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1 ONLINE: Mailed free to requesting homes in Webster, Dudley and the Oxfords COMPLIMENTARY HOME DELIVERY/75 ON NEWSSTANDS This week s Quote The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. Mahatma Gandhi INSIDE Seniors... A16 Learning...A5-7 Viewpoint... A10 Sports...A14-17 Obituaries...Sect.B Events Calendar..Sect.B Real Estate...Sect.B Legal Notices... Sect.B LOCAL Oxford Naval Junior ROTC continues tradition of excellence Page A2 LEARNING Bay Path art exhibit highlights student work Page A6 SPORTS Bartlett baseball muscles its way past Pioneers, 11-5 Page A14 Courtesy photo This graphic from the Bartlett Art Department website shows what students can do with the tools the Janet Malser Humanities Trust has funded over the last few years. A copy of the most recent check from the trust was digitally added to a photograph of art students. Riding the wave of the future Malser grant allows Bartlett Art Department to expand its offerings BY DAVID DORE STONEBRIDGE PRESS STAFF WRITER WEBSTER These days, art is a lot more than sculpting, or welding, or drawing. There s a lot of work being done with technology whether it s taking photographs of pieces to post online, using programs such as Adobe Photoshop to create pieces of art or doing project research. Thanks to three awards from the Janet Malser Please Read GRANT page A19 Town Meeting OKs budget, records preservation BY DAVID DORE STONEBRIDGE PRESS STAFF WRITER DUDLEY For a few minutes at the May 19 Annual Town Meeting, residents were asked to consider cutting the Planning Board s fiscal 2015 budget by nearly 60 percent and creating a new position. But Selectman Paul Joseph, who suggested following Webster s lead and replacing the town planner with a combined engineer/planner position, withdrew his proposal. That allowed the 110 people in the Shepherd Hill Regional High School auditorium to approve the Planning Board s full request, along with the rest of the 14 million budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. Joseph said he d like Dudley to consider hiring a combination town planner/engi- David Dore photo A student works on one of the computers in the Janet Malser Digital Media Lab. neer because the number of projects in town has gone down. Also, he said, Webster Town Administrator John McAuliffe told him Webster s switch to a planner/engineer has actually generated more income than originally thought. Joseph said he came up with the 20,000 figure after speaking with Planning Department representatives. I think it s a fantastic idea, Planning Board member Mark Marzeotti said of the planner/ engineer position. However, without the position identified and a person to fill the position, I feel that 20,000 would be cutting us very short. Town Planner Nancy Runkle picked up the slack when the Planning Department lost a clerk several years ago, Please Read MEETNG, page A8 BY AMANDA COLLINS STONEBRIDGE PRESS STAFF WRITER DUDLEY Dudley Middle School Principal Gregg Desto was appointed the new superintendent of the Dudley-Charlton Regional School District at the Wednesday, May 14 School Committee meeting. He will assume the role upon the retirement of current Superintendent Sean Gilrein on Aug. 31. Desto, a Charlton resident, was appointed in a 5-2 vote by the School Committee, with two of the seven members favoring another of the four finalists a search committee had brought forward. Members Elaine Rabbitt and Stephanie Reed selected Dr. Elizabeth Zielinksi, the current superintendent of the King Philip Regional School District, which is comprised of the towns of Norfolk, Plainville and Wrenthem. They felt her work in central administration in a regional district was best suited to Dudley-Charlton s needs. This is not a starter district, Rabbitt said, noting that she felt currently, the district doesn t Friday, May 23, 2014 Desto appointed new Dudley-Charlton superintendent DMS principal to succeed Gilrein Gregg Desto have the support to help Desto transition into the role. But the majority of the committee strongly favored Desto, who has worked in the district for 10 years. Without a doubt, Mr. Desto will be the best fit for our district, said committee Chairman Pauline Aucoin. She said she was impressed by his interview answers, which she said were precise and articulate. Member Catherine Kabala said Desto s students-first attitude was refreshing. Please Read DESTO, page A19 It s amazing what you can do when you have to Amanda Collins photo John Hughes stands with his mom, Heidi Hughes, to his left and his grandmother, Beverly Grzembski, who works in the Bartlett guidance office, to his right. Even though he s had great support from his family as he recovers from transverse myelitis, which has robbed him of the use of his legs, Heidi and Beverly say the Bartlett sophomore has been the one to hold everyone together. Bartlett sophomore an inspiration to family, friends BY AMANDA COLLINS STONEBRIDGE PRESS STAFF WRITER WEBSTER Just a couple days into tryouts for a spot on the varsity baseball team, Bartlett sophomore John Hughes was looking forward to challenging himself on the ball field this spring, but instead he s facing a much greater task learning to walk again. It all started on an ordinary day in late March Hughes walked into school like any other day, having no clue that he wouldn t be able to walk out. The 16-yearold was sitting in class having just finished his MCAS test and when Please Read HUGHES, page A19 Click it or Ticket campaign runs through June 1 BY AMANDA COLLINS STONEBRIDGE PRESS STAFF WRITER While you should always wear your seat belt when riding in the car, your safety s not the only incentive this time of year. Through June 1, police are actively hunting for drivers not wearing their belts, nabbing and ticketing motorists who fail to buckle up. The annual Click It or Ticket initiative kicked off Monday, May 19, as more than 130 local police departments across the Commonwealth, as well as the State Police, came out in full force looking for violators. The campaign is funded federally through the state Executive Office of Public Safety and Security s Highway Safety Division. Each year, the campaign takes place at the start of the busiest driving season. Memorial Day traditionally kicks off the busy summer driving season, said Jeff Lourie, chief of the Uxbridge Police Department, just one of the local departments taking part in the initiative. Safety belts and properly installed child safety seats are your best defense against drunk, aggressive and distracted drivers, as well as your own mistakes. C u r r e n t l y, Massachusetts is one of 16 states in the nation that doesn t have a primary seatbelt law. But Please Read CLICK IT, page A19

2 2 The Webster Times Friday, May 23, Oxford Naval Junior ROTC continues tradition of excellence Cadets awarded 14th Distinguished Unit National Recognition OXFORD Cadets in Oxford High School s Naval Junior ROTC unit know full well what hard work, focus and determination can deliver on multiple levels. Their achievements and overall performance during the school year continued a legacy of great traditions sustained each year by students enrolled in the special elective course spanning all four grades in high school. It also earned the intrepid students a 25th straight annual national program recognition from the Area FOUR Manager and NJROTC Program offices at Pensacola, Fla. Oxford was notified it was selected to receive a 2014 Distinguished Unit (DU) Award, the unit s 14th award in 15 years since the DU s inception in Cadet staff members and their instructors broke the news to excited student-cadets in a surprise gathering on a standard uniform wear day shortly before school dismissal. The selection announcement from the NJROTC Program Headquarters at Naval Service T r a i n i n g Command (NSTC) in Pensacola, Florida was relayed by Commander Joseph Hankins, the NJROTC Area FOUR Manager supervising operations for more than 57 schools in the Northeast United States and European Department of Defense Schools in Naples, Italy, Sigonella, Sicily and Rota, Spain. The 2014 designation is another huge honor for Oxford High given the geographic size of Veterinary Services Including traditional & holistic care Located at our Wellness Center, 372 N. Main St., N. Brookfield, MA Great pet care for your best friend! As part of Second Chance s mission to prevent pain and suffering in pets in the community, Second Chance also offers subsidized rates for veterinary care to those that qualify to ensure that ALL pets have access to routine veterinary care when needed. Services include: Routine Exams Vaccines Testing Surgery Spay/Neuter Dentals Nail Trims Flea Treatments Acupuncture And More! For appt. call the shelter s Wellness Center at or visit the website at: Incumbent Cadet Company Commander Dylan R. Bordeaux and former Executive Officer, Acting Cadet Commander and incumbent Executive Assistant Elizabeth Saucier, seniors in Oxford High School s nationally recognized Naval Junior ROTC Unit, prepare to cut a celebration cake with a ceremonial sword. Oxford s cadets learned last week that Navy Program Offices had selected the small group of 53 cadets for their 14th Distinguished Unit Award in 15 years. Absent for the photo in the surprise gathering was incumbent Executive Officer senior Christopher Knight. the area the cadets compete within and the exceptional quality of many of the NJROTC programs at other schools. Wallpapering ALL TYPES This year s award added to the unit s legacy 19 consecutive annual national program awards to add to six additional Most Outstanding Unit In Area FOUR Honors earned by Oxford students over the course of 18 years since starting in the school year. In 2000, Oxford earned its inaugural Most Outstanding Unit in Area Four award, and weeks later was the Navy s overall pick as the Most Outstanding Unit In the Nation amongst nearly 500 schools in only their fifth year of existence a Navy program record. Oxford s Pirate Cadets earned Navy League of the United States Most Outstanding Unit distinction in 2000, an honor only allowed once in a unit s existence. Despite that formality, Oxford NJROTC was nominated for competition among the top units from thirteen regions in the worldwide program for Most Outstanding Unit in the Nation honors six other times afterwards in their storied history. The Distinguished Unit Award selection process takes into account a multitude of cadet activities, unit achievements in academics, drill and color guard and other team competitions, and Armand A. Thibert & Son Painting & Wallpapering REPAIRS & RENOVATIONS General Contracting Holland Rd., Wales, MA RONNIE S SEAFOOD Rt. 31 ChaRlton Depot Proudly serving the community for over 40 years OPEN MEMORIAL DAY Tuesday-Sunday 11:00am to 9:00pm Accepting most major credit cards Courtesy photos Oxford seniors celebrate their Naval Junior ROTC Unit being designated as a 2014 Distinguished Unit and a top finalist in unit performance and rankings. Present for the surprise gathering are from left, in front, Cadets Brian Merritt, Amanda Davis, Obmarie Rodriguez, and Christopher DeJesus. In back, from left, are Cadets Austin Hewko, Thomas Young, Company Commander Dylan R. Bordeaux, Company Executive Assistant Elizabeth Saucier, Nicholas Packard and Margaret Gay. In absentia were seniors Christopher Knight and Manjeet Gill. Home Remodeling Power Washing DECKS Repaired, Cleaned & Stained How to Use levels of student participation both in and out of the unit. Results of the April 2014 formal Navy Inspection, submission of a multitude of reports assessing the unit s effectiveness in meeting basic underlying goals established by Congress and administrative, operational and supply requirements of the Navy for the unique high school elective were taken into account. While on the surface, it appears that Oxford s unit receives many accolades with ease, cadet officers and team captains know different. The announcement Thursday came as a complete surprise when we least expected, said an excited sophomore cadet, Desiree Anderson. The past 16 months demanded a lot of hard work and effort by everyone from freshmen to seniors. Everybody feels so psyched and so proud that our Oxford unit is again considered among the best in the area and nation. This is unreal for me as well given how far I have grown with the program. I can t think of a better way to end four simply incredible years of experiences that were not luck but the result of deliberate choice and effort, said graduating senior and incumbent Cadet Commanding Officer Dylan R. Bordeaux. Few units across the country have even seen four straight Distinguished Unit Award streamers yet Oxford now has its 14th across 15 years. I m just so very proud of everyone in the NJROTC Family from students to parents to supporters who made serious positive contributions and sacrifices to get us here. We seniors now graduate with four consecutive DU ribbons a rarity within the NJROTC program. It s awesome to continue traditions of giving our best efforts to help our unit succeed. We are very grateful that our area manager nominated us for this great honor and that we have such dedicated and motivated instructors to guide, teach and lead us to where we are today. The Oxford Naval Junior ROTC Unit s Naval Science Instructor (NSI), Air Rifle Coach and Drill Team Coach is FCCM (SS) David E. Youngsman, USNR (Ret). The Senior Naval Science Instructor (SNSI) and Color Guard Coach is CDR. Michael C. Masley, Jr., USN (Ret). - Submitted by Michael C. Masley Jr., USN (Ret). Almanac Quote of the Week I need to thank the staff and students at Dudley Middle School for their incredible dedication over the last 10 years. They are a huge part of my success and I will miss working with them every day. And I will never be able to properly thank Mr. Gilrein for his faith and support in me over my career. He has been a great model. For now, though, I am still principal of DMS and I am focused on a strong finish to the school year. I m going to enjoy every minute I have left with the kids in our building. - Dudley Middle School Gregg Desto, after being named the new Dudley-Charlton Regional School District superintendent. Open to Close DUDLEY Dudley Town Hall (508) Board of Selectmen ( ) Monday-Thursday...8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays... 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Evening appointments if needed. Note: Office hours are for selectmen s secretary and town administrator. S electmen do not hold office hours. 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3 Friday, May 23, 2014 The Webster Times 3 A time, and place, for healing Family, community responding to the needs of area veterans Nick s House now serves the needs of area veterans looking to get back on their feet. BY MARK ASHTON STONEBRIDGE PRESS STAFF WRITER SOUTHBRIDGE It was in April 2009, says Terry Parker of Southbridge, that he lost his son Nick, 24, to a tragic car accident in Brimfield. It was only recently that he and wife Pam found a way to remember, and honor, the lost promise of a young man taken too soon. When the couple purchased the old Grace s House property on Sayles Street in January 2011, they did so in Nick s memory. But they didn t fully appreciate what they could, and would, do with the former homeless shelter. We fell into the veteran part, says Pam, recounting how she connected with some kids in her church s Sunday school whose mom was an army nurse, recently returned from a tour in Iraq, with an array of problems that their empty house might help solve. When she came back, she had a hard time, says Pam of the soldier/ mom s plight. Struggles with employment, emotional health, a crumbling marriage, and financial problems all took their toll. A place to stay at Nick s House, as the shelter is now known gave her time and a place to resolve things, to recuperate, and to get her life back in order. She stayed 18 months, says Terry, noting that she and Terry used that same time productively, forming the Nick Perry Memorial Foundation and getting its 501(c)(3) status in order. While at Nick s House, that first veteran was able to save enough to get her own place when she left, notes Pam. That success story convinced the Parkers they could, and should, do more. After she moved out, says Pam, we decided we ll help vets. Once you look into things, it s really alarming, adds Terry. I was alarmed at the suicide rate. Many vets are too proud to ask for help, though they desperately need it. Often times their paperwork just hasn t caught up with them. They get dropped into a big hole, and they can t really get out. We want to help them get back on their feet. Working with Veterans Inc., the couple began assessing the needs of potential residents to see who would be the best fit. For one thing, the house has a strict no drugs, no alcohol policy, with zero tolerance. We re not equipped to handle those problems. Nor do they themselves provide emotional counseling. Some things are beyond our help, says Terry. We re just a place to stay. Actually, Nick s House is much more than just a place to stay, in that it helps residents establish and achieve goals in terms of education, employment, financial stability, independence, and re-entering the real world successfully. Most of the vets entering Nick s House have PTSD (post-traumatic stress syndrome) that can manifest itself in a variety of ways, says Pam. A soda can can appear to be a potential IED Daughter Samantha and Terry Parker provide transportation and a variety of other services to area veterans staying at Nick s House. (bomb) to the vets, and even kids playing in the street might seem life-threatening. A Life Flight helicopter passing by overhead can even trigger nightmares of terror from the skies in Iraq or Afghanistan. They don t sleep. They have a hard time trusting people, notes Pam. We don t always recognize the depths of their trauma. The house has a live-in director, Dale Arsenault, a veteran and former Army Ranger who appreciates both what clients need and where they re coming from. He assists with the realization of goals the hunt for a job or for a better education and recognizes the importance of securing reliable transportation in achieving those goals (he spent more than a year bicycling to his own job in town even through the New England winter). These people are not looking for a handout, says Arsenault, just for a place to stay while they get back on their feet. Toward that end, he serves as both a role model and a live-in adviser/friend. Both he and just about every member of the Parker family also help provide rides on occasion to appointments, job interviews, whatever. He notes that Nick s House is not a permanent place to stay, but a place to sort things out and get things in order. Their whole life is in limbo. They re not getting enough assistance, says Terry. They re looking to regain financial status and their independence. To achieve that, he notes, Jobs (are) the biggest thing they want to work. Just as long as they re healing, adds Pam. We want Nick s to be a quiet house, where they can go and breathe and have time for healing. For their part, the veterans have to hold up their end. They have to be clean and stay clean, and there are no overnight guests, says Pam. On occasion, however, Nick s will take a husband and wife together, though the house is not equipped to take children. Acknowledging that every person s situation is different and that medical issues can include a variety of things, the couple note that securing a service dog can often be a big help. Service dogs can do anything, from providing companionship and serving as an alarm clock for medications to predicting when a trauma of some sort may be imminent, says Pam. A lot (of the vets) come in with just the clothes on their back, say the Parkers, who along with Arsenault work to help the residents get their finances in order and leave in somewhat better shape. For one thing, they get to take their bed with them. They ve put their life on the line for us. The least we can do is give them a bed, says Pam. At present, Pam and Terry serve as the board of Nick s foundation and are the ones who match veterans to the house, which holds four residents and Arsenault and a service dog or two on occasion. But the community response has also been great and is growing, say the Parkers. Among local groups and organizations that have already helped Nick s House, they say, are: Central Baptist Church and Charlton Baptist Church, donating food; the American Legion Veteran Riders of Spencer (holding a fundraiser on May 18); the Tri- Community YMCA, providing a oneyear membership; Southbridge Rotary; Southbridge Savings Bank (helping with the mortgage and providing a donation); Sleepy s in Sturbridge (providing mattresses at cost); the Exchange Club in Spencer, and a number of others. There s been a good response, says Pam, adding that food collection boxes have been set up at Big Bunny Supermarket and Quinsigamond Community College campuses, and that Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School has helped in a variety of ways, including offering to get any vehicle preferably a passenger van in tip-top working order, if one can be secured. We re rookies at this, but we re meeting a lot of people with experience who can offer us useful do s and don ts, says Pam. We re looking for even more people to be on the board or otherwise involved. We d like it to be contagious. The Parker s daughter Samantha, who along with sisters Danielle and Iliana helps with transportation when possible, puts the family s commitment into perspective. We ve always been helping people, she says. Now I m glad it s gone to a greater scale. I hope we can change people s lives. For more information on Nick s House and/or how to help, contact Pam Parker at: Donations may be sent to 202 Prince Road, Southbridge, in care of Nick s House. It s all for Nick, says Pam. Mark Ashton can be reached at: or by calling: What The Dickens?! team hosting flag fundraiser for Relay Mark Ashton photos Nick s House Director Dale Arsenault and rescue dog Henry welcome veterans to the shelter/safe haven in Southbridge. Now Available: Fresh Fruit & Vegetables Cold Cow Milkshakes ACCURACY WATCH: The Webster Times is committed to accuracy in all its news reports. Although numerous safeguards are in place to ensure accurate reporting, mistakes can occur. Confirmed fact errors will be corrected in a timely manner on page A3. We cannot run corrections based upon differences of opinion or unconfirmable facts. We will, however, print letters to the editor from area residents who wish to add their comments to our news coverage. 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4 4 The Webster Times Friday, May 23, Dirty water planning session brings Tri-EPIC towns together SOUTHBRIDGE The Tri-EPIC Regional Emergency Planning Committee held a drill entitled Operation Dirty Water 2.0 at the Radius Healthcare Center on Dresser Street on Tuesday, May 13. Emergency Planning affiliates from the state and private sectors as well as members of the towns of Charlton, Dudley, Oxford, Southbridge, Sturbridge and Webster participated in a drill involving two dam failures. On top of the dam failures, the scenario said that two 10,000-gallon biodiesel tanks failed and were washed into the floodwaters. All of those present worked together to help remedy the emergency situation. Sandwich Fire Department s Fire Inspector John J. Burke led the class and Tri-EPIC s Vice Chairman Terri Gough and Chairman Carl Eckman organized the event. Southbridge Board of Health members discuss who their first contact would be. Southbridge Police Chief Daniel Charette begins discussing the police departments roles in the situation of two failed dams. The US Army Corps of Engineers table continues to discuss what assistance they could provide. Health Director Andrew Pelletier answers a question about who would be the first people contacted in the emergency situation. US Army Corps of Engineer representatives discuss their options for action. Terri Gough asks a group at a table what their role in the situation is. Sturbridge Police Chief Thomas Ford, Sturbridge Fire Chief David Zinther and Charlton Fire Chief Charles Cloutier listen as Oxford Fire Chief Sheri Bemis shares her input. Chelsea Davis photo The room works swiftly to try to handle the proposed dam failure situation. 25,000 Unique Visitors Every Week! TheHeartOfMassachusetts.com Two Massachusetts State Police Officers discuss their role in the floodwater emergency. Ron Trudeau, of Southbridge Public Works, takes notes on the PowerPoint presentation. MARCIANO ROOFING All Types of Roofing & Repairs All Workmanship Guaranteed Great Pricing to Fit Your Budget 11 Park Street Tel Putnam, CT Licensed & Insured Employees of Southbridge Rehab discuss what they would do if the floodwaters reached their building. John Burke speaks with Southbridge Conservation Commission member Gus Steeves about what the commission could do in an emergency situation. Weekly Crossword May 23, 2014 Across 1. Wine holder 5. Bean counter, for short 8. Destiny 13. The A of ABM 14. Part man, part goat 15. Betelgeuse s constellation 16. Favoring neither side in a dispute 18. Move, as a plant 19. Ancient jar with two handles and a narrow neck 20. to Billie Joe 22. moment 23. Flying Down to 24. Fertilizer ingredient 26. Anger, e.g. 27. Challenged someone to do something 29. Beg pardon Big Conference 31. Quark flavor 33. Outer covering of eyeball 36. Indiscriminate in selection 38. Dravidian language in central India 40. Madagascan prosimian primate 41. Tarzan extra 42. Antares, for one 44. Mountain summits 48. Bird s beak 49. Embankment to prevent shore erosion 51. Sesame Street watcher 52. Trick taker, often 53. Infomercials, e.g. 54. Baton wielder 56. Kind of trip 58. Minnesota s capital (2 wds) 60. Clear, as a disk or! 62. Bad marks 63. Tear with violent force 64. Undertake, with out 65. Comparative word Down 1. False rumor 2. Deficiency of red blood cells 3. Daze 4. Friends and neighbors 5. Cooked squid 6. Afghan monetary unit 7. Tom, Dick or Harry 8. M*A*S*H setting 9. we having fun yet? 10. Retorts quickly 11. Sillier 12. Feeler 14. Kind of team 17. Obstructive driver 21. Chinese brunch with tea 25. V=IR, physics (2 wds) 28. Almond 32. Pleasingly entertained 34. Two of the same kind 35. Artificial bait 36. Lacking refinement 37. Potter 38. American songbird 39. Gourmet 43. Armor plates protecting the upper thighs 45. Hook up 46. Monetary unit of Czech Republic 47. Hot 49. Fills 50. Channel 55. Clash 57. Acid 59. A pint, maybe This Week s Answers John Burke explains the drill that Tri-EPIC will be participating in. Suzanne Billings of the American Red Cross looks over the PowerPoint Presentation with another member of the Red Cross. A great gift for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, confirmation... or just because! Where Inspiration Meets personality The Art of Eco-Sustainable Jewelry 25 to 50% off selected items now till May 31 st Closing early Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 24 at 1:00 pm 136 Main Street Spencer

