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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.
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Volunteers wanted for rail trail work day
-NEW BRAINTREE-
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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
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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,
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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
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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. Seniors are invited to the Brookfield Congregational Church at 11:30 a.m. for pizza and games. There
will be a collection of various games, puzzles, playing cards, Bingo
and much more.
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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.
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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
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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.
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- opinion guest editorial
Call to the cause
What to be when facing adversity
I
’ve yet to meet any person who
enjoys or looks forward to adversity. 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
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(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]
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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.
Walk-ins are welcome but to set up
an appointment, mail [email protected]
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- public safety -
RIVER WATCH
Drainage area:
Discharge:
Stage:
Date:
Percentile:
Class symbol:
% normal (median):
% normal (mean):
POLICE LOGS
Editor’s Note: People in this country
are presumed to be innocent until found
guilty in a court of law. Police provide us
with the information you read on this page
as public record information. 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
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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
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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-
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LUDLOW - The Ludlow Community Center/
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crafters for the club’s fourth annual Springtime
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to 3 p.m. There are 65 vendor available spots on a
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had contacted me saying that they were interested
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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-
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one day a week, so anyone who has just two hours a
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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
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“We are really fortunate to have some very dedicated
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if they are not going to be able to come one day,” she
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WCES honors paraprofessionals
Paraprofessionals within the school received
special awards, like this one, to recognize
their contribution to the school.
Some of the special
items made were quite
detailed; this special
letter outlines all of the
amazing things that this
paraprofessional brings
to the school.
-WARRENBy Jennifer Robert
Quaboag Current Reporter
L
ast Thursday was Paraprofessional Appreciation Day, an
annual holiday that was first
recognized in the state of Missouri.
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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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- 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
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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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Gold, Coins, Jewelry, Books,
Primitives, Vintage Clothing,
Military items, Old Lamps.
Anything old. Contents of attics,
barns and homes. One item or
complete estate. Call (413)2673786 or (413)539-1472 Ask for
Frank.
WE
PAY
FAIR
PRICES!!!
ANTIQUE AND PERIOD chairs –
Restored with new woven seats –
Many styles and weaves available.
Call (413)267-9680.
GIUSEPPE ARMANI STATUE
“Sylvia” retired 2002. New. $300
or Best offer. (413)796-1709.
OWNER RETIRING- 2005 Inter.
10 wheeler with 17’ steel dump
body mod #7600, Cummins
engine, 8 speed, double low
trans.,
a/c,
101,000
miles.
Excellent shape. $59,900.
2008 Ford F150 PU, 4x4, extenda-cab, auto trans., loaded, one
owner. Turnpike miles. Great
shape. Must see. $16,500.
2008 Bobcat 430 Excavator,
rubber tracks, 75%- 1500 hrs.
Three buckets $22,500. Good
oper. condition. Cell (413)5305960 days, Home (413)283-4977
after 4 PM
Firewood
!!!!ALL RED & WHITE OAK!!!!
Fresh
Cut,
over
a
cord
guaranteed. Cut, split, prompt
delivery. Call D & D Cordwood
(413)348-4326.
CORDWOOD PARTIALLY SEASONED HARD WOOD cut and
split. $225/ cord, 128 ct.ft. 2 cord
minimum. Call (413)283-4977
FIREWOOD
Fresh cut & split $175.00.
Seasoned cut & split $250.00
All hardwood.
*Also have seasoned softwood for
outdoor boilers (Cheap).
Quality & volumes guaranteed!!
New England Forest Products
(413)477-0083.
LOG LENGTH FIREWOOD for
sale. 7-8 cords delivered. $750.00
delivered locally. Pricing subject to
change. Wood pellets for sale
picked up or delivered.
Seasoned firewood ready to
deliver. Also specialize in Heat
Treatment Certified kiln dried
firewood delivered. Call 1-800373-4500 for details.
PARTIALLY SEASONED OAK &
HARDWOOD. Cut split and
delivered. 2, 3 & 4 cord loads.
R.T. Smart & Sons Firewood.
(413)267-3827
www.rtsmartwood.com
Koran’s Farm
Miscellaneous
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Wanted
OLD
CARPENTER
TOOLS
wanted. Planes, chisels, saws,
levels, etc. Call Ken 413-4332195. Keep your vintage tools
working and get MONEY.
