Trail work Computers Warriors begins for the remain Community undefeated PAGE 4 PAGE 12 PAGE 14 Local news. Local stories. Local advertisers. Local news. Local stories. Local advertisers. Volume 4 • Number 28 THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, 2011 Chamber unveils new statue Man who allegedly hit officer released on bail By Matthew Bernat Turley Publications Staff Writer DUDLEY – After hearing testimony from a Sturbridge policeman and the mother of the 21-year-old West Brookfield man accused of seriously assaulting another officer following a New Year’s Eve party, a judge released the man after ordering him to adhere to a number of conditions. Sturbridge Police Officer Joseph Lombardi testified that he saw Gideon Docimo, the suspect in an attack on Sturbridge Police Officer Daniel Turley Publications staff photo by MATTHEW BERNAT Hemingway, “actively resist” arrest The Sturbridge Cultural Council and the Central Mass South Chamber of Commerce unveils a wooden statue of Sturbridge pio- before Docimo allegedly put neer Ebenezer Crafts in front of the Tourist Information Center. Hemingway in a headlock and deliv- ered several closed-fist punches to Hemingway’s face. STURBRIDGE – The Sturbridge 1740 and graduated from Yale in Chamber South Director Alexandra Lombardi, Docimo’s mother Elaine Area Information Center received a 1759 before becoming a successful McNitt thanked those in attendance Docimo and Pastor Nathanial Hayman, new ambassador for tourists last merchant in town. and members of the Sturbridge testified last Tuesday in front of visiting week. The sculpture is the work of chain- Cultural Council who awarded the Judge Michael Mulcahy during a dan- On Friday, Jan. 7, the Sturbridge saw artist, “The Machine” Jesse grant that made the statue possible. gerousness hearing. There, a prosecu- Cultural Council and Central Mass Green, who began the work at the McNitt noted the Sturbridge statue tor, citing a history of drug and alcohol South Chamber of Commerce Harvest Festival last October and was the sixth to be completed as abuse and a Myspace page that alleged- unveiled the sculpture of a took it back to his studio for comple- ly lists one of Docimo’s interests as Sturbridge pioneer Ebenezer Crafts, tion. who was born in Connecticut in Before the unveiling Central Mass See STATUE UNVEILED, PAGE 7 See DOCIMO RELEASED, PAGE 10 Artists take up residence at elementary school By Jennifer Grybowski them for 15 years because, they both hosted an artists-in-residence program. Turley Publications Reporter said, they love the interaction with the “We’re really excited about that,” firstname.lastname@example.org children. Bumpus said that the art of Casabuon said.“The goal is to promote storytelling is vitally important to chil- multicultural awareness, develop oral HOLLAND – Geese flying through dren, especially today. narrative/storytelling skills and the abil- the air, snakes slithering along the “Children these days are so used to ity to perform these things in front of ground and a lion’s echoing roar filled television, movies and video games,” audiences.” the gymnasium at Holland Elementary Bumpus said. “Television kills your Casabuon explained that the school School Jan. 7 – but only in students’ imagination because you can’t imagine as a whole is working on the develop- minds. what’s not there. Performances like this ment of audience skills. The audience of both students and allows kids to visually imagine the sto- “Kids don’t have as many opportuni- faculty alike were captivated by the folk ries, imagine what’s not there. To culti- ties as they should have to participate songs and folk tales being told during vate that ability is so important.To see, in these activities,” Casabuon said. “Tales from Asia and Africa,” a story- feel and understand what’s not avail- The time the artists spend in the telling performance by Motoko able.” classroom will focus more on oral sto- Dworkin and Eshu Bumpus. Dworkin said storytelling promotes rytelling skills rather than written. Dworkin and Bumpus, dressed in tra- other skills as well. Casabuon said each grade will focus on ditional garb, engaged students to par- “It encourages a type of listening,” the traditions of the regions they are ticipate in the stories, asking them to Dworkin said. “Listening is a skill that studying in social studies. For example, sing along with chants or even count in needs to be developed.As we get more the fifth-graders are studying the histo- Japanese.After each story, Dworkin and into the electronics, with texting, we ry of the south, where many African Bumpus asked the students questions are unlearning a lot of skills like listen- American stories and songs originated. about the stories and the lessons ing.” “We are trying to connect oral tradi- embedded in them, and talked about In addition to the kickoff event Jan. 7, tions to the social studies curriculum how to apply those lessons to their the storytellers will spend time in all and tie the pieces together,” Casabuon Turley Publications photo by JENNIFER GRYBOWSKI everyday lives. classrooms, K-6, throughout the next said. Eshu Bumpus teaches children how to Dworkin has been telling stories for few months teaching storytelling. This count in Japanese while Motoko Dworkin 25 years and Bumpus has been telling See ARTISTS IN HOLLAND, PAGE 8 is the first time Holland Elementary has looks on. SERVING THE TOWNS OF STURBRIDGE, BRIMFIELD, HOLLAND AND WALES PA G E 2 T H E T O W N C O M M O N – T H U R S D AY, J A N U A RY 1 3 , 2 0 1 1 LOCAL NEWS I N S I D E THIS EDITION Local News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Business . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Obituaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Lions sponsored Turley Publications staff photo by MATTHEW BERNAT breakfast Geese take flight... to benefit STURBRIDGE – These Canada Geese take to the air at the Westville Lake Recreation Area. community STURBRIDGE - The Sturbridge Lions Club will hold a Pancake Breakfast at Applebee’s Restaurant on Saturday, Jan. Sturbridge Town Hall notebook 15 serving from 8 - 10 a.m. Breakfast consists of pancakes, choice of coffee By Matthew Bernat Administrator Shaun Suhoski, who would be realized, the treasurer or orange juice. Donation is $5. The Turley Publications Staff Writer said he was a “well-qualified and moti- would not re-fund. profits will go to the community. vated candidate” following their inter- Children are welcome, as Lions Club STURBRIDGE –Selectmen per- view. Clarke was hired Jan. 4 subject Appointments made to members will act as servers. The Lions formed some routine work at their to the completion of a six-month pro- Council on Aging Club has served the local community first meeting of the New Year, breez- bationary period. At the request of the Council of for 43 years. Club members have pro- ing through the Town Administrator’s Aging Director, Suhoski brought forth vided citizens with eye glasses, hearing report as they made a new hire, Town debt refinanced the names of two volunteers looking aids, the elementary school with vision appointed members to the Council At the request of Suhoski, Finance to serve on the Council of Aging: and hearing testing equipment, and in on Aging and approved a cost saving Director Barbara Barry explored if Jean Gately, of Main Street and Betty the past has provided a four wheel measure proposed by the Finance there could be any savings if the Jo Sigler, Bentwood Drive. Board drive vehicle for the fire department, Director. town were to refinance its existing member unanimously approved the partially funded a Gator for the police debt. Suhoski reported that Barry appointments. Suhoski noted despite department and were instrumental in Mechanic hired found a potential savings of the additions, the council was still erecting the bandstand on the town Selectmen voted unanimously to $290,000 over the term of the bor- short of its nine-member allotment. common. In the Spring, the club spon- hire a Brookfield man for the rowing. With the appointments, there are sors, promotes and plans the annual All- mechanics position in the Board members voted to authorize currently three vacant seats. Council American River Race on the Department of Public Works. Dennis the treasurer to provide for the sale members include; Elizabeth Darcy, Quinebaug River. Clarke was hired at a starting wage of and issuance of refunding of bonds. William Grandone, Alex Menafo, The club follows the Lions $19.03 per hour for a 40-hour work Suhoski did note that should interest Rachael Sprague, Jean Gately and International motto of “We Serve.” For week. Clarke was recommended by rates rise between now and the bond Betty Jo Sigler. information call Past District Governor DPW Director Greg Morse and Town issue to the point where no savings Terry Grant at 508-344-1933. T H E T O W N C O M M O N – T H U R S D AY, J A N U A RY 1 3 , 2 0 1 1 PA G E 3 LOCAL NEWS B EHIND THE LINES - STURBRIDGE By Jennifer Grybowski selling/delivering liquor to a person under 21, 29494) Turley Publications Reporter resisting arrest and assault and battery on a police email@example.com officer. (10-29494) Zachery T. Berry, 19, of 22 Main St.,Wales, was arrested Jan. 1 on disorderly conduct, disturbing SATURDAY, JAN. 1 Brian J. Sweet, 20, of 42 Fullam Hill Rd., North the peace and being a person under 21 possessing Brookfield, was arrested Jan. 1 on disorderly con- liquor. (10-29494) Alleged shoplifters attempted to duct, disturbing the peace, being a person under take baby formula 21 possessing liquor and assault and battery. (10- Cody Antonucci, 18, of 15 Richardson Road, A call was received at the station from an 29494) West Brookfield, was arrested Jan. 1 on disorderly employee of Shaw’s Supermarket at around 10:40 conduct, disturbing the peace and being a person a.m. who suspected two customer s were Eric R. Finelli, 17, of 16 Wallace Road, under 21 possessing liquor. (10-29494) attempting to steal baby formula. The employee, Sturbridge, was arrested Jan. 1 on disorderly con- Karl Langevin, reported that two women had put duct, disturbing the peace, being a person under Taylor E. Smith, 18, of 351B Old Douglas nine containers of baby formula into a denim 21 possessing liquor. (10-29494) Road,West Brookfield, was arrested Jan. 1 on disor- bag. When they realized they were being derly conduct, disturbing the peace and being a observed by Shaw’s employees, the customers William H. Roscioli, 17, of 138 Shepard Rd., person under 21 possessing liquor. (10-29494) left the store without the bag. Langevin seized Sturbridge, was arrested Jan. 1 on disorderly con- the bag and turned it over to police. In the bag, duct, disturbing the peace, being a person under Taryn M. Gammell-Smith, 23, of 351B Old police found a copy of a Southbridge Police 21 possessing liquor. (10-29494) Douglas Road, West Brookfield, was arrested Jan. 1 Department police report concerning a domestic on disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, sell- dispute Oct. 30 and a Bay State Access card with Gabriel D. Docimo, 19, of 12 Richardson Rd., ing/delivering liquor to a person under 21 and a the name Maribel Morales on it. The Sturbridge West Brookfield, was arrested Jan. 1 on assault and warrant. Police Department contacted the Southbridge battery, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, Police Department with the surveillance tape being a person under 21 possessing liquor. (10- Chelsea S. Tavernier, 17, of 107 Vinton Road, from Shaw’s and the customers were identified 29494) Holland, was arrested Jan. 1 on disorderly conduct, as Janine Letendre, 39, of 8 Benefit St. Apt. 1F, disturbing the peace and being a person under 21 Southbridge and Maribel Morales, 40 Coombs St. Daniel P. Antonucci, 23, of 5 Richardson Rd., possessing liquor. (10-29494) Apt. 3, Southbridge. Letendre was charged with West Brookfield, was arrested Jan. 1 on disorderly shoplifting more than $100 worth of merchan- conduct, disturbing the peace and selling/deliver- Erin A. Lussier, 17, of 91 Main St., Wales, was dise by concealing merchandise and Morales was ing liquor to a person under 21. (10-29494) arrested Jan. 1 on disorderly conduct, disturbing charged with shoplifting by concealing merchan- the peace and being a person under 21 possessing dise. (11-32) James F. Carlin, 20, of 40 Beverly St., liquor. (10-29494) Chicopee, was arrested Jan. 1 on disorderly con- ARRESTS duct, disturbing the peace and being a person Alexandra E. Clowes, 19, of 11 West under 21 possessing liquor. (10-29494) Brookfield Road, Brookfield, was arrested Jan. 1 on Victoria Graf, 20, of 57 Allen Rd., Sturbridge, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and being was arrested Jan. 1 on disorderly conduct, disturb- Joshua R. Mattioli, 20, of 47 Breakneck Road, a person under 21 possessing liquor. (10-29494) ing the peace, being a person under 21 possessing Sturbridge, was arrested Jan. 1 on disorderly con- liquor and keeping a noisy and disorderly house. duct, disturbing the peace and being a person Carlos Efrain Otero, 40, of 7 Brookside Ave, (10-29494) under 21 possessing liquor. (10-29494) Torrington, Conn., was arrested Jan. 2 on a warrant. (11-111) Sabrina Graf, 18, of 57 Allen Rd., Sturbridge, Timothy M. Poisant, 19, of 55 South Shore was arrested Jan. 1 on disorderly conduct, disturb- Road, Sturbridge, was arrested Jan. 1 on disorderly Carl P. Sjogren, 52, of 30 Little Rest Road, ing the peace, being a person under 21 possessing conduct, disturbing the peace, being a person Brimfield, was arrested Jan. 5 for operating under liquor and keeping a noisy and disorderly house. under 21 possessing liquor and on a warrant. (10- the influence of liquor, second offense; negligent (10-29494) 29494) operation of a motor vehicle; and a marked lanes violation. (11-297) Gideon J. Docimo, 21, of 12 Richardson Rd., Andrew M. Filler, 19, of 137 Ward St., North West Brookfield, was arrested Jan. 1 on assault Brookfield, was arrested Jan. 1 on disorderly Jeffrey L Heath-Boniface, 17, of 29 Snell St., and battery resulting in serious bodily injury, dis- conduct, disturbing the peace and being a Sturbridge, was arrested Jan. 5 for assault. (11-358) orderly conduct, disturbing the peace, p e r s o n u n d e r 2 1 p o s s e s s i n g l i q u o r. ( 1 0 - Adult CPR and First Aid certification classes to be held STURBRIDGE – Adult CPR and First Aid certi- fication classes taught by certified instructors will be held bi-monthly at Rehabilitative Resources in Sturbridge. Classes will be held: Thursday, Jan. 20 CPR 9 – 11 a.m. First Aid 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28 CPR 9 – 11 a.m. First Aid 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8 CPR 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. First Aid 3 – 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23 CPR 9 – 11 a.m. First Aid 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28 CPR 9 – 11 a.m. First Aid 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cost is $50 per person and includes both full certifications. Rehabilitative Resources Inc. is locat- ed at 1 Picker Road.To register, contact: Jennifer Petraitis, 508-347-8181 ext. 104 or by email at: jpe- firstname.lastname@example.org. RECYCLE • RECYCLE • RECYCLE PA G E 4 T H E T O W N C O M M O N – T H U R S D AY, J A N U A RY 1 3 , 2 0 1 1 LOCAL NEWS Contract awarded, engineering design started for Titanic Rail Trail section STURBRIDGE - The town has recently award- ed a $51,795 contract to CME Engineering of East Hartford, Conn. to provide engineering design and permitting for the three quarters of a mile portion of the Titanic Rail Trail, Grand Trunk Trail section from the Ed Calcutt Bridge to River Road. Of the $51,795 contract $41,440 is being paid from a part of the larger Transportation Enhance- W HERE ? ments Act (TEA) grant awarded by the Massachusetts Depart- ment of Transportation IS IT (Mass DOT) to the town, and the remaining Each week, a photograph of an object, landmark or other well- $10,355 is an appropria- known local item (taken at close range) will run in The Tantasqua tion from the Betterment Town Common. The photo will be within any of the five commu- Fund. Turley Publications photo submitted by the STURBRIDGE TRAILS COMMITTEE CME’s contract calls for nities we serve – Sturbridge, Brookfield, Brimfield, Holland or a 100 percent design and Pictured (l-r) Park Ranger Tom Chamberland, Trails Committee volunteer Charles Wales. Sorry, no clues. permitted plan to be Blanchard, CME’s representatives, Engineer and Project Manager Scott Young and Readers are invited to submit their answers to Matthew Bernat acceptable by Mass DOT Director of Commercial Development Richard Strouse orient themselves with the wet- lands delineation plan for the proposed trail route as they prepare to walk the trail. at 24 Water Street, Palmer, Mass. Telephone (413) 283-8393 or e- to allow that agency to mail email@example.com. All entries must include the bid construction for this section of trail. It is esti- respondent’s answer, his or her name, address and phone num- improve safety. Mass DOT will fully fund 100 percent mated that the