The ONLY local coverage in Brookfield – West Brookfield – East Brookfield – North Brookfield – Warren – West Warren & New Braintree CURRENT SPORTS BROOKFIELD Fields getting closer, p10 Meet the Candidates Night, p2 WARREN Quaboag receives national student council award,p16 Calendar Editorial/Opinion Police Logs 2 4 6 Sports Classifieds Education 10 12/14 16 Volume 8, Number 29 – 16 Pages Have meals, need wheels Meals on Wheels seeks volunteers By Jennifer Robert Quaboag Current Reporter Sidewalk request not curbed after all -WEST BROOKFIELD- Nearly a month after a request to include an article for the purpose of funding a small section of sidewalk to be construct- ed within the school zone of the West Brookfield Elementary School was initially made to the board of selectmen, and following a removal of that same article from the draft warrant, Melinda Czub is pleased to see that the article is indeed on the final Town Meeting warrant. “If you live within the flashing lights of a school zone I don’t think that there should ever be a question about putting in a sidewalk,” Czub said. The Czub family has lived on North Main Street, diagonally across from the school, for about a year and one half and has young children who I magine being out of food, hungry and having no means to get to the grocery store. Imagine having an injury or illness that prevents being able to safely prepare a meal. This grim reality is something that too many handicapped and elderly residents deal with on a regular basis. Fortunately, there is some respite. Tri-Valley, Inc., a private, non-profit agency that provides a number of services including Meals on Wheels, is seeking volunteers to help prepare and deliver meals. “Most of the people who we bring meals to are elderly or handicapped and they often have no family,” Site Manager Deb Mero said. “We have found that a lot of the time this is the only meal that they get each day.” Mero runs the Tri-Valley Community Dining Center, located at the West Brookfield Senior Center, which prepares meals for both the Meals on See MEALS I PAGE 8 By Jennifer Robert Quaboag Current Reporter The East Quabbin Land Trust, as part of the Friends of the Mass Central Rail Trail group, continues to build upon the work that has already been completed on its three-mile section of the rail trail and is inviting any interested people to join in a work day Saturday, April 11 at 9 a.m. to help complete the previously installed bridge on the unfinished portion of the do and will attend the school. Because of their proximity to the school, the children are walkers, meaning that they have to leave their driveway, walk down the road to the crosswalk where the crossing guard is attending, and See CURB I PAGE 8 Quaboag Hills Choice Awards and Dinner REGION - The 2015 Quaboag Hills Choice Awards and Dinner will be held Saturday, April 25 at The Cultural Center at Eagle Hill School, 242 Old Petersham Road, Hardwick. Cocktails will be from 4 to 5 p.m., awards from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by dinner. Tickets are $39 per person for a gourmet meal. All reservations must be made by Friday, April 17. The 2015 Choice Awards are sponsored by Burkhart Pizzanelli PC. Sporting new threads TURLEY PUBLICATIONS PHOTO BY JENNIFER ROBERT. WARREN - Paraprofessionals (left) Joan Juszcyk and Clair Cone show off their new shirts on Paraprofessional Appreciation Day last Thursday. See more photos on page 9. Volunteers wanted for rail trail work day -NEW BRAINTREE- POSTMASTER: Please send address changes to: Quaboag Current 24 Water Street Palmer, MA 01069 Friday, April 10, 2015 By Jennifer Robert Quaboag Current Reporter -REGION- 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 trail. “The decking for the bridge was installed the last time and now we will be installing the railings,” service learning coordinator Shelby Braese said. “We will basically spend the day doing some building and getting the bridge complete.” The group will be meeting slightly before 9 a.m. at the main parking lot, which is at the old New Braintree rail road station on Depot Road, at the intersection of West and Hardwick Roads in New Braintree. This section of the rail trail “We will basically spend the day doing some building and getting the bridge complete.” – SHELBY BRAESE Service Learning Coordinator was acquired by the land trust in 2007 and since that time the group has been steadily working to make the entire section passable and available for recreation as well as developing events that showcase the property. The 5-mile station loop rambler, a 5-mile foot race that combines both the scenic roadway and the beauty of the trail, has quickly become a favorite annual event in these parts and the trust is working to further promote the property as well. To that effort, a friends group is being formed and the first information meeting to gauge interest went well, according to Braese. “We had about eight people who came and several more who See RAIL I PAGE 8 Nominees are as follows: 2015 Citizen of the Year: Tracy Opalinski, Ware; Paul Opalinski, Ware; William Braman, Ware; Carol Zins, Ware; Patricia Donoval, Palmer; Maureen Solomon, Monson. 2015 Teacher of the Year: Darryl Clark, Belchertown; Carl Coniglio, Ware Adult Ed; Shawn Gerabach, Palmer; Lisa Santucci, Wales 2015 Business of the Year: The Carson Center at Valley Human Services; the Centered Place Yoga Studio, Warren; J. Stolar Insurance Agency; The Monson Ats Council; Monson Savings Bank; Quaboag Valley Community Development Corp. 2015 Long Term Service: Architectural Insights, Inc.; Kanzaki Specialty Paper; Livingston & Haynes, PC; Moulton Insurance Agency, Inc. See CHAMBER I PAGE 8 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 2 A Turley Publication • www.turley.com I Friday, April 10, 2015 - obituary - Quaboag Current/Town Common Obituary Policy Turley Publications offers two types of obituaries. One is a free, brief Death Notice listing the name of deceased, date of death and funeral date and place. The other is a Paid Obituary, costing $50, which allows families to publish extended death notice information of their own choice and may include a photograph. Death Notices & Paid Obituaries should be submitted through a funeral home to: [email protected] Exceptions will be made only when the family provides a death certiﬁcate and must be pre-paid. DEATH NOTICE Pratt, Eleanor L. (Starzyk) Died April 4, 2015 Funeral Mass April 9, 2015 St. Thomas Aquinas Church West Warren Eleanor L. Pratt, 89 WEST WARREN - Eleanor L. (Starzyk) Pratt, 89, passed away Saturday, April 4, 2015 in Baystate Mary Lane Hospital after being stricken ill at home. She leaves her loving husband of 65 years, William K. Pratt; one son, Kenneth Pratt and his wife Laurette of Ware; one daughter, Nancy Pratt-Hellwig and her husband Mark of Marstons Mills; five grandchildren, Michael, NEED A NEW ROOF? THINK AGAIN. You may just need a Roof Shampoo®. $100 OFF full roof cleaing Before Michelle, William, Zoe and Rose; four great-grandchildren, Alex, Mackenzie, Emma and Evan and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by seven siblings. She was born in West Warren, daughter of the late Michael and Julia (Grajewska) Starzyk and was a lifelong resident. Mrs. Pratt worked for several years for Warren Pumps and the William E. Wrights Co. as a secretary before retiring. Eleanor was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Church and was an avid Boston Red Sox fan. Most of all she loved her family and was one in a million who will be greatly missed by her family and friends. A Funeral Mass for Eleanor was held Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 11 a.m. in St. Thomas Aquinas Church in West Warren. Burial was in St. Paul’s Cemetery in Warren. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Eleanor’s memory may be made to the Warren Fire Department Ambulance, P.O. Box 608, Warren, MA 01083 or to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. Meet the Candidates Night to be held April 16 BROOKFIELD - The Brookfield Republican Town Committee will host its ninth annual “Meet the Candidates Night” on Thursday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Brookfield Town Hall’s Banquet Room. The event is an open forum where anyone in attendance may ask a question of any candidate. “We are proud to be able to continue this event which has allowed the candidates and citizens of Brookfield a civil forum to discuss the issues that concern all of them the most,” stated Chairman Stephen J. Comtois II. “Every vote counts in every election, and we feel that this is an excellent opportunity to meet our candidates.” Town elections will be held Monday, May 4 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Town Hall. The candidates for Elementary School Committee running for the only contested race have been invited to attend. Clerks to host voter registration After Complete Roof Shampoo only. Offer not valid on other services and can’t be combined with any other offer or when working with insurance company. One per household. Some restrictions apply. Valid at initial presentation only. Expires 5/31/15. WWW.1800NEWROOF.NET 413-536-5955 • 1-800-NEW-ROOF (639-7663) WARREN/WEST BROOKFIELD - The Town Clerks of Warren (Nancy J. Lowell) and West Brookfield (Sarah J. Allen) will be holding a voter registration in their offices on Wednesday, April 15 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the upcoming Annual Town Election, which will be held on Tuesday, May 5. $ In cities and towns throughout the nation businesses still reach the largest audience possible by placing ads in their local newspaper. When you need cost-effective market reach and real results, community newspapers deliver! YOUR LOCAL ✓ A weekly source to local happenings. Send all community calendar items to the editor at [email protected], or through regular mail at 80 Main St., Ware, MA 01069. Final deadline for all calendar submissions is Friday at noon the week before intended publication. UPCOMING NORTH BROOKFIELD SPORTSMEN’S CLUB will be holding a “Texas Hold’em” at the Club, 20 Boynton Road, on Friday, April 10. Play starts promptly at 7:30 p.m. This is to beneﬁt the Youth Fishing Derby that will be held April 25. Refreshments are available. SPRING BOOK SALE Saturday, April 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Joshua Hyde Public Library in Sturbridge. Selection includes mysteries and thrillers, history, cooking, travel, gardening, biographies, romance, sports, science ﬁction and many, many children’s books. AUCTION to beneﬁt Warren Community Elementary School PTO on Saturday, April 11 at Teresa’s in Ware. $15/per person. Salad, pasta and meatballs. Auction items available, though more donations are needed. Door prize: a balloon ride. BASIC PISTOL SAFETY COURSE, hosted by the North Brookﬁeld Sportsmen’s Club. Cost is $65 person which includes all materials and ammo. Register by April 11 to take the course on the following Saturday, April 18. Course will start at 9 a.m. and will last approximately 6 hours, so bring snacks. Contact Dale Hevy at 508-867-9073 for more information and to register. QUABOAG LODGE OF MASONS, located at 968 Main Street, Warren will welcome the public under the state-wide Grand Lodge of Masons 10th Annual Spring Lodge “Open House” Saturday, April 11 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. ORIGAMI Sunday, April 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Joshua Hyde Library in Sturbridge. All ages are welcome but children age 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Call 508-347-2512 for more information. Funded and sponsored by the Friends of the Sturbridge Joshua Hyde Public Library. TRIBUTE BRUNCH for Cong. Richard Neal sponsored by the Sturbridge Democratic Town Committee will be held Sunday, April 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Publick House. Proceeds beneﬁt scholarships for Tantasqua students. $35/adults, $32 seniors or students; tickets to be sold at the door. NORTH BROOKFIELD BOOSTER CLUB will host a fundraiser Monday, April 13. Mexicali in Spencer will be donating 10 percent of their sales—food only—to the club, which supports student athletes. Lunch, dinner and takeout all qualify. INFORMATIONAL SESSION held by West Brookﬁeld Planning Board Monday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall Lower Meeting Room, to discuss “Shea Acres,” and its uses for conservation, open space and passive recreation purposes. OFFICE HOURS for State Rep. Donnie Berthiaume will be held Tuesday, April 14 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the North Brookﬁeld Municipal Building. Constituents and town ofﬁcials are invited to meet with him to express any concerns, ideas, or issues that they may need assistance with. PSYCHIC FUNDRAISER held by the Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 3439 Tuesday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Statz Rest Lounge, 341 N. Main St., North Brookﬁeld. Featured psychic is Gary McKinstry. $25/ advance, $30 door. Proceeds beneﬁt veterans. Call Shelley at 508867-7685 or Jeanette at 508-867-3187. BROOKFIELD COUNCIL ON AGING will meet Tuesday, April 14 at 10:30 a.m. in the Town Hall kitchen. 