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Services
********A A CALL – HAUL IT
ALL********
Bulk trash removal, cleanouts,
10% discount with this ad. Free
Est. (413)596-7286
A B Hauling and
Removal Service
Wanted To Buy
NEW ENGLAND ESTATE
PICKERS “in the Old Monson
Bowling Alley” We are buying
all types of Antiques and
Collectibles!! Simply Bring your
items in for a Free Evaluation
and/ or Cash Offer!! We will
come to you. Contents of attic,
basements, entire estates!!
Clean sweep service. All Gold
and Silver Items to include;
jewelry, costume and estate
pcs., wrist/pocket watches,
class ring, etc., broken or not.
Silverware
sets,
trays,
trophies, etc., Coins of all sorts,
Proof sets, Silver dollars and
other coinage collections! All
types of Old Advertising
Signs, Military items to include
Daggers, Swords, Bayonets,
guns,
medals,
uniforms,
helmets etc. Old toys, train
sets, dolls, metal trucks, old
games, model car kits from the
’60s,
old
bicycles,
motorcycles,
pedal
cars,
Matchbox, action figures, Pre1970’s Baseball cards, comic
books, etc.! Old picture frames,
prints and oil paintings, old
fishing equipment, lures, tackle
boxes! Post Card albums, old
coke machines, pinball, juke
boxes, slot machines, musical
instruments, guitars of all
types,
banjos,
horns,
accordions, etc. Old cameras,
microscopes, telescopes, etc.
Just like on T.V. We buy all
things seen on “Pickers” and
the “Pawn Shop” shows!! Call
or Bring your items in to our
4,500 square foot store!! 64
Main Street., Monson (“The
Old Bowling Alley”) We are
your Estate Specialists!! Over
30 yrs. in the Antique Business!
Prompt Courteous Service!
Open Wed.-Sat. 10:00- 5:00
Sun. 12:00- 5:00 (413)2673729.
WILL PAY CASH for older guitars,
banjos, mandolins and tube type
amplifiers. Fender, Gibson, Martin,
National, Bacon, Marshall, etc.
(413)335-1634.
Hay For Sale
STRAW for sale
(413)267-3396.
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Services
*****
A CALL WE HAUL
WE TAKE IT ALL
WE LOAD IT ALL
Lowest Rates,
accumulations, junk, estates,
attics, garages, appliances,
basements, demo services
10% disc. with this ad.
All Major CC's
CALL NOW (413)531-1936
WWW.ACALLWEHAUL.COM
ACE
CHIMNEY
SWEEPS.
Cleanings, inspections, repairs,
caps,
liners,
waterproofing,
rebuilds. Gutterbrush Installations.
Local family owned since 1986.
HIC #118355. Fully insured.
(413)547-8500.
*******A & B HOUSEHOLD
REMOVAL SERVICE*******
Cellars, attics, garages cleaned,
yard
debris.
Barns,
sheds,
demolished. Swimming pools
removed. Cheaper than dumpster
fees and we do all the work.
Lowest rates. Fully insured.
(413)267-3353, cell (413)2228868.
90 YEAR OLD company offering
free in-home water testing. Call
Eric 413-244-8139
ABSOLUTE CHIMNEY SERVICES C.S.I.A. Certified and
Insured. Sweeping chimneys year
round. Thank you. 413-967-8002.
✦
Call us toll free at 1-800-824-6548
Services
Cleaning Services
Heating & Air Cond.
DRYWALL
AND
CEILINGS,
plaster repair. Drywall hanging.
Taping & complete finishing. All
ceiling textures. Fully insured.
Jason at Great Walls.
(413)563-0487
DOMESTIC ENGINEER WITH
25+ years experience. I have
cleaning down to a science. Detail
oriented, organized, trustworthy,
references available. Call Robin
(413)531-4408.
HOOTIE'S
AIR CONDITIONING &
REFRIGERATION
Commercial and Residential Air
Conditioning and Refrigeration
Office: (413) 725-0399
Cell: (413) 345-4801
HANDYMAN SERVICES
One call does it all
High Lift Service,
Remodeling,
Roof Repairs,
Excavating
Fully insured. Free estimates.
Reasonable rates
MasterCard, Visa accepted
www.rlhenterprises.net
(413)668-6685.
PAINT AND PAPER Over 25
years experience. References. Lic
#086220. Please call Kevin 978355-6864.
PLUMBING JOBS DONE by fast
and accurate master plumber.
Small jobs welcome. Cheap hourly
rate. LC9070 Paul 413-323-5897.
SUNRISE
HOME
REPAIRS:
Carpentry, decks, hatchways,
ramps,
painting,
property
maintenance, after storm/ tree
cleanups. Small jobs welcome.
Free estimates. (413)883-9033.
