Hopkinton Today: Tuesday, Oct. 12

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Good morning, Hopkinton! Welcome to the daily update we call Hopkinton Today — a quick recap of yesterday’s news, highlights of what’s on tap, and a photo and video of the day.

Monday’s 125th running of the Boston Marathon had a different feel to it, with the annual race taking place in October instead of April for the first time. As usual, Hopkinton rose to the occasion, welcoming thousands of participants and fans for a flawless start.

Formed in 1916, Hopkinton Boy Scouts Troop 1 is said to be one of the longest continuously chartered troops in the country. But enrollment in Scouting programs has taken a hit during the COVID-19 pandemic, as has been the case for many organizations. Troop 1 leader Karen Thayer Bograd is hopeful the Scouts will persevere as they have for more than a century. “We’d hate to see these programs drop off, because they do provide so much for the kids,” Thayer Bograd said.

The Hopkinton High School field hockey team came into the new season with a relative dearth of returning players, but coach Becky Abate is using the season to develop crucial skills that should lay a strong foundation for the program going forward.

Dozens of young field hockey players signed up for Hopkinton’s first fall clinic sponsored by the town’s Department of Parks & Recreation, exciting organizers who hope to grow the program even more in the years to come and develop a reliable feeder for the high school teams.

The latest edition of Library Corner includes information on programs including ESL Conversation Circle, Read Like a Librarian and Freedom Team Book Club.

Town meetings tonight include Commissioners of Trust Funds (5:30), Historical Commission (7) and Veterans Celebration Committee (7).

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YESTERDAY’S WINNER: The final winner of the Marathon Countdown Quiz is Joseph Antaki, who correctly answered that the original name of the Boston Marathon was the American Marathon. Thanks to everyone for participating.

Photo of the Day: In the early morning hours Monday, volunteers and media were active at the Town Common, preparing for the start of the Boston Marathon.

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PHOTO/JOHN CARDILLO

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