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Volume 4 • Number 28                                                                                                                               THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, 2011

    Chamber unveils new statue                                                                                                           Man who
                                                                                                                                         hit officer
                                                                                                                                         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,”              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.

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                                                                        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.

  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.
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                                                                 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
                           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.
   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-
                                                                                                                                     RECYCLE • RECYCLE • RECYCLE
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                                                                                      LOCAL NEWS
Contract awarded, engineering design
started for Titanic Rail Trail section
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 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
                                                      or call 508-347-3705.
                                                                  For more information on the Sturbridge Trail
                                                               Committee, contact its chairman, Randy Redetzke at
                                                      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.
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   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 and we’ll share the good                          In need of seed? Gardening supplies? Read on
news about snow with readers!
                                                                              There is nothing                                    2001 catalog features       weigh six to eight ounces, are
                                                                                                              i n t h e
                                                                           more enjoyable than                                    250 antique varieties       smooth and firm with good tex-
                                                                           curling up with a seed        GARDEN                   of vegetables, flowers      ture. Worth an attempt, indeed!
                                                                           catalog on a snowy                                     and herbs, all non-         Johnny’s also carries a wonderful
       Turley Publications                                                 afternoon and dreaming
                                                                           of what your 2011 gar-          ROBERTA MCQUAID
                                                                                                                                  genetically modified,
                                                                                                                                  non-patented and
                                                                                                                                                              selection of seeds for cut flowers
                                                                                                                                                              and their catalog has some of the
            letters to                                                     den might look like.
                                                                           Before you do, however,
                                                                                                               C OLUMNIST         non-hybrid and at
                                                                                                                                  least 50 years old.
                                                                                                                                                              best cultural advice around for
                                                                                                                                                              growing vegetables.
                                                                           why not take inventory of what Many of which were offered by                          Looking for great supplies at a rea-
        the editor policy                                                  seeds and supplies you need so that Comstock, Ferre for many years.                sonable cost? With your membership
                                                                           you can place your orders while you Eventually, the Gettles hope to “erase         to NOFA/Mass (the Massachusetts
     Letters to the editor should be 350 words or                          peruse. That way, you’ll have every- modern influences around the com-             chapter of the Northeast Organic
   less in length and guest columns between 500-                           thing in hand when the weather pany” and turn it into “a type of liv-              Farmer’s Association), you can take
   800 words. No unsigned or anonymous opin-                               breaks and it’s time to get planting.     ing history museum (period cos-          part in their bulk order for free. You
   ions will be published. We require letter writ-                            Chances are if you’ve been garden- tumes galore!) dedicated to agricul-         can get almost any garden/farm relat-
   ers to include his or her town of residence and                         ing awhile, you already receive ture and our diverse inheritance of                ed item: compost, soil amendments,
   home telephone number. We must confirm                                  numerous seed catalogs by mail. The heirloom seed varieties that are in            fertilizers, cover crops and inoculants,
   authorship prior to publication.We reserve the                          following are worth requesting if you danger of extinction.” Get your              animal health/feed supplements and
   right to edit or withhold any submissions                               don’t already have them in hand. hands on a copy of this catalog and               pest control products as well as
   deemed to be libelous or contain unsubstanti-                           Richter’s ( or 1- enjoy informative descriptions of                organic seed potatoes,onion and shal-
   ated allegations, personal attacks, defamation                          905-640-6677) of Ontario, Canada is the varieties offered for sale with            lot sets. Join now to beat the Jan. 31
   of character and offensive language. All                                one of my favorite sources of herb vintage images to go alongside.                 order deadline; memberships for indi-
   unknown or alleged facts and quotations                                 seed. They have EVERYTHING: culi-            Are you dying for a home-grown        viduals are $35, $45 for family and
   offered by the author need to cite credible,                            nary,medicinal,industrial and aromat- tomato, but sick and tired of dis-           $25 for low income, and will entitle
   unbiased sources.                                                       ic herbs. Most packets are under $3, eases plaguing your plants? Try               you to some great discounts and awe-
                                                                           and shipping is included in the cost.     ‘Defiant’ from Johnny’s Selected         some publications. Consult their web
      Please send opinions to:                                                Another company that offers free Seeds ( or                  site at for more
      The Town Common                                                      shipping is Comstock, Ferre & Co. 1-877-564-6697). This mid-size red               information.
      Letters to the Editor                                                (, located slicing tomato was bred “for both
      24 Water St., Palmer, MA 01069,                                      in nearby Wethersfield, CT. This disease resistance and taste.” It                   Roberta McQuaid graduated
      or by email to:                                                      company has an amazing history, offer high resistance to late blight,              from Stockbridge School of                                               celebrating its 200th anniversary the scourge of the 2009 growing                  Agriculture at the University of
     The deadline for submissions is Friday at                             this season. New owners Jere and season, as well as intermediate                   Massachusetts. Have a question
   noon.                                                                   Emilee Gettle hope to return the resistance to early blight, the                   for her? E-mail it to journalregis-
                                                                           business to its “glorious beginnings scourge of every season, at least in with “Gardening
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                                                                                      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
                                                                                     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,, 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-
                                                                                                    gathered around the sculpture for photographs and
 7107. Email:                                                                                                         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, 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
                                                         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
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                                                    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.                  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: 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
                                                                                                        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 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.
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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                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
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                                                            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 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        
                                                              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
$110. New certification        located at 1 Picker Road.                                        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                                               Hamilton Rod and Gun              PLAYGROUP from 10-        
                                                              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       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.    

parkin ban
in effect
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-
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                                                                                      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
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                                            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,             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-           or 860-450-
                                                                                         bers, elected officers, and defined goals.          6007.
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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-
                                                                                                                        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                                                                                                        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-
                                                       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.
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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             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 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                                                                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
                                                                                          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
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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
              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
                     or send it through the mail to: Turley Publications c/o Sports Editor Dave Forbes, 24 Water St., Palmer, MA 01069.
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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 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
                                                                                                       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-
                                                                                             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                                                       
                                                                                          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 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
  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     or email me at
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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-
                                                                                                                 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                                                      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.
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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.”

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
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                                                                  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
                                                                                                              • 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-
    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:

                                                                                                           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

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              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-                                       Louise P. (Peloquin) Campbell; two                    lisher); and Glaxo-Wellcome
Rev. Sara Ascher                                     sons, Patrick A. Campbell of                          Pharmaceuticals. He was currently
                                          Rev. Frederick Marcoux                     Providence, RI and Dennis J.                          working as salesman for Campbell
                                          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,          (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,
                                                                                     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,           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                
                                                                                                      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,          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.
                                          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
                                          508-344-0091/      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.
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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
                                                                                                                                        $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
                                                                                                                                        $355,000 – 50 Old Farm Road – Kenneth P. Bowen,
                                                                                                                                      Lois L. Bowen to Matthew Donovan, Julie Donovan
                                                                                                                                        $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
                                                                                                                                        $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. Kontoes
                                                                                                                                      to Chase Home Finance LLC
                                                                                                                                        No transactions listed.