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Kathy McCabe

McCabe is a staff reporter at Globe North. She joined the staff in 2002, after working as a Globe correspondent. She writes on a variety of subjects, including local government, community development, religion, and small businesses.

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Melrose

Flags at half-staff for Winchester’s Patrick Gill

By Kathy McCabe , Globe Staff

Patrick Gill, the late Winchester High football captain, played in his last high school football game on Sept. 19 at Fred Green Field at Melrose High School. Around 7 a.m. the next day, Gill was killed when the car he was driving crashed into a tree near the intersection of Manomet Road and High Street in Winchester. Gill, who was 17, had scored a 60-yard touchdown in Winchester’s 39-21 loss to Melrose. In his memory, flags flew at half-staff on Melrose city and school buildings last week. “The people of Winchester, his classmates, and in particular his family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers at this time,” Mayor Robert J. Dolan said in a statement posted on the city’s website.

Medford

No pool water in storm drains

By Kathy McCabe , Globe Staff

Swimming pool owners are reminded that draining pool water into city storm drains is prohibited by a city ordinance, according to an advisory issued by Medford’s Department of Energy and the Environment. If chlorine and other pool chemicals were to drain into the system, they would harm the water quality of Wright’s Pond, the Mystic River, and other public waterways. Pool owners are advised to dechlorinate pool water before draining it onto a lawn, brick patio, or other porous surface.

Medford

Walk/run fund-raiser for cancer research Saturday

By Kathy McCabe , Globe Staff

The eighth annual Pancreatic Cancer 5K Walk/Run will be held Saturday, with registration starting at 8:30 a.m. in American Legion Hall, 321 Winthrop St.. The event is organized by the Granara-Skerry Trust, which honors Kathy Granara-Skerry, a Medford native who had pancreatic cancer. After her death, her family pledged to raise $1 million to support pancreatic cancer research at Massachusetts General Hospital. About $670,000 has been raised so far, mostly by proceeds from the walk/run. The run will start at 10 a.m., and the walk shortly afterward. A post-run/walk celebration will include a raffle, silent auction, and a special appearance by Blades, the mascot of the Boston Bruins. To preregister, or make a donation, visit www.pancure.org.

Melrose

City honors late WWII POW

By Kathy McCabe , Globe Staff

Minor H. McLain, a World War II POW, has been remembered in Melrose, where the corner of Franklin and Albion streets was dedicated in his honor on National POW-MIA Recognition Day. McLain, who served in the Army, was struck and killed by an MBTA bus last year while walking to a meeting at the Harold O. Young VFW Post 2394. McLain, who was 88 at the time of his death, was the post’s historian and chaplain. He was in the Army from 1943 to 1945, fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and served time in a German POW camp. He was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star for Merit, Purple Heart, and Prisoner of War medals for his service. McLain returned home to pursue a career in education, earning a degree from Montclair State Teachers College in New Jersey. He graduated from Boston University with a master’s degree in education and a doctoral degree in history. He was a professor of history at Salem State University for 40 years, retiring in 1994.