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Friday, March, 7, 2014
(978) 297-0050 •
CAM hopeful
after hearing
Indirect cost
WINCHENDON — As negotiations on
a new indirect cost agreement between
the town and school district are pending,
it appears that Suprintendent Dr. Salah
Khelfaoui and Town Manager James
Kreidler are — based on interviews conducted this week — at loggerheads on a
couple of crucial issues.
Khelfaoui says the most important
thing he wants in a new pact is clarity.
“Clarity is the most important thing
right now,” he says. “A lot of things in the
agreement just are not clear. Things need
to be spelled out. And we need to get rid
of the reconciliation clause. It won’t be
accepted by the state. That’s the source of
all our problems.”
That clause states that any overage in
the amount of indirect costs covered by
the town must be repaid by the school
district, while any funds that may be left
in the account at the end of the fiscal will
be handed over to the district. Indirect
costs are counted toward the minimum
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Newsstand: 75 cents
Greg Vine photo
Town Manager James Kreidler explaining his position on indirect costs
during a the school committee meeting addressing the issue.
BOSTON — A spokesman
for the Centers for Alternative
Medicine said this week he was
“cautiously optimistic” following
an administrative hearing before
an attorney for the Department
of Public Health on Monday of
this week. CAM was appealing
the denial of its application for a
provisional license for a medical
marijuana dispensary.
“I felt the DPH was open to
our questions regarding how our
application was scored,” said
Josh Resnik. “More importantly
the lawyer, Kate Doyle, seemed
interested in pursing whether
or not we lost points which we
should have received. It’s going
to be up to her to recommend
those groups who she feels were
wronged for a re-examination of
their applications and re-scoring.”
We understand that DPH has
repeatedly given the statement
that those who lied or exaggerated on their applications will not
reeive a provisional license. For
us that resonates,” said Resnik,
“because there were two groups
in Suffolk County who lied or
exaggerated on their applications. That would place us in the
running for Suffolk County, or
Resnik said the granting of a
provisional license would immediately put the establishment of
a medical marijuana grow facility in Winchendon “back on the
CAM had plans to occupy a
large portion of the vacant
White’s Mill complex at 155 Mill
Circle in Winchendon Springs.
Marijuana grown at the facility
would be transported for distribution at a clinic in East Boston.
Resnik said separate licenses
are not needed for each facility.
“We would be ‘co-placed’,” he
said. “By DPH regulations we’re
allowed a grow facility virtually
any place in Massachusetts.”
Winchendon Town Manger
James Kreidler and Robert
O’Keefe, chairman of the Board
of Selectmen, also attended
Monday’s hearing.
“I think it went about as well as
could be expected,” said Kreidler
“We were amazed at the presence of Jim and Bob at the hearing,” Resnik said. “It really gave
a substantial sign of the town’s
support for us. Jim spoke at the
very end and it was powerful. He
said that in his 23 years of public
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Students rehearsing
for upcoming play
Greg Vine photos
Want to find out just why there is a kid in a box? You may want to plan to attend a
performance of the upcoming play at Toy Town Elementary School.
WINCHENDON Students are
rehearsing for an upcoming presentation of the musical play
The Aristocats, based on the popular Disney movie. The play is
being presented as part of the 21st
Century Community Learning
Center Drama program. The play
will be held in the auditorium at
the Toy Town Elementary School
Auditorium on March 20, 21 and
Students taking part in the production include Vivian Beauvais
Michaud, Elyse Brady, Allison
Cardarelli, Zachary Cardarelli,
Alex Casavant, Isabella Casavant,
Emily Clark, Katelyn Clark, Brady
Dufour, Amy-Lynn Hastings,
Johnson, Ahreana Kelly, Lyanna
LaFord, Kaitlyn Losurdo, Isabella
Ruschioni-Epps Kaitlyn Scott,
Jianna Smith, Jordynn Smith,
Abigail Sohl, John Sweeney,
Hannah Turner, and Summer
The performance is being directed by Paige Crane, who also oversees the drama program at Clinton
High School and is a drama
instructor at Mount Wachusett
Community College. Tickets are $5
and will be available through any
Toy Town student or by calling
Jennifer Haddad at (978) 868-7086.
SAT improvement goal of Murdock principal
WINCHENDON — While bettering some other area schools,
Murdock High’s recently released
SAT scores aren’t where Principal
Ralph Olsen would like, so the veteran administrator is looking into
ways to help boost those numbers.
The College Board, which is the
organization that administers the
SAT, says a score of 1550 or better
“indicates college and career readiness.”
The most recent report pegged
Murdock at 1477 for 46 students,
behind Oakmont (1568 for 125 kids)
and Gardner (1534 for 92 students)
but ahead of Quabbin (1463-142),
Narragansett (1438-78), Athol (136443) and Monty Tech (1385-139).
In addition, in 2013, Murdock
56525 10431
seniors’ July-reported math scores
averaged 533, an increase from the
under 500 recorded the two previous years. Reading and writing
scores, 518 and 489 respectively,
dropped from 2012.
“There are a number of things
we need to do,” Olsen remarked.
“I’ve been at schools where 90-perTurn To
Greg Vine photo
Rebecca Conner and Jesse Algarin in front of their new restaurant at 314
Central St.
New eatery opens
on Central Street
restaurant has opened at a familiar location. Rebecca Conner and
Jesse Algarin are the proprietors
of the Hometown Café at 314
Central St. and have opened their
doors with the “goal to be great.”
Algarin, past commander of
American Legion Post 193 in
Winchendon, spent eight years in
the Navy, working much of that
time as a chef. He also worked
at Veterans Inc., in Worcester.
Conner has been employed in the
food department at Sam’s Club
for 21 years.
“We’ve been talking about
opening a place since we met
about three years ago this May,”
said Conner. “Hopefully, the community will embrace us.”
The couple have spent a lot of
time redecorating and upgrading
the restaurant.
Students of
the Month
take area titles
Travel teams
When asked if patrons would be
eating off of paper plates, Conner
responded, “It seems like that’s
what everyone has been asking
us, and the answer is ‘no.’ People
will be eating off of real plates
with real silver ware. We’ve
installed a three-bay sink so we
can do dishes and provide a comfortable eating experience. The
sink was our biggest expense.”
upgrades were also made.
“We want people to feel comfortable,” added Algarin. “We
want to make it comfortable for
the family. We’re trying to give
it the look and feel of grandma’s
While Conner hails from
Worcester, she said “we wanted
to do business in a smaller town.
I think we can bring something to
the community.”
“We’re going to provide comTurn To
“To accomplish great things, we
must not only act,
but also dream; not only plan,
but also believe.”
Anatole France
Friday, March, 7, 2014
Winchendon Courier
MWCC announces
Fall President’s and
Dean’s lists
GARDNER — The following local Mount
Wachusett Community College students
who completed a minimum of 12 semester
hours with a grade point average of 4.0 were
named to the President’s List for the fall 2013
Ashburnham: Bryce Bodley-Gomes,
Lauren Hildreth, Erin Leamy
Athol: Lisa Hood, and Emily Lapinskas.
Baldwinville: Thomas Hill, and Kathleen
East Templeton: Jared Mason.
Gardner: Andrea Bartlett, Constance
Brown, Paul Campbell, Melissa Girouard,
Crystle Monahan, Gary Newell, Marguerite
Nicholas, Micah Scott, Natasha Silvia,
Elisha Stratford, Kathleen Wylie, and
Jeffrey Young.
Orange: Kendra Kilian, Paula MouraConlon, and Jordan White.
Royalston: Corey Baker.
Templeton: Isabella Bourque.
Westminster: Sara Dwelly, Sean Lucander,
and Andrea Ortega Costa.
Winchendon: Amanda Earley, Rachel
Gauthier, Amber Martinez, Mellissa
Richard, Alejandra Rossi, and Dakota Wood.
Fitzwilliam: Casey Bedingfield; and
Jaffrey: Karley Fish, and Patricia Rousseau
The following local Mount Wachusett
Community College students who completed a minimum of 12 semester hours with a
grade point average of 3.0 to 3.99 were named
to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester:
Ashburnham: Lindsey Berube, Mia
Caligaris, Mark Cerasuolo, Dakota Cooke,
Brandon Dumont, Samuel Finnegan,
Michael Gingras, Jacob Janssens, Christine
Keslake, Emily Latour
Athol: Kaleigh Aldrich, Jacob Bedard,
Michael Bjork, Tamara Caputo, Dineen
Couillard, Elizabeth Cross, Ann Dennis,
Gregory Goldman, James Hughes, Nicole
Irons, Emily Jillson, Christopher Jimenez,
Theodore Mulder, Sarah Myntti, Bonnie
Olivia Heim was named student of the month for Murdock High School. She
is pictured with her father Daniel and her brother Epie.
Memorial Elementary School student of the
month Olivia Maillet was described as very
deserving of the award, taking ownership of her
learning, setting goals and working every day.
She monitors her own reading and is willing to
take risks to try more challenging work. She
has overcome earlier obstacles and is most
improved; very dedicated to her quality of work.
She is pictured with her mother and father Paul
and Jill.
Jack Polcari from Mrs. McDonald’s class at Toy Town Elementary School
was chosen as student of the month. He is described as academically talented, and strives to be a good leader, exvcelling in math; always raising
the bar to challenge himself and others. He excels at sports and is a leader
on his teams. Jack demonstrates athleticism, sportsmanship and leadership; and is part of a very loving family. He is pictured with a part of that
family, sisters Deanna and Maria and parents Bob and Sue.
— The following
students were recognized for outstanding
work as Students
of the Month for
February. Students
of the Month is sponsored by McDonald’s
of Winchendon.
Emily Semenza, at left, was named student of the month at Murdock
Middle School. She is pictured with parents Nick and Sharon and sister
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Moises Ramos, Ashleigh Ricchiazzi,
Samantha Skinner, Josefina White
Ayer: Ian Hurley, Michael Proulx,
Guadalupe Ramirez Negrete, Jason
Strickland, Cheryl VanVeghten, and Robert
Baldwinville: Ashley Boucher, Jennifer
Coe, Bonnie Mailman, and Sarah Raulston.
Gardner: Katelyn Batutis, Jessica Blouin,
Samantha Brady, Benjamin Brookman,
Mary Burns, Gregory Butler, Carla
Campbell, Kyle Cellana, Daniel Chunn, Amy
Clayman, Eric Cormier, Tiffani Cormier,
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Chloe Gendron, Alexander Hall, Kaitlynn
Hardy, Grace Hartin, Jose Herrera, Kristin
Huntoon, Kyle Johnson, Jacob LaFreniere,
Krystal Landry, Thomas Leger, Heidi
Lupien, Jonathan McNamara, James
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Joshua Rathburn, Joshua Ray, Heather Rick,
Jennifer Rivera, Erin Sandstrom, Nicholas
Scott, Julie Senesi, Ayla Sheridan, Brandon
Smith, Melissa Smith, Shiann Spitz-Lopez,
Adam Stephano, Bryana Velazquez, Bruce
Walker, and Crystal Williams.
Orange: Ryan Boisvert, Jennifer Cortright,
Alexa Fournier-Barrette, Francis Hickey,
Julia Labriola, Jennifer Leavitt, Collin
Mailloux, Nathaniel O’Lari, Steven Rooney,
Faith Schilling, and Christopher Thorp.
Zachary Boudreau, Richard Cook, Colby
Monette, Hayleigh Sundstrom, and Krysta
Royalston: Garrett Hall, and Michael
Templeton: Courtney Chrusciel, Samantha
Fanelli, Katlyn Gallant, Eric Hill, Natalie
Jacques, Samuel Leveillee, Joshua Morris,
Joshua Poegel, and Katana Rodriguez.
Westminster: Melissa Agin, Elizabeth
Connell, Joseph Cormier, Tatiana Cruz,
Michael Fontaine, Samantha Franklin,
Emily Graves, Kevin Murphy, and Jenna
Winchendon: Brianna Akey, Ashley
Arsenault, Robert Batchelder, Sheila
Beane, Ronda Christie, Frank Cosentino,
Laura Cosentino, Katie Godfrey, Ashley
Hancock, Charles Husselbee, Tina Leveille,
Joshua Lewis, Gregory Lizotte, Cari
Moriarity, Elena Muse, Rachel Nazzaro,
Alicia Parkinson, Trenton Solomon, Felicia
Sulmonte, Stephenie Sulmonte, Shawna
Tamulen, Sarah Tousignant, and Paige
Fitzwilliam: Morgan Curtis; Greenville:
Sara Halloran, and Brianna McDougal;
Jaffrey: Kali Mailhot, Jacob Singer, and
Jared Taylor; New Ipswich: Ethan Bertram,
Asia Traffie, and John Viola; and Richmond:
Nina Margand, Daniel Tague, Julianna
DiPrima, and Samantha Ellison.
Toy Town students get lesson
in anti-bullying
— Students at Toy
Town Elementary
School were provided with some
entertainment last
Friday but it was
with purpose.
M e m b e r s
Theater, based in
Wakefield, put on
plays that highGreg Vine photo
lighted the conseCasey Preston, Stacy Fisher and Tim Patrick (l-r), of Deana’s Educational Theatre,
quences of bullying
perform an anti-bullying play for students at Toy Town Elementary School.
for two assemblies
at the school.
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Friday, March, 7, 2014
Peter Yarrow coming to Peterborough
The days of Hootenanny and
early Dylan echo in our ears
as an icon of that era plans to
be in concert Saturday, March
8 at 8 p.m. at the Peterborough
Players Theater.
Peterborough Folk Music
Society, Peter Yarrow of
Peter, Paul and Mary will be
onstage, up close and personal.
Tickets are on sale now, $30
in advance or $35 day of show.
Purchase with a credit card at
Ticketstage or at a Toadstool
Bookshop in Keene, Milford or
or with a check to PO Box
41, Peterborough, NH 03458.
Enclose a SAS envelope or tickets will be held at the box office.
Cash/checks only at the door.
For more information (603)
827-2905 or www.pfmsconcerts.
Also on hand will be special guests, the duo Mustard’s
“Yes, it will be nostalgic for
many. But on another level, it
will bring them a sense of what
is still possible. Yes, they will
sing Leaving on a Jet Plane
and I will give them a sense
of the current history of what
this music is doing, and why
it’s important. So it will be a
Peter Yarrow
history lesson, it will be a singalong that inspires, but it will
also assert the importance of
the continuation of this kind of
music in people’s lives today.
And where we’re going from
here in those terms. It’s not
necessarily a big lecture — it’s
inherent in the music. They’ll
get it. I know it, ’cause that’s
what I do,” said Yarrow when
describing his tour.
An Evening of Song and
“We all know the music
of Peter, Paul and Mary —
folk classics that remain the
soundtrack for generations.
But our patrons were thrilled
to experience the relevancy
of that music, and how it resonates through today’s headlines, when Peter Yarrow
brought his solo show to the
Tower Theatre. It was so much
more than a nostalgia show.
Peter connected with the soldout audience in ways that went
well beyond a normal concert:
he encouraged sing-alongs
and audience participation;
he signed autographs at intermission; he personally greeted
each and every one of our VIPs
and members; he even auctioned two personalized guitars
to raise money for our educational outreach programs.
Peter turned our theatre into
his living room. He created an
inclusive atmosphere, encouraging each of us to change
our part of the world. It was a
memorable evening rooted in
the historic milestones of his
past, yet focused on the current
issues that continue to call him
to activism.