5 Friday, May 23, 2014 LEARNING The Webster Times 5 Anti-bullying message comes to Heritage School HARLTON If they laugh, they listen and if they listen, they learn. This is how educator and entertainer Dr. Jay Banks opened his anti-bullying presentation at Heritage School Monday, May 12, where he certainly had students and staff in stitches the entire time. His I am Unafraid presentation was both informative and hilarious, as he gave students tools to beat bullying at their school in an engaging style. Banks is quite the expert when it comes to bullying he actually did his research on the topic as part of his doctoral thesis. According to him, 80 to 90 percent of students will be bullied in any given school year, 30 percent on a weekly basis. They key to stopping this, he said, is to empower victims and bystanders. Banks told students to be unafraid to avoid bullies, to find a friend in a teacher or peer, report bullies, and act confident. Banks also appeared at Heritage School Monday night, with an anti-bullying presentation for parents, sponsored by the Charlton PTO. Amanda Collins photos Banks presentation style kept the kids captive. Kids look over at their teachers, who Banks promises them will be there to listen if they re being bullied. Jay Banks had the audience in stitches the entire assembly. Jay Banks, an educator and entertainer, has presented his anti-bullying program in 45 states. Nine-year-old Shaylan Cashman, a third-grader, can t help but giggle at the presenter s silly style. Third grader Alyssa Adams, 8, stands up for some fun at the assembly. Vendors Wanted: Northeast Placement Services Inc. will be holding the 9 th Annual Summer Celebration July 19 th the Woodstock Fairgrounds Woodstock Connecticut. Please join us as this is a promise to be the best year ever! Call for Contract information and to reserve your spot! Please contact Barbara or Bonny Woodward at Jay Banks uses an acronym to help kids remember some basics in anti-bullying. Jay Banks gave kids the power be unafraid in the face of bullying. TheHeartOfMassachusetts.com We Are Open Year Round 9am-5pm Brookfield Orchards 12 Lincoln Rd., N. Brookfield, MA Follow signs from Rts. 9, 31, 67 or 148 SNACK BAR: Hot Apple Dumplings w/ice cream Apple Pies, Reg. & Sweet n Low Cider Cider Donuts Cheese Candy Honey & Maple Products Jellies & Relishes Historical Maps and Books Antiques and Collectibles Applewood Bundles & Chips Recreation Area Apples Cider Donuts made Thursday-Sunday Free Apple Dumpling with Purchase (1 coupon per person) Exp. 6/30/14 Third grade student Cecilia Woodruff, 9, cracks up during the presentation. Park-Wide OPEN HOUSE Sun. June STURBRIDGE RETIREMENT CO-OP 1 KELLY ROAD ~ STURBRIDGE ~ 55+ PARK All Homes are Energy Star Rated Tired of Paying High Water & Sewer Bills? Real Estate tax? Manufactured Housing can lower your cost of living and Now Reserving Lots - 16 New Lots Available Several older units with upgrades and amenities also available. Contact Mary at (508)

6 6 The Webster Times Friday, May 23, Learning Bay Path art exhibit highlights student work SOUTHBRIDGE The Second Annual Bay Path Student Art Exhibit was held on Thursday, May 15 at the Quinebaug Valley Council For The Arts And Humanities at 111 Main St. in Southbridge. Artwork was presented from students in the Fall Drawing Program and the Spring Watercolor Program. Massachusetts State Sen. Richard Moore and Bay Path Regional Technical Vocational High School Superintendent John Lafleche attended the event to commend the students on their work. Chelsea Davis photos Jade Dominique receives compliments on her work. Attendees of the event enjoy looking at the artwork. Sen. Richard Moore speaks with attendees of the event. Jade Dominique poses for a photo next to her artwork. Armani Marquez-Chaves poses for a photo next to his artwork. Sen. Richard Moore speaks with attendees of the event. A student shows off her artwork to family and friends. Second Chance Animal Shelter Golf Tournament DATE: July 19, 2014 TIME: 8:00 AM Tee Off/ 12:00 Lunch FORMAT: 9 Holes using Best Ball Format with foursomes WHERE: Dunraomin Country Club, 262 Lower Road, Gilbertville, MA A student signs his artwork. Ticket Information: Golf/Lunch includes 9 hole round of golf, delicious meal, cart, and cooler bag and a golfers gift package. * Limit of 75 Tickets Don t golf? Lunch Only Prime rib, or Vegetarian Meal. * Limit of 75 Tickets For tickets, go to the shelter s website at or call the shelter at Tickets are limited so don t wait! Other fun things at this event: Silent Auction * 50/50 * Mulligans * Raffles * Other Contests Too! Interested in sponsoring this event? Please visit our website for details on the great opportunities! Second Chance Animal Shelter is a non-profit no kill animal shelter located in East Brookfield. Second Chance also has a Pet Wellness and Education Center in North Brookfield. Over 10,000 pets a year are helped by Second Chance through the various programs including adoption, the spay/neuter clinic, wellness clinics, training, educational outreach, and the pet food pantry. For more information on the shelter, visit the website at ADOPTION CENTER: 111 Young Rd., P.O. Box 136 East Brookfield, MA TEL (508) FAX (508) WELLNESS AND EDUCATION CENTER: 372 North Main St. North Brookfield, MA TEL. (508) FAX (508) Attendees of the event enjoyed refreshments. Every Town Deserves a Good Local Newspaper TheHeartOfMassachusetts.com

