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‘Honeysuckle Rose’
The beat goes on for jazz bassist                                                                                                           Committee
           By Joan Paris
  Turley Publications Correspondent
           enevieve Rose of Wilbraham
           spends her days and nights in
           conversation. Her sounds
           may not sound much like
talking, but if you are part of the jazz                                                                                                    Project estimated
scene, chances are you will want to
talk back.                                                                                                                                  at $64.9 million
      Rose is a freelance acoustic and
electric bassist who also plays classic                                                                                                                By Tyler Witkop
guitar and performs regularly with                                                                                                             Turley Publications Correspondent
jazz, big band, Dixieland, vocal and
Latin ensembles.                                                                                                                                 WILBRAHAM – A project years in
      “Jazz music is not just expressive -                                                                                                  the making, the Hampden-Wilbraham
it’s receptive as well,” Rose is fond of                                                                                                    Regional School Committee decided July
saying. “The environment and what                                                                                                           27 to award the general contract of the
others’ do influence how you play,                                                                                                          new Minnechaug Regional High School
which leads to an element of reaction                                                                                                       to Fontaine Bros., Inc. of 510 Cottage St.
(in the music). It’s a form of communi-                                                                                                     in Springfield.
cation and musical conversation. The                                                                                                             With a bid of $53,618,500, Fontaine
audience, the energy and support that                                                                                                       Bros. was deter-
radiates from them, becomes integral                                                                                                        mined to be the
(to your work).”                                                                                                                            “lowest eligible and
      Rose has performed nationally and                                                                                                     responsible bidder,”
internationally and she has accompa-                                                                                                        said Minnechaug
nied jazz greats including Claude                                                                                                           Building Committee
"Fiddler" Williams, who was Count                                                                                                           member Mike Flynn
Basie’s first guitar player, and known                                                                                                      and recommended           www.wilbraham
for his musical sense of humor and his                                                                                                      the company to the
swinging, bluesy style. Now deceased,                                                                                                       School Committee.
he had a musical career that spanned                                                                                                             School Committee Vice Chairman
the years that built the history of jazz in                                                                                                 Scott Chapman read the motion to the
its own right. “Fiddler’s” musical                                                                                                          full School Committee. Both the
endeavors began on guitar at 10 years                                                                                                       Minnechaug Building and Regional
old. Rose began at 8.                                                                                                                       School Committees voted unanimously
          Own Interpretation                                                                                                                to accept Fontaine Bros., Inc. and the
      Rose said she enjoys the element                                                                                                      decision was finally made.
of improvisation in musical jazz,                                                                                                                As of now, the estimated total proj-
whether it’s vocal or instrumental.                                                                                                         ect cost for the school, pool, and district
According to Rose, you perfect playing
the piece as it was originally written,                                                                         TIMES photo by Joan Paris          Please see CONTRACT, page 10
                                                 Wilbraham’s Genevieve Rose first played classic guitar at age 8 and
        Please see BASSIST, page 10              now teaches and performs locally, nationally and internationally.

                                                 Springfield man arraigned
                                                 in Hampden murder case
                                                         By Tyler Witkop and                Center in critical condition. According
                                                            Jen Wroblewski                  to an unidentified neighbor, 90 Main
                                                    Turley Publications Staff Writers       St. is owned by Kurt and Mary
                                                      HAMPDEN – Jesus Garcia, 19, of            Garcia was arraigned in Palmer
                                                 314 Fountain St., Springfield, was         District Court on the following
                                                 arrested and arraigned July 30 for the     charges: murder, attempt to commit
                                                 murder of a woman at 90 Main St. The       aggravated rape, armed home invasion,                                TIMES photo by David Miles
                                                 woman was later identified as 47-year-     armed assault to murder, and armed              School officials named the general
                                                 old mother, Valerie Girouard.              assault in a dwelling. The charges              contractor at the July 27 meeting.
                                                      Officers from the Hampden Police      allegedly took place over a two-day
                                                                                                                                            (From left) Vice Chairman Scott
                    TIMES photo by David Miles   Department responded to a report at 3      period of July 21 and July 30.
                                                 a.m. on July 30 of a home invasion.            During his arraignment, Garcia              Chapman,       School    Building
Last Friday yellow crime scene                   Upon arrival, officers found that a male   appeared in Judge Patricia T. Poehler’s         Committee Co-Chair John Lovejoy,
tape was up at 90 Main St. in                    resident had been stabbed and a female     courtroom briefly, shirtless and wear-          Chairman Peter T. Salerno (right
Hampden, site of the alleged July                killed. The man remains unidentified                                                       center) and Vice and Co-Chair Brian
30 Hampden murder and stabbing.                  and was sent to Baystate Medical                  Please see MURDER, page 11               Garbecki (right).
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                                      Former Wilbraham resident
                                      marries Connecticut doctor
                                          WILBRAHAM - Dr. Deneene               She is presently in the UConn
                                      Doyker became the bride of Richard        Anesthesiology Residency Program.
                                      Booth on April 26 in Las Vegas, Nev.          The bridegroom graduated from
                                      The bridge is the daughter of Thomas      Minnechaug Regional High School and
                                      Doyker of Enfield, Conn. The bride-       Western New England College
                                      groom is the son of May Booth of          (WNEC). He is employed by
                                      Wilbraham and the late David Booth.       Healthtrax in Connecticut. In the fall,
                                          The bride graduated from Fermi        he is returning to WNEC School of
                                      High School in Enfield and attended       Law.
                                      the University of Connecticut (UConn)         The couple resides in East
                                      undergraduate and graduate school.        Windsor, Conn.

                                      TIMES photo submitted

                                      Richard Booth and Deneene Doyker were wed in Las Vegas April 26.

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 • Avoid the Crowds
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                                                                   Teddy and Stasia Stusick renewed their
                                                                   vows at the Immaculate Conception

   on 8/14/10 or 8/15/10!                                          Church in Indian Orchard, the same
                                                                   church they originally got married in 50
                                                                   years ago.

NO SALES TAX!                                                      Teddy and Stasia Stusick
                                                                   celebrate 50 married years

         ... We will match the
                                                                       WILBRAHAM – Teddy and Stasia Stusick

      lus TAX SAVINGS on
                                                                   of Wilbraham recently celebrated their 50th wed-

                                                                   ding anniversary by renewing their vows at
                                                                   Immaculate Conception Church in Indian
                                                                   Orchard with the Rev. Dariusz Wudarski as the
                                                                   celebrant. A dinner dance was held at the Ludlow
                                                                   Country Club with many family, friends and
                                                                   neighbors in attendance.

    EVERYTHING IN STORE!                                               The couple was married on June 18, 1960 at
                                                                   Immaculate Conception Church. They are the
                                                                   parents of Ted Stusick of Wilbraham and John
   even the sale and clearance items!                              Yazel of Springfield.
                                                                       Ted Stusick retired after 39 years with
                                                                   Stateline Potato Chip Company in Wilbraham.
  NO INTEREST FINANCING AVAILABLE                                  His wife, the former Stasia Workum, retired after
                                                                   30 years with Stop & Shop in Springfield.

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                     Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. 10-8
                     Wed. & Sat. 10-5 • Sun. 12-5                     WILBRAHAM – The 3rd Annual Kace Golf
                                                                 Tournament will take place on Saturday, Aug. 7 at the
                                                                 Wilbraham Country Club to benefit the Jeffrey Thomas                                Kace NBD Foundation. Registration begins at 1:30
                                                                 p.m. and the shotgun start is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
                                                                      Tickets are $125 per person and include 18 holes
                                                                 of golf, cart and dinner. There will also be free beer sta-
                                                                 tions located throughout the course. Tickets are limited
                                                                 and can be purchased through
 August 5, 2010                                                                                                    The Wilbraham-Hampden TIMES                                                                                                                             Page 3

                                                    NEWS About Town
                                                             By Charles F. Bennett, Tyler Witkop and Kerry Flynn
                                                To submit items for possible inclusion in News About Town or other news columns,
        send to Charles F. Bennett, Editor, Wilbraham Hampden Times, 2341 Boston Rd., Wilbraham, MA 01095 or e-mail to Photos are welcome.

Motorcyclist hits animals                                                                           forcing the special town election. In a statement the
                                                                                                    Republican Committee said, “Boilard is a local busi-                                                            IN THIS WEEK’S TIMES
                                                                                                    ness who says he will bring his financial management
      HAMPDEN – The Hampden Police Department                                                       skills to the board of selectmen and ‘will think outside                                             EDITORIAL ..............................................................8
reported that a motorcycle accident at the intersection                                             the box’. ”
                     of Scantic and Cross roads took                                                                                                                                                     DINING OUT ..........................................................12
                     place Sunday, Aug. 1 at 5:30 p.m.                                                                                                                                                   HEALTH ................................................................13
                         The police report said the                                                 Wilbraham Democrats to                                                                               SPORTS ................................................................17
                     motorcycle operator, John Plaster,
                     64, hit a domestic animal, later                                               hold caucus Aug. 5                                                                                   BUSINESS ..............................................................21
                     reported to be a donkey and a                                                                                                                                                       SCHOOLS ..............................................................22
                     horse, who were in the roadway                                                      WILBRAHAM - The Wilbraham Democratic
                                                                                                                                                                                                         ARTS & LIFESTYLES ..............................................28
   www.wilbraham     causing him to lose control and                                                Town Committee will hold a caucus of all registered
                     crash. Plaster was taken by ambu-                                              Democrats in the town on Thursday, Aug. 5 at the
   For an updated    lance to Bay State Medical                                                     Wilbraham Public Library, 25 Crane Park Drive at 7

                                                                                                                                                                                                        THE BEST FRESH
 listing of calendar Center with non-life threatening                                               p.m. according to committee chairman Todd Luzi.
   events logon to   injuries. No charges were filed.                                                    The purpose of the caucus is to select a candidate

                                                                                                                                                                                                        LOCALLY GROWN
  www.wilbraham-     The animals were reported to be                                                for board of selectman for the special town election to     unhurt.                                                                        be held Saturday, Sept. 25. The caucus is open to the
                                                                                                    public, but only registered Democrats in the town of
                                                                                                    Wilbraham may participate. For more information con-                                                Red, Ripe, Delicious
Boilard gets the nomination                                                                         tact Luzi at 599-4811.
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    WILBRAHAM - Once again Robert J. Boilard was
selected as the Republican candidate for board of                                                   Dog owners have until Aug. 31                                                                       DOZEN
selectman in the special town election to be held on                                                                                                                                                    Butter & Sugar              $
Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Wilbraham Republican Town
Caucus July 28 at the library.
                                                                                                         WILBRAHAM - Town Clerk Beverly J. Litchfield
                                                                                                    is reminding those residents who have not licensed their
                                                                                                    dog(s) for the current year that they only have until
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sweet Corn . . . . . . . . .                               4.80
    Boilard won the seat at the regular town election                                                                                                                                                   Pint
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                                                               NEWS ABOUT TOWN from page 3
                                                               Friday, Aug. 13 to do so.
                                                                   After that date, those owner’s names that have not
                                                               complied with the state law will be compiled and for-
                                                               warded to the Board of Selectmen as a complaint begin-
                                                               ning Aug. 16. For more information, call the Town
                                                               Clerk’s Office at 596-2800, ext. 200.