design and permitting phase will of the construction costs from the TEA grant authori- ber. Remember, be as specific as possible! If it is a photo of a take about one year as several public hearings on zation and will administer the construction of the building, entries must include the name and location of the build- the plan as well as environmental review and hear- trail.Approximately one half mile of this three quarter ing. If it is a close-up of a sign, respondents must indicate where ings conducted by the Conservation Commission mile trail section is on lands of the U.S.Army Corps of will be required. Work will commence this winter Engineers, Westville Lake Flood Damage Reduction the sign is located and how it is used. Of course, if it is a photo of with flagging and topographic surveying of the project.The remaining lands are owned by the Town a random object, like an American flag, no additional information trail route, confirming wetland boundaries, along of Sturbridge and the Morse Family.A trail easement is is necessary. with measuring and listing all trees that may need being granted by the Morse Family. Under a coopera- The name of the person who provides the correct answer to be removed to accommodate the trail. tive trail agreement, Park Ranger Tom Chamberland, of The proposed design is for a 10 foot wide hard the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will be overseeing first will be featured in the newspaper. packed fine gravel trail with 2 foot wide shoulders this project for both the Corps and the Town of In order to qualify for the weekly “Where Is It?” contest, and a 5 foot wide sidewalk along Farquhar Road to Sturbridge. entries must be received by the end of the day on the the River Road intersection including a redesign of With the completion of this section of the Titanic Monday after publication. The winner’s name, along with the River Road/Farquhar Road intersection to Rail Trail, half of the approximately six-mile route will the correct answer, will be published in the next edition of be completed through the town.The Sturbridge Trail committee is actively working on several other sec- The Tantasqua Town Common. tions including engineering and design of the 1.2 mile River Lands portion, a grant from The Last Green Last Week’s Winner Valley to complete a one quarter mile section of the Fiskdale portion, known as the Trolley trail, and has The Where is It pho- applied for grants to complete the remaining quarter tograph featured in mile section out to the East Brimfield Lake Dam. l a s t we e k ’s i s s u e Anyone with questions regarding this project or any Grand Trunk Trail section of the Titanic Rail was a night shot of Tr a i l t h r o u g h S t u r b r i d ge c a n c o n t a c t p a rk t h e f ro n t o f t h e Ranger Tom Chamberland at Thomas.a.chamber- Sturbridge Federated firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-347-3705. Church. For more information on the Sturbridge Trail Committee, contact its chairman, Randy Redetzke at email@example.com. The Sturbridge Trail Committee Congratulations to meets on the second Thursday of the month at 6 Janet Celuzza, of Sturbridge, for being the first to p.m., in the Center Office Building. correctly identify the image. P UBLIC MEETINGS - STURBRIDGE Thursday, Jan. 6 Junior High School, Superintendent’s Conference Room Conservation Commission, 7 p.m. Center Officer Building Design Review Committee, 7 p.m. Center Officer Building Saturday, Jan. 8 Wednesday. Jan. 12 Board of Assessors, 8 a.m. Assessors Office Zoning Board of Appeals, 6:30 p.m. Center Office Building Monday, Jan. 10 Sturbridge Cultural Council, 6:30 p.m. Tantasqua Regional School District Budget Town Hall Subcommittee, 6 p.m. Junior High School, Superintendent’s Officer Thursday, Jan. 13 Board of Selectmen Work Session, 6:30 p.m. Tantasqua Regional High School Improvement Town Hall Council, 3:15 p.m. High School Conference Room Library Trustees, 7 p.m. Joshua Hyde Library Sturbridge Trails Committee, 6 p.m. Center Office Building Tuesday, Jan. 11 Town Hall/Center Office Building Committee, Tantasqua Regional School District Bylaw/ 7 p.m. Policy Subcommittee, 6 p.m. Town Hall T H E T O W N C O M M O N – T H U R S D AY, J A N U A RY 1 3 , 2 0 1 1 PA G E 5 LOCAL NEWS AARP tax aid program offered at Senior Center STURBRIDGE - AARP provides trained volunteers to depreciation 1099-DIV (Dividends received), broker statements calculate and file taxes at no cost for seniors 65 No home foreclosures or short sales (sales of stocks, mutual funds, bonds + cost basis years and older each tax season. The schedule for No alternative minimum tax (AMT) – see last year’s (what you paid for it), W-2G – Gambling Lottery the Sturbridge Senior Center this year is as fol- return winnings, unemployment compensation, any lows: Wednesdays, Feb. 2 and 16; March 2, 16 and No employee expenses – Form 2106 other forms marked “For 2010 Taxes,” real estate 30. The first appointment is 9:30 a.m.; the last is No moving expenses – Form 3903 tax bills for calendar year 2010 (third and fourth 2 p.m. Call 508-347-7575 to make an appoint- No Schedule A – Casualty and Theft losses Quarter FY 2010 and first and second Quarter FY ment. Forgiveness of Credit Card Debt 2011) – for Senior Circuit Breaker, proof of health They will not complete tax returns with: AGI over Ten or more Schedule D transactions (stock and insurance (Taxpayer and Spouse) – note: if you $40,000 single/65 filing jointly (refer to 2009 return) bond sales) have Medicare, you are covered and the proof is Rental income (Schedule E) unless owner occupied Please remember to bring: Last year’s tax return,W2 on your SSA 1099 form otherwise bring Mass / no depreciation. (Salar y and Wages), SSA 1099 (Social Security 1099-HC form 9if received) or Health Insurance Business income over $5,000 or with a loss / No Payments received, 1099-INT (Interest received), Card. PA G E 6 T H E T O W N C O M M O N – T H U R S D AY, J A N U A RY 1 3 , 2 0 1 1 OPINION E DITORIAL Snow and ice can cost property owners Part Two ecently in this space we wrote about the state’s R Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) ruling in July that makes it a legal responsibility of all home and business owners to remove all snow and ice from their property. Eliminating any distinction between natural and manmade accumulations of snow and ice, if someone is injured because property owners didn’t take “reasonable care” in removing snow or ice, it could cost them a world of hurt. In addition to potential financial pain, snow and ice removal can cause physical pain. Each year, thou- sands of people suffer back, neck, shoulder and wrist injuries while shoveling snow from sidewalks and driveways. But, according to Dr. Julio Martinez- Silvestrini, staff physiatrist at Baystate Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, there are steps you can take to minimize your risk of injury. Before grabbing the shovel, warm up your muscles with some gentle stretches and exercises, Dr. Martinez-Silvestrini advises. Snow shoveling can be a real workout, so drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and avoid caf- feine, nicotine and other stimulants that increase Letter to the Editor heart rate. Freshly fallen snow is lighter, so tackle the chore sooner rather than later when snow becomes packed Ted. extends gratitude to supporters and wet. To the Editor: who generously donated a diamond Alesia Peck, Debra Quinn, Erin Lift smaller rather than larger loads of snow, bend- tennis bracelet valued at $3,500. We Parker from Burgess Elementary. ing at the knees and lifting with your legs instead of The Tantasqua Education Foun- would also like to thank the follow- Ted. is a non-profit community your back. Step in the same direction you are throw- dation (Ted.) held its 4th annual ing companies for donating to our foundation that was launched in ing the snow to avoid twisting movements. Champagne Brunch at the Oliver sports raff le: All-Star Premium the spring of 2007. Its mission is to Remember that pushing snow is better than lifting it, Wight Tavern at Old Sturbridge Products for Red Sox tickets, fund teacher-sponsored, student- take frequent breaks and walk around to avoid back Village Nov. 21, raising more than Ruben’s Limousine for transporta- focused projects that encourage stu- fatigue. $11,000. The newly raised money will tion, and Mass Commercial Cleaning dents to pursue their interests If you experience back pain, it will probably sub- go to fund special student-focused for Celtics Tickets. It is gratifying to through activities that would not side within a couple of days with over-the-counter projects for 2011 and to build an see the support growing each year typically be funded by the district’s medication and gentle exercise. For self-care, endowment that will support projects for the great work done by teachers operating budget. Teachers seeking remember “cold” then “heat.” Dr. Martinez-Silvestrini and programs in future years. in the Tantasqua district. funding for innovative projects will advises applying a cold pack as soon as possible All of us who are involved with This year’s grant recipients pro- submit applications in the form of after the injury at least several times a day for up to Ted were thrilled at the turnout, and vided the 180 brunch attendees grant proposals, which will compete 20 minutes, followed by heat after two to three days very pleased at having so much sup- with an update of their grant-win- with other, similar grant proposals to relax muscles and increase blood flow, he said. If port from our local communities.We ning projects. Presenters included for funding during each school year. pain persists after three days, it’s time to see the would like to take a moment to Vanessa Sullivan for her project at The next round of grants will be doctor. thank all those in attendance, along Burgess entitled “A Little Piece of awarded in the spring of 2011. Finally, anyone who already suffers from back or with the many local businesses who Land,” and Tim Dodd from Holland Thanks to all, and congratulations wrist pain, coronary artery disease or other heart so generously donated, including on his project, “Green Team, An to this year’s grant recipients. problems, should avoid shoveling altogether. Simple Indulgence Day Spa, The Environmental Application.” Other And here’s the best advice Dr. Martinez-Silvestrini Whistling Swan/Cedar Street Grille, winners include Ellen Canavan, Christine Tieri, offers – hire a neighborhood youngster to do the Rovezzi’s, Fins & Tails, Kaizen, and Kristen Daley, Lisa Lamothe from Board President, shoveling for you – that doesn’t just minimize your the Publick House, along with Tantasqua Junior High, Steve Tieri Tantasqua Educational risk of injury, it removes it completely! Cormier Jewelers of Southbridge, from Tantasqua High School, and Foundation And while we’re on the subject of snow, we wel- come your photos of landscapes, snowmen, sledding, skiing, and any snow-related activity, so email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll share the good In need of seed? Gardening supplies? Read on news about snow with readers! 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T H E T O W N C O M M O N – T H U R S D AY, J A N U A RY 1 3 , 2 0 1 1 PA G E 7 LOCAL NEWS Brewer and Smola announce Wales Senior center legislature passes Brimfield bill offers clinics WALES — The Wales Senior Center is hosting pro- BRIMFIELD - Senator Stephen M. Brewer (D-Barre) legislation. fessional foot care services for residents of all local and Representative Todd M. Smola (R-Palmer) “I am pleased to have been able to work with the communities on the first Wednesday of every other announced that the legislature enacted Senate Bill town to get this legislation passed before the end of month. 2625,“An Act Establishing a Special Fund in the Town the legislative session,” said Senator Brewer. “I look Clinic visits run about 30 minutes and include: gen- of Brimfield.” forward to working with the town again in the eral assessment, trimming and sanding of nails, corn Brimfield hosts one of the largest flea markets in future.” and callous removal, treatment of ingrown nails, the country thrice annually. “Passing this bill before the close of the 2010 leg- relaxing foot rub and treatment referrals for problem The Town uses taxpayer dollars to pay for the costs islative session is wonderful news for the Town of areas.The cost is $26. incurred by this private festival and then all fees and Brimfield,” said Representative Smola. “I’m always The senior center is also offering assessments for receipts are deposited into the general fund to repay pleased to work with our local communities in ensur- diabetics if your diabetes is stable and controlled by the costs. Creating a special fund to receive the ing their needs are met on Beacon Hill, and I look for- diet, exercise and oral medication, at a cost of $1 per receipts and fees will allow the town to make expen- ward to continued success for the Town of Brimfield minute. Full services will be considered with a note ditures related to the flea market from this account in 2011.” from your doctor. Assessments will be required at rather than from the general fund. On May 17, 2010, S2625 is now pending before Governor Patrick for each visit for all diabetics and those with special the Town voted during Town Meeting to support this his approbation. medical concerns. Home visits for the homebound are also available, starting at $40. For more information or to schedule an appoint- ment call the Wales Senior Center at 413-245-9683. Emergency warning signals sounding in Wales Holland Senior Center calendar WALES — On the first Sunday of every month at noon the town of Wales will be running first warn- of events STATUE UNVEILED FROM PAGE 1 ing signals. Emergency management and the Wales Fire Depar tment, selectmen and police are involved. HOLLAND – Following is the schedule for Due to the changing nature of the weather, and regular activities at the Holland Senior Center. carries using our major Route 19, and a pipeline going through the town, officials feel that in the Monday event of a disaster of any kind, notification has to be Lunch at noon, occasional luncheon speak- updated and be able to reach all corners of the com- ers, call 413-245-3163 to reserve a space munity. Mah Jongg, 10 a.m., come to play or be If a resident does not hear the sirens, he or she can taught to play Chris Haller notify the selectmen’s office at (413) 245-7844, Veterans Service Agent John Comerford is police department at (413) 245-7571 ext. 100, emer- here at noon to assist veterans gency management at (413) 245-7523 or the fire Line Dancing with Tom Baltazar, from 2 – 3 department at (413) 245-7695. p.m., $3 per class Tuesday Gentle Yoga with Joan Allen, 10 – 11 a.m., $3 per class Green Energy Tips Stained Glass classes, mornings 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. and evening from 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., Turn heat off or down in unused rooms in call Tom Baltazar, 413-245-3163 to register. Fee the winter. Be sure to close the doors to unused is $15 per month areas of the house. Craft classes, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. with Linda Artruc, activities coordinator Wednesday Turley Publications staff photo by MATTHEW BERNAT Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program at 10 Chainsaw sculptor Jesse Green unveils his work. a.m. with Eva Pittsinger COA Meetings, first Wednesday of the month at 10:15 a.m., open to public Lunch at noon, second and fourth part of Green’s “Project Eco-Art Massachusetts,” a plan Wednesday, call 413-245-3163 to reserve a seat to create a carving for each of the state’s 351 commu- A TURLEY PUBLICATION nities. Tai Chi with Dave Masera, 3 – 4 p.m., $3 per Established July 26, 2007 class Currently, he has finished works in Charlton, Spencer, Holliston and a handful of other communi- OWNER/PUBLISHER: PATRICK H. TURLEY Thursday ties. Computer class, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., with Jesse Green first became interested in using chain- EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT: KEITH TURLEY Linda Artruc, Internet Access saws in his art work when he was an art major at the VICE PRESIDENT OF PUBLICATIONS: DOUG TURLEY Cribbage, 12:15 – 3 p.m. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He started EXECUTIVE EDITOR: TIM KANE Craft classes, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. with Linda chainsaw sculpting full-time just a few years ago and Artruc already he’s crafted hundreds of art works for clients ADVERTISING DIRECTOR: BETH BAKER across the country. He’s known for transforming tree ADVERTISING MANAGER: DAVE ANDERSON stumps into oversized cartoon-style characters, ani- GRAPHICS MANAGER: STEPHANIE HADLEY mals and landmarks. CIRCULATION MANAGER: CHARLANN GRISWOLD Theatre company The Sturbridge piece is brightly painted and cov- ered in a clear coat of urethane. He said it would be Editor MATTHEW BERNAT seeking volunteers able to withstand the elements. Long-time Cultural Council member Wynn Sports Editor Dave Forbes DuVernay also spoke, offering her thanks to Green REGION – Green Room Productions: Theatre and his “intuitiveness and for making Sturbridge a Advertising Sales Jeanne Bonsall, Sturbridge Production and Educational Outreach Inc. is a volun- part of this wonderful trail of art work,” she said. Jacky Perrot, Brookfield teer-based theater company. In addition, DuVernay extended thanks to mem- You are invited to become one of our many volun- bers of the 2009 Cultural Council. Graphics Coordinator MaryAnn Dunbar teers in one or more areas. From acting to ushering, Green then spoke as he began to remove the layers Reporters Jennifer Grybowski the group has needs that can take up as little or as of protective blankets covering his creation as he Tim Peterson, Doug Farmer much of your time as you wish. said,“The hospitality I’ve received in Sturbridge is the To contact the volunteer coordinator call 413-313- best yet.” The Tantasqua Town Common (USPS 666100) is published weekly on 6977, email@example.com, or After the sheet was removed those in attendance Thursday by Turley Publications, Inc., office located at 24 Water Street, Palmer, Mass. 01069. Telephone (413) 283-8393, ext. 254. Fax (413) 283- www.greeneroomproductions.com. gathered around the sculpture for photographs and 7107. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to admire the work. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Turley Publications, 24 Water St., Palmer, Mass. 01069.The Tantasqua Town Common cannot assume liability The sculpture was installed at the Sturbridge Area Information Center, 380 Main St. in Sturbridge, which for the loss of photographs or other materials submitted for publication. Materials will not be returned except upon specific request when submitted. Corrections Policy – is also the headquarters of the Central Mass South Chamber of Commerce, directly across from the The Town Common will gladly correct factual entrance to Old Sturbridge Village. errors that appear in this paper. Corrections or Also in attendance: Town Administrator Shaun clarifications generally appear on our editorial Suhoski, Selectman Mary Blanchard, members of the page.To request a correction, send information to Cultural Council member, Chamber President Dick Editor Matthew Bernat at email@example.com, or Vaughan, Publick House Marketing Director Michael call 413-283-8393 ext. 254. Harrington and others. Corrections may also be requested in writing. For more information about the Central Mass www.turley.com Mail corrections to Town Common Attn: Matthew South Chamber of Commerce, please call 508-347- Bernat, 24 Water St., Palmer MA 01069. 2761 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. PA G E 8 T H E T O W N C O M M O N – T H U R S D AY, J A N U A RY 1 3 , 2 0 1 1 THURSDAY, JAN. 13 LOCAL HAPPENINGS local artist Lynn Wrona. reservations call 508-347- Sturbridge. per person and includes calling 508-347-2512. To The fee is $90 for resi- 9005. both full certifications. Re- be held from 2 – 3 p.m. DROP-IN STORY- dents of Brimfield, JOIN JEFF BURDICK habilitative Resources Inc. TIME at the Joshua Hyde Holland, Sturbridge and SATURDAY, JAN. 15 OF EDWARD JONES is located at 1 Picker Road. SUNDAY, JAN. 23 Librar y will be held Wales; all others please FOR ‘SMART CHOICES To register, contact: Thursday, Jan. 13. No reg- add $5. Ask for a supply SHEPARD’S PIE SUP- IN RETIRMENT’ to be Jennifer Petraitis, 508-347- THE HAYLOFT STEP- istration needed. For all list. PER will be held at The held at the Sturbridge 8181 ext. 104 or by email PERS SQUARE DANCE ages. Stories, songs and Wales Baptist Church on Senior Center, Wednes- at: jpetraitis@rehabre- CLUB will hold a Special craft from 1:30 – 2:15 ‘CAT ON A HOT TIN Saturday, Jan. 15 from day, Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. sourcesinc.org. A-1 dance on Sunday, Jan. p.m. ROOF’ will be per- 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Menu When you retire, you 23 from 2 - 4:30 p.m.The formed Friday and includes: salad, rolls, probably want to main- SATURDAY, JAN. 22 caller is Bill Mager. FRIDAY, JAN. 14 Saturday at Stageloft Shepard’s pie, beverage tain your current stan- Admission is $7 per per- Repertory Theater, locat- and dessert. Cost is $7 dard of living or maybe GET THE SCOOP ON son.The club is located at NEW OIL PAINTING ed at 450A Main St. This per person. For more even improve it. At this THE ASIAN LONG- 232 Podunk Road in AND PASTEL CLASSES American classic deals information or reserva- seminar, you'll learn 10 HORN BEETLE at Sturbridge. For informa- at Hitchcock Free with family issues, tions call 413-245-0075 principles to help you Norcross Wildlife Sanc- tion on the next begin- Academy. In this three- secrets, greed, and other or 413-245-1150. work toward achieving a tuar y’s winter lecture ner class, please call Moe day workshop, students universal issues. With stable, steady income and series Saturday, Jan. 22 at at 508-867-8036. will finish a pastel or oil some healthy comedy WEDNESDAY, JAN. 19 help make your money 1:30 p.m. Join “beetle painting, using basic thrown in. Shows occur last throughout retire- buster” Felicia Andre, of THURSDAY, JAN. 27 knowledge of composi- from Jan. 21 - Feb. 6, each STURBRIDGE/FISKD ment. the Massachusetts De- tion, values, and color. Friday and Saturday at 8 ALE FRIENDS OF partment of Conser- DROP-IN STORY- Class will be held p.m. and each Sunday at SENIORS will meet NOOK SCHOOL will vation & Recreation to TIME at the Joshua Hyde Fridays, Jan. 21, 28, and 2 p.m. Tickets cost: $17 Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 1 be held Wednesday, Jan. learn more about the Library. No registration Feb. 4, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 adults, $15 seniors, $8 p.m. A quantity of the 19 at 6 p.m. at the Joshua Asian Longhorn beetle. needed. For all ages. p.m. The instructor is students under 12.For beautiful Town of Hyde Library located at What is life like for this Stories, songs and craft to Sturbridge Throw has 306 Main St., Sturbridge. large and scary beetle? be held from 1:30 – 2:30 been ordered and may be Come learn Nook basics How can I be sure I am p.m. available soon. These are looking at one? How Calendar Policy an excellent choice for and how to use it with the library’s free Digital does it affect the trees? FRIDAY, JAN. 28 Our calendar section is intended to promote gifting for any occasion. Please call 413-267-9654 Library through CWMars “free” events or ones that directly affect a volunteer- Anyone interested in pur- and OverDrive. Barnes & to reserve a spot. The ADULT CPR AND driven organization that benefits the community. Paid chasing one should place Noble Community Norcross Wildlife FIRST AID CERTIFICA- events that are not deemed fund-raisers or benefits their order at any time. Relations Manager Diane Sanctuary is located in TION CLASS taught by do not qualify. Non-charitable events that charge the Call the Senior Center at Monson and Wales. certified instructors will Abramson will be there public for profit is not allowed as we consider that 508-347-7575 or drop by Winter hours are Tuesday be held Friday, Jan. 28 at to give you the details. paid advertising. The deadline to submit calendar the office for more infor- – Saturday from 9 a.m. to Rehabilitative Resources in Those who have lap- items in the mail, by fax, or emailed in Word docu- mation. 4 p.m. There is no admis- Sturbridge. CPR class is 9 – tops are welcome to ment format is Friday at noon or sooner. We usually sion charge. 11 a.m. and First Aid is 11 bring them along with print one week in advance of an event, and the list- STURBRIDGE COOP- a.m. – 1 p.m. Cost is $50 your Nook for a “hands- ings should be brief, with only time, date, location, ERATIVE NURSERY THE HAYLOFT STEP- per person and includes on” experience. brief activity explanation, and contact info.All future OPEN HOUSE will be PERS DANCE CLUB will both full certifications. listings appear weekly online. Calendar listings can held Wednesday, Jan. 19 hold a “Snowflake” dance Rehabilitative Resources PAJAMA STORYTIME be emailed to: email@example.com. Please type from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 on Saturday, Jan. 22 from Inc. is located at 1 Picker at the Joshua Hyde “Cal Listing”in the subject heading. p.m. at the nursery, locat- 8 - 10:30 p.m. The caller Road. To register, contact: Library. No registration ed at 518 Main St., needed. For children ages is Lenny Stratton and the Jennifer Petraitis, 508-347- 2 and older with caregiv- cuer is Jo Yakimowski. 8181 ext. 104 or by email er. Gentle stories to end Admission is $7 per per- at: jpetraitis@rehabre- the day. Don’t forget son. The club is located sourcesinc.org. Teddy! To be held from at 232 Podunk Road in Sturbridge. For informa- SATURDAY, JAN. 29 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. tion on the next begin- THURSDAY, JAN. 20 ner class, please call Moe FABULOUS FERNS at 508-867-8036. will be the topic at the ADULT CPR AND Norcross Wildlife FIRST AID CERTIFICA- FROSTY’S MAGIC Sanctuary’s second win- TION CLASS taught by BIRTHDAY PARTY at ter lecture on Saturday, certified instructors will the Joshua Hyde Library. Jan. 29 at 1:30 p.m. Ferns be held Thursday,Jan.20 at For children ages 2 and add color, texture and piz- Rehabilitative Resources in older with caregiver. zazz to your garden! Do Sturbridge. CPR class is 9 – Magic, comedy, fun for you have a place where 11 a.m. and First Aid is 11 the whole family! CONTINUED ON PAGE 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cost is $50 Register in advance by ARTISTS IN HOLLAND FROM PAGE 1 The school learned of the perform- grant from the Massachusetts Cultural ance artists through Principal Mary Lou Council. DiBella, who had experience with For more information on Dworkin them through her own children. The and Bumpus, visit www.folktales.net or program is made possible through a call 413-253-1664. Turley Publications photo by JENNIFER GRYBOWSKI Holland Elementary School students give themselves hugs during the stretching portion of the performance. T H E T O W N C O M M O N – T H U R S D AY, J A N U A RY 1 3 , 2 0 1 1 PA G E 9 nothing else will grow? LOCAL HAPPENINGS Rehabilitative Resources ble through a Cultural Maybe a fern will fit there too. Fun and easy to grow (yes, it’s true!), ferns are in Sturbridge. CPR class is 1 – 3 p.m. and First Aid is 3 – 5 p.m. Cost is $50 per Council Grant. ADULT CPR AND C ommon fabulous in the garden. person and includes both FIRST AID CERTIFICA- CHOICE Leslie Duthie is the horti- full certifications. TION CLASS taught by culturalist at Norcross. Rehabilitative Resources certified instructors will Please call 413-267-9654 Inc. is located at 1 Picker be held Monday, Feb. 28 to make a reservation. Road. To register, contact: at Rehabilitative Re- The Norcross Wildlife Jennifer Petraitis, 508-347- sources in Sturbridge. Sanctuary is located in 8181 ext. 104 or by email CPR class is 9 – 11 a.m. Monson and Wales. at: jpetraitis@rehabre- and First Aid is 11 a.m. – 1 Winter hours are Tuesday sourcesinc.org. p.m. Cost is $50 per per- – Saturday from 9 a.m. to son and includes both full 4 p.m. There is no admis- certifications. Rehab- sion charge. MONDAY, FEB. 14 ilitative Resources Inc. is located at 1 Picker Road. TUESDAY, FEB. 1 VALENTINE’S DAY To register, contact: LUNCHEON at the Jennifer Petraitis, 508-347- SCHOOL REGISTRA- Holland Senior Center 8181 ext. 104 or by email TION FOR THE STUR- will take place Monday, at: jpetraitis@rehabre- BRIDGE COOPERA- Feb. 14 at noon with a sourcesinc.org. TIVE NURSERY takes place Tuesday, Feb. 1 at special Raffle drawing for the beautiful quilt donat- ONGOING N EW OI L PAINTING AND PASTEL CLASSES the school, located at 518 ed by “The Material Girls” Main St., Sturbridge, from of Holland. Proceeds to MEDITATIVE YOGA BRIMFIELD – New oil painting and pastel classes begin at Hitchcock Free Academy. In 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. benefit the Holland Wednesdays at Rehabil- this three-day workshop, students will finish a pastel or oil painting, using basic Senior Center and Public itative Resources Inc. knowledge of composition, values, and color. Class will be held Fridays, Jan. 21, 28, WEDNESDAY, FEB. 2 and Feb. 4, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The instructor is local artist Lynn Wrona. The fee is Librar y. Raff le tickets Instructor Jennifer $90 for residents of Brimfield, Holland, Sturbridge and Wales; all others please add $5. available by calling 413- Connors hosts two class- Ask for a supply list. For more information contact Hitchcock Academy at 413-245- AVADA HEARING 245-3163. es, one geared toward 9977. SCREENING at the people living with devel- Holland Senior Center WEDNESDAY, FEB. 23 opmental disabilities call on Wednesday, Feb. 2 e-mail briererabbit@veri- Barn, 232 Podunk Road STORYTIME Mondays, (which runs from 5:15 to from 1 – 3 p.m. Call for ADULT CPR AND zon.net. in Sturbridge. Beginners 9-9:50 a.m. at the 6:15 p.m.), and another appointment 413-245- FIRST AID CERTIFICA- from 6-7 p.m., plus from Brimfield Public Library open to the general pub- 3163. TION CLASS taught by AMERICAN LEGION 7-8 p.m. and advanced children’s area. Spons- lic (which runs from 7 to certified instructors will POST 109 meets the first from 8-9 p.m. Classes $6 ored by the Union 61 8:30 p.m.).This class uses MONDAY, FEB. 7 be held Wednesday, Feb. Monday of the month at each. Visit www.hayloft- Community Partnership poses to unravel the 23 at Rehabilitative Re- the post, 507 Main St. in steppers.org or call 508- for Children. Free. Call knots along the spine, SERVSAFE CERTIFI- sources in Sturbridge. Fiskdale. 867-8036 and ask for Patti Sinko at (508) 867- starting at the tailbone CATION COURSE CPR class is 9 – 11 a.m. Moe or Donna or 413- 2232 or sinkop@tanta- and working up through taught by Jane Cutting, and First Aid is 11 a.m. – 1 STURBRIDGE RO- 436-7849 and ask for squa.org. the neck. Contact Certified Instructor will p.m. Cost is $50 per per- TARY CLUB meets Deanna or Al. Connors directly at 508- be held Monday, Feb. 7 son and includes both full Mondays at 6:15 p.m. at STORYTIME Monday, 347-3834 for questions from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 certifications. Rehabil- the Publick House TEEN PIZZA AND 10:15-11 a.m. in the and payment informa- p.m. Recertification cost: itative Resources Inc. is Historic Inn. Visit MOVIE NIGHT first Holland Senior Center tion. $110. New certification located at 1 Picker Road. www.rotary7910.org. Saturday of the month craft room. Sponsored by cost: $135. To register To register, contact: 7:30 p.m. at the St. Anne the Union 61 Community STATE REP. TODD contact Jane at: 508-347- Jennifer Petraitis, 508-347- MONDAY TRAP St. Patrick Church’s Parish Partnership for Children. SMOLA meets with con- 8181 ext. 103. Class to be 8181 ext. 104 or by email SHOOT Mondays from 11 Center in Sturbridge. Free. Call Patti Sinko at stituents each week by held at Rehabilitative at: jpetraitis@rehabre- a.m. to 1 p.m. at the (508) 867-2232 or appointment. Contact Resources, Inc. located at sourcesinc.org. Hamilton Rod and Gun PLAYGROUP from 10- firstname.lastname@example.org. him in Boston at 617-722- 1 Picker Road, Club in Sturbridge. $3 per 11 a.m. for infants to five 2800 ext. 8491 or in the Sturbridge. round. Informal competi- years old at Hitchcock Free STORYTIME Wednes- district at 413-283-2564. MONDAY, FEB. 28 tion; instruction as time Academy. Children can days, 10:15-11 a.m. in the TUESDAY, FEB. 8 and interest allows. Must hear a story, sing a song or Wales Public Library chil- STURBRIDGE LIONS JOHN PORCINO a have your own shotgun. just socialize with other dren’s area. Sponsored by CLUB meets the second ADULT CPR AND Musician and Storyteller Visit www.hamiltonrg.org. preschoolers. This parent- the Union 61 Community and fourth Tuesday of the FIRST AID CERTIFICA- will perform at the led program welcomes all; Partnership for Children. month at 7 p.m. at the TION CLASS taught by Holland Senior Center on SQUARE DANCE stop in! Free. Visit Free. Call Patti Sinko at Publick House Restau- certified instructors will Monday, Feb. 28 at 1 p.m. LESSONS Sunday nights www.hitchcockacademy.o (508) 867-2232 or rant. Visit http://stur- be held Tuesday, Feb. 8 at The event is made possi- at the Hayloft Steppers rg or call 413-245-9977. email@example.com. bridgema.lionwap.org or Winter parkin ban in effect during storms STURBRIDGE - Be advised that Sturbridge has a community-wide winter parking ban that is in effect now through April 1 during winter storms. From the onset of a snow storm event until such time that roads have been cleared it is illegal to park on public ways in the Town of Sturbridge. It is also prohibited to plow or deposit snow in public ways at any time. The town appreciates the cooperation of all resi- dents during snow- storms in facilitating snow removal. For any questions, please contact S h a u n S uhoski Town Administrator at ssuhos- firstname.lastname@example.org. PA G E 1 0 T H E T O W N C O M M O N – T H U R S D AY, J A N U A RY 1 3 , 2 0 1 1 LOCAL NEWS dence. According to police, the home- was able to maneuver Hemingway