We all know how all the
songs of Peter, Paul and Mary
sound; what a rare treat to hear
what Peter thinks of them,“
described Ray Solley, the exec-
utive director of a theater in
Bend, OR.
Yarrow’s talents as a creative
artist — both with the legendary trio Peter, Paul & Mary and
as a solo performer — are frequently directed at using music
to convey a message of humanity and caring. His gift for songwriting has produced some of
the most moving songs from
Peter, Paul & Mary, including
Puff, the Magic Dragon, Day
is Done, Light One Candle and
The Great Mandala. As a member of the renowned musical
trio, Yarrow has earned multiple gold and platinum albums,
as well as numerous Grammys.
Over the years, many issues
have moved Peter to commit
his time and talent: equal
rights, peace, the environment,
gender equality, homelessness,
hospice care, and education. All
have utilized his skills as both
a performer and an organizer.
Peter Yarrow’s life and work
— culminating in the founding and leadership of Operation
Respect with its “Don’t Laugh
At Me” initiative — is based
on his passionate belief that
music, with its power to build
change, can be a particularly
powerful organizing tool.
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Murdock honors its own
Greg Vine photo
Murdock Principal Ralph Olsen addresses the student body while honored students are presented.
WINCHENDON — First with breakfast,
then with an assembly before the entire
student body, several students at Murdock
High School were honored for a variety of
accomplishments last week.
Academic honors were awarded to the
following students, chosen as Students of
the Term in each subject area: Morgan St.
Pierre (art, photography); Sonya Roy (family and consumer science); Kathryn Lowe
(English 10); Aharon Bergeron (English 10);
Katelynn Meyer (English 11); Ashley Brewer
(English 12); Myranda Bishop (American
literature); Katrina Williams (mass media
theory); Joshua Mutti (math: algebra I); Jon
Pereira (math: algebra I); Melanie Cranfill
(math: algebra II); Anthony Gagnon (biology); Kelsey Brooks (chemistry); Jasmine
Leslie (world history); Maria Mae Javien
(US history I); Jobe DeLaRosa (US history
II); Renee Rogers (AP US history); and Ryan
Kaminsky (Spanish).
The following students were recognized
for perfect attendance for the second term.
GRADE NINE: Philip Blouin, Dylan
Bradley, Andrew Burns, Desvign Gomez,
Morgan Grant, Brooke Harris, Katie
Heacox, James Huff, John Murphy, Jared
Nelson, Jon Pereira, Dalton Scott and
Brittany Williams.
GRADE 10: Collin Boyden, Hayley Clark,
Ikiara Diaz, Jacob Harris, Gage LeBlanc,
Isaac Lupien, Mackenzie Rushia and Sean
GRADE 11: Chelsea Bitter, Amber Dignan,
Anthony Galiano, Daniel Huff, Sabrina
Leahey, Meghan Williams and Lianglingia
Sara Zheng.
GRADE 12: Ashley Brewer, Alex Emerson,
Justin Harris, Felicia Ingman, Zachary
Martins, Kathleen Mazza, Emma Page, and
Justin Smith.
Courier Capsules
Friday, March 14, at 7 p.m.
at the Maples Ballroom in
the Bundschuh home at 17
On the Common,
in Royalston, John
Smolens, the author
of eight novels, a
collection of short
stories, and numerous articles, will
discuss his books
and writing. Cold,
a mystery set in the
of Michigan, was
nominated for the
His latest books,
The Schoolmaster’s
Daughter: A Novel
of the American
Revolution, are historical novels set
and Boston. Andre
Dubus III, author
of House of Sand
and Fog, describes
Smolens as “that
rare and gifted writer who can capture
both our exterior
and interior worlds
with equal dexterity, grace, and power.
Cold is a novel so riveting you will absolutely not be able
to put it down, and
these characters will
stay with you long
after turning the last
page.” On leave to
research a new book,
Smolens teaches at
Northern Michigan
University in the
Masters of Fine Arts
program where he
has been the recip-
ient of the Distinguished
Faculty Award and was
named Michigan Author of the
Year in 2010 by the Michigan
Library Association. He holds
degrees from Boston College,
University of New Hampshire
and the University of Iowa
Writers Program. This program is funded by donations
made by John Poor and others in memory of Pat Poor
to sponsor an author visit to
the library. The Friends of the
Library will provide refreshments. Copies of his books are
available to borrow from the
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14 Walnut Street
Friday, March, 7, 2014
Winchendon Courier
Winchendon Courier
President/Publisher: Frank Chilinski
Editor: Ruth DeAmicis
Opinion and commentary from Winchendon and beyond
Political Priorities
Indirectly speaking
We get that the conundrum of who pays for what and how the formula works for the
indirect costs required by the state is convoluted and probably out of date besides.
And no one wants to pay for more than their fair share; neither the town OR the schools.
But we need to all step back a moment from it and remember one huge thing: the money
is not “yours” or “theirs” to divvy up. It’s “ours.” The taxpayers.
Whether it comes from this line item over here in this set of books or that line item over
there in that set of books; whether it is a “town” expense or a “school” expense it is still a
taxpayer expense.
Whether we paid the taxes through our local real estate or excise taxes; through an
income tax or through some combination that filtered it out to the Federal government
and the state government and then back to our local schools and town through grants,
state aid and some formula no one understands; it still came out of a wage earner’s pocket
We get a little caught up in the whole thing sometimes; especially in the town and gown
stuff (and not just in Winchendon because it happens everywhere). The schools are, without a doubt, the largest employer in every municipality. And when they must lay people off
when it gets rough, the unemployment stuff always hits hardest through that venue too. So
of course all those costs do indeed come out of those coffers.
And yes, the accounting is absolutely a carousel what with state funds, federal funds,
grants with a variety of requirements and deadlines not to mention private funding of one
sort or another that occasionally makes its way into those coffers. Then there are revolving funds and student accounts and...well, you get the idea. Yes, keeping the funding and
accounts straight is absolutely a full time plus job and certainly that does require diligence
from every quarter both from school and town accountants.
But understanding how all those accounts work is a different animal from straight
municipal accounting sometimes too, so someone who knows municipal accounting
doesn’t necessarily understand school accounting...don’t make that error.
In other words, between the requirements of state departments of accounting, education
and accountability, federal accountability and requirements and then the demands of our
own local people wanting it kept transparent and fair; let’s just find a middle ground and
understand that compromise is key.
The money belongs to us all, so no one is harmed by a bit of give and take. The goal is
to keep Winchendon clear of any regulatory entanglement because it hasn’t met some
requirement set by an outside agency. Interior solvency can be ironed out with a little
more action and a little less stubborn pride in being “right” rather than helpful.
Your Turn
An absolute right to refuse service
Albert Einstein once said, “Never do anything against conscience even if the state
demands it.”
He was right.
In the aftermath of the Arizona religious
freedom skirmish, I have a few questions
for those who would presume to compel
religious business owners, under penalty
of law, to “provide goods and services” to
homosexuals in a way that violates that
business owner’s conscience.
To wit:
Should a homosexual baker be forced to
make a “God Hates Fags” cake for Westboro
Baptist Church, simply because its members claim to be Christian?
Should a black printer be forced to devel-
op and print thousands of “White Power!”
flyers for a skinhead rally just because the
potential customer is white?
Should a Christian florist be compelled
to create and provide black floral arrangements to a customer for her upcoming
Satanist ritual?
Should a “progressive,” environmentalist
sign-maker be required to design and manufacture “Global Warming Is a Farce” signs
for a tea party rally?
Should a Muslim photographer, commissioned by San Francisco’s “Folsom Street
Fair,” be forced to document that vile event
— rife with nudity and public sex — simply
because the customers identify as “gay”?
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Senator Stephen M. Brewer (D-Barre)
announced Bill S.1930, which will exempt
part-time call/volunteer firefighters in the
town of Athol from the civil service law, has
been engrossed by the Senate. “This is an important bill that allow for
more firefighters in the town of Athol,”
said Brewer. “Many small communities
throughout the Commonwealth rely on the
services of these men and women as a first
response to fires and other emergencies. We
must ensure that the town can continue to
have a working supply of firefighters to aid
its citizens.”
Currently, call/volunteer firefighters in
the town of Athol must abide by the civil
service law. This bill will help the town
streamline the recruiting, maintaining, and
hiring of qualified firefighters. The law
does not impair the civil service status of
persons currently holding the position of
part-time call/volunteer firefighter.
Gubernatorial candidate Juliette Kayyem
continued the release of The Kayyem Plan
with her latest policy paper Reinvigorating
Gateway Cities, which calls for investments
in Gateway Cities that serve as regional
economic hubs. The release of Kayyem’s
bold plan coincides with the launch of her
Gateway Cities tour.
Throughout her career, Juliette has
made government work when it matters
most. As Homeland Security advisor to
Governor Deval Patrick she established the
first interoperability plan for the state of
Massachusetts, which increased communications between emergency personal of the
351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth.
“The strength of our Commonwealth is
rooted in the principle that we are one state
with many communities, and with that,
one state with many solutions. For us to
ensure we deliver high quality education, a
21st century infrastructure, and a thriving
economy, we must understand that our
approach to solving the challenges of today
cannot be viewed as one size fits all. We cannot assume that a plan for job creation in
Springfield will work in Quincy, or that the
same proposal for education in Worcester
should be implemented in New Bedford. We
need to realize the differences in our communities, and adjust accordingly so that
we give every community the attention and
resources it needs to thrive.”
During her time as assistant secretary
for Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security for
President Obama, she coordinated the
cleanup and response to the BP oil spill,
working with five Republican governors,
60 federal agencies, and even more municipalities to get the job done. Kayyem has
managed and overcome difficult challenges
in work in both state and federal executive leadership, and will do the same as
Governor to revitalize Gateway Cities.
“We know the challenges that we face
in our Gateway Cities: fewer well-paying
factory jobs, a lack of access to transit that
has prevented residents from enjoying new
opportunities, and an education system that
isn’t preparing our children for the jobs
of today and tomorrow. These challenges
leave out many residents in and around the
Gateway Cities from the economic mobility
that so many in our Commonwealth have
access to.”
The bold plan examines a three-faceted approach, beginning with job creation
(attracting employers, and supporting
women and minority- owned businesses
and entrepreneurship), reinvigorating
Gateway Cities by expanding transportation options, and finally, enhancing educational opportunities in each city to promote
long-term growth.
Attorney General and Gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley launched a Spanishonly radio ad and will kick off a listening
tour in underserved and gateway communities across the Commonwealth. Coakley
will hear the concerns of residents as she
develops a community action plan to offer
increased opportunities and fairness for all
residents. Coakley has made promoting equality,
fairness, and opportunity for all a core
theme of her campaign for Governor, and
has record of fighting for those values as
Attorney General. In her radio ad, which will air on Spanishonly stations across the Commonwealth,
she highlights the importance of turning
this economy around for everyone and leaving no one behind. Coakley stresses her support for raising the minimum wage, offering
earned sick time for all, and expanding job
training opportunities. The full transcript
and a link to audio of the ad is included
Coakley’s listening tour will start with
scheduled visits to communities of color
in gateway cities across Massachusetts,
including Lawrence, Lowell, Springfield,
Fall River, and Brockton with additional gateway communities and cities to be
scheduled. “As Governor, I want to build a
Commonwealth in which everyone has a
fair shot to build a better life,” Coakley
said. “That means breaking down some of
the barriers to success faced by people in
underserved communities, including closing the achievement gap in our schools
and helping to lift people out of poverty by
passing a minimum wage increase and creating good jobs. I want to hear directly from
people about the challenges they are facing
in their lives so we can develop a community action plan that helps give everyone the
opportunity to succeed and take part in our
economic recovery, not just Wall Street.”
In honor of pet lovers
Most newspapers have an obituary page. One of the things I like
about the New York Times is that
they publish all the names in a
little box usually at the top of the
page, and a reader can determine
if there might be anyone in the
lengthy obituaries that follow he
has known.
In the morning, I take a good
look at that little box to see if any
of my friends or former colleagues
might have died.
The electronic version of the
Times offers an even more interesting opportunity. One can go
back in time and read the actual
obituaries of famous people. I take
advantage of this feature. One day
I might be reading the obituary of
Gandhi and the next the obituary
of Billy the Kid. Since the Times
is pretty good at getting to most
notable accomplishments when
writing obits, reading old obits is
just like getting a history lesson.
This week we had to put down
Notes of
one of our wonderful Labrador
retrievers, Bailey. We have faced
this situation many, many times
in our 46 years of marriage, and it
never gets any easier.
We were the recipients of an
amazing number of emails, phone
calls, and Facebook condolences.
It reminded me that people love
their pets and they share in the
sadness of seeing others’ pets pass.
It gave me a chance to think how
important pets are when people
are sick or depressed, how they
get people out to exercise, and how
much unconditional love they
give to their masters. I would love
to read about the pets of famous
people. We all know about Queen
Elizabeth’s corgis, but lots of
generals, kings, queens, writers,
painters adored their pets. But you
know, I would also like to read
more about the pets of people not
famous for anything. I just like
hearing stories about our pets.
So this week, I am focused on
pets, their owners, and the incredible love that passes between them.
This column is meant to honor
the pets who leave holes in their
owner’s heart when the pets are no
more. I am hoping readers can see
between the lines, perhaps enjoy
some memories of their own pet,
and cut me a little slack for using
my space to help me get through
my pain
So here goes my attempt at writing an obituary for my faithful
Bailey Blair died today following a short illness surrounded by
his loving family, Pam and Jack
Blair his masters, Lucy Blair, his
constant Labrador companion in
the Blair household, Maggie and
Toby Blair, his cats, and Bailey’s
veterinarian Nancy Moore.
This fine lad was born 14
years ago in Maine. He moved
to Massachusetts shortly after his
birth and spent his entire life in
Winchendon except for the summers he spent at his summer residence on Prince Edward Island.
He was predeceased by his
fellow Labrador retriever pals
MacGregor Blair and Charlie
Bailey, or “Bay” as many
called him, was well known in
Winchendon to his many friends,
both human and canine. His
Winchendon caused his masters to
install a canine fence on the property, which significantly reduced
his greeting the neighbors at their
own homes.
Bay, although a purebred dog
registered with the American
Kennel Club, preferred the life of
an average dog. Accordingly, his
papers were destroyed by mutual
agreement between him and his
masters, and he remained celibate
throughout his life.
Although never a working
dog, he spent many pleasurable
hours walking the fields and roads
around Winchendon with his masters. He was particularly happy to
romp the fields in an area known
as Ingleside and more recently
to spend time in the fields along
Forristal Road. He was known to
accompany his master on cross
country skiing outings and on
snowshoe excursions.
The last eight years he occupied
his time training and mentoring
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A ninth anniversary
The masthead on today’s
newspaper tells us that it’s
Friday, March 7, 2014. That
means it’s a noteworthy
day for me because it was
on Monday , March 7, 2005
when, sitting in the airport in Philadelphia, I suffered that first major heart
attack. Longtime readers
of this column, which has
been a weekly staple in the
Courier since later that month (this week
is the 449th such essay) presumably know
the story.
