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Volume 8, Number 37 – 16 Pages
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-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-
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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.
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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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“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.
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Jamie Williams jumping for the gold.