7 Friday, May 23, 2014 The Webster Times 7 Learning St. Anne School hosts annual sports banquet SHEPHERD HILL REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL Monday, May 26: Memorial Day - No School Tuesday, May 27: Chicken dippers, salad, wheat roll and butter, fruit, variety of sandwiches. Wednesday, May 28: Chicken Parmesan, spaghetti, salad, fruit, rolls butter. Thursday, May 29: Pulled pork on a wheat roll, potato puffs, fruit, variety of sandwiches. Friday, May 30: Macaroni and cheese, carrots, rolls and butter, fruit, variety of sandwiches. DUDLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL Courtesy photos JV Boys Basketball Back row: Coach Jason Truscott, Coach Todd Minarik, Coach Chris McKay. Middle row: Ryan Truscott, Jordan, Sheehan, Andrew Raps, Ryan Martin, Vincent Laronde-Navin, Charles Daniels. Front row: Joseph Pezzano, Matthew Livsey, Ryan Czechowski, Samuel Kontoes, Devin Gagnon, Colin Minarik Soccer Back row: Coach Cindy Raps, Andrew Raps, Olivia Russell, Madeline Hollett, Rosalie Laconto, Drew Paulhus, Seth Benoit, Kathryn Russell, Katelyn Ditullio, Georgia Caissie, Paris McWilliam, Erica Czechowski, Tara Daniels, Ben Laconto, Coach Brenda Brayton. Middle row: Kylie Miller, Madison Paulhus, Kayla Berthiaume, Nekelle Waskiewicz, Corinna Benoit, Blake Kuzdzal, Carly Snyder, Hanna Scheffler, Caitlyn Miller, Annmarie Berthiaume, Charles Daniels, Colby Carlson. Front row: Colin Minarik, Emily McNamara, Arianna Howell, Ryan Truscott, Samuel Kontoes, Matthew Livsey, Edward Doering III, Ryan Czechowski Monday, May 26: Memorial Day - No School Tuesday, May 27: Chicken dippers, salad, wheat roll and butter, fruit, variety of sandwiches. Wednesday, May 28: Chicken Parmesan, spaghetti, salad, fruit, rolls butter. Thursday, May 29: Pulled pork on a wheat roll, potato puffs, fruit, variety of sandwiches. Friday, May 30: Macaroni and cheese, carrots, rolls and butter, fruit, variety of sandwiches. DUDLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Monday, May 26: Memorial Day - No School Tuesday, May 27: Cheeseburger, whole grain roll, potato. Wednesday, May 28: Meatball grinder, whole grain roll, sweet potato fries. Thursday, May 29: Chicken nuggets, celery/ pepper/carrots, ranch dressing/roll. Friday, May 30: Pizza with cheese, Romaine Salad, fruit. OXFORD HIGH SCHOOL Monday, May 26: Memorial Day - No School Tuesday, May 27: Salad plate sandwich or chicken fajitas or personal pizza, potato puffs, fruit, milk. Wednesday, May 28: Salad plate sandwich or pasta with marinara sauce, homemade garlic roll or super burger, vegetable and hummus, fruit, milk. Thursday, May 29: Salad plate or tuna roll-up or fish sticks, or crispy chicken patty, vegetable and hummus, fruit, milk. Friday, May 30: Salad plate or French bread pizza or hot dog on bun, tossed salad, fruit, milk. OXFORD MIDDLE SCHOOL JV Girls Cheerleading Lauren Russell, Emma Raps, Caroline Doering, Coach Donna McDonald, Aleana Brayton, Arianna Howell, Elena Hopkins Varsity Girls Cheerleading Back row: Coach Tammy Ducharme, Coach Mary Paul, Isabella Vajcovec, Olivia Russell, Rebecca Jalbert, Tara Daniels, Annmarie Berthiaume, Adelina Hough, Georgia Caissie, Coach Donna McDonald. Front row: Morgan Polinski, Madeline Hollett, Lily Givner, Jasmin Creighton Not Pictured: Coach Ayla Dufault Varsity Girls Basketball Coach Monique Snyder, Nekelle Waskiewicz, Carly Snyder, Hanna Scheffler, Caitlyn Miller, Rosalie Laconto, Katelyn Ditullio Varsity Boys Basketball Back row: Coach Jeff Paulhus, Bryan Giver, Jr., Robert Livsey, Jonathan Truscott, Brian Gionet, Seth Benoit, Coach TJ Grochowski. Front row: Coach Jimmy Paul, Blake Kuzdzal, Jonathan Sterczala, Ryan Zajac, Drew Paulhus Monday, May 26: Memorial Day- No School Tuesday, May 27: Grab and go or salad plate sandwich or chicken fajitas or personal pizza, potato puffs, fruit, milk. Wednesday, May 28: Grab and go or salad plate sandwich or pasta with marinara sauce homemade garlic roll, or sup burger, hummus and pita or vegetables, fruit, milk. Thursday, May 29: Grab and go or salad plate or tuna roll-up or fish sticks or crispy chicken patty, carrot coins, hummus and pita or vegetables, fruit, milk. Friday, May 30: Grab and go or salad plate r French bread pizza or hot dog on bun, tossed salad, fruit, milk. CHAFFEE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Monday, May 26: Memorial Day - No School Tuesday, May 27: PB&J meal or munchie lunch or salad meal or ham and cheese roll-up or yummy cheese pizza, potato puffs, fruit, milk. Wednesday, May 28: PB&J meal or munchie lunch or salad meal or turkey roll-up or pasta with marinara sauce, homemade garlic roll, hummus and pita or vegetables, fruit, milk. Thursday, May 29:PB&J meal or munchie lunch or salad meal or Italian sandwich or fish sticks, carrot coins, hummus and pita or vegetables, fruit, milk. Friday, May 30: PB&J meal or munchie lunch or sandwich of the day or yummy cheese pizza, tossed salad, fruit, milk. CLARA BARTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Monday, May 26: Memorial Day - No School Tuesday, May 27: PB&J meal or munchie lunch or salad meal or ham and cheese roll-up or yummy cheese pizza, potato puffs, fruit, milk. Wednesday, May 28: PB&J meal or munchie lunch or salad meal or turkey roll-up or pasta with marinara sauce, homemade garlic roll, hummus and pita or vegetables, fruit, milk. Thursday, May 29: PB&J meal or munchie lunch or salad meal or Italian sandwich or fish sticks, carrot coins, hummus and pita or vegetables, fruit, milk. Friday, May 30: PB&J meal or munchie lunch or sandwich of the day or yummy cheese pizza, tossed salad, fruit, milk. PARK AVENUE SCHOOL Monday, May 26: Memorial Day - No School Tuesday, May 27: Cheese tortilla wrap or chicken nuggets, potato wedges, seasoned carrots, pineapple tidbits, milk. Wednesday, May 28: Cheese tortilla wrap or sloppy Joes, whole-wheat bun, sweet potato fries, TheHeartOfMassachusetts.com Please Read MENUE, page A9 JV Girls Basketball Back row: Coach Buzz Krysinski, Madison Paulhus, Kylie Miller, Lillian Krysinski, Kayla Berthiaume, Coach Melissa Paulhus. Front row: Andrea Rogan, Emily McNamara, Lexus Erickson WEBSTER St. Anne School held their annual Sports Banquet on May 2. Trophies and T-shirts were awarded to all players with Special Recognition Awards given as well. The evening was filled with food, friends, awards and fun. The players ended the evening by heading out onto the dance floor. We are very proud of our players and want to thank them for all their hard work throughout the year. Great job! Special Recognition Awards included the following: Varsity Boys Basketball Sportsmanship Award: Robert Livsey Most Valuable Player: Drew Paulhus Most Improved: Seth Benoit Co-Coaches Award: Jonathan Truscott and Jonathan Sterczala Junior Varsity Boys Basketball Sportsmanship Award: Ryan Truscott Co-Most Valuable Player: Ryan Martin and Charles Daniels Most Improved: Andrew Raps Coaches Award: Vincent LaRonde- Navin Unsung Hero: Samuel Kontoes Varsity Girls Basketball Sportsmanship Award: Hanna Scheffler Tri-Most Valuable Player: Nekelle Waskiewicz, Carly Snyder and Katelyn Ditullio Most Improved: Rose Laconto Coaches Award: Caitlin Miller Junior Varsity Girls Basketball Sportsmanship Award: Madison Paulhus Most Improved: Kylie Miller Coaches Award: Andrea Rogan Co-Most Valuable Player: Lilly Krysinski and Kayla Berthiaume Varsity Cheerleaders Most Valuable Cheerleader: Adelina Hough Sportsmanship Award: Rebecca Jalbert Coaches Award: Annmarie Berthiaume Most Improved: Isabella Vajcovec Unsung Hero: Olivia Russell Junior Varsity Cheerleaders Most Valuable Cheerleader and Sportsmanship Award: Elena Hopkins Most Improved: Aleana Brayton Coach s Award: Emma Raps

8 8 The Webster Times Friday, May 23, Voters approve budget at Town Meeting in Dudley MEETING continued from page 1 Marzeotti said. And with the number of projects in town way down over the last several years, he said, Runkle has been doing other things such as grant writing. Marzeotti said he wanted to see a detailed plan and person identified to fill the spot. Joseph agreed. The budget was approved with two dissensions, one of them being Joseph. PRESERVING RECORDS Later, voters rejected a motion from the Board of Selectmen (supported by the Finance, Appropriation and Advisory Committee) to pass over for further information Article 27, which sought 10,590 to preserve eight ledgers from Dudley s past. They then approved a motion from Selectman Steven Sullivan to take 10,590 from the Stabilization Account for the project. Michael Branniff, who signed a petition to put Article 27 on the warrant, said it was an abysmal failure of some of our predecessors to preserve the records that have deteriorated, and present-day Dudley residents have to pick up the burden. The records that would be preserved include meetings from , a day book from , Rebellion 1861, Volume 1, a list of marriages, dogs, roads and burial grounds from 1857, Town Meetings from , a marriage index from the 18th and 19th centuries, treasurer s accounts from David Dore photo Dudley Town Clerk Ora Finn reads the Annual Town Meeting warrant to start the May 19 session in the Shepherd Hill Regional High School auditorium. 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YOUR AD HERE PLEASE CALL for more info. 95 and tax records from For 100 years the town fathers have found ways to ignore their responsibilities... they have taken a bye for 100 years, and now we re running out of time, Branniff said. They re starting to deteriorate; they are deteriorating. We have to bite the bullet. Town Clerk Ora Finn thanked Dudley voters for supporting past efforts to preserve historical records, and said there is more work to do. If we could have a source of funding, I would wholeheartedly support it, Finn said. Selectmen Chairman Jonathan Ruda urged voters to wait 90 days, until the fall Town Meeting, to see where we stand in terms of making this article happen, but not right now. He said a lot of town departments cut their fiscal 2015 spending requests to help balance the budget. And he made a point to say he was not anti-historical preservation. Sullivan said he felt the time is right to fund the historical records preservation now. It s not that big an amount. Selectman Peter Fox noted the town halted its five-year Capital Improvement Plan because no money was available. He wondered if grants were available to fund the work; Finn said previous restoration efforts got a small grant from the Janet Malser Humanities Trust, but no government grants were available to restore public records. Selectman John Marsi said some money for preserving historical records should be included in the town budget every year. Let s chip it away a little at a time, he said. ALSO ON THE AGENDA In other business at the Annual Town Meeting, voters: Rejected by a vote a resolution against Sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act, which proponents said in a flyer distributed at Town Meeting allows Americans to be arrested and put in prison for an indefinite length of time without a trial because of suspicion by the government. They also objected to the NDAA declaring all of the United States a battlefield, subject to laws of war. It allows the President to decide when and to whom the Constitution applies. The resolution called on the state Legislature to do its duty to defend the Constitutions of the United States and of Massachusetts, the flyer stated, and asks our Congressional delegation to continue to work to remove the offensive sections of the law. This resolution is a political statement, Joseph said. Don t be confused about it. It s that plain, it s a political statement. He added he didn t know the implications of the resolution, and he wasn t comfortable with a small group making a political statement on behalf of Dudley s 11,000 residents. Gave selectmen the authority to lease town-owned land on Carroll Road (the entrance to the sewer plant) for a multi-carrier personal wireless service facility. Water/Sewer Commissioner Daniel O Connor wanted to give both his board and the Board of Selectmen the authority to negotiate an agreement, but his amendment was ruled out of order because the town s attorney said only selectmen have that power. Joseph said the Water/Sewer Commission should be included in the negotiations. Approved a change to the town s bylaws that requires owners of service animals to show written evidence that the animal is a service dog for the annual dog license fee to be waived. Signed off on the rezoning of several parcels on Schofield Avenue (Route 12) and an amendment to the town s bylaws requiring developers of large ground-mounted solar photovoltaic installations (also known as solar farms ) to get a special permit in residential zones. David Dore may be reached at (508) , or by at TheHeartOf Massachusetts.com