into a DOCIMO RELEASED FROM PAGE 1 owners, Thomas and Laurie Graf were position where he was “bent at the on vacation in Canada at the time. waist” and in a headlock. Then Docimo “fighting,” urged he be jailed until trial. maintain or seek employment, refrain Lombardi said he observed several allegedly began to punch Hemingway. At the very least, the prosecutor said, from alcohol and illegal drug use and empty beer and liquor bottles from out- Lombardi said he then used his baton on Docimo should be placed under house attend three weekly Alcoholics side the home. He then opened an Docimo until Officer Hemingway was arrest. The prosecutor said the alleged Anonymous meetings. Docimo’s bail unlocked door and the officers pro- released. Docimo then ran to another attack was “absolutely egregious” as was set at $1,000 or a $10,000 surety. ceeded to announce themselves as bedroom, Lombardi said, as he attended Hemingway was injured after both had Docimo was released to the custody members of the Sturbridge Police to Hemingway until paramedics arrived. identified themselves as police officers, of his mother, who was charged with Department. The house was quiet at Docimo was eventually taken into repeatedly asked Docimo to stop resist- ensuring her son meet those condi- that time as Lombardi said partygoers custody by Trooper Richard Wolanski. ing arrest and were uniformed. tions.Any violation would send Docimo had scattered. Hemingway was taken to Harrington Kenneth Canty, Docimo’s lawyer, said to jail, Mulcahy said. Lombardi then said both officers Hospital, and then transferred to Umass his client was a hardworking young “This is your life, this is your liberty,” went upstairs where they encountered Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, man, a churchgoer and said his record Mulcahy said to Docimo. “If found three people in a bedroom who were for treatment. Police said he has several does not show any previous violent guilty this could potentially ruin your asked to go downstairs and wait. broken facial bones and would not be behavior. Taking the witness stand was life forever.These conditions are not to Lombardi testified that Hemingway then able to return to work for a “prolonged Nathanial Hayman, the pastor at Pilgrim be taken lightly.” woke up Docimo who had been asleep period of time.” Baptist Church in North Brookfield Docimo is charged with aggravated in a bed. The officers then determined Hemingway was present in the court- where the Docimo’s worship. Hayman assault and battery, assault and battery on Docimo appeared to be drunk and room prior to the hearing along with descried Docimo as respectful and a a police officer, resisting arrest, disturbing would need to be placed in protective several police officers from neighbor- volunteer at the church, saying he had the peace and selling alcohol to a minor. custody, he said. When the officers ing towns and members of the state begun to attend Sunday services regu- Police said that they had attempted attempted to place Docimo into protec- police. A number of Docimo’s friends larly. Docimo’s mother recounted her to place Docimo in protective custody tive custody he allegedly “lunged” at and family were also present in the son’s employment history, saying he when the altercation occurred. Hemingway, Lombardi said. Lombardi tes- courtroom before the hearing began. A had always had a job. Lombardi testified he and Hemingway tified Hemingway struggled to control number of spectators were forced to Prosecutors had questions for Elaine had responded to a noise complaint at Docimo until he said it was necessary for leave the courtroom after Kanty filed a Docimo regarding a 2006 incident 57 Allen Road around 3 a.m. on Jan. 1. Lombardi to use pepper-spray in an motion to sequester any potential wit- between father and son that police Upon arrival, Lombardi said he encoun- attempt to subdue the suspect. Lombardi nesses in the upcoming trial. responded to. She said she was not in tered a shirtless male who appeared to testified that Docimo than began to walk A total of 18 people were charged the room when the incident occurred. have been in a fight. Lombardi said he towards him, at which time Lombardi following the end of the party. A list of After the hearing, Mulcahy ordered placed the male in the back of the said he was fearful for his own safety. those arrested can be found on page 3. Docimo to submit to a 10 p.m. curfew, police cruiser and walked up to the resi- At some point, Lombardi said Docimo T H E T O W N C O M M O N – T H U R S D AY, J A N U A RY 1 3 , 2 0 1 1 PA G E 1 1 BUSINESS Main Street shuffle Three businesses new location allows for easier shipping and a more professional look. it got to be too much for me to take care of.” eggs in a nest, a yogurt bar and a waffle bar, featuring fresh waffles to order, in “It definitely fits our needs,” The new Bark and Bubble location the spring. move storefronts Radebaugh said. Because of the smaller space, features reduced prices and extend- ed hours. There are also discount “It’s not your basic eggs and bacon breakfast,” Rogers said. “You have to By Jennifer Grybowski Children’s Crossing has discontinued options such as multiple dog dis- think outside the box.” Turley Publications Reporter their maternity line, and has decided to counts and a nail clipping club. As In addition to the muffin tops, bagels, email@example.com focus more on women’s clothes and a always, the Bark and Bubble offers scones and oatmeal bar they originally junior’s line in addition to their large professional and creative dog groom- offered, they now offer many Gluten- STURBRIDGE – Sometimes a change children’s line. ing, cat grooming and a self-serve free items. of scenery is all you need. That is true “We’re picky about what we take,” grooming station. “We are trying to be on the healthy for three businesses in town that have Radebaugh said.“We’re getting the best Ballard said she had a loyal customer side,” Rogers said. “Not everybody eats moved just a hop-skip-and-a-jump from clothes. It’s an affordable way to clothe base that has followed her and she has muffins.” their original locations to new loca- your family and look great at the same received some new business from the She is also looking to start a new tions. time.” new location as well. lunch menu which includes eight new Two businesses formerly located at The store has gathered a devoted fol- “We love the new location,” she said. hot sandwiches and a build your own 479 Main St., Sturbridge Coffeehouse lowing during their three years in busi- sandwich option. They will be baking and Children’s Crossing, vacated that ness. Sturbridge Coffeehouse and selling fresh bread each day, will space last month. The Sturbridge “It’s a kickback to the old school days Pia Rogers, owner of the Sturbridge soon be selling dessert items and are Coffeehouse moved to 455 Main St., when shop owners knew your name,” Coffeehouse, said when she found out hoping to serve gelato and wine on the the site of the former Romaldo’s Radebaugh said.“We’ve watched babies the difference in rent between the cur- outdoor wrap-around porch in the sum- Restaurant which closed in the fall, grow up.” rent space and the space at 479 Main mer. and Children’s Crossing moved to 562 Due to the overwhelming response was not significant, she couldn’t pass As if all of these new ventures Main St., next to Micknuck’s they have received at the new location, the opportunity up. weren’t enough, Rogers’s also in the Marketplace and the site of the former they have expanded their hours. By moving, she gained 3,300 square process of renting out several of the old Bark and Bubble. The Bark and Bubble “It’s just been such a positive experi- feet of restaurant space that include inn rooms to retail businesses. is now located at 450 Main St., next to ence already,” Radebaugh said. two fireplaces, two lofted levels of seat- Currently, the rooms are rented to an Churchill’s Restaurant and the Stageloft ing areas and a full kitchen. interior designer, Sacred Balance Day Theatre. Bark and Bubble “Before, people, mostly tourists, Spa and the Plum Room. It’s a great When Diane Ballard, owner of the would look around and leave when place for a little retail shop, Rogers said, Children’s Crossing Bark and Bubble, heard the space at they came in,” Rogers said. “Now they because the space comes with foot traf- Although they actually lost a small 450 Main St. was available for rent, she come and stay.” fic. And, she said, she thinks her cus- amount of square footage in their had déjà vu. Ballard and her husband She said her large, faithful customer tomers might enjoy getting a cup of move, Children’s Crossing, a used cloth- had operated an architectural design base is happy with the new space. coffee and browsing around the shops. ing store, has a new location that is and supply shop in the same space in “Everybody loves it,” she said. There are also several rooms that bright and welcoming. the mid-1990s. Because there is more space avail- Rogers is in the process of renovating, “We needed a place that was more “It was meant to be,” Ballard said. able, service is better, she said. There is that will be ready in time for people to visible and we wanted a brighter sign,” Ballard said that while she lost square a coffee-only line and service is quicker stay in for the Brimfield Flea Market in owner Katie Radebaugh said. “We had footage in the move, that was all right overall. May. been looking for some time and this with her. Along with a lot more space came a The porch is available for parties and was the perfect opportunity.” “We had wanted a smaller space,” she lot more opportunities. Rogers is full of there are two additional retail The building is handicap and stroller said. “At the other place we had to do ideas, including serving breakfast items spaces available. For more informa- accessible and the open setup of the our own lawn work and gardening and such as frittatas, baked French toast, tion, call Rogers at 508-347-2288. AGvocate program receives 30th Annual ‘Cones for additional funding and award Kids’ Campaign announced REGION - The AGvocate Program, Canterbur y’s Board of Selectmen for Easter Seals administered through the Eastern CT Resource Conservation and appointed an Agricultural Study Committee. Eastford, Hampton, Development Area, Inc., has been work- Windham, and Woodstock are also con- WORCESTER – On Jan. 10, in the positive development of chil- ing since 2009 to improve agricultural sidering forming a permanent commit- Friendly Ice Cream Corporation dren faced with physical, mental viability in The Last Green Valley. In tee or commission to serve as a voice launched its 30th annual ‘Cones for and developmental challenges,” recognition of the program’s success, for agriculture within municipalities. Kids’ campaign.The Valentine’s Day said Kirk Joslin, President and the CT Department of Agriculture has Canterbur y, Eastford, Franklin, fundraiser will benefit Easter Seals CEO of Easter Seals awarded the program a Farm Viability Sterling, and Thompson passed Right- Massachusetts’ summer camp and Massachusetts, who noted that Grant for the third year in a row. The to-Farm ordinances. Hampton will youth leadership programs for chil- funds raised through the cam- AGvocate Program also has received bring its draft Right-to-Farm Ordinance dren and young adults with disabili- paign will support Easter Seals the CT Chapter of the American to Town Meeting this spring. Brooklyn ties. Camp Fr iendly’s programs. Planning Association’s 2010 Public and Woodstock have had Right-to-Farm For a $1 donation, Friendly’s pro- According to Joslin, camp pro- Program Award for “Exemplifying inno- ordinances for several years. vides restaurant guests with five vides an opportunity for kids vation, collaboration, effectiveness and Each town identified its agricultural Valentine’s Day cards, redeemable with disabilities to be included in achievement in advancing farm-friendly product and service providers and for free Friendly’s Kids Cones plus a regular camp activities like boat- planning tools and strengthening the reached out to other boards and com- $5 off a $25 purchase coupon for ing and canoeing, swimming, viability of agricultural businesses.” missions to determine how to coordi- parents. The campaign runs until archery, ropes courses, horseback The AGvocate Program includes 10 nate efforts. Brooklyn, Canterbury, Feb. 13. riding, hiking, basketball and fish- towns within The Last Green Valley - Franklin, Sterling, and Thompson have Funds raised will support Easter ing. Ashford, Brooklyn, Canterbury, Eastford, added sections on agriculture to their Seals Camp Friendly’s programs Franklin, Hampton, Sterling,Thompson, Plans of Conservation and essential to building a sense of About Easter Seals Windham, and Woodstock. All 10 Development. Canterbury drafted zon- independence and accomplish- Massachusetts municipalities receive technical assis- ing regulations to accommodate the ment. Easter Seals provides services to tance from the AGvocate Project needs of farmers. ensure that children and adults Leader, Jennifer Kaufman. According to Kaufman reports,“The energy, enthu- Celebrating 30 Years of Cones with disabilities have equal oppor- Ms. Kaufman, “Each AGvocate commu- siasm, commitment, and results of this for Kids tunities to live, learn, work and play. nity has its individual differences but is program show that citizens of eastern Friendly’s ‘Cones for Kids’ cam- Easter Seals’ vision is that all people facing similar struggles. The AGvocate Connecticut value local farms not only paign is an annual tradition where with disabilities are empowered to Program brings the agricultural com- because they are part of our rural her- employees across the restaurant reach their full potential. munity together in each town and itage, but they are also an important chain help change the lives of Easter Seals services help peo- makes is easier for AGvocate towns to economic driver within the region. thousands of children with disabil- ple of all ages with all kinds of share information and learn from each Farms provide food, jobs, environmen- ities through their efforts. The disabilities - individuals disabled other. The continued funding and state- tal benefits, and stabilize a municipal campaign has raised more than through illness, accident or wide recognition is a testament to the tax base. In order to preserve our $26 million to date - more than aging, as well as people born hard work of all the AGvocate commu- region’s farms we need to preserve $785,000 in 2010 alone - to bene- with disabilities. Easter Seals nities and their desire to improve agri- farming. The AGvocate Program has fit Easter Seals Camp Friendly’s serves people at more than 100 culture viability in The Last Green provided a way for farmers, citizens, program locations across the sites in communities all over Valley.” and municipal leaders to work together country. M a s s a ch u s e t t s , i n cl u d i n g The results of the program have been to achieve these goals.” “Friendly's Cones for Kids event Technical and Training Centers impressive. Ashford, Brooklyn, Franklin, For questions or more information is a fun way for kids throughout in Boston, Worcester and New Sterling, and Thompson have passed about the AGvocate program, contact Massachusetts to play an active role Bedford. ordinances to establish Agriculture Jennifer Kaufman at Commissions, then appointed mem- AGvocate@yahoo.com or 860-450- bers, elected officers, and defined goals. 