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Grafton family hails sledding experience; Generations enjoy winter fun at Westborough Country Club.

Byline: Bill Janson

WESTBORO - It was a picturesque Saturday afternoon at the Westborough Country Club, where dozens took to their sleds for some winter fun.

The weather cooperated as families took advantage of the mild, sunny day at one of Westborough's best spots for sledding.

"This is definitely our favorite," said Marci Mayo, of Northboro, who was out with her husband and three daughters. "It's nice, it's free, and it's a lot of fun. It's a great hill. There are a couple of hills to choose from."

Indeed sledders had their pick of several hills, though some were looking a little worse for the wear. Previous outings had worn down the snow in some places, leaving patches of dirt and ensuring that a few brave sledders were in for a bumpy ride.

In other places around the public sled area the snow was perfect for a few trips down the hill.

"I think it's good, it's nice and packed down," said Cathy Keddy of Grafton, there with her 7-year-old daughter Megan Moreira and her parents, Bruce and Cheryl Keddy of Holden.

"I like to go down really fast," said Megan, agreeing with her mom that the snow was perfect. The sledding may pave the way for more winter sports for Megan, who earlier in the day had told her grandmother that she wants to learn to ski - a fact that brought a bit of apprehension to Cathy's face.

"She's always been known as `Crash Moreira,' explains Cheryl with a laugh.

The family has been to the hill many times before and Cheryl remembers taking Cathy there when she was young. Even the sled they were riding - a beautiful old wooden toboggan with plaid cushions - was the same sled from all those years ago.

"(Bruce) dusted it off and waxed it off and put new ties on it," explained Cheryl. "It hasn't been used for probably 25 years."

"I remember going on it with my dad and my grandfather," said Cathy, before another run with her own daughter.

At the other end of the spectrum were Srilata Thirunagari of Westboro, and her two daughters Shilpa and Shoba Thirukkovalur, who, sporting three brand new brightly colored plastic sleds, were enjoying their first ever sledding experiences.

"All three of us, first time ever in our lives," Srilata said. "It's really a lot of fun. It's a nice day today. It's not too cold. The girls are having a great time. It's nice, cheap entertainment - free."

Shilpa, 15, agreed.

"It's a lot of fun," she said. "It's my first time because we used to live in Oregon and it didn't snow very much and there weren't that many hills so we didn't have this experience."

Though this may have been the family's first sledding excursion, it is sure to not be the last.

"The first time we've loved it, so we'll come back," Srilata said.

The Mayo family, in between runs on their inflatable snow tube, said they also hope it snows again so they can come back with friends. Even if it doesn't, this sledding season has been better than the last.

"It's better this year than last, that's for sure," said Eric Mayo, recalling the mild winter a year ago.

"I don't think we came last year, so we were excited to get back out here," agreed Marci, adding that they were worried the snow would have melted on the southern-facing hill. "We were hoping there would still be snow and we've had no problem going down so far."

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PHOTOG: BILL JANSON

CUTLINE: Three generations share a toboggan: Cheryl Keddy of Holden, her daughter Cathy Keddy, and Cathy's 7-year-old daughter, Megan Moreira, both of Grafton, take a ride down the hill at the Westborough Country Club.
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