In a relative nutshell: I hadn’t felt well
all that previous weekend and by the time
Courtney, then age 11, and I got to the airport, I was feeling really sick while standing in line at the Burger King. When we
sat down a few minutes later, I couldn’t
even look at the chicken sandwich, the lounge
was spinning and fading
from view, my chest and
of the
left arm hurt, I was gasping for breath — all the
classic symptoms we see
on TV.
Bottom line, I wouldn’t
be here today had I actually gotten on the plane
back to Manchester.
But thanks to the instinctive reaction of
Southwest’s ticket agent Kessa Tyler, and
the near-immediate response of the paramedics and the skill of the cardiologists at
Hahnemann Hospital, I’m still around to
agitate and opine, and go to and write about
seemingly 1,000 or so games a year as well as
all the other stories I do.
I’m occasionally asked how much of that
day I remember. It’s an interesting question
because there was are days when much of it
seems erased from memory, yet as I write,
it seems for some reason like it happened
just yesterday. It’s weird — the things you
remember — just prior to the surgery before
the docs put in the stents, they let me talk to
Courtney’s godmother Tina, who was home
elsewhere in Pennsylvania. I remember one
of the cardiologists telling me something
to the effect of what I was about to undergo
was a procedure they did multiple times a
day. “We’re like a McDonald’s drive-thru,”
he said, an odd comparison to make to someone whose coronary was caused in part by
rather poor dietary decisions.
My brother-in-law Rich and sister-inlaw Jeannette were rocks that day. Thank
God. So was my good friend and former
Winchendon ACO Anne Eddy who, amazingly, made it to Philly within hours. It
was obviously pretty scary for my family,
especially my three children. Kinda scary
for me, too. No kidding.
So, nine years later, here I am. I’ve certainly had other health crises in the near-decade that’s passed. My illness of September
2010 (though I recall virtually nothing of
that month) was every bit as critical, and
I’ve had some other scares as well, but I’ve
proven to be pretty resilient. I, for one, am
That heart attack wasn’t caused solely
by what I was eating on a regular basis. I
grant my diet was lousy, but at the time, I
explained it away as an occupational hazard: eating from concession stands at various fields and gyms. The family history
wasn’t great. My father, now 87, had a couple of his own around the same age I was.
There was a lot of stress — there always is,
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Friday, March, 7, 2014
Winchendon Courier
Community Health appoints new COO
REGION — Community Health
Connections (CHC) has recently
appointed Jacqueline W. Buckley,
MBA, as chief operating officer.
Buckley brings more than 25
years of leadership and management experience in healthcare,
education, and community programs to the organization. She
most recently served as executive
director for ResCare HomeCare,
based in Anchorage, AK where
she was responsible for operations
throughout the state.
Previously she was the medical
services division administrator
Jacqueline W. Buckley
for the Southcentral Foundation at
the Alaska Native Medical Center,
also located in Anchorage. Her
past experience includes coordinating family school services for
the Anchorage school district;
consulting to government agencies, corporations, schools and
other organizations on behalf of
the National Coalition Building
Institute, located in Washington,
DC; and youth program director
for the Anchorage Community
YMCA. Buckley holds an MBA
in healthcare management from
Regis University in Denver, CO.
“I was looking for the right opportunity to return to Massachusetts,
where I grew up,” she explained.
“Community Health Connections
resonates with my values and
skills. I look forward to working
with this multifaceted health care
organization alongside those who
have a deep commitment to this
community and the people we
Community Health Connections
is a federally-qualified, community-owned health center, providing quality health care services,
including medical, dental, behav-
ioral health and low-cost pharmacy services for everyone in North
Central Massachusetts, including vulnerable populations. The
centers are located in Fitchburg,
Gardner, and Leominster. The
organization’s ACTION mobile
van travels to neighborhoods
throughout the region where
residents have difficulty accessing care. Community Health
Connections also helps the uninsured enroll in health insurance.
Money-saving tips for seniors
We all love a good bargain, no matter what our
age. But if you’re a senior
citizen on a fixed income,
finding discounted goods
and services can mean
the difference between
making ends meet and
going without.
The good news is that
tons of senior discounts
are available — often for people as young as 50. One caveat right up front: Although
many senior discounts are
substantial, you sometimes
can find better bargains —
especially on travel-related
expenses like airfare, hotels
and rental cars. So always
do your research first before
requesting the senior rate.
Here’s a roundup of some
of the best senior discounts
I’ve found:
An AARP membership
costs only $16 a year for anyone over age 50, including
free membership for spouses or partners (
org). AARP’s discounts website features discounts on
dozens of products and services including rental cars,
hotels, restaurants, clothing and department store
chains. AARP also offers an
inexpensive driver safety
course for drivers over 50
(members and nonmembers
alike) that can lower auto
insurance premiums by up
to 10 percent or more.
Popular AARP discounts
20 percent discount on
installation or upgrades
to ADT home security systems.
45 percent off membership
to Angie’s List.
20 percent off purchases
Up to 25 percent off car
rentals from Avis and
Up to 20 percent discount
at many hotel chains including Hyatt, Hilton, Wyndham,
Best Western, Days Inn and
Ramada, among others.
10 to 20 percent off at many
restaurant chains, including Claim Jumper, Denny’s
and Outback Steakhouse.
15 percent off many Geek
Squad services from Best
A free 45-minute consultation with an Allstate Legal
Services Network attorney,
as well as 20 percent off
member attorneys’ fees.
A quick Google search
will uncover numerous
other senior discount
resources. One popular
site is SeniorDiscounts.
com, an online directory
of more than 220,000 U.S.
business locations that
offer discounts to people
over 50. Registration is
free, although they also
offer a $12.95/year premium
that offers members-only
discounts and other perks.
Other good sites include
Brad’s Deals,
and Savvy Senior.
Other commonly available
A 15 percent discount on
the lowest available rail fare
on most Amtrak trains for
travelers over age 62.
Greyhound offers a five
percent discount on unrestricted fares (over 62).
Southwest Airlines offers
senior fares (over 65).
Although not necessarily
their lowest available rates,
Southwest’s senior fares are
fully refundable.
The U.S. Geologic Survey
senior pass (over 62) provides free lifetime access
to more than 2,000 government-managed recreational sites (including national
parks), as well as discounts
on camping and other amenities. Senior passes cost
Business Briefs
WINCHENDON — Local Dunkin’ Donuts
franchisees Joe Cadette and John Nadreau
are hosting a Grand Re-Opening celebration
this Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to 3
p.m. to help celebrate the re-opening of their
newest location, located at 93 Gardner Road
in Winchendon.
Cadette and Nadreau are re-opening the
restaurant to share the Dunkin’ Donuts
experience with the Winchendon community. At the event, guests will have the chance
to meet New England Patriots mascot Pat
Patriot as well as Dunkin’ Donuts mascots.
Additionally, guests will be able to order
the new Eggs Benedict Breakfast Sandwich,
which, for every sandwich sold, Dunkin’
Donuts will donate one egg to Feeding
America and the Greater Boston Food Bank.
Karen Linabury
recently announced
the appointment of
Karen Linabury, BSN,
RN, of Lunenburg, to
the position of hospice
“Karen has been
part of the GVNA
HealthCare team for 15
years and has worked
in homecare and hospice,” according to
Elaine Fluet, President & CEO.
Linabury has a BSc degree in nursing
from UConn and worked in Connecticut for
more than four years before joining GVNA
“Karen served as part of the on-call team
for the Hospice for a number of years and
that is where her passion for the service and
its patients began,” said Fluet.
“During the past 15 years, Karen also
oversaw the home assisted living program
and most recently held the position of special projects coordinator,” she said.
“We are excited to have Karen in the
director’s role and the opportunity to take
the hospice program in a whole new direction,” she added.
March 13 at 7 p.m. scientist and Rivermead
resident Dr. Joel Huberman will guide those
who attend at Mariposa Museum, 26 Main
St. on a tour through the science behind the
headlines of climate change.
In his presentation, co-sponsored by
the Peterborough Unitarian Church, Dr.
Huberman will speak to one of the most
urgent issues of our time. He states, “We
know that carbon-based fossil fuels have
helped us achieve an unprecedentedly high
standard of living, but we also know that
the carbon dioxide that’s released when we
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Saturday, March 15
4-9 p.m.
Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day at the Carriage House Restaurant
and benefit the local Kiwanis of Winchendon.
Step Dancers ~ 6:30 p.m.
Music by Guns N Clover ~ all evening long
Irish buffet ~ $20 per person
In addition, many restaurants, department stores,
movie theaters, museums,
theme parks, banks, credit card issuers, utilities
(including gas and electric,
water, garbage, telephone
and cable) and other businesses offer special discounts or promotions for
seniors. Always ask before
your purchase is rung up.
Bottom line: Abundant
resources are available to
help seniors save money
on purchases large and
$10 in person or $20 by mail
Verizon Wireless offers
discounted mobile phone
service for subscribers over
Both Walgreens and Rite
Aid offer monthly senior
discount days for members
of their rewards programs
when most non-prescription
items are 15 to 20 percent
off. Ask your neighborhood
pharmacy if they offer similar programs.
Zlotnik takes part in
passage of
supplementary budget
BOSTON — Representative Jonathan D.
Zlotnik (D-Gardner) and members of the
Massachusetts House of Representatives
voted to pass legislation that would recapitalize the Brownfield’s redevelopment fund.
The bill includes a $15 million recapitalization of the Brownfield’s redevelopment
fund which will allow the current pipeline
of projects to continue and increase development opportunities on currently vacant
and underutilized properties across the
“The Brownfields Redevelopment funding has provided essential money to assist
the city with our continued remediation
and cleanup efforts. This funding is a crucial piece of the city’s economic development puzzle” said Gardner Mayor Mark
“As part of its urban renewal initiatives, the city has numerous brownfield
projects in the cleanup planning stages,
and without additional MassDevelopment
cleanup funding these projects risk being
delayed or not being done at all” offered
Trevor Beauregard, director of Community
Development and Planning.
“This supplemental budget filled several
small. You just have to do
a little research –— and ask
whether senior discounts
are available. Remember, 10
percent here and 20 percent
there can really add up.
Jason Alderman directs
Visa’s financial education
programs. To participate
in a free, online Financial
Literacy and Education
Summit on April 2, 2014, go
important needs across the Commonwealth.
The recapitalization of the Brownfields
Redevelopment Fund is especially important to the city of Gardner which has used
those funds to spearhead their redevelopment efforts across the city,” stated Zlotnik.
In addition the bill included an unemployment rate freeze that, for the fifth consecutive year, freezes a scheduled increase in
the unemployment insurance assessment
paid to all employers.
This action is estimated to relieve the
average employer from an approximate 30
percent increase for UI per employee while
allowing employees to receive the same benefits under this rate. In the coming months
the House plans to systemically improve the
UI system as it addresses minimum wage.
The bill also provides increased funding for the Department of Children and
Families, homelessness programs, and the
Low Income Energy Assistance Program.
The supplemental budget allocates $2.78
million to DCF, thus providing adequate
funds to meet the department’s request of
a 15:1 caseload ratio. This action follows
increases in DCF funding over the past
three budget cycles.
Because the House recognizes the challenges residents face during the winter, this
legislation provides an additional $20 million
for heating assistance and about $45 million
to provide low-income homeless families
with access to housing. Additionally, the
Department of Transportation may spend
up to additional $50 million for snow and
ice removal dependent on the state’s needs.
Weekly Crossword
March 7, 2014
1. Lift
9. RNA component
15. Italian dessert
16. Fur
17. A scolding old
18. Damon, to Pythias
19. Charlotte-to-Raleigh dir.
20. Archaeological site
21. Car accessory
22. Cloak-and-dagger
23. Physics units
25. Brain cell
27. “___ alive!” (contraction)
28. Football
30. Came down
31. Officials who carry
ceremonial staffs
34. Intentionally kept
36. Dior creation (hyphenated)
37. “Is that ___?”
38. Sanskrit for “life
39. Expressing joy
41. Itty-bitty
42. Bags
43. Fermented Mexican
drinks made from
agave juice
45. In-flight info, for
46. Chair repair
47. Chinese dynasty
51. “Sesame Street”
52. “___ moment”
53. Blouse, e.g.
55. Amscrayed
56. Eventually (2 wds)
58. Pasta topper
60. Graduated
61. City district with its
own police unit
62. Subatomic particles
63. Lower Spanish
nobility members
1. Aromatic solvent
2. Jungle climber
3. Blew it
4. Alt. spelling
5. During
6. News
7. Siouan speakers
8. Bleed
9. Frank
10. Aired again
11. “Aladdin” prince
12. Order of amphibians resembling
13. Car starters
14. Influenced someone
to do bad things (2
21. Edible European
24. Devotes
26. Tiny Tim’s instrument
29. Anger (pl.)
30. Check
31. Unusual power to
32. Without warning
(3 wds)
33. Italian white breads
used to make panini
35. Fencing sword
37. Charm
40. Devices to pry off
bottle caps
41. Instructed privately
44. Inhabitant of country whose capital is
46. ___ numerals
48. Big ape
49. Person involved in
organized crime
involving drugs
50. No-see-ums
54. 12-point type
57. 1969 Peace Prize
58. Dash abbr.
59. Bubkes
Winchendon Courier
Friday, March, 7, 2014
Police Log
Editor’s Note: The information contained
in this police log was obtained through public documents kept by the police department,
and is considered to be the account of the
police. All subjects are considered innocent
until proven guilty in a court of law.
12:05-2:49 a.m.: nine building checks,
secure; 1:32 a.m.: ambulance (Crescent
Road) transport; 7:01 a.m.: MV operating
erratically (Gardner Road) unable to locate;
9:51 a.m.: MV stop (Central Street) spoken
to; 9:55 a.m.: animal complaint (Old Gardner
Road) refer to ACO; 10:28 a.m.: illegal dumping (High Street) spoken to; 10:48 a.m.: summons service (Front Street) unable to serve;
11:59 a.m.: summons service (Front Street)
served; 12:18 p.m.: property found (Central
Street) returned to owner; 12:37 p.m.: assist
other PD (Otter River Road) assisted; 1:04
p.m.: summons service (Otter River Road)
served; 2:25 p.m.: neighbor dispute (Ash
Street) report taken; 2:54 p.m.: runaway
(Polly’s Drive) returned to home or family;
3:15 p.m.: officer wanted (Gardner Road)
assisted; 3:22 p.m.: ambulance (Benjamin
Street) transport; 3:44 p.m.: abandoned 911
call (Central Street) checked, secure; 4:21
p.m.: ambulance (Polly’s Drive) transport;
4:28 p.m.: officer wanted (Eastern Avenue)
info given; 4:37 p.m.: general info (walk
in) advised officer; 4:47 p.m.: investigation
(Central Street) info taken; 5:15 p.m.: officer
wanted (Robbins Road) 209A refused by
judge; 7:09 p.m.: flooding (Front Street) refer
to other agency; 9:38 p.m.: welfare check
(addresses not printed) unable to locate;
9:56 p.m.: registration check (Central Street)
info given; 10:58 p.m.: suspicious MV (Hale
Street) unable to locate; 11:30-11:56 p.m.: two
building checks, secure; 11:36 p.m.: ambulance (Mill Street) transport.