6007. PA G E 1 2 T H E T O W N C O M M O N – T H U R S D AY, J A N U A RY 1 3 , 2 0 1 1 EDUCATION Computers for the community Students refurbish drop off their equipment, or receive help through the classroom’s call center. machines for those in need “It’s a free service,” Cleveland said. “It’s a lot easier on the community, By Jennifer Grybowski especially for people who need that Turley Publications Reporter work done. It’s nice to aid the commu- firstname.lastname@example.org nity, and while we get our work done, we learn what we need.” STURBRIDGE – There is hope for As if the students weren’t busy people who need a computer, but can’t enough, they serve as tech aids through- afford one, and it can be found on the out the school itself. This year, they second floor of Tantasqua Regional installed a computer lab for English Technical High School. teacher Lance Silvestris, installed the Seniors who are part of the TRUST Allied Health computer lab, networked (Technology Repair Utilizing Student all the computers in the technical divi- Technicians) team at Tantasqua are par- sion of the school, reinstalled, set up ticipating in the “Computers to printers and set up accounts for the Community” Community Service CAD room and service the machines in Learning (CSL) program, which began individual classrooms as needed – all in 2002, in which students refurbish which saves the school district money. donated computer equipment and Students working in the program redistribute them to families and indi- include Cleveland, of Brookfield; viduals in the community who cannot Magliaro, of Sturbridge; Khris afford them. Lesnewski, of Wales; Mike Svedberg, of In fact, the students have delivered Brookfield; Cameron Marengo, of over 50 computers so far this year just Brookfield; Pat Lyons, of Brimfield; and to the Center of Hope in Southbridge, Turley Publications photos by JENNIFER GRYBOWSKI Kyle Soper, of Sturbridge. who has then in turn delivered the Tantasqua seniors take a break from refurbishing computers. Tranter said any business interested in computers to needy families. donating printer or toner cartridges “They [the Center of Hope] do a should e-mail him at parts we can use later. It’s a learning they don’t just get a machine, they get great job for us,” Computer Technology email@example.com and he’d be happy experience.” assistance,”Tranter said. teacher Bruce Tranter said. to arrange a pickup. Cleveland echoed his thoughts and Most of the funding for these refur- Anyone can donate a used computer, said that because the tests students bishing projects comes from recycling printer or monitor to the school. need to take for certification are cogni- efforts. The students recycle cell tive, and not hands-on, the more com- phones, ink cartridges and toner car- “It’s nice to aid the communi- puters they work on, the more experi- tridges. ence they have to draw on when taking “Things people would throw in the ty, and while we get our work the tests. trash, we can get money for,” Magliaro done, we learn what we need.” “It gives us training so we can come said. out of school fully certified,” Cleveland This year, Cleveland is in charge of the Will Cleveland, said. recycling. One of their biggest support- Tantasqua senior Tranter said that experience is essen- ers is Old Sturbridge Village, who turns tial. in toner cartridges on a regular basis. “It’s important to give the real world “It’s nice to see we are making “We’ll evaluate the machines, see experience,”Tranter said.“We’ve provid- money,” Cleveland said. what the status is,” senior Will Cleveland ed them with employable skills so they Tranter pointed out that the recy- said. can succeed in the workplace.” cling efforts also teach students to be “We wipe it clean so it has the maxi- The students have at least two to environmentally conscious as well. mum amount of memory and install three computers to work on a week “This is greener, rather than throwing anti-virus software, spyware, and make “We stay pretty busy,” Cleveland said. it into a landfill,”Tranter said.“I think it’s sure they can connect to the internet Computers are delivered with several important to be environmentally con- and a basic, free processing package,” quick reference documents, including scious.” senior Alex Magliaro said. how to write a resume, technical writ- In addition, residents of the five Machines can be donated no matter ing tips and overviews of the operating Tantasqua towns only can have their what condition they are in. programs on the machines. computers serviced by the students. “We get donated a lot of junk PCs,” Cameron Marengo works on a computer. “It’s a user-guide type of notebook, so People can make an appointment to Magliaro said. “We’ll scrap it down for Committee opposed to adopting national education standards By Matthew Bernat Race to the Top aims to help districts Turley Publications Staff Writer fund programs, aid under-performing schools and strengthen graduation STURBRIDGE - A motion unanimous- rates. Opponents of the program fear ly passed by the Tantasqua Regional the move would dilute the effective- School Committee has asked local legis- ness of MCAS testing. lators to overturn a Board of Education The only school districts eligible to vote that preliminarily adopts the receive funding are ones where school National Common Core standards. committee members, teachers’ unions Legislators Sen. Stephen Brewer (D- and the superintendent agree to follow Barre), State Representative Todd Smola certain regulations. Some funding was (R-Palmer) and State Representative awarded to 275 school districts Anne Gobi (D-Spencer) return to throughout the state in August. Beacon Hill Jan. 18 when the legisla- The State Board of Education made ture’s session begins. the decision in July. Specifically, school School Committeeman James Cooke committee members voted on a said the move was significant as it motion that asks the Massachusetts showed committee members were Association of School Committees to dedicated to making sure override the state board of educations Massachusetts education standards vote and retain the current curriculum already in place would not be replaced framework throughout the state. by possibly weaker federal ones. Cooke did note there is an option for “It doesn’t make any sense to replace the state to keep the current standards our standards with the federal ones. if the federal ones are deemed to not That decision was driven more by poli- be up to Massachusetts standards. tics than what’s in the best interest for In addition to maintaining high local Massachusetts,” he said. standards, Cooke said there were con- Last July, the State Board of Education cerns that the common core standards voted to adopt the National Common would require costly and unnecessary Core Standards for math and English on changes such as retraining teachers, a preliminary basis in order to be eligi- purchasing new textbooks and modify- ble for federal Race to the Top funds. ing the curriculum. T H E T O W N C O M M O N – T H U R S D AY, J A N U A RY 1 3 , 2 0 1 1 PA G E 1 3 ENTERTAINMENT Museum celebrates Algonkian winter traditions and stories LOCAL FUN. & DININGLOCAL FLAVOR. STURBRIDGE - Old Sturbridge Village nology of their Native Amer ican the oldest oral traditions – the tales of celebrates Native American Winter neighbors. This hands-on talk features earthshapers, giant animals, and ice Traditions during the weekend of Jan. historic and reproduction examples monsters from ancient times – to be 22 and 23, featuring long-time charac- to illustrate how Native American told. It was believed that at other times ter,“Indian Doctress” Molly Geet, who people kept warm and mobile in the of the year these stories might distract will share how Native Americans of winter, using indigenous technology the plants and animals. the northeast handled the hardships that was specifically adapted to the Molly will share traditional Abenaki of winter. Highlights include pro- environment. Visitors can see and and Pocumtuck earthshaper stories that grams on Algonkian Indian winter handle snowshoes, fur pelts (beaver, describe the actions of giant beavers fashions and traditional winter sto- bear, deer, rabbit, fox, and even and other paleofauna in shaping the ries. skunk), and mittens and moccasins mountains and valleys of New England. In addition to the Native American- matching those worn in the 19th cen- On a chillier note, Molly will also tell themed events, winter activities at Old tury. stirring mythical tales of monsters that Sturbridge Village include ice skating, At a time when fur-bearing animals once stalked the wintry forests, like the sledding, horse-drawn sleigh rides were plentiful, American Indian-style dreaded ice monster Cheeno and the (weather permitting), and indoor leather and fur clothing was a warm, flying heads. hands-on crafts. Old Sturbridge Village is comfortable, practical choice for cop- Between programs, Molly Geet will also offering free admission for children ing with New England winters. In 17th be in the Small House, near the in Januar y (a $7 value per child). century Europe, fur garments had once entrance to Old Sturbridge Village, Through Jan. 31, all kids age 17 and been restricted to the nobility, but in where she’ll be cooking up some win- under get free admission to the Village colonial America, they were available to ter-time Native American comfort food when accompanied by an adult (the anyone who traded with Indians. – cornmeal mush, also known to offer does not apply to educational Benjamin Franklin proudly wore a fur “Yankees” as “hasty pudding.” groups of 10 or more). For details, con- cap in winter. Rabbit and beaver fur, in Molly Geet is portrayed by Dr. Marge tact 800-SEE-1830 or www.osv.org. the form of tanned pelts or felted wool, Bruchac, who has presented Native Scheduled programs include: was particularly warm, especially when American programs at Old Sturbridge Fur Mittens and Wooden Snowshoes: woven into soft, fuzzy blankets and Village for over 10 years. Of Abenaki Algonkian Indian Winter Fashions: underwear. Indian descent, she is a scholar, per- Turley Publications photo courtesy of OLD STUR- During the winter months, Native Algonkian Indian Winter Stories: The former, and historical consultant who BRIDGE VILLAGE American ingenuity was crucial to sur- snowy winter months are recognized specializes in interpretations and repre- “Indian Doctress” Molly Geet, will share vival in the cold New England land- by the Algonkians as a special time for sentations of northeastern Native how Native Americans of the northeast scape, and many Euro-Americans came storytelling. When the natural world American peoples from the Colonial handled the hardships of winter Jan. 22- 23 to depend on the examples and tech- goes into hibernation, it is the time for era to the present. at Old Sturbridge Village. Regional art show Wildlife sanctuary to accepting applications offer winter lecture series REGION – Artists from throughout A gift certificate from Jerry’s Artarama WALES - The first two lectures in a grow (yes, it’s true!), ferns are fabulous the Northeast are invited to apply for in West Hartford will be awarded to the series offered by the Norcross Wildlife in the garden. Leslie Duthie is the hor- the Monson Arts Council’s 18th Annual best Emerging Artist who has not previ- Sanctuary during the winter months ticulturalist at Norcross. Please call Spring Exhibition and Sale with cash ously exhibited in a juried show. will be held each Saturday at 1:30 413-267-9654 to make a reservation. p.m. • • • awards totaling $3,000. The theme of Additional awards include Committee's The Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary was this year’s juried show is “InSight,” and Favorite and Viewers' Choice Award, This is the sanctuary’s sixteenth year of offering winter lectures. The one- established in 1939 by Arthur D. artists may submit work in any medium. chosen by guests at the opening recep- Norcross. Its present area includes The prospectus and application are tion. Other sponsors of the show are hour talks are designed to capture attention and pique interest in the nat- thousands of acres of wooded hills, available on line at www.mon- the Massachusetts Cultural Council and lakes and streams. It is maintained by sonartscouncil.com. Work may be sub- the Valley Advocate/Preview. ural world. There is no charge. People are asked to reserve their place. The the Norcross Wildlife Foundation, Inc. mitted either in person, or on CD or Jurors for this year’s show are pho- whose purpose is the conservation of DVD. The deadline for online applica- tographer Mary Frey; Bill Myers, artist number for reservations, directions and further information is 413-267- wildlife and the active practice of con- tions and digital entries is Feb. 5; mailed and chief preparator with the Smith servation for the benefit of the public. applications, Feb. 12.Work submitted in College Art Museum; and artist and 4859. This includes the collection and propa- person must be delivered on Feb. 19 instructor Susan Tilton Pecora. gation of wild plants, the preservation (snow date, Feb. 20). The application Each year artists from several states Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary Winter Lecture Series 1 of birds and all forms of animal wildlife fee is $25 to enter two works in the are represented in the Council’s Annual and the conservation of land and water. show, and $40 to enter three pieces. Spring Exhibition which attracts art Saturday Jan. 22 at 1:30 p.m. The Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary is The exhibition, which is held at the lovers and collectors from throughout located in Monson and Wales. Winter House of Art, 200 Main St. in Monson, the region. For additional information Get the Scoop on the Asian Longhorn Beetle hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 9 will open on March 12 and be open to email firstname.lastname@example.org. a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no admission the public on weekends through Join “beetle buster” Felicia Andre to learn more about the Asian Longhorn charge. Trails are closed for the winter, March 27. Participating artists can sell but you are welcome to explore our beetle. What is life like for this large prints of their work in the shop during Stageloft presents and scary beetle? How can I be sure I museum or attend one of our pro- the show. In addition to a Best in Show Award ‘Cat on a Hot am looking at one? How does it affect grams. For more information, visit the website, www.norcrossws.org. the trees? Learn the history of beetle on $1,000, cash prizes will be awarded for first and second place, and honor- Tin Roof’ infestation in the state, what the heck able mention winners in the following happened in Worcester, and why it’s so STURBRIDGE - Stageloft important to stop the beetles now! categories: Repertory Theater, located at 450A Photography: video , digital images, Felicia works for the Massachusetts Main St., presents Tennessee Department of Conservation & multi media Williams’“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” Painting: oil, watercolor, acrylic, Recreation. Please call 413-267-9654 to This American classic powerfully reserve a spot. tempera ,collage deals with family issues, secrets, Drawing: pen & ink, pencil, pastel , greed, and other universal issues. silver point Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary With some healthy comedy thrown Winter Lecture Series 2 Three dimensional work: sculp- in. Shows occur from Jan. 21 - Feb. ture, ceramics, textile arts, installation Saturday Jan. 29 at 1:30 p.m. 6, each Friday and Saturday at 8 Prints: woodcut, intaglio, etching, p.m. and each Sunday at 2 p.m. giclée , monoprints Fabulous Ferns Tickets cost: $17 adults, $15 sen- Ferns add color, texture and pizzazz A President’s Choice award will be iors, $8 students under 12. selected by Roland Desrocher, presi- to your garden! Do you have a place For reservations call 508-347- where nothing else will grow? Maybe dent of the Monson Savings Bank, 9005. which underwrites prizes for the show. a fern will fit there too. Fun and easy to PA G E 1 4 T H E T O W N C O M M O N – T H U R S D AY, J A N U A RY 1 3 , 2 0 1 1 Athlete Sports of the week PAGE 15 www.turleysports.com Warriors provide show for spectators in win over Pioneers Tantasqua remains It was also a very special game for senior forward Tim Santilli (two points) and junior guard Jaylen Dottin, who are undefeated both school choice students from Southbridge. By Tim Peterson “It’s a ver y special win for me Turley Publications Sports Correspondent because it was against my hometown team. If we didn’t win this game STURBRIDGE - Just like a couple of tonight, all of those guys probably years ago when the Tantasqua boys bas- would’ve gotten on my case about it ketball team won 49 consecutive when I got home,” said Dottin, who games, which is a Central Mass. record, scored 12 of his game-high 14 points more and more fans have been coming during the first half. “After Jake out to the field house to watch this Gubitose graduated, not many people year’s squad play, which is young and thought we would be this good of a very exciting. team this year because we only have Playing in front of their largest home eight varsity players this year.” crowd of the season, the undefeated Gubitose, who’s a freshman member Warriors (8-0) didn’t miss very many of the Clark men’s basketball team, shots, especially during the first half, as watched his former team play for the they coasted to a 76-45 victory against second time this season from the front rival Southbridge last Thursday night. row of the bleachers. Last year, he “This was a very important win for us helped both Gatta and Dottin, who are because we showed our fans that we’re the Warriors top two scorers this sea- a very good team this year,” said sopho- son, become better basketball players. more guard Corey Gatta, who scored “I saw Jake sitting over there, so I 13 points and had a team-high six really wanted to play my best game of assists against the Pioneers. “There the season for him tonight,” Gatta said. were a lot of people here tonight, espe- “My shots weren’t falling early in the cially in the student section which we game, so I just kept passing the ball to call the Warrior Tribe. It’s been a lot of my teammates and playing hard defen- fun hearing them chant for us at all of sively.” our home games.” “Jake is someone that I really look up Tantasqua head coach Jeff Child was to because he taught me a lot of things also very impressed with the size of the about the game since I was a fresh- crowd, especially the number of ele- man,” Dottin added.