                                                               Hampden Selectmen seeking
                                                               community volunteers
                                                                   HAMPDEN – The Board of Selectmen announced
                                                               at their July 19 meeting that several positions on
                                                               appointed town committees are or may be open and are
                                                               currently seeking interested residents to volunteer.
                                                                   Positions include Zoning Board of Appeals, Capital
                                                               Planning Committee, Cultural Council, and the                                                            TIMES photo submitted
                                                               Historical Commission. Interested residents should call                   Hooks a big one…
                                                               the Board of Selectmen at 566-2151, ext. 100.
                                                                                                                                         Ten-year-old Wilbraham Resident, Joey
                                                               Flag retirement containers                                                Gagnon, stands with Ludlow Taxidermist,
                                                                                                                                         Roger Pyzocha holding a 5 pound large-
                                  TIMES photo by David Miles
                                                               to be located at town                                                     mouth bass that Joey hooked at Nine Mile
                                                               locations                                                                 Pond in Wilbraham July 12. Joey will be
   Clowning around                                                  HAMPDEN – The Board of Selectmen met with
                                                                                                                                         receiving a State Pin award for catching
                                                                                                                                         the fish.

    at the Circus…                                             VFW Graves Officer Art Booth July 19 to discuss plac-
                                                               ing flag retirement containers at convenient locations               pastor, and then the burning of the flags in a 55 gallon
                                                               for residents in town. Booth suggested that the town                 drum. Selectmen Chairman John D. Flynn said that the
 School Superintendent Marty O’Shea and                        have a similar procedure for handling the flags to the               Town House and Senior Center would be ideal loca-
 his son Michael are visited by a Circus                       Lions Club used eyeglasses drop off containers.                      tions for the containers.
 Smirkus clown July 31 at Fountain Park.                            “We actually have a ceremony to retire (the flags)
                                                               properly, in accordance with military requirements,”
 There was a good weekend turnout with
 profits going to the Wilbraham Hampden                        Booth said, noting that the VFW usually disposes of                  New high school to use
 Academic Trust for school enrichment
                                                               flags after Memorial Day, on Flag Day, and Veterans
                                                               Day, as well as at periodic intervals throughout the year
                                                                                                                                    energy-efficient products
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                                                                    The ceremony includes a 21-gun salute, a local                      WILBRAHAM – During the July 13 Hampden-
                                                                                                                                    Wilbraham Regional School Committee meeting,
                                                                                                                                    Superintendent of Schools M. Martin O’Shea informed
                                                                                                                                    the committee and public that the new Minnechaug
                                                                                                                                    Regional High School will use energy-efficient products.
                  NOW OPEN                                                                                                              “Hopefully, we’ll be certified as a green school,”

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NEWS ABOUT TOWN from page 4                                              protect assets and new rules about nursing home bene-
                                                                         fits. During the second part, Ledoux will discuss the use
O’Shea said. With the certification is the requirement that              of annuities and how to design a pension. To sign-up,
the school use Energy Star products. Project Manager                     call the Hampden Senior Center at 566-5588.
Raymond Kinghorn said that this would be something he
and the construction team would have to watch.
                                                                         ‘Bridge Party” on Aug. 7
Red Sox raffle benefits Spec                                                  HAMPDEN – The second annual Bridge Party will
Pond improvements                                                        be held on Riverside Drive at 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 7
                                                                         to celebrate the Chapin Road Bridge. Bring your own
     WILBRAHAM – The Friends of Recreation is host-                      chair and a pot luck dish. Call Larry and Virginia Blake
ing a Red Sox game raffle with all proceeds going to the                 at 566-2139 for more information.
Spec Pond renovations. The package includes four VIP
seats on the third baseline to see the Red Sox against the               Planning Board sets public
Angels at Fenway on Wednesday, Aug. 16, roundtrip
limo service compliments of Century Limousine and                        forum dates
Mark Nowak and a cooler of snacks.
                                                                                                                                                                               TIMES photo by David Miles
     The drawing will be held at the selectmen’s meeting                      HAMPDEN – The Hampden Planning Board
on Monday, Aug. 9. Each entry costs $20. Entry forms                     announced that they will hold an informational Public
can be found at the Recreation Office, Town Hall, Louis                  Forum on Wednesday, Aug. 11 and Wednesday, Sept. 15               ‘Swinging at the Gazebo’…
& Clark, Wilbraham Library and at other businesses on                    at 7:30 p.m. in the Town House. The purpose of the
Boston Road and on An e-mail                       forums is to discuss and receive public feedback on zon-          Premier Swing Band vocalist Andrea Niki
will be sent confirming receipt of raffle entries.                       ing bylaw amendments and proposals, which will include            belts out a tune, one of the big band
                                                                         home occupations, large vehicles, in-law apartments and           sounds at the Fountain Park Thursday
Adult reading ‘Happy Hour’                                               any other zoning bylaws of public interest and/or concern.        Night Concert July 20.

     HAMPDEN – The Hampden Public Library Adult                          Garden Club to meet Aug. 19                                     of interest can be requested by calling the Hampden
Summer Reading Happy Hour (non-alcoholic) will be                                                                                        Senior Center at 566-5588.
held Thursday, Aug. 5, at 5:30 p.m. at the library. The                       HAMPDEN - The August meeting of the Hampden
public is invited. There will be a lively discussion of the              Garden Club will be held on Thursday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m.
books that were read over the summer.                                    at Academy Hall on Main Street. in Hampden.                     Minnechaug Football to
     Light refreshments will be served and door prizes
will be presented. For more information, call 566-3047
                                                                              Members are friends will get together to exchange
                                                                         ideas, provide helpful tips and solve problems some gar-
                                                                                                                                         welcome players with picnic
or check the website at                             deners may have encountered during this growing season.              WILBRAHAM – The Minnechaug football team’s
                                                                         Everyone is invited to share or to ask about gardening.         welcome picnic for all incoming Falcon football players
Estate planning discussion                                                                                                               and their families will be held on Sunday, Aug. 29 at
at Hampden Senior Center                                                 Hampden Senior Center to                                        Spec Pond from 2 to 4 p.m.
                                                                                                                                              The cost is $10 per family and includes burgers and
                                                                         host guest speakers                                             hot dogs donated by Friendly’s, salads, chips, beverages
    HAMPDEN – The Hampden Senior Center wel-                                                                                             and desserts. There will be an opportunity to buy
comes Atty. Michael Hassett of Wilbraham and                                  HAMPDEN – A new weekly speaker’s bureau will               Minnechaug football shirts as well as join the
Certified Financial Planner Pete Ledoux of Ludlow on                     take place at the Hampden Senior Center starting on             Minnechaug Booster Club.
Monday, Aug. 9 at 12:30 p.m. as they present a two-part                  Thursday, Aug. 12 from 10 to 11 a.m. and continuing                  Families are asked to bring a nonperishable food
program on estate planning.                                              every Thursday except the last Thursday of the month.           item to donate to the local food pantry. For a participa-
    During the first part of the program, Hassett will go                     The bureau will host guest speakers who will pres-         tion form, visit the team website at
over the details of an estate plan, how to update a plan,                ent a wide range of topics. Speakers on a specific topic

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Selectmen show continued interest in
exploring regional dispatching
                                                                                                                redundancies.                                                  commitment was made.
There could be significant savings by                                                                                Stratton said there could be signifi-                                     Fall Fair
                                                                                                                cant savings by bonding together, but                               In other news, United Church
joining a multitown operation                                                                                   the downside was that some of those                            spokeswoman Joyce Pierangelo met
        By Charles F. Bennett                              meeting to update officials on the status            towns have nothing in common with                              with the selectmen and was given a
    Turley Publications Staff Writer                       of the study.                                        Wilbraham. The chief said Wilbraham                            permit to hold combination tag sale,
                                                                Both Weitz and Stratton attended                and some of the other towns could be                           antique and collectibles booths, animal
     WILBRAHAM - The Wilbraham                             the meeting. They briefed Selectmen                  overwhelmed by an emergency demand                             exhibition, farmers market and BBQ
Board of Selectmen and Town                                James Thompson and Pat Brady, relay-                 at UMass.                                                      on the grounds of the church on Main
Administrator Robert Weitz met with                        ing a message from Amherst who asked                      A smaller regional group made up                          Street on Saturday, Sept. 25.
Police Chief Allen Stratton July 26                        if there was continued interest.                     of nearby towns might work better                                   The food will be supplied by
regarding the possibility of joining a                          The Amherst consortium includes                 because they already have things in                            Johnsen’s Catering of Boston Road.
group to form a regional emergency                         nine towns, Amherst, Belchertown,                    common and are natural neighbors. The                          The fair will take place the same day
dispatch operation.                                        East Longmeadow, Hadley, Ludlow,                     better we know each other, the better                          as the special town election for select-
     Weitz said July 28 that a number of                   Pelham, South Hadley, Ware,                          we can help each other,” said Stratton.                        man.
state grant-funded studies had been                        Wilbraham, the South Hadley Fire                          Weitz also cautioned, “We’re being                             Pierangelo said there would be
undertaken to look into regional dis-                      District Number 2 and the 26,000-stu-                asked (by Amherst) to make a decision                          approximately 100 participants and
patching which included studies by                         dent University of Massachusetts.                    without knowing our other options, and                         projected crowds as big as 700 people
Amherst, Monson, Palmer and                                          Regional Approach                          we’re not sure what our costs will be,”                        but she cautioned that this would be a
Springfield, among others. Amherst had                          Stratton told the selectmen the                 he said.                                                       first-time event.
asked if Wilbraham was interested in                       AECOM report projected as much as                         Brady worried that belonging to a                              The selectmen were assured that
being included in their study and                          $150,000 could be saved with a more                  smaller group would not necessarily                            there would be ample parking; at the
received a positive response said Weitz.                   efficient regional approach and there                save the town money. “If we are going                          rear of the church, Gazebo Park, Crane
     AECOM, the consultants who did                        could be an opportunity to receive grant             to be a junior partner, we should                              Park, the Masonic Lodge and parking
the study for a group of towns and dis-                    money available. But he cautioned                    encourage some of our local towns to                           on one side of Woodland Dell Road.
tricts led by Amherst, called a recent                     there were unknowns like unforeseen                  join the Amherst group. Bigger is bet-                         She said the church had held a similar
                                                                                                                ter,” Brady said.                                              fair prior to Christmas without inci-
                                                                                                                     Thompson, the chairman, asked                             dent. Thompson asked that Pierangelo
                                                                                                                that Stratton and Fire Chief Fran Nothe                        contact the police and fire departments
                                                                                                                look into the feasibility. And then he                         to alert them of the event.
                                                                                                                asked Weitz to contact officials of                                 Also, Thompson said he had been
   Your dining room will be sophisticated                                                                       Ludlow, East Longmeadow and
                                                                                                                Monson to see if there was any interest
                                                                                                                                                                               alerted that several businesses are plan-
                                                                                                                                                                               ning or have been providing entertain-
   and elegant enough to                                                                                        in joining. Then, Brady and Thompson                           ment without a license and asked
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Families enjoy fun and                                                                                                              Couple enjoys beach
                                                                                                                                    in their own backyard
support at Teddy Bear Picnic                                                                                                                        By Merrie Kaye
                                                                                                                                            Wilbraham Recreation Department
Children played on the playground, got their face painted                                                                                WILBRAHAM - The Spec Pond Beach opened
and participated in teddy bear-themed crafts and games                                                                              over 50 years ago, and one special couple in town
                                                                                                                                    has enjoyed it every year since. Henry and Pat
                                                                                                                                    Zanetti moved to Wilbraham in 1959 because of the
                    By Kerry Flynn                                                                                                  rural setting, the farmland and the school system.
           Turley Publications Correspondent                                                                                        They raised their four daughters in town, and Spec
                                                                                                                                    Pond was an important part of their summers. The
     WILBRAHAM – Parents, children and teddy bears                                                                                  Zanetti family appreciated the convenience of a
played at the Wilbraham Children’s Museum Teddy                                                                                     beach ‘in their own backyard’ with pure water, clean
Bear Picnic last Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., which                                                                             facilities and a family friendly environment.
welcomed families and their fluffy friends to enjoy a                                                                                    “Each of our kids learned to swim at the pond.
day of fun.                                                                                                                         Back then there were not so many private pools in
     The event was organized by the Children’s Museum                                                                               people’s backyards,” Zanetti said.
(WCM) and the Moms Offering Moms Support                                                                                                 Over the years, the Zanetti family has seen the
(MOMS) Club of Springfield.                                                                                                         Spec Pond facility grow and improve. In the 1940s, a
     About five years ago, the Children’s Museum board                                                                              local family donated the Spec Pond recreational area
of directors uncovered a box of old information that                                                                                to Wilbraham and the Lion’s Club operated the beach.
revealed the 25th anniversary of an event called the                                                                                In the 1980s control was given to the Wilbraham Parks
Teddy Bear Picnic was that year. The board decided to                                                                               & Recreation Department, which has improved the
bring back the event in remembrance of its history, and                                                                             area over the years.
it has been running annually since then. Last year, the                                                                                  The beach was expanded, the pavilion was
board ran the event supported by a grant from the town,                                                                             updated, rafts were set in place and programs were
but this year, because of budget issues, they decided to                                                                            created. All of these improvements added more ben-
not run the event unless someone volunteered.                                                                                       efits to encourage their continued patronage.
     The MOMS Club of Springfield, a chapter of the                                                                                      Fifty two years later, Spec Pond is still a very
International MOMS Club, decided to step forward after                                                                              popular place to cool down and relax during the hot
a unanimous vote of approval. “We try to do at least one                                                                            days of summer. Henry and Pat Zanetti can still be
community service project a year that supports families                                                                             found enjoying the pure refreshing water and the
and their children,” said Diane Sitnik, the current presi-                                                                          family friendly facilities, now with their grandchil-
dent of the MOMS Club of Springfield.                                                                                               dren.
     In order to fund the picnic, the town suggested they                                                                                Information on Spec Pond can be found at
organize a silent auction at the picnic. Prizes were sup-                                                                 
plied by many local businesses, including Six Flags                                                    TIMES photo by Kerry Flynn
New England, Kid Stuff, and the Scantic Valley YMCA.
All proceeds from the auction will go to the Children’s           Wags the Dog from the Wiggles met and shared
Musemu and will go towards new activities, landscap-              his teddy bear with (from left) Bella Gracien,
ing, equipment and more.                                          Courtney Tousignant, Elizabeth Roberge and
                   Crafts and Games                               Chloe House with her stuffed animal named
     Guests were invited to bring along a teddy bear and          Puppy at the Teddy Bear Picnic at the
a picnic lunch. Children were able to play on the play-           Wilbraham Children’s Museum on July 31.
ground, get their face painted and participate in teddy
bear-themed crafts and games. Wags the Dog from                   bership to increase. After the obvious success of the
Wiggles (a children’s musical group) made two appear-             event from the many attendees and money raised
ances during the day.                                             through the silent auction, the community can expect the
     “The picnic allowed moms to chat and meet new                picnic to take place again next year, whether it is run by
people,” said Francesca Kotomski, the spokeswoman for             the WCM alone or helped by the MOMS Club of
the Teddy Bear Picnic. “It also puts kids in a situation to       Springfield.
meet and play with other kids that’s not in school.”                   “We look to fill in where there’s need and interest,”                                              TIMES photo submitted
     Elizabeth Tousignant, the birthday party coordinator         Sitnik said.
of the Children’s Museum, attended the event with her                  The summer day picnic offered children a fun time            Henry and Pat Zanetti, shown here with
daughters, Kelly and Courtney, who brought their stuffed          to spend playing with other kids and their teddy bears            Recreation Director Bryan Lizt (right), have
monkey and pink bear. “We come to the playgroup (at               and a chance for parents to meet other families in town           enjoyed coming to Spec Pond since they
the WCM) during the season at least once a week,”                 and make new friends.                                             moved to Wilbraham in 1959.
Tousignant said.
     The museum group also advertised their playgroup
sessions during the event and offered a discounted price
of enrollment in hopes to attract new members.
Playgroups take place two times a day from Monday to
Friday, and there are public hours on Saturdays. Michelle
Boudreau of Hampden is now considering joining a
playgroup after the picnic. “It seems like a lot of nice
people come here, and I think I could find a great group,”
Boudreau said.
                                                                                                                         Introducing the
     For more information about playgroups visit the
museum’s website at or
call 596-2472.
     The MOMS Club of Springfield also advertised
                                                                                                                          Advantages of
their organization during the event and hopes for mem-
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QUOTATIONS                                                                                                                 Editorial
  of the Week                                                                       Enjoy what Western Mass has to offer
 “     The better we know each other, the better we

