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Mendon Celebrates 350th Birthday with Muskets and Music

Dick Ferrucci, State Representative Brian Murray, State Senator Ryan Fattman and Kevin Rudden (left to right) get ready to cut the "Mendon" cake,

The Town of Mendon celebrated its 350th Anniversary last Saturday with a bang – literally, as the End Zone Militia fired off a volley of three rounds before leading an audience of several hundred people back into the Henry P. Clough Elementary School's cafeteria to enjoy a piece of birthday cake and music by the Claflin Hill Symphony's Brass Ensemble.

The birthday party started off with State Senator Ryan Fattman, R. Webster, and State Representative Brian Murray, D. reading proclamations from the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives congratulating the town on its anniversary. The audience, backed by the brass ensemble, then sang "Happy Birthday" to "Mother Mendon" and went outside to watch the End Zone Militia members fire off a three-round salute. Then, it was back inside for cake and music.

The 350th Anniversary Committee set up a line of nine sheet cakes – one for Mendon and each of its offspring – across a series of tables and, with the aid of some Troop 44 Boy Scouts, served up slices to hundreds of people who stayed for the whole two-hour event or just dropped by for some cake.

And, because not all of the cakes were consumed at the party, the Clough students got a special treat at lunch time on Monday – the actual 350th Anniversary date – because the 350th Anniversary Committee left them the "Mendon" and "Upton" cakes for a birthday dessert. Any other left-over cake was distributed to Mendon's Police and Fire departments and the Senior Center.

During the Saturday birthday party, the End Zone Militia was available for family photographs and enjoyed taking part in the festivities. When Fattman joked about the sports rivalries between his native Sutton and Nipmuc Regional High School and seemed to favor Sutton, the militia turned their muskets worked with Kurczy over the last six years. 'I've seen him make tough decisions; decisions to do the right thing when it was hard," said Schofield. "One thing is very clear—Dave's commitment to the principle of doing the right thing and the purity of his desire to work with the Board of Selectmen, the Town Administrator, and the people of Mendon to have the best and safest community we can have is without question."

Retired Mendon officer Phil Dunleavy also spoke stating he remembered Kurczy joining the force 20 years ago and working his way up through the ranks of the department. Dunleavy said even back then he could see Kurczy's "self motivation and desire to make himself a better police officer for Mendon."

Next, Town Clerk Margaret Bonderenko swore in Kurczy, followed by his wife Jodi pinning him surrounded by their children Ella and Brayden. State Senator Ryan Fattman, R. Webster, and State Representative Brian Murray D., Milford, also spoke and presented Kurczy citations.

At the end of ceremony Kurczy spoke to the audience of approximately 150. He talked about growing up the youngest of nine children who were all raised to serve their community. He thanked his wife Jodi for all her support throughout the years and he spoke directly to members of his department who were standing to the left of the room, thanking them as well. Kurczy made it known that it was his mother, Esther's. 85th birthday that evening and presented her a beautiful bouquet of flowers during ceremony.

After the ceremony, all guests were invited to stay and enjoy refreshments and congratulate their new Chief.


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