12:13-3:55 a.m.: eight building checks,
secure; 12:50 a.m.: assist other PD
(Baldwinville State Road) removed to hospital; 1:18 a.m.: suspicious person (Hale
Street) spoken to; 3:05 a.m.: extra patrols
(Ipswich Drive) checked, secure; 3:18 a.m.:
extra patrols (Hyde Park Drive) checked,
secure; 3:23 a.m.: registration check (Front
Street) spoken to; 5:53 a.m.: burglar alarm
(Spring Street) checked, secure; 8:37 a.m.:
accident (School Street) report taken; 9:10
a.m.: ambulance (Brown Street) transport;
9:16 a.m.: officer wanted (Woodlawn Street)
report taken; 9:32 a.m.: ambulance (River
Street) transport; 10:45 a.m.: disabled MV
(High Street) gone on arrival; 10:51 a.m.:
ambulance (Woodlawn Avenue) transport;
11:19 a.m.: traffic hazard (Bosworth Road)
assisted; 11:27 a.m.: officer wanted (walk in)
spoken to; 12:25 p.m.: assist citizen (Brown
Street) assisted; 12:34 p.m.: larceny (Mill
Street) spoken to; 12:34 p.m.: ambulance
(Brown Street) transport; 1:28 p.m.: suspicious person (Mill Street) no PD service
required; 2:40 p.m.: burglar alarm (Alger
Street) checked, secure; 3:17 p.m.: panic
alarm (Central Street) checked, secure; 3:19
p.m.: ambulance (Pleasant Street) transport;
3:28 p.m.: officer wanted (Mill Street) spoken
to; 3:40 p.m.: general info (Spring Circle)
unable to locate; 3:55 p.m.: general info
(Spring Street) property returned to owner;
4:08 p.m.: investigation (Central Street) info
taken; 4:31 p.m.: welfare check (addresses
not printed) spoken to; 4:50 p.m.: MV stop
(Hall Road) spoken to; 5:05 p.m.: MV stop
(Glenallan Street) traffic citation; 5:58 p.m.:
ambulance (Congress Road) transport; 6:11
p.m.: MV stop (Elmwood Road) traffic citation; 6:56 p.m.: unattended death (Brown
Street) refer to other agency; 8:01 p.m.: vandalism (Central Street) report taken; 8:45
p.m.: officer wanted (walk in) assisted; 9:17
p.m.: officer wanted (Mill Street) spoken
to; 11:41-11:53 p.m.: three building checks,
12:02-4:10 a.m.: 14 building checks,
secure; 12:59 a.m.: suspicious MV (Central
Street) spoken to; 2:36 a.m.: lift assist (East
Monomonac Road) assisted; 4:53 a.m.: MV
stop (River Street) verbal warning; 5:25
a.m.: MV stop (River Street) written warning; 5:59 a.m.: MV stop (River Street) verbal
warning; 8:12 a.m.: fire alarm (High Street)
services rendered; 8:28 a.m.: ambulance
(Monadnock Avenue) transport; 8:45 a.m.:
mental health issue (Old Centre) removed to
hospital; 9:03 a.m.: MV stop (Spring Street)
traffic citation; 9:11 a.m.: ambulance (Maple
Street) transport; 9:27 a.m.: investigation
(walk in) info taken; 9:31 a.m.: MV stop
(School Street) traffic citation; 10:43 a.m.:
MV stop (Central Street) verbal warning;
11:20 a.m.: summons service (Teel Road)
served; 11:22 a.m.: MV stop (Gardner Road)
traffic citation; 11:34 a.m.: MV stop (Gardner
Road) traffic citation; 1:04 p.m.: animal complaint (Maple Street) refer to ACO; 1:21 p.m.:
MV stop (Forristall Road) verbal warning;
1:30 p.m.: ambulance (Central Street) transport; 1:32 p.m.: officer wanted (walk in) spoken to; 2:27 p.m.: accident (Central Street)
spoken to; 3:15 p.m.: officer wanted (walk
in) spoken to; 4:45 p.m.: summons service
(Royalston Road South) served; 5:37 p.m.:
officer wanted (walk in) report taken; 6:19
p.m.: harassment (Mill Street) spoken to;
7:51 p.m.: assist other PD (Front Street) message delivered; 7:55 p.m.: summons service
(walk in) served; 7:57 p.m.: neighbor dispute
(Otter River Road) spoken to.
12:09-2:05 a.m.: 11 building checks, secure;
12:59 a.m.: MV stop (Grove Street) verbal
warning; 9:14 a.m.: summons service (Joslin
Road) served; 10:14 a.m.: investigation
(Cross Road) report taken; 10:31 a.m.: MV
stop (School Street) traffic citation; 11:10
a.m.: officer wanted (Ash Street) spoken to;
11:18 a.m.: MV stop (School Street) verbal
warning; 11:59 a.m.: DPW call (Spring Street)
refer to state DPW; 12:21 p.m.: MV stop
(School Street) traffic citation; 12:35 p.m.:
MV stop (Central Street) traffic citation;
2:19 p.m.: MV stop (Spring Street) verbal
warning; 3:47 p.m.: burglar alarm (Spring
Street) false alarm; 4:10 p.m.: welfare check
(addresses not printed) gone on arrival; 4:18
p.m.: threats (Beaman Court) spoken to; 4:46
p.m.: assist citizen (Alger Street) assisted;
6:35 p.m.: general info (Brown Street) spoken to; 7:48 p.m.: warrant of apprehension
(Cross Road) unable to locate; 8:17 p.m.:
general info (Alger Street) assisted.
12:01-1:42 a.m.: 15 building checks, secure;
5:25 a.m.: MV stop (Spring Street) written
warning; 6:23 a.m.: MV stop (Spring Street)
written warning; 6:45 a.m.: fire alarm
(Central Street) assisted; 8:57 a.m.: burglar
alarm (Central Street) accidental; 10:20 a.m.:
domestic (Metcalf Street) report taken; 11:10
a.m.: general info (Pleasant Street) info
taken; 12:32 p.m.: general info (Baldwinville
State Road) info taken; 1:43 p.m.: general
info (Robbins Road) spoken to; 2:42 p.m.:
MV stop (Baldwinville State Road) spoken
to; 3:08 p.m.: accident (Lincoln Avenue)
report taken; 3:19 p.m.: runaway (Polly’s
Drive) report taken; 3:55 p.m.: welfare check
(addresses not printed) unable to locate; 4:20
p.m.: fraud (Alger Street) report taken; 5:32
p.m.: officer wanted (Royalston Road North)
arrest: juvenile, age 14: arrest based on warrant; 5:53 p.m.: larceny (Teel Road) report
taken; 5:55 p.m.: 209A request (Front Street)
report taken; 7 p.m.: investigation (Lincoln
Avenue) spoken to; 7:11 p.m.: burglary, B&E
(Front Street) info taken; 7:14 p.: loitering
(Mill Street) no PD service required; 7:20
p.m.: MV stop (Hall Road) verbal warning;
7:22 p.m.: burglar alarm (Central Street)
false alarm; 7:36 p.m.: suspicious MV (Town
Farm Road) unable to locate; 9:02 p.m.:
investigation (Front Street) info taken; 10:31
p.m.: 209A service (Crosby Road) unable to
12:52-1:43 a.m.: 11 building checks, secure;
1:07 a.m.: assist citizen (Central Street) no
PD service required; 1:43 a.m.: suspicious
MV (Maple Street) checked, secure; 1:48
a.m.: suspicious MV (Baldwinville Road)
report taken; 3:19 a.m.: parking violation
(Front Street) traffic citation; 3:52 a.m.: parking violation (Linden Street) traffic citation;
5:30 a.m.: ambulance (Ash Street) transport; 10:28 a.m.: assist citizen (West Street)
School Committee continues
to question costs
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assisted; 11:17 a.m.: vandalism (Mill Street)
report taken; 11:32 a.m.: investigation (Mill
Street) report taken; 11:42 a.m.: disabled MV
(Spring Street) assisted; 12:39 p.m.: animal
complaint (Jackson Avenue) assisted; 1:44
p.m.: ATV complaint (North Ashburnham
Road) gone on arrival; 2:56 p.m.: general
info (Pleasant Street) info taken; 4:44 p.m.:
investigation (Cummings Road) spoken
to; 4:57 p.m.: investigation (Spruce Street)
spoken to; 5:03 p.m.: investigation (West
Street) no PD service required; 5:10 p.m.:
investigation (Royalston Road North) spoken to; 7:38 p.m.: ambulance (Ipswich Drive)
transport; 8:20 p.m.: MV stop (Front Street)
verbal warning; 11:08 p.m.: fire mutual aid
(Woodbound Road) no FD service required.˜
12:24 a.m.: ambulance (Washington
Avenue) transport; 1:09-4:11 a.m.: 10 building checks, secure; 1:51 a.m.: officer wanted
(Crosby Road) spoken to; 1:56 a.m.: suspicious MV (Main Street) spoken to; 3:35 a.m.:
MV stop (Gardner Road) traffic citation; 4:18
a.m.: ambulance (Central Street) transport;
4:19 a.m.: extra patrols (Goodrich Drive)
checked, secure; 8:59 a.m.: FD call (Hyde
Park Drive) assisted; 9 a.m.: 209A service
(Crosby Road) spoken to; 11:01 a.m.: vandalism (Central Street) report taken; 11:36
a.m.: ambulance (Goodrich Drive) transport; 12:24 p.m.: open door, window, gate
(Alger Street) secured building; 12:42 p.m.:
FD call (East Street) assisted; 1:12 p.m.:
investigation (Teel Road) info taken; 1:13
p.m.: trespass notice (Woodlawn Street)
info taken; 3:10 p.m.: general info (phone)
spoken to; 3:14 p.m.: officer wanted (walk
in) report taken; 3:35 p.m.: disturbance,
group (Pond Street) spoken to; 4:08 p.m.: MV
stop (Glenallan Street) verbal warning; 4:45
p.m.: registration check (Glenallan Street)
info given; 4:50 p.m.: general info (Spring
Place) no PD service required; 4:53 p.m.:
general info (Spring Street) info taken; 5:03
p.m.: assist motorist (Pond Street) assisted;
5:32 p.m.: assist citizen (Prospect Street)
refer to other agency; 6:09 p.m.: welfare
check (addresses not printed) spoken to;
6:16 p.m.: burglar alarm (School Street)
checked, secure; 6:17 p.m.: animal complaint (Central Street) advised officer; 7:19
p.m.: registration check (Spring Street) info
given; 7:32 p.m.: MV stop (Spring Street)
verbal warning; 7:54 p.m.: MV stop (Lincoln
Avenue) verbal warning; 8:01 p.m.: MV stop
(Lincoln Avenue) spoken to; 8:04 p.m.: MV
stop (Railroad Street) verbal warning; 8:11
p.m.: officer wanted (Crosby Road) transport; 10:05 p.m.: MV operating erratically
(Spring Street) no PD service required.
date has yet been set for
talks to begin on a new indirect cost agreement between
the town and school district.
Indirect costs include such
items as administrative services provided to the district
by the town, unemployment,
health insurance, and retirement. Those items are currently paid for by the town
but are applied to the district’s minimum net school
spending amount, which is
set by the state each year.
If the actual cost of these
amount appropriated by the
town, the schools must find a
way to reimburse the town.
If the total falls below the
amount appropriated, the
difference is passed along to
the district.
This reconciliation process, however, has led to
tension between the town
and schools in recent
months. School officials
argue that indirect costs
are a town responsibility
and any spending in excess
of the amount budgeted for
them should be covered by
the town. At the same time,
they believe any funds that
remain in the account at the
end of the fiscal year should
be given to the district
because it counts toward
state-mandated minimum
net school spending.
There have also been
disagreements over how
the cost of administrative
expenses is divided between
the town and district. At
present, schools pay 52 percent of the cost, while the
town covers 48 percent. The
percentage is based on each
entity’s share of the town’s
overall yearly budget.
Wednesday, Feb. 26, the
down with Town Manager
James Kreidler to discuss
the issues. Also in attendance was Beth Hunt,
vice-chairman of the Board
of Selectmen, and Ulysse
Maillet, chairman of the
Finance Committee.
Kreidler was under orders
from the selectmen to provide answers and provide
information only, and not
to undertake negotiations
on the agreement. He did,
however, make suggestions
on what a new agreement
might include, particularly
in terms of reconciliation.
The town manager suggested that the budget for
indirect costs be moved from
the town side of the ledger to
that of the school district. As
bills were received, the town
accountant would “unlock”
the account to allow the district to pay them. The dis-
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burn fossil fuels is warming our climate,
with potentially disastrous consequences.
Fortunately, this is a solvable problem.
There are pathways by which we can continue to obtain the energy we need while simultaneously protecting our environment.”
During his professional career, Huberman
conducted basic research at Roswell Park
Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY on the mechanism and regulation of the process by which
cells make new copies of their DNA molecules. After retiring, he and his wife moved
to Peterborough. There Dr. Huberman
attended the Self-Taught University, majoring in climate science and minoring in energy policy. Last fall, he gave a well-attended
series of 10 lectures on climate science to his
fellow RiverMead residents.
advantage to the schools,
Kreidler pointed out, is that
cash would have to be found
immediately to cover any
overages while, under the
present system, the town
floats the bill until it can be
He told the committee that
under his proposal the district would “have the ability
to monitor (indirect costs)
in real time, notice if you’re
going to make it or not make
it, and make course alterations in real time.”
School Superintendent Dr.
Salah Khelfaoui expressed
reservations about the proposal, worrying the school
budget could take a hit if
expenses for any item, such
as unemployment, were
to unexpectedly spike. He
instead suggested the town
set up a stabilization fund
for the schools, a proposal at
which Kreidler balked.
The issue of administrative costs was not discussed
at the Feb. 26 meeting.
wanted to include the Board
of Selectmen, Finance
Committee and selected
staff in negotiations on the
indirect cost agreement, the
panel decided to let Kreidler,
Khelfaoui, the town accountant, and school business
manager hammer out a new
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Gerard F. Blasetti, 95
AYER — Gerard F.
Blasetti, age 95, of Ayer,
died Saturday, March
1, 2014, at Apple Valley
Center, Ayer.
His wife of 55 years, Rita
(Starkie) Blasetti died on
Oct. 16, 2000.
Mr. Blasetti was born in
Ayer, Jan. 26, 1919, a son
of Henry and Maria (Fracassi) Blasetti, and
was a lifelong Ayer resident. He was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Ayer.
For nearly 30 years, Mr. Blasetti worked
as a letter carrier for the United States Post
Office, retiring in 1984.
During World War II, he served his country for four years in the United States Army
Air Corps.
He leaves his daughter and son-in-law,
Carol B. and Joseph Amenta of Cromwell,
CT; a brother, Ernest Blasetti of Ayer; a
sister, Lena Guilfoil of Ayer; and six grand-
children, Julie (Amenta)
Kennedy, Joseph Amenta
Cannata, Peter Amenta,
Michelle (Blasetti) Jacob,
and Gerard Blasetti III;
five great-grandchildren,
Kylee Jacob, Sophia
Cannata, Riley Amenta,
Joseph Amenta III, and
Brooklyn Amenta.
In 1986, he was predeceased by his son,
Gerard F. Blasetti Jr. of Winchendon. He
was the brother of the late Joseph Blasetti,
Ernestine K. Jones, and Robert Blasetti, all
of Ayer.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Thursday,
March 6 at St. Anthony’s Church, Shirley.
Burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ayer will be
in the spring.