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For further information call Randall at (413) 436-5357 or email [email protected] or go to www.adventuretoursofwarren.com A Turley Publication • www.turley.com I Friday, April 10, 2015 April events at the Merrick Public Library BROOKFIELD – There are several upcoming events at the Merrick Public Library. Made available from National Grid, the Kill A Watt kit has arrived at the library and includes a booklet and monitor and easy conservation tips as well as information about energy savings rebates and programs available through National Grid and Mass Save. The kit assists homeowners in understanding their energy use. Check out or reserve for from the library. The Friends are getting ready for the month of May Silent Auction. They accept home furnishings and decorative bits and pieces, children’s clothing and toys. All manner of goods are welcomed for this family event. Items and donations may be dropped off at the library during regular business hours. The auction begins Friday, May 1 and ends Saturday, May 30. This fundraising event helps support the Summer Reading Program for the community. Banister Book Group will be held Tuesday, April 28, 7 to 8 p.m. to discuss The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East by Sandy Tolan. In conjunction with the book discussion Life in Palestine, a talk and slideshow, will be presented by Octavia Taylor. Taylor and her husband Stephen spent the fall 2014 semester in Palestine volunteering: Stephen taught a computer programming course at Birzeit University and Octavia worked with Jeff Halper, director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions. She will report on the complexities of Israeli-Palestinian conflict and look at how daily life for Palestinians has been affected by the Israeli Occupation. All are invited to attend. Reading of the book is not required. Le Cercle Francais with Madame Plumb is held first Thursday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The general public is invited to join the French Circle for conversational French. A pre-requisite to join is some knowledge of the spoken language. Discussion will include cuisine, travel and everyday conversations. This event is free with no sign-up. Save the date May 7-there is no April meeting. Harmonious Happenings is held Wednesdays, at 11:15 to 12 p.m., preschool music time with Ms. Renee. Funded by the Jeppson Memorial Fund for Brookfield, Greater Worcester Community Foundation and the Friends of the Library. Home delivery and pick-up of library materials are available for anyone housebound. Materials available include: DVDs, books (fiction and nonfiction), magazines, VHS videos, books on CD. This free service may be long or short term. For more information, call 508 867 6339, email [email protected] com or visit merrickpubliclibrary. blogspot.com. Quabbin Fishing Season delayed a week BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Conservation announces that 2015 Quabbin Fishing Season will open for shore fishing as scheduled Saturday, April 18, however due to ice conditions on the reservoir, the opening of the boat launch areas has been delayed at least a week to Saturday, April 25. Access to the Quabbin tributaries within Routes 202, 122 and 32A and to the Quabbin shoreline designated for fish- ing will open on a walk-in basis beginning at 5:05 a.m. Saturday, April 18. The decision for opening the boat launch areas Saturday, April 25 will be made on the Friday the week before the possible opening and on a weekly basis thereafter. For more information, visit www.mass. gov/eea/agencies/dcr/water-res-protection/watershed-mgmt/quabbin-reservoirfishing-guide.html or call the Quabbin Visitors Center at 413-323-7221. Warren Senior Center events WARREN - The Warren Senior Center has announced its upcoming events for the month of April. The Whist Party and Penny Sale will be Thursday, April 16. The Penny Sale starts at 3 p.m. and the Whist Party starts at 7 p.m. Lunch is included. Tickets are a donation of 99 cents and are available at the Warren Senior Center. The senior center will be closed Monday, April 20 for Patriot’s Day. The senior center’s April Birthday Party will be held Thursday, April 23. Sign-up is required, and the cut off to sign up is Friday, April 17 at 2 p.m. The meal will be served at 11:45 a.m. Entertainment is by “Paul Belanger.” This program is supported in part by a grant from the Warren Cultural Council, a state agency. The Tri Valley Nutrition Presentation will be held Thursday, April 30 at 10 a.m. AMHERST/OAKHAM AUTO RECYCLING, INC. USED AUTO PARTS *91 Day Guarantee* ] Junk Car Removal r Free Parts, Locating Service SAVE BIG! i q SAVE 50% OVER RETAIL at Coldbrook Road Off 122 In Oakham 882-5241 1-800-992-0441 Choose Balin Eye for All Your Eye Care Needs Nancy A. Balin, MD, FACS Nancy A. Balin, MD, FACS Kani Brown, OD Kani Brown, OD Ryan Gady, OD Balin Eye & Laser Center 85 South Street Ware PA G E 3 Cruiser auction called into question by board -WARRENBy Jennifer Robert Quaboag Current Reporter The town made a profit of $1,350 from the auctions, which will go into the Free Cash account. Auction services were donated by CoPart. M ary Bellarose asked the Moderator for candidate’s board of selectmen for innight still up for grabs formation pertaining to the way that a recent Michael Baril, one of two Warren BOS auction of old police cruisers candidates for the selectmen Notebook was handled. seat to be vacated by Delanski, “I went online to try to bid asked for clarification on the on it and the site would not date and time of candidate’s night as let me because I didn’t have the certain well as if a moderator had been found. type of license needed,” she said. “GoDelanski said that there were questions ing forward, I don’t think it is right to for the candidates but no moderator as auction stuff off in such a manner as of yet. Bellarose volunteered to moderit isn’t fair to anyone in the town who ate and was informed that anyone who wants to bid on it.” is interested in moderating may submit Chairman of the board David a letter of interest to the selectmen ofDelanski said that he did not disagree, fice. Candidate’s night will be held on but he did not know all the details about Tuesday, April 28 beginning at 6 p.m. the auction and would try to find out. He added that if indeed the residents of town could not bid on the vehicles Leboeuf requests update on he would see what could be done about highway department complaint doing things differently in the future. Initally brought before the board Bellarose went on to ask about finding out who won the bid and said that back in December of 2014, Sean Lebnormally with a sealed bid the winner oeuf asked the board for an update on is always announced. In this particular his concerns about operations within case, she was interested in finding out the highway department. “The investigation is still ongoing,” in case the person bought it to repair it and resell. She said that she might still Delanski said. “We’ve asked for a complete investigation and a full written be interested in purchasing the truck. “The bid was only at $150 about 15 report and expect that we should have minutes before it ended so I think that that fairly soon.” A couple of weeks is pretty short money for something to ago selectman Bob Lavash said that bang around in and go to the landfill he would go to the highway barn and address some of the issues that were with,” she said. Delanski said again, he didn’t know raised and Leboeuf asked if he had folwhy it was like that, but that he did lowed through with that. Lavash said know that when the police chief bought that he had, but that would be part of the new cruisers he asked about trade the report. “I brought this to you in December in. The dealer said that they would send a flatbed to pick them up for free and now it is April, so unless something but wouldn’t allow for trade in due to happens soon, it is just dying a slow condition, so that is why it was put to death,” Leboeuf said. Bellarose added that while Leboeuf was talking about auction. “We will look into it and if it wasn’t the highway she was still interested in done so that it was available for every- the police vehicle that had a bad stickone it would be changed going for- er. The board said that they would provide all the results of the investigations ward,” Delanski said. as soon as they were available. FOR RENT WANTED TO BUY • Old Ammo • Firearms • Sporting & Military Discreet Appraisals Call 413-436-5885 Routine Eye Exams No Stitch Cataract Surgery: Multifocal lens implants available. Glaucoma: Diagnosis and treatment. 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When we think about adversity, human nature usually leads us to negative thoughts that cause fear and anxiety, depending on the circumstances we’re facing or anticipating. There are two realities we must accept as we travel through this journey we call life. The first reality is that if we are to accomplish great things, we should expect and prepare for great obstacles. A writer once said, “Nothing great has ever happened without great challenges.” Reaching for greatness in any capacity at any level invites challenges organically with no special effort; greatness and obstacles are joined at the proverbial hip. The second reality is that if we are to make a real lasting impact on others, we should condition ourselves to face real opposition from others. As pure as our hearts may be with the greatest intentions for the benefit of others, there will always be some opposition. Some may ask, “Why is this?” The answer is that everyone doesn’t think the same, nor are all the hearts and intentions of those involved always pure and sincere. In many cases, it’s less of an intangible issue of heart and intentions, and more around dichotomy as to approach, methodology or strategy. Whatever the case may be, there are four things we must be in order to overcome the adversity caused by great obstacles and real opposition: First and foremost, be honest with yourself and others. Dishonesty is only a temporary fix that never lasts. The worse person to lie to is you. The second worse person to lie to is another person. Be consistent and stay on message. Your worst enemy and strongest detractor may never respect you or what you stand for, but they will almost always respect your consistency. You may even win some of them because of it. Next, be a good listener. Open both your ears and your mind. Often, passion for agendas causes acrimony and trepidation. If the room is full of good intentions and shared goals, methods and styles can and should be negotiated. If the “what” is the same, the “how” has a better chance of becoming a reality. Silence is often misinterpreted, but never misquoted. Lastly, be decisive. Making a decision to not move forward with a particular plan or abrogating a relationship can be extremely difficult, as most of us would rather take the path of least resistance so that we’ll feel better or be happier in the end. What we should seek however, is satisfaction that we did the right thing. Feeling good and being happy is something we should all desire, but satisfaction and peace of mind should rule the day. Kirk Ray Smith is the president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Springfield, which operates a branch at 63 Springfield St., Agawam. Spring in Massachusetts Brings unwanted Tick Borne Diseases By Trish McCleary Guest Columnist L yme disease is the largest vector-borne disease in the United States; it affects far more individuals than Eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEE) and the West Nile virus combined. Lyme disease cases are sky-rocketing in Massachusetts. According to preliminary data, there were 5,665 new reported cases of Lyme disease in Massachusetts in 2013, the highest incidence rate in Massachusetts’ history. The Massachusetts DPH notes that reported cases of Lyme disease may underestimate its true prevalence by as much as a factor of ten and a recent press release from the CDC concurred. This means that the actual number of new cases of Lyme disease in Massachusetts may have exceeded 50,000 in 2013 alone. With these statistics it’s no wonder Lyme and other tick borne disease have likely made their way into every Massachusetts neighborhood. Massachusetts Lyme patients find themselves with late stages of Lyme and other tick borne diseases See TICKS I PAGE 5 From the kettle to the heart out exception they told us they were anxious to return. For those who were unable to make the Palmer event, ven as the region continues to pull itself out another opportunity to learn more is upon us today, Thursday, April 9 when both Janelle Souof the winter doldrums, the Salvacia, outreach coordinator in Belchertown, tion Army Service Extension Units in and myself will be at the camp fair hosted Palmer, Ware, Monson, Belchertown and the by Warren Elementary School from 5:30 to Brookfields have continued to be active. And 7:30 p.m. We expect to have literature about as we look forward to warmer weather and the camp so local families can learn more as a busier schedule in our lives, the Salvation well as a short video about it. Children can Army has announced a number of exciting participate in everything from devotional opportunities to get involved in the vital work