WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2017/2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Strollers, dancers, and skaters move in cir- cuits propelled by magnets attached to hid- den pulley systems. All those moving parts, combined with hundreds of tiny lights, were originally wired to dozens of extension cords. Retired Raytheon software engineer Gretel Anspach, a certified master gardener and until recently a Mass Hort Trustee, tamed the tangle by installing a series of power strips. She also rigged up a remote-control system for operat- ing the trains and other parts of the village. "It wasn't rocket science," Anspach says, but it took many hours of painstaking work. Meagher has also enlisted the help of retired business investor Ray Dutcher of Wellesley. "I've always torn cars apart and fixed and built things," Dutcher says. When Meagher moves buildings around, he pokes wires through the board so Dutcher can attach them to the strips below. When they don't supervise the display in person, either Meagher or Dutcher are on call. Running ten hours a day, locomotives occasion- ally need to be swapped out. When parents lift their toddlers for a closer look, their children's tiny fingers sometimes knock gravel onto the roadbed, inadvertently causing derailments. 59 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 7 / 2 0 1 8

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