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  • Jim Courser of Warner pets his daughter's Ayrshire ox named Achilles during the Hopkinton State Fair on Monday, September 1, 2014. "Just giving them a good old pat," Courser said.

(For the Monitor/ELIZABETH FRANTZ)

    Jim Courser of Warner pets his daughter's Ayrshire ox named Achilles during the Hopkinton State Fair on Monday, September 1, 2014. "Just giving them a good old pat," Courser said. (For the Monitor/ELIZABETH FRANTZ) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Katherine Drouin gets anxious recently as she waits at the admissions office for the Walden Behavioral Care in Waltham, Mass.

    Katherine Drouin gets anxious recently as she waits at the admissions office for the Walden Behavioral Care in Waltham, Mass.

  • Charlotte Scarpa, 18 months, enthusiastically chased and pet goats and sheep at the Hopkinton State Fair yesterday with her parents Meghan and Chris Scarpa of New London. Yesterday was the first day of the fair, which runs until Monday.

(SUSAN DOUCET Monitor staff)

    Charlotte Scarpa, 18 months, enthusiastically chased and pet goats and sheep at the Hopkinton State Fair yesterday with her parents Meghan and Chris Scarpa of New London. Yesterday was the first day of the fair, which runs until Monday. (SUSAN DOUCET Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Zachary Arlen, 2 1/2, played in the sand at Beech Hill Farm in Hopkinton yesteray afternoon. Elizabeth Arlen, Zachary's mother, said that they come to the farm every few weeks. They were at the farm yesterday to play and enjoy an ice cream while Arlen's two older sons - who are 5 and 7 - were in school.

(SUSAN DOUCET Monitor staff)

    Zachary Arlen, 2 1/2, played in the sand at Beech Hill Farm in Hopkinton yesteray afternoon. Elizabeth Arlen, Zachary's mother, said that they come to the farm every few weeks. They were at the farm yesterday to play and enjoy an ice cream while Arlen's two older sons - who are 5 and 7 - were in school. (SUSAN DOUCET Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • An enterprising landowner has devised a unique plan to clean up the stonewalls around their pasture land: a goat crew. Along Route 3 in Pembroke two goats are in a temporary pen with a shelter and are left to eat all the vegetation around the stonewall. When the area cleares, they move the pen to the next patch.

    An enterprising landowner has devised a unique plan to clean up the stonewalls around their pasture land: a goat crew. Along Route 3 in Pembroke two goats are in a temporary pen with a shelter and are left to eat all the vegetation around the stonewall. When the area cleares, they move the pen to the next patch. Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

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