T.J. Anderson & Son Funeral Home, 25
Fitchburg Road, (Rte. 2A), Ayer is entrusted
with arrangements..
William E. Lemire, 81
William E. Lemire, age
81, of 94 Ipswich Drive,
Winchendon died peacefully Thursday morning, Feb.
27 in Heywood Hospital,
Gardner, with his family
by his side.
A lifelong resident of
Winchendon, Bill was born
on Jan. 7, 1933, the son of the late Hector J.
and Dorilla E. (Ricard) Lemire.
Bill was a self-employed contractor in the
Winchendon area for many years. During
the Korean War, he proudly served his
country as a member of the United States
Army. Bill received the National Defense
Service medal. He was a member of Eugene
M. Connor Post 193 American Legion and
Lt. Frederick Wilder White Post 2158 VFW.
A sports fanatic, Bill was an avid fan of the
Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots and
Boston Bruins. Bill enjoyed woodworking,
taking vacations in York Beach, ME and
spending time with his children and grandchildren, whom he adored. Bill was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.
His wife of 51 years, Joan P. (Piche)
Lemire, died in 2003. He leaves three sons:
Douglas R. Lemire, James
W. Lemire and his wife
Jenny of Colbrook, NH
and Thomas C. Lemire
and his wife Jill of
Winchendon; two daughters, Cathy-Anne Lemire
and her husband Robert
Gordon of Jaffrey and
JoAnne Vautour and her
husband Claude of Gardner; seven grandchildren, six great grandchildren and many
nieces and nephews. He was predeceased
by his brothers and sisters, Albert Lemire,
Richard Lemire, Charles Lemire, Rita
Crabtree and Mary Gandy.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held
Friday, March 7 at 10 a.m. in Immaculate
Heart of Mary Church, 52 Spruce St.,
Winchendon. There are no calling hours.
Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery at a
later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations
may be made to Paralyzed Veterans of
America, 1030 Jefferson Ave, Memphis, TN
Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home (, 343 Central St., Winchendon is
directing arrangements.
May B. (Ackert) Robichaud, 81
(Ackert) Robichaud, age
81, of 49 Acadia Road,
Gardner died peacefully Wednesday morning,
Feb. 26 at the home of her
daughter in Leominster.
She was born in Mt.
Tabor, VT on May 18, 1932,
daughter of the late Arthur
P. and Mabel (Hall) Ackert. She grew up in
Vermont, where her family owned and operated a fern picking company. She lived in
Winchendon for 18 years and had lived in
Gardner since 1974.
May earned her GED at the age of 55.
She worked at Winchendon Dress Fashions,
Honeywell in Peterborough, NH and at
Simplex for several years until her retirement. Her greatest enjoyment was spending
time with her family.
Her husband, Ronald J. Robichaud, died
in 2012. She leaves five children, Michael
W. Martin of Brattleboro, VT, Sheree L.
Grey of Leominster, Sheila M. Martin of
Brattleboro, VT, Shelley L. Kunze of Keene,
NH and Gordon “Pete” Martin of Gardner; a
sister, June A. Sawyer of Winchendon, eight
grandchildren, two great grandchildren and
many nieces and nephews. Seven sisters:
Marian A. Dery, Lillian R. Towers, Maude
Huntoon, Beverly Ackert, Maize Lemieux,
Helen Ackert and Sally Dumont preceded
her in death.
A memorial service was held Wednesday,
March 5, 2014 in Stone-Ladeau Funeral
Home (, 343 Central St.,
Winchendon. Burial will be in Massachusetts Veterans’
Memorial Cemetery, Winchendon at a later
WINCHENDON — Dorothy M. (Wainio)
Schoales, age 83, of 58 Tolman Road,
Winchendon, died peacefully Monday
morning, March 3 in River Terrace Nursing
Home, Lancaster, with her family at her
She was born in Gardner on Feb. 5, 1931,
daughter of the late William and Alli (Koivu)
Wainio and lived in Winchendon for many
Dorothy was a graduate of Leominster
High School and had worked as a legal
secretary in the local area. Her hobbies
were knitting, sewing and gardening. Her
greatest enjoyment was spending time with
her family.
Her husband of 60 years, Gilbert C.
Schoales Sr, died in 2011. She leaves four
children: Cynthia L. Morin and her husband
Paul of Northborough, Gwendolyn Jacob
and her husband Joseph of Gardner, Gilbert
C. Schoales Jr. of Aurora, CO and Wayne D.
Schoales and his wife Tina of Winchendon; a
half brother, John Lansiaho of California; 10
grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be private and at
the convenience of the family. There are no
calling hours.
Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery,
Winchendon in the spring.
Memorial donations may be made to
River Terrace Nursing Home Reflections
Unit, 1675 Main St., Lancaster, MA 01523.
Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home (, 343 Central St., Winchendon is
directing arrangements.
Dorothy M. (Wainio) Schoales, 83
John F. Sexton, 85
Sexton, age 85, of Chicopee
passed away on Sunday,
March 2, 2014 at home with
his family by his side.
Winchendon on Dec. 2,
1928 to the late John and
Loudia (Santerre) Sexton.
John was in the United
States Navy during World War II and had
traveled to the North Pole. He later joined
the United States Air Force during the
Korean War and flew in the Berlin Airlift.
He belonged to the American Legion 124
of Westfield, Moose Lodge of Greenfield, and
Tigers Club of Chicopee.
John leaves his loving wife of 32 years
Constance (Spinks) Sexton; his son
Timothy from Virginia, his two daughters Denise Paroline and her husband
Jimmy of Vermont and Christine Sexton of
Florida; his step-son Lyle
Ducharme of Springfield;
his step-daughter Linda
Ducharme of Chicopee;
seven grandchildren; and
three great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be
held on Monday, March
10 starting at 9:30 a.m. at
Brunelle Funeral Home
(, 811 Chicopee
St., Chicopee followed by a liturgy of
Christian burial at 11 a.m. in St. Anne Parish,
30 College St., Chicopee. The rite of committal and burial will be in Massachusetts
Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1390 Main
St., Agawam at 1p.m.. Calling hours will be
held on Sunday, March 9 from 4-7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations
may be made to Baystate VNA and Hospice,
C/O Baystate Health Foundation, 280
Chestnut St., Springfield, MA 01199.
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Louise D. (Bosworth) Botti, 77
Louise D. (Bosworth) Botti,
age 77, of 315 Maple St.,
Winchendon died peacefully Saturday morning,
March 1 at her residence,
with her loving family at
her side.
A lifelong resident of
Winchendon, Louise was
born on March 14, 1936, the daughter of
the late Louis C. and Doris M. (Topping)
Bosworth. In 1955, she graduated from
Murdock High School.
Louise worked at National Seat Company
in Winchendon for many years. She also
had worked at Bard Medical in Fitzwilliam.
Louise enjoyed quilting and crafting with
her sister Shirley and friends at the United
Parish in Winchendon. A former summer
resident of Kennebunk, ME, she enjoyed
walking the beaches of Maine collecting seashells, driftwood and pieces of worn glass.
Her greatest enjoyment was spending time
with her family and making special gifts for
each of them for the holidays.
She leaves her husband of 57 years,
Raymond F. Botti; her children, Anthony
R. Botti and his wife Theresa of Charlotte,
NC, Brenda M. Botti of Winchendon, Lisa
A. Drouin and her husband Michael of
Noblesville, IN and Christopher B. Botti and
his wife Simone of Davenport, FL; a sister,
Harriet M. Williams of Ocala, FL; a brother Richard A. Bosworth of Winchendon;
seven grandchildren: Danielle Richard,
Amy Moury, Maria McCaffrey, Matthew
Botti, Donald Cloutier III, Samantha Drouin
and Abigail Drouin; six great grandchildre:,
Rebeckah, Tanner, Elise, Lindsey, Owen
and John, as well as nephews and nieces.
Twin sons, Wayne F. Botti and Warren L.
Botti; a brother, Louis C. Bosworth Jr., and
a sister, Shirley M. Tardiff, preceded her in
A Memorial service was held Thursday,
March 6 in Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home
(, 343 Central St.,
Burial in Riverside Cemetery will be held
a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to
Gardner Visiting Nursing Healthcare
Hospice, 34 Pearly Lane, Gardner, MA 01440.
Arleen M. (Dumais) Marashio, 81
SOMERSWORTH — Arleen M. (Dumais)
Marashio, age 81, of Lancaster formerly
of Westminster and Somersworth, died
Thursday, February 27, 2014 in Dodge Park
Rest Home, Worcester after an illness.
She leaves her high school sweetheart
and husband of 63 years, Peter J. Marashio;
four children: Donna Sapienza and her husband, Robert, of Newtown, CT, Catherine
Markham and her husband, John, of
Winchendon, Paula Frasso and her husband, Peter, of Bedford, and Peter Marashio,
III, and his wife, Beth, of Leominster; a
sister, Ann Marie Foltz, and her husband,
John, of Arizona; nine grandchildren: Lisa,
Stephen, John and Evan Sapienza, Colleen
Markham, Anthony and Peter Frasso, Peter
Marashio, IV, and Antonia Marashio; a
nephew, Christopher Smith; and a niece,
Carrie Francis.
Arleen was born in Rochester, and raised
in Somersworth, daughter of Philip and
Flora (Charette) Dumais. She was a graduate of Somersworth High School, Class
of 1950. Prior to relocating to Lancaster
more than three years ago, she resided in
Westminster for 34 years.
Before raising her family, Arleen worked
for several years as an executive secretary
at General Electric.
She was a member of St. John the Guardian
of Our Lady Parish, Clinton, was a talented
seamstress, enjoyed crafts, and loved to travel, which she and Peter did extensively. One
of the most memorable trips was in 1994,
when they were able to attend the Winter
Olympics, held in Lillehammer, Norway.
Arleen’s funeral was held Saturday,
March 1, 2014, with a Mass in St. John
the Evangelist Church, 80 Union St.,
Clinton, Mass. Burial followed in St. John’s
Cemetery, Lancaster, Mass.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that
memorial donations be made to a cause near
and dear to Arleen’s heart: the Jimmy Fund,
c/o Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box
849168, Boston, Mass. 02284-9168.
McNally & Watson Funeral Home, 304
Church St., Clinton is directing arrangements.
Learning to trust...
“God has given me little
that I might learn to trust
Him more.” Those are the
words of Marta Torres.
Marta is not a pious,
Latina saint from yesteryear. She is an impoverished, middle-aged mother
of two from El Salvador.
Yet, if holiness is measured by maintaining faith
within great difficulty,
Marta is indeed a saint. I
first met Marta while standing on a street in the city
of San Salvador next to her
house. To be fair, the street
was more of a sidewalk and
her home more like the
corrugated tin clubhouse I
built with my friends when
we were children. I learned
that she had built her house
when she was a child as well
— almost 40 years earlier —
and she still lived in it.
It was the late 1970s.
Marta was a child living
on the streets, having been
abandoned by her parents
in the midst of El Salvador’s
brutal civil war. She found
an empty corner in a poor
neighborhood and began collecting cast off pieces of lumber and tin to build herself
a hovel. Rusted metal, termite-infested timbers, cockroaches as big as your hand,
no appliances, no sanitation,
no floor, and in the Central
American rainy season the
dirt floor of her home would
flow with knee-deep water,
sewage, and mud. But given
her desperate station in life,
it was a roof over her head,
and eventually a roof over
her two daughters’ heads as
well. Marta was discovered
by an American missionary
who felt that something had
to be done to help. Marta
reluctantly agreed. The portrayal of the poor as parasitic opportunists looking for
an easy handout is patently false. Marta didn’t have
much, but she had survived
all these years by standing
on her own two feet. It was
the prospect of her daughters living in an improvised
shack for decades, as she
had, that opened her heart
to receive help.
Thus, I found myself
plunged into Marta’s story
with a dozen other US
Americans. We tore down
her old shack, placed a
foundation and floor, raised
walls, and put on a roof.
We insulated and painted,
installed a toilet, constructed a fence around the home
for her safety, and poured
a little concrete porch. The
Torres ladies sank their
hands into the fresh cement,
marking the occasion with
the date. Finally, we gathered in a circle as all the
neighbors looked on (including the local gang leaders),
dedicated the home to God,
thanked him for bringing
us all together in a glorious
orchestra of grace, and handed Marta the keys. When it
rained like a monsoon later
in the week, Marta and her
daughters slept warm and
dry in new beds (the first
they ever owned), without a
drop of rain on their heads
or a speck of mud on their
In the end, what Marta
gained was miniscule compared to what my friends and
I received. As we worked,
the joy dripped off our
cheeks tasting of the words
of Jesus: “It is more blessed
to give than to receive.” I
also learned that faith like
Marta’s, nearly impossible
to understand, is even more
impossible to emulate. As
a middle-class American, I
have infinitely more material means than Marta; I
have more than most of the
world. Faith, to someone
like me, is more often a
spiritual concept rather
than a living reality. It is
something invoked when
life is simply not going
my way, rather than a
sustaining power within
desperation. Simply put,
I don’t have faith like
Marta because I’ve never
had to employ such faith.
My life, though not without
its challenges, by comparison has been quite comfortable, and comfort does not
grow faith. Faith, like any
muscle, grows by means of
use, application, and exercise.
“God has given me little
that I might learn to trust
Him more.” We who have
been given much might
learn a great deal from those
with such faith. Certainly,
we can alleviate their sufferings. And to be sure, they
just might save our souls.
Ronnie McBrayer has been
a pastor, chaplain, leader in
social justice ministries, and
a writer. He holds degrees
in Christian education and
theology, with post-graduate studies in bio-ethics and
critical incident stress management. His post-Katrina
relief work with Habitat
for Humanity was featured
by the CBS Evening News
and the New York Times.
McBrayer’s weekly newspaper column, “Keeping the
Faith,” began as a devotional article for his local newspaper. It is now nationally
syndicated with a circulation of more than six million
Friday, March, 7, 2014
Winchendon Courier
Travel teams take area titles
weekend was a banner
one for Winchendon’s fifth
grade girls and sixth grade
boys travel basketball teams
as both captured area championships and advanced to
tomorrow’s Central Mass
regional semi finals, hoping
to earn a berth in Sunday’s
title games.
Neither team had an easy
time at Murdock’s gym last
Saturday, the boys scraping past Littleton, 31-28 and
the girls escaping an 11-10
nailbiter over Maynard. But
those triumphs were enough
to get them into the next
round, the boys responding
on Sunday with a 46-36 semi
final win over Maynard in
Tammy St. Pierre photos
In the game against Maynard, height made little difference when
you can fly!
a game at Ayer and then,
hours later, dispatching
Oakmont 35-22 in the finals,
reversing an earlier season
The girls trailed at the
half in Sunday’s Central
Mass North title game but
rallied strongly as the top
seed to beat second seed
Mahar 30-17.
Saturday’s victory was
an ugly one for Coach Rob
Allard’s fifth graders who
had cruised through a 9-1
regular season. With three
and a half minutes remaining in the first half, the local
quint held a 6-0 advantage
but nearly saw their edge
evaporate as Maynard had
two chances to take the
lead in the waning seconds but couldn’t convert
those opportunities and
Winchendon was able to run
out the final 11 seconds.
