any location that you choose.
- The 2-color "F" is 3-feet tall.
- The logo was supposed to last about 6-months, however, they are still visible 2-years later.
CoronaVirus in Framingham
Note: All week long we are covering the impact of the CoronoVirus. It's the biggest story of March, and has a lot of Framingham residents in their homes participating in the Social Distancing.
Today in Massachusetts there are 218 Confirmed cases of the CoronaVirus. There are 1,083 people that are subject to quarantine.
Of the 19 counties in Massachusetts, Middlesex County has the most reported: 89.
In Framingham there are now four reported cases. According to Sam Song, the Framingham Director of Public Health, all reported cases are under self-quarantine
The city of Framingham Board of Health now limits the in-person meetings. This means that City Council members will be conducting remote meetings. As of today, March 17, 2020, the City Hall Building and related Public Buildings are now closed to the public.
You can find the latest information on the status of the CoronaVirus on the Framingham.gov website.
The city will continue to monitor the situation and reevaluate the need to close the public buildings - Trash Pickup and access to the parks are not impacted