                                                                                             ummer is here and the hot weather we have             cal exhibits, interactive activities and a shootout area
  can help each other.
     Wilbraham Police Chief Allen Stratton telling the
Board of Selectmen July 26 about the upside of forming
a regional dispatch group with other local towns.
                                                                                             experienced over the last few weeks has drained
                                                                                             many people’s energy. Luckily, there are many
                                                                                             spots in Western Massachusetts to swim and
                                                                                    keep cool as well as many area attractions to enjoy that
                                                                                                                                                   which is fun for all ages. A visit there is sure to provide
                                                                                                                                                   lasting memories for basketball enthusiasts of all ages.
                                                                                                                                                        Young children will be thrilled with the Holyoke
                                                                                                                                                   Children’s Museum and a ride on the Holyoke Merry-
                                                                                    don’t cost a lot of money.                                     Go-Round.

 “     Twenty years from now, our children will be
  thinking of now as the “Good ol' days.
     Times writer Chris Hakala in his Aug. 5 column           ”
                                                                                          In fact, it’s easy to find things to do that will make
                                                                                    the summer memorable for your family without travel-
                                                                                    ing far from home.
                                                                                          The first place that comes to
                                                                                                                                                        There is also in the area alot for history buffs to
                                                                                                                                                                    enjoy, including Historic Deerfield.
                                                                                                                                                                      Even if you don’t pay to go inside its
                                                                                                                                                                        buildings and take the tours, the
writing about perspectives on changes in Wilbraham                                  mind is Laughing Brook Wildlife                                                     mile long street is a lovely place to
over the years.                                                                     Sanctuary in Hampden, a beautiful                                                   walk along and its 18th and 19th
                                                                                    place, with 356 acres of wood-                                                       century homes bring back a sense

 “      How fortunate we are to have such caring
  people around us.
     Mary Trebbe of Wilbraham in a letter to the Times
                                                                                    lands, meadows, and streams
                                                                                    along its four-mile trail system. It
                                                                                    was once the home of the
                                                                                    beloved children's author
                                                                                                                                                                        of yesteryear.
                                                                                                                                                                            Stockbridge is another relaxing
                                                                                                                                                                        place to visit. It houses the Norman
                                                                                                                                                                           Rockwell Museum and Norman
thanking a good Samaritan (a Hampden nurse) for com-
ing to her aid at the Hampden Memorial Day Parade.                                  Thornton Burgess and the                                                                Rockwell once described this
                                                                                    beautiful brook there inspired                                                           quiet town as "the best of
                                                                                    many of his timeless tales.                                                              America, the best of New

 “    It puts kids in a situation to meet and play
 with other kids that’s not in school.
    Wilbraham Children’s Museum’s spokeswoman           ”
                                                                                    Families or individuals who
                                                                                    like to hike also won’t want
                                                                                    to miss the variety of free
                                                                                                                                                                                     In fact, almost any-
                                                                                                                                                                                where in the Berkshires is a
Francesca Kotomski talking about the July 30 Teddy                                  summer programs at Mt.                                                                       good getaway. If you like
Bear Picnic held there.                                                             Holyoke Range State Park                                                                     art, you should plan a trip
                                                                                    on Route 116 in Amherst.                                                                     to the Sterling and Francine
                                                                                          For those with a more cultural bent, why not visit           Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, which attracts
                                                                                    Springfield Museums. People drive hours to visit the           visitors from around the world and has two special
                                                                                    the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden and           summer exhibits. The first is titled, “Picasso Looks at
      Volunteers of the Week                                                        it’s right in our backyard. The Lyman and Merry Wood           Degas.” It explores Picasso’s lifelong fascination with
                                                                                    Museum of Springfield History, which opened recently           Degas and shows their works side by side, while the

            his week’s volunteer of the week is                                     and houses an extraordinary Indian Motorcycle exhibit.         second exhibit features the work of sculptor Juan
            Jerry Wawrzyk who is a volunteer foot-                                  (The Woods live in Hampden.)                                   Munoz.
            ball coach for the Wilbraham Recreation                                       The Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield is
            Department. John has donated many                                       another exciting place and offers three levels of histori-                    Please see ENJOY W. MASS, page 10
   hours to improve the youth and high school foot-
   ball programs.

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       KEITH TURLEY, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT                                         two hours, 38 minutes                                                                       the          Melanoma
   DOUGLAS L. TURLEY, VICE PRESIDENT OF PUBLICATIONS                                  watching television; 44                                                                     Education Foundation.
 Jack Mead .............................Vice President of Manufacturing               minutes socializing; 18                                                                     She was featured in a
 Tim Kane........................................................Executive Editor     minutes relaxing; and                                                                       July 19 story in
 Beth Baker ...............................................Advertising Director       three hours, 23 minutes working.                                                            BusinessWest calling
 Stephanie Hadley ........................................Graphics Manager                 Wilbraham Police Chief Allen Stratton met               attention to the most common form of skin cancer.
 Dave Anderson ........................................Advertising Manager                                                                         She told the magazine she got involved with
 Charlann Griswold ..................................Circulation Manager              with the two selectmen Jim Thompson and Pat
                                                                                      Brady July 26 about a proposed regional dispatch             melanoma awareness after her husband had a scare
 Charles F. Bennett.......................................Editor                      system. The third selectman is yet to be elected,            with the disease, and now devotes considerable time
 Dave Forbes .....................................Sports Editor                       pending the Sept. 25 special election between Dave           to spreading the message in the schools.
 Tyler Witkop............................................Reporter                     Barry, Bob Boilard and anyone else who comes for-                 There are more volunteers to thank who helped
 David Miles......................................Photographer                        ward to run. So, understandably, Jim and Pat don’t           out at the Christopher J. Burnham Memorial Softball
 Jocelyn Walker...........................Advertising Sales                           want to make a decision until the third selectman is         Tournament & Dinner June 26: Pam Daniels, Peter
 Donna Sinkoski............................Graphic Design                             elected. The chief said he could wait, he said, “until       Fatse, Janet Farrell, Maura Gill, Michelle
                                                                                      you guys are three musketeers again.”                        Glidden, Cheryl Hastings, Robin Hellinger Patty
                            Correspondents                                                 The last concert at Fountain Park with percus-          and Peter Lake, Edna Lavoie, and Caroline
      Joan Paris, Rick Rubin, Anne Rutherford, Kerry Flynn                            sion specialists Entrain July 29 was the best. The           Murphy.
                                                                                      Martha’s Vineyard band also featured Wilbraham’s                  Jonathan Brown of Wilbraham has been named
                                                                                      own Tony Falcetti showing his keyboard prowess.              to the Dean’s List at Daniel Webster College in
                                                                                      The weather was great and the addition of the Circus         Nashua, New Hampshire. Jonathan was a member of
                                                                                      Smirkus tent gave the evening a festive air. Jules           the college’s soccer team. He will be transferring to
                                                                                      Gaudreau did a fine job as emcee. Spotted with their         the University of Massachusetts in Amherst for his
                                                                                      friends and families were Chris Hakala, Rita                 junior year.
                                                                                      Carey, Linda Fuller, Elaine King, Dick and Eileen                 Matthew Fadus of Hampden earned Dean’s
                                                              Butler, Tina Bazarian, Muriel Gilfoil, Barbara               List honors at St. Joseph’s University in
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                                                                                      Lennon, Katherine and Dick Labine, Kevin                     1851.

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                                                                                                                          LETTERS to the editor
           The culture of change                                                                                         Another ‘mystery nurse’

