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SONY DSCLast week I was privileged to be able to photograph an organization that is very near and dear to my heart.  Employment Options is a wonderful organization out of Marlborough that creates community and builds employment skills for people who deal with mental health issues.


They had there annual Incredible Edible’s Gala.  It was at the beautiful Charter Oak Country Club.  The event was hosted by Dave Seymour of A&E’s flipping Boston.  He did a great job as always even if he did rattle me in front of everyone.SONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSC

Funds were raised that will help provide for those suffering from mental illness.  It has been stated that one in four people deal with mental health issues.  I helps to bring this issue to the light.  To let those who deal with these issues know that they are not alone and there is a place for them to feel welcome and loved in this world.



To find out more about Employment Options and how to support them go here.


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The Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce sure does know hot to throw a party and the following is testament to their spirit.


I attended their 2015 Awards Banquet.  Every year they celebrate the best and brightest in the Marlborough Region.

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This year it was all about the red carpet treatment.  Linda Vesat was our host on the red carpet welcoming and complementing each of the guests as they came down the aisle.

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The following is a list of the award winners.

President’s Award : David Morticelli

Ambassador’s Award : Diane Fernandes

Business of the Year : Quest Diagnostics

Small Business of the Year : Pascrella Multimedia

Business Person of the year : Rick Robinson

Marlborough Pride Award : Doctors Express

Marlborough Spirit Award : Marlborough Economic Development Corporation

Green Award : Savers

Entrepreneurship Award : Christian Dumais

Congratulations to everyone and if you are interested in seeing what is going on with the Marlborough Chamber click here.


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Half a century, five decades, 50 years.  When you’re young it seems like forever, as you get older it seems like a small fraction of time.  Elizabeth and Ted know all about it, they just celebrated 50 wonderful years together.

I was so blessed to be invited over to tell a small fraction of their life together.  Though I had not meet most of the family I was welcomed right away by Elizabeth.  She had a bright smile and is well known for saying hello to anyone within talking distance.  The family was so welcoming with a good measure of whimsy thrown in.


After lunch there was a plethora of entertainment.  It started with a Beetles tribute singing “I want to hold your Hand”.  This was one of my favorites from the entire day.  After that we had “Jokes told by Ted”.  It makes me smile just thinking back to the laughter that went through the room.  Then the youngesters in the audience had a very quick gymnastics show as well as a magic show.



The finale though was amazing.  You see Elizabeth was born in Hawaii and so the entertainment was finished off by their version of the Hukilau song.


It was a glorious afternoon but as they say the proof is in the pudding.  You can see the proof through the lives of Elizabeth and Ted’s children.  They were welcoming, loving, and a joy to spend time with.

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  • February 23, 2015 - 3:22 PM

    Elizabeth Hughes - Thank you so much for wonderful photos and a lovely tribute, too! It was a pleasure to meet you, because I had seen your fine portraits of Elizabeth.ReplyCancel

This past weekend was cold and fabulous.  I went down to Camp Jewell for a visit.  I am so thankful to still have deep roots there.  I am especially grateful for the Barton family putting me up for a few days.


I showed up on Saturday and helped shovel the snow that we have been having.  It was great being able to horse around a little with Max and Kyle, the two Barton Boys, while we were shoveling.


I also got to go on an amazing snow shoe adventure with my friend Eli on Monday.  He has tons of spunk and energy.  We took off around Sunrise Mountain where I wimped out on going up but he made it up and down sunrise mountain faster than I can normally walk it.  Afterwards we visited one of my favorite old haunts, Kent Pizza, for dinner.


I would be remiss if I did not mention my other adventure on Monday in Riverton, CT.  Mo, the patriarch of the Barton Clan, went with me, the boys, and the two dogs, Ginger and Scout, as well as there cousin Jaime to go snowboarding and sledding.


I also got to have breakfast with Ray Zetye on Monday.  As well as having breakfast with Ryan Nielsen on Tuesday.  Two days in a row of breakfast with two extraordinary men.

I can never repay the debit that I have for Camp Jewell and all the friendships there.  It was good to be back if only for a weekend.




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Snow.  More snow and then more.  It has been one snowy winter.

I have an admission.  I love it.  It is beautiful.  I feel sometimes I should have been in Alaska rather than Texas.  I love it when the wind blows and the hairs on my neck rise up.  To me it is akin to rising from a deep sleep and life pouring over you like a fresh river in the woods.

Yes I love the winter and am not afraid to admit it!



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