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Tom McGovern Receives James “Butchie” Moore Award

At the March 10 Milford Area Chamber of Commerce Meeting, Tom McGovern was presented the James "Butchie" Moore You Touched my Life Award for his work in the restoration of the Little Red Shop Museum in Hopedale. McGovern joined the Friends of Historic Hopedale in 2006 with the intention of helping save the Little Red Shop, and in 2007 he was appointed to the Restoration Committee. "The group had spent nearly 20 years trying to raise the money to save the building, save McGovern to the Chamber of Commerce members gathered, "but inflation seemed to outrun their fundraising efforts, as we still needed more than $150,000."

Turning their efforts toward the business community with a Capital Campaign, and with the help of WMRC 1490 Radio, the local TV channel and the Milford Area Chamber of Commerce, the funds were raised, and on October 4, 2009 the Little Red Shop Museum opened its doors with a huge celebration.

Why did McGovern get involved in restoring the Little Red Shop, he is often asked. "When I was a young man I liked to sit on the bench beside the old shop, right next to the beautiful tree with its branch that dips down to the water's surface," he said. "Sometimes I sat there for the serenity of it all, but watching the girls go by probably had a bigger impact." Regardless, the Little Red Shop was part of his view and it was in serious need of help.




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