            ver the last several years, I have taken time in well prepared as European students. That just isn’t true.
            this article to write about changes in The comparison is unfair. The European students who                   is a good Samaritan
            Wilbraham. I have written about changes in take these tests are the best and brightest. And, those
            schools, changes in the services that the town children are compared to all our children who take the        To the editor:
offers and changes in the options we have of things to tests. Which is, well, all the children. It's like compar-
purchase in town (i.e., the demise of Rice's, etc.). Each ing the best dish from a five star restaurant to the best           I read recently in your paper of a “mystery
change is difficult for some in town, and although peo- dish at Applebee’s. Not a fair comparison.                       nurse” from Wilbraham. (Times front page June 17,
ple make it through the changes (as we all do in life),            In fact, if we look at life in our town and in our    “Mystery Nurse at tragic accident scene revealed as
there is a certain wistfulness that often accompanies country today, things aren't so bad. Yes, the economy is           Wilbraham woman.”) How fortunate we are to have
change. People pontificate about the "good old days" lousy and yes, things definitely are different. But, our            such caring people around us.
and how things in town were different, and less compli- town is beautiful, we have lovely events like the                     On Memorial Day, May 31, while trying to keep
cated, and how things in our country were so much bet- Fountain Park concerts and tree lighting, in my neigh-            up with my grandson, age 5, on a float in the
ter off back then versus right now. I hear this all the borhood, and I suspect most neighborhoods, people are            Memorial Day Hampden parade, I was overcome by
time when I talk to friends and colleagues.                                       friendly and helpful, and we have      the heat and dehydrated. I fell and hit my head on a
     They say things like, "nowadays, you                                         good schools and services.             grate on the road. Two “angels” on bikes, following
can't do this," or "you could do that in my        OPINION                             The longing for the old days
                                                                                  comes from perspective. We all
                                                                                                                         the parade, saw me fall.
                                                                                                                              One young woman was a Hampden nurse. She
day. Not anymore." To listen to these peo-
ple, you would believe that our town and                COLUMNIST                 have faulty memories and what hap-     held me upright while the police were called. A
our country was utterly crumbling around                                          pens is we remember all the good       neighbor rushed over with ice water. A kind police
us, with morality, decency, and intellect                                         things and forget petty annoyances.    officer arrived and an ambulance came and took me
going out the window along with our abili-                                        I know this comes to light for me      to the emergency room at Baystate Medical Center.
ty to buy fabulous cider donuts.                                                  when I hear songs on the radio and     All tests were negative, and I was released.
         Photos From a Bygone Age                                                 wince. I think, how can they play           My grandfathers served in World War I, one
     This was clearly brought to mind for me                                      this? Then I remember songs from       with the Yankee Division in France and one with the
last week when I opened up my Wilbraham-                                          my youth and think, “oh, That's why    Balloon Corps. My father and father-in-law served
Hampden Times and found that wonderful                                            they play this! It's all a matter of   in the Vietnam War, one as a career naval officer and
section filled with pictures of the town from                                     perspective.                           one as a career army officer. My grandchildren, who
"the good old days." Called “The Established                                           The good news is that 20 years    participate in tee ball and Girl Scouts, have been
Edition.” The pictures are, admittedly, a                                         from now, our children will be         inspired by their service. They are proud of these
smattering of photos from town that really                CHRIS HAKALA            thinking of now as the “Good ol'       servicemen, and I am proud of all the people in
reflect availability more than anything else.                                     days.” They will be thinking about     Hampden who honored them on Memorial Day.
That is, the pictures are photos that people had available how much better off they had it than their
and that they knew something about.                  much simpler life much safer                                           Mary C. Trebbe
     These pictures show a town that is different than life was...                                                                                                  Wilbraham
what we have now, and reflect a country where you can              And when that happens, remind them of this!
see the changes that have occurred over the last 100-              Enjoy your summer folks!
plus years in dear old Wilbraham.
     Some of those changes have, in fact, changed the              Chris Hakala is a professor of psychology at
culture of our town.                                          Western New England College and lives in Wilbraham.
     The way we do business, the residential areas, the He welcomes feedback at
impact of automobiles, the change in work status, etc.,
have changed forever the way we live life.
             And the question is, is it all bad?
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                   Discipline and ABC’s
     In the 1950's schools were disciplined places
where students learned their ABC's. Teachers ruled and
children listened. Today, what's different? The students
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General contractor of Minnechaug building project named
CONTRACT from page 1                                                                                                                           “Fontaine is extremely excited to get out
                                                                                                                                               here,” Kinghorn said who has dealt with
offices is $64,996,284.                                                                                                                        the contractor in the past.
     Building Committee Co-Chairman                                                                                                                  Played a Role for Education
Brian Garbecki said that Fontaine Bros.                                                                                                             The new school, according to
will be responsible for the building of                                                                                                        Kinghorn’s figures, will be built at a cost
the high school, which includes the                                                                                                            of $200 per square foot. “This is almost
school district offices, swimming pool                                                                                                         unheard of,” he said. For comparison, he
and door hardware.                                                                                                                             said the last school he built in
           Not a Bag of Money                                                                                                                  Connecticut, which has no model school
     The Massachusetts School Building                                                                                                         program, was completed at a cost of
Authority (MSBA) originally approved                                                                                                           $380 per square foot. “Prices have come
a budget of $82,271,129. MSBA will                                                                                                             down significantly,” he said, attributing
reimburse 61.73 percent of the school                                                                                                          the low cost to the limited amount of
building only, which amounts to                                                                                                                work in the area.
$37,022,742.         Hampden          and                                                                                                           “All of us have played a role for
Wilbraham’s estimated share of the total                                                                                                       education,” School Committee Chairman
project, including district offices and a                                                                                                      Peter T. Salerno said. “Advice and coun-
$3 million owner’s contingency, is                                                                                                             cil was heeded and appreciated. We were
$30,973,000. The towns approved a total                                                                                                        supported by community groups and
share of $34,864,724 on October 29,                                                                                                            confronted by others. We offer thanks to
2009.                                                                                                                                          both sides. Trust and respect played a
     “I would caution everyone that the                                                                                                        pivotal role,” he said.
difference is not a bag of money that we                                                                    TIMES staff photo by David Miles        The next step in the process is a
get to go home with,” Project Manager                                                                                                          meeting with the MSBA to look over the
Raymond Kinghorn said. “We won’t                Wilbraham Selectman Patrick Brady looks over information regarding                             projections, which at this time appear to
know (the total savings) until the project      the new Minnechaug Building Project during the Minnechaug School                               be a significant savings to the state.
is completed and we have been audited.”         Building Committee meeting.                                                                    Kinghorn said that he would give
     Kinghorn said that no one has dis-                                                                                                        Fontaine Bros. a notice to proceed,
cussed the figures with the MSBA yet           accurate assessment. “We don’t know         schools including the new high school’s             which would allow them to get on site
and determined whether the projections         exactly how we’re going to end up,” he      model, Ashland High School. Others                  and meet with officials. He noted that the
are accurate. He cautioned that the pro-       said noting, “What this generally says is   include Belchertown High School,                    contract would take several weeks to
jections could either increase or              that we’re in pretty good shape.”           Green Meadows Elementary School and                 write up, sorting through all of the legal
decrease based on what they feel is an              Fontaine Bros. has built multiple      Stony Hill Elementary School.                       issues.

Jazz bassist Genevieve Rose keeps the beat
BASSIST from page 1                            with Benny Waters, a career clarinetist,    dents and played with amateur and per-              ations, cultures, and backgrounds. Music
                                               saxophonist, vocalist, composer and         forming professionals since 1997. There             creates total equality and everyone has
then build on it by adding your own            arranger of music, whose versatility and    were two Thursday evening concerts.                 something important to say and con-
interpretation so that you perform the         virtuosity spanned eight decades and        The July 15 concert she played master               tribute to the group. We all understand
composer’s music as if it were your own.       combined all the elements of jazz history   jazz saxophonist, Vincent Herring. The              each other,” she said.
     She first learned to play classic gui-    from the “Roaring Twenties” through         second concert features round-robin col-                 Rose plans on performing and trav-
tar at the Community Music School in           post-war Paris and beyond, until his        laboration between nationally and inter-            eling. She will also continue her educa-
Springfield, then at age 9 she played          death in 1994. She has joined the           nationally known faculty members like               tion studies. She reminds parents to sup-
with adult guitar players in a guitar          Caribbean artistry of the Tradewinds,       pianist                                             port their children’s dreams and she
ensemble at the Connecticut Classical          and the King of Swing, Benny Goodman             A Magna Cum Laude graduate of                  reminds everyone not to give up on their
Guitar Society. Rose played electric bass      Tribute Orchestra, the trademark “swing     UMass, she also teaches private lessons             dreams, but to give everything you want
in her junior high school jazz band and        and sway of the Sammy Kaye” Orchestra       at Amherst College. She is the director of          – everything you have to give. Other
continued taking classical guitar lessons      currently under the direction of Roger      the Smith College Jazz Ensemble and                 interests of hers include kayaking and
for 10 years. She began serious bass les-      Thorpe and her own trio, quartet and        holds a master’s degree in elementary               her home restoration project.
sons at the University of Massachusetts-       quintet ensembles.                          education from Western New England                       Rose will also perform in the
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Murder suspect arraigned                                                                       Historical Commission to look into
MURDER from page 1                             Times went to press.
                                                                                               veterans statue renovation
                                                    According to media reports, the                 HAMPDEN – Meeting with the                     Witt noted that last year, the esti-
ing dirty white shorts, before his defense     assailant allegedly fled on bicycle.            Board of Selectmen July 19, the                mated repair cost was roughly $10,000,
attorney, Paul R. Rudof made a motion          Police Chief Jeff Farnsworth said that          Hampden Historical Commission, an              and that the cost would likely go up this
to waive his right to appear. Hampden          the act was not random. Police arrested         appointed board, discussed their plans         year. She said that there is a program
Police Officer Todd Ely and a                  Garcia at his residence, while he was           to look into the renovation of the town’s      through the Smithsonian Institute that
Massachusetts State Police trooper were        asleep.                                         memorial statue on Main Street. The            they could look into further. “First we
in court along with nearly a dozen of the           Officers from Wilbraham including          statue contains the names of the town’s        have to find someone who can tell us
victim’s family members.                       Police Dog officer Joseph Brewer, East          Civil War veterans inscribed on its            what to do, then we have to find some-
     Garcia was led out of the courtroom       Longmeadow, Monson, Massachusetts               sides.                                         one to fix it,” Witt said, adding that this
during a brief recess and did not return.      State Police STOP team, and the                      The statue, the site of the town’s        project, especially in terms of research,
His defense attorney entered a not guilty      Massachusetts CPAC unit assisted in the         Memorial Day services, has been in dis-        could be a good joint Eagle Scout and
plea on his behalf and agreed to his           response.                                       repair, and according to Chairwoman            Gold Award leadership project for
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Hampden County District Attorney’s             District Court.                                      “This is prime use of CPA funds,”         selectmen that they will look into what
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                                                                         DINING Out
More than golf at Quaboag Country Club
     By the Undercover Epicurean                                                                                                                                                                     enjoyed more of them, as asparagus is
                                                                                                                                                                                                     her favorite vegetable.

           n avid golfer, I decided to try                                                                                                                                                                    Strawberry Shortcake
           the Valhalla dining room at                                                                                                                                                                    The room provided an intimate set-
           the Quaboag Country Club in                                                                                                                                                               ting and the evening was going well
           Monson at 70 Palmer Road                                                                                                                                                                  then we remembered that the dessert
and called my dining companion to con-                                                                                                                                                               was chef’s choice ($5.95) and we won-
firm dinner plans.                                                                                                                                                                                   dered what it would be. The waitress
     The Valhalla is open to the public                                                                                                                                                              explained that the dessert changes
for dinner June to October on Friday                                                                                                                                                                 weekly, but it is usually delicious, fresh
and Saturdays from 6 to 9 p.m. Since                                                                                                                                                                 strawberry shortcake.
my companion regards your Epicurean                                                                                                                                                                       We decided on coffee only and
as an accomplished golfer, she wanted                                                                                                                                                                received the check. As I held my com-
to join me for a sumptuous meal in my                                                                                                                                                                panion’s chair for her graceful departure
natural habitat.                                                                                                                                                                                     from the table, her purse bumped her
     It is a quick trip up to Route 32                                                                                                                                                               coffee cup which toppled her water
south from the center of Palmer or from                                                                                                                                                              glass. As the mudslide made its way
Monson Road in Wilbraham to Route                                                                                                                                                                    down the white tablecloth, we made our
32 north. We listened to smooth jazz                                                                                                                                                                 sincere apologies and bid a fond adieu
tunes on the way.                                                                                                                                                                                    to the Quaboag staff.
     When we entered the Fireside din-                                                                                                                                                                    I scribbled my dining notes in the
ing room we were warmly greeted. Our                                                                                                                                                                 car as she freshened up beside me. “I
friendly waitress seated us by the                                                                                                                                                                   guess I’ll always be your dining com-
widow where the natural light caught                                                                                                                                                                 panion and never your golf partner if I
the fascination and sparkle in my dining                                     burger ($8.95).                                                          adjusted her sleeveless pale pink che-         continue to use my dinner knife as a
companion’s blue eyes.                                                            Dinner entrees include Fish and                                     mise, as her dinner was served. The            golf putter,” she sighed.
                 Cocktails                                                   Chips ($8.95), Turkey Croquettes                                         haddock arrived with the vegetable                                ***
     I immediately noticed there wasn’t                                      ($11.95), Blackened Salmon ($13.95),                                     medley and wild rice served in a hot                Food Fact - Parmesan Cheese is a
a wine list and my left eye began to                                         Pan-seared Herb Chicken (13.95),                                         oval oven crock with drawn butter and a        skim milk cheese that dates back to
twitch ever so slightly.                                                     Baked Haddock ($13.95) and Pan                                           topping of Hollandaise sauce. The              13th century Italy. It is made only from
     I faced the waitress with a slanted                                     Seared Beef Sirloin Tips ($14.95). I                                     asparagus spears were thin. “Itty- bitty,”     April 1 through Nov. 11 each year with
squinty eye and we placed our drink                                          ordered the sirloin tips and my compan-                                  she corrects me, “and buried beneath           milk from cows that have been feeding
orders; vodka and tonic for me with a                                        ion ordered the haddock with asparagus.                                  the haddock.” I guess that must be             on fresh pasture. (source – foodrefer-
twist of lime and vodka and grapefruit                                                    Oversized Salads                                            southern speak for she would have    
juice for my lovely. The drinks arrived                                           The salads were oversized portions,
with a basket of fresh rolls and butter                                      so we set them aside deciding to com-
foils and we turned our attention to the                                     plete them with our meals. We sipped
menu. The menu listed fresh rolls and                                        our drinks as we waited just a few min-
house salad as an entrée accompani-                                          utes for our meals to arrive.
ment and while the menu didn’t list                                               My sirloin tips were served with a
potato or vegetable as included; a mixed                                     tasty serving of broccoli, carrots, zuc-
vegetable medley and choice of potato                                        chini and red pepper medley and a
or wild rice were also included.                                             small serving of wild rice which was
      Menu appetizers included soup of                                       also excellent. The sirloin tips were
the day ($3.95), Chicken Quesadilla                                          well done and there was a good-sized
($5.95) and bacon-wrapped fresh moz-                                         portion.
zarella ($6.95).                                                                   “It’s too warm in here,” my com-
     The light fare menu included chick-                                     panion announced to no one in particu-
en Caesar salad ($9.95) and a classic                                        lar. She removed her light sweater and

