Vivian Merrill

May 102014
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The following folks won items from the raffle bags at the Fourth Annual  CDA-Walgreens Dog Rally (on May 10, 2014).

If your name is listed and you did not already pick up your prize(s), please contact us to arrange for the pickup of your prize(s).


(I apologize, ahead of time for any mistakes on the spelling of names, I am working from a copy of the tickets, and not all the letters were clear to make out)


Ticket # Name Prize
8710327 Rene Hester Sea Dog Ale Glass & T-Shirt
8710183 Cassie Merrill Smutty Nose Glass & T-Shirt
8710579 Danielle Robbins Sea Dog Glass & Hatt
8710295 Beth & Ginger Dog Food Stand & Giftcard
8710243 Chan Mexican Basket
8710285 Marianne Vines Bake a Bone
8710537 Chloe Rosa Grooming Emporium
8710464 John Arthur Double Tree & Knitting Basket
Erik Merrill Book Ends
Pampered Chef
8710382 Lynne Gamache Outback Giftcard & Basket
8710476 Risa D “Do More” Shirt
8710559 Michelle Robbins Belle Epot Pottery Vase
8710520 Mike Koziel Sea Dog Ale Glass & T-Shirt
8710372 Joyce Yankee Candle
8710271 Summer PetSmart Basket
8710232 Sarah Creegan “I Woof You” bag
8710837 Lynne Gamace Common Place Chelmsford Shirt
8710302 Mindy Deitz Flatbread Company Basket
8710278 Marianne Vines  Daisy Dog Basket
8710611 Coreen Pet Bed Set
8710599 Laura O’Day 50/50 Raffle
8710168 508-***-2424 Scentsy Candle Water Bottle
(If this is your number, please contact us and either show us your ticket stub or tell us the non-displayed numbers in the phone number, above)


May 092014
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The Walgreens Dog Rally will go on tomorrow (May 10) as planned, 10AM-3PM. Walgreens is located at 86 Chelmsford St., in Chelmsford, Ma 01824.

Demos are as follows:
11:00-11:30-Ann Benard, Heart of Gold, will demonstrate Pet Reiki and Massage
11:35-12:05- Shane’s Anti-bullying group will perform a dance routine & singing
12:10- 12:40-Laurie Myers of Community Voices will speak about her work with Wena, a courthouse assistance dog.
12:45—1:15-Jennifer Winiarz will demonstrate Flow Wanding
1:20-1:50-Beth Logan, our volunteer trainer for the “Training on the Common” Series, will demonstrate various rally exercises with her dog Ginger.

We have vendors — Kids are Cool Stuff, Nutra-9 pet food, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Velata & Scentsy Candles, Pampered Chef, WelcomeDog, Rub My Belly Animal Massage, a sports vendor, and a couple of other kids’ vendors.

We’ll have lots of raffles — gift cards from Agway, Chelmsford Animal Hospital, Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant, Grooming emporium, Outback Restaurant, Flatbread Pizza, to name a few.

We’ll also have a wide variety of baskets and bags which have been donated to us, as well as a one-night stay at a Double Tree Hotel.

We’ll begin a silent auction of a clock made from a piece of the Purple Beech Tree that was taken down from the Chelmsford Town Common last year.  The auction will run to the July 4th Country Fair, which is also held on the Town Common. The winner will be announced after the parade.

Hotdog lunches, the Walk-A-thon and Coloring contest for the kids, and lots More! And amidst all this excitement, Brian Henderson will entertain us with music & song.

See you at the Rally, and thank you for supporting the Chelmsford Dog Association and the Chelmsford Dog Park at Richardson Rd.!

Dec 312013
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The next Chelmsford Dog Association meeting is scheduled for January 8, at the Police Station Community room, starting at 7PM.

We’d like to start planning our Spring fundraising event to support the future Chelmsford Dog Park at Richardson Rd, and we’re looking for new ideas. We usually do a large Flea Market. We can expand on this, or do something totally different, or we can do multiple events.

If you’ve ever thought about organizing a public event, or would like to give it a try, please join us on the 8th-we’d love to meet you!

For anyone interested in making those last minute donations for the tax year, you can donate directly to the Dog Park by sending a check to either the CDA or the Town of Chelmsford, and specify that you are supporting the Dog Park. CDA is now a federally approved (501(c)(3)) charitable organization, and all donations are tax deductible.