“I just want to be a mentary school students at the game. good player like he was in high school, “It’s always nice to have a lot of ener- but I still have a lot of things that I need gy in this building because the players to improve on.” can feed off of it,” he said.“I also hope The Warriors, who also have three all of these younger kids who were Turley Publications staff photo by Dave Forbes here tonight are inspired to become See WARRIORS PROVIDE SHOW, PAGE 16 Tantasqua sophomore guard Jon Beaudry (21) follows through on a long jump shot. basketball players in the future.” Pesky Panthers give Lady Warriors problems The Week Tantasqua secures fifth give up during the game and I’m very glad that we only have to play against Ahead straight victory Tantasqua once this season.” O’Coin, who is a former Prouty player, THURSDAY, JAN. 13 had been the Panthers junior varsity No games scheduled. By Tim Peterson coach for the past six years. She took Turley Publications Sports Correspondent over the varsity coaching duties from FRIDAY, JAN. 14 Sandy Nelson, who retired at the end of Boys Basketball STURBRIDGE - Even though the final last season. While her team has played Millbury at Tantasqua 7 p.m. result doesn’t show it, the seven mem- hard, the Panthers (1-8) lost their sev- bers of the David Prouty girls varsity bas- enth game in a row since they posted a SATURDAY, JAN. 15 ketball team played very hard from the 38-34 victory against Oxford in their sec- No games scheduled. opening tipoff until the final buzzer in ond game of the season. SUNDAY, JAN. 16 their game against the Tantasqua Lady “We’ve been in a lot of very close No games scheduled. Warriors. games this season, but we haven’t been The Panthers, who had the lead sever- able to win any of them. It really has MONDAY, JAN. 17 al different times during the first half, been a frustrating season with just seven Girls Basketball stayed within striking distance in the players on the varsity roster, but I’m try- Quaboag at Tantasqua 7 p.m. second half, but the Lady Warriors ing my best to keep it positive,” O’Coin extended their winning streak to five added. “My goal is to get some of the TUESDAY, JAN. 18 games with a 59-42 home victory last girls down at the junior high interested Boys Basketball Friday night. in playing basketball and hopefully Tantasqua at Quaboag 7 p.m. “I thought we just battled them and when they come up here in a couple of we also played some great team defense years, they’ll want to play basketball for WEDNESDAY, JAN. 19 tonight,” said first-year Panthers head our team.” Indoor Track Turley Publications photo by Shelby Monette coach Kristine O’Coin. “The seven girls The Panthers leading scorer against Grafton, Bartlett, Southbridge on this team always play their hardest at Tantasqua 5:30 p.m. Tantasqua’s Jess Frio (32) dribbles the ball and they really want to win.They never up the floor. See LADY WARRIORS, PAGE 16 To send in information, contact Sports Editor Dave Forbes at 413-283-8393 ext. 237, end an e-mail to email@example.com or send it through the mail to: Turley Publications c/o Sports Editor Dave Forbes, 24 Water St., Palmer, MA 01069. T H E T O W N C O M M O N – T H U R S D AY, J A N U A RY 1 3 , 2 0 1 1 PA G E 1 5 SPORTS Vayda reaches big Athlete of the Week college milestone By Tim Peterson when his older brother, Kevin, scored Congratulations goes out to Turley Publications Sports Correspondent his 1,000th career points. the two Warriors varsity swim- “It was really special for me to score mers. WORCESTER—Since Tantasqua 1,000 points in high school just like my Lamothe set a new school Regional High School first opened its older brother did. I owe almost all of record in the 100-yard butterfly doors almost 60 years ago, there have my success on the basketball court to and Donovan broke her own only been eight boys basketball players him,” he said. “I wasn’t really sure if I record in the 500-yard who have scored 1,000 career points. would be able to do it because it came freestyle. No member of the Lady Warriors girls during the postseason tournament in If you would like to nomi- basketball team has ever done it. my senior year.” nate someone for Athlete of the Brian Vayda, who’s a junior forward Brian Vayda was also high school Week, contact Sports Editor on the Clark men’s basketball team, teammates with Andrew Kazanovicz Dave Forbes at 413-283-8393 was the last Tantasqua player to reach and Terry Peretti, who also scored ext. 237 or send an e-mail to Remi Lamothe and Erin Donovan the milestone. He scored his 1000th 1,000 points while wearing a Tantasqua firstname.lastname@example.org. You need not leave your name. Tantasqua Regional High School career point in the first half of a basketball uniform. Division 2 Central Mass. semifinal game “The year that we won the Division against the Uxbridge Spartans back in 2 state title, there was three players on early March 2008. The Warriors would that team who scored 1,000 career advance into the Districts finals for the second year in a row following a 59-46 victory against the Spartans. points in high school,” Vayda said. “We also had a great supporting cast that season.” SPORTS CALENDAR “I have a picture of the shot that I Tantasqua head coach Jeff Child has scored my 1,000 point on at Tantasqua coached the last four 1,000-point scor- Worcester State to host pitcher, short toss, live batting prac- hanging on my wall at my apartment,” ers at the Reservation. He’s very happy several baseball clinics tice, stickball, strength and condition- said Vayda, following his team’s home that Vayda joined the 1,000-point club WORCESTER – Worcester State is ing. game against Wheaton College last at Clark. set to hold its fifth annual six Sunday Kids hit in two cages, do soft toss, Saturday afternoon.“It’s something that “I’ve seen Brian play a couple of Baseball School for hitters and pitch- and dry swing. I’ll remember for the rest of my life. times at Clark. He’s a lot bigger and ers from Jan. 23-Feb. 27. Basics of throwing and pitching: That was just a great team and we stronger now than he was when he The fifth annual six Sunday grips, control and command, made a great run, which probably played in high school,” Child said. “It’s Baseball School sessions are for kids mechanics, drills, competitions, won’t ever happen again.” nice to see someone you coached in grades 1-12 and go from 10 a.m. to stretching plus S&C, stretch and During Vayda’s outstanding high score 1,000 points in college. It’s also a 2 p.m. windup, f lat ground, bullpen, on school career, the Warriors won 49 good thing for these younger kids on The cost is $85 for one session or mound, long toss, pickoffs, PFPs, con- straight games, which is a Central Mass. this year’s team to see because I think $150 for both. ditioning, pepper, P-Chart, play catch record. During that span, the Warriors success breeds success.” Grades 1-3 hitting (10-11 a.m.) and (loosen arm up) before Day 1. won a pair of District titles and the While many of the Warriors faithful pitching/throwing (11 a.m.-12 p.m.); Kids who have not yet pitched in 2007 Division 2 state title. grades 4-5 pitching (10-11 a.m.) and their leagues are taught proper Vayda was a freshman at Tantasqua See VAYDA REACHES MILESTONE, PAGE 17 hitting (11 a.m.-12 p.m.); grades 6-8 throwing mechan- pitching (12-1 p.m.) and hitting (1-2 ics. Pitchers throw Your link to local p.m.); grades 9-12 hitting (12-1 p.m.) inside the gym off happenings and pitching (1-2 p.m.). indoor mounds. The Third Annual One-Day They will also The Catchers Clinic will have two sepa- rate sessions Monday, Jan. 17 and throw long toss and go outside on Beane Pot Friday, Feb. 25 and is for ages 9-18 the Astroturf. from 9 a.m.-noon. For more infor- turleysports.com The cost is $30 each. mation and an application, send an e- The 16th Annual Three-Day Hitting mail to Dirk Baker at by Carl Beane email@example.com. Clinic will be held from Feb. 21-23 for ages 8-18 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Baseball Hall to welcome two new members The cost is $75 per person. If you would like information about your organization included The 10th Annual Two-Day Pitchers in The Tantasqua Town Common, Jets coach puts Make no mistake the Jets do have the capability to and Catchers Clinic will be held April contact Sports Editor Dave Forbes 19 and 21 for ages 8 to 18 from 9 foot in mouth beat New England if their a.m.-noon. at 413-283-8393 ext. 237, send an e- defense is air tight, and the The cost is $60 per person. mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or send ello ladies and gen- Green can run the football. it through the mail to: Turley H tlemen boys and girls and welcome to the Beanepot. First let’s However there are two issues, Bill Belichick is a vastly superior coach and will have the Pats ready to The basics of hitting: grip, stance, strip, swing, dry swings, wrist hitting, vision drills, mental game, slow motion video analysis, beating the Publications c/o Sports Editor Dave Forbes, 24 Water St., Palmer, MA 01069. take a moment to congrat- ulate Roberto Alomar and play, and Tom Brady. No Bert Blyleven on their other explanation is neces- election to the Baseball sary, is there? Hall of Fame. The season isn’t even half over, but Alomar was a tremendous second tell me are there any Bruins fans baseman for several teams, won 10 who truly believe their team has a Gold Gloves, and two world champi- shot at the Stanley Cup? It just isn’t onships with the Toronto Blue Jays. coming together for them. Bad He was one of the finest second home games like the one against sackers of all time. Blyleven had a Minnesota and the inexcusable loss long and distinguished career also in Montreal are just two examples. with several teams. The Dutchman By the way, will somebody give Marc won 287 games, and had among Savard a wakeup call? He has scored other things a magnificent curveball. just two goals since his return 16 Welcome to the Hall, fellas. games ago, not good enough. Unless Ok, now we know it will be round they get themselves together pretty three between the Jets and the soon, come playoff time, they will be Patriots, Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at in danger of not selling out playoff Gillette Stadium. Jets head coach games and that would be shameful. Rex Ryan has already thrown his The Celtics continue to roll along mouth into overdrive, so get out and Kevin Garnett is ready to return. your earplugs. Ryan has already What we’ve seen that as important dissed Patriots quarterback Tom as KG is, the one indispensable play- Brady for not being as good a stu- er on this team remains Paul Pierce. dent of the game as Colts quarter- Kendrick Perkins is coming along back Payton Manning. Well coach, nicely, and it’s great to have Rajon explain how someone who didn’t Rondo back. Great win last Monday study as much as Manning torched against San Antonio. There is no your fanny 45-3, while you beat the question that the quest is on for ban- Colts to send Mr. Manning on vaca- ner 18. Amen. tion? Rex Ryan is a good coach and Please contact me at my website he’s done a good job with New www.carlbeane.com or email me at York. email@example.com. PA G E 1 6 T H E T O W N C O M M O N – T H U R S D AY, J A N U A RY 1 3 , 2 0 1 1 SPORTS WARRIORS PROVIDE SHOW FROM PAGE 14 LADY WARRIORS FROM PAGE 14 junior varsity players listed on their var- the Lady Warriors was senior center sity roster, received key contributions Ashley Beahn, who posted a double-dou- offensively from a total of 10 players ble with 18 points and 10 rebounds. against Southbridge. Beahn also scored 18 points, which is “We were hitting on all cylinders in her season-high, against Northbridge. the first half, as the guys just didn’t miss She has reached double figures in seven very many shots,” Child said. “We also games so far this season. got a lot of good minutes from the “Ashley is a great basketball player,” younger players on the team, which O’Coin said.“She has been playing the was very important.” sport forever and she’s a very good team leader.” Junior guard Hayley Chesson added eight points for the Panthers, while sen- ior forward Christina Fish, junior guard Jacqueline Sanders, sophomore guard Maria Romano, and junior forward Sam Dacey, all scored four points in the con- test. While the Panthers are trying to put Turley Publications photos by Shelby Monette some wins together, the Lady Warriors improved their season record to 7-2. Tantasqua’s Melissa Frio (15) tries to drib- They had won their previous five games ble her way around a defender. Tantasqua sophomore guard Corey Gatta by an average of 20 points.They defeated (15) dribbles the ball up the floor. rival Southbridge by 32 points in their previous game last Wednesday night. seven games of the season, the “We did have a little trouble getting Warriors finished the first quarter the ball into the basket in the first half with exactly 21 points, as they had a tonight, but we played much better 21-9 lead. offensively in the second half,” said “It’s always nice to take a big lead Lady Warriors head coach Tom Goyette. like in a game like we did tonight, “We also mixed up our defenses a little but you just have to keep your foot more, which also helped up us. We’ve on the gas pedal against a good team just been working a lot harder in our like Southbridge. They can get up past five games.” Turley Publications staff photos by Dave Forbes and down the court very well and The Lady Warriors, who failed to Tantasqua senior center/forward Ben Boltz they also shoot a lot of 3-pointers,” qualify for the Division 1 Central Mass. (33) looks at the ball before making a grab Child said. “I thought we also played Tournament by just one game a year for it. ver y well defensively in the first ago, need just three more victories in half.” their remaining 11 games to clinch a The only Tantasqua player to reach The only time that the Warriors have postseason berth this year. Their task double figures other than Dottin trailed at the end of the first quarter won’t be very easy as five of those a n d G a t t a wa s j u n i o r fo r wa rd this season was at Uxbridge in their games will be against Division 1 oppo- Windell Westbrook. He scored eight previous game. They overcame a 10- nents. The Lady Warriors tough stretch of his season-high 12 points during point deficit to defeat the Spartans began at archrival and defending Central t h e f i r s t h a l f. Ju n i o r g u a rd A l ex 65-57. Gatta, who has reached dou- Massachusetts Division 1 champion Lucas scored all nine of his points in ble figures in scoring in all seven Shepherd Hill on Monday night and the opening 16 minutes, while soph- games, scored a team-high 18 points they were scheduled to play at defend- omore guard Myles Gaudet came off a g a i n s t U x b r i d ge . T h e Wa r r i o r s ing Central Massachusetts Division 2 the bench to score seven points. wrapped up their tough stretch of champion Millbury on Wednesday night. Junior forward Joe Sciaraf fa and three games in five days with a 53- The next home game is slated for sophomore guard Jon Beaudry each 44 win at David Proutylast Saturday Monday night against eight-time defend- scored six points. Sciaraffa also had night. ing Division 3 champion Quaboag. six rebounds in his best perform- T h e Wa r r i o r s c o n t i n u e d t o “We do play a ver y competitive ance of the season. Senior center increase their lead a gainst the schedule, which is something that we Ben Boltz scored four points and Pioneers during the second quarter. like because we’re a Division 1 team,” sophomore forward Chris Capuzzo The home team scored the final 10 Goyette said.