Some post Labor Day thoughts and notes, while reminding everyone that there's a primary election next Tuesday to nominate candidates for various state offices. What's that, not interested? Well, you should be since voters on Sept. 9 will be nominating Democratic and Republican candidates for these statewide offices: governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state and treasurer. In addition, voters will decide nominations for the Legislature, including Attleboro's state representative (a Republican faceoff between Jeff Bailey and Bert Buckley to meet incumbent Paul Heroux, D-Attleboro, in November) and state Senate (a Democratic faceoff between Sara-Lynn Reynolds of Attleboro and Dylan Hayre of Natick for the nomination to face incumbent Richard Ross, R-Wrentham, on Nov. 4).
Your money in action
If you think your vote doesn't matter, think again. Earlier this summer, Bob Katzen of Beacon Hill Roll Call reported that, despite communities struggling to meet their obligations, money has been spent on some "home improvement" projects on Beacon Hill. Specifically, Roll Call reported that $40 million was spent on renovations to the House and Senate chambers. "The renovations to the governor's office have been completed with a price tag of $11.3 million - $2.3 million above the original estimate. And now plans to renovate the House and Senate chambers are on the agenda on Beacon Hill. A $1.31 billion capital spending bill signed into law includes $20 million in repairs, renovations and updates for each chamber," Roll Call reported.
Help for pot lucks
On the plus side, a move was made to take the heat off of community groups, some of whom have been targeted by overzealous local bureaucrats - none in this area so far. "Gov. Patrick signed into law a bill that would prohibit state and local departments of public health from regulating the serving of food brought to potluck dinners sponsored by a group of individuals or by a religious, charitable or nonprofit organization."
As a 20-year participant as a chef and a diner at one of the best potluck fundraisers in this area, Gourmet Guys to benefit New Hope, I'm relieved by this action. All of the chefs cook fantastic dishes at home and take pride in serving the food. The price is reasonable, and the proceeds go toward a most deserving local charity. So the last thing the chefs or the organizers need is to have a narrow-minded bureaucrat who fails to understand the consequences of his actions start making demands that would make the event virtually impossible to pull off. This year's 25th annual event is set for Friday, Nov. 21.
Race in Seekonk
The Kiwanis of Greater Seekonk are sponsoring a 5K Race and Walkathon on Sunday, Sept. 28, starting at the Martin School on Cole Street in South Seekonk. Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m., with a starting time of 1:30 p.m. at a cost of $30. Early registration, at $25 each, will be accepted before Sept. 25. T-shirts will be given to the first 100. The course will take runners on the neighboring side streets, and awards will be given to the top finishers in each age group. Info: Write Seekonk Kiwanis, P.O. Box 233, Seekonk, MA 02771.
Take bus tour of Attleboro
The big event for the centennial will take place this Saturday in and around Capron Park, starting with a parade in the morning and ending with fireworks at night. But Janice Johnson and Judith Davignon of the Attleboro Historic Preservation Society say the group will give a bus tour of local historical sites on Saturday, Sept. 20 with guides Betty Fuller and Marian Wrightington. The tour will start at Bliss Brothers on Park Street at 10 a.m. The cost is $10, with tickets on sale at the Attleboro Farmers Market, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Finberg Field. Tickets: Call Fuller at 508-222-1103 or Wrightington at 508-222-1207.
Cape Cod in Mansfield
Former Sun Chronicle news editor and Foxboro Reporter Sports Editor Don Wilding is an expert on the Outermost House on Cape Cod, and he plans to bring his multimedia program, "Henry Beston's Cape Cod: How 'The Outermost House' Inspired a National Seashore," to the Mansfield Council on Aging, 255 Hope St., on Friday, Sept. 12 at noon. The program features more than 130 slides and rough-cut footage from the Henry Beston Society's documentary film project. It tells how Beston, returning from World War I, wrote the classic book, "The Outermost House," while finding the peace of mind he was seeking on Cape Cod's Outer Beach. Years later, "The Outermost House" was cited by the National Park Service as to why the Outer Beach should be preserved. Wilding is the co-founder and executive director of the Beston Society, a nonprofit organization based on Cape Cod and is the author of the book, "Henry Beston's Cape Cod." Info: Call the Beston Society at 508-246-7242.
LARRY KESSLER is a Sun Chronicle local news editor. You may reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.