Pat Allen, a town elder of sorts, and the first woman ever to serve on the Middlesex Selectboard, delivered a pretty awesome invocation:
Welcome to the Middlesex town meeting. We have come together in civil assembly as a community in a tradition that is as old as our state itself. We come together to make decisions about our community. As we deliberate, let us advocate for our positions, but not at the expense of others. Let us remember that there is an immense gap between saying ‘I am right,’ and saying ‘I believe I am right,’ and that our neighbors with whom we disagree are good people with hopes and dreams as true and as high as ours. And let us always remember that in the end, caring for each other in this community is of far greater importance than any difference we may have. Welcome.