“We’re looking forward to Tantasqua guard Olivia Brooks (34) goes points of the quarter to take a 50-25 in for a layup. added three. playing against those teams.” While the Pioneers (5-3) only made halftime lead. The Lady Warriors top two scorers in Beahn, who scored six of her team’s three shots from beyond the 3-point Tantasqua scored only 26 points in their first nine games of the season first eight points. line during the game, the Warriors the second half, but all of their starters have been junior guard Olivia Brooks The Lady Warriors responded with a made that many 3-point shots in the were sitting on the bench for most of and senior center Nicole Molleur. The 7-0 run.They took their first lead of the first four minutes of the opening the fourth quarter. duo combined to score 37 points ballgame at 10-8 with 1:40 left follow- q u a r t e r. D o t t i n , w h o a l s o h a d a If you haven’t seen the young against the Panthers. Molleur posted a ing a layup by junior guard Melissa Frio team-high seven rebounds, made the Warriors play yet, there are six home double-double with a game-high 20 (eight points). f i r s t t wo t re y s fo r t h e Wa r r i o r s games left on their regular season points, which was also her season-high, Then back-to-back field goals by before Lucas hit another long bomb schedule. and 12 rebounds. Brooks, who only Chesson and Beahn gave the Panthers a from the left side. Beaudry followed made three field goals in the first half, 12-11 lead at the end of the quarter. with an outside jumper, which gave Tim Peterson is a sports corre- added 17 points. Tantasqua controlled the second quar- the home team a commanding 15-2 spondent for Turley Publications. “This might’ve been the best game ter, as they outscored Prouty 11-4 to give lead. He can be reached at dforbes@tur- that I’ve ever seen Nicole play in a them a 22-16 halftime advantage. For the fourth time in their first ley.com. Tantasqua uniform. She was solid on Molleur scored six points in the quarter. both ends of the court tonight,” The Lady Warriors put together runs Goyette said. “Olivia is a great shooter of 10-2 and 10-4 in the third quarter to and she started hitting more of her extend their lead to 44-30 heading into shots during the second half tonight.” the final eight minutes. Senior guard Brooks scored a team-leading 131 Amy McClelland scored all six of her points in the Lady Warriors first nine points in the third quarter. games of the season. Molleur and Brooks scored nine of With 4:26 left in the opening quarter, the Lady Warriors 15 points in the final the visitors from Spencer took an 8-4 quarter, as the home team maintained lead following a pair of free throws by their double digit lead. Swimming hours at high school pool listed STURBRIDGE - Swimming at the need not be from one of the five Tantasqua Regional High School Tantasqua/Union 61 towns to use pool is just heating up. The swim the pool. Flotation devices, noodles schedule includes lap swimming on and kickboards are available for Tuesday and Thursday mornings swimmers to use. from 6 - 7 a.m. and open swim Admission for lap or free swim is Fridays from 5 - 7 p.m. and Saturdays $3 per swimmer. from 4 - 7 p.m. The pool is open to Please note: the pool schedule is the entire community; swimmers subject to change without notice. T H E T O W N C O M M O N – T H U R S D AY, J A N U A RY 1 3 , 2 0 1 1 PA G E 1 7 Smola’s intern moves on after five years BOSTON — State Rep.Todd M. Smola state, Matt has seen what it is like to (R-Palmer) recently reflected on the work under various conditions.” departure of Matthew Parent, who has A lifelong resident of Western served as an intern to his Statehouse Massachusetts, Parent grew up in Palmer office on Beacon Hill for five years. and spent his college years in Amherst “For the past five summers, I have and Sunderland. The summer of 2007 been thrilled to welcome Matt back saw him living in Copenhagen, Denmark into the office,” said Smola.“As the 2010 for six weeks studying counterterrorism legislative session comes to an end, it’s and European security. Parent graduated bittersweet knowing that Matt won’t from the University of Massachusetts be joining our office staff again in the Amherst with a bachelor’s degree in summer of 2011. Every year his knowl- political science. Alongside his political edge and skill base grew and he interests he minored in history and became an increasingly irreplaceable received an undergraduate certificate in asset to our office. Asian studies. “I always knew that when summer Parent is now attending Catholic came around, he would pick up right University of America, working towards where he left off.” a master’s degree in world politics. The past five years have seen signifi- “Working in Rep. Smola’s office was cant changes in laws and leadership an optimal summer internship for me,” throughout the government of the said Parent.“I have learned a great deal Commonwealth, and this has worked over the past five years. Assisting Rep. to Parent’s benefit, according to Smola. Smola not only allowed me firsthand “When Matt started he was fresh out of knowledge of the political system, but high school. He is now a seasoned col- also insight into many of the affairs in lege graduate who has years of political and around our district. experience,” he said. “With all of the “I am very appreciative of the oppor- controversy and change within the tunity that Rep. Smola has given me.” VAYDA REACHES MILESTONE FROM PAGE 15 fans were at WPI’s Harrington soccer player at Tantasqua. Auditorium when Vayda scored his “There were only a few people sit- 1,000th high school career point, only ting in the stands when Brian scored a handful of people saw him accom- his 1,000 career point in college,” said plish the same feat at the college level Gubitose, who was called up to the var- on Dec. 29. sity team at the end of his sophomore Vayda became the first Tantasqua year when Brian was a senior. “It’s a player to score 1,000 career points at great accomplishment for Brian and the college level during the second half I’m very proud of him. It’s been a lot of of an 83-73 overtime victory against fun being teammates with him again. Penn St-Behrend in a first round game We still have one more year to play of the Woodcliff Hotel and Spa together after this year.” Invitational, which was held in Vayda, who reached the milestone in Pittsford, N.Y. just 67 college games, is the 26th Clark “To be the only player from player to score 1,000 career points. He Tantasqua who has ever scored 1,000 has been the Cougars leading scorer in career points at both the high school every game so far this season. He has and collegiate level is also a very spe- reached double figures in his last 24 cial thing to me,”Vayda said.“I wish that games and he’s scored at least 20 I would’ve been able to do it here at points 11 times, including last home, but it happened in a tournament Saturday’s NEWMAC game, which the game, which we won in overtime.” Cougars lost 57-53. They saw their sea- Vayda entered that game in upstate son record fall to 5-9. New York just 13 points away from the “My scoring streak began at the end milestone. He scored 11 points during of last season when everyone on my the first fhalf before scoring the histo- team started to click,” Vayda said. “We ry-making basket on an old fashion lost five key seniors from that team. I three-point play early in the second just had to take on more of a scoring half. Two people who were sitting in role this year and we’ve been losing a the bleachers on that day were his par- lot of very close games, but our season ents, Jim and Joan. isn’t over yet. We entered the confer- “It’s always very special to have my ence tournament as the fifth seed last parents sitting in the crowd and they year.” also didn’t want to miss seeing me Vayda started all 26 games as a fresh- score my 1,000th career point,” Vayda man and he scored a total of 322 said. “They always try to make it to all points. He was also named as the New of my games regardless of where they England Women’s and Men’s Athletic are played.” Conference (NEWMAC) Rookie of the He also made 13 straight free throws Year. in the two games of that tournament. Last year, he scored 478 points in 30 His free throw streak ended at 29 games.The Cougars earned an automat- against Coast Guard last week. He also ic bid into the Division 3 NCAA tourna- has more than 100 steals in his career. ment after defeating WP. in the NEW- “Brain is in the top five of every cate- MAC championship game. gory in our league, which makes him “We finished with a .500 record in one of the leading candidates to be the my freshman year and it was a little bit conference MVP,” said Clark head coach different because I had won so many Paul Phillips. “Every team that we’ve games in high school,” said Vayda, who’s played against has doubled team him a co-captain of this year’s team.“It was before he even catches the ball. He’s an unbelievable feeling for us playing playing 34 minutes per game and we’re in the NCAA tournament last year. The hoping to get it done to 30 minutes. team we lost against made it all the Those extra four minutes of rest will way to the Final Four. It was a great run make a big difference to him later in for us.” the season when we need him to make Vayda is one of the best players a big shot for us. If he continues to ever to wear a Warriors basketball score like he has been, he’ll finish uniform, but there are a couple of somewhere in the top ten on the all- other outstanding young players on time scoring list. ” this year’s roster. Hopefully, they’ll be The Cougars all-time leading scorer able to put their names into the is Duane Corriveau with 1,875 points. school’s history books before they Corriveau is currently the boys basket- graduate. ball head coach at Shepherd Hill. One of Vayda’s teammates at Clark is Tim Peterson is a sports correspon- freshman guard Jake Gubitose, who dent for Turley Publications. He can was also an outstanding basketball and be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. PA G E 1 8 T H E T O W N C O M M O N – T H U R S D AY, J A N U A RY 1 3 , 2 0 1 1 PUBLIC SAFETY Safe winter driving tips Pet safety tips for the Driving during the winter months can be challenging, but it is espe- cially dangerous when drivers are can see Lincoln's head, you need new tires. • Keep headlights (and if necessary, winter months u n p re p a re d fo r t h e e l e m e n t s . brights) on in order to see and be seen REGION – With the first major ered with cedar shavings or straw. According to Safe Roads Alliance, by other motorists. snow fall of the season, there are The entrance of the doghouse driving in snow or ice is the cause • Consider participating in a safe plenty of worries people are facing. should be turned to face away from of 70 percent of accidental deaths. winter driving course to fine-tune your But, during this time there are wor- prevailing winds, and the entrance Exercising good judgment during snow driving skills and learn useful ries for animals too. should be covered with a flap of frigid winter months is even more driving maneuvers. “As the harsh winter months set- heavy waterproof fabric or heavy important during the busy holiday • Make sure your car is equipped tle in, it is important that you think plastic. season when the roads are both with snow tires during the winter. about keeping your pets safe from • Pets who spend a greater slick and busy. • Stay on main roads in areas that are all of the dangers that the season amount of time outdoors in the win- The Occupational Safety and Health heavily traveled and more likely to be can present,” said Massachusetts ter need more food. Maintaining Administration (OSHA) advises win- plowed regularly. Emergency Management Agency warmth depletes energy. Routinely ter drivers of the three Ps: prepare • Inform someone of your travel (MEMA) Acting Director Kurt check your pet’s water dish to yourself and your cars for any winter plans and bring a cell phone and charg- Schwartz. “MEMA offers some tips ensure the water is fresh and not driving issue, protect your automo- er with you. to help insure your pet’s safety.” frozen. To prevent your pet’s tongue bile and your family with the proper • Keep an emergency kit that from freezing to its feeding or drink- insurance covera ge and prevent includes food, water, blankets, hat, Safety tips: ing bowl, plastic, rather than metal avoidable damage by educating your- gloves, flashlight, a shovel, and batteries • Do not leave your pet outdoors food and water bowls are preferred. self on safe winter dr iving tech- in your car. when temperatures drop below • Never leave a pet locked inside niques. It is critical to prepare your car freezing. Dogs need outdoor exer- a car during extremely cold weath- The following winter weather driv- for inclement weather before hitting cise, but take care not to keep them er. Cars can actually act like a refrig- ing tips will help you get a head start the road. In addition to securing outdoors for lengthy periods of time erator, holding in cold air, putting on safety: winter tires, check the following during very cold weather. Pets that your pet at risk. • Clear all snow and ice from all win- i t e m s t o w i n t e r i z e yo u r c a r : are mostly indoors need time to • Be leery of frozen bodies of dows and especially the roof to ensure antifreeze levels, brakes, battery and adapt to cold temperatures by build- water. Always keep your pets on a a clear view while driving. ignition system, exhaust system, fuel ing up a thicker coat and toughen- leash when walking them near sus- • Observe the three-second rule, and air filters, heater and defroster, ing their footpads for ice and snow. pected frozen bodies of water. The keeping three seconds distance lights and flashing hazard lights, oil, Short-coated dogs may feel more ice may not be sturdy enough to between you and the vehicle directly in thermostat, and windshield wiper comfortable wearing a sweater dur- support your pet. If a pet falls front of your car. Ice and slush can equipment. ing walks. Dogs and cats are safer through the ice, do not attempt to severely increase your stopping time, Good preparation also includes hav- indoors during all sorts of extreme rescue your pet yourself; call 9-1-1 and this is an important cushion to pre- ing adequate insurance protection weather. or go for help. vent accidents. and if you are unsure about the extent • Care for your pet’s feet. If your • Antifreeze and de-icing chemi- • Understand ABS (anti-lock braking of your automobile coverage, contact pet walks on salted or chemically cals can be hazardous. Many types of system) operation and especially how your local independent insurance treated areas, be sure to wash its antifreeze have a sweet taste that it works on slippery roadways. agent. A winter drive in New England paws after your walk. Gently rub can attract animals. Always store • Check and maintain a tire tread is a wonderful family activity, and, the bottom of the feet to remove antifreeze out of reach and clean up depth of 1/16 of an inch or with proper preparation, can be a safe these irritants as soon as your dog is spills. Antifreeze made with propy- greater. Hint: use a penny – if you one too. off the road. Many dogs need boots lene glycol can actually be swal- in cold weather, regardless of their lowed in small amounts and not coat length. If your dog frequently injure pets, wildlife or humans. lifts up its paws, whines or stops • Warm automobile engines are during walks, it may be demonstrat- dangerous for cats and small January is National ing that its feet are uncomfortably cold. • Wind-chill is a threat to pets, wildlife. Parked vehicles can attract small animals, which may crawl under the hood seeking warmth. To Radon Acton Month even those protected by shelters. Outdoor dogs must be protected by avoid injuring hiding animals, bang on your car’s hood to scare them off a dry, draft-free doghouse that is before starting your engine. REGION - The World Health U.S., so the Surgeon General is rec- large enough to allow the dog to • For additional information about Organization and Environmental ommending that all homes be test- both sit and lie down comfortably, keeping your pets safe, go to the Protection Agency (EPA) have ed. but small enough to retain body State of Massachusetts Animal announced a call to action for The EPA estimates that as many heat. The floor should be elevated a Response Team (SMART) website at Americans to test their homes for as 8 million homes in the United few inches off the ground and cov- www.smart-mass.org. Radon Gas, which has recently been States currently have elevated levels identified as the leading cause of of Radon Gas.They also predict that lung cancer for non-smokers in the if action is not taken to correct this U.S. problem, between 15,000 and The EPA has officially designated 22,000 deaths will occur in 2011 January 2011 to be National Radon Action Month in the United States. from exposure to the gas. This is a health threat of epidemic propor- Town bylaws on snow removal The press, local health departments, and the media are encouraged to tions that needs immediate atten- tion. after storms to be enforced help save lives in 2011 by promot- Radon causes more deaths each ing National Radon Action Month. year in the U.S. than any other in- STURBRIDGE – Effective Jan. 24 the Department. Radon is a naturally occurring, home hazard including fires and Town of Sturbridge will enforce the Any person violating the bylaw shall radioactive gas that seeps out of the carbon monoxide deaths com- provisions of the bylaw that requires be punished by a fine of not more than ground and can enter homes and bined. We encourage the spread of the owners or tenants of properties $10 to be recovered by complaint other buildings. Since Radon is awareness about National Radon abutting a sidewalk to remove all snow before any trial justice, police or invisible and odorless, the only way For more information about and ice from same within 24-hours District Court. to know if a home has dangerous Radon Gas visit The Nation after a storm. For those who require assistance to levels of the gas is to conduct a Radon Month website: The town has notified the public to remove snow, a group of students from Radon test. Radon problems have www.RadonMonth.WordPress.c provide residents with ample time to Tantasqua Regional High School have been found in every county in the om make arrangements to ensure that indicated an interest in securing extra snow is cleared from the sidewalks work. For more information contact abutting property within the 24-hour Nancy Sawyer, the School to Career timeframe. Enforcement shall be Counselor, at 