      Red Hat Ya Ya Sisterhood to hold
           membership luncheon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              TIMES photo submitted
    WILBRAHAM – The Red Hat Ya                                               event. The cost is $18 per person due at
Ya Sisterhood of Wilbraham will host a                                       the time of sign-up. Checks can be made                                    Organizers meet to plan Aug. 8 picnic, complete with DJ, steak,
membership luncheon and tea cup raffle                                       payable to the Ya Ya Sisterhood of                                         chicken and a keg of beer.
at Abruzzo’s Restaurant banquet room                                         Wilbraham and sent to Martha Talbot, 28
on Wednesday, Sept. 22. There will be a
social hour from noon to 12:45 p.m. fol-
                                                                             Ripley St., Wilbraham, MA 01095.
                                                                                  For reservation or a raffle donation,                                          Hampden VFW plans picnic
lowed by a buffet luncheon.                                                  call Martha Talbot at 596-8676. The reser-
                                                                                                                                                              HAMPDEN – District 7 of the            chicken dinner is $10 and hot dogs and
    There is no van available for the                                        vation deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 8.
                                                                                                                                                         Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will         hamburgers are $6. The first keg of beer
                                                                                                                                                         hold a picnic on Sunday, Aug. 8 from        is free; after that there will be a cash bar.
                                                                                                                                                         noon to 10 p.m. at the Hampden VFW.         Tickets can be purchased at the VFW
                                                                                                                                                         The picnic is open to the public. There     Post 9397 on Main Street or from Dusti
                                                                                                                                                         will be a disk jockey and a variety of      Wells at 596-9038, (No tickets will be
                                                                                                                                                         food.                                       sold the day of the picnic.) For more
                                                                                                                                                              Prices are: Steak dinner is $15,       information call Wells at 596-9038.

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                      HEALTH & Wellness
Precautions can make family camping safer
Cell phones might not                            around campfires and portable heating
                                                                                                   clothing that offers protection from
                                                                                                   scrapes, bites and poisonous plants.
                                                                                                                                                  15 to 30 minutes before going out,
                                                                                                                                                  and reapply frequently. (It is possible
work in remote areas                             • Always actively supervise children
                                                    near a campfire or portable stove.
                                                                                                   Following the manufacturer’s
                                                                                                   instructions, apply insect repellent to
                                                                                                                                                  to get a sunburn in cloudy condi-
                                                    Follow posted rules about campfires,           a child’s clothing and exposed skin.            For more information about outdoor
      SPRINGFIELD — Campfires,                      and do not light fires in windy or        •    Apply sunscreen rated SPF 15 or            recreation safety, call Safe Kids at 413-
camping gear and hiking trails present              excessively dry conditions.                    higher to your child’s exposed skin        794-6510 or visit
special safety considerations for families       • Keep a bucket of water and a shovel
with children. While the preparations for           near the fire at all times. Extinguish
a family camping trip should include a
review of safety guidelines for outdoor
                                                    the fire completely before going to
                                                    sleep or leaving the site.                    House passes Silver Alert bill to
recreation, water and falls, parents
should also pay attention to potential
                                                 • Keep matches and lighters out of
                                                    children’s reach.                             assist in finding missing seniors
hazards specific to camping and hiking.          • Never use matches, lighters, candles
      “Camping is the only situation                or any device powered by kerosene,                 BOSTON – State Rep. Angelo                   The program provides for a coor-
where a family is purposely starting a              propane or other heating fuel inside a        Puppolo (D-Springfield), a lead spon-        dinated, community system by trained
fire outdoors a long way from a pressur-            tent or camper.                               sor of the legislation and drafter of the    first responders, who can assist in
ized water supply or the nearest fire               Also, keep these precautions in mind          original bill that would establish a         locating seniors with Alzheimer’s dis-
engine,” said Mandi Summers, co-coor-               around the campsite and on the trail:         Silver Alert program, announced that         ease or other forms of dementia who
dinator, Safe Kids of Western Mass.              • Keep first aid supplies and emer-              the Massachusetts House of                   have gone missing.
headquartered at Baystate Children’s                gency phone numbers handy, and                Representatives passed the legislation            The bill directs law enforcement
Hospital. “A campfire is a serious                  know where the nearest phone is               on July 23.                                  and other key response resources to
responsibility.”                                    located. Cell phones might not work                Rep.      Brian      Ashe       (D-     focus in a geographic area consistent
      In addition to the danger of starting         in remote areas. Let friends and rela-        Longmeadow), who represents                  with the missing person’s last known
an uncontrolled brush fire, campfires —             tives know where you’re going and             Hampden supported the legislation.           location and uses the reverse 911 system.
as well as portable stoves, heaters and             when you’re coming home.
fuel-burning lanterns — produce carbon           • Dress children in layers of clothing to
monoxide, an odorless gas that can poi-             help prevent heat-related illness and
son a child very quickly.                           hypothermia. A child’s body temper-
      “Campers die of carbon monoxide               ature changes faster than an adult’s.
poisoning each year,” said Dr. Ronald            • Never let children hike alone.
Gross, chief, Trauma and Emergency               • Don’t push kids to go on a longer or
Surgery Services, Baystate Medical                  more strenuous hike than they can
Center. “If someone near a campfire or              handle. Exhausted children are more
portable stove seems drowsy, disoriented            likely to fall, wander off or otherwise
or sick, move that person away from the             get injured. Bring plenty of drinking
fire immediately to get some fresh air.”            water or sports drinks and high-ener-
      In addition, Safe Kids of Western             gy snacks.
Mass. recommends these precautions               • Kids should wear hiking boots and

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            A photographic sampling of life in                                                                                                                   TIMES photo by David Miles

                    Wilbraham and Hampden:
     Here you’ll find the next installment on
   Greg the Barber’s window of guest photos
 called, “A Window on the Community.” The
                                                                                                                                                                 at Class
 Times visits the haunts of Harry Potter. The                                                                                                                    Reunion…
      Class of ’69 reunites in Wilbraham. Ice                                                                                                           Over 65 mem-
                                                                                                                                                        bers of the Class
           cream lovers cool off at Randall’s.                                                                                                          of 69 recently
       Youngsters cool off at the Rice Nature                                                                                                           gathered at
                                                                                                                                                        Frankie B’s on
  Preserve. Rafters cool off on the Deerfield                                                                                                           Boston Road for
           River. Skylar drums at the library.                                                                                                          their 40th Class
                                                                                                                                                        Reunion. Here
                                                                                                                                                        some of them
    Readers are encouraged to send in medium to high                                                                                                    gathered to look
            resolution photos for this page by e-mail to                                                                                                over the Times: or mail to TIMES, 2341 Boston                                                                                                     (Bottom from
  Road, Wilbraham, MA 01095. Please note that if you                                                                                                    left) Denise
                                                                                                 (O’Day) Conboy, Sue (Kosek) Corjay, Anne (Galavotti) Briggs, Howard
   send us a photo of the Times in different parts of the
                                                                                                 Gilson, Ernie Hamel. (Second row) Annmarie (McCaffrey) Hannah,                               Beating the heat at R
  world, please include a recognizable landmark in the                                           Robert (The Mayor) Moynahan, Dave Vandewater, Lance Trevallion. (Top
  background. Examples: Eiffel Tower; castle in Spain.                                           row) Ken Crossman, Kevin Sullivan.                                                           Beating the heat and searching fo
                                                                                                                                                                                              Preserve are Brandon and Tay


                                                                                                     TIMES photo by Christi Mills

Cooling off with ice cream cones…
Jeff, Cally and Abney Seyler, of Wilbraham, beat the heat wave with some
shade and ice cream at Elsie’s Creamery at Randall’s Farm in Ludlow.

                                                                                                     TIMES photo by David Miles

Listening to a ‘rising star’…
Photographer David Miles captures audience members from higher per-
spective at the Orchard Valley of Wilbraham Summer Concert Series fea-
                                                                                                                                    A raft full of fun…
turing rising star keyboard artist Noah Lis on July 12. The next concert,
                                                                                                                                    On Sunday, July 11, Josh Turcotte and his friends from Hampden went white water r
Weds., Aug. 25 at 6:30 p.m., features the Memories Big Band and is
                                                                                                                                    had a blast. (From left) Kyle Turcotte, Hayden Shank, Alex Evans, Josh Turcotte and Da
open to the public. Call 596-0006.

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                                                                                                                                            TIMES photo by David Miles

                                                                                                                                            ‘A Window
                                                                                                                                            on the
                                                                                                                                            Editor’s note: Each week we pro-
                                                                                                                                            vide a glimpse at Greg the
                                                                                                                                            Barber’s window.
                                                                                                                                            This is the next in our series of

                                                                                                                                            Greg celebrates George and
                                                                                                                                            Connie Collette’s Golden
                                                                                                                                            Wedding Anniversary in this
                              TIMES photo submitted

Rice Nature Preserve…
or crayfish in a cool gully in Rice Nature
ylor Hapgood and Griffin and Casey                                                                                                                                   www.wilbraham

LIFE IN                                     WILBRAHAM & HAMPDEN                                                                                    TIMES photo by David Miles

                                                                                                                                                   out the
                                                                                                                                                   Skylar McComas tries
                                                                                                                                                   out the drums at a
                                                                                                                                                   drumming demonstra-
                                                                                                                                                   tion by Otha Day at
                                                                                                                                                   the Hampden Library
                                                                                                                                                   July 14.