Apr 182013
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In going through my e-mails today, I came across a newsletter from the website about frugal living. It contained a list of plants that keep various pests away, and there were several links to making homemade flea treatments for pets, tips on keeping ants at bay, and how to make a fruit fly trap.  I’ve taken the liberty to condense it into a five page pdf, and downloaded the companion plant chart that came with as well. Hope you find it helpful as you do your Spring Flower and plant shopping! You can visit the website and sign up for literally hundreds of free newsletters on about any topic under the sun.

Now it’s time to go play in the dirt.

Or feel free to share your own gardening and pest control tips


Apr 122013
Dog Park Concept Plan54 Richardson Road
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Please thank Anna B. for getting me off my butt to tend to my blog. There are many things happening around Town (as always). Some days I feel like a squirrel and all the nuts are across the busy street.

But back to Anna’s inquiry…”so how’s the Dog Park Plan coming?”

After four years of looking at multiple sites all over Town, I am happy to report that at this spring’s Town Meeting, Warrant Article 23 will seek to designate a two acre area of 54 Richardson Rd. for use as a Dog Park.

Now some of you are probably sitting here going, “Are you kidding me? Isn’t that where the DPW lives? Why would I want to bring my dog THERE????” And there are others of you asking, “What the…who’s paying for THIS????” And there are probably others of you saying, “By all that’s holy, it’s about time, I’m sick of stepping in dog crap everywhere else!!!” And then there’s that last bunch of you saying “We have enough parks, why do we even need this?”. I will handle these questions, and I’ll even add answers to some other questions I haven’t listed here.

Yes, the DPW currently has their facilities at 54 Richardson Rd., but they will be leaving for their new home at 9 Alpha Rd. sometime later this year. That will open up much of this area for improvements, since right now there is a giant, huge massive pile of dirt and stuff there. The pile of dirt and stuff will be moved somewhere, and in it’s place the Chelmsford Dog Association (CDA) will partner with the Town to construct and maintain a dog park like the one pictured above.  The CDA has been and will continue to fundraise for the park, and once we find a site, we can move forward with finding grants and other funding sources to get it done.

There is a written plan available for download on the CDA website that will give more detail about what we’d like to do there. The idea of a Dog Park was initiated in 2009 by Erik Merrill, Chelmsford’s Animal Control Officer, who even back then was receiving multiple complaints from angry people about dog feces being left on public land, dogs running off leash and getting into conflicts with people, other dogs, cars and wildlife. He realized that people have no place to legally let their dogs run in Chelmsford, and if such a place was available, there would be less dogs running around these public places creating problems for everyone else. He announced a meeting for interested residents to meet and talk about this, and the Chelmsford Dog Association was born. We have applied for our 503(c) designation, which we hope to receive this year, and to date have raised close to $7,000.00 toward a dog park.

The site on Richardson Rd. will need a lot of TLC, and we’re estimating it could cost around $100,000.00 by the time we’re done. With the help of volunteers and interested residents, we will get there. We will continue to host our various events like the Spring Flea Market and Howl’ween. Walgreens is planning a Dog Rally in June which may include a walk-a-thon. We will be visible at the Town’s July 4th activities and parade., and we’ll be providing breakfast and lunch for the German Shepherd Rescue League’s Walk-n-Wag at the 4-H Fairgrounds in September. All of these events and more will help fund our work for the Dog Park.

The CDA would like to thank Town Manager Paul Cohen, former Conservation Commissioner Beth Logan, former Conservation Agent Thad Soule, current Conservation Agent Alison LeFlore, Town Engineer Scott Ludwig, and North Chelmsford Water Commissioner Bruce Harper for their assistance and patience with me for getting us where we are today. There are many others that have helped us along the way, it’s going to be a long speech on Opening Day!

Other things you can look forward to will be the next Coloring Contest for the kids, and a contest to name the park. We will also be announcing work sessions for the design, engineering, and construction of the park.

Anyone with questions is highly encouraged to ask them here or visit our Facebook page under “Chelmsford Dog Park” or “Chelmsford Dog Association”.

Our next meeting will be held at the Chelmsford Police Station Community Room, 2 Olde North Rd., on Wednesday, May 8, at 7PM. Everyone is welcome at our meetings, even the kids. Thank you for your support!