time where they learn about bible passages DOUGLAS FARMER that we do as well as partake in its benefits. to water sports. Guest Columnist First of all, we would like to thank Beth Emily Mew, the Salvation Army’s Western Zelazo, chairwoman of the Palmer Salvation Mass. Field Representative, reminds us that Army Service Extension Unit, for taking a spot at the health fair hosted by St. Paul’s Unitar- signup is online this year, at Campwonderland.org, ian Universalist Church in Palmer last month. While and a community session has been selected for local there, she explained the opportunities present for youth units from July 22 to 27. While families are free to enenrichment this summer at Camp Wonderland, the roll during other weeks, this week has been selected to Christian-based, Salvation Army-run camp on beauti- accommodate transportation from this area. The cost ful acreage off Lake Massapoag in Sharon. A number to attend a weeklong session at Camp Wonderland is of local children have made the trip to the camp in re- only $50, plus a $7 canteen fee per child, ages 6 to 12. Another bit of news we would like to share with the cent years, and while all expressed some hesitancy to region is that for the first time, local Salvation Army travel to an unfamiliar place (though some knew of Salvation Army active all seasons E the camp through friends and neighbors), almost with- See SALVATION I PAGE 15 Letter to the Editor OPINION PAGE/ LETTERS Spring St. culvert problem has no easy solution POLICY TO THE EDITOR, I read with great interest the article on the proposed culvert on Spring St. in West Warren. (3/27/15) I live there, so I have a personal stake. The water in the swamp/ pond on the upstream side rises with extreme rainfall, but the current culvert handles it over time. I worry about a “catastrophic” event, another beaver dam letting go and sending millions of gallons of water downstream at once. The town may double or triple the size of the current culvert, but it would be inadequate in the face of another catastrophic event. I’ve been told that the last time, cars were destroyed by a six foot “wall of water” that was the result of a dam failure. This was in addition to the extensive damage below Spring St. I’ve been told by MassWildlife that they have no funding for controlling the beavers upstream, and neither does the town. Destroying a single dam is futile because the beavers simply build another nearby. Ditto with beaver control devices aka “Beaver Deceivers.” Unfortunately there are a lot of beavers in the area, so controlled trapping is also futile, while being quite expensive. (I have friends in the animal control industry, so I have a fair idea what they charge per animal removed.) I have no solutions to offer, merely the hope that if and when there is another flood, whatever the town chooses to do will minimize the damages that will surely result. Dana L. Charbonneau West Warren PHONE 413.967.3505 Fax: 413.967.6009 EMAIL Advertising Sales Jack Haesaert [email protected] Tim Mara [email protected] Advertising Support Jeanne Bonsall [email protected] Editor [email protected] WEB www.quaboagcurrent.com www.tantasquatowncommon.com @QuaboagCurrent TownCommonNewspapers The Quaboag Current and Town Common newspapers are published by Turley Publications, Inc. • www.turley.com L etters to the editor should be 250 words or less in length, and guest columns between 500 and 800 words. No unsigned or anonymous opinions will be published. We require that the person submitting the opinion also include his or her town of residence and home telephone number. We authenticate authorship prior to publication. We reserve the right to edit or withhold any submissions deemed to be libelous, unsubstantiated allegations, personal attacks, or defamation of character. Send opinions to: Letters to the Editor, 80 Main Street, Ware, MA 01082 OR e-mail to [email protected] Deadline for submission is Monday at noon for the following week’s edition. A Turley Publication • www.turley.com I Friday, April 10, 2015 TICKS I FROM PAGE 4 (TBD’s) because available testing is inaccurate and often misses early cases. A second serious issue is physicians are not being taught about the multi-systemic signs and symptoms of TBD’s leaving patients without adequate treatment. Those who do find care with a knowledgeable physician learn their insurance will not cover the cost of the treatment leaving many unable to afford a life- saving treatment while becoming disabled and often losing their homes and jobs. Massachusetts patient/advocates are working to change things and have worked with legislators to bring new legislation that would offer patients access to affordable treatment. H.901 and S.D. 985, An Act Relative to Lyme Disease Treatment Coverage, concurrently filed in the House and Senate have gained huge support from Mass. legislators with two-thirds signing on as co-sponsors of this potentially life-saving legislation which has the support of the Lyme community. Currently, some insurers are denying coverage for care and as a result are costing Massachusetts residents, families, and the Massachusetts economy. It’s time for insurance companies to stop passing the buck and stop dictating medical care. If passed, H. 901/S.D. 985 will help residents in the Commonwealth suffering from Lyme disease by increasing their access to physician-prescribed treatment and by reducing the cost to Massachusetts society. H.901/S.D.985, An Act Relative to Lyme Disease Treatment Coverage, fulfills the Massachusetts Special Commission to Conduct an Investigation and Study of the Incidence and Impact of Lyme Disease recommendation for “mandatory Lyme disease insurance coverage to be enacted in Massachusetts.[i]” Currently, some insurance providers deny coverage for Lyme disease treatment to Massachusetts residents, citing a set of restrictive treatment guidelines. Not only are people suffering, but also the economic cost and burden is being passed on to the state of Massachusetts. Importantly, the recent Massachusetts Center for Health and Information Analysis (CHIA) report found that this bill, if passed, would result in little to no impact on the cost of a typical member’s monthly health insurance premium. The CHIA report findings explicitly state the following: Requiring coverage for this benefit by fully-insured health plans would result in an average annual increase, over five years, to the typical member’s monthly health insurance premiums of between a negligible amount (0.00%) and $0.13 (0.02%) per year. This favorable report shows that the sky will not fall if this legislation is passed and, in fact, for anywhere between $0.00 and $0.13 a year, Massachusetts residents can be assured that if they become ill from Lyme disease that they will not be denied access to care by their insurance company. Massachusetts patients, families, employers and society would benefit with less people needing miss work, school, or go on disability. H.901/ S.D.985 is a win-win for Massachusetts. To learn more about Lyme and other TBD’s check out: www.S-L-A-M.org; http://www.centralmasslyme.org/; [email protected] YOUR health Wickaboag Family Chiropractic Dr. Linda K. Schaetzke Over 25 Years Experience! IMPROVING YOUR HEALTH! • Adult and Pediatric Care • Most Major Health Insurance Accepted • Convenient Hours EMERGENCY CARE AVAILABLE OFFICE HOURS BY APPOINTMENT Phone: 508-867-6161 • FAX: 508-867-1961 143 West Main St., West Brookfield PA G E 5 Smola appointed to Budget Bill Conference Committee BOSTON – Representative Todd M. Smola (R-Warren) has been named as one of three House legislators appointed to the conference committee to negotiate differences between the House and Senate versions of the midyear budget bill. The conferees will negotiate the final version of a roughly $350 million midyear spending proposal. “This is a time sensitive matter and I am confident that the House and Senate will be able to work together,” Smola said. “We are committed to funding programs that are essential to the people of Massachusetts. I look forward to working on the conference commit- tee to address these concerns.” The budget bill includes funding for snow and ice removal, the Department of Children and Families and homeless shelters. On the policy front, the branches are at odds over the Senate’s tuition retention plan for the University of Massachusetts and Housebacked changes to the state’s gaming laws related to paying taxes on slot winnings. “We are working hard to reach compromise on the differences,” Smola said. “Our communities are waiting patiently for financial relief in the snow and ice category. A consensus on this bill will help to achieve that.” Ofﬁce of Sen. Anne Gobi sets April ofﬁce hours REGION – Tyler Wolanin, district aide to Senator Anne Gobi (DfromSpencer), will be holding office hours throughout the district during the month of April. On Monday, April 13 he will be in East Brookfield from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Municipal Town Complex. On Wednesday, April 15 he will be in Sturbridge from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Town Hall. On Tuesday, April 21 he will be in New Braintree from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Town Hall; and West Brookfield from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Senior Center. On Tuesday, April 28, he will be in Brookfield from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Town Hall. On Tuesday, April 28 he will be in North Brookfield from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Senior Center and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the town offices. Constituents and town officials are invited to meet with Wolanin to express any concerns, ideas and issues they have. 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If you or any suspect listed here is found not guilty or has charges dropped or reduced, we will gladly print that information as a followup upon being presented with documented proof of the court’s final disposition. Brookfield Police Log Between March 30-April 6 Brookfield police made two arrests. Jason Kupfer of 5 Prairie Schooner Trail, Brookfield, MA was arrested on March 31 for two counts of breaking and entering during daytime for a felony and two counts of larceny over $250. Peter J. Carey of 5 Prairie Schooner Trail, Brookfield, MA was arrested on April 1 on an arrest warrant. Police made eight motor vehicle stops, one motor vehicle investigation, one building and property check, three investigations, served two warrants, served one summons, and assisted three citizens. They responded to five alarms, seven medical emergencies, two animal calls, and one fire. They appeared for court-related matters three times and four officers were initiated. There were nine 911 calls. Six of these were for medical emergencies, two were for complaints of motor vehicle operations, and one was for a disabled motor vehicle. Brookfield police assisted two other agencies. East Brookfield Police Log Between March 30-April 6 East Brookfield police made two arrests. On April 1 an adult male was arrested for assault and battery on a family member and threatening to commit a crime. On April 4 Nathan S. Davis of 26 Condon Drive, Spencer, MA was arrested for operating under the influence of drugs, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, a marked lanes violation, failing to drive in the right lane, possession of a Class B substance, and resisting arrest. Police made 29 motor vehicle stops, three motor vehicle investigations, seven building and property checks, two investigations, one welfare check, one repossession, one escort or transport, sent mutual aid fire or ambulance twice, and assisted two citizens. They responded to one fire, three complaints, one animal call, two disabled motor vehicles, one safety hazard, two motor vehicle accidents, and one complaint of motor vehicle operations. There were six 911 calls. Two of these were for medical emergencies, one was for a complaint, one was for a disturbance, one was for suspicious activity, and one was a hang-up call. East Brookfield police assisted one other agency. Warren Police Department Bobbijo Alexander-Hubert, 36, of 16 Jefferson St. Apt. 3 in Worcester, was arrested on April 1 for operating a motor vehicle with revoked license and speeding. Barry A. Bennett, 27, of 24 North St. Apt. 2B in West Warren, was arrested on April 3 on two warrants. Linda L. Robbins, 54, of 24 North St. Apt. 2B in West Warren, was arrested on April 3 for obstructing justice. Elmer J LaFrance, 44, of 13 McBride Rd. in Wales, was arrested on April 3 for improper operation of a motor vehicle. Linda L. Robbins, 54, of 24 North St. Apt. 2B in West Warren, was arrested on April 3 as a fugitive from justice on a court warrant. Last week the Warren Police Department made 37 motor vehicle stops, performed seven building or property checks and responded to 31 general calls for service. There were also two reports of gas leaks, two restraining order violations, one animal complaint, one report of an assault, one report of illegal dumping and one report of a carbon monoxide incident. There were 13 911 calls. Six were for medical emergencies, one was for an assault, one was for erratic operation of a motor vehicle, one was for