05-14-13 News

The Upper Falls News is an email newsletter about what's going on in our village.  The Upper Falls News is brought to you by the Upper Falls Area Council but it's intended to cover any and all news in the village. 

Where am I? - Here's a photo of a spot in Upper Falls without its surrounding context.  The game is to look at the photo and identify where in Upper Falls this flag is flying.

Hidden Fort / Hidden History - Between the Baptist Church at the top of Ellis St and the mill property there's a small hill of open land.  On top of that hill, there's a "fort" that local kids sometime play in.  I climbed up and took a look.  It looks like the foundation of a very small old building.  Does anyone know what was once there?  There were a few empty beer bottles in there so I guess it's not just the young kids that like to have a fort to play in.

Thanks and Plans - The Upper Falls Area Council's monthly meeting is this Thursday at 7PM at the Emerson Center.  Among the items on the agenda are a formal "thank you" to Paul Coffey who volunteered during this winter's killer snowstorm to clear the sidewalks for the school bus stop and playground while the city was busy digging out the rest of the city.  Also, plans are being put together for a family fun day at the playground in June, to kick off the playground reconstruction effort.  Plans are also beginning for Upper Falls Heritage Day (aka Village Day) in September.  Come to the meeting and hear the details about these plans and lots more (128 Add-A-Lane, Upper Falls School, St Elizabeth Center).

Where is That Other Dog? - Dunkel is a bit confused by Echo Bridge.

Old Upper Falls - Here's a great drawing of Upper Falls in 1897.  A few interesting details to note:
* there's an island in the river just upstream of Elliot St
* there's a big church across from what's now Braceland Park
* Oak St looks like a much bigger street than Chestnut St
* the configuration of many of the mill buildings is quite different than today

Chickens on the Hill - Read about our lofty neighbors and their chickens.

A Bit of Upper Falls in London - Long before becoming "Editor in Chief" of the Upper Falls News.  My wife and I held equally exalted positions and titles at an equally important local institution.  This week, the London Times recognized the important work we did there.

Dams on the River - It was just a few months ago that the DCR finished building the new dam on the Charles River at the bottom of Ellis St.  Now it looks like someone else may have ideas about building a dam not even a half mile downstream on Quinnobequin Rd.

Did You Know ... that cat's urine glows under a black light?  "Did you know ..." features an interesting and random fact every issue, collected by ten-year-old Upper Falls resident Jayla Reilly.

Send Us Your News - If you have any upcoming events, activities, news, trivia, stories, anecdotes or jokes related to Upper Falls just send them to news@UpperFallsNews.org and we'll include them in the next newsletter.  For those who prefer living in the past, back issues of the Upper Falls News are archived at UpperFallsNews.org.

'Where Am I" Answer - That's the flag on top of our little post office.