BILODEAU AND SON Roofing.
Established 1976. New re-roofs
and repairs. Gutter cleanings and
repairs. Licensed/ insured. Call
(413)967-6679.
CHIMNEY SERVICES: CLEANINGS, caps, dampers, repairs
including masonry and liners. The
best for less!!! Worcester to
Pittsfield.
www.expresschimney.com
413-650-0126, 508-245-1501
Colonial Carpentry Innovations, Inc.
Design & Build Team
“New World Technology with Old World Quality”
www.colonialinnovation.com
Kitchens • Baths • Doors • Additions
Renovations • Custom Designs • New Homes
Lifetime Warranty on Craftsmanship
lic. & ins.
Bob (413) 374-6175
or Jen (413) 244-5112
DRIVEWAYS, OIL AND stone,
durable but inexpensive. Choice of
colors, also driveway repair and
trucking available. Fill/ Loam/
Gravel. Call J. Fillion Liquid
Asphalt (413)668-6192.
WE
RENOVATE,
SELL
&
PURCHASE (any condition) horse
drawn vehicles such as sleighs,
carriages, surreys, wagons, dr’s
buggies,
driveable
or
lawn
ornaments. Some furniture and
other
restoration
services
available.
Reasonable prices.
Quality
workmanship.
Call
(413)213-0373 for estimate and
information.
Demers & Sons
Belchertown, MA
Child Services
*NEW STATE LAW. Anyone
advertising caring of children must
list a license number to do so if
they offer this service in their own
home.
Home Improvement
C-D HOME IMPROVEMENT. 1
Call for all your needs. Windows,
siding, roofs, additions, decks,
baths, hardwood floors, painting.
All work 100% guaranteed.
Licensed and insured. Call Bob
(413)596-8807 Cell
CS Lic.
#97110, HIC Lic #162905
& COMPLETE
JANITORIAL
SERVICE
413-531-9393
www.rogersrugs.com
OFFICE
CLEANING
SERVICE
Roger M. Driscoll
Owner
Fully Insured
Free Estimates
Electrician
DEPENDABLE
ELECTRICIAN,
FRIENDLY
service,
installs
deicing cables. Free estimates.
Fully insured. Scott Winters
electrician Lic. #13514-B Call
(413)244-7096.
Please Recycle This Newspaper
CERAMIC TILE INSTALLATION
Kitchen, bath, foyers. References.
Lic #086220. Please call Kevin
(978)355-6864.
EMERGENCY BUILDING MAINTENANCE and storm damage,
basement water removal. Roofing.
All tenant-owner repair issues.
Fully
insured.
Lawn
care
maintenance. (413)519-5439
HOME IMPROVEMENTS. REMODELING. Kitchens, baths.
Ceramic tile, windows, painting,
wallpapering, textured ceilings,
siding, additions. Insurance work.
Fully insured. Free estimates. 413246-2783 Ron.
WATER DAMAGE
-CALL JAY (413)436-5782FOR REPAIRS
Complete
Drywall
Service.
Finishing,
Painting,
Ceilings
(Smooth or Textured). 38 years
experience. Fully insured
Garage Door Serv.
MENARD GARAGE DOORS
Authorized
Raynor
dealer
specializing in sales, installation
service and repairs of residential
and light commercial overhead
garage doors and openers. Fully
insured. Free estimates. Call
(413)289-6550 or
www.menardgaragedoors.com
House Cleaning
*SIMPLY HOMEMAID* PERSONALIZED house cleaning for your
needs.
One-time,
Weekly,
Monthly. Serving Ware and
surrounding towns. Call Kelly
(413)214-9976 What would you
rather be doing?
2015
TAX TIME
588 Center Street
Ludlow, MA 01056
Phone: 413-589-1671
www.ajefinancial.com
Personal & Business Taxes
Does the thought of doing your taxes make you cranky before
you even get started? Does the family dog even avoid you during
tax season? Let AJE FINANCIAL SERVICES prepare your
tax returns this year. Your family and friends will thank you!
CHANTEL BLEAU
ACCOUNTING SERVICES
For Full Accounting & Tax Service
Registered Tax Return Preparer
228 West St., Ware, MA 01082
413-967-8364
Call For An
Appointment
The IRS does not endorse any particular individual tax return preparer.
For more information on tax preparers go to irs.gov.
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A Turley Publication • www.turley.com I Friday, April 10, 2015
Buzzin’ from Town to Town
Classifieds
Turley Publications’ Community Marketplace
House Cleaning
TWO BROKE GIRLS looking for
work cleaning your home or office.