breaking and entering, one was for a suicide attempt, one was for a disturbance and two were hang-ups. The department assisted another agency on one occasion. TURLEY PUBLICATIONS STAFF PHOTO BY COLLEEN MONTAGUE Editor’s Note: “River Watch” tracks data provided by the US Geological Survey examining the Quaboag Current flow and flood records taken from a testing station in Brimfield over the past seven days. This information is provided to help fisherman, boaters, and residential abutters understand their local tributaries better. For more current daily data and more details, visit http://waterwatch.usgs.gov/. KEY: Drainage area: Also known as watershed area. The area of land that contributes water to a stream either as surface runoff or groundwater ﬂow; usually measured as square miles. Discharge: Also known as streamﬂow. The volume of water moving in a stream at any point in time; usually measured as cubic feet per second. Stage: The water level of a stream compared to a ﬁxed reference point at the location where the measurement is made; usually measured as feet. Water level measurements are always made at the same location so that comparisons can be made over time. Stage is not depth of water, because depth can vary signiﬁcantly across a stream and upstream or downstream, but a higher stage means deeper water, and a lower stage means shallower water. Some streams have an ofﬁcial ﬂood stage designated by the National Weather Service, which is the level at which ﬂooding will begin to occur. Date: The date and time of the most recent update of the data map. When more than one data location is shown on a map, the most recent update time for individual locations may be up to an hour earlier than the update time for the map. Percentile: Compares the most recent value of streamﬂow to the historical observations for the day. For example, if the most recent value is at the 25th percentile, it means that historically the streamﬂow for the day has been at or less than this level 25 percent of the time, or on average 1 day out of every 4. If the most recent value is at the 75th percentile, it means that historically the streamﬂow for the day has been at or less than this level 75 percent of the time, or on average 3 days out of every 4. Conversely, at the 75th percentile it could also be said that the streamﬂow for the day has been at or higher than this level 25 percent of the time, or on average 1 day out of every 4. At the 50th percentile, there have been an equal number of historical observations higher and lower, and the 50th percentile is often referred to as the “normal”. However, hydrologists consider percentiles between 25 and 75 to be relatively normal and within expected natural ups and downs, with less than 25 being unusually dry conditions and higher than 75 being unusually wet conditions. Class symbol: Groups current water conditions into general categories of wet or dry compared to historical observations using percentiles of daily streamﬂow. Green indicates relatively normal conditions; “warm” colors yellow, orange, and red indicate drier than normal conditions; and “cool” colors light blue, blue, and black indicate wetter than normal conditions. Red and black indicate that new low or high streamﬂow records have been set for the day. West Brookfield Police Log Last week the West Brookfield Police Department made 13 motor vehicle stops, responded to three animal calls, one alarm call and 23 general calls for service. There was also one report of a motor vehicle accident, one warrant served, one medical emergency and one psychiatric emergency reported. There were eight 911 calls. Five were for medical emergencies, one was for a fire, one was for an animal complaint and one was for a disturbance. There were five investigations performed and the department assisted another agency on two occasions. Drivers to be advised of ‘Headlight Law’ BOSTON - Effective April 7, two changes are being made by Chapter 481 of the Acts of 2014: (1) Motor vehicle operators will now be required to display the vehicle’s lights when visibility is so reduced that persons or vehicles cannot clearly be seen at 500 feet due to insufficient light or weather conditions. (Our current regulation, which is superseded by this change in law, only requires the display of lights if the operator cannot see substantial objects at 350 feet); and (2) The vehicle’s headlights and taillights must now be illuminated whenever the windshield wipers are activated. No change in law has been made to 150 mi2 971 cfs 5.52 ft 2015-04-07 82.53% Blue 162.37% 148.82% the required electronically operated lights used at the front and rear of vehicles carrying hay or straw when the vehicle is used to transport persons on hayrides. Penalty for Violation: A fine of $5 for a violation of this Section is contained in Chapter 85, Section 17. [Depending on the circumstances, law enforcement officers may cite the violation under Chapter 90, Section 7 as an “equipment violation” ($35 fine for 1st offense) which is also a surcharge able offense. If cited under Section 7, there will also be a surcharge of $5 (under the final paragraph of Chapter 90, Section 20) that will be transferred into the Public Safety Training Fund on payment.] CLUES ACROSS 1. Piece attached on one side 5. Flat-bottomed boat 10. Oblong cream puff 12. Czar nation 14. Jump rope fast 16. Ma’s partner 18. Ink writing implement 19. Wet spongy ground 20. “Gunga Din” screenwriter 22. Root mean square (abbr.) 23. Strode 25. Former ruler of Iran 26. Provide with a top 27. Chit 28. Actor DeLuise 30. Point midway between E and SE 31. S.E. Asian nation 33. Protein basis of cheese 35. 1976 Music Pulitzer Ned 37. Belonging to Mrs. Parks 38. Tooth covering 40. Satisfy fully 41. Animal companion 42. Fix conclusively 44. 7th day (abbr.) 45. Pouch 48. Employee stock ownership plan 50. Fastened with adhesive or masking 52. Don’t know when yet 53. Eagle’s nest 55. Early modern jazz 56. Auricle 57. Atomic #81 58. Social class of manual laborers 63. Groups of regional animals 65. Release draft animals 66. Musical notations 67. Bearing or manner CLUES DOWN 1. Grippe 2. Scientific workplace 3. Afflict 4. Construction of parts off-site 5. Cut back shrubs 6. Road furrow 7. The Nazarene author 8. Fire residues 9. 3rd tone 10. Excessive fluid accumulation 11. Fellow plotter 13. Inability to use or understand language 15. 12th calendar month 17. Greek capital 18. Communist China 21. Philadelphia sandwich 23. Neverland’s Peter 24. Medical man 27. Domesticates ANSWERS APPEAR ON PAGE 11 29. Murdered in his bathtub 32. Dreaming sleep state 34. Drunkard 35. Double 36. Of one 39. Allow 40. Sorrowful 43. Dining hall furniture 44. Partition between 2 cavities 46. Reduce in amount 47. Where passengers ride 49. Sacred fig tree (alt. sp.) 51. Poet Edgar Allan 54. Sea eagle of Europe 59. An awkward stupid person 60. Black tropical American cuckoo 61. Whisky 62. Electrically charged atom 64. Atomic #89 A Turley Publication • www.turley.com I Friday, April 10, 2015 birth Masons to hold open house WARREN - The Quaboag Lodge of Masons, located at 968 Main Street, Warren will welcome the public under the state-wide Grand Lodge of Masons 10th annual Spring Lodge “Open House” Saturday, April 11 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. Freemasons will be on hand to give tours of their building, and to help the public gain a better understanding of the fraternity, its history and why Freemasonry has been the common denominator of so many great men throughout our country’s history. Freemasons trace their history back to the stonema- son guilds that built Europe’s cathedrals and castles. Organized in Massachusetts over 280 years ago, they have been an integral part of our nation’s history. Men like Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Thurgood Marshall, and John Glenn are among the many famous men who joined the organization before achieving the greatness they are recognized for. Countless other men have made their communities a better place through selfless giving of their time and money. North American Freemasons donate more than $3,000,000 every day to charity; Volunteers needed REGION - Did you know that 1 in every 30 children in the U.S will go to sleep without a home this year? Horizons for Homeless Children is seeking fun-loving, dependable people to interact and play with children living in family homeless shelters and domestic violence shelters in Western Massachusetts. A commitment of two hours a week is required for at least six months. Day and evening hours are available. Trainings are held regularly and are listed on the website. The next training will be held Saturday, April 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in West Springfield. For more information, email [email protected] or call 413-532-0467. ings can be calculated in the 2016 budget, which will be released next month. “State spending has been exceeding revenue growth and the ERIP is one way to close this gap without increasing taxes or fees,” Smola said. “I was happy to see bipartisan support in the House for this effective cost saving program. This initiative will help us address a substantial budget shortfall that will be a daunting task to balance.” The bill now moves to the Senate for its consideration before final passage. For additional information, contact Smola at [email protected] mahouse.gov or 617-722-2100. Haston Public Library announces programs for the month of April NORTH BROOKFIELD - The Haston Public Library in North Brookfield announces a line-up of special programming for the month of April. Pre-school Story Time is held every Tuesday morning. Pre-registration is required. Tuesday, April 21 at 3 p.m. Jillian Gartner of American Poodles at Work will demonstrate how these special service dogs help to make life easier for the handicapped and the infirm by performing simple tasks. Wednesday, April 22 it’s “LEGOS All Day” from 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23 from 3-4 p.m. Rae Griffiths of “Teaching Creatures” will be here with her “Animals of Spring” program, featuring rabbits, box turtle, corn See HASTON I PAGE 15 Irelyn Olive Venne McQuaids announce birth of granddaughter WARE - John and Bambi McQuaid of Ware announce the birth of their granddaughter Irelyn Olive Venne. She was born Oct. 6, 2014 and was 19 inches long, and weighed 8 pounds 2 ounces. Her parents are Fred and Katie Venne of West Brookfield, and her brothers are Bryce and Jacoby. Maternal grandparents are John and Bambi McQuaid, and maternal great-grandmother (Great Nannie) is Olive McQuaid of Ware. Paternal grandparents are Kevin Venne of Chicopee and Brenda Stephens of Springfield. Pet Corner Volunteers needed to deliver Meals on Wheels BROOKFIELDS/WARREN - Tri-Valley, Inc. is looking for reliable people to deliver Meals on Wheels to elders in Brookfield, West Brookfield and Warren and to pack and serve meals at Tri-Valley’s Community Dining Center located at the West Brookfield Senior Center. All volunteers receive training and drivers are eligible for travel reimbursement at the rate of 50 cents per mile. Anyone who can give as little as two hours per week of their time to help with this important task is asked to call Site Manager Deb Mero at 508-8671411. Tri-Valley, Inc. is a private, non-profit agency providing in-home and community based services in 25 towns in south central Massachusetts. The agency receives funding from the commonwealth of Massachusetts through the Executive Office of Elder Affairs and Federal financial support under the Older Americans Act furnished by the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs. Funds are also received from other public and private sources. All donations are welcome and memorials may be established. For information about services, call Tri-Valley’s free Help-Line at 1-800-286-6640 or visit www.trivalleyinc. org. announcement more than 70 percent benefitting the general public. Members of Quaboag Lodge, chartered in 1859, are comprised largely of Warren area residents belonging to a society dedicated to the principle of “making good men better” by providing opportunities for fellowship, charity, education, and leadership, while creating friendship and understanding between men without regard to nationality, religion, race, background or opinion. Contact the Massachusetts Grand Lodge, call 800-882-1020, or visit MassFreemasonry.org for more information. Smola announces House passage of early retirement incentive program BOSTON – Representative Todd M. Smola (R-Warren), ranking member of the Committee on Ways and Means, is pleased to announce that the House of Representatives has unanimously passed legislation that creates an early retirement incentive program (ERIP) for certain employees of Massachusetts. The program is anticipated to achieve more than $172 million in net savings. Initially proposed by Governor Baker, the ERIP bill is intended to help close an estimated $1.5 billion budget shortfall in the coming fiscal year and avoid potential layoffs of state employees. The House of Representatives has taken up the ERIP so that the sav- PA G E 7 CANTERBURY TAILS VETERINARY CLINIC Holistic and Conventional Veterinary Medicine Homeopathy & Herbal Medicine Surgery • Dentistry • Radiology Anne Rylestone, DVM, PhD • James Q. Knight, DVM www.canterburytailsvetclinic.com 413-967-4545 40 East Main St., Suite #10, Ware • Weir River Brickmill Building Advertise Your Business Here Call Lisa at 413-283-8393 PET GROOMING We Groom both Dogs & Cats! 10% Senior Discount Tuesdays & Thursdays 413.222.8875 Open by Appointment Only 106 Brimﬁeld Road Monson, MA Michelle Lagimoniere Owner/Groomer CARE CREDIT Individualized Compassionate Care Clueless in Upton Abbey a murder mystery happening Thursday, April 23rd at 6:00 pm Country Auto Body, Inc. a Colonel Mustard Presents production Enjoy a Italian Buffet dinner while experiencing this original murder mystery production in the beautiful post & beam function room of The Table 3 Restaurant Group, 7 Cedar Street in Sturbridge. Cash Bar at 6:00 pm Dinner & Performance at 7:00 pm Tickets are $50 per person $40pp for Opacum Land Trust members e in the Mr. Puc atory? Conserv Miss Mag in the Lounenta ge? Perhaps Mrs. Cerulean & Col. Puce had other tricks up their sleeves? Tickets are available at The Bird Store and More, at the corner of Rt. 20 & Cedar St., Sturbridge, by calling 508-347-9144 or via email: [email protected] Think Spring! Lawn & Garden Tubes & Tires In Stock We Stock Interstate Batteries Full Auto Body Mechanical & Towing Service We Fill Propane www.countryautotirecenter.com 69 Donovan Road, North Brookfield 508-867-9736 PAGE 8 A Turley Publication • www.turley.com I Friday, April 10, 2015 Vendors needed for area craft fair, April 25 LUDLOW - The Ludlow Community Center/ Randall Boys & Girls Club is seeking vendors and crafters for the club’s fourth annual Springtime Vendor/Craft Fair Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There are 65 vendor available spots on a first come first server basis. Spaces fill up quickly. Coffee will be available to all crafters and vendors throughout the day. There will also be a concession stand for you to purchase breakfast and lunch items. Applications are available on the club’s website at www.ludlowbgc.org or at the club. Applications will be accepted until spaces are filled or until April 20. Mail applications to Sheri Santos, Ludlow Community Center/Randall Boys & Girls Club, 91 Claudia’s Way, Ludlow, MA 01056. This is a rain or shine event. Space is limited. For more information, contact Sheri Santos at 413-583-2072 or email [email protected] RAIL I FROM PAGE 1 had contacted me saying that they were interested but couldn’t make that meeting time,” she said. “It is still in the early stages but we are working on developing some events that the friends group will really be utilized for, and I am still compiling a list of anyone interested so they can be kept informed about upcoming meetings and events.” One of the big upcoming events that the friends group will be helping with is an upcoming family fun day that will be held in June, with more information to be released closer to the date. Anyone interested in helping at the work day can simply show up and is asked to bring work gloves and to dress for the weather, as the event will be held rain or shine. Anyone interested in joining the friends group can contact Braese at [email protected] org. More information about the rail trail and other land trust properties can be found at eqlt.org. 2015 FEST Your Guide to Local PLACE YOUR AD IN NEW ENGLAND’S #1 SUMMER ACTIVITY GUIDE* *Voted #1 advertising supplement for 2012 by New England Newspaper and Press Association. SUMMER ACTIVITIES & VACATION DESTINATIONS CONTACT YOUR TURLEY REP TODAY! 800-824-6548 CURB I FROM PAGE 1 then cross the street with the other children. This winter, with the extreme amounts of snow, that task was made extra difficult. “As it is, without snow the children have to walk on ground to get down to the sidewalk,” Czub said. “The other option would be to walk in the road itself and that is not safe, especially the way some of the big trucks some down the road from North Brookfield. With all the snow, when the plows came through this year the snow mounds built right up on the side of the road and there was no place to walk except way out on the tarmac of the road itself.” Czub and her husband contacted the highway department to see if there was a way that a path could be cleared but the town lacks the equipment that would allow that, and even if they had it clearing on grass would likely cause damage to personal properties. The highway department was very supportive of Czub’s concerns, she said, and came out to push the snow back as much as possible, but it certainly wasn’t a solution. Eventually, the child who is currently in the school received permission from the principal to cross at their house rather than walk down to the crosswalk, as it seemed to be the least dangerous option. “This isn’t just about my family, though,” Czub said. “I see residents from Wigwam Road out walking in the warm weather, some of them pushing strollers, and see them having to walk on our grass and our neighbors’ lawns. This would benefit a lot of people.” Initially, Czub went before the board at the beginning of March and was met with a cool reception to the idea by the chairman of the select board who said that there have been many requests for sidewalk installations over the years but the town is not doing a good job of maintaining what it already has and past requests have been denied. At the next meeting, the advisory board was present and told Czub that it supported the article but the select board was unable to vote as the chair was absent. The final meeting in March Czub was told that she did not need to attend and was later emailed that the article was ac- MEALS I FROM PAGE 1 Wheels program. Mero said that volunteers often work one day a week, so anyone who has just two hours a week to spare can volunteer. In the morning, volunteers help set up the milk and bread that goes with the meals and package it in cooler bags for the drivers. Then each meal is portioned out, packed and sealed and put in a warming bag for the drivers. There are four routes, with one driver per route, which cover the towns of North Brookfield, Brookfield, West Brookfield and Warren. “Our Warren and Brookfield routes are the biggest, with about 20 meals delivered on each one,” Mero said. “Those take about an hour and a half. The other routes are about eight to 10 people and take under an hour, usually.” A valuable resources for summer activities and vacation destinations in Western & Central Mass OVER 150,000 CHAMBER I FROM PAGE 1 2015 Volunteer of the Year: Renee Niedziela, J. Stolar Insurance Agency; Deb Healy, Viridian Energy; Julie Quink, Burkhart Pizzanelli, PC; Dave Gagnon, Power Computers; Gene Birk, Gene Birk Electric; Rich Eichacker, Vibrance Technology; Jay Shuttle, JCS Custom Carpentry. All volunteers received training and drivers are eligible for travel reimbursement at the rate of 50 cents per mile. Mero said that right now she has exactly enough volunteers, meaning that if there is anyone who gets sick or has other commitments to attend to, things might get tricky. “We are really fortunate to have some very dedicated volunteers but there are no back-ups to take their place if they are not going to be able to come one day,” she said. “I’m hoping that we can find some more people who are interested in helping out. Volunteers are very nice to have and it is a great opportunity to feel good about doing something good for your community.” Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Mero at 508-867-4144. For more information about services available through Tri-Valley, call the free help-line at 800-286-6640 or visit trivalleyinc.org. HELP WANTED ADVERTISING SALES Turley Publications is looking for an energetic person interested in selling advertising for our community newspapers. The right candidate will assume an established territory that includes: Ware, Warren and West Brookfield. – A T U R L E Y P U B L I C AT I O N – VOTED #1 SUPPLEMENT IN NEW ENGLAND 2012 & 2014 tually not going to be included on the warrant. In a rush she had to obtain signatures from a number of registered voters in order to have it placed as a citizen’s petition, which she was successful with. The article asks for $12,500 to be funded for the purpose of installing a sidewalk in the school zone up to Wigwam Road, about 640 feet in length. “I hope that people come out and vote to support this,” Czub said. “It will make the area much safer for a number of residents.” The annual town meeting is set for Tuesday, June 2 at 7 p.m. You must be a self-starter with excellent communication and organizational skills. Basic computer skills are required. Previous print sales experience is preferred but will train the right candidate. 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Since its inception it has grown to be a nationally-recognized holiday that honors the contributions of those who spend their days assisting teachers and students in the academic environment. “The students, the staff and the district are so fortunate to have such a dedicated group of paraprofessionals to support our students and faculty,” Warren Community Elementary School Principal Stephen Duff said. “The students wouldn’t be as successful as they are without the support of the paras.” Students and teachers alike chose to recognize this holiday by paying tribute to those who are such a source of support. Decorations were made and hung throughout the school recognizing each and every paraprofessional by name and honoring their contributions to the school, both individually and collectively. At Warren Community Elementary School, paraprofessionals are the Doors throughout the school showed student and staff appreciation. Some of the decorations featured student-designed drawings, honoring individual paraprofessionals. Each paraprofessional in the school was honored and recognized. AT LEFT: Teachers at Warren Community Elementary School think that their paraprofessionals are just incredible. Paraprofessionals are the pieces that complete the puzzle. QUABOAG CURRENT PHOTOS FROM MIXED SOURCES A Turley Publication • www.turley.com I Friday, April 10, 2015 PAGE 1 0 SPORTS 8 [email protected] @turleysports www.turleysports.com acebook.com/turleysports Fields showing signs of improvement Editor’s Note: The Turley Publications Sports Staff will do weekly updates on this story until the spring season begins for all programs at every school. - WORCESTER - By Dave Forbes Turley Publications Sports Staff Writer By Dave Forbes Turley Publications Sports Staff Writer W hile Old Man Winter has released his grip on most of the region, which has allowed for warmer temperatures to finally reach the area, the effect on baseball and softball fields, along with tennis courts is still being felt, especially across portions of Central Massachusetts and far eastern sections of Hampshire County. When we visited the baseball field up at Quabbin Regional High School last week, there still remained a hard pack of ice and snow on the baseball field that seemed to be very See FIELDS I PAGE 11 TURLEY PUBLICATIONS STAFF PHOTOS BY DAVE FORBES The softball ﬁeld looked close to being ready to go at Quaboag, but all that was showing at the baseball ﬁeld at Quabbin was a bit of the pitcher’s mound last week. More changes to the spring sports schedule - REGION By Dave Forbes Turley Publications Sports Staff Writer Due to the slow snow melt that has taken place, several changes have continued to take place to the Quaboag and Tantasqua spring schedules. Laporte delivers hat trick for Tantasqua Here are the changes: The Ware at Quaboag baseball game that was scheduled for Thursday, April 2 has been postponed to an unknown date. The baseball, softball and girls tennis matches at Uxbridge against Quaboag, along with the boys tennis match at Quaboag were all postponed from Monday, April 6. No makeup date has been announced for any of the contests. Tantasqua changes The beginning of the baseball and softball seasons continues to be off to a slow start with the cancellation of more contests last week. The game against Millbury has been rescheduled from Monday, April 6 to Wednesday, April 29. The same also happened to the boys and girls lacrosse matches against Northbridge on Tuesday, April 7 have been postponed with a makeup date being announced. The boys See SCHEDULE I PAGE 11 The Tantasqua girls lacrosse team finally managed to get in its first match of the season last week as the Lady Warriors traveled to the field turf of Commerce Bank Field at Foley Stadium to take on the squad from Doherty. The trip to the city turned out to be a fruitful one for the Lady Warriors as they pulled off an 11-4 win on Thursday, April 2. Charlotte Laporte led the offensive charge for the Lady Warriors as she finished with three goals. Cam Hall and Aurora Locney scored two apiece for Tantasqua. Tantasqua (1-0), which had several other home and road contests cancelled due to the rough winter weather, were scheduled to have their first home game of the season against Grafton at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, and they were also scheduled for a home contest against Hopedale at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14. Dave Forbes is the sports editor for Turley Publications. He can be reached at [email protected] or by calling 413-2838393 ext. 