508-347-2837 ext. 5114 or through the Sturbridge Police via email: email@example.com. ServSafe certification offered at Rehabilitative Resources, Inc. STURBRIDGE – A ServSafe Certification Course will be taught by Jane Cutting, a certified instructor, on Monday, Feb. 7 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Recertification cost: $110. New certification cost: $135.To register contact Jane at: 508-347-8181 ext. 103. Class to be held at Rehabilitative Resources, Inc. located at 1 Picker Road, Sturbridge PLEASE REMEMBER TO RECYCLE T H E T O W N C O M M O N – T H U R S D AY, J A N U A RY 1 3 , 2 0 1 1 PA G E 1 9 RELIGION/OBITUARIES CHURCH DIRECTORY James E. Campbell, 72 SOUTHBRIDGE - James E. Campbell, James began his long career as a BROOKFIELD UNITARIAN BETHLEHEM 72, of Sayles Street, died on Saturday, salesman with Bousquet's Auto Parts in Jan. 8, 2011 in the UMass Memorial Southbridge; he later worked many UNIVERSALIST CHURCH LUTHERAN CHURCH Medical Center, University Campus, years for Hoechst-Roussel Upper River Street, Brookfield, MA 345 Main St., Sturbridge, MA 01566, Worcester, after an illness. Pharmaceuticals; W.B. Saunders 01506, (508) 867-5145 (508) 347-7297 He leaves his wife of 49 years, Publishing, (a medical text book pub- www.buuc.org www.lutheransonline.com/ Louise P. (Peloquin) Campbell; two lisher); and Glaxo-Wellcome Rev. Sara Ascher bethlehemsturbridge.ma sons, Patrick A. Campbell of Pharmaceuticals. He was currently Rev. Frederick Marcoux Providence, RI and Dennis J. working as salesman for Campbell SUNDAY SCHEDULE SUNDAY SCHEDULE Campbell of San Diego, CA; two Supply in Wellesley. He was an active Worship 10:30 a.m. Traditional Service 9:30 a.m. daughters, Jane T. Fazi and her hus- member of the First Unitarian Sunday School 10:45 a.m. band Nicholas of Wappingers Falls, Universalist Church in Worcester. He FRIENDSHIP Coffee Fellowship 10:45 a.m. NY and Joan A.Walton and her husband was a member of the Naval BAPTIST CHURCH Thomas of Mechanic Falls, ME; a sister, Cryptologic Veterans Association. Mary M. Bousquet of Southbridge; a His memorial service was held on 91 E Brimfield Holland, Brimfield, MA ST. ANNE CHURCH & granddaughter, Sarah E. Walton and Wednesday, Jan. 12, in the First 01010, 245-6635 ST. PATRICK PARISH many nieces and nephews. He was pre- Unitarian Universalist Church, Rev. Robert Wellner 16 Church St., Fiskdale, MA 01518 deceased by a brother, Joseph S. Worcester. Burial in the Massachusetts SUNDAY SCHEDULE (508) 347-9353 Campbell and a sister, Theresa C. Veterans Cemetery, Winchendon, will Adult Bible Study 9:45 a.m. Fr. Peter Precourt,A.A., Fr. Philip Dubreuil. He was born in Worcester the be held at the convenience of the fami- Worship 11 a.m., 6:30 p.m. Bonvouloir,A.A., Fr. Roland Gulmain,A.A. son of Percy J. and Mary C. (Suprenant) ly. In lieu of flowers donations may be Youth group and prayer meeting, SUNDAY MASS (St. Joachim Chapel) Campbell. He was a graduate of the for- made to UMass Memorial Cancer Wednesday 6:30 Saturday (vigil) 4:00 p.m., Sunday 8:00, mer Mar y E. Wells High School in Center, 55 Lake Ave. North, Worcester, Southbridge and attended Clark MA 01655.The Daniel T. Morrill Funeral 10:00 a.m., 12 noon, 6:00 p.m. QUABOAG VALLEY University in Worcester. He was a U.S. Home, Southbridge, directed arrange- (Outdoor Pavilion June through Navy Veteran of the Korean War era. ments. BAPTIST CHURCH September) 175 Fiskdale Rd., Brookfield, MA 01506, DAILY MASS (St.Anne Church) (508) 867-5920 Rev. Dean McIsaac Monday – Saturday 7:30 a.m., Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. Mary E. (Moriarty) Duff, 72 SUNDAY SCHEDULE HOLY DAY MASS (St.Anne Church) STURBRIDGE - Mary E. (Moriarty) ment in 1999, and then worked part- Family Ministry 8:45 – 10 a.m. Vigil 7:00 p.m., Feast 7:30, 10:00 a.m., Duff, 72, of Sturbridge, died Tuesday, time as a secretary at Bay Path Regional Worship 10 a.m. 7:00 p.m. Jan. 4, 2011, at the UMass Memorial High School. She served on numerous Hospital in Worcester. She was the town committees in Sturbridge, includ- NEW LIFE FELLOWSHIP beloved wife of Robert P. Duff, to ing the Planning Board, the Zoning ST. CHRISTOPHER’S whom she was married for 46 years. In Board of Appeals, the Recreation ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH ASSEMBLY addition to her husband, she is survived Committee, and the Board of Health. 16 Sturbridge Rd., Brimfield, MA 01010, 8 Eagle Ave., Sturbridge, MA 01566, by five children, Robert Duff and his She was also active in politics and was 245-7274, firstname.lastname@example.org (508) 347-7753 partner David Pierce of Etna, NH, a chairperson and lifelong member of Fr. Jeddie P. Brooks Rev. Kurt Bergquam Nancy Muir and her husband Timothy the Sturbridge Democratic Committee. MASS SCHEDULE SUNDAY SCHEDULE of Sturbridge, Kathleen Langevin and She volunteered for a variety of Saturday 6 p.m., Mon.,Wed. 9 a.m. Pre-service Prayer 9.a.m,Worship 10 her husband Jeffrey of Sturbridge, Mary organizations, taught CCD, and drove SUNDAY SCHEDULE a.m., Sunday School (first and third Siazon and her husband Emilio of for the American Cancer Society. She Mass 10:30 a.m. week) 10 a.m. Chesapeake, VA, and Stephen Duff and loved the ocean, especially Hampton CCD (Grades 1-8) 9:15 – 10:15 a.m., WEDNESDAY 7 – 8:00 p.m. his wife Lori of Warren; three brothers, Beach, and her many spring trips to Michael Moriarty of Sturbridge, James Virginia Beach, the Outer Banks, and CCD (Grades 9 – 11) 11:30 a.m. – 12 Adult Bible Study,Youth Group, Moriarty of Winter Springs, FL, and Myrtle Beach. noon Nursery, Children’s Ministry Daniel Moriarty of Framingham; a sister, Her greatest enjoyment came from Carol Kelly of Boulder, CO; 13 cher- her family, and spending time with her ALL GOD’S CHURCHES STURBRIDGE ished grandchildren, Emma and Grace children and grandchildren, particularly TOGETHER MINISTRY WORSHIP CENTER Duff-Pierce; Katherine, Samantha, and during her family dinners ever y 33 St. George Rd., Brimfield, MA 01010, 9 Mashapaug Rd., Sturbridge, MA 01566, Thomas Muir; Matthew, Jared, and Brian Wednesday night. 245-3400 (508) 347-9642 Langevin; Jafet and Demi Siazon, and Her funeral was held on Friday, Jan. 7, www.sturbridgeworshipcenter.org Sarah, Carly, and Jenna Duff. She was 201 1 f ro m t h e D a n i e l T. M o r r i l l FIRST CONGREGATIONAL also survived by many nieces and Funeral Home, Southbridge, followed Rev. Dan Lee nephews. b y a f u n e ra l M a s s a t S t . A n n e ’s CHURCH SUNDAY SCHEDULE She was born in Southbridge and Church, Fiskdale. Burial followed at 20 North Main St., Brimfield, MA 01010, Prayer Service 9:00 a.m. was the daughter of the late Michael North Cemeter y in Sturbridge. In 245-7162, email@example.com Worship 9:30 a.m. and Rita (Hurley) Moriarty. Mar y lieu of flowers, memorial donations Rev. Ian Lynch worked at Tantasqua Regional High m ay b e m a d e t o t h e R E A S SUNDAY SCHEDULE HOLLAND School in the guidance department as a Foundation, P.O. Box 737, Fiskdale, Worship 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH secretary for 15 years until her retire- MA 01518. 11 Sturbridge Rd., Holland, MA 01521, STURBRIDGE 245-9926 FEDERATED CHURCH www.hollandchurch.com AnneMarie S. Leduc, 65 8 Maple St., Sturbridge, MA 01566, Rev.Tom Crouse CHARLTON - AnneMarie S. Leduc, 65, Southampton, MA, and Michelle (508) 347-3915, www.sturfed.org SUNDAY SCHEDULE of Charlton died at home Jan. 6, 2011 Mathelier of Brockton, many nieces and Rev. Robert Jackson Worship 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00 a.m. surrounded by her loving family. She is nephews. SUNDAY SCHEDULE Sunday School 9:30 a.m. survived by her three daughters Renée Born in Southbridge, her mother was Worship 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; Ladies Bible Study 6:30 p.m., College Fleming and her husband Geoff of the late Rollande Lavoie. She graduated Sunday School 9:30 a.m. & Career Bible Study 7:00 p.m. Spencer, Kimberly Bellerive and her from the former Charlton H.S. and husband Nick of Charlton, and Wendy retired recently from Verizon as an Beauregard and her husband Eric of Administrative Assistant where she WALES BAPTIST CHURCH Oxford, and two grandsons Nicholas worked for 32 years. 23 Main St.,Wales, MA 01081, 245-3109 CHRIST OF OUR REFUGE FELLOWSHIP and Anthony Bellerive of Charlton. AnneMarie was a member of St. She also leaves three sisters Sylvia Joseph's Church, and was an avid read- KINGDOM HALL OF Community Room, Southbridge Savings Grendol and her husband Clark of er, enjoyed bowling, crocheting, and Bannk, Rt. 20, Sturbridge Sturbridge, Diane Poulin and her hus- spending time at the family pool. JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES Sunday mornings, 9-11 a.m. band Ron of Charlton, and Cindy A calling hour will be held on 133 Old Brimfield Rd., Brimfield, MA firstname.lastname@example.org Sweet and her significant partner Thursday, Jan. 13, from 9 –10 a.m. at 01010, 245-3400 Dick of Charlton, and five brothers Sansoucy Funeral Home 40 Marcy St. John Sweet of Sturbridge, Andy Sweet Southbridge, with a funeral home serv- of Wilton Manors , FL, David Sweet ice at 10 a.m. in the funeral home. and his partner Drew Damien of Burial will follow in WestRidge Spencer, and Robbie Sweet and his Cemetery Charlton. In lieu of flowers, wife Laurie of Mendon. Mrs. Leduc the family requests donations in also leaves three Godchildren Darcy AnneMarie Leduc's Memory be made (Chamberland) Davey of Sturbridge to: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute 10 Church to hold Shepard’s Pie with whom she had a close relation- Brookline Place West, 6th f loor ship, Robin Richardson of Brookline, MA 02445-7226. Supper Jan. 15 WALES – The Wales Baptist Church will hold a Shepard’s Pie Supper on Saturday, Jan. 15 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Menu includes: salad, rolls, Shepard’s pie, beverage and dessert. Cost is $7 per person. For more information or reservations call 413-245-0075 or 413-245-1150. PA G E 2 0 T H E T O W N C O M M O N – T H U R S D AY, J A N U A RY 1 3 , 2 0 1 1 T H E T O W N C O M M O N – T H U R S D AY, J A N U A RY 1 3 , 2 0 1 1 PA G E 2 1 PA G E 2 2 T H E T O W N C O M M O N – T H U R S D AY, J A N U A RY 1 3 , 2 0 1 1 T H E T O W N C O M M O N – T H U R S D AY, J A N U A RY 1 3 , 2 0 1 1 PA G E 2 3 PA G E 2 4 T H E T O W N C O M M O N – T H U R S D AY, J A N U A RY 1 3 , 2 0 1 1 Heart to Heart Foundation receives gift from Old Sturbridge Village Employees By Ruth M. Lyon Turley Publications Reporter Turley Publications STURBRIDGE – In a heartfelt gesture of good will photo by and caring, Old Sturbridge Village employees present- RUTH M. LYON ed a check for $2,600 to Richard Fiske Sr., the North Brookfield octogenarian who founded Heart to Heart. Richard Fiske Jr., Vice- The charitable foundation provides assistance to fami- Chairman of lies of desperately ill and desperately needy children. Heart to Heart “This is the largest single donation we’ve ever Foundation received,” said Fiske.“This has taken me by surprise. I looks on as his father, Richard just don’t know how to thank you. Please tell every- Fiske Sr., one what a wonderful thing they’ve done, giving us accepts a check this gift.We can do so much good with this.” for $2,600 from The quiet presentation, taking place at the Visitors’ Rob Lyon, a lead interpreter at Old Center at Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) last week, was Sturbridge the result of an event held annually at the museum. Village. Each year, the museum arranges a free Christmas din- ner party for its employees and volunteers. Spouses and families are invited to attend; the guest’s $10 tick- et, plus a donation of an item for a local food pantry, purchases dinner and a raffle ticket for a number of gifts provided by the museum’s craft shops and the gift shop at OSV. Additional raffle tickets are sold, for a variety of And at the end, the “seconds” have found good and wore folky costumes and a Minnie Pearl hat.When gifts, provided by local businesses, the OSV gift shop, homes, frequently in Christmas stockings, and the guests at a party suggested that “people would pay and well-wishers. A silent auction, featuring pricier funds raised are given to a local charity. This year, money to hear this,” he decided to charge for perform- donated silver, jewelry, china, glassware, artwork, even Heart to Heart received those funds; St. Mary’s Food ances, with the proceeds going to a charitable cause. liquor, adds to the fun. Pantry, Southbridge, received the food donations, and Since then, the 501C-3 charity he formed has given But there’s more, a wildly popular event known as Second Chance Animal Shelter the pet food. away more than $200,000 to families of children with the Seconds Sale. Each year, items from the museum’s “This is a win-win situation,” said OSV lead inter- life-threatening or terminally ill diseases and without crafts shops which for some reason cannot be sold as preter and committee member Rob Lyon. “No one resources to pay for care or treatment. Fiske’s sons, first quality items, usually with only minor defects or appreciates hand crafted items more than our muse- David and Richard, are chairman and vice-chairman of blemishes, are put aside for this sale, open to employ- um’s workers.We know the work and the artistry that the eight-member foundation, which they promise will ees and volunteers only. To this, surplus or slightly goes into them. This sale provides an opportunity to continue when their parents are no longer able to damaged items from the gift shop are added. The own a hand wrought trivet, bootscraper, or cooking work at it.“It’s a sacred trust,” said Richard Jr. prices are minimal, a dollar or less for numerous tool, a fancy tin teapot or lantern, a beautiful pottery How are recipients chosen? Fiske says he some- items; a dollar or a few will purchase still-beautiful, platter or pitcher, all at an affordable price.” times hears or reads about a child requiring help; in useful and decorative, often hand-crafted treasures. A Richard “Dickie” Fiske is a man well known that case he calls and visits the family, determines the committee of museum employees plans the evening’s throughout the area and beyond. Now aged eighty- need and also available resources. If the parents are entertainment and arranges displays of beautiful hand- five and still going strong, he established Heart to working and have insurance, Heart to Heart will prob- crafted pottery, tin, and iron, books, artwork, old-timey Heart more than a decade ago. He and a group of ably not assist them “because to do so would take that toys and games, baskets and bibelots, for the after-din- friends had formed a rinky-tink band called the Korn money away from people with far greater needs” he ner shopping frenzy. Members of the committee man Kobs. The band consisted of himself on the wash- said. Friends and relatives of sick children or some- the tables, sell raffle tickets, and conduct the silent board; his friends played the washtub, harmonica, and times a town or school official or clergy will alert him auction. keyboard.The singer-dancer called “Tiny Lady” created to a special need. State Senator Stephen Brewer is a staunch friend who has contacted him on occasion on behalf of a family or seriously ill child. Fiske has received a number of accolades; he has stacks of plaques, citations, and other forms of recog- nition. He has been honored by the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives, Spencer Exchange Club, the Quaboag Historical Society, Southbridge chamber of Commerce, North Brookfield High School, the Grange; he was named the 2006 Quaboag Valley Citizen of the Year. He appreciates the recognition, he says, but what he really needs are funds for the foundation and volunteers who are the lifeblood of the organization. People who are in need of the assistance Heart to Heart provides, or who wish to contribute, may call Dickie Fiske at 508-867-6283, Richard Fiske Jr. at 413- 248-6988, or write Heart to Heart, Box 154, North Brookfield, MA 01535. Real estate transactions Sturbridge $160,000 – 509 Main St. – Robert E. George to Stephen S. Davis, Karen E. Davis, Robert A. George, Giovina Ferrante-George $225,000 - 509 Main St. – Robert E. George to Stephen S. Davis, Karen E. Davis, Robert A. George, Giovina Ferrante-George $90,000 - 509 Main St. –Sturbridge Management Group to Stephen S. Davis, Karen E. Davis, Robert A. George, Giovina Ferrante-George $100 – 5 Williams Road – Anne Oualif, Said Oualif to Anne Oualif $1 – 120 Brookfield Road – Layla Azargoon,Ahmad Mohammadinejad to Layla Azargoon, Morteza Azargoon $355,000 – 50 Old Farm Road – Kenneth P. Bowen, Lois L. Bowen to Matthew Donovan, Julie Donovan Brimfield $60,000 – Lot 6 Old Palmer Road – Bergeron Tree Farm Inc., Stephen B. Morris to Steven W. Beyor $60,000 – Lot 9A Old Palmer Road - Bergeron Tree Farm Inc., Stephen B. Morris to Steven W. Beyor Holland $32,000 – 14 Wales Road – Deutsche Bank National Trust to Clifford B. Curboy Jr. $139,900 – 2 Marcey Road – Barbara M. Lepage to Lynne E.Wiater $81,397 – 56 Mashapaug Road – Cecilia J. 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