                                                                 TIMES photo submitted                                                                            TIMES photo submitted

                                                                                         Times at Hogwarts…
rafting on the Deerfield River in celebration of his 11th Birthday. The boys             Dennis and Jake Windoloski of Wilbraham read the Times in front of Hogwarts
avid Martin.                                                                             School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, on a family vacation to Universal's Islands of
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        Home gardeners: Be alert for Late Blight
         Disease on tomatoes and other plants
Be aware of a danger
  to tomato plants
         By Anne Rutherford
   Turley Publications Correspondent

     s it deja-vu all over again? Maybe.
     On July 29, UMass Amherst sent up
     a warning to all home gardeners and
     farmers to be on the look out for
“Late Blight,” on tomato and potato
    The initial source of the pathogen is
unknown at this point, but this fungal
disease, which can have a devastating
affect on tomato and potato crops, was
found in Hadley on July 20, the first con-
firmed case in Massachusetts this year,                                 TIMES photo submitted
according to the UMass press release.
The positive diagnosis was made at the          Summer wouldn't be summer with-
                                                                                                                                                                       TIMES photo submitted
Plant Diagnostic Laboratory at the              out tomatoes, so hopefully yours
University of Massachusetts Amherst.            look just as good - or even better.             If you see this on your tomato or potato stems, you've got Late Blight

                                                that weather conditions so far this season                   Send In Samples                 lesions also develop on upper stems.
                                                have not been as conducive to disease                It not only threatens home gardens,     Firm, brown spots develop on tomato
                                                development as they were in 2009.               but also the thousands of acres of com-      fruit.
                                                Careful inspection and monitoring of all        mercial potatoes and tomatoes that are            Growers need to act quickly to pro-
                                                tomato and potato plants and a little           grown in Massachusetts and across New        tect their garden-grown tomato and pota-
                                                luck, a disaster similar to 2009 can be         England. UMass is asking gardeners           to plants and to make sure that the plants
                                                avoided.                                        who think they might have this disease to    don’t become a source of spores that
                                                     In 2009, the source of infected            send in samples so the lab can confirm.      could infect commercial farms, as Late
                                                plants was traced back to the large local            Growers who suspect Late Blight on      Blight spores are easily dispersed by
                                                retail/box stores throughout the region         their tomato or potato plants may visit      wind.
                                                (Ohio to Maine) during June, and out-  for detailed               Here are the steps home gardeners
                                                breaks were reported over this entire           descriptions along with color photos         should take, according to UMass
                                                region by early July.                           showing symptoms of the disease. Plant       Amherst experts:
                                                     Gardeners all said that never before       samples should be sent to the UMass               1. Examine tomato and potato plants
                                                had such an extensive distribution of           Plant Diagnostic lab immediately for         thoroughly several times a week for
                                                infected plants occurred, especially so         accurate diagnoses as there are other dis-   signs of Late Blight. 2. Spray fungicides
                                                early in the season. This combined with         eases that can mimic the symptoms of         preventively and regularly. 3. Be pre-
                                                the cool, wet growing season and the            Late Blight.                                 pared to destroy the plants when Late
                                                exceptionally contagious nature of the                       Early Symptoms                  Blight starts to become severe.
                        TIMES photo submitted   disease during cool, rainy, windy weath-             One of the most visible early symp-                     Begin Now
                                                er all contributed to a disastrous year for     toms of the disease, caused by                    For growers who want to try to con-
Late Blight, up close, on potato                farmers and home gardeners. As a result,        Phytophthora infestans, is brown lesions     trol Late Blight with fungicides, UMass
foliage.                                        many farmers across Massachusetts lost          on stems, with white fungal growth           experts say to begin spraying fungicide
                                                their tomato crops and incurred extra           developing under moist conditions.           now – even before symptoms are seen –
                                                fungicide and labor expenses.                   Classic symptoms are large (at least         and continue spraying regularly.
     “Home gardeners need to be on the                “While there has only been one            nickel-sized) olive-green to brown spots          They suggest using a product that
lookout for this very destructive and           confirmed case, anyone growing tomato           on leaves with slightly fuzzy white fun-     contains chlorothalonil. Copper is not
infectious plant disease that killed toma-      and potato plants should be aware of the        gal growth on the underside when condi-      very effective on Late Blight. Call a local
to and potato plants in gardens and on          fact that the disease has been found and        tions have been humid (early morning or      garden center to find out what products
commercial farms throughout the eastern         what symptoms they need to look for on          after rain).                                 are available.
U.S. during the 2009 growing season,”           their plants to stop the spread of the dis-          Sometimes the lesion border is yel-          Petunias, which are closely related
says UMass vegetable specialist Ruth            ease, infected plants should be removed         low or has a water-soaked appearance.        to tomatoes and potatoes, can also be
Hazzard.                                        and disposed of properly,” Hazzard              Leaf lesions begin as tiny irregularly       infected by Late Blight and show similar
     Hazzard points out that it is lucky        warns.                                          shaped brown spots. Brown to blackish        symptoms.

                                                                                                                                                                TIMES photo by David Miles

                                                                                                  Campers learn about emergency care…
                                                                                                  Campers at the Wilbraham Recreation Department learn about the
                                                                                                  equipment and procedures in the Fire Department Ambulance with
                                                                                                  Wilbraham Firefighter Kevin Brown. Counselor Alexa Stebbins
                                                                                                  (standing, rear) supervises the kids.
 August 5, 2010                                                      The Wilbraham-Hampden TIMES                                                                                   Page 21

             NEWS AND NOTES                                                                     This week in recreation
          from Hampden Park & Rec                                                               By Merrie W. Kaye, Administrator
                                                                                                      Wilbraham Parks and
                                                                                                                                                   Fall is a great time to visit
                                                                                                                                             Fenway Park so we booked you a
      By Rick Kapinos, Chairman               fundraisers include a St. Patrick’s Day                Recreation Department                   Sept. 17 trip to Fenway to see the
      Hampden Parks and Recreation            dinner/dance in March, road race in                                                            Red Sox play the Blue Jays. We have

                                              April, and a pig roast and golf tourna-                          e all like sneak pre- good seats in pavilion Box 18, and
    Comments from RAH President               ment in October. RAH meets once a                                views, so today we are tickets are on sale now.
               Dave Turcotte                  month and recently held its annual                               going to take a peak                     Babysitting Class
                                                                                                               into some of the excit-             Every year we have many

             ampden’s       Parks     and     meeting in June with the election of
                                              the following Officers: Dave Turcotte             ing programs we have                                      requests for our Red
             Recreation Department is                                                                                                                     Cross        Babysitting
             fortunate to have a longtime     – president, Fred Frangie - vice presi-           lined up for this fall.
                                              dent, Heather Ostrander – treasurer,                   We are planning our                                  Training Class and will
             partner like the Recreation                                                                                                                  be running their updated
  Association of Hampden (RAH) as we          Andrea Stolar – secretary.                        usual popular programs;
                                                   Our bylaws are posted in the RAH             fall soccer, field hockey,                                class in October. This
  work together for the betterment of our                                                                                                                 class will be held on two
  town sports and recreation programs         link at If you                flag and Falcon football
                                              have any questions, ideas or are inter-           and our ever-popular                                      Saturdays        at    the
  and facilities. We asked recently elect-                                                                                                                Wilbraham Senior Center
  ed president Dave Turcotte to provide       ested in becoming a member please                 Falcon Volleyball Club.
                                              contact any one of the officers or e-             This will be our 22nd                                     and includes first aid and
  an overview of the important work the                                                                                                                   CPR training. Spaces fill
  organization does on behalf of our          mail                             year with the Mary Ann
                                                     Upcoming RAH Events                        Dance Program on                                          fast, so watch for regis-
  town. Here are Dave’s comments:                                                                                                                         tration details coming up
      “RAH is a non-profit organization            Mark your calendar for the                   Mondays which always
                                              upcoming RAH fall events. The sec-                adds twists to keep the                                   soon.
  whose purpose is to work in conjunc-                                                                                                                         So now you have a
  tion with the Hampden Parks and             ond annual Pig Roast will take place at           program current and fun            TIMES file photo
                                              the VFW on Saturday, Oct. 9. The                  for ages 2- teens.                Merrie Kaye             little foretaste of our
  Recreation Department to provide                                                                                                                        upcoming programs.
  youth sports programs and activities        RAH Golf Tournament will be held                             Theater
                                              Friday, Oct. 15 at the Hampden                         For theater lovers we will be                        Details will be posted on
  which foster participation, skill devel-
  opment, teamwork and fun for the            Country Club.                                     running our creative Performing Arts our website as they are confirmed. If
  youth of Hampden.                                  New Spray Park Hours                       Program on Wednesdays and is the you are part of our ActiveNet family,
      Our objective is to organize                 The Spray Park at Memorial Park              place to be if your kids are interested you will also receive our monthly e-
  fundraisers and financially supplement      will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.,               in any aspect of theatre and fun. This newsletter The Whistle, which is a
  the Parks and Rec. youth sport and          seven days a week, through the end of             past year we have partnered with the great way to stay informed.
  recreational agenda. Our annual             the summer.                                       creative folks at Let’s Gogh Art for
                                                                                                some “Art-rageous” programs in all                 Notes: Registration for fall com-
                                                                                                kinds of artistic expression. We will petitive baseball tryouts runs Aug.17-
                                                                                                be offering a program or two of theirs 27. Details on all our programs can
                                              the Tri-Town Baseball League for both             this fall as well.                           be found at
BASEBALL from page 17
                                              helping with their guidance and adver-
Secretary Matt Bleakley and League            tising the new league on their website.        and have an even better league next                 on how to get involved with the league,
Treasurer John Morin for helping out in            Thompson said that he does not            year.”                                              please    contact     Thompson       at
this endeavor.                                expect the first season to go perfectly             Teams will play on the same fields   
     “They have been part of the process      smooth.                                        that they used for spring and summer
since the beginning,” he said. “None of            “I already told the coaches to expect     baseball.                                               Dave Forbes is the sports editor for
this could have been accomplished with-       a few problems,” he said. “Nothing                  Plans are also in the works to host            Turley Publications. He can be reached
out them.”                                    works out perfectly the first time you         baseball clinics in the winter.                     at or by calling
     He also credited the people who run      did it, but we are going to get better at it        If you would like more information             413-283-8393 ext. 237.

New Wilbraham business gives smokers
safe and flavorful cigarette alternatives
Sells a full line of e-cigarettes,                                                                                                Depending on the model, the user either manually or by
                                                                                                                                  inhaling, warms up the atomizer with battery assistance,
not harmful to nonsmokers                                                                                                         which lights a small amount of nicotine liquid. Each
                                                                                                                                  cartridge of nicotine is the equivalent of roughly 10 cig-
                                                                                                                                  arettes, depending on the smoker, and cartridges can be
                   By Tyler Witkop                                                                                                refilled. Unlike harmful second-hand cigarette smoke,
           Turley Publications Correspondent                                                                                      the electronic cigarettes release steam that has no lin-
                                                                                                                                  gering odor, or at least none that last longer than a few
     WILBRAHAM – Everyone today, including toddlers,                                                                              seconds.
seems to know that smoking is bad for one’s health, yet                                                                                Batteries are rechargeable, and while all of the
many smokers find themselves struggling to quit or being                                                                          models Vapers Haven carry come with a wall charger,
told to do so by their doctor and families. New Wilbraham                                                                         some come with a portable, pocket charger, which
business, Vapers Haven, may have the solution.                                                                                    mimics a pack of cigarettes. Lucchesi said that the wall
     Vapers Haven, located at 2341 Boston Road, in the                                                                            charger gives a better battery charge than the portable,
Wilbraham Shops, sells a full line of electronic ciga-                                                                            but the portable charger is convenient on the go.
rettes, which like cigarettes gives the smoker an amount                                                                                               Different Flavors
of nicotine, but unlike cigarettes contains no harmful                                                                                 “We’ve had some customers come in and thank
and toxic chemicals like arsenic, jet fuel, tar, and others                                                                       us,” Lucchesi said.
that have been found in cigarettes. The electronic, pen-                                                                               One advantage electronic cigarettes give the con-
like devices give the smoker the feel that they are smok-                                                                         sumer is the ability to control the amount of nicotine
ing and some even look like cigarettes.                                                                                           that enters the body. Cartridges are available in high,
     “It feels like you’re taking a drag off of a ciga-                                       TIMES staff photo by Tyler Witkop
                                                                                                                                  medium, low, and no nicotine levels. Lucchesi said that
rette,” co-owner Eva-Maye Lucchesi said. “It makes it
                                                              Eva-Maye Lucchesi of Wilbraham’s new busi-                          Camel or Marlboro red smokers may find the high nico-
easier to quit and it’s not harmful to someone who                                                                                tine more suitable, as those are stronger cigarettes.
doesn’t smoke.”                                               ness, Vapers Haven in the Wilbraham Shops
                                                              displays some of the electronic cigarettes                          Light cigarette smokers may prefer the medium or low
                       Second Store                                                                                               nicotine cartridges.
     Vapers Haven carries four different models of ciga-      available to today’s quitting smoker.
                                                                                                                                       For the adventurous, Vapers Haven offers flavored
rettes that all include cartridges and battery chargers.                                                                          nicotine refill liquid. Flavors include chocolate, vanilla,
                                                                   According to Lucchesi, the idea to start the busi-
They even carry cigar and pipe models. Owners Dave                                                                                mint, banana, apple, menthol, and more. Flavors can
                                                              ness came while she and her husband were at a mall
and Eva-Maye Lucchesi have used the products them-                                                                                even be mixed to create unique new ones to suit indi-
                                                              and stumbled upon a kiosk that sold electronic ciga-
selves and offer assistance to their customers, showing                                                                           vidual tastes. Lucchesi said that she and her husband
                                                              rettes. Both smokers, he tried the product, which he
them how the product works or how to refill nicotine                                                                              mix their own and while those are not for sale, if a cus-
                                                              liked, and she soon did the same. However they discov-
cartridges.                                                                                                                       tomer would like to try a sample, they may. “After a
                                                              ered that finding product information and customer sup-
     The Easthampton couple first opened a store on                                                                               while you get sick of the same flavors,” she said.
                                                              port were very difficult and time consuming. As a
106 Union St. in Easthampton around December of last                                                                                   For the future, Lucchesi said she would like to per-
                                                              result, they decided to open their own business to assist
year. After a very successful start and with many cus-                                                                            haps open another store if the business was right. Her
                                                              others quit smoking enabling them to give real, knowl-
tomers from the Wilbraham/Springfield area, they                                                                                  real hope: “I hope everyone stops smoking.”
                                                              edgeable customer service.
decided to open a second store, which officially opened                                                                                For more information, call Vapers Haven at 599-
                                                                                 No Lingering Odor
two weeks ago.                                                                                                                    0960 or logon to
                                                                   Electronic cigarettes work much like a regular cig-
     Lucchesi said that their customers helped suggest
                                                              arette, in that the smoker inhales and receives an
possible locations and after investigating and visiting                                                                                Reporter Tyler Witkop can be reached at
                                                              amount of nicotine into the lungs. However, the ciga-
many sites, they settled on their Wilbraham location.                                                                   
                                                              rettes are battery operated and require no lighting.
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     Business                                                                                             Schools
Gardens of Wilbraham
appoints new
executive director                                                          SPOTLIGHT
Wilbraham along with
                         of                                                 on Minnechaug Interns
Athena Health Care has                                                        (Editor’s note: The TIMES spotlights the intern program at Minnechaug Regional High School. This
welcomed Debra Davis                                                     is the next in a series on interns in the Career Education Program at Minnechaug advised by coordina-
to the executive director                                                tor Paula Talmadge.)
position at the Gardens