237. Panthers trying to prepare for challenging season - BARRE By Karen A. Lewis Turley Publications Sports Correspondent On a freezing cold spring afternoon, the sun may have been shining and all things seemed quiet on the outside at Quabbin Regional High School in Barre, but a flurry of activity was happening inside the two gyms as the boys varsity and jayvee baseball teams prepare for a season that has to come along sooner than later. “I think we’re all like caged animals,” Quabbin varsity baseball coach Rich Zalneraitis said, referring to the weather. “We’ve been off to a really good start, the attitudes are awesome.” Zalneraitis, back at the helm for his seventh season as head coach, shared an optimistic outlook for the upcoming months. Looking to improve a .500 sea- TURLEY PUBLICATIONS PHOTO BY KAREN A. LEWIS Front row (from left to right): Kyle Judd (co-captain), Ryan Walsh (co-captain) and Jake Lanpher. Back row: Randy White, Matt Newell, Brendan Roach and Zach Glidden. son from last year and only losing four seniors to graduation, chances are good that the bat could swing the Panthers way this year. “We’ve always had great kids over the years,” Zalneraitis said. “However the attitude, focus and effort this year may be the best we’ve seen. You can tell that these guys have been together since fourth grade.” On the pitcher’s mound, five players will see significant action including senior co-captains Kyle Judd and Ryan Walsh, seniors Matt Newell and Randy White and junior Karl Skerry. When they’re not fulfilling pitching duties, they’ll prove to be valuable assets in different field positions. Judd and Skerry will help out at third base, Walsh will play in the outfield, Newell will move from first base he played last year to shortstop this year and White will see some time at first base. “We’ve played together for a long time,” Judd said. “If we play to our potential, we should have a great season.” With seven seniors on the roster, Zalneraitis also will look to players like Brendan Roach and Jake Lanpher behind the plate to hold things together. Roach will also play some first base as Lanpher will share his time at second base. Senior Zach Glidden will either be seen in the outfield or closer to home plate as a middle infielder. Juniors Ryan Clark at first base, Brody Topper playing shortstop and second base and Sean O’Sullivan who could be virtually anywhere, will be looked upon for contributions to the cause. “Sean is a tremendous young man,” Zalneraitis said. “He plays any position we ask. He’s our practice pitcher, he’s a catcher, he can play anywhere. He may even see some mop up duty on the mound. He’s got a great attitude and infectious enthusiasm.” Rounding out the 13-man roster includes juniors Tomas Gates who plays outfield and pitcher. Gates will most likely see his time on the mound at the jayvee level as he gains experience and David Roach who See SEASON I PAGE 11 A Turley Publication • www.turley.com I Friday, April 10, 2015 PA G E 1 1 - sports Lady Panthers ready for season to begin COLLEGE NOTES - BARRE - Jankins shuts down Monmouth By Karen A. Lewis Turley Publications Sports Correspondent WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. The Quinnipiac Bobcats dominated in game one of the doubleheader as the offensive exploded for nine runs on 18 hits while starting pitcher Thomas Jankins, of West Brookfield, and reliever Taylor Luciani, of Berlin, Conn., combined to shutout the Hawks on just two hits. Jankins (3-3) picked up his third win of the season with his second scoreless outing, as he allowed just two hits with four walks and four strikeouts. Luciani relieved Jankins at the start of the seventh inning and struck out three batters in three perfect innings. Music, laughter and enthusiasm filled the Quabbin gym as the girls varsity softball team didn’t let the weather conditions get them down as they continue to work hard to be ready for opening day, whenever that may be. “I’m very pleased with the way things have been going,” Quabbin first-year varsity coach Gwen Reimer said. “I really like what I’ve seen. We have some experienced underclassmen as well as experienced upperclassmen.” For the first time in many years, Quabbin did not have enough players to field a junior varsity team which means not only will Reimer be getting her bearings as the new coach, she’ll also be challenged with the task of carrying a larger than average team ranging in age from freshmen to seniors. Reimer replaces Chris Haley who coached the 2014 season and Kevin Kane who retired at the end of 2013 after numerous years at the softball helm. Reimer actually coached the Panther jayvee squad for one year in 2013, but job commitments did not allow her to return in 2014. In an ironic turn of events this year, the planets seemed to align and things worked for Reimer to accept the varsity coaching position. Her prior time at Quabbin will no doubt work to her advantage as she was already familiar with most of her squad before practices began. Hailing originally from Pottsville, Penn., Reimer’s softball skills and love of the arts brought her to Massachusetts to attend and graduate from the College of the Holy Cross where she played on the Division 1 team. She is currently a tutor at Leominster High School and expressed excitement on this new chapter of coaching the Lady Panthers. “I think my years of experience and being fairly young will help me to relate to the girls,” Reimer said. “My years in college playing softball will hopefully add a level of trust that I understand the game.” Of the 16 young ladies on her roster, half are returning to varsity and the other eight are either brand new or moving up from last year’s jayvee group. On the pitcher’s mound, four Panthers will SEASON I FROM PAGE 10 looks to be one of the stronger hitters will see his time in center or right field. “They’ve all come back this year as young men, they’re not the boys we’ve been coaching for years,” Zalneraitis said. “The leadership on this team is also not relegated to who’s captain. All of our juniors and seniors have been teaching the jayvee players.” Quabbin will once again be in Mid Wach B, Division 3, facing tough Mid Wach A opponents including Shrewsbury, Marlboro, Westboro and Algonquin, who they open their season with. In Mid Wach B they’ll also face perennial powerhouses Nashoba and Fountain delivers RBI single TURLEY PUBLICATIONS PHOTO BY KAREN A. LEWIS Quabbin softball players (from left to right) Courtney Welsh, Samantha Priest, Claire Kondrotas and Jillian Schlegel have been getting ready for the new season. see action including senior Samantha Priest and sophomore Kaelie Hosley, each returning and newcomers Mackenzie Kegans and Keara Malakie, both sophomores. “I’m very excited,” Priest said. “I think we have a good team. This is my second year on varsity, I’ve played swing the other two years. I’ve had Gwen as my coach in my sophomore year. It’s good to have someone young and she obviously knows a lot about the sport.” Claire Kondrotas, the only other senior in the bunch, as well as a threesport athlete, is coming off a successful basketball season and will see her time at first base. “We’re all friends on the team and that helps,” Kondrotas said. “We have a lot of solid upperclassmen who will be able to be good role models for the younger kids playing.” Also returning players include juniors Jillian Schlegel at shortstop and Courtney Welsh at second base, sophomores Lindsey Giorgi behind the plate as catcher, Kayla Thompson in the outfield and Erin Walsh at third base and in the outfield. Either making their debut in a Quabbin uniform or stepping up from jayvee to varsity, players include junior Alexa Giarusso and sophomores Alysia Ladd and Megan Welch, who will each spend time in the outfield. Welch will also share some catching duties with Giorgi. Rounding out the crew are freshmen Abby Bryant, Morgan Morse and Kaitlin Prochnow. All three will also be looked upon to contribute in the outfield. Quabbin returns to participate in the Mid Wach B League and will be competing once again in Division 3. It is Reimer’s hope with a young team and so many returning varsity players that the Panthers could pose as a real threat to other competitors. “Quabbin has a strong history, and Coach Kane really set the tone,” Reimer said. “He’s been in touch with me and has given me lots of advice. We’ve done really well hitting at practice. It’s been tough with fielding. Obviously a gym floor is a lot different from an actual field.” Priest added that the girls are ready to take it outside and she plans to make this senior season a memorable one for her and the rest of her teammates. “Everyone is working really hard,” Priest said. “It’s been hard to come into the gym and practice when we all want to be outside. I especially love pitching and I’ve been pitching since fourth grade. It started out being me and my dad’s thing. He’d take me pitching on a Saturday night. Not a lot of people can say they’re a softball pitcher.” The Panthers first game listed on the schedule was set for this past Wednesday at Worcester South. Hudson, and compete against North Middlesex who has seen their program improve over the years as well as Groton-Dunstable and Fitchburg. “If the team comes together, we should win a lot of games,” co-captain Walsh said. “For most of us players, it’s our number one sport and we put most of our attention to it. We’re not just going through the motions.” Zalneraitis also mentioned his strong coaching staff of jayvee coach Chris Robidoux, assistant Bob Whitelaw and middle school coach Chris Nosek, each having made tremendous contributions to the Quabbin program. As the home opener was originally scheduled for this Monday, March 30, numerous schools are running into the same problems with snow and ice on the fields as Quabbin is experiencing. Zalneraitis couldn’t even venture a guess as to when things will be happening in Barre. Because of these challenges, MIAA has already extended the season an extra week, but Zalneraitis expects the result will be numerous double headers in late April and May to make up for the missed games. At this point it’s speculation for a Quabbin home opener until the white stuff makes its departure. But all is not lost, as Algonquin has rented the New England Baseball Complex in Northboro. With an outdoor artificial turf field available, the season opener for the Panthers will be Thursday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m. SCHEDULE I FROM PAGE 10 also had their match That happened as well for the boys tennis matches against Bartlett (Thursday, April 2), and St. Pe- ter Marian (Monday, April 6). No makeup date has been set for any of these contests. The same also happened to the girls tennis match at St. BIDDEFORD, Maine - Nichols softball player and Warren resident Haley Fountain delivered a run-producing hit in the fifth inning of a 13-4 loss to the University of New England on Friday, April 3. FIELDS I FROM PAGE 10 stubbornly going away as there were signs in a few spots where the pitching rubber on the mound could be seen, but other than that the field still had a ways to go in order to be ready for the upcoming baseball season. When heading over to see the baseball and softball fields at Quaboag, it was quite remarkable to see the difference between the two fields. While the baseball field still had snow on the skin portion of the infield and the grass, the softball diamond on the other edge of the property looked to be in better shape as the snow was all gone from the infield, but the outfield grass still was covered up by some snow. With some help from Mother Nature, the ball fields over at Quaboag may become playable in the not-to-distant future. At Ware, the baseball and softball teams have taken to working out on the track that surrounds the football and soccer stadium. A considerable amount of snow had disappeared from the football and soccer field in the day or two that the teams had been working out up there, according to the coaches and players, so both groups were hopeful that they would be able to use the grass portion of that field to be able to run more drills than they could either inside the gymnasium or on the rubberized track. The baseball and softball fields were going to take more time to be ready for the teams to play contest at their usual home locations, but both programs were hopeful that alternative sites would be playable soon enough to get the new season going as quickly as possible. 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Specializing in all aspects of quality painting and staining. 25 years experience. Free consultation. Steve (413)4778217 QUABBIN PAINTING INTERIOR/ EXTERIOR PAINTING, handyman, house and deck powerwashing, deck staining, gutters cleaned. Prompt professional service. Call 413-323-6425 [email protected] Plumbing LINC’S PLUMBING LIC #J27222 Scheduling Replacement Heating Systems Now Call LINC’S For Your Connection (413)668-5299 HELP WANTED ADVERTISING SALES Turley Publications is looking for an energetic person interested in selling advertising for our community newspapers. The right candidate will assume an established territory that includes: Ware, Warren and West Brookfield. You must be a self-starter with excellent communication and organizational skills. Basic computer skills are required. Previous print sales experience is preferred but will train the right candidate. Send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to: Beth Baker, Advertising Director, Turley Publications, 24 Water St. Palmer, MA 01069 or email: [email protected] ✦ www.turley.com Roofing Call us toll free at 1-800-824-6548 Help Wanted FREE ROOF INSPECTIONS. ALL TYPES OF ROOFING, shingle, flat and slate. Call Local Builders (413)626-5296. Complete roofing systems and repairs. Fully licensed and insured. MA CS #102453, CT Reg. 0615780. Lifetime warranty. Senior Discount. 