A couple of years later, more WPA funds were used to employ five women to serve lunches at the high school, while students performed air raid drills and residents attended “defense meetings” to learn techniques for surviving air raids
In 1945, when the war ended, it is noted that 420 Medway men and women served, and 14 died in World War II.
Nov. 25, 1963, was a day of mourning for President Kennedy, who had been assassinated two days earlier. “Schools and town offices were closed, and Sanford Hall was draped in black. Stores and businesses were closed,” the book notes.
In 1970, “there was a groundbreaking for a memorial for Lawrence Leigh who died in Vietnam.” He was 21.
And in 2001, with the nation jittery after 9/11, “a suspicious package left at the library draws the bomb squad.” It was a bag full of books.
“The town managed through the years; the people looked out for each other,” said Priscilla Howker, another of the book’s authors. “Now, people also look out for each other to a certain extent, but things are different.”
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