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ABOUT TOWN: Selectmen Approve Voluntary Watering Ban in Stoughton (And More…)

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DROUGHT PREPARATIONS UNDER WAY: After a winter and spring with little precipitation, the Town of Stoughton is preparing for the possibility of a long, hot summer, and with it, the possibility of a drought.

Chief Pumping Station Operator Jack Mitchell outlined the Phases of Preparation for the Town of Stoughton if a drought materializes.

Selectmen unanimously approved it on May 1 and, as a result, Phase 1 kicks in, which is a “voluntary watering ban.”

Mitchell said that the town’s wells were a half foot more shallow than at this point last year. Rainfall totals are 5.5 inches below normal, he said.

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MA DEP) and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) have already urged towns to take action.

This first phase is a VOLUNTARY minimizing of the use of outdoor water.

More severe sanctions will follow if the water shortage becomes critical, Mitchell said. This includes a partial watering ban (Phase 2) and a total watering ban (Phase 3).

This voluntary ban does not impact those with well water, but they need to be monitoring their use of water as well, DPW Superintendent John Batchelder told Stoughton Patch. 

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PLAY BALL! Stoughton Post 89 American Legion Baseball & Stoughton Sr. Babe Ruth Baseball will hold joint tryouts for any eligible players, aged 15-19.   It all happens on Saturday May 5th @ noon at Stoughton High School (if raining, location will move to Dirt Dawg Sports in Canton.)

The tryouts will help determine the rosters for both the Stoughton Post 89 Legion team and the Stoughton Sr. Babe Ruth teams for the upcoming 2012 summer seasons.  Scheduled games begin in June and end in July. 

Tryouts were also held last weekend. Players must participate in at least one of the sessions to be eligible for the American Legion or Sr. Babe Ruth Teams, but participation in all is encouraged!

For more information, contact:  Jim Derochea (jimderochea@yahoo.com) or Rich Jasmin (richjasmin@yahoo.com).

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY:  To Stacie Nankin, who turns 30 today; to Jen Callery, a Stoughton native, who works for the Norfolk Probate and Family Court in Canton.

And to Bela Santos, fitness model and trainer, and the owner of , at 2 Canton Street, Suite 117, inside Trackside Plaza. 

Santos is stepping up for the at 34/36 Park St., which .

She told About Town, “I am holding a very important BelaBody Fitness Class this Sunday [May 6] at 9 a.m. to help raise some money for my client and friend Lindsey Maloney and her family during their time of need. Lindsey, Chris and their baby girl, Quinn, lost everything in the Park St. fire this past Tuesday.”

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DarkKnight May 04, 2012 at 09:00 AM
Isn't this why we paid so dearly to connect to the MWRA so we could supplement the town wells as needed and prevent these watering bans?

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