                                                                                           Jump rope master
of Wilbraham, an active
adult community, locat-
ed at 2301 Boston Road
in Wilbraham.
     Davis is experi-

                                                                                    lex Baker challenged himself to teach
enced in the sales and                                                              physical education to Mile Tree
marketing aspects with                                                              Elementary School students under the
over 55 years of work-                                                              supervision of mentor Pam Pearson.
ing with assisted living                                                 Aside from the pressure to learn all the students’
and long-term care                                                       names, Alex had the additional challenge of con-
facilities for residents of                   TIMES photo submitted      vincing first grade boys to love jumping rope.
independent living.                                                           Alex met that challenge by demonstrating the
     Born and raised in         Originally from Virginia,
                                                                         jump rope skills he had perfected as part of his
the South, Davis lived in       Debra Davis, the new
                                                                         own personal training. Suddenly, jumping rope as
Williamsburg, Va. for 29        executive director at the
                                                                         fast as possible was “very cool.”
years but recently relo-        Gardens of Wilbraham,                         Alex plans on pursuing a career as a physical
cated to Massachusetts          brings southern hospi-                   education teacher and is grateful for his internship
to accept this position         tality to the residents of               experience. He found teaching to be much different
and be closer to family.        the Gardens.                             from his experiences coaching athletes. As an
                                                                         intern he not only learned how to teach the basics of
                                                                         many different sports to the students but also
Center offers free training                                              engaged the students to enjoy keeping fit for life.
consultations for businesses                                             Alex believes becoming an elementary school phys-
                                                                         ical education teacher is the career path for him.
                                                                              For more information about the Internship
    HOLYOKE – The Kittredge Center for Business
                                                                         program at Minnechaug Regional High School,                                              TIMES photo submitted
and Workforce Development at Holyoke Community
                                                                         contact Paula Talmadge at
College is offering free training consultations to busi-                                                                          Pam Pearson, physical education teacher
                                                                         or call the high school at 596-9011. Minnechaug
nesses seeking to grow and manage their enterprise
                                                                         Regional is a member of River East School-to-            at Mile Tree Elementary School was assist-
more effectively.
    From strategic planning to management strategies
                                                                         Career, Inc.                                             ed by senior intern Alex Baker.
and employee skills training, their network of profes-
sionals can help businesses train and build a successful,
results-oriented team. Programs include management
and supervision, sales, customer service, leadership,
communication, social media, and computer training.
                                                                      Charter offers laptop contest for schools
    For more information, call 552-2339 or e-mail                                                         ST. LOUIS, Mo.. – Charter Communications is            close on Thursday, Aug. 12 when a panel of judges
                                                                      offering the opportunity to win 50 laptop computers         will narrow the entries down to 50 nominations. From
                                                                      for a school of the winner’s choice. The computers          Monday, Aug. 16 to Monday, Sept. 20, the public will
                                                                      will be awarded to two schools on Monday, Sept. 27          be able to vote online for the best nominations.
Friends of Wilbraham                                                  and will be posted on the contest website at                     Charter will also draw one laptop each day from
                                                                                                     now through Sunday, Sept. 19 for people who register
Seniors sponsor trip                                                       Contest nominations are open to anyone 18 years
                                                                      of age and older and can be made online by submit-
                                                                                                                                  for Charter’s “Laptop-A-Day Giveaway” by ordering
                                                                                                                                  any Charter products through that date. No purchase
to Foxwoods                                                           ting a story telling why the school should win to the
                                                                      contest’s website at Nominations
                                                                                                                                  is necessary. For more information, call Charter at
    WILBRAHAM – Local residents are invited to the
Foxwood Resort Casino bus trip, sponsored by the
Friends of Wilbraham Seniors, on Wednesday, Oct. 6.
The cost is $26 per person. Upon arrival at the casino,
each participant will receive a $10 voucher for food
and a $15 voucher for keno.                                                                                                      Wilbraham students
    Sign ups begin on Tuesday, Aug. 3 by calling Jane                 Stephanie Carlyle earns
Soukup at 596-6046. The reservation deadline is                                                                                  graduate from WNEC
Monday, Sept. 20. There are 47 seats available on the                 Masters at WPI…
King Ward Bus.                                                                                                                        SPRINGFIELD – The following students from
                                                                                                                                 Wilbraham received degrees from Western New
                                                                                                                                 England College on May 22.
                                                                                                                                      Michael Bacon graduated cum laude with a
  How to submit photos and news                                                                                                  Bachelor of Arts degree. Sharon Beaudry graduated
              to the                                                                                       TIMES photo           with a Master of Arts in English for Teachers degree.
    Wilbraham-Hampden TIMES                                                                                submitted             Bernardo Cuadra graduated magna cum laude with a
                                                                                                                                 Juris Doctor degree. Caitlin Fletcher graduated magna
                                                                                                       Stephanie                 cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
  Readers are encouraged to send the TIMES home-
  town news and photos.                                                                                Carlyle of                     Sarah Gentile, Richard Kowalski and William
                                                                                                       Wilbraham                 Watkins graduated with a Bachelor of Science degrees
      News items and press releases should be sent in an                                               received
      e-mail to the editor at Be sure                                                                       in business administration. Sterling Hoerle graduated
      to include who, what, when, where and why.                                                       her Master                with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Michael Stone graduat-
      Digital photos at high or medium resolution are wel-                                             of                        ed with a Master of Science degree in accounting.
      come, whether it’s a sports team, publicity for an                                               Engineering
      upcoming event or just a photo of your grandchild.                                               degree in
      They may be e-mailed to
                                                                                                                                 UNH graduates three
      Coaches are encouraged to send us team photos.
      Publicity chairpersons are encouraged to send in                                                 Engineering               local students
      news about upcoming fundraising or other events at                                               from
      least three weeks before it takes place.                                                         Worcester                     DURHAM, N.H. – The following students gradu-
                                                                                                       Polytechnic               ated from the University of New Hampshire during the
  Having difficulty with a press release or need help? Call edi-
  tor Charlie Bennett at 682-0007 for help and suggestions.                                            Institute.                commencement ceremony held on May 22 in Durham,
                                                                                                       She gradu-                New Hampshire.
  If you don’t have e-mail, you can mail materials to:                ated with a 3.8 GPA.. She received her BS                      Alyssa Parker graduated summa cum laude and
        Charles F. Bennett, Editor                                    from WPI in 2009 and is a 2005 graduate of                 earned a Bachelor of Science degree in communication
        The Wilbraham-Hampden Times
        2341 Boston Road, Wilbraham, MA 01095                         Minnechaug Regional High School. Carlyle                   science and disorders. Michelle Berman earned a
                                                                      is the daughter of Michael and Janet                       Bachelor of Science degree in marketing. Rachel
     For help with placing display advertisements call                Carlyle.                                                   Clarke graduated cum laude and received a Bachelor of
               Jocelyn Walker at 682-0007.                                                                                       Science degree in medical laboratory science.
 August 5, 2010                                                        The Wilbraham-Hampden TIMES                                                                                         Page 23

