UPDATED: Forbes House Museum Welcomes Founder

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Think Spring

There may have been snow this week, but Jeanie Gillis of the Heritage Plantation will help you look ahead with a talk at the Milton Public Library on Sunday. Come hear tips and advice on getting your garden ready for spring. 2:00 p.m.; Keys Community Room; Free. 

St. Agatha’s Hosts Liturgy Workshop 

Beginning Advent of 2011, there will be changes to some of the prayers that are spoken and sung at Catholic Masses. On Sunday evening, is hosting Evening Prayer at 7:00 in the chapel, followed by an informational session on these changes led by Fr Dennis Sheehan from the Archdiocesan Office of Divine Worship in Boston. All are welcome. 

Online Lenten Program

has announced its Lenten program, which may be followed online at http://www.cos-milton.org/calendar-of-events. Focusing on the Episcopalian baptismal promises, each Wednesday evening begins at 6:30 with a pizza supper followed by the program at 7:15. The evening wraps up after compline (night prayer) is held at 8:15. Wednesday evenings through April 13; call 617-698-4757 for more information. 

Forbes House Museum Founder Visits Milton 

On Monday, Milton’s welcomed the Museum's founder, Dr. H. A. Crosby Forbes. Dr. Forbes, great grandson of Captain Robert Bennet Forbes, had a long and distinguished career as the founder of the Museum of the American China Trade (later named the Forbes House Museum), and Curator of Asian Export Art at Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. 

Forbes joined the Museum staff for tea and lunch. He spent some time viewing the galleries, recounting his family history, and talking about his long museum career. He commented that the museum looked great, and urged the staff to continue serving the public with programs and exhibits. 

Claudia Woods, Principal of CBC Associates and a longtime friend, conducted an interview with Dr. Forbes. Dr. Forbes's own son, Douglas Forbes, a professional videographer based in New York City, recorded the interview, which will be available for viewing later this year as part of a celebration of Dr. Forbes's accomplishments. 

Peter Shibley, Pierce Custodian

Superintendent Mary Gormley wrote to the Milton Public Schools community earlier this week: 

“It is with deep sadness that I inform you of the death our dear friend and fellow employee, Peter Shibley. Peter began his career with the Milton Public Schools in 1988. As a custodian, Peter has worked in most of our schools. In 1996 Peter went from working at the Collicot and Cunningham elementary schools to working at Tucker Elementary School and Milton High School. In 2005 he transferred to the Pierce Middle School. Principal James Jette stated that Peter was well respected by his fellow custodians and the faculty/staff at Pierce Middle School.  He will be deeply missed by everyone.” 

Take a Peek into “The Secret Garden”

Get a sneak preview of the Milton Players’ upcoming production of The Secret Garden tomorrow morning at the . Cast members will perform musical selections in the Keys Community Room from 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. Free. 


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