24 hour service. SKY-TECH ROOFING, INC. 25 years experience. Commercial, residential. Insured. Shingles, single-ply systems. Tar/ gravel, slate repairs. 24 hour Emergency Repairs. (413)536-3279, (413)348-9568, (413)204-4841. Tree Work AAA1 - TROM’S TREE SERVICE affordable prices, tree removal, hazard tree removal, cordwood, stump grinding. We’re fully insured and workmen’s comp. for your protection. Free estimates. Mon.Sun. Call Jason. 413-283-6374. ATEKS TREE- Honest, quality tree service. From pruning to house lot clearing. Fully insured. Free estimates. Think Spring. Cut the trees before the leaves. (413)687-3220. WOODCHUCK TREE EXPERTS Removals, Pruning, Cabling, Chipping and Stump Grinding. Safe, Professional and Affordable. Fully Insured. Massachusetts Certified Arborist on staff. 413519-6624 Pets BE A RESPONSIBLE PET OWNER - Financially needy? Call for assistance to spay/neuter your cat/dog. (413)565-5383 CONCERNED CITIZENS FOR ANIMALS. RETIRED RACING GREYHOUNDS AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION spayed/neutered, wormed, shots, heartworm tested, teeth cleaned Make a Fast Friend! Greyhound Options Inc. Call Mary at 413-566-3129 or Claire at 413-967-9088 or go to www.greyhoundoptions.org. Horses HORSEBACK RIDING LESSONS offered year round at our state of the art facility. Beginner to advanced. Ages 4 years to adult. Boarding, sales and leasing also available. Convenient location at Orion Farm in South Hadley. (413)532-9753 www.orionfarm.net HORSESHOEING AND TRIMMING AFA certified Farrier. Available weekends also. Ken (413)668-4818. Help Wanted CARPET CLEANING BUSINESS looking for Driver with flexible hours. Call 413-531-9393 DRIVER, SCHOOL VAN Looking for a rewarding part-time job? 4-6 hours/day. Must be good w/children & have safe driving record. Growing company! Earn $12.60/hr + bonuses. Call (978)355-2121 after 9:30 AM for application. Will train. EEO FARM HELP WANTED. Tractor experience a must. Valid driver’s license required. (413)477-6600. FOSTER CARE: YOU can help change someone’s life. Provide a safe home for children and teens who have been abused or neglected. Call Devereux Therapeutic Foster Care at 413734-2493. FT/PT POSITIONS OPEN for ice deliveries, includes weekends and holidays thru the summer. Clean driving record a must. Good job for college student. Also, openings for warehouse. Please call (413)2457480 M-F, 8-12 only. HHA’S, CNA’s, PCA’s Positions available at Professional Medical Services, Inc. Highest competitive rates & mileage. EOE. Call Jan. (413)289-9018 LABORER/CDL DRIVER: TOWN of Warren Highway Department is seeking full time employee. Must meet all DOT requirements, Hoisting license preferred. Job description and applications at Selectmen’s Office, Shepard Bldg, 48 High St. Applications should be submitted no later than April 24, 2015 to Thomas Boudreau, Highway Surveyor, PO Box 628, Warren Ma. 01083. E.O.E. LABORER: THE TOWN OF New Braintree Highway Dept. is seeking a full-time person. CDL B required. Hoisting license 2B & GF desirable. Call 508-847-2628. LIGHTNING ROD INSTALLER PT $15/hr to start. Submit resume to: [email protected] Looking for someone with a good attitude, willing to learn a physically and mentally demanding trade. Construction and electrical experience a plus. LOCAL HOME IMPROVEMENT Company seeks laborer/ carpenter’s helper. Must be dependable and have valid drivers’ license. Call (413)4367252. SECRETARY- RECEPTIONIST. HIGH school education with courses in office procedures and business practices; 3 years of progressively responsible office exp. and exp. in bookkeeping/ accounting; or any equivalent combination of education and experience. 29 hr/ week. Union Classification OA-2. Send resumé and letter of interest to Monson Council on Aging, 106 Main Street, Monson, MA 01057. Closing date April 17. 2015. RN/LPN/CNA FT/PT New Grads Welcome! Experienced 3 - 11 RN Supervisor Includes every other weekend. Ask about our Sign-on Bonus! Interested candidates, please contact Elisa Watras at: [email protected] WINGATE AT WEST SPRINGFIELD 42 Prospect Avenue,West Springfield, MA 01089 Conveniently located near the Pike, I-91, and Route 5. On bus route/minutes away from surrounding towns. www.turley.com An Equal Opportunity Employer wingatehealthcare.com Help Wanted LOOKING FOR A patient, energetic person to provide Alternative Day support to a young man with developmental disabilities in Belchertown. You will be supporting him with personal errands, providing transportation to medical appointments, assisting with volunteer jobs and attend social and recreational activities. If interested please contact Charlene Morse at Multicultural Community Services 413-7822500 ext. 338. MUST HAVE OWN vehicle! Looking for experienced roofers and carpenters. Please call or text Tony @ (413)626-5296 NURSES FOR ALL SETTINGS $$$ TOP PAY $$$ Nurses for Skilled Home Care Visits, VNA, Hospital, Nursing Homes, Schools, Private Duty Shifts, and more…… We’re looking for RNs & LPNS to join our growing team. Now hiring: Full Time, Part Time, Per Diem. Areas that are needed Spfld, Northampton, Palmer, Wilbraham, East Longmeadow, Chicopee, Amherst, Ludlow, Monson and all other surrounding areas. Full Benefits available including Health New England Insurance, Delta Dental, 401k, Vacation Time, Weekly pay, Direct Deposit, Flexible schedules available. IMMEDIATE SHIFTS OPEN FOR ALL SETTINGS! Please call Excel Nursing Services at 413-583-8900 or apply online at www.excelnursingservices.com PART TIME WANTED to stack firewood and run equipment. Must be consistent. Tetreault & Son (413)245-9615 PART TIME: #1. 3rd Shift 10:30P-6:30A 2 nights/wk Med RP (we train + Med Cert) or #2. 2nd shift 8-16 hrs/wk. for kitchen/dining and direct care. Call Nancy B. (508)612-7525. See Maureen 9am-4pm weekdays. Brookhaven Assisted Care, 19 West Main St., West Brookfield PCA’S HHA’S, CNA’S NEEDEDfor Monson, Brimfield, Hampden, Palmer, Ware, etc. Must be dependable, have reliable transportation and verifiable work references. Please call Visiting Angels 508-764-6700. SH FAMILY CENTER seeks PT Coordinator for planning & operation of playgroups, parent ed., family support. Details at shfamilycenter.org MUST be rec’d by 8am April 13 SMALL LOCAL TRUCKING company is seeking a reliable class A truck driver with experience. Over the road work, but still allows good time at home. Strong customer base, year round work. Competitive pay, ability to make high income with possible lease to own program. Late model tractors. Paper logs. Apply Now at www.anatrucking.com or in person at 113 Bethany Road, Monson (413)267-0007 WAITSTAFF, PART TIME or full time, nights and weekends. No experience necessary. Apply in person or send resumé to [email protected] Barre Mill Restaurant, 90 Main Street, South Barre. THE TOWN OF West Brookfield Recreation Committee is looking to fill the following positions: Recreation Director – A stipend position for a Summer Recreation Director. The applicant will be responsible for directing, organizing, and implementing a 2 week Summer Recreation Program for the youth of West Brookfield. Supervision of a small staff of selected counselors and coordination of associated Arts and Sports related programs is required. Program typically runs in early to mid July. Candidate must have exceptional organizational skills and management practices and pass CORI check. A Turley Publication • www.turley.com I Friday, April 10, 2015 PAGE 1 4 Buzzin’ from Town to Town Classifieds ✦ Turley Publications’ Community Marketplace Help Wanted Lifeguards – Certified lifeguards for the Town Beach. Duties to include safety and maintenance of Town Beach. Beach attendants – CPR and First Aid certified. Will be on duty with lifeguards to ensure safety and maintenance of Town Beach. Resumés/Applications (see town website) can be sent to the WB Recreation Committee, PO Box 372, West Brookfield, MA 01585 or email [email protected] Deadline is April 20th, 2015. EOE Business Opp. LIQUOR STORE FOR sale. Established location, 30 yrs. Full license, turn key opportunity. Over $600K Merchandise, $150K lottery in sales. 2,000 sq.ft leased store in Westfield. $165K plus inventory separate. Call (413)267-0497. Open House OPEN HOUSE APRIL 12, 1-4. 293 Stafford Road, Holland. 3 Br, 2.5 bath, large, warm, cozy with partial in-law suite. Real Estate Real Estate Real Estate TOOMEY-LOVETT 109 West St. Ware, MA 01082 www.Century21ToomeyLovett.com 413-967-6326 800-486-2121 West Brookfield: 508-867-7064 OUR INVENTORY HAS DWINDLED LIST NOW PROPER PRICING EQUALS FAST SALES Call us for an accurate FREE market analysis. 413-967-6326/800-486-2121 967-7355 JILL A. GRAVEL, BROKER gravelrealestate.com THINKING OF SELLING YOUR HOME THIS SPRING? LIST WITH GRAVEL REAL ESTATE ANYTIME BETWEEN APRIL 1ST AND MAY 1ST AND WE ARE GIVING AWAY TWO 2ND ROW GREEN MONSTER TICKETS FOR RED SOX/YANKEES GAME ON SUNDAY, MAY 3RD DRAWING WILL BE RANDOM FOR EACH OWNER OF SINGLE FAMILY HOME THAT HAS LISTED WITH US DURING THAT TIME! YOU ARE WELCOME TO BE PRESENT FOR DRAWING AS WELL!! *$500 VALUE* CALL JILL GRAVEL TODAY WITH ANY QUESTIONS AND TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT!!! 413-364-7353 Dorrinda O’Keefe-Shea Glenn Moulton Jill Stolgitis Mary Hicks Alan Varnum Bruce Martin Joe Chenevert Michael McQueston WARE: Charming Victorian in pristine condition w/carriage house, 3 BR, 1 BA stain glass, crown molding, tray ceilings, hardwood flooring, combination KT and Butler’s pantry. $205,000 WEST BROOKFIELD: 3 BR 1 BA, ranch updates: siding, windows, electric panel, KT floor, painted cabinets, granite countertops, new appliances and lighting. Walk out basement w/FP. Great starter home! $182,000 WEST BROOKFIELD: Great location for an in-home business. 978-434-1990 413-967-5463 413-477-8780 508-612-4794 508-867-2727 508-523-0114 508-331-9031 508-362-0533 Mobile Homes WESTFIELD HAMPDEN VILLAGE 2 bedrooms, 14’x67’ Beautiful sunlit yard, covered patio, appliances, shingles, shed, thermopanes, a/c $49,900. 413593-9961 DASAP.MHVILLAGE.COM HARDWICK: 3 BR, 1 BA ranch across from Ware River on 1.141 acres, man made 9 X 4 pond, 16 X 25 shed, finished basement w/office, laundry, game room, pellet stove and hot tub. $169,900 FOR RENT All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968, which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status (number of children and or pregnancy), national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, or any intention to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate that is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertising in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain about discrimination call The Department of Housing and Urban Development “ HUD” toll-free at 1-800-669-9777. For the N.E. area, call HUD at 617-565-5308. The toll free number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275. For Rent HILLSIDE VILLAGE APARTMENTS Applications now being accepted for one, two and three bedroom apartments ALL REAL ESTATE advertised herein is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation, or discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or intention to make any such preference, limitation, or discrimination.” We will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. All persons are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised are available on an equal opportunity basis. •Heat and hot water included •Ample Closets •Fully Applianced •Community Room •Laundry Facilities •Cats Welcome •Extra Storage •24 Hour Maintenance For Information call (413)967-7755 EHO 17 Convent Hill, Ware, MA WARE- TWO BEDROOM, 2nd floor, downtown. Townhouse style. 1st, last $725 month plus utilities (413)967-3976. For Rent WARREN- 2ND FLOOR, 3 bedrooms, recently renovated, private driveway, 1st last security, no pets/smoking, utilities not included, $750/month (413)7830601 PALMER 1BR - Quiet Secure Country Location. Locked Storage & Laundry in Basement. K/DR Combo - LR-Full Bath. Nice Layout. No Smoke/Pets. 1st/last/sec. $750.00. Breton Est. 413-283-6940 PALMER 2 BR. $925/ mo. 1 mi to Pike. Beautifully renovated. Offstreet parking. Utilities not included. Available March 1. (413)427-2706. PALMER AREA 1 BR mobile home on private lot $625/mo, Gas heat, electric not included. 1st, last, security. No pets. Call Pete (413)668-6533 PALMER/ THORNDIKE 1-3 BR $600 and up plus utilities, offstreet parking. No pets. 1st, last, security. Leave message (413)896-2513. WARE 56 NORTH STREET, 2 bedroom. 