Weekly, biweekly or monthly. Also
commercial cleaning. Reasonable
rates. Fifteen years experience.
Call Ruthie or Laura (413)2836006.
Instruction
TRUCK DRIVERS
NEEDED
A & B CDL CLASSES + BUS
Chicopee, Ma (413)592-1500
UNITED TRACTOR TRAILER
SCHOOL
Unitedcdl.com
Instruction
DON'T BE A STARVING
ARTIST - learn how to teach
painting with this special
method to people of all ages
and abilities and have your own
business with a stable income.
Fill the need for more art in
healthcare facilities. Check it
out at:
www.artis4every1.com or call
(508)882-3947
DRUM
SET
INSTRUCTOR
Accepting New Students. Pro
Studio w/acoustic & electric drum
& hand percussion based in
Hardwick. Need drum set lessons
for any age or ability level in the
Ware
and
Hardwick
area?
Drummer with 30 years of
performance
and
teaching
experience now accepting more
students. First trial lesson is free.
Professional
teaching
studio
based locally within 10-15 miles.
Call (508)867-3784 for more
information.
Landscaping
**ALL
SPRING,
SUMMER,
FALL** Specializing in shrub
trimming, tree pruning, landscape
design, clean-ups, loam, stone,
mulch deliveries. Also small front
loader and backhoe service. Fully
insured. Professional work. Please
call
Bob
(413)538-7954,
(413)537-5789.
DAVE’S LAWN AND GARDEN
Patios, mulch, Spring clean-ups,
sod and seeded lawns. We do it
all at Dave’s Lawn & Garden.
Amazing looking landscape at a
competitive price. Call (413)4784212.
Lawn & Garden
COMPLETE LANDSCAPE LAWNCARE, Spring clean-ups, lawn
mowing,
renovation,
aeration,
fertilizing,
de-thatching,
shrub
pruning, planting, mulching, bed
edging.
Graduate
Stockbridge
School Agriculture (413)967-6751.
Pools
HORSE BACK RIDING Lessons:
Always wanted to learn to ride?
Come join our safe riding lesson
program at White Spruce Farms in
New Braintree. We have the most
experience and best prices in the
area.
Adults
and
children
welcome. whitesprucefarms.com
978-257-4666
PA G E 1 3
ABC POOL & SPA Licensed &
insured. A+ BBB Member. Pool
damage? We can help. Top
quality liners, above & inground
pools, installations, openings, pool
sales. Call (413)531-4192 7am7pm, 7 days a week.
AFFORDABLE POOL OPENINGS, cover pumping, tear downs,
filter repair, new/used filters,
motors, weekly vacs, chemicals.
Call
LaRue (413)583-7890
(413)289-0164, (413)386-8557
✦
Masonry
COMPLETE CHIMNEY &
MASONRY SERVICE
A+ BBB RATING
“From Brick to Stone,
Sidewalks to Fireplaces”
New Construction- RebuildsRepairs & Restoration
Licensed- RegisteredFully Insured
Owner Operated
Eric 413-210-9631
www.emcmasonry.com
Accepting all major CC’s and
Paypal
Painting
EASTSIDE PAINTING PROS LLC
Interior/ Exterior Painting, Free
Estimates, Licensed & Insured
www.eastsidepaintingprosllc.com
413-241-7555
FORBES & SONS PAINTING &
STAINING Interior/ exterior, new
construction, carpentry repairs,
ceiling/ drywall repair, wallpaper
removal. Vinyl pressure washing/
mildew
treatments.
Free
estimates. Owner operated since
1985.
Affordable
prices.
Residential/ Commercial. Insured.
(413)887-1987
KEEP IT PAINTING– Klems
excellent
exterior
painting.
Interiors too. 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.
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include safety and maintenance of
Town Beach.
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lifeguards to ensure safety and
maintenance of Town Beach.
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website) can be sent to the
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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.
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2.5 bath, large, warm, cozy with
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Joe Chenevert
Michael
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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
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Mobile Homes
WESTFIELD
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Beautiful sunlit yard, covered
patio, appliances, shingles, shed,
thermopanes, a/c $49,900. 413593-9961
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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
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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.
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(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.
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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]
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Certified Relocation Specialist
Listing and Selling Representattive
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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.
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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
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of weeks? That would be
yard, try your hand at propawonderful. Although I am
Roberta
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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!
May your forsythias bloom happily
remove up to one-third of the bush in
a single pruning session - a great idea this month- we sure deserve all the yard
since they can get out of hand and be- color we can get!
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