                            Legals                                                                Wilbraham Public Access TV Schedule
       WILBRAHAM                the Planning Office.           to allow the construction of              August 5 - August 12, 2010 ON CABLE CHANNEL 5
   PLANNING BOARD                            Frederic Fuller   an additional detached acces-     Thurs, August 5, pm - Fri, August 6, 2010 am               Spring Concert
    PUBLIC HEARING                                 Chairman    sory building for use as a        7:00pm WPA News and Weather                       12:00    WPATV News & Weather
   The Wilbraham Planning       8/5,8/12/10                    two-car garage on the             7:30     Wilbraham Board of Selectmen Meeting     Mon, August 9, pm – Tues, August 10, am
Board will hold a Public                                       Robinson property located at      10:00    Old School Rock Band Concert             7:00pm WPATV News & Weather
Hearing on Wednesday,                  WILBRAHAM               776 Ridge Road as shown on        11:30    Power of the Sun                         7:30     Representative Review with Angelo
August 25, 2010, at 7:45            PLANNING BOARD             plans on file in the Planning     12:00    WPA NEWS & Weather                       Puppolo
PM in the Town Office               PUBLIC HEARING             Office. The Applicants are        Fri, August 6, pm – Sat, August 7, am             8:00     Wilbraham United Church Service
Building, 240 Springfield           The Wilbraham Planning     also seeking Ridgeline &          7:00am WPA News & Weather                         9:00     White House Chronicle
                                                                                                 7:30     NASA 360 – NASA Past,                    9:30     Sharing Miracles:
Street, on the application of   Board will hold a Public       Hillside District site plan                Present and Future                                Actress Marcia Gay Harden
Diane Toski for a Special       Hearing on Wednesday,          approval for said construc-       8:00     Charter Oak Romance Writers              10:00    The Arabic Hour
Permit as required under        August 25, 2010 at 7:30 PM     tion as required under            8:30     Yoga for Everyone                        11:00    Fountain Park Music –
Sections and 4.10 of   in the Town Office Building,   Section 9.3 of the Wilbraham      9:00     Vintage Mystery Theatre:                          Blue Horizon Jazz 5
the Wilbraham Zoning By-        240 Springfield Street, on     Zoning By-Law.                             Circumstantial Evidence                  12:00am WPATV News & Weather
Law to allow construction of    the application of James and                Frederic Fuller      10:10    Creepy Creature Flicks:                  Tues, August 10, pm - Wed, August 11, am
an accessory in-law apart-      Joyce Robinson for a Special                       Chairman               Phantom of the Opera                     7:00pm WPATV News & Weather
ment in the Toski residence     Permit as required under       8/5,8/12/10                       12:00    WPA NEWS & Weather                       7:30     Real to Reel
                                                                                                 Sat, August 7, pm - Sun, August 8, am             8:00     Polka Time with Ed Targonski
located at 8 Highmoor Drive     Section 4.4.8 of the                                             7:00pm WPA News and Weather                       9:00     HWRSD School Committee Meeting
as shown on plans on file in    Wilbraham Zoning By-Law                                          7:30     The Lone Ranger                          10:30    Physician Focus:
                                                                                                 7:55     Spirit of 1787 – Founding of the US               Preventing Medication Errors
                                                                                                          Constitution                             11:00    Mass School of Law
                                                                                                 8:30     Four Seasons of Taiwan                   11:30    House of Yahweh
                                                                                                 9:00     US Marine Corps Adventure                12:00    WPATV News & Weather
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                                                                                                 10:20    People’s Republic of China Today         7:30     New England Cuisine-
     All legal notices to be published in      your email. For questions regarding cov-          11:15    Stories and Images of Wilbraham’s Past            Legumes with Chef Sweeney
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ly to Karen Lanier         call Karen directly at 413-283-8393               7:00pm WPA News & Weather                         9:20     Restoring American Leadership in
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Eleanor Cavanaugh                              West Springfield and Kathleen Girouard-
                                               Ulloa of Medfield; the father of her chil-
                                                                                               tions may be made to D'Amour Cancer
                                                                                               Center, 3350 Main St., Springfield, MA
                                                                                                                                                   Chorus, and the Wilbraham Women’s
                                                                                                                                                   Club Choral Group. She was a member
                                               dren Mark Granger of Springfield, dear          01199 or to Shriners' Hospital, 516                 of the United Church Players, and per-
     WILBRAHAM - Eleanor M. (Shea)             friend Kurt Haarmann of Hampden . The           Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104-2396.              formed featured roles in numerous pro-
Cavanaugh, 84, of Wilbraham and for-           funeral was held at the West Springfield                                                            ductions of Gilbert and Sullivan
merly of Kenway Drive East Springfield         Curran-Jones Funeral Home Aug. 4 with
died July 30, 2010 in Mercy Medical            burial at the convenience of the family.        Eleanor D. Welch                                    operettas. In 1990 she and her daughter
                                                                                                                                                   Christine won a statewide duet contest
Center, Springfield. Eleanor, a daughter       Memorial donations may be made to a                                                                 sponsored by the Mass Federation of
of the late Herbert and Catherine (Shea)       fund for Valerie's daughters, c/o Bank of            WILBRAHAM - Eleanor M.                         Women’s Clubs. Eleanor was a member
Norcross was born in Springfield Aug.          America, 478 Main Street, Medfield,             (Dunakin) Welch, 89, of Wilbraham                   of Wilbraham United Church and was
27, 1925. Raised in Springfield she grad-      MA, 02052.                                      died July 29 at home. She was born                  an active member of Grace Union
uated from Sacred Heart High School                                                            April 4, 1921 in Springfield, a daughter            Church for over 40 years where she
and the Mercy Hospital School of                                                               of the late Earl and Mabel (Helberg)
Nursing in 1946. Eleanor was employed          Linda Police-Garrity                            Dunakin. Eleanor lived in Ware for sev-
                                                                                                                                                   served as a deaconess and committee
                                                                                                                                                   chair and was a mainstay of the choir.
as a registered nurse at Wesson Women’s                                                        eral years before returning to                      She was former President of the
Hospital, Springfield for 35 years and              WILBRAHAM - Linda Louise                                        Springfield at age 9.          Women’s Christian Fellowship and was
retired in 1985. Eleanor resided in            (DeMarinis) Police-Garrity, 64, passed                               She grew up in the             one of the “bag Ladies”, a group of
Springfield most of her life and in            away peacefully after a courageous battle                            East Forest Park               women who sewed sleeping bags for
Wilbraham for the past 10 years. She           with cancer on July 30, 2010 in the com-                             neighborhood and               needy children. She was a longstanding
was a communicant of Sacred Heart              fort and care of her loving family. Linda                            was active in the              member of the Corona Chapter of the
Church and a gold card member of the           was the wife of Albert F. Garrity Jr. for                            former Emmanuel                Order of the Eastern Star, the South End
John Boyle O’Reilly Club. In addition to       27 years. She was the daughter of the                                Congregational                 Neighborhood Club and a 55-year
her parents she was predeceased by her         late Frederick V. and Rose M. (D'Amore)                              Church. She gradu-             member of the Wilbraham Women’s
husband of 51 years Jack M. Cavanaugh          DeMarinis, Linda was a Springfield                                   ated from the High             Club. She was a former member of the
who died in1998. She is survived by a          native and a 1963 graduate of the former                             School              of         Springfield Country Club. Eleanor was
daughter, Nancy J. Pettirossi of Dover,        Springfield Technical High School.                                   Commerce in 1939               predeceased by her husband of 65 years,
N.H.; a son, Jack M. Cavanaugh and his         Linda attended STCC, where she                                       and worked for                 Robert T. Welch. She is survived by three
wife Marie of Wilbraham, six grandchil-        received her Surgical Technician                                     Massachusetts                  children, Stephen of Brewster, Christine
dren and three great-grandchildren. Her        License; and Cape Cod Community                 Mutual Life Insurance Company for                   Clark of East Thetford, Vt., and Martha
funeral was Aug. 3 at Sampson’s Chapel         College where she became a Registered           several years. After moving to                      Lyman and her husband Gregory of
in the Acres followed by the Liturgy of        Nurse and began her career in the operat-       Wilbraham in 1952, she worked for the               Wilbraham. She leaves six grandchildren
Christian Burial in Sacred Heart Church,       ing room. Linda worked toward and               town of Wilbraham for many years,                   and seven great- grandchildren. Funeral
Springfield. Rites of Committal and            received her BSN at both Our Lady of            retiring as deputy tax collector. She               services were at Grace Union Church,
Internment followed in St. Michael’s           the Elms and A.I.C. She worked at Cape          served as a precinct clerk for local, state         Aug. 3. Burial was private. Donations in
Cemetery, Springfield. Memorial contri-        Cod Hospital, Wesson Hospital, Ludlow           and national elections. A gifted vocalist           Eleanor’s memory be made to Grace
butions may be made to John Boyle              Hospital as director of surgery and             she was a choir member and soloist at               Union Church, Chapel St, Wilbraham,
O’Reilly Building Fund, 33 Progress            recovery, the former Springfield                several local churches, a former mem-               MA 01095 or the Wilbraham Women’s
Avenue, Springfield, MA.                       Municipal Hospital as clinical health           ber of the Springfield Symphony                     Club Scholarship Fund, P. O. Box 424,
                                               director, Mercy Hospital as clinical nurs-      Chorus, the Wilbraham Community                     Wilbraham, MA 01095
Valerie A. Girouard                            ing supervisor and at Baystate Medical
                                               Center, where she worked as an operat-
                                               ing room nurse. Linda was a Captain in
     HAMPDEN - Valerie A. Girouard,            the U.S. Army Reserves, Nurses Corps
47, of Hampden died at home unexpect-                                                                                                                                          2460 Boston Rd
                                               during the Persian Gulf War, serving                                                                                            Wilbraham, MA
edly July 30, 2010. She was born in            stateside in Massachusetts and
Springfield, May 22, 1963, the daughter        Connecticut. Linda toured most of               Turley Publications                                                                 01095
of Beverley (Marieb) Girouard and the          Northern Europe on skis following her               bringing you -
late Armand Girouard. Valerie grew up                                                                                               (413) 599-4900             
                                               graduation from high school. She taught          your local newspaper
in Feeding Hills and Springfield, gradu-       aerobics and kick boxing at the Scantic                                            • PARTS • SALES                                SERVICE
ating from Putnam High School in 1981.                                                             24 Water Street                                            Lawn
                                               Valley YMCA. In addition to her hus-
She attended S.T.C.C. and received her         band, Linda leaves a daughter, Jennifer            Palmer, MA 01069                • SERVICE                  Mower
                                                                                                                                                                                 ALL MAKES
nursing degree. She moved to Hampden           L. Police of Cape Cod; a son, Richard F.         1-800-824-6548                    • PICK-UP                  $
                                                                                                                                                                 Starting at
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a few years ago. Valerie was a Certified       Police of Springfield; a brother,                                                   & DELIVERY                 79.95              LAWN EQUIPMENT
Nurse Assistant and worked at Ring             Frederick V. DeMarinis of Springfield; a
Nursing Home and Brightside. She also          sister, Jacqueline Gorman. Funeral cere-                                                "Fala-Se Portugues / Rozmawiamy Po Polsku"
worked as a private duty nurse in Florida      monies were held Aug. 4 from the
and Martha's Vineyard. More recently           Forastiere Smith Funeral Home, East
she spent her time raising her two daugh-      Longmeadow followed by a procession                                                   Sympathy Floral Arrangements
ters Mariah Ann Girouard and Madison           to St. Cecilia's Church, for a Liturgy of                                                      CUSTOM & TRADITIONAL DESIGNS
Shelby Girouard. Valerie also leaves her       Christian Burial. Burial followed in
mother Beverly (Marieb) Girouard; two                                                                                                           Randalls Farm & Greenhouse
                                               Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial                                                                   631 Center Street, Ludlow
sisters Gina Marie Girouard-O'Neill of         Cemetery, Agawam. Memorial contribu-                                                           589-7071 ~
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                                                 ARTS & Lifestyles
       TIMES photo submitted
                                                                                                                                        Eastfield Mall
Landscapes                                                                                                                              presents illusionist
at Library…                                                                                                                             at Children’s
        Artist Kristine
                                                                                                                                        Summer Theater
Crimmins will display

                                                                                                                                             llusionist David Garrity will present
her oils, acrylics, pas-                                                                                                                     mind boggling fun at the Children’s
  tels and watercolor                                                                                                                        Summer Theater at the Eastfield
    landscapes in the                                                                                                                        Mall on Saturday, Aug. 7 with two
 Brooks Room of the                                                                                                                     shows at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. in
   Wilbraham Library                                                                                                                    the Center Court area.
      through August.                                                                                                                        Watch a table mysteriously float,
     Gallery hours are                                                                                                                  numerous objects disappear and reappear
             Monday –                                                                                                                   and many other illusions. As with each
     Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday – Friday 10 a.m. to 5                                                                   Summer Theater show, this event is free.
                     p.m.; and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 596-6141                                                                Every child 12 and under will be entered
                                                  for more information.                                                                 into a free raffle and receive a voucher
                                                                                                                                        valid for lunch anywhere in the food court
                                                                                                                                        for only $2 following the performance.                               TIMES photo submitted
                                                                                                                                             Families should arrive at least 15
                                                                                                                                        minutes prior to show time to enter the      David Garrity will per form his
                                                                                                                                        free raffle and receive the $2 meal          show “Magic and Beyond” at the
                                                                                                                                        voucher. For more information, visit         Eastfield Mall as par t of the
                                                                                                                               or contact Eastfield       Children’s Summer Theater on
                                                                                                                                        Mall at 543-8000.                            Saturday, Aug. 7.

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                                           August 2nd - 20th!

     Measuring reading progress in SIX key areas:
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     Assessments identify instructional needs and
       strengths of all students and skill levels!
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                                                                                                                                                                      Young string players

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                                                                                                                                                                      participate in String Camp…
                                                                                                                                                                      Six area elementary string students, including
                                                                                                                                                                      Stephanya Moran (left) and Frasier Vachon
                                                                                                                                                                      (right) of the Hampden and Wilbraham Strings
                                                                                                                                                                      and Friends Program, performed with the
                                                                                                          to every home
                                                                                                          in Wilbraham
                                                                                                                                                                      Camp Orchestra at the Smith College String
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                            on our photo button.                                                                                                                           HAMPDEN – Artist Sue Nieske of Wilbraham will
                                                                                                                                                                      run a four-week workshop that will focus on creating
                                                                                                                                                                      paintings with colored pencils and pastel. Attendees will
                                                                                                                                                                      learn how to use these versatile and artistic medium.
                                                                                                                                                                           Nieske has studied art at the University of
                                                                                                                                                                      Massachusetts Amherst and has been traveling
                                                                                                                                                                      throughout the Northeast taking pastel workshops for
                                                                                                                                                                      the past 15 years. Her pastel landscapes focus on bold
                                                                                                                                                                      and innovative color.
                                                                                                                                                                           The workshop will be held at the Hampden Senior
                                                                                                                                                                      Center on Friday, Aug. 6 and Aug. 27 from noon to 2
                                                                                                                                                                      p.m. The cost is $50 and a materials list will be provid-
                                                                                                                                                                      ed upon registration. Some supports will be provided.
                                                                                                                                                                      All ability levels are welcome. To sign up, call the
                                                                                                                                                                      Hampden Senior Center at 566-5588.

                                                                                                                                                                      Jimmy Mazz cruises 1950s
                                                                                                                                                                           WEST SPRINGFIELD - Take a nostalgic ride
                                                                                                                                                                      through the classic tunes of the 1950’s with singer and
                                                                                                                                                                      entertainer Jimmy Mazz on Thursday, Aug. 12 at 7:30
                                                                                                                                                                      p.m. at The Majestic Theater in West Springfield.
                                                                                                                                                                           Jimmy Mazz’s show titled “Cruisin’ Thru The
                                                                                                                                                                      Fifties” will feature covers of artists such as Elvis,
                                                                                                                                                                      Conway Twitty, Bobby Darin, Chubby Checker, Chuck
                                                                                                                                                                      Berry and Bill Haley. Ben Ashley will make a special
                                                                                                                                                                      appearance reprising his Buddy Holly role.
                                                                                                                                                                           For tickets call the Majestic Theater Box Office at
                                                                                                                                                                      747-7797 or by visiting

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