The ONLY local coverage in Brookfield – West Brookfield – East Brookfield – North Brookfield – Warren – West Warren & New Braintree CURRENT STURBRIDGE Vintage vehicle show set for June 13, p3 Calendar Editorial/Opinion Police Logs SPORTS WARREN Indians win over Pioneers, p10 WCES celebrates Arbor Day, p9 3 4 7 Education Sports Classifieds 9 10 13/15 Volume 8, Number 37 – 16 Pages QUABOAG CURRENT (USPS# 10860) is published weekly (every Thursday) by Turley Publications Inc. 24 Water Street Palmer, MA 01069 Periodical Postage Prices are Paid at Palmer, MA POSTMASTER: Please send address changes to: Quaboag Current 24 Water Street Palmer, MA 01069 Friday, June 5, 2015 North Brookﬁeld Elementary’s ’ s n a i d n I e l t ‘Lit shine at Quabbin’s Special Olympics -NORTH BROOKFIELDBy Angela Zajac Turley Publications Writer M ost of the children who participate in the Special Olympics struggle at school during the day, but they never struggle with this event. “It’s all about having fun,” student Devan Durling said. “It doesn’t matter what medal you come home with.” Thirty-five students from North Brookfield Elementary School participated in the sixth annual Special Olympics Track and Field event held at Quabbin High School in Barre May 14. About 10 schools throughout the Quabbin area participated in the event this year. TURLEY PUBLICATIONS PHOTOS BY ANGELA ZAJAC Students from North Brookﬁeld Elementary show off their Special Olympic medals. Hyde library sets summer reading STURBRIDGE - The Joshua Hyde Library is planning another exciting summer for local families. This year’s Summer Reading Program for children, “Every Hero has a Story,” features favorite story times, make and take crafts, weekly raffles, and reading clubs, but also includes many new and wonderful events. Enjoy original stories with “Big Ryan’s Tall Tales,” meet baby animals with “Barn Babies,” and get moving with “Deb’s Sing and Swing” music and movement program. There will be a fantastic Super Heroes cartooning workshop, “drivein” movies, a performance of “Captain Friendship and the Bully Bandit,” and plenty of fun. There’s a program created especially for children See READING I PAGE 6 See OLYMPICS I PAGE 8 Vendors wanted Volunteers needed to help build Burgess nature trail Annual ﬂea market on common to beneﬁt youth mission trip -WEST BROOKFIELDBy Jennifer Robert Quaboag Current Correspondent It’s that time of year again: The First Congregational Church of West Brookfield will be holding its 18th annual flea market on the common on Saturday, June 20 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and there are still vendor sites available. “The proceeds from the vendor fees all go to help the stu- TURLEY PUBLICATIONS COURTESY PHOTO The 2013 teen group, with chaperones, that participated in the annual Washington D.C. mission trip. dents who go on the annual [Washington] D.C. mission trip,” coordinator Terry Hall said. “Some of our teens go and work in soup kitchens and homeless shelters every summer and it is See VENDORS I PAGE 6 STURBRIDGE – The Sturbridge community is asked to participate in the building of the Burgess School nature trail Saturday, June 6 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Burgess Elementary School. Team leadership will be provided by members of the Sturbridge Trail Committee and Sturbridge Boy Scout Ben Ouelette, who, for his Eagle Service Project, is responsible for building a 250-foot section of the trail. Organizers are hoping for 100 people to participate. National Trails Day is the nations’ largest volunteer trail day program; this event is officially registered. Visit http://www.nationaltrailsday.org/ for more information. Follow the Quaboag Current | Town Common newspapers on Facebook for breaking town news and local updates. Connect with us today! Visit our website www.quaboagcurrent.com to view this paper online! PAGE 8 A Turley Publication • www.turley.com I Friday, June 5, 2015 TURLEY PUBLICATIONS PHOTOS BY ANGELA ZAJAC Kyle Connor, Rose Lund and President Devan Durling cheer on teammates. Emily Litchﬁeld leaps for the gold. OLYMPICS I FROM PAGE 1 Bella Lamothe celebrates her victory. 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Materials will not be returned except upon specific request when submitted. “We started with only four students who wanted to go, but now everybody wants to go,” Gail Miller, the team’s captain, an occupational therapist from North Brookfield said. “We grew from four to 35 people. It really makes the kids feel good about themselves.” This year, the students decided to call their team “The Little Indians.” The team’s co-captain was Chris Servant, a second-grade teacher at North Brookfield Elementary. Eight other teachers volunteered to help and went to the event to support the students. They committed time to practice every Wednesday for seven weeks to prepare for competitions in the standing lunge, softball throw, tennis throw, 50 meter dash and 100 meter dash. Durling, a seventh grader, was voted president of the Special Olympics. As their spokesperson, he encouraged people. The older children were paired up to help the younger children, and they designed their team t-shirts, made banners and posters. “There is a big send-off parade every year with the parents cheering on the students with posters and signs,” said Miller. “The police escort the bus halfway to the event, so it’s really fun and exciting for the students who are participating,” Everyone had great time and all of the participants get a medal at the end of the day. BUSINESS Turley Publications is liberal with regard to its business coverage polices, but we do have some standards folks need to understand. First, local businesses and merchants are just as much institutions in our towns as the library and schools. Without them, there are no towns. We will feature coverage of local businesses that are new, have a major expansion, moving, closing, under new management or ownership, celebrating a milestone anniversary, or have been thrust into the news realm. Merchants can request that coverage through the editor, or for our existing advertising clients, through their ad representatives. For more information on business coverage for the Quaboag Current/The Town Common, please email [email protected] Jamie Williams jumping for the gold.
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