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Back in March, Chelsea Feinstein of Nashoba Publishing wrote an article in connection with the Pepperell 4th of July Committee’s plea for assistance in getting the flags hung on Main Street.

Concerned resident and soldier Paul Doroski decided to share the article on the Facebook wall of Mistress Carrie, afternoon host at Boston’s Rock Station, WAAF. Mistress Carrie, in turn, shared the article with her thousands of Facebook fans and further spoke about it during her afternoon show on the air.

Within minutes of her on-air commentary, my cell phone began ringing with offers from people from as far away as Boston, expressing their interest in volunteering to get the flags up. Among the first to call were veterans Lucas Carr of Boston and Steven McNally of Page Companies, Leominster.

In the following weeks, I was contacted by Wally Wright of Wally’s Tree Service in Townsend, as well as former Pepperell resident, Anita O’Donnell of O’Donnell Line Construction of Douglas. Contact information was collected and they were all advised they would hear from me in the near future.

Mistress Carrie’s post and commentary sparked an active conversation on Facebook and in town. Thankfully, and shortly before Memorial Day, Pepperell business owner Dave Mead of Mead Tree & Landscape contacted me and graciously volunteered to handle this task for the season. After several conversations with Mr. Mead and Mr. John Moak, town administrator, the flags were hoisted up in their usual positions, decorating Main Street in the most patriotic and beautiful of ways!

It is unclear at the present time exactly who will ensure that the flags go up and down in the future years, as it is still being discussed by the Board of Selectmen. But for this season, on behalf of the community of Pepperell, our most sincere gratitude is extended to Dave Mead of Mead Tree & Landscape and his staff for stepping up and volunteering and an additional thank you also goes out to Mistress Carrie, WAAF, John Moak, Carol Gates, the Board of Selectmen and all of the businesses and individuals who offered their time and services to ensure that the flags that have decorated Main Street for as long as I can remember fly once again this year.

Alycia Gelin-Burr,


Pepperell 4th of July Committee

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