9 Friday, May 23, 2014 The Webster Times 9 GRADE 6 Scholarships Awarded WEBSTER The United Church of Christ, Federated, of Webster, awarded a 500 scholarship to Lauren O Loughlin, graduating from Shepherd Hill Regional High School, and Kellie Duquette, graduating from Bartlett Jr./ Sr. High School. Both Lauren and Kellie will receive an Award Certificate on June 8 at the United Church of Christ 9:45 a.m. service. They are the winners of an essay contest, How has your faith influenced your choices for the future? Southern New Hampshire University MANCHESTER, N.H. The following students from Massachusetts have been named to the President s List for the Spring 2014 semester at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester. To be eligible for this honor, a student must compile an academic grade point average of Dudley: Jennifer Briare, BA Special Education Dudley: Matthew Sandstrom, BA Computer Information Technology Oxford: Rachael Germain, BA Early Childhood Education Oxford Middle School/High School Third Quarter Honor Roll High Honors: Lannaya Brandt, Kyle Corriveau, Devon Decarolis, Evan Donovan, Thadius Dubsky, Melanie Emery, Joseph Horton, Davone Keovongmanysar, Kailey McCleary, Teagan Morrisey, Jayda Rodriguez, Isabelle Sevian, Jaclyn Tretheway Honors: Aaliyah Altiery, Milianys Alvarado, Bennard Amponsah, Angelica Ayala, Pedro Bergollo, Elian Berrios Lopez, Lillian Berry, Cameron Bessette, Paola Burgos, Nayeli Cancel Montanez, Michaela Carl, Rayann Carl, Elizabeth Coburn, Alexis Doko, Geroge Doko, George Foto, Josue Gonzalez, Tyler Gonzalez, Nalin Koo, Alana Lane, Destinee Maysonet, Kiyiana Minton, Jacob Moore, John Nadeau, Amber Pelletier, Trinity Pereira, Maeve Perreault, Nathan Pollone, Maralex Ramirez, Jensy Rodriguez, Anjum Soofi, Maria Vargas Russi, Juan Velasco, Isabella Yaede, Zobide Zia GRADE 7 High Honors: Teagan Alicea Bailey, Stefanie Beaudry, Marya DeJesus, Damon Foster, Riley Gregoire, Jordan Keovongmanysar, Tabitha Metras, Sarah Partlow, Deep Patel, Jeselyn Rodriguez, Katelynn Stewart, Eliza Wandelear Honors: Lauryn Alicea, Kiarra Aponte, Cassandra Besse, Alyanna Bouchard, Cameron Carpenter, Victoria Carrier, Colin Donovan, Owen Frazel, Vanessa Joy Gachagua, Madison Gallipeau, Elizabeth Gibeault, James Gil, Michael Hernandez, Mariah Mason, Kristopher Mekal, Danisa Melendez, Eliezer Melendez, Orpheus Meletis, Aliza Miranda, Angel Ortiz, Reimy Ortiz Guzman, James Partlow, Rita Partlow, Joey Perez, Benjamin Peters, Yamuel Quinones Serrano, Mikayla Ritchotte, Victor Rivera, Fany Rodriguez, Oreimy Santana Jimenez, Benjamin Thongphala, Auguste Valley, Mikayla Williams, Gabriella Wondolowski MENUE continued from page 10 green beans, chilled peaches, mil. Thursday, May 29: Cheese tortilla wrap or Teriyaki dippers, mashed potatoes, seasoned corn, spiced applesauce, milk. Friday, May 30: Cheese tortilla wrap or French bread pizza, salad with baby spinach leafs, chickpeas. Grapes, milk. WEBSTER MIDDLE SCHOOL Monday, May 26: Memorial Day - No School Tuesday, May 27: Cheese tortilla wrap or chicken nuggets, potato wedges, seasoned carrots, pineapple tidbits, milk. Wednesday, May 28: Cheese tortilla wrap or sloppy Joes whole-wheat bun, sweet potato fries, green beans chilled peaches milk. Thursday, May 29: Cheese tortilla wrap or pork pulled on whole-wheat bun, long grain brown rice, seasoned corn, spiced applesauce, milk. Friday, May 30: Cheese tortilla wrap or French bread pizza, salad with baby spinach leafs, chickpeas, grapes, milk. BARTLETT HIGH SCHOOL Monday, May 26: Memorial Day - No School Tuesday, May 27: Chicken fajita salad, beans spinach, bread stick or ham and cheese tortillas or chicken nuggets, potato wedges, seasoned corn, pineapple tidbits, milk. Wednesday, May 28: Chicken fajita salad, beans, spinach, bread stick or ham and cheese tortillas or Sloppy Joes whole-wheat bun, sweet potato fries, green beans, chilled peaches, milk. Thursday, May 29: Chicken fajita salad, beans, spinach, bread stick or ham and cheese tortillas or spaghetti, meatballs, whole-wheat garlic roll, seasoned corn, fruit cocktail, milk. Friday, May 30: Chicken fajita salad, beans, spinach, bread stick or ham and cheese tortillas or French bread pizza or rotini with sauce, salad with baby spinach leafs, chickpeas, grapes, milk. BAY PATH BREAKFAST Monday, May 26: Memorial Day - No School Tuesday, May 27: Assorted bagel with assorted cream cheese, 4 oz yogurt, juice, milk. Wednesday, May 28: Eggs, bacon whole-wheat toast, juice, milk. Thursday, May 29: Blueberry ad peaches, yogurt parfait, granola, cereal, juice, milk. Friday, May 30: Egg, sausage and cheese muffin sandwich, 4 oz yogurt, juice, milk. LUNCH Monday, May 26: Memorial Day - No School Tuesday, May 27: Buffalo chicken tenders and roll or whole-wheat pizza both served with baked French fries, tossed green salad, roasted chickpeas. Wednesday, May 28 Chicken fajita wrap, salsa, sour cream or grinder both served with Mexican corn and macaroni salad. Thursday, May 29: Grilled cheese sandwich or grinder both served with homemade vegetable soup and tater tots, roasted chickpeas. Friday, May 30: Cheeseburger on a whole-wheat bun or whole-wheat pizza both served with sweet potato fries, green beans, pickles. EDUCATION NOTEBOOK Worcester Polytechnic Institute WORCESTER Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has announced that Ryan Smolenski, of Oxford, a first-year student, has been named a Charles O. Thompson Scholar for the academic year. Named in honor of the first president of WPI, this honor recognizes outstanding performance by first-year students. To be eligible for membership, students must achieve all A s and B s (with a minimum of six A s) in their academic subjects during their first three terms at WPI. GRADE 8 High Honors: Deborah Amponsah, Amanda Carrier, Benjamin Chieng, Jade Chlapowski, Julia Ferron, Tamara Howlett, Margaret McLoughlin, Caden Paul Honors: Kendra Alicea, Angela Chapman, Joshua Cheever, Franyeliz Cintron Rivera, Jonathan Daou, Benjamin DeJesus, Frances Garcia, Lauren Hapcook, Yamil Hernandez, Robert Hine, Jacob Johnson, Payton Kallanian, Azalynn Kopytko, Dahlia Lovendale, Jiliana Marrero, Kathryn McLoughlin, Jerrycob Medina, Christopher Merced, Sydney Mercure, Brittany Murphy, Fintan Neff, Vanessa Rodriguez, Dariel Serrano Rivera, Yariel Serrano Rivera, Tehya Shelton, Jesmarie Torres, Olga Torres, Janmuel Vazquez Colon, Andrew Vidot, Victoria Worth, Julianna Yaede GRADE 9 High Honors: Tesslyn Castro, Ryan Since 1932 ED STEARNS DresseD Meats, Inc. Wed Thurs Fri Sat Bryant University SMITHFIELD, R.I. Bryant University held its 151st Commencement on Saturday, May 17. 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10 10 The Webster Times Friday, May 23, Serving Sturbridge, Brimfield, Holland and Wales PO Box 90, Southbridge, MA Telephone (800) Fax (508) Frank G. Chilinski President and Publisher Adam Minor Editor, Sturbridge Villager Editorial One on one with Mom, Part 2 How does a journalist celebrate Mother s Day? Why, by interviewing his mother, of course! In last week s Minor Details, I sat down with my Mom for a candid oneon-one interview, touching on the challenges of The Minor raising two young boys, Details and even sharing some funny stories about my ADAM MINOR youth. In this week s conclusion of our two-part interview, we turn to more serious matters, touching on dealing with the loss of a child, the evolution of being a mom through the years, and then end on a lighter note, with the promised Door Story. Enjoy! And we re back! When we left off, we were talking about funny things Keith and I did as children. I wanted to touch on Keith a little bit. Unfortunately, part of being a mother is dealing with some tough times. I ve talked about Keith a lot in my columns, so it s no secret when I share that he is no longer with us, after dying in a car accident eight years ago. You lost a son, and I lost a brother in Keith. From a mother s perspective, what was it like to lose a child? It s the probably the worst thing I think any parent can go through. I think any parent would agree. It s a nightmare to even think about it. All parents worry about their kids, so I mean, no matter how much you imagine it, it s unbelievably worse than you can imagine when it actually happens. A lot of people say they would do this or that, but you never know. It s different for everybody. I always thought I would be in an insane asylum, curled up in a rocking chair, because I just wouldn t be able to cope but you d be amazed at the strength you have. I believe I m going to see him again someday, so my faith is what carries me through. I was going to ask you about that what has helped you? Would you say your faith is the main thing? Oh yes, I think if you have nothing to believe in, it s just so much harder to get through it if you just think they re gone and not anywhere. So that s what carries me through. You just visit it a little bit from time to time, and you have to think about the good times. We had him for 21 years. A lot of people in this world don t have them for that long. You do have to talk about him too, because it makes it like he s still here. We talked about legacy earlier. I know that when I write about him, I feel his legacy lives on. He made an impact on a lot of people, which makes you feel good too. Well, we will move on. So, you have been mother for 30 years now. I don t want to make you feel old! It s OK, I feel old without thinking about that! How would you say your role has changed over 30 years as a mother? I mean, it obviously has it s a dumb question when you think about it but obviously, your role now is much different then it was back when I was a kid. There are some mothers who still play a role they shouldn t be playing. They are either way too involved or not involved at all. The way I look at it is kind of like a mother bird. In any species, it s your job to raise your children to be adults that can take care of themselves and live on their own with skills that you teach them, however you decide to do that. It s not your job to be their friend, or do everything for them. You have to find a balance in the middle. Sometimes, I would be there as a friend. Other times, I am meant to be a disciplinarian and guide you on what is right and wrong. I can think of many a slammed door in response Please Read to that! MOM 2, page A18 ViewpointTHE DEADLINE to submit letters to the editor and commentaries for next week s newspaper is Friday at noon. SEND ALL ITEMS to Editor Adam Minor at The Webster Times ALL ABOARD THE ARC SOUTHBRIDGE Members of The Center of Hope Foundation, a chapter of The Arc of Massachusetts, celebrate on the Boston Common at the Arc of Massachusetts annual All Aboard the Arc rally and fundraising event to help raise public awareness of the abilities and needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. More than 1,000 individuals, families, community members, and local leaders attended the event on May 7, which featured several key speakers and live musical performances. The Arc of Massachusetts is the leading advocacy organization in the state for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Letters to the Editor To the Editor: As a grandfather and friend of girls approaching college age, I am deeply disturbed by the report of rape at Nichols. I hope everyone makes it their business to become familiar with the nationwide issue of rape culture. I want to know what Nichols practices to deter such occurrences, and what the administration prescribes (official policy) as its response to assault behavior. I realize there have been rapes everywhere, including the marriage bed, and deranged creeps live everywhere, but we all have a right to know if and when they are tolerated, harbored, or empowered in our backyard. I assume law enforcement authorities have and will respond appropriately, as well as departments of justice. If that assumption is wrong, I call upon people to rise up and demand a different course. There are too many occasions already where it took intense and extensive action to reach a just result. But if that s what it takes, let s Courtesy photo Deeply disturbed by rape at Nichols be ready. My heart goes out to the victim here. Rape is rape. Look it up in the dictionary. There are no extenuating circumstances that modifies what it is. No preceding behavior justifies it. Immaturity and affluenza does not excuse it. No one deserves to be raped. And perpetrators are not fit to live in society without appropriate alteration. Warning to parents: Be vigilant in knowing the position, policy, program and record of the college where you send your son or daughter. We have top-grade institutions, like Brown and Dartmouth, where responses have been shamefully abysmal, that required outside popular action to resolve. Many colleges regard publicity, football scores, and lavish funding to be more important than student welfare. Please beware. Cyganiewicz for selectman To the Editor: My name is Kerry Cyganiewicz and I m running for the Dudley Board of Selectmen. In my opinion, changing the culture of local politics is a lot like turning a battleship. To the degree that our current Board of Selectmen has begun that turn, I commend them. Now however, it is time to complete the turn and set a new course. That course will require the courage to do more than to get-along, compromise and agree. To continue the fight for the economic recovery of our town, more innovation, new ideas and the will to make the unpopular decisions that will bring positive change to Dudley will be necessary. I am that candidate. I am a Dudley native, the third generation of my family to call Dudley home. I graduated from Shepherd Hill and Nichols College, and have three children in the Dudley Charlton Regional School District. I am the vice chairman of the Dudley Finance, Advisory and Appropriations Committee. I am very familiar with the economic difficulties faced by Dudley, and believe that my professional skills and experience have put me in a position to offer new ideas, face challenges more effectively, and to lead, support and follow-through with some of my own Tom Carroll Oxford plans and some of the plans put forward by the Board of Selectmen. We need 24 hour a day, seven-day-a-week paramedic-level ambulance coverage. We need to be certain that our police department is adequately staffed, our schools need the bandwidth necessary to support the technology that is now so crucial to our children s future and we must provide the highway department with the ability to repair our streets and plow our roads. Now, more than ever, we must decide who will lead us into the future. We know that these goals are attainable. The choice now will be who has a better chance of attaining them. I look forward to this campaign, and to meeting more of my neighbors and listening to your concerns as the election draws near. I ve set up a page to connect with members of the community on Facebook by searching Elect Kerry Cyganiewicz. My guess is that we will share many of the same concerns. Voter turnout will be extremely important on June 16, and I m asking you to take the time to go to the Dudley Town Hall and vote to elect Kerry J. Cyganiewicz, Dudley Selectman. Kerry Cyganiewicz Dudley Run for the Beach 5K a success To the Editor: On behalf of the Board of Selectmen, we would like to thank our sponsors and volunteers for their contribution to our first Annual Run for the Beach 5K Road Race on May 10. Proceeds from this race will be used to hire lifeguards as well as maintenance and upkeep of the Merino Pond Beach. The race drew in over 180 runners and walkers from all over the area despite the morning rain. Music was performed by members of the National Recording Artists, The Island Castaway Band. A special thanks to Joe Holewa, former resident of the pond, for donating his time and talent. We would like to thank the following sponsors for making this race such a huge success: Cumberland Farms, O Connor Insurance, Webster Five Cent Savings Bank, Gentex Optics, Tri-State Toyota, Park n Shop, Nichols College, Yummy s Chinese Restaurant, Bartel Funeral Home, Calvary Assembly of God, Pastor Tony Hamilton and his volunteers, Webster Electric/Ellis Bateman, Dippin Donuts, Rampco Construction Company, The Boys and Girls Club, Betsy and Peter Fox, The Ide Family and The Marsi Family. We would also like to thank our volunteers who were part of the Ad Hoc Beach Committee. Without these dedicated individuals the race would not have taken place. Matthew and Joyce Nierodzinski, Tracy Ide, Tony Poti, Kristin Marengo and Joel Makarewicz. Finally we would like to thank Scott Zajkowski for volunteering to be our EMT for the day, Police Chief Steve Wojnar for public safety, Dan Gion, superintendent of the Dudley Highway Department, for sweeping the streets and installing LED lighting at the beach house, Dennis Tremblay, Supervisor of Building and Grounds, for volunteering to help on race day and preparing the beach, and the members of Merino Pond Association for supporting such a worthy cause. This entirely volunteer fundraising effort is a prime example of how Dudley residents are committed to thoughtful, community-based solutions to the challenges that our town continues to face. Jonathan Ruda Chairman, Board of Selectmen Wisdom gained Today, I take on the role of (temporary) editor. Not THE editor, but AN editor, one who makes decisions about which parts of a story or column or article are As You worth sharing and/or printing. Like It I do so for a couple of reasons the hardest MARK ASHTON part of column writing is coming up with an idea each week for a column; and we ALL get so much interesting stuff (among the dross) by way of the Internet nowadays that some of it must actually be worth sharing. So, in the interest of full disclosure and in hopes of preventing any future plagiarism claims, here s MY disclaimer: almost everything this column has to say has been taken (borrowed, hijacked, stolen) from some Internet offering forwarded us by a friend, family member, or an African princess in need of financial assistance to redeem her 12 million inheritance. I m borrowing from several sources here, so no one original author can say I picked on him or her solely, and so I can use up a bunch of Internet offerings that have lain dormant in my office desk drawer since before there were computers. I m sharing words of wisdom, clever insights, a quiz or two, a couple of random thoughts, and some humor de jour (which we think is grammatically incorrect shouldn t it be du jour? but who are we to say what s grammatically or politically correct in the world of Internet ingeniosity?). So let us begin. From the why, why, why or who category, we ask: Why do you press harder on the buttons of a remote when you know the batteries are dead? (You know you do!) Why do slow down and slow up mean the same thing? Why do we say something is out of whack but never suggest that something may be in whack? Why do we call them stands when they re made for sitting? Why do fat chance and slim chance mean the same thing? Why doesn t Tarzan have a beard? Whose cruel idea was it to put an S in the word lisp? From the Truths for Mature Humans files: I totally take back all those times I didn t want to nap when I was younger. Bad decisions make for good stories. Doesn t the freezer part of the refrigerator deserve a light as well? Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died. How is it possible to fold a fitted sheet? Can we all just admit that it s a fine line indeed between boredom and real hunger? Nothing s worse than that moment during an argument when you realize you re wrong! From the I Didn t Know That! files: You can t say the letter P without separating your lips. Only three English words begin with dw : dwarf, dwell, and dwindle. There are only two perennial vegetables capable of (re)producing on their own for several growing seasons: asparagus and rhubarb. There is only one veggie/fruit that is never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any form other than fresh: lettuce. From the Something to Think About files: A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory. Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it into a fruit salad. War does not determine who is right only who is left. You may have traveled many places, but you ve never been in Kahoots alone. You have to be in Kahoots with someone! The latest statistics on insanity say that one out of every four persons suffers from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they re all OK, then it must be YOU! From the Quiz for Intelligent People file: Before Mt. Everest was discovered, there was still a highest mountain in the world. What was it? (Answer: Mt. Everest it just hadn t yet been discovered!) What is it that occurs once in every minute, twice in every moment, but never in a thousand years? (Answer: the letter m.) What five-letter word sounds like one letter of the alphabet? (Answer: queue) A farmer has 237 sheep. All but two dozen are swept away by a tornado. How many are left? (Answer: Two dozen, of course.) Which country makes Panama hats? (Answer: Ecuador) What is a camel s hair brush made of? (Answer: Squirrel fur) More words to consider: Some people bring happiness wherever they go. Others, whenever they go. To be sure of hitting your target, shoot first. Then, call whatever you hit the target! If I agreed with you, we d both be wrong. To steal an idea from one person is considered plagiarism; to steal from many is called research! And from the ultimate words of wisdom from the ultimately wise come these pearls: You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing after they have tried everything else. (Winston Churchill); I ve had a perfectly wonderful evening but this wasn t it. (Groucho Marx); I sleep eight hours a day, and at least 10 at night. (Bill Hicks); If I could say a few words, I d be a better public speaker. (Homer Simpson); Democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. (Thomas Jefferson) Mark Ashton can be reached at: stonebridgepress.com, or by calling:

11 Friday, May 23, 2014 The Webster Times 11 Viewpoint The warmer spring weather usually means many people are out riding motorcycles. I was recently asked a question regarding motorcycle licenses. The person was interested in obtaining a motorcycle license. They wondered about the licensing process and if they needed to actually own a bike to obtain one. The Registry of Motor Vehicles creates rules and regulations for obtaining a motorcycle license and permit. To obtain a permit, a person must complete an application. You will also take a basic 25-question examination, and must correctly answer at least 18. A vision screening is also conducted prior to any permit being issued. When operating on a motorcycle permit, a person is not allowed to carry passengers, must operate only during the day light (sunrise to sunset), must wear an approved helmet and eye protection, and must not operate out of state unless the other state allows such operation. It started out as a perfect Saturday. I woke up pleasantly surprised that the weatherman had been wrong and the rain that was predicted had stayed away. It didn t bother me that he was changing his story instead of a washout, we were in for a perfect spring day. I decided I d do a little work inside before getting out to make the most of the unexpected sunshine. I sat at my desk, typing away, as my little black one-eyed rescue cat, Daryl, swirled around my feet and nudged my ankles with his nose. It didn t matter that I wanted to work he wanted attention. Purring, he jumped onto the desk, and then it all happened so fast he landed one of his happy kitty head butts square on my iced coffee. The glass tipped, the drink splashed, and sweet sticky coffee seeped into the keys of my laptop. Hot on the heels of the Brimfield Flea Market, this week s column will offer some DIY tips for sprucing up those great vintage wares discovered in the fields last week. From getting stains out of dainty linens to polishing up old brass, the following ideas can make revamping a vintage find a little less of a hassle. Note: Stain and care advice are suggestions only and not meant as instruction. Use with care and at your own risk. *** Vintage brass pieces are gaining in popularity (and value)! Polishing brass can expose a brilliant finish that can be achieved with surprisingly little effort. This old fashioned method will polish brass up quickly and easily. Simply mix a paste of equal parts of salt, flour and vinegar. Rub on brass with a soft cloth. Rinse completely. Shine with a clean, dry, soft cloth. *** Sometimes all it takes is a good cleaning to restore an aged treasure. The following recipes call for common ingredients you likely have on hand. Copper Cleaner (also works on brass) Ingredients: 1/2 cup all-purpose flour; 1/2 cup salt; 1/2 cup powdered detergent; 3/4 cup white vinegar; 1/4 cup lemon juice; 1/2 cup very warm water Instructions: Mix flour, salt and detergent in a bowl. Add remaining ingredients and stir. Transfer mixture to a quart jar, close tightly and label for future use. To use, shake jar, then pour some of the cleaner on the brass/copper surface and rub gently with a dishcloth. For tough spots, scrub with an old toothbrush or a plastic scouring pad. Rinse, dry and polish with a soft cloth. *** Aluminum Cleaner Ingredients: 1/4 cup soap flakes: 1/2 Another school year is drawing to a close. If you have young children, you might be planning for their summer activities. But you also might want to look even farther into the future to the day when your kids say goodbye to their local schools and hello to their college dormitories. When that day arrives, will you be financially prepared to pay for the high costs of higher education? Consider this: For the academic year, the average cost (tuition, fees, room and board) was 18,391 for an in-state student at a four-year public college or university, and 40,917 for a private school, according to the College Board. And these costs may well be considerably higher by the time your children enter college. Of course, these are just the sticker prices; some families pay less, thanks to grants and tax benefits, such Obtaining a motorcycle license Chief s Corner STEVE WOJNAR Motorcycle license regulations can be very similar to those for obtaining a permit. However, completion of a road test is required. A person must also take the Motorcycle Rider Education Training Course prior to any license being issued. There are also fees associated with both the license and permit process. A person is not required to own a registered motorcycle while obtaining a license. The rules are similar to the driver s license road tests with cars or trucks. The Registry states the following regarding motorcycle exams: For all road tests, you are required to supply a properly equipped, legally registered and insured motorcycle that has a valid inspection sticker. The motorcycle must be acceptable to the examiner. A rider should be confident in his/her ability to safely ride whatever motorcycle they plan to operate. Consult with professionals on the subject prior to riding or buying any motorcycle. More information can be obtained through the Registry at I wish to thank Principal Pierangeli and her staff at Shepherd Hill High School for sponsoring the annual mock crash on Friday, May 9. The event was coordinated by the Dudley Fire Department and involved members of that department, the Dudley Police Department, including School Resource Officer James Annese, the Charlton Fire and Police, members of Webster Ambulance, and Bartel s Funeral Home. Students from the local SADD Chapter and others from the school participated in this re-enactment, which involves a serious accident that takes place on prom night. A guest speaker, Mrs. Deb Dubois of Dudley, gave a very powerful presentation to the group. Seven years ago, her son Nicolaos was a passenger in a car that crossed the center line Crying over spilled coffee In an instant, my computer was black, my work was lost, and my mood was ruined. Daryl, of course, would have gotten the brunt of my grumpiness, but he didn t stick around to hear how upset I was. But my boyfriend was there and it seemed like it could have been at least a little bit his fault too how could he let the cat annoy me while I was trying to work? Why didn t he know a secret to fixing the computer? His puzzled look only infuriated me more, and I stomped to my bedroom, slammed shut the door and sulked. I m embarrassed to say I spent a good chunk of a beautiful Saturday afternoon sitting inside in futile, ridiculous misery. It s quite out of character for me to act so dramatic over something so trivial. After all, I ve been faced before with much bigger challenges and much greater heartache than something as simple as a broken laptop. Remembering the fact that I even have a computer to break, which I use for a job that I love, made me realize that I was looking at the situation entirely in the wrong way. I couldn t help but wonder how many other problems are just temporary blemishes on one of my many blessings. Five months ago, I resolved that this year I would try to live every day with Amanda s Musings AMANDA COLLINS Tips to clean vintage wares Take The Hint KAREN TRAINOR cup white vinegar; 1/2 cup baking soda; 1/2 cup cream of tartar. Instructions: Combine cream of tartar and baking soda. Add vinegar and mix to form a soft paste. Add soap flakes and transfer to a jar or bottle with a solid lid. Label for future use. To use, apply with a steel wool pad, then rinse off. Store out of reach of children. *** Jewelry Cleaner (from Old Farmer s Almanac) Ingredients: 1/4 cup ammonia; 1/4 cup dishwashing liquid; 3/4 cup water Instructions: Mix all the ingredients well, then soak your jewelry in the solution for a few minutes. Clean around the stones and designs with a soft-bristle toothbrush. Buff dry. (Caution: Don t use this with gold-plated jewelry; with soft stones such as pearls, opals, or jade; or with costume jewelry, because it could ruin the plastics or loosen the glue.) *** Ivory Cleaner (piano keys) Ingredients: one part hydrogen peroxide to one part water Instructions: Mix together. Sponge it onto the ivory and let it sit for 15 minutes, then rinse. *** From simple embroidered hankies to fancy damask tablecloths, vintage linens are great finds unless they come with yellow or other stains that have likely happened long ago! Here are some suggestions to clean and protect old fabric finds. Few stains are more common on kitchen linens than yellowing. Frequently, tablecloths are unearthed from the attic sporting telltale yellow stains that mark the longtime folds. More disheartening is to discover a cache of vintage linens that were stored before destaining, resulting in old grease stains that have turned yellow. Yellowing on aged cottons and linens often responds well to simply laundering in a mild detergent and setting the item outside to dry in the sun. If a piece is particularly delicate, hanging it on a clothesline can pull the fabric and cause damage. For delicates and lace trimmed pieces, lay them out on the lawn or on another flat surface with ventilation such as a mesh sweater dryer. Colored cottons should not be dried in the sun. If the sun doesn t bleach out yellow stains, you may want to try Oxi-Clean or other oxygen activated products on the market. Overall age yellowing often responds well to this method. If yellowing remains, the next step is the try a diluted version of a laundry presoak wash, in which Sodium Perborate is the active ingredient, such as Clorox II. Add twice as much water as the directions call for to start; decrease water until results are achieved. Persistent stains may respond if a paste of Clorox II and water is applied directly to stain. If a stain is caused by food, results are often achieved by using an enzyme-based presoak such as Biz. Some vintage linen dealers swear by a well known stain recipe which combines the cleaning efforts of a Sodium Perborate pre-treater and a powdered dishwasher detergent, such as Cascade. The recommendation is to mix together one quarter cup each of powdered Clorox II and Cascade in five quarts of hot water. Soak overnight or until stains are gone. This procedure should be used only on white or light linens, as it could cause dark colors to run. Start saving today for tomorrow s college bills Financial Focus JEFF BURDICK as the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit. Still, you may encounter some hefty college bills down the road. But college is still a good investment in your child s future. Over an adult s working life, an individual with a bachelor s degree can expect to earn, on average, nearly 1 million more than someone with only a high school diploma, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. So you re saving for a good cause. Unfortunately, you may not be saving enough or you might not be making the most of your savings. To save for college, more parents use a general savings account than any other method, according to Sallie Mae s How America Saves for College 2014 study. These types of accounts carry two significant drawbacks: They typically earn tiny returns and they offer no tax advantages. However, you do you have some attractive college-funding vehicles available, one of which is a 529 plan. Your 529 plan earnings accumulate tax free, provided they are used for qualified higher education expenses. (529 plan distributions not used for qualified expenses may be subject to federal and state income tax and a 10-percent IRS penalty.) Furthermore, your 529 plan contributions may be deductible from your state taxes. But 529 plans vary, so be sure to check with your tax advisor regarding deductibility. A 529 plan offers other benefits, too. For one thing, the lifetime contribution limits for 529 plans are quite generous; while these limits vary by state, some plans allow contributions well in excess of 200,000. And a 529 plan is flexible: If your child decides against college or vocational school, you can transfer the and collided with another vehicle on Dudley Hill Road. They were just leaving Shepherd Hill that April day in 2007 and Nick, unfortunately, never made it home. The message appeared to be well received by the members of the student body who were on hand to watch. Since this is prom and graduation season, this was an opportunity to remind these individuals of the importance of good driving habits to arrive at your destination safely. Thanks again to the staff of the high school for taking proactive measures to protect our young people. Thanks again for your questions and comments. Please send them to me at the Dudley Police Department 71 West Main St., Dudley, MA or at Opinions expressed in this weekly column are those of Chief Wojnar only and unless clearly noted, do not reflect the ideas or opinions of any other organization or citizen. conscious thankfulness, a task that has some days been a lot harder than it seems. I m finding though, that sometimes I need to just look differently at the things that stress me out, because usually, just beyond them, is a reason to be grateful. Instead of being upset if I burn dinner, I need to be glad I have food to cook; instead of feeling overwhelmed at work, I should be thankful that I have a job to do. It s certainly not easy to always live with a grateful attitude, and I won t pretend I manage to do it every day. Sometimes it takes a clumsy kitty to remind me there s no use crying over spilled coffee. Amanda Collins may be reached at (508) or by at stonebridgepress.com. 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12 12 The Webster Times Friday, May 23, Woman s Club hosts annual banquet, scholarship dinner Courtesy photos OXFORD The Oxford Woman s Club held their annual Banquet and Scholarship Dinner at the Pine Ridge Country Club on May 13. The Oxford Woman s Club presented scholarship awards to Michael Vayday, Morgyn Joubert and Meriel Borowko. TheHeartOfMassachusetts.com HEY MOM! We re in the paper!! Order your photo reprint today Call Stonebridge Press for details (508) All at great prices! Digital copy 5 4 x x (glossy prints)

13 Friday, May 23, 2014 The Webster Times 13 Senior center hosts Mother s Day tea party DUDLEY A Mother s Day Tea Party that was held at the Dudley Senior Center on May 10. Daisy Troop 11118, from Dudley and surrounding towns, hosted a tea party for their mothers and grandmothers in honor of Mother s Day. Courtesy photos Jocelyn Evans, with her mother and grandmothers, drinking pink lemonade out of teacups. Lilly Falke pouring herself a cup of tea. Mother and daughter, Maggie and Katie Hogan. The Daisy Troop playing a game together. Maggie and Amy Marshall enjoying tea together. Cadette Girl Scouts helping out their younger counterparts. Isabella Lefebvre, and her mother Nicole, enjoying the delicious treats. Arabella Lavigne enjoying her cupcake. Troop 11118, with their leader Stacey Lavigne, and assistant leader Heather Arnold. Aurora Lavigne with her Memere Kathy Lavigne, both from Dudley, playing a game. BLACK TAVERN ANNOUNCES MALSER GRANT Courtesy photo Emily Arnold pouring herself a cup of tea. DUDLEY The Black Tavern Historical Society of Dudley is pleased to be the recent recipient of a generous grant from the Janet Malser Humanities Trust. The Tavern has been busy in the last few years with the restoration of its barn and more recently the shoe shop or so-called annex that is situated between the barn and the Tavern itself. This is where Warren Goodell had his shoe manufacturing business just before the Civil War. The monies received from the Malser Humanities Trust will be put toward continuing the restoration of the buildings so they will be accessible to the public and local school children who visit the Tavern to learn about how people lived in the 1800s. The Stevens Mill monument that sits on the lawn in front of the shoe shop will also be treated with a special sealant to protect it against weather damage. The Board of Directors at the Black Tavern would like to thank the Trust for this grant.