Things started poorly
Sunday as Mahar jumped
out to an 8-1 lead but by
halftime, Winchendon was
within two at 13-11. Then in
the second stanza, Allard’s
team outscored Mahar 19-4
to seal the win.
“We had our best half of
the season when we needed
it most,” exulted Allard. The
coach’s daughter Lexi led
the scoring with 13 points
while Amber Colcord added
six and Becca Graves four,
but Rob Allard was focused
primarily on defense.
“Izzy Stakely put on a
defensive gem, shutting
down their leading scorer
all day long,” he enthused..
“I am so proud of these
girls. What a battle it was.
This is absolutely as cool
as any football win,” noted
the former Murdock varsity
gridiron coach.
“These girls showed
what they’re made of,” said
Allard, whose team will face
to an opponent determined
after press time tomorrow
at Quabbin.
The roster includes Lexi
Allard, Nicole Becotte,
Allie Cobiski, Colcord,
Ari Dibble, Colby Gallant,
Graves, Megan Knight,
Kaleigh Lauziere, Hannah
Lowe, Stakely, and Cassie
“Every one of them contributed at different times,”
Rob Allard remarked.
“There’s no substitute for
hard work.”
The boys got 15 points
from Ross O’Toole and
Antonio Stakely and seven
from Primo Dellasanta in
their semi-final triumph
over Maynard. O’Toole hit
a key three pointer coming
down the stretch to give
Winchendon some breathing room.
Gavin Oakley and Alec
Barrows contributed four
points apiece.
That game was played on
Sunday so the local young-
lost to Oakmont. It was a
great day for us.”
O’Toole and Stakely were
again the leading scorers,
this time with 14 points but
the key proved to be the excellent defense and rebounding
efforts. Dellasanta, Logan
Huff, Zach Savard and Greg
Downing all turned in crucial contributions and the
boys, many of whom played
on Murdock’s Mini Devils
middle school team in the
recently concluded season,
moved on to tomorrow’s 3:45
p.m. Central Mass semi-final against a South Central
team. The championship
game will be played Sunday
at Nashoba.
sters didn’t get much of a
rest when they had to face
Oakmont the same afternoon. Winchendon had lost
the regular season contest,
but as any basketball or
football coach can attest,
sweeping a team is never
Boys’ Coach Ross O’Toole
was delighted.
“Wow,” he exclaimed.
“You go into someone else’s
gym not even close to being
the top seed and you come
away with the whole thing.”
O’Toole enthused, “I can’t
say enough about these kids
and especially the guard
play we got. We really took
it to both teams, Maynard
and Oakmont. That’s tough
to do on the same day, especially since we’d already
Up against Littleton, close defense meant paying close attention too.
Winter sports awards honor athletes
Tammy St. Pierre photos
The four senior girls on the basketball team were recognized. From left: Arielle
Whitaker, Morgan St. Pierre, Amber Brown and Autumn Brown.
WINCHENDON — A celebration of winter sports and the distribution of awards
were the primary reasons Murdock High
School’s sports community came together at the American Legion Tuesday night,
but every coach echoed the same theme
during their remarks: they strongly support Athletic Director Jenna Whittaker and
don’t want to see her position eliminated.
Those endorsements punctuated an evening during which girls’ varsity basketball
Coach Jim Abare stole the show by delivering much of a stand-up comedy routine
before turning serious and one at which
every team was recognized as having qualified for academic excellence awards, led by
the girls’ indoor track team, which received
the gold award for a composite 3.29 gpa.
Abare took note of that, poking fun at a
former student of his at Gardner High, boys’
basketball coach Steve Ringer, jokingly noting it was good that Ringer’s gpa wasn’t
included in the team scores, adding that if
his own gpa had been counted, “we’d have
had to give back the awards,” he said, drawing laughter from the assemblage of athletes
and parents.
“Give me a microphone and I just ramble
on even though I don’t really say anything,”
he continued, adding, “the kids were fabulous and Jenna is a shining example of what
this community is about.”
“These kids and I were new to each other
and after three weeks, they gave me a fiveway bypass,” Abare cackled to uproarious
laughter, referencing his January surgery.
As was his tradition when coaching at
Gardner, Abare didn’t hand out specific
awards, focusing instead on his four seniors.
“The first word that comes to mind when I
think of Morgan St. Pierre is ‘passion.’ She
wears that passion on her sleeve and that’s
the way she played. I was like her when I
was playing here at Murdock. I saw myself
“When I think about Ariele Whittaker, I
think ‘courage.’ This was her first year playing, and it took courage to go back out there
every day. You have to respect it when you
have the courage to do that.
“The other two,” he said, referring to
Amber and Autumn Brown, “their enthusiasm — they’d be out there flying around and
sometimes I didn’t know what the hell they
were doing, so they’d sit down for a minute
and then go back out there and were flying
around up and down the floor again.”
Abare added, “you seniors — you laid
the foundation. You were a credit to your
school, your community, and most impor-
tantly, to yourselves. Three cheer awards went to Most Improved Aliana Burgess, MVP to Frances Coaches awards were presented to brothers
Hunter and Austin Russell.
You should be proud Castro and Coaches Award to Haley Lemieux.
of yourselves. You
underclassmen — I’ll
be back with you next year but all of you
need to remember — you have a great
high school. Don’t ever let anybody put you
down. Ever,” he reminded the athletes in
the room.
“I can’t top that,” Ringer acknowledged,
“so I won’t even try. I do want to say that
we are taking steps forward in our athletics
and a lot of that is due to our AD. Jenna’s
doing a great job. As for our basketball
program, we didn’t get off to the best start
and we were always the smallest team in
Central Mass but teams respected us as the
year went on.”
The Coaches Award went to Jack
Murphy. “Jack struggled early but went on
fire towards the end of the year. In the last The winter track team earned honors including Emily Roberts (Iron Woman), Felicia Ingman (Most
five games, he averaged 22 points to be ninth Improved), Joshua Ramsay (Most Improved), Daniel Fournier (Coaches Award), Drew Pelkey (MVP) and
in Mid Wach in scoring,” said Ringer.
Brianna Dellachaie (MVP).
Hunter Russell was tabbed for the Most
Improved honor. The eighth leading scorer port for one another all the time. We had a that honor went to seventh grader Emily
in the league, Ringer said of Russell, “Not rule there were going to be no electronics Roberts. “She’s going to do a great job in the
only did Hunter do a great job for us, where except on the bus, and these kids were there future for us,” Findley asserted.
other teams had to be aware of where he was for each other. The parents too. We appreciAssistant Principal Josh Romano, promall the time, he’ll be representing our school ate everyone. The meets can last anywhere ising to be brief, (“I know you’re all hunthis spring when he goes to the Netherlands from three to eight hours.” he noted, adding, gry”), opened the event by noting, “these
as part of a New England team. We’re really “this wasn’t our best season but I really are moments we get to celebrate. Last week
proud of him,” Ringer remarked.
enjoyed it. We focused on individual suc- we had the breakfast and the academic
Cheer Coach Amy Dupuis was emphatic cesses and we were winners when we did.”
awards assembly. Tonight we celebrate our
in saying, “we need Jenna full-time” and
He had special praise for senior Brianna athletes. Murdock kids do great things,” he
urged the crowd to show their support at the Dellechiaie who, in her next to last start, was said.
March 13 School Committee meeting.
called for a false start. The coach recalled
Whittaker expressed appreciation to the
“In 18 years of coaching,” she said, “I’ve consoling Dellechiaie and reminded her she administration and thanked athletic secrenever had anything like this happen,” not- had ‘another race in 15 minutes’.” He said tary Debbie Connelly “for being the backing the season began with 12 members on he was sitting with Brianna’s mom in the bone of the athletic program.” Dupuis later
her squad that attrition eventually whittled stands and could hardly bear to watch the also cited Connelly as “being receptive to
down to “the super seven. They never gave start of that finale. But all went smoothly my emergencies and I had them, believe
up. They stepped up. We don’t have a sec- and on Tuesday, Findley was reflective as me,” she said. Whittaker acknowledged the
ond string. Our kids — I give them so much he quoted from a letter Dellechiaie wrote support of the Boosters as well, “for their
credit for sticking together. When we were him. “I’m not going to read it all here dedication to Murdock sports.”
down to eight, I was just hoping we could get because I won’t be able to stand it,” he
through the next 48 hours without any more acknowledged while expressing apprecialosses. We couldn’t, but these ‘super seven’ tion and gratitude to the departing senior,
hung in there together. I’m really proud of who earned the Girls MVP award. Drew
Pelkey, “who’s going to have a great spring
Dupuis also thanked her assistant coach, season,” predicted Findley was named MVP
daughter Selena, by noting, “coaching with of the boys team.
the crazy mom wasn’t always fun.”
Dan Fournier won the boys Coaches
The cheering Coaches Award went to Award. “There were times when he had
Haley Lemieux, Most Improved to Aliana team meetings. He told me to leave — that
Burgess and the MVP honor to Frances he’d handle things,” Findley remarked.
Josh Ramsey won the boys Most Improved
Track awards finished the evening with honor while Felicia Ingman took that same
Coach Anthony Findley promising not to award on the girls’ side.
“run too long,” and beginning his remarks
Track has a special award known as
by saying “Jenna has done nothing but the “Iron Woman” where an athlete comCOURIER
improve our sports program.”
petes in as many as 12 different events and
Findley stressed,”our kids showed sup-
Our local news coverage is
Friday, March, 7, 2014
Winchendon Courier
Just wait and see: AD’s position
Last Thursday, after my phone,
email, and Facebook message page
all blew up with warnings the School
Committee was going to discuss the
potential elimination of the athletic
director position at Murdock High
school during its meeting that night, I
resolved to explore that issue in depth
in this essay.
But then, of course, nothing happened. That specific subject never
came up.
To be sure, the debate that has raged for
the last week over the AD job is only part
of a larger discussion. Other positions are
at risk as well, but since this is a sports
column, when and if the time comes, we’ll
focus on that topic then. For now let me say
that eliminating the position entirely would
send a message that sports aren’t important
and since no one presumably thinks that,
I don’t anticipate the job disappearing. In
the meantime, the School Committee meets
again next Thursday. Let’s see what happens before we jump to any conclusions.
Fair enough?
We can jump to the conclusion that the
Athlete of the Week award has been a success and big-time thanks are due Nancy
Monette at Subway for sponsoring it. There
was the one parent who told me their family didn’t need an AOW award or even to
be mentioned in the newspaper at all for
the accomplishments to be validated, and
while that’s undeniably true, they
alking didn’t have their
kid turn down an
ports AOW designation,
either. I’m betting
they got their free
sub and kept the
certificate handed
out by AD Jenna
Whittaker. Make
what you will of
that! By and large though, athletes and
parents alike of the several dozen kids honored since September have responded with
enthusiasm and excitement and that’s been
gratifying to see. We’ll pick it up next month
when baseball, softball, and spring track
begin their seasons.
Speaking of Jenna, while she, like all of
us, has her critics, it says here she deserves
a lot of credit for some of the hires she’s
made the last couple years. When John
Maliska stepped down as girls’ varsity basketball coach, it took some guts to bring on
board someone older than even me! Jim
Abare has brought an impressive resume`
(17 post season appearances in 21 years over
at Gardner) and infectious energy to the
program. It was truly a huge coup to get him
to come to his alma mater. At the same time,
it’s good and should be appreciated that
John has stayed involved with Murdock
sports. There are ways to contribute beyond
coaching. When Rob Allard resigned as
varsity football coach (more on him later),
along came Andy Dupuis. Enough said.
Ross O’Toole is in the midst of rebuilding
the girls soccer program and Kieron Smith
instilled some badly needed discipline to
the boys soccer program. Randy Tenney has
kept the softball program humming along
and the Lady Devils will be seeking a seventh straight post-season berth this spring.
Oft-times the success of a program begins
with coaches and Jenna’s found some really
good ones.
Also really good last weekend were
the fifth grade girls and sixth grade boys
travel basketball teams. Winners of their
respective Central Massachusetts North
titles, both have semi-final games tomorrow against the representatives from the
South region. Rob Allard coaches those
fifth graders and told me, as you can read
elsewhere in these pages, last Sunday’s victory was as “cool” as any football triumph.
It wasn’t easy for the girls to get this far.
Even after a 9-1 regular season, they barely
got by Maynard last Saturday and were
down on Sunday to Mahar before rallying.
Rob’s done a good job building a cohesive
unit. Ross coaches the boys and his team
had to win twice Sunday to reach tomorrow’s bracket, and that included needing to
reverse a regular-season loss to Oakmont.
They did what they had to do and while
there weren’t a whole lot of varsity hoop
wins, the pipeline looks good, if those kids
stick around.
Next Sunday, America’s infatuation with
gambling (merely in theory, of course) peaks
with the assembling of the field for the
NCAA basketball tournament, aka “March
Madness.” As a devout Maryland fan, I
will be watching objectively as the brackets
are unveiled because barring an extremely
unlikely sweep through their final ACC
tournament, the Terps will again be on the
outside looking in. I’m not entirely sure
even an NIT invitation will be in the mail
after a season of way too many close losses.
It’s been 12 years since that singular national title and a decade since the last ACC
crown and the move to the Big Ten next
year doesn’t look fun from here. As I write,
Wichita State has followed up its Final Four
appearance from a year ago with a 31-0 season so far this winter. The Shockers are one
of a bunch of teams with legitimate championship aspirations. I liked Syracuse when
the season began and while the Orange have
endured a tough last two weeks finding out
what many of us already knew: visiting
Tobacco Road is unlike going anywhere else
in America; it’d be ridiculous to rule them
out. Do I expect to have a rooting interest?
Sure. Whomever plays Duke. And North
Carolina. It’s how I was raised. See you next
ST. PAT’S RACE Kick off your St. Patrick’s Day
celebration with the third annual
Harbour Shamrock Shuffle 5 Mile
Race. Come dressed in your best
Irish gear and get ready to celebrate the holiday with a scenic
run through Winchendon, beginning and ending at the Harbour
Restaurant on Maple Street.
Price to register is now $40 per
athlete. Register at
All of the proceeds benefit the
programs and services of the Clark
Memorial YMCA.
Kids can get into the fun as
well with The Leprechaun Chase!
Immediately following the 5 Mile
Race, kids can participate in this
fun 100 yard dash to catch the
Leprechaun. This kids race is completely FREE and you can register
at the Y or online at
winchendon-ma/running. For
more information call the Y at
(978) 297-9622.
Hunting and sporting license
holders: is your email listed in
the MassFishHunt electronic
license system? If not, go online
now and enter it if you want to
participate in future hunter surveys from MassWildlife. By the
time you read this, the Division
of Fisheries and Wildlife, through
Novi Systems, will have begun
sending out an electronic hunter
survey to all hunters who have
included an email address in their
MassFishHunt profile. Surveys
are being sent out in batches
through the end of March.
The survey is designed to understand hunter efforts and preferences and to collect important
local “on-the-ground” information for managing game in the
Commonwealth. Depending on
the variety of game you hunt, the
survey takes anywhere from 10-20
minutes to complete. The survey
is set up so all responses remain
anonymous. (Identifying informa-
NOTEScontinued from page A­­­ 4
his close friend and companion, a Labrador named Lucy.
He was patient and caring in
his dealings with her. She was
known to steal his food, bark at
him, and try always to be in the
lead when they walked. While
he endured these bad behaviors
on her part, he himself continued to model the behavior of a
gentleman dog.