2nd floor, W/D hookups. Outdoor porch. Available now $725/mo 1st, last, security. (978)355-6582 WARE- BEAUTIFUL, SUNNY 3 BR TOWNHOUSE APT. $800 plus utilities, w/d hook-up, storage. No smoking, no pets. Credit check/references (413)320-5784. WARELARGE STUDIO apartment. Close to downtown. Electric/ propane heat. Water & sewer included. Good area. First & Security $475/ mo (413)967-7772. WARREN 1 BEDROOM, 2nd floor, 1 bathroom. Bright, sunny, quiet, horse farm location. $800.00 All utilities included. References. (413)436-5250 Commercial Rentals INDUSTRIAL ZONED. FOUR buildings available, 500 to 5,000 sq.ft. Breckenridge St., Palmer. Also entertain offers for sale 10 acres (413)231-3131. Vacation Rentals WARM WEATHER IS year round in Aruba. The water is safe, and the dining is fantastic. Walk out to the beach. 3-bedroom weeks available. Sleeps 8. $3500. Email: [email protected] for more information. Auto Parts USED AUTO PARTS, 91-day guarantee. Large inventory, engines, transmissions, radiators, tires, glass. Excellent service, junk car removal. Amherst-Oakham Auto Recycling Coldbrook Road, Oakham. 1-800-992-0441. Autos Wanted CASH FOR CARS: Any model or year. We pay Running or not. Sell your truck today. Free towing! offer: 1-800-871-0654. make, more! car or Instant Motorcycles HARLEY DAVIDSON ROAD King Classic fuel injected, low mileage, one owner (413)267-3396. WARREN A MODERN Studio/ $525 and 2 BR $725 with new kitchen, carpet and appliances. Free hot water. Beautiful rural setting with a mountain view. Located on 67. Please call (413)436-5301 www.turley .com Quabbin Village Hills Circulation: 50,500 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Base Price 24.00 21 Base Price 22 24.50 Base Price 23 25.00 Base Price 24 25.50 Base Price 26.00 25 Base Price 26 26.50 Base Price 27 27.00 Base Price 28 27.50 Base Price 28.00 29 Base Price 30 28.50 Base Price 31 29.00 Base Price 32 29.50 Base Price 30.00 33 Base Price 34 30.50 Base Price 35 31.00 Base Price 36 31.50 Base Price 32.00 37 Base Price 38 32.50 Base Price 39 33.00 Base Price 40 33.50 Base Price 34.00 Run my ad in the following Zones(s): QUABBIN ❑ PHONE NAME ADDRESS TOWN STATE Suburban Residential Circulation: 59,000 Buy the Quabbin Village Hills or the Suburban Residential ZONE for $24.00 for 20 words plus 50¢ for additional words. Add $5 for a second ZONE. SUBURBAN First ZONE base price ZIP THE DEADLINE IS FRIDAY AT NOON For Rent MONSON. 3 BEDROOM. Completely renovated, propane heat, lower than oil, $100 toward first fillup. NO PETS!!! $900/ mo. F/L/S Call (413)783-0192. CATEGORY: 1 ❑ 413-695-2319 413-627-2700 617-620-0027 413-813-8257 413-477-6624 413-364-7353 Call us toll free at 1-800-824-6548 $ Fill Out and Mail This Money Maker $ Evenings call: NICOLE FLAMAND JAVIER STUART LORI FISHER CLAUDIO SANTORO KAYE BOOTHMAN JILL GRAVEL ✦ For Rent The home is laid out in a fashion that would allow a separate area for an office and private living area. Upgrades: KT w/granite, hardwoods and tile, 3 BR, 2 BA $240,000 MONSON: 3 BR, 2 BA ranch hardwoods throughout, painted whole interior, gleaming hardwoods, refinished cabinets, roof is 7 years old. Potential in law! $199,900 REAL ESTATE ASSOCIATES www.turley.com Send to Turley Publications, 24 Water St., Palmer MA 01069. Must include check. Or call 413-283-7084 to place your ad. Add a second ZONE includes additional words + $500 Subtotal x Number of Weeks TOTAL enclosed Did you remember to check your zone? A Turley Publication • www.turley.com I Friday, April 10, 2015 West Brookfield for needs ranging from food and clothing to utility assistance negotiated with local fuel companies. This coming Red Kettle season, we hope to have a kettle coordinator for campaigns in both Ware and Palmer – those who are interested in applying or have ideas about who might be a good fit should email Mew at [email protected] org. And we are always looking for local groups and organizations to partner with us in the Community Partnership Program, where groups can volunteer to ring for a minimum of 50 hours and receive a $250 stipend for their organization. Of course, we welcome any assistance that residents and groups can offer, no matter how large or small. So we hope that you can see that SALVATION I FROM PAGE 4 units will be ringing at the trademark Red Kettle at the Brimfield Antiques and Collectible Shows next month. While no formal decision has been made by the organization, conversations have revolved around dedicating proceeds from this special collection to a special purpose, such as rental assistance. Plans are in the works to establish a service unit specifically for the tri-town area, as well. We expect to have ringers in Brimfield on Tuesday, May 12 and Saturday, May 16. Anyone interested in volunteering for this worthy cause can email Zelazo at [email protected] yahoo.com. For area units are hoping to build on a successful Red Kettle Campaign during the holidays that raised thousands in Ware, Palmer, Monson, Belchertown and while our efforts are most visible during the holidays, we do operate under the mantra, “Need knows no season.” To our clients, we always do our best to be here for you all year. And to our prospective volunteers, we can assure you that while the bell may have stopped ringing at Christmas, our needs, and those of the communities we serve, continue to sound all year long. Those who need assistance in Palmer should call 413-277-5121. Those in Monson should call 413267-4121 and those in need in Ware should call 413-277-5432. God bless you all. PA G E 1 5 HASTON I FROM PAGE 7 snake and frogs. Children will learn about the animals’ life in the wild and get to touch them if they wish. Not sure you like poetry? Step out of your comfort zone and join us at the Haston Library on Tuesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. We will read and discuss the eight poems selected for the 2015 Mass Poetry Common Threads program. Check out the selections at masspoetry.org/commonthreads2015 and come to the library on the 28th. All are welcome. Call the library for details at 508867-0208. Douglas Farmer is the editor of The Journal Register, a Turley Publication, and volunteer with the Ware Salvation Army Service Extension Unit. PEOPLE/MILESTONE NEWS As a free service for our readers, we will print all births, weddings, engagements, milestone anniversaries, major birthdays, military achievements, honors and awards. We have a “people news” form available for you to submit these listings. This material is provided to us by our readers and local institutions and we do not charge to print this content. For more information, or to submit people or milestone news for the Quaboag Current/The Town Common, please email [email protected] REALTOR CONNECTION Dorrinda O’Keefe-Shea REALTOR® Brendan Fullam BUYERS AGENT Toomey-Lovett, Inc. 270 Main Street Spencer, Massachusetts 01562 109 West Street Ware, Massachusetts 01082 Direct: 978-434-1990 Ofﬁce: 508-885-3443 Email: [email protected] Website: www.DorrindaSellsHomes.com Each Ofﬁce Independently Owned and Operated REALTOR ® REALTOR ® 51 W. Old Sturbridge Road Brimﬁeld, MA 01010 ofﬁce: 413-245-1062 cell: 631-807-2923 Producer 2012 & 2014 [email protected] www.sullivanandcompanyrealestate.com Your Neighborhood Realtor Local. Knowledgeable. Experienced. LISA BOUDREAU Licensed in MA & CT (774) 200-7400 135 Main Street Sturbridge, MA 01566 [email protected] www.BoudreauHomes.com NATHAN STEWART Stewart & Stewart Deborah Deschamps, Realtor Certiﬁed Relocation Specialist Listing and Selling Representattive USAA MoversAdvantage Agent National Premium Service Award Winner Multi-Million Dollar Agent www.deborahsellshouses.com [email protected] Cell/Text: 413.387.8608 [email protected] www.StewartandStewartHomes.com www.StewartsDreamHomes.com Cell: 413-530-8356 Ofﬁce: 413-596-6711 Fax: 413-279-9110 15 Weekly Community Newspapers Reaching 50 communities every week! 2040 Boston Road Suite 16 Wilbraham, MA 01095 PAGE 1 6 A Turley Publication • www.turley.com I Friday, April 10, 2015 Quaboag receives national student council award WARREN - For its exemplary record of leadership, service and activities that serve to improve the school and community, the Quaboag Student Council has been awarded a 2015 National Council of Excellence Award by the National Association of Student Councils (NASC). “Receiving an NASC National Council of Excellence Award indicates dedication on the part of the middle level school to provide a strong, well-rounded student council program,” said Ann Postlewaite, National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) student programs director. “NASC applauds the work of the National Councils of Excellence and challenges them to continue their leadership and service to their schools and communities.” To meet the requirements for the NASC National Council of Excellence Award, a student council must prove that it meets a variety of criteria. In ad- Anxious for some color? dition to basic requirements such as a written constitution, regular meetings, a democratic election process and membership in NASC, councils demonstrate things such as leadership training for council members, teacher/staff appreciation activities, student recognition programs, school and community service projects, spirit activities, goal setting, financial planning and active participation in state and national student council associations. “Our council has proved to be one of the strongest student councils in school history,” said Student Council Advisor Alison Jordan-Gagner. “We have a great group of leaders in our school that go above and beyond any expectations I am honored to be part of their accomplishments.” To learn more about the National Council of Excellence Award, visit www. nasc.us/ncoe. Psychic fundraising event to be held April 14 NORTH BROOKFIELD - The fund raiser “Connections,” a psychic event with Gary McKinstry, will be Tuesday, April 14 at STATZ on North Main Street in North Brookfield. The doors open at 5 p.m., and the event starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets in advance are $25, at the door $30; light refreshments will also be available at an additional cost. The fund raiser is sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 3439, North Brookfield, MA. Proceeds go to help support veterans and their families. For tickets or information, contact Shelley at 508-867-7685 or Jeannette at 508-8673187. People of All Ages Read Newpapers Visit us at www. turley .com Wales Irish Pub NOTICE Considering School Choice Options? Quabbin Regional School District Is the Option. Quabbin Regional Middle School and High School Prospective Students School Event Night for Grades 7-12 TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2015 - 6:30-8:00 PM The night will feature informaƟ T he mounds of snow are begin- come a tangle of stems in no time. New ning to recede from the yard growth will emerge over the summer and I was eager to take a walk and provide blossoms for next season. around and access the damage this While some books recommend cutting unforgettable winter has overgrown forsythias down in the to the ground completely, in caused. Surprisingly, everymy experience, this advice is thing looks pretty good. GARDEN drastic. The plant will need a There is even a yellow glow to my forsythia bush- does couple of years to recover after that buzz cut! that mean it will bloom “on If you are interested in addtime” over the next couple ing more forsythias to your of weeks? That would be yard, try your hand at propawonderful. Although I am Roberta McQuaid gation by what we in the businot a big fan of this particuTurley Publications ness call “layering.” Take a lar spring harbinger, I can Columnist long, pliable branch and bend honestly say we are due for it to the ground a foot or so some color in our yards. We first will have to see how the from the main plant. Cover the bend snow and bitter cold affected it. Some- with soil and secure it with a brick or times the tops of the shrub may have heavy stone. By summer it will form no blossoms as all, but the bottom is roots, and by the following spring the chock-full. This is because the forsythia new plant can easily be separated from itself is hardy to Zone 4, but the buds its mother. This can be done with other are only reliably hardy in Zone 5; hence bushes as well. Try it with roses, kerrias, a half-bloom appearance. If the lower and mockorange - really any that tend portion of the shrub was insulated un- to sucker naturally should take by layder a snow bank or leaf mound flow- ering, only on your terms; not theirs! Perhaps we see so many forsythias in ering may occur even during atypically cold winters. But watch out, blossoms the landscape is because they are easily are also tender- sometimes reduced to grown. While they absolutely bloom mush the morning after a hard freeze. best in full sun, once established, they With temps in the teens last week all I can tolerate all but the driest of soils and acclimate to a range in pH. Also, can say is “Boo hoo!” Did you know that forsythia flowers few pests or diseases tend to bother are formed over the previous summer? them. The one main drawback is also With that in mind get out your prun- a strongpoint - just keep those pruners ers as soon as possible after flowering. within reach and the rest of your landSimply cut the oldest stems all the way scape plants will rejoice in not being down to the ground. You can safely taken over! 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