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  • Rooftop cows in Medford are nostalgic reminders of childhood

  • I would like to know why someone on East Main Street in Medford has two wooden Holstein cows on the roof of a garage?
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  • I would like to know why someone on East Main Street in Medford has two wooden Holstein cows on the roof of a garage?
    — J.R., Medford
    Actually, J.R., if you look a little closer, you'll notice there are three wooden cows — painted white with black spots — on the roof.
    "It's just for fun," said Karen Chapin, the owner of the New England-style house designed by Frank Clark. "I did not know they were Holsteins. Thank you for telling me that."
    The cows look like they're a little family, but they're actually orphans.
    Chapin said she picked them up at various garage sales over the years, and some time ago, a contractor took them home and installed brackets to support them. Afterward, the contractor affixed them to the roof along with a cupola to give the garage more of a farm feel.
    Chapin said they've installed a dairy sign on the garage, as well.
    The cows even have names, but Chapin could only remember "Flossie" and "Mopsy," not the calf's name.
    She said she doesn't collect other cow memorabilia, but always liked the idea of having cows on the roof and has fond memories of them from her childhood.
    When she was in high school in Bellingham, Wash., she remembers some boys somehow managed to lead a cow to the second floor, which caused quite a sensation.
    Soon the decorative cows will have to be repainted to keep them fresh-looking, Chapin said.
    "My husband said, 'The only difficulty in their location is feeding them.' "
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