During his summers on
Prince Edward Island, he tried
to swim every day in the ocean.
He was proud of his athletic
build, and he worked out regularly. He was fond of the waves
but particularly liked fetching
sticks his masters would throw
out into the ocean. It was his
custom, on returning from the
beach, to take an outdoor shower back at the cottage and get
dried off, followed by a snooze
in the sun.
On the island Bailey chose to
sleep every night in one of the
two closets in the master bedroom. Lucy slept in the other.
And they definitely had dibs on
the closet each liked best.
One of the great qualities displayed in his life was loyalty.
No matter how comfortable, he
would get up and follow his masters around the house whenever they moved. He slept in their
bedroom and guarded them
against intruders. He met their
guests at the door. He could be
relied on to advise when the
tion such as email and IP address
are not recorded.)
Within the next few weeks,
any sporting or hunting license
holder with an email address in
the MassFishHunt system should
receive an email invitation from
Novi Survey with a link to the survey. Be sure to check your spam
or junk folder for any emails from
Novi Survey in case it is flagged
by your security system. The link
you are provided is assigned to
each email address, therefore you
should not forward the invitation
to others as the survey can only
be filled out once. A reminder will
be emailed to those license holders
who have not responded within
a week. In order to receive future
surveys, log in to
massfishhunt and provide your
email address.
On Tuesday, Feb. 18 the
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial
Court ruled that the Division of
Fisheries and Wildlife’s long-standing regulations for mapping and
regulating development in Priority
Habitat of state listed species are
a reasonable implementation of
the Massachusetts Endangered
Species Act. The SJC’s decision in
this case, Pepin v. DFW, upheld an
earlier Superior Court ruling that
MESA authorized the agency to
review projects in Priority Habitat
and to limit or require mitigation
for impacts that may threaten species’ survival.
MESA is designed
to prevent extinction and promote
recovery of animals and plants
listed in the Commonwealth as
endangered, threatened, or of
special concern. In the lawsuit,
William and Marlene Pepin challenged DFW’s delineation of their
property in Hampden as Priority
Habitat for the Eastern box turtle, and sought an order striking down all of DFW’s Priority
Habitat regulations as beyond
the agency’s authority under
By upholding the Priority
mailman had delivered, and he
was especially concerned about
keeping to a strict schedule.
Bailey liked to have dinner
served at four o’clock sharp.
Wherever his masters might
be in the house at four o’clock,
he would be at their feet looking up into their faces with the
urgent suggestion that they had
best hurry or dinner would be
He liked to follow the sun.
He had mastered just which
windows provided the best and
warmest sun light throughout
the day and would place himself
in a spot on the rug in a pool of
warm sunlight in front of each
of those windows at the best
time of day.
He and his masters loved
thunderstorms and looked forward to sitting on the porch
and listening to the thunder
and watching the lightning.
Bailey was also fond of snow
and particularly liked burying
his snout in it while plowing
He liked riding in the car
and had mastered being able to
make an 11 hour drive to PEI
with only one stop along the
There will not be a wake
and burial will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of bones, memorial
gifts can be sent to the ASPCA,
or you can just love your own
pet a little more this week.
If you would care to read my
BLOG, access it at blair-notes.
Habitat regulations, the SJC
recognized that the Legislature
authorized DFW to do what it has
done for the past 20 years — take
reasonable steps to protect all
rare species and to guard against
“takes” that kill or injure rare animals and plants, or harm rare animals by disrupting nesting, breeding, feeding, and migration. The
SJC affirmed that DFW’s Priority
Habitat regulations “serve to
implement the existing statutory provision prohibiting takes of
State-listed species, which is critical to the operation of MESA as a
whole” and are “designed to facilitate property development, albeit
in an environmentally sensitive
manner.” The SJC’s decision
also upheld DFW’s delineation of
the Pepins’ property as Priority
Eagle and other wildlife enthusiasts are asked to save April 4 to
participate in the statewide spring
Bald Eagle survey. This effort will
include a concentrated survey of
the major rivers, lakes, and reservoirs across the Commonwealth.
Organized by MassWildlife, the
survey will be conducted by agency staff and volunteers. Teams
will be checking known eagle
territories and exploring areas
with potential eagle habitat to
try to locate “new” eagle nests.
If inclement weather prevents
the survey on April 4, the backup date is April 11. Additionally,
MassWildlife encourages anyone
to submit eagle sightings throughout the spring by email to [email protected] or by
postal service to “Eagle Survey,”
MassWildlife, Natural Heritage
& Endangered Species Program,
100 Hartwell St. Suite 230, West
Boylston, MA 01583.
This is the second annual
Spring Bald Eagle Survey, replacing MassWildlife’s long-standing
Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey. “Now that Bald Eagle numbers
have greatly increased and have
been removed from the Federal
Endangered Species List, the need
to monitor nationwide populations
has been reduced,” said Andrew
Vitz, MassWildlife’s state ornithologist. “At the same time, the
number of eagles has increased
across the Commonwealth. The
spring eagle survey helps us
more closely monitor eagle breeding, nesting, and distribution in
Young adults ages12-17 who
have successfully completed
Hunter Education are invited to
participate in this annual program, which provides young hunters with an opportunity to:
Learn how to properly handle
and shoot a shotgun for turkey
Participate in a field workshop
that provides specialized training
in turkey hunting and safety; and
Hunt wild turkey under the
guidance of a safe, experienced
adult hunter serving as a mentor
on a special day set aside just for
young adults.
The Young Adult Turkey Hunt
is comprised of two parts, the prehunt turkey seminar, hosted by
sportsmens’ clubs across the state,
and the hunt itself. This year’s
youth hunt will be April 26. If
you are interested in participating please contact Astrid Huseby
at [email protected] or
check out to
find a club near you.
Important information for
returning YATH participants:
1. Young turkey hunters who
have successfully completed the
YATH Program in a previous year
who plan to hunt on April 26 must
first apply to MassWildlife by
completing the Past Participant
Application. The application
must be postmarked by April
18. Applications may be mailed
or dropped off at: “Youth Turkey
Permit,” MassWildlife FHQ,
100 Hartwell St. Suite 230, West
Boylston, MA, 01583.
2. YATH Permits will NOT be
mailed to youth hunters. After
completion of the past participant application, all youths must
obtain the Youth Turkey Hunt
permit through the MassFishHunt
3. All youths who harvest a turkey on the Youth Turkey Hunt
date of April 26, must report
their harvest either online on
MassFishHunt or at a traditional game check station within 48
hours of harvest.
4. Youths 15-17 years old are
reminded that in order to hunt
turkeys on the Youth Hunt date,
a hunting/sporting license, and
a turkey permit with the Youth
Turkey Completion Certificate
listed are required. Youth hunters
are also reminded that they cannot purchase a license by home
computer; they can only purchase
a hunting/sporting license at a
walk-in license vendor.
For further information on
the Youth Turkey Hunt, contact
Astrid Huseby at (508) 389-6305 or
email her at [email protected]
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Public hearing on tourism in Worcester Monday
REGION — State Representative
Cory Atkins (D-Concord) and
Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives
(D-Newburyport) co-chairs of the
Joint Committee on Tourism,
Arts, and Cultural Development
announced the committee will
hold its next public hearing and
listening tour stop in the central
Massachusetts region on Monday,
March 10.
The committee will convene
its public hearing at the Hanover
Theatre at 10 a.m. Representatives
from the committee, state legislators, the Massachusetts Cultural
Office of Travel and Tourism,
and the Central Massachusetts
Convention and Visitors Bureau
will join community members,
artists, and local business owners
to discuss the economic impact the
arts, culture, and tourism have on
the central Massachusetts region.
“Central Massachusetts has a
wealth of arts and cultural institutions,” said Atkins. “These institutions drive the cultural and tourism sectors, both of which contribute to the state’s economy. I look
forward to learning more about
the ways in which these sectors
impact Massachusetts’ residents
and their communities.”
O’Connor Ives said, “Tourism
is a thriving industry and is made
up of many local, small businesses. I’m focused on strategies and
opportunities to grow this industry. I look forward to visiting the
central Massachusetts area and
listening to the stakeholders in
the sectors of tourism, arts and
culture on the challenges and
successful approaches in these
important areas of our economy.”
As a part of its state-wide lis-
tening tour, the Joint Committee
on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural
Development has held public
hearings and site visits on the
South Coast, Merrimac Valley,
Berkshires and in the Metrowest
region. Future hearings will
take place in Boston, Martha’s
Vineyard and Nantucket.
Tourism is recognized as the
third largest revenue-producing
industry in Massachusetts with a
$3.6 billion payroll across 124,700
jobs. In 2011, 21.3 million people
visited Massachusetts and spent
$16.9 billion, according to the
Massachusetts Office of Travel
and Tourism. Tourist surveys consistently indicate that arts, culture, and history are among the
top reasons for choosing to visit
the state. Non-profit cultural organizations employ nearly 18,000
Massachusetts residents, generating $28 million in payroll taxes
and $1.2 billion in annual in-state
Please RSVP to Mia Haringstad;
[email protected] or
call (508) 755 7400 x 221.
was telling me I shouldn’t be eating them. Must’ve been the guilt,
I assume. Ha. But they were still
appreciated as a treat and afterwards I wasn’t craving them the
way I had been. So it was okay. See
what I mean about moderation?
I had a single slice of pizza
the entire basketball season.
One. Believe me, plenty of people will attest to that. Instead, I
brought healthier food with me
this year, especially on those quadruple-header days/nights. People
will attest to that, too. I’ve learned
the hard way that, for better or
worse, I don’t get to do things
anonymously. I don’t eat pie at all
anymore. I haven’t had a fast food
burger in more than nine years.
I eat lots of fish and veggies. My
cholesterol is perfect, likely better
than almost everyone I know.
Still, my experience is a warning for everyone. We all talk about
how we should eat healthier, exercise more, and so on. But life tends
to get complicated and hectic and
the best laid plans and all that,
That’s true but everyone knows
we have a health crisis in this
country. It’s a positive that the
McD’s and BK’s and Wendy’s of
the world are offering healthier
choices. It’s a positive that many
schools are improving lunch
options and are getting rid of soda
and candy machines. On the other
hand, kids, especially younger
kids, aren’t getting enough exercise in school. Elementary schools
everywhere are severely cutting
gym back or cutting it out entirely.
This is very bad, very stupid policy for which there is no rational
I thought the efforts of former New York mayor Michael
Bloomberg to limit the size of those
huge sugary drinks and take on
other social health issues as well
deserved applause, respect, and
support, but in the real world the
overwhelming majority of us don’t
want “the government” telling us
we can’t have a Big Gulp from
7-11. So be it. Besides, a lot of this,
most of it in fact, really does come
down to personal responsibility.
Eat smarter. If I can do it, anyone
can do it. Trust me on this. Find
a little time to exercise. Spring
really is almost here — Daylight
Savings Time starts tomorrow
night. I’ve resolved to walk a little
more. Riley and I can both use the
exercise. I bet you can find 10 minutes or so to do the same.
Could I have avoided the events
of that morning nine years ago
today? I have no idea, but had I
been brighter beforehand, I imagine I would have perhaps bettered
my chances of not getting as sick
as I did. Granted, there are, of
course, those who do all the right
things and still have heart problems for an infinite variety of
reasons anyway, but the smarter
we are about doing those right
things, the better our odds will be.
After all, I wouldn’t wish that day
on anyone. No way. See you next
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for everyone — but in 2005 I hadn’t
yet learned to manage it very well.
I wasn’t exercising much. In short,
I was a prime candidate.
I do better now. I really do.
Much better. I handle stress better. I don’t get enough exercise,
but on balance, my diet’s certainly improved a million fold. Yes,
every Tuesday I have meat loaf for
lunch at Lisa’s Central Diner; yes,
a couple weeks ago, on a very long
Sunday at travel basketball, I was
given chocolate chip cookies, but
that was a rare event and everything is okay in moderation, right?
Ironically, within 24 hours, the
very person who gave them to me
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service — after meeting with all the principals involved
— that he’s never been presented with a more complete
proposal than ours.”
Resnik said a decision is expected within two weeks of
Monday’s hearing, which was attended by about 20 other
“This is a very fluid situation right now where no one
Premises: 74 Lancaster Road,
Clinton, Massachusetts
440 School Street,
Winchendon, Massachusetts
By virtue and in execution of the Power of Sale contained in a certain mortgage
given by Judith E. Vaghini a/k/a Judith H.
Vaghini to Athol-Clinton Cooperative Bank,
dated December 14, 2006, and duly recorded with the Worcester District Registry
of Deeds, Book 40374, Page 98, of which
mortgage the undersigned, Hometown
Bank, a Cooperative Bank, as successor
in interest by merger with Athol-Clinton
Cooperative Bank (for Articles of Merger,
see Worcester District Registry of Deeds
at Book 47293, Page 176), is the present
holder, for breach of conditions contained
in said Mortgage and for the purpose of
foreclosing the same: (a) that portion of the
said mortgaged premises being known as
and located at 74 Lancaster Road, Clinton,
Massachusetts will be sold at Public Auction at 11:00 A.M. on the 4th day of April,
2014 at or upon that portion of the mortgaged premises known as and located at 74
Lancaster Road, Clinton, Massachusetts,
and (b) that portion of the said mortgaged
premises being known as and located at
440 School Street, Winchendon, Massachusetts will be sold at Public Auction at
2:00 P.M. on the 4th day of April, 2014 at or
upon that portion of the mortgaged premises known as and located at 440 School
Street, Winchendon, Massachusetts, both
properties, as described below, being the
premises described in said mortgage, together with all the rights, easements, and
appurtenances thereto, to wit:
(a) 74 Lancaster Road, Clinton, MA:
The land with the buildings thereon situated in said Clinton bounded and described
as follows:
Beginning at a point in the westerly line
of Lancaster Road at land now or formerly
of Rita T. Clougherty, said point being located N. 23° 30’ 00” W, one hundred forty
(140.0) feet along the westerly line of said
Lancaster Road from the intersection of the
westerly side of said Lancaster Road with
the northerly side of Lorraine Avenue;
Thence running by said Clougherty
land, S 66° 30’ 00” W, 120 feet to a point to
land now or formerly of Schwartz;
Thence running by said Schwartz land,
N 23° 30’ 00” W, 120 feet to a point at other
land of Carl Vaghini, et ux;
Thence running by said Carl Vaghini
et ux land, N 66° 30’ 00” E, 120 feet to a
point also in said westerly line of Lancaster
Thence running by said line of Lancaster Road, S 23° 30’ 00” E, 120 feet to the
point of beginning.
Containing 14,400 square feet.
Said lot being parcel labeled H.O. on
a plan of land in Clinton owned by Carl
Vaghini et ux, dated May, 1978, surveyed
by John C. O’Toole, Registered Land Surveyor, and recorded in Plan Book 457, Plan
Being the same premises conveyed
by deed of Carl Vaghini and Elizabeth M.
Vaghini dated October 12, 1978 and recorded with the Worcester District Registry
of Deeds, Book 6616, Page 314.