14 14 The Webster Times Friday, May 23, Sports Nick Ethier photos Bartlett catcher Ryan Sullivan (2) and teammates line up to congratulate Evan Anderson after he clubbed a two-run homer in second inning action against Southbridge. With Southbridge s Lucas Cancel hustling down the line, Bartlett shortstop Justin Caro cleanly fields the ball and fires over to first base to record an out. Bartlett baseball muscles its way past Pioneers, 11-5 BY NICK ETHIER SPORTS STAFF WRITER SOUTHBRIDGE Bartlett High baseball coach Jon Way said that his team s biggest struggle this season has been with the bats, but when they re on they re on. When we get them going, they stay hot, he said. And the Indians were on fire in the first three innings with Southbridge High on May 19, as they produced all 11 of their runs and nine of their 10 hits through the opening three frames. When all was said and done, Bartlett defeated the Pioneers, We came out strong. I said to our guys, Get aggressive, find your pitch, get on top of it [and] line drives all day, Way recalled. The Indians wasted little time as Anthony Grzembski (2-for-3), James Patterson (3-for-4) and Justin Caro opened the game with consecutive singles, Caro s plating Grzembski. Evan Anderson then reached on an infield error, which scored Patterson. A Ryan Sullivan sacrifice fly and Matthew Bernier reaching on an error produced two more runs, and Bartlett was ahead, 4-0, after a half inning. After Anderson went to the mound and retired Southbridge 1-2-3, the Indians doubled their lead to 8-0 in the top of the second. Patterson got the rally started with an RBI single up the middle and Anderson followed with a two-run homer to right field. He s having a career year at the plate, Way said of Anderson, who was 2-for-4 and reached base in all five at-bats. He s always been our workhorse on the mound, we lean on him to win ballgames and he s done it with the bat this year. He leads the team in average, leads the team in home runs, he s finding a way to get on so he s having a huge year. Anderson s shot made it 7-0, and Bartlett added a run when Sullivan reached on an error to score Anthony Higbie. The Pioneers scored a run in the bottom of the second on a Jose Miranda-Morales (2-for- 3) RBI double to plate Anthony Santos, but the Indians added to their lead in the top of the third. In the frame Patterson rapped an RBI single and Anderson continued his production with a bases loaded single to score two more, which gave Bartlett an 11-1 cushion. Santos, Southbridge s starter, was done after three innings (11 runs six earned on nine hits, one strikeout, one walk and two hit batsmen) but returned the favor on Anderson with a two-run homer of his own to left field in the fourth inning. Anderson and Santos were the first two to hit homers at the new ballpark perched above the high school in its twoyear existence. Eli Perez also reached on an error in the fourth inning, which scored Miranda-Morales and made it an 11-4 game. But Anderson kept it a seven-run game in Bartlett s favor with strong fifth and sixth innings. The Pioneers added a final run in the seventh when Emilio Torres (2-for-4) tripled and scored when Jordan Torres reached on an error. Anderson s stat line was a complete game with five runs allowed three earned on seven hits with nine strikeouts and two walks as the Indians improved to 7-12 overall and 7-8 in the Southern Worcester County League (SWCL). That marked proved to be the second best in the SWCL West Division, so Bartlett will automatically advance to the Central Mass. Division 4 district tournament. You want to roll into the playoffs with a little bit of momentum, so we ll see what happens, Way said. A year ago the Indians also reached the postseason with a losing record and lost a hard-fought game with Hopedale High in first round action. The Blue Raiders eventually reached the Division 3 state championship game before losing by a run. Southbridge, meanwhile, dropped to The one good thing that you could say is that they didn t quit, so they are playing until the final out is made, head coach Jason Stien said. Another bright spot was the relief pitching of Abdiel Ramos, who worked four shutout innings of one-hit ball, striking out three and walking two. He s been a diamond in the rough thus far, Stien said. He s got two quality starts [and] he s throwing strikes. He s earned everything that he s got, he s been great all year. When his number was called he grasped the opportunity and ran with it. Central Mass. district track and field results On Saturday, May 17, the best Central Mass. boys and girls track and field athletes took to Lunenburg High School (boys) and Shrewsbury High School (girls) for the Class A, B and C district championships. Below are the team results as well as the individual winners and local finishers. Boys Class A Team Results 1. Wachusett, 77 points 2. St. John s, North Middlesex, Shrewsbury, Shepherd Hill, Marlborough, South, Westborough, Nashoba, Doherty, Fitchburg, Tantasqua, Algonquin, Worcester Tech, Burncoat, 4 Individual Results Shot Put 1. Leonardo Ramirez, Fitchburg, Joshua Ponce De Leon, Shepherd Hill, Drew Cutress, Shepherd Hill, Chase Flibbert, Shepherd Hill, Discus 1. Wyatt Boelens, Nashoba, Chase Flibbert, Shepherd Hill, Tim Christian, Shepherd Hill, Javelin 1. Mitch Early, St. John s, Ben Dutting, Shepherd Hill, James Duhamel, Shepherd Hill, Long Jump 1. Emmanuel Bamgbose, South, Drew Jean-Guillaume, Shepherd Hill, Triple Jump 1. Emmanuel Bamgbose, South, Caleb White, Shepherd Hill, Joe Mielinski, Shepherd Hill, Mile 1. Mark Puleo, Nashoba, 10: Hunter Schultz, Shepherd Hill, 10: Jason Bangs, Shepherd Hill, 10: Mile 1. Chris Skelly, North Middlesex, 4: Cody Kingman, Shepherd Hill, 4: Congke Li, Shepherd Hill, 5: Meter Hurdles 1. Michael Niemi, North Middlesex, Caleb White, Shepherd Hill, Meters 1. Michael Owusu, Wachusett, Drew Jean-Guillaume, Shepherd Hill, Meters 1. Connor Murphy, St. John s, 2: Chris Johnson, Shepherd Hill, 2: Meters 1. Momodou Kabareh, South, Drew Jean-Guillaume, Shepherd Hill, Meter Hurdles 1. Mitjon Celaj, Doherty, Caleb White, Shepherd Hill, Alexander Zielinski, Shepherd Hill, 1: x800-Meter Relay 1. Wachusett, 8: Shepherd Hill, 8: x400-Meter Relay 1. Shrewsbury, 3: Shepherd Hill, 3:48.90 Boys Class B Team Results 1. Auburn, 79 points 2. Oakmont, Quabbin, Groton-Dunstable, Hudson, Lunenburg, Blackstone-Millville, Nipmuc, Grafton, Northbridge, Bartlett, Oxford, Leicester, Holy Name, Tyngsborough, 1 Individual Results Discus 1. Andrew Giarusso, Quabbin, Amadeusz Piwowarczyk, Bartlett, Jacob Mailloux, Bartlett, Long Jump 1. Kurt Robakiewicz, Nipmuc, Michael Valentino, Oxford, Triple Jump 1. Kurt Robakiewicz, Nipmuc, Connor St. Germain, Oxford, Mile 1. Ries Kennington, Quabbin, 10: Jacob Simonis, Bartlett, 10: Mile 1. Jeremy Guyette, Bartlett, 4: Meters 1. Connor St. Germain, Oxford, Girls Class A Team Results 1. Wachusett, 139 points 2. Algonquin, Nashoba, Shrewsbury, Shepherd Hill, Marlborough, Westborough, Worcester Tech, Tantasqua, Doherty, Leominster, Burncoat, Fitchburg, South, 2 Individual Results 100-Meters 1. Maty Diabate, Wachusett, Reese Maple, Shepherd Hill, Meters 1. Domonique Hall, Shrewsbury, Tory Stoddard, Shepherd Hill, Tessa Wise, Shepherd Hill, Meters 1. Stella Worters, Shepherd Hill, 2: Valerie Thibaud, Shepherd Hill, 2: Mile 1. Stella Worters, Shepherd Hill, 5: Lucy Harmon, Shepherd Hill, 5: Mile 1. Rylee Gillen, Nashoba, 11: Juleanna Schultz, Shepherd Hill, 11: Meter Hurdles 1. Nikki DiPilla, Wachusett, Mikayla Guskey, Shepherd Hill, Aviya Singer, Shepherd Hill, Meter Hurdles 1. Mariessa Ricciardi, Wachusett, 1: Emily Thibaud, Shepherd Hill, 1: x100-Meter Relay 1. Wachusett, Shepherd Hill, x400-Meter Relay 1. Shrewsbury, 4: Shepherd Hill, 4: x800-Meter Relay 1. Wachusett, 10: Shepherd Hill, 10:30.27 High Jump 1. Chelsey Thompson, Algonquin, Tory Stoddard, Shepherd Hill, Aviya Singer, Shepherd Hill, 4-04 Shot Put 1. Michaela Orentlich, Marlborough, Ashley Fagan, Shepherd Hill, Discus 1. Liz Hastings, Westborough, Leah Bugan, Shepherd Hill, Javelin 1. Sarah Foster, Algonquin, Stella Worters, Shepherd Hill, Leah Bugan, Shepherd Hill, Girls Class B Team Results 1. Notre Dame Academy, 110 points 2. Lunenburg, Groton-Dunstable, Millbury, Gardner, Hudson, Quabbin, Oakmont, Grafton, Tyngsborough, Auburn, Blackstone-Millville, Leicester, Northbridge, Bartlett, 2 Individual Results 100-Meters 1. Allie Smiley, Notre Dame, Megan Howe, Oxford, Meters 1. Kaylin Ciesluk, Oakmont, 2: Chloe Doyon, Oxford, 2: Mile 1. Kerri Keohane, Tyngsborough, 11: Rachel Connor, Bartlett, 13:22.76 Shot Put 1. Kelsey Leigher, Notre Dame, Shayna Kubilis, Bartlett, Javelin 1. Shai Anna Leao, Millbury, Caroline James, Bartlett, 74-05

15 Friday, May 23, 2014 The Webster Times 15 Sports Sneade K s 12 in one-hitter as Oxford downs Northbridge, 2-1 Pirates baseball claims SWCL East Division crown Liam Pickett of Oxford scores the first run of the game versus SWCL rival Northbridge last Thursday. Oxford s Zakk Renihan begins his swing on one of his two singles in the win against Northbridge. BY JON GOUIN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT OXFORD On Thursday, May 15, the Oxford High baseball team, led by senior pitcher Dennis Sneade, defeated Northbridge High, 2-1. The win lifted the Pirates to 16-3 overall and 13-1 in Southern Worcester County League (SWCL) play, which guaranteed them at least a share of the SWCL East Division regular season crown. The Rams fell to 11-6 overall (11-3 SWCL) with the defeat, where they could only muster one hit and an unearned run against the dominant Sneade (6-1), who struck out 12. Northbridge sophomore Mike Quinn (2-3) also pitched well in the loss, allowing two runs one earned on seven hits with nine strikeouts. I thought we played well and Mike [Quinn] was tremendous, they re always tough, regarded Northbridge head coach John Demagian of Oxford. [Head coach] Justin [Richards] has them playing the right way, playing hard all the time; we always struggle with them and it s always a close game. We won the league, first time in six or seven years, said Richards of the SWCL East Division crown. They ve [Northbridge] won it every year since 2001 except one year, and now we got it. That was very important to us cause we felt like we were better than them this year and they beat us in the first game of the year. Back on April 3 Opening Day the Rams defeated the Pirates by a 4-3 count in another close game, so Oxford came Jon Gouin photos Oxford senior Dennis Sneade was masterful in his team s 2-1 win over Northbridge on May 15, allowing just one hit and striking out 12. in looking for some revenge on top of clinching the league title. We came back wanting to win and we worked our [butts] off for it, explained Sneade. I was kind of mad that we had lost that game in the beginning of the year against them cause I felt like we should ve won that game, so I just really wanted the win and I had a good team behind me. Sneade did everything he could to ensure a Pirates victory, throwing the aforementioned one-hitter where he silenced a solid offensive squad in Northbridge, which came in averaging over six runs a game. The Pirates drew first blood in the first inning as Liam Pickett got things started by reaching on an error. Pickett then stole both second and third base before catcher James Sheehan hit a sacrifice fly to center field to plate Pickett, making it 1-0. Every mistake that s made, teams capitalize on them, said Richards of the tightly contested rivalry. That s how they scored, that s how we scored, and that s what happens when you ve got two really good pitchers. Meanwhile, Sneade stymied the Rams, sitting down the first 12 batters he faced in order, while striking out four. His counterpart Quinn, despite the first inning hiccup, struck out the side in the second and eight Pirates through four innings of play. Oxford still led 1-0 entering the fifth frame. Rob Fraser (1-for-3, run) broke up Sneade s no-hit bid as the first batter of the fifth, rocketing a comebacker right at him. Sneade got a piece of it, but Fraser beat out the throw to first to end the senior s perfect game. When he s on, he s almost unhittable, said Richards of his ace. I think he s one of the best pitchers in the area, by far, and he s shown that. He s beaten now Northbridge, Auburn, Shepherd Hill and Millbury, so he s beaten all the big teams in the SWCL. A wild pitch in the dirt allowed the Fraser to advance to second base. That s when Quinn appeared to have grounded out, but an error on the play allowed Fraser to score the tying run. Oxford answered in the bottom of the inning as Pickett (2-for-3, three stolen bases, two runs) hit an infield single that was followed by Nick Bates (1-for-3, stolen base), who did the same. A double-steal put runners at second and third and Sheehan hit another sacrifice fly to center to make it 2-1. Sneade would not falter with the lead in the final two innings, allowing just one base runner. The end result was a 2-1 Pirates victory and a league championship that is well deserved. It was our second goal, it s a great win and they should be happy, Richards said of his team and the feat they accomplished with the victory. Each team will look forward to Central Mass. district tournament action in the coming weeks as Oxford takes on their Division 3 foes and the Rams face off with the rest of Division 2. Dennis Sneade and catcher James Sheehan of Oxford celebrate the hardfought victory. Oxford s Jared Buckley waits on a pitch that he would send to left field for a base hit in the first inning. Courtesy photo Boy Scouts from Troop 147 in Oxford are shown at the monument to the 15th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg National Military Park. The monument is placed where this regiment stood on the battlefield ready to fight against Pickett s Charge on the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg. Front row, Jack Cady, Brody Oikle, Sean Janerico, Colin Goyette, Kevin Berthiaume. Second row, Max Zostant, Blake Goyette, Brian Cady, Nick Diaz, Sean Battista, T.J. Sauter. Oxford Boy Scouts make trip to historic Gettysburg OXFORD Members of Boy Scout Troop 147, sponsored by the Oxford United Methodist Church, spent April school vacation traveling to Gettysburg, Pa., for a week of camping, hiking, and learning the history of the Battle of Gettysburg. The Battle of Gettysburg, which took place on July 1-3, 1863, is considered to the turning point of the American Civil War, and the largest military battle ever to take place in the Western Hemisphere. Approximately 50,000 Union and Confederate soldiers became casualties in just three days of fighting. Troop 147 spent several weeks before the trip learning about the Civil War and significance of the battle. Union and News Brief Confederate Civil War re-enactors visited the troop, and each scout that went on the trip was assigned to learn and speak about people and places important to this battle. We also paid special attention to the roles of troops from Oxford and Central Massachusetts in the battle itself. The troop was camped at Camp Conewago, appropriately in New Oxford, Pa. The goal of the Scouts was to earn the Gettysburg Historic Trail Award. In order to earn this award, scouts had to complete several requirements: A visit to the Gettysburg Visitors Center and National Cemetery, hike the 10-mile Billy Yank battlefield trail, hike the 4-mile Johnny Reb battlefield trail, hike 5 miles in Historic Downtown Gettysburg, and a visit to the Eisenhower National Historic Site (the former home of President Dwight D. Eisenhower). All Scouts who made the trip completed all requirements for the award. Union troops from Central Massachusetts played an important role in the Battle of Gettysburg. Most were attached to the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, which saw heavy fighting throughout the Civil War and on the second and third days of the Battle of Gettysburg. Of the 239 men of this regiment who fought at Gettysburg, there were 155 casualties. Two Oxford men in the regiment, George W. Cross and George O. Raymond, were killed in the battle. After leaving Gettysburg, members of the troop enjoyed some well-earned fun at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey before returning home to Oxford. The Troop would like to thank the Oxford Cultural Council for their generous grant to help reduce the cost of this trip for the Scouts. This grant provided our scouts an opportunity to actually see where history took place instead of reading it out of a book. They would also like to thank P & D Pizza of Oxford for having a spaghetti dinner fundraiser to support the trip. - Submitted by Sean Janerico, Scribe, and TJ Sauter, Oxford Troop 147

