With cool and cloudy conditions, Issam Krieche of Marlborough set a new club record in the annual Laborious Labor Day 10-miler on Monday morning with a blazing time of 58:05. The challenging and hilly course runs through Marlborough's north side around the Charter Oak Country Club and finishes with a brutal, mile-long uphill on Hosmer Street. The race started and finished at Ghiloni Park on Concord Road.
The race is sponsored by the Highland City Striders and has a tradition going back to 2003 when Mark Vital started the race and its unique mission to collect donations for local food pantries. Entrance fee for runners is 15 cans of food. Monday's race collected about 750 cans of food for the Hudson Food Pantry, according to club president Todd Kitterman.
Hudson girl celebrates birthday with donation to Hudson Food Pantry
It was Christmas in July at the Hudson Food Pantry last month, when Hudson residents Katie Joslyn, 8 and her sister, Alex, 5, brought $250 worth of cash, food and toy donations to the Houghton Street site.
Katie, who has a Christmas Day birthday, celebrates her birthday in mid-summer and this year decided to ask for donations to the pantry in lieu of gifts from friends at her party. Guests brought cash, many toys and boxed food and toiletries to celebrate with her. Katie also established a lemonade stand in her front yard last month, selling cupcakes, cookies and lemonade to benefit the pantry.
The Hudson Postal Carriers are holding their annual food drive to benefit the Hudson Community Pantry. On Saturday, May 14, patrons are invited to leave non-perishable good by their mailbox or front door for collection by their carrier, sometime after 9 a.m. Helen Roach, Food Drive committee chairman, said the Pantry can use all types of perishable foods, toiletries or cleaning products.
Foundation for MetroWest has granted $110,000 to be distributed among 51 food pantries and other hunger relief agencies in 30 cities and towns throughout Massachusetts.
Among the grantees are the Ashland Emergency Food Pantry, Holliston Pantry Shelf, Project Just Because in Hopkinton, Hudson Community Food Pantry, Marlborough Community Cupboard, A Place to Turn in Natick, the Natick Service Council, Friend of FIT in Northborough, and United Parishes of Southborough Food Pantry.
We would like to thank our friends at Intel who had a food collection of "kid" family items.