16 16 The Webster Times Friday, May 23, Sports Rallying Rams win wild boys lacrosse game with Tantasqua, 10-9 Rivalry between Shepherd Hill and Warriors could be over Nick Ethier photos Shepherd Hill s Tanner Amico looks up the field to make a pass over to a teammate. High School Notebook Rams girls tennis blanks David Prouty May 14 Shepherd Hill 5, David Prouty 0 It was a good showing by the Rams girls tennis team as they blanked the Panthers. Winners for Shepherd Hill included Abbey Packard (No. 1 singles), Justyna Sudyka (No. 2 singles), Rachael Pollier (No. 3 singles), Debra Chevalier/ Katie Konieczny (No. 1 doubles) and Victoria Crowne/Roisin Donnelly (No. 2 doubles). By Nick Ethier Sports Staff Writer DUDLEY Whenever the Shepherd Hill and Tantasqua Regional varsity boys lacrosse teams match up against one another, it s bound to be a close game. Such was the case again, possibly for the final time more on that later when the two rivals took to the turf at Nichols College on May 15. At the end of three quarters the Warriors led, 9-7, the same final score from their first meeting, which was won by Tantasqua. But the Rams scored the only three goals of the fourth to rally and win a wild, 10-9 decision. I saw the third quarter [scoreboard] nine to seven visitors and I was like, Oh no, Shepherd Hill coach Mark Kelley joked. But things were jovial for the Rams after winning their seventh straight game, which improved the club to On the other side, the Warriors were upset. It s going to sting, admitted Tantasqua head coach John Pedace, whose team fell to 9-8. The Warriors got on the board first when Trevor Robert scored the first of his three goals, with Bobby Law assisting. But the rest of the first quarter belonged to The Hill, as they rattled off the next three. Zach Goddard got things started when he scooped a groundball and eventually scored a goal. David Bianculli scored next (Goddard assisting) and Goddard added another (Michael Tremblay assisting) for the 3-1 advantage. We started the game horribly, said Pedace. We came out flat and it took us a while to get up for it. Kelley said that his team was, Trying to jump on people and I knew just by the nature of who Tantasqua was that they weren t going to fold the tents and go away. The Warriors certainly didn t go away as they scored four of the second quarter s five goals to grab a 5-4 halftime lead. The Rams Tanner Amico (Tremblay assist) made it a 4-1 game, but from there the tide turned in Tantasqua s favor. Nick Beaudry started the rally by winning a face-off and scoring, and Brandon Haghighi (Anthony Law assist) followed with a goal. Two strikes from Robert (Anthony Law and Andrew Tichy assisting) then gave the Warriors the lead. Tantasqua then won third quarter scoring, 4-3, to have a two-goal advantage heading into the final frame. Bobby Law (Tichy assist), Haghighi (Tichy assist), Tichy (Anthony Law assist) and Reilly Lucas scored for the Warriors, while Bianculli tallied all three times for The Hill. The Rams final frame rally began with 8:22 to play when Devin Pietz scored off a rebound after Tantasqua s Jared Mesick (13 saves) made the initial stop, and Goddard (three goals, one assist) tied it at 9-9 courtesy of a lined laser. Then, with 2:15 to go, Bianculli scored his fifth of the contest to win it for Shepherd Hill. David Bianculli is probably one of the best all-around athletes that I ve ever had, Kelley said. He s a unanimously elected captain and he s the only captain on the whole team. He s the only four-year player in the program and he just wills them. Kelley said that Bianculli does it all wins face-offs at a 60 percent clip, scoops Shepherd Hill s Mitchell Haase carries the ball out of his team s defensive zone. At right: David Bianculli of Shepherd Hill flings a pass down the field. over 300 groundballs this season and has registered over 100 points this spring and it was on full display when he held the ball for the majority of the final two minutes, preserving the one-goal lead as up to three Warriors defenders attempted to steal it. Tantasqua did have its chance to tie it up, though, as Bobby Law fed Tichy with just seconds to spare, but Rams goalie Jackson Worters (six saves) made his biggest stop of the night at the buzzer. We got off the shot and the kid made a save, Pedace said. For Pedace, the loss came as a result of his team not displaying patience with the ball. Our guys need to learn how to hold onto the ball, he said. We can t just throw the ball all over the yard and expect to win games. Every turnover we had we got punished. But the turnovers led to an exciting ending with Shepherd Hill. Sadly, though, the six-year rivalry may be over after both squads entered varsity play in the Mid-Mass. League in The Rams are scheduled to join the more competitive Midland league next spring. Shepherd Hill and Tantasqua could still meet in postseason play or if they schedule one another in an out-ofleague matchup. The Warriors hold the all-time series lead, eight games to four. Webster Senior Center 116 School Street Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Closed Fridays ( ) A. J. Sitkowski Senior Housing / Senior Center Presentation will be held on Thursday, May 8, at 10 a.m., downstairs at the Senior Center. Deb Keefe and Carol Cyr will provide information and answer any questions you may have. Knitting/Crocheting Social: Mondays, 10 a.m. S.C.M. Elder, Inc. POLICE LOGS DUDLEY POLICE ARRESTS May 8 Jeffrey W. Peltier, 29, 2 Wysocki Dr. Dudley. Assault and battery, threat to commit crime. Michael D. Freedman, 23, 4 Central Ave. Dudley. (2) Out of agency warrants, possession Class D Drug, resisting arrest. May 9 Tyler J. Keyes, 24, 8 Sherry Lane, Spencer. Negligent operation of motor vehicle, operating under influence of liquor 2nd offense, possession Class A Drug, possession open container of alcohol in motor vehicle. Senior Menus/Events Passengers: Please note that you need to call 48 business hours (two days) in advance to schedule a ride. Call Tri-Valley Lunch: Served Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 11:30 a.m. Please call us at least 48 hours in advance to reserve your lunch. Bingo: Every Tuesday at 1 p.m. promptly. Be here by 12:45 p.m. to sign in. Call Senior Center for more information. Progressive Pitch: Every Monday and Wednesday at 1 p.m. Blood Pressure Clinic is held the second Thursday of every month from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. No appointment necessary. House Number Signs: Sheriff s Office offers a free service to anyone who may be interested in having a number sign made for his or her house. Please inquire at the Senior Center office. Available For Loan: Walkers, wheelchairs, shower chairs, canes, etc. Dudley Senior Center Phone: , option #3; Margaret Bussiere, Coordinator Monday and Friday, 10 a.m. 3 p.m. MAY EVENTS Monday, May 26: Senior Center is closed in observance of Memorial Day. Have a safe and Happy Holiday. Remember those who have served, and those who are still serving! Thursday, May 29: 4-6 p.m. Grief with Life s Changes, Brown Bag Supper Series. Free Support group meeting the last Thursday of the month at the Dudley Senior Center. For anyone having a hard time with grief, or loss of any kind. Hosted by Lucia Camara, of Auburn Hospice. Please call Margaret, COA, to RSVP. Friday, May 30: Noon, Jimmy D s Little Italian Lunch. 3 pp Please RSVP to Hope to see you here! Ciao! Next month we will be celebrating our second year of Jimmy D s Italian Lunch! Thank you for participating! ONGOING Monday: Chair Yoga, 10:30-11:30 a.m. with Joanne LaLiberte HHP. Class May 5 and ending May 12. It s free, come give it a try! Your body will thank you with free and easier joint movements! Jump in anytime! 12 noon, Tri Valley lunch. 1 p.m. Monday, Movie Matinee on the new even bigger screen at the Crawford Library! Classic movies and freshly popped popcorn! Free. Schedules are available for upcoming movies. Tuesday: 1 p.m., 13 Card Pitch, also Dudley Senior Needleworkers Group. We are always looking for new people to come and join in the fun. Wednesday: 1 p.m. Scrabble Players meet, also Dudley Senior Needleworkers Group. Thursday: 1 p.m. Cribbage Players group. Do you remember how to play? Friday: 11:30 a.m. Tri Valley Lunch Program. Menus are available at the senior center. Please call the senior center to reserve your meal. Bingo is played following Lunch. (Please note, days we have the Italian Lunch, we will not be having bingo). Panera Bread donation available here Friday mornings Get ready for the warmer weather! Get outside if you are able. Soak up some sunshine and fresh air. Go for walks, biking, gardening, dream chasing. Do whatever makes you happy. TRI-VALLEY INC. Monday, May 26: Memorial Day - No Meals Served. Tuesday, May 27: Pork Ragu, red bliss potatoes, corn and pepper salad, peaches. Wednesday, May 28: Pasta primavera, Brussels sprouts, French bread, chocolate pudding, sugar free pudding. Thursday, May 29: Salmon boat, dill sauce, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots, birthday cake, plain cake. Friday, May 30: Beef Mediterranean brown rice, mixed vegetables, mandarin oranges.

17 The Webster Times 17 Sports Tyler Simons of Bay Path locks in and unloads a swing in first inning action against Parker Charter. Nick Ethier photos Minutemen win it for White in walk-off fashion Bay Path hurler K s 13 in 2-1 decision over Parker Charter BY NICK ETHIER SPORTS STAFF WRITER CHARLTON Bay Path freshman Pat White deserved the victory after pitching seven innings against Parker Charter on May 14, striking out 13. But the game was tied at 1-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh. Minutemen head coach Mark Sansoucy said that the team felt like they owed it to White to score a run and win the game. Going into the bottom of the seventh that s what the feeling was, he said. What was said was, Come on, this kid is pitching his butt off, let s get him the win. And win it they did as Bay Path walked off with a 2-1 victory. Jacup Roberts led off the frame with a single into left field and then took second base on a Ryan Fahey walk. Then Spencer Natale, who was a defensive replacement earlier in the game, dropped a nice sacrifice bunt. The Parker pitcher attempted to force Roberts out at third, but an errant throw allowed everyone to be safe and Roberts to score the winning run. We got the hit when we needed it, Sansoucy said of Roberts at-bat, which was one of just six Bay Path hits. But the story of the game was White s performance, as he allowed six hits and four walks while throwing about 100 pitches. Pat pitched great. He s been hungry for this, Sansoucy said of his No. 4 starter. He wants the ball. I was actually going to take him out in the end of the fifth and he said he wanted to keep going. White s game took off after he escaped the first inning by stranding the bases loaded. It clicked after the first inning, White said. Now it s time to keep working. No runs were scored until the bottom of the fourth inning when the Minutemen capitalized. Tucker Hetherman whom Sansoucy said has been swinging the bat well as of late led off with a single and later scored on a Will Shedd seeing eye single between the first and second basemen. It then appeared that White would finish off a complete game shutout as he had easy fifth and sixth innings, but the Panthers scratched and clawed three consecutive base hits with two outs in the seventh to tie the game. But then Roberts and Natale delivered the dramatics, which White figured would happen. I had trust in them, I was pumped after they got that run, he said. The Minutemen improved to 9-5 and appear primed for another spot in the Central Mass. district playoffs. Not bad considering the youth of the team what with Justin Sherman being the only senior as they continue to improve. We ve probably got about 12 sophomores, three juniors and two freshmen we re very young, Sansoucy said. We re getting better toward the end of the year, and that was our goal. We want to be playing [our best baseball] going into the tournament. Bay Path s Pat White was the star for the Minutemen in their 2-1 victory over Parker Charter. White pitched a complete game six hitter, striking out 13 and walking four. Bay Path s Tucker Hetherman exhibits a nice eye by taking a close pitch for a ball. Jacup Roberts of Bay Path straddles the third base line to cleanly field a grounder. Ryan Fahey of Bay Path waits for the ball to come his way to record an out at first base. Bay Path second baseman Justin Sherman applies the tag to catch a Parker Charter runner stealing. 25,000 Unique Visitors Every Week! TheHeartOfMassachusetts.com See a photo you would like to order? Photo Reprints Available Call Stonebridge Press for details or drop us an at

18 18 The Webster Times Estate sale and tag sale seller tips Antiques, Collectibles & Estates WAYNE TUISKULA I offered advice for estate sale and yard sale buyers in a column last fall. I thought I d share some tips with sellers this time. There are many things that a seller can also do to make their estate sale more successful. First, take an honest evaluation of what you have to offer. What are some of the items that will attract people to your sale? Antiques and tools are two examples of things that will catch buyers attention. A sale should be advertised well. This newspaper and others list estate sales that are taking place locally. The garage sales section of Craigslist is another good place to list your sale. You should post signs at the sale and at nearby intersections that are easily readable. They should have the address date, time and anything that you think will help get buyers to notice. An example is, Moving Sale Many Power Tools. Check local ordinances for any restrictions on signs and other local regulations as well. Some towns require that you buy a permit to run a sale. If you have a small sale, you may be alright with pricing items yourself. If you think something is valuable, you Courtesy photo Contemporary canopy bed brought 800 at one of our in-home sales. can always have it appraised. When you have a more valuable estate, hiring a company to run your estate sale may often be a better solution. I ve been to many sales run by individuals where prices were too low or too high. If the prices are too high, items won t sell and you are left with a house full of items. If you price things too low, your sale will generate less money than it should. If you have a valuable collection or a number antiques hiring a trusted professional may be a wise decision. A knowledgeable estate sale specialist will know how to price items in your area. A good estate sale company will promote your sale well. They should take the same measures that you would take such as listing the sale in newspapers and posting signs. They should also promote it on their website and on pay and free websites used by estate sale professionals. An estate sale company that is in business for some time should also have a list of past buyers. They will contact these past buyers and inform them of the upcoming estate sale. An estate sale is a great way to sell things but, as I ve explained in the past, it isn t always the best way to sell everything. We run live auctions regularly where we can sell high value items that might not get the right buyers at an estate sale. I became an auctioneer because I had attended auctions and consigned items. I found it to be a way to get fair market value for my items. It s a method that has stood the test of time. Numerous sources report that auctions were recorded in 500 B.C. Wives were being auctioned in Babylon and it was against the law to allow a daughter to be sold other than at auction. Auctions are still thriving today. Fortunately, they are now being used to sell antiques and other property. Contact us at: Central Mass Auctions Wayne Tuiskula Auctioneer/Appraiser Estate Specialists: Antique Estate Auctions, Estate Sales and Appraisal Services ( ), Obtaining a motorcycle license The warmer spring weather usually means many people are out riding motorcycles. I was recently asked a question regarding motorcycle licenses. The person was interested in obtaining a motorcycle license. They wondered about the licensing process and if they needed to actually own a bike to obtain one. The Registry of Motor Vehicles creates rules and regulations for obtaining a motorcycle license and permit. To obtain a permit, a person must complete an application. You will also take a basic 25-question examination, and must correctly answer at least 18. A vision screening is also conducted prior to any permit being issued. When operating on a motorcycle permit, a person is not allowed to carry passengers, must operate only during the day light (sunrise to sunset), must wear an approved helmet and eye protection, and must not operate out of state unless the other state allows such operation. Motorcycle license regulations can be very similar to those for obtaining a permit. However, completion of a road test is required. A person must also take the Motorcycle Rider Education Training Course prior to any license being issued. There are also fees associated with both the license and permit process. Q: What is Mass Save, and what do they do? Although I m forever shutting off lights behind my teenage son, he always remembers to unplug his phone charger and the DVD player in his room. That s because I once commented that those items are energy-sucking vampires. Apparently, that particular phrase somehow made an impact, while shut off the light switch still goes in one ear and out the other. For those who are interested in taking energy-saving measures that go beyond light switches and pulled plugs, Mass Save might be an option to consider. In a nutshell, Mass Save is a public-private partnership that offers services and incentives to property owners in order to promote energy efficiency. The partnership is sponsored by gas and electric utility companies who provide service in Massachusetts although the funding itself comes from fees that are added to our utility bills (no surprise there). The sponsors work collaboratively with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources to develop programs, promote training, and offer services that are geared toward reducing energy consumption. The no-cost home energy assessment is probably The Great Outdoors RALPH TRUE A person is not required to own a registered motorcycle while obtaining a license. The rules are similar to the driver s license road tests with cars or trucks. The Registry states the following regarding motorcycle exams: For all road tests, you are required to supply a properly equipped, legally registered and insured motorcycle that has a valid inspection sticker. The motorcycle must be acceptable to the examiner. A rider should be confident in his/her ability to safely ride whatever motorcycle they plan to operate. Consult with professionals on the subject prior to riding or buying any motorcycle. More information can be obtained through the Registry at I wish to thank Principal Pierangeli and her staff at Shepherd Hill High School for sponsoring the annual mock crash on Friday, May 9. The event was coordinated by the Dudley Fire Department and involved members of that department, the Dudley Police Department, including School Resource Officer James Annese, the Charlton Fire and Police, members of Webster Ambulance, and Bartel s Funeral Home. Students from the local SADD Chapter and others from the school participated in this re-enactment, which involves a serious accident that takes place on prom night. A guest speaker, Mrs. Deb Dubois of Dudley, gave a very powerful presentation to the group. Seven years ago, her son Nicolaos was a passenger in a car that crossed the center line About Mass Save the most recognized program offered by Mass Save. According to their website, an energy assessment includes: Personalized report outlining recommended energy efficiency improvements; Installation of no-cost immediate savings measures such as compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), programmable thermostats, and water saving devices, as needed; Screening for eligibility for the Energy Star refrigerator rebate; Air sealing and insulation specification, if applicable; Infrared testing, if applicable; Combustion safety testing. Essentially, the goal is to take steps and make recommendations that can result in reduced utility costs and a more comfortable living environment during our ever-changing New England weather. When thinking about getting a home energy assessment from Mass Save, there are a few things you should know. First, you ll need to get out your electric, oil and gas bills for the past year and be ready to review them with the energy specialist that is assigned to you. If you re a new homeowner, you may want to track down prior records if at all possible. Next, you ll need to make sure there s clear access to and collided with another vehicle on Dudley Hill Road. They were just leaving Shepherd Hill that April day in 2007 and Nick, unfortunately, never made it home. The message appeared to be well received by the members of the student body who were on hand to watch. Since this is prom and graduation season, this was an opportunity to remind these individuals of the importance of good driving habits to arrive at your destination safely. Thanks again to the staff of the high school for taking proactive measures to protect our young people. Thanks again for your questions and comments. Please send them to me at the Dudley Police Department 71 West Main St., Dudley, MA or at Opinions expressed in this weekly column are those of Chief Wojnar only and unless clearly noted, do not reflect the ideas or opinions of any other organization or citizen. Ask the Realtor DONNA PEARSON all areas of the house, attic, and basement, with plenty of room around the heat, hot water and air conditioning systems. You ll also need to make arrangements for your pet(s) because pets must be contained during the visit. For the inspection itself, it s suggested that you set aside at least two hours and be ready, willing and able to accompany the specialist as he/she checks out your home. After the specialist has checked insulation, air tightness, window and door efficiency, electronics and appliance efficiency and so on, a set of recommendations will be prepared. You ll also be told if you qualify for incentives of any type. The ultimate goal of Mass Save is to provide recommendations that will help reduce costs while making the home a safer and healthier place to live. Whether or not you want to implement any of the recommendations is entirely up to you. There s a brief video on the website that explains the Home Energy Assessment in more depth. There s also information about other programs they have, including generous weatherization rebates of 75 percent, up to 2,000 towards the cost of work, and other incentives to qualifying Massachusetts residents. Perhaps you ll find rebates, discounts or other opportunities that may be of interest to you. You might even find a weapon to help in your fight against those energy-sucking vampires. Donna Pearson enjoyed a successful 30-year career in the Real Estate Management industry and now helps connect buyers and sellers with the right agent. Please questions for future Ask the Realtor columns to or contact Sullivan & Company Real Estate at (413) We are here to help! Visit Disclaimer: The opinions and views expressed in this column are intended for informational purposes only and shall not represent financial, legal, or other professional advice. No endorsement of any kind, expressed or implied, is intended. One on one with Mom, Part 2 MOM 2 continued from page 10 Yes. That s a good story there we ll have to come back to that, when you lost your bedroom door. (laughs) Anyway, as you get older, I think the mothering has to be less and less. That s the whole point of children they grow into adults. As parents we are supposed to let them go. I ll always be there for guidance, but me telling you what to do you have to cut the strings. You shouldn t be depending on your mother at your age. In my view, that s our job, we are supposed to raise our children to be independent. We had you paying your own bills as soon as you were able, and when you wanted a cell phone, you paid for it yourself. You probably touched on this in your last answer, but let s drive the point home what do you think is the most important thing about being a mother? You had mentioned preparing them for the real world. Is that the most important thing? I think there are a lot of important things that are on the same plateau It goes without saying that love is the most important thing, but after that Unconditional love. Everybody says they love their kids, but it s all in your actions. It s how you show your love. I can tell you, there was nothing either one of you could do that I would not still love you. That what s parents are supposed to be like. The second thing your children always come first in any decision you make, Your father and I never made any major decisions without considering how it would affect you. Your needs always come first. I think when you have children, your needs are no longer as important as your children s needs. Third, I would say, is passing on the legacy, and the traits to become an independent adult. Well, we will end the interview on a light note. Why don t you go ahead and tell the door story. Oh, I love this story. I bet you do! It touches [on the thoughts of many parents] where you wish you could just say something and your child will listen to you. In reality, they oftentimes don t. You have to show by example, and back up what you say, and it s not easy sometimes. So, set the stage. Your door was at the end of the hallway, and people sitting [in the living room] could look right into your bedroom, and your bed was right there, where you would do your homework, video games or whatever. Over a period of time, you were arguing with your brother, or I would tell you to do your homework, and you were getting mad and you kept slamming your door. Well, one day, your father said, Slam your door one more time, and you re going to lose it. And you pushed us, like every kid does. You pushed us to the limit, you slammed your door, and your father immediately got out of his chair, went down the hallway, and you were just flabbergasted that he took your door right off the hinges and you lost your door for month and you were horrified. I tell people that story, and people say, Your husband actually took the door of off the hinges? That s awesome! So, let s just say, and I think you ll agree with me you have not slammed a door since. I don t think I have slammed a door to this day! That story touches on discipline, which is very important. And I m nothing without your father. The two of us always agreed on everything. You have to do it together. It has to be a together thing. You can t send mixed signals. It has to be a team effort. Anything else you want to say? Anything about being a mom that people should know? Any nuggets of wisdom for the next generation of mothers? It s not just what I did, or your Dad did I think there are a lot of elements that mold an individual into being the human being they become. But a lot of it starts [with us]. Being a parent is the most difficult job, the one that gets the least training I mean, there s a lot of opinions, but there s no training program per se and it s under appreciated. I know there are working moms, but I am very lucky I was able to stay home with my kids, and I don t regret it for one minute. Well, we will wrap this up. Happy Mother s Day, and I love you very much! I love you too I think you know that! I know you love me, because you agreed to do this interview! Adam Minor may be reached at , or by at

19 The Webster Times 19 Bartlett touts benefits of latest Malser grant GRANT continued from page 1 Humanities Trust, art students at Bartlett Junior-Senior High School are finding out how art and technology come together. The first two grants have funded the purchase of computers, digital cameras and fisheye, macro and zoom lenses to use with the cameras. Art teacher Sean Harrington said the cameras and computers are used not just by art students, but students and classes throughout the Webster school. For example, he said, ceramics students can take photographs of their work for digital portfolios, old science worksheets have been cleaned up, and the cameras are being used to take photographs for the yearbook and the school newspaper. It helps everyone in the building, I think, Harrington said. The latest Janet Malser Humanities Trust grant for 20,396 will buy five PC-compatible computers and monitors, an imac, six digital drawing tablets (which students can use instead of a mouse to draw on a computer), eight Nikon SLR digital cameras, wireless shutter releases for the cameras, a digital picture frame, gaming and stop motion animation software, a 3D printer and supplies. They gave us everything we asked for, Harrington said. The 3D printer can be used to make a design on the computer and then print it out, he said, instead of making something out of clay before. It would be available for other classes at Bartlett to use. We re really grateful for Janet Malser because if it wasn t for that, we wouldn t have any technology, or very little, Harrington said. For the last couple of years, the Art Department has offered a class for high school students called Digital Media Arts, taught by Harrington. Assignments include creating a poster of Bartlett s core values, a personal logo, a logo for the Art Department, shooting photographs that incorporate elements and principles of design, learning about aspects of photography such as long exposures, high dynamic range and panoramas, digital painting and manipulations, animation, and finally creating a magazine cover and writing a story showing what students think they will be doing in 10 years and what they have done to change the world, Harrington said. According to the Art Department s application to the trust, there will be two sections of Digital Media Arts offered next year, each with 20 students. With the new cameras, Harrington said, that means students will each have a camera available to use. For some lessons, he said, it s better for them to have their own equipment. Next year, the application stated, a pilot for a beginner s video game design class will be offered. And in a couple of years, there will be full courses in animation and digital photography. The Janet Malser Humanities Trust was founded in It s named for Malser, a lifelong resident of the Webster-Dudley area who directed that annual dividends from her Commerce Insurance Company stock fund the trust. Following the Commerce Group s purchase law enforcement officials say they want to send a no tolerance message to motorists when it comes to be buckled and said that riding without a seatbelt will result in a ticket, no matter what. As we kick off the busy summer driving season, it is crucial that everyone buckles up every time they go out, day and night no excuses, said Sgt. Kevin R. Mercier, of the Sturbridge Police Department. Our officers are prepared to ticket anyone who is not wearing their seat belt, including drivers that have neglected to properly buckle their children. Adults must remember that if they don t buckle up then they can become unguided missiles during a crash and can severely injure other vehicle occupants, especially children. We will be handing out tickets 24-7 to those who still haven t gotten the message. In addition to having to a pay a fine, motorists who are ticketed for not wearing seatbelts may also face penalties on their car insurance. Locals told Stonebridge Press these consequences are enough to make them think twice about buckling before they drive. If I m not wearing a seatbelt it s usually because I just forgot. But I guess knowing that cops are out there looking will make me try a little harder to remember, said Ben Curtis, a Fiskdale resident. It s just that extra incentive. I think it s a good thing. Another local, Lisa Marques, of Southbridge, said she always buckles up, no matter what. She credits wearing a seatbelt with saving her life in car accident four years ago. by the Spanish insurance company Mapfre, the Malser trust has invested the proceeds to keep her vision going. Its purpose is to fund educational, cultural, historic, and charitable causes in the towns of Dudley, Oxford, or Webster, the trust s website states. Along with being a teacher, Harrington is an artist, making forged and welded pieces. But he appreciates the role that technology has in art, like doing research or documenting work. It s become much more user-friendly, he said. It s definitely a valuable tool for According to police, an estimated 50 lives could have been saved in 2012 just by buckling up. Statistics also show that passenger vehicles are more likely to wear their seat belts during the day than at night. Nationally, 10,480 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in motor vehicle crashes at night from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. in Of those killed in nighttime crashes, 55 percent were not wearing their seatbelts. During the daytime, 41 percent of those killed in accidents weren t buckled. We are determined to help bring these numbers down, said Mercier. Locally, two unbelted vehicle occupants died. These fatal crashes were not on highways but on our local streets here in Sturbridge. Many of these deaths could have been prevented if people had buckled up. For more information on the Click it Or Ticket campaign, visit mass. gov/highwaysafety. Amanda Collins may be reached at (508) or by at stonebridgepress.com. artists. Harrington admitted that computers aren t his line of expertise. Both he and his students have learned a lot along the way and there are times when students share what they ve learned with their classmates. He said he encourages students to look for an answer online if they need help. The technological tools the Art Department bought with the nearly 60,000 it received from the Janet Malser Humanities Trust are also being used to share what students have created, and what students are doing through art, with the world. A website has been created at bartlettartdepartment.weebly.com, and each art class has a section to show what students have been doing. The site also features photographs from recent field trips, such as a trip to New York City earlier this year. Without Janet Malser, we would still be using duct tape and scissors, Harrington said. David Dore may be reached at (508) , or by at Bartlett baseball player recovering from rare illness HUGHES continued from page 1 he went to get up to turn the exam in, he found he couldn t stand or move his legs. His mom, Heidi, said that when she got a call that her son was suddenly paralyzed, the otherwise normal day turned into a blur. But one thing she remembers clearly doctors told her they weren t sure if her son would walk again. I can t even explain what that was like, she said in an interview last week. It s not something you can forget. After a spinal tap and an MRI, doctors found that Hughes had been afflicted with transverse myelitis, a rare inflammatory disease that causes injuries to the spinal cord. It strikes only about one in a million people a year, with some patients recovering within weeks to a few years, and some never. Hughes is one of the lucky cases he s expected to make a full recovery and has already made great strides. But that s not to say he hasn t been on a tough Desto tapped to take over for Gilrein this summer DESTO continued from page 1 Budgets, technology, that s always going to be there. It is what it is. We don t hear that too often that it s about the teachers and the kids, she said. School Committee members Raymond Chalk, Michael McConville and Joseph Pietrzak concurred, saying they felt Desto s knowledge of both sides of the district, student advocacy, and established relationships with kids and staff made him the top candidate. Upon his appointment, teachers at the meeting stood and clapped. I am grateful to the committee for their trust in me to do this job. Obviously, as a resident, parent and long-time employee of Dudley-Charlton, I am completely invested in its continued success, Desto told Stonebridge Press on road over the last couple months. Of course he never thought he d spend a good chunk of his high school career in a wheelchair, but then again, he said he never really thought about it at all. It s shown me how you take simple things, like your legs, for granted, he said. Hughes spent six days at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester receiving high dose steroids to help shrink the swelling in the spine and four-and-ahalf weeks in a rehab center. His goal was to be able to stand by the time he went home, which he s done, and he can now take a few steps with the assistance of walker. Currently, he s getting outpatient therapy twice a week, does exercises every night, and wears a brace on his left leg. But perhaps what s even more impressive than how swiftly he s recovering is the positive attitude he s been able to maintain throughout the ordeal. When it comes to having to learn to walk again, he said he s never asked, Why me? but instead has said, I have a job to do, and I ll get it done. He s actually been the one that s held the whole family together, said his mom, Heidi. He s been Thursday, May 15. I need to thank the staff and students at Dudley Middle School for their incredible dedication over the last 10 years. They are a huge part of my success and I will miss working with them every day. And I will never be able to properly thank Mr. Gilrein for his faith and support in me over my career. He has been a great model. For now, though, I am still principal of DMS and I am focused on a strong finish to the school year. I m going to phenomenal. He s an inspiration to his entire school. But he s missed on the baseball field. Last year, as a freshman, Hughes was a pitcher and first baseman on Bartlett s varsity team. At their first game of the season, Hughes was still in the rehab center, so his teammates saved his spot by placing his jersey over the bench. But since he s been home, he s made every game. He still remembers his team s reaction the first time they saw him at a game with his walker. They were all like, It s Hughesy, it s Hughesy! he said with a smile. Hughes said he s not sure what the first thing he wants to do when he can walk without assistance again, but one there s one thing he s certain of he ll do everything he can to be back on the ball field by next year. It s amazing what you can do when you have to do it, he said. Amanda Collins may be reached at (508) or by at enjoy every minute I have left with the kids in our building. Desto succeeds Gilrein, who came to the Dudley-Charlton district in 1993 as assistant principal at Shepherd Hill Regional High School. He later became principal, and in 2001 was appointed superintendent. Gilrein announced his retirement in January, after which the School Committee formed a Superintendent Search Committee. After screenings and interviews, in April the Local police departments bring back seat belt campaign CLICK IT continued from page 1 David Dore photos Above: This photograph of the Janet Malser Digital Media Lab was taken with a fisheye lens bought with one of the Malser trust grants. Art students, armed with their cameras, can be seen around the school and at events wearing badges like these to identify themselves. search committee brought four finalists forward Desto, Zielinski, Blackstone-Millville Regional School District Director of Student Services Dr. Paul Haughey, and Hudson School District Assistant Superintendent Jodi Fortuna. Amanda Collins may be reached at (508) or by at TheHeartOf Massachusetts.com

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