(b) 440 School Street, Winchendon,
The land with the buildings thereon, located on the westerly line of School Street
in said Winchendon, bounded and described as follows:
BEGINNING at the southeast corner of
the premises herein conveyed and at the
northeast corner of land now or formerly
of one Carr, which corners are distant 90
feet northerly of a Massachusetts Highway
Bound in the westerly line of School Street;
THENCE westerly by said Carr land,
619 feet, more or less, to an iron pipe in an
old road or highway;
THENCE northerly by said old road or
highway, 300 feet, more or less, to an iron
pipe at land now or formerly on one Whitney;
THENCE easterly by said Whitney land,
620 feet, more or less, to an iron pipe in the
westerly line of School Street;
THENCE southerly by the westerly line
of School Street, 300 feet to the place of
Except an easement for poles and wires
granted Winchendon Electric Light and
Power Co., recorded November 17, 1933,
in Book 2596, Page 96, if same affects locus.
BEING the same premises to Judith H.
Vaghini by deed of Carl Vaghini and Elizabeth Vaghini dated January 29, 1982 and
recorded with Worcester District Registry
of Deeds, Book 7410, Page 103, and EXCEPTING from said premises the parcel
shown as Lot “A” on a plan of land prepared for Judith H. Vaghini in Winchendon,
MA dated November 25, 2006, Edmond J.
Boucher, PLS, recorded with Worcester
District Registry of Deeds at Plan 855, Plan
claiming to know really understands how it’s going to play
out,” said Resnik. “It’s all based on legal, political, and public maneuvering. I’m optimistic. We did the right thing in
our application and I think the DPH attorney understood
that. All we can do now is throw all the chips in the air and,
as John Kennedy said, let them fall where they may.”
How politics plays into the issue is anyone’s guess.
On Monday, Gov. Deval Patrick said there was no need to
re-do the selection process, even though it’s been reported
some applicants provided false or misleading information
92, said Lot “A” being the parcel described
in a certain Partial Release dated March
14, 2007 and recorded with Worcester
District Registry of Deeds at Book 40986,
Page 208.
Each of the above-referenced said
premises will be sold and conveyed subject to and with the benefit of any and all
rights, rights of way, mortgages, restrictions, easements, local zoning laws and
regulations, building and code violations,
covenants, improvements, unpaid taxes,
unpaid water and/or sewer bills, outstanding tax titles, municipal or other public
taxes, assessments, federal and state tax
liens, other liens or claims in the nature of
liens, and existing encumbrances of record
created prior to the above-described mortgage, if there be any, or otherwise having
priority over the mortgage described herein, if there be any, and the rights of tenants
and occupants of the mortgaged premises,
if there be any. Each of the above-referenced premises shall also be sold and
conveyed subject to any restrictions of record and rights of redemption for unpaid
federal taxes, if there be any, as shall, notwithstanding this provision, constitute valid
liens or encumbrances thereon after said
sale. The following are liens of record created and recorded prior to the above-described mortgage: As to 74 Lancaster
Road, Clinton, Massachusetts: Mortgage
from Judith E. Vaghini to Athol-Clinton Cooperative Bank dated December 10, 2003
and recorded with Worcester District Registry of Deeds, Book 32449, Page 354.
The highest bidder at each auction sale
shall be required to pay FIVE THOUSAND
and No/100 ($5,000.00) Dollars by certified, bank, treasurer’s or cashier’s check at
the time and place of each of the above-referenced auction sales as a deposit. All bidders at each auction sale must exhibit said
required deposit to the auctioneer immediately prior to each of the auction sales in
order to qualify as a bidder. The balance
of the purchase price at each auction sale
is to be paid by certified, bank, treasurer’s
or cashier’s check within thirty (30) days
after the date of the sale at the offices of
Attorney David E. Silverman, Silverman &
Esposito, 264 Main Street, Oxford, Massachusetts 01540.
The Mortgagee reserves the right to
postpone either or both of the sales to a
later date(s) by public proclamation at the
time and date appointed for the sale(s),
and to further postpone at any adjourned
sale date(s) by public proclamation at the
time and date appointed for the adjourned
sale date(s).
The successful bidder at each auction
sale shall be required to execute a Memorandum of Sale and Terms and Conditions
of Sale at the Auction Sale of which they
are the successful bidder at the conclusion
of the bidding at each such auction sale.
In the event the successful bidder at an
Auction Sale shall default in purchasing
the within described corresponding property according to the terms and conditions
of this Notice of Sale and/or terms of the
Memorandum of Sale executed at the time
of the foreclosure, the Mortgagee reserves
the right to sell the property by foreclosure
deed to the second highest bidder, at its
bid commitment which was made at the
time of the foreclosure sale, providing that
said second highest bidder shall execute a
Memorandum of Sale and Terms and Conditions of Sale and deposit with Mortgagee’s attorney, David E. Silverman, Esquire,
the amount of the required deposit as set
forth herein within five (5) business days
after written notice of the default of the previous highest bidder.
If either of the premises are not serviced
by a public sewage system, the purchaser of each of the premises will be solely
responsible for compliance with all Title V
Regulations, including, but not limited to,
any inspection and upgrade requirements
set forth in 310 CMR (Code of Massachusetts Regulations) 15.300 through 15.305.
The purchaser of each of the premises will be responsible for all closing costs,
state documentary stamps, and recording
The description of each of the properties
contained in the mortgage shall control in
the event of a typographical or clerical error
in this publication.
Other terms and conditions to be announced at the time and place of sale
Present Holder of Said Mortgage
By its Attorney,
David E. Silverman, Esquire
Silverman & Esposito
P.O. Box 245
264 Main Street
Oxford, MA 01540
(508) 987-2707
March 7, 2014
March 14, 2014
March 21, 2014
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on their applications. Patrick pointed out that none of the
applicants approved for the first 20 dispensaries had actually been granted a license.
“I don’t think we gain anything by starting over,” he was
quoted as saying. “No one is going to get a license until we
meet the standards of the application process.”
However, Attorney General Martha Coakley and House
Speaker Robert DeLeo have both said they believe the
selection process should begin anew since it appears applications were not properly vetted.
Richard C. Carey
and to all persons entitled to the benefit of
the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act:, 50
U.S.C. App. §501 et seq.:
JPMorgan Chase Bank, National
claiming to have an interest in a Mortgage
covering real property in Winchendon,
numbered 3 Winter Street, given by Richard C. Carey to Salem Five Mortgage
Company, LLC, dated August 31, 2009,
recorded with the Worcester County
(Worcester District) Registry of Deeds
at Book 44788, Page 354, and now held by
plaintiff by assignment, has/have filed with
this court a complaint for determination of
Defendant’s/Defendants’ Servicemembers
If you now are, or recently have been,
in the active military service of the United
States of America, then you may be entitled to the benefits of the Servicemembers
Civil Relief Act. If you object to a foreclosure of the above-mentioned property on
that basis, then you or your attorney must
file a written appearance and answer in
this court at Three Pemberton Square,
Boston, MA 02108 on or before March
31, 2014 or you will be forever barred from
claiming that you are entitled to the benefits of said Act.
Witness, JUDITH C. CUTLER Chief Justice of this Court on February 11, 2014.
Deborah J. Patterson
March 7, 2014
Joshua A. Gray
Leah E. Parris-Gray
and to all persons entitled to the benefit of
the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act:, 50
U.S.C. App.§501 et seq.:
Nationstar Mortgage LLC,
claiming to have an interest in a Mortgage
covering real property in Winchendon,
numbered 162 Pleasant Street, given by
Joshua A. Gray and Leah E. Parris-Gray
to Mortgage Electronic Registration
Systems, Inc. as nominee for, Reliant
Mortgage Company, LLC, its successors and assigns, dated September 7,
2004, and recorded in Worcester County
(Worcester District) Registry of Deeds in
Book 34557, Page 265, and now held by
plaintiff by assignment, has/have filed with
this court a complaint for determination of
Defendant’s/Defendants’ Servicemembers
If you now are, or recently have been,
in the active military service of the United
States of America, then you may be entitled to the benefits of the Servicemembers
Civil Relief Act. If you object to a foreclosure of the above-mentioned property on
that basis, then you or your attorney must
file a written appearance and answer in this
court at Three Pemberton Square, Boston, MA 02108 on or before April 7, 2014
or you will be forever barred from claiming
that you are entitled to the benefits of said
Witness, JUDITH C. CUTLER Chief
Justice of this Court on February 20, 2014.
Deborah J. Patterson
March 7, 2014
The Winchendon Board of Health (WBOH)
will be holding a hearing regarding revisions to the Youth Access to Tobacco Regulations on March 17, 2014 at Town Hall,
4th fl. 109 Front Street, Winchendon, MA.
Revisions include, but are not limited to
regulating non-FDA approved nicotine delivery devices, a blunt wrap ban, single cigar sales restrictions, & updated wording.
TBOH will hold an open comment period
until 3/31/2014, whereby citizens may submit comments in writing to the WBOH. Copies of these Regulations are available at the
WBOH office, 109 Front St, Winchendon.
March 7, 2014
By virtue and in execution of the Power of
Sale contained in a certain Mortgage given by Bobby Lee Coutu and Khinly Coutu to Mortgage Electronic Registration
Systems, Inc., as nominee for Nationwide
Mortgage Concepts, a Limited Liability Corporation, its successors and assigns, dated February 18, 2010 and recorded with
the Worcester County (Worcester District)
Registry of Deeds at Book 45549, Page
311, subsequently assigned to GMAC
Mortgage, LLC, by Mortgage Electronic
Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for
Nationwide Mortgage Concepts, a Limited
Liability Corporation, its successors and
assigns, by assignment recorded in said
Registry of Deeds in Book 48728, Page
49, subsequently assigned to Ocwen Loan
Servicing, LLC, by GMAC Mortgage, LLC
by assignment recorded in said Registry of
Deeds in Book 51380, Page 121, of which
the Mortgage the undersigned is the present holder, for breach of the conditions
of said Mortgage and for the purpose of
foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 11:00 AM on March 28, 2014
at 385 Maple Street, Winchendon, MA, all
and singular the premises described in said
Mortgage, to wit:
The land referred to herein below is situated in the County of Worcester, State of
Massachusetts, and is described as follows:
A certain parcel of land situated on the
southeasterly side of Maple Street, Route
202, in the northeasterly part of Winchendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts
and being shown as Lot “C-L” on a plan entitled, “Plan of land prepared for Emmett T.
Jeffers, Trustee of E. T. Jeffers Real Estate
Trust, Winchendon, MA, Scale: 1 inch = 50
feet, January 2, 1987, Brian M. Szoc, P.
L. Surveyor, 32 Pleasant Street, Gardner,
MA 01440”, which plan is recorded with
Worcester District Registry of Deeds, Plan
Book 570, Plan 65.
Being the same premises conveyed to
Stephen A. Gasco and Lynn M. Gasco by
Deed of National Transfer Services, LLC
and recorded in Worcester District Registry
of Deeds, Book 44203, Page 145.
Parcel ID: 6A1-0-59
Commonly known as 385 Maple Street,
Winchendon, MA 01475 However, by
showing this address no additional coverage is provided
Upon information and belief, there is an error in the legal description attached to the
mortgage, wherein the lot number is erroneously referenced as Lot “C-L,” while it is
in fact Lot “C-1.”
The premises are to be sold subject to
and with the benefit of all easements, restrictions, building and zoning laws, unpaid
taxes, tax titles, water bills, municipal liens
and assessments, rights of tenants and
parties in possession.
AND 00 CENTS ($5,000.00) in the form of
a certified check or bank treasurer’s check
will be required to be delivered at or before
the time the bid is offered. The successful
bidder will be required to execute a Foreclosure Sale Agreement immediately after the close of the bidding. The balance
of the purchase price shall be paid within
thirty (30) days from the sale date in the
form of a certified check, bank treasurer’s
check or other check satisfactory to Mortgagee’s attorney. The Mortgagee reserves
the right to bid at the sale, to reject any and
all bids, to continue the sale and to amend
the terms of the sale by written or oral announcement made before or during the
foreclosure sale. If the sale is set aside for
any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall
be entitled only to a return of the deposit
paid. The purchaser shall have no further
recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee’s attorney. The
description of the premises contained in
said mortgage shall control in the event of
an error in this publication. TIME WILL BE
Other terms if any, to be announced at the
Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC
Present Holder of said Mortgage,
By Its Attorneys,
P.O. Box 540540
Waltham, MA 02454
Phone: 781-790-7800
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library and will be available for
purchase at the program. For more
information, contact the library at
(978) 249-3572 or visit the website
American Legion is holding a
meat raffle tonight, March 7 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Legion on
School Street. Come on out and
support the local veterans, try to
win a little pork loin perhaps as
well! Side raffles and loads of fun.
Proceeds benefit the Legion and its
Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees Joe
Cadette and John Nadreau are
hosting a Grand Re-Opening celebration this Saturday, March 8,
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to help celebrate the re-opening of their newest location, located at 93 Gardner
Road in Winchendon.
Cadette and Nadreau are
re-opening the restaurant to share
the Dunkin’ Donuts experience
with the Winchendon community. At the event, guests will have
the chance to meet New England
Patriots mascot Pat Patriot as
well as Dunkin’ Donuts mascots.
Additionally, guests will be able
to order the new Eggs Benedict
Breakfast Sandwich, which, for
every sandwich sold, Dunkin’
Donuts will donate one egg to
Feeding America and the Greater
Boston Food Bank.
Pack 193 Pinewood Derby is being
held Sunday, March 16 at the
American Legion and it’s open to
the public. Races start at 1 p.m.
Come on down and cheer on the
Scouts and even get a chance to
race an official Pinewood Derby
Car. There will be prizes, food for
sale and lots of Scouting fun! This
is a great chance to see what Cub
Scouts is all about. For more information please contact Cubmaster
Kevin at [email protected]
or (978) 297-7457.
WINCHENDON — The annual
St. Patrick’s Day dinner sponsored
by Winchendon Kiwanis is scheduled Saturday, March 15 4-9 p.m.
at the Carriage House Restaurant.
Buffet is just $20 per person and
includes both favorites and a variety such as stew and Guinness fish
and chips for those not into the
corned beef! Step dancers usually
there about 6:30 p.m.; live music
all evening by Guns N Clover.
Kiwanis of Winchendon have a
new fundraiser in process, and it’s
just in time for the 250th birthday
party. A puzzle of local historic
sites is available from Kiwanis
members and at To Each His Own
Design for just $15. A great gift or
a great souvenir. There are a limited number available; they will be
available at the dinner.
Representative Jonathan D.
Zlotnik (D-Gardner) will have local
office hours effective immediately.
Any questions or concerns may
be directed to the district office at
(978) 410-9559.
Winchendon (Town Hall):
Monday, March 10 6-7 p.m.
Winchendon (Beals Memorial
Library): Saturday, March 15
10-11:30 a.m.
GARDNER — The Gardner
Area League of Artists announces its Spring Art Show, March
21-23. Hours are Friday, 6–9:30
p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and
Sunday, noon–4 p.m.
The show is located at the Polish
American Citizens Club (PACC),
171 Kendall Pond Road West. The
GALA Spring Art Show features
music, demonstrations, a raffle,
and a silent auction. More than
50 artists from Massachusetts and
New Hampshire will display art
in two-dimensional and three-dimensional media. Sixteen musical
acts will perform throughout the
weekend. Visit www.galagardner.
org. Meet the artists at the opening reception Friday, 6-9:30 p.m.,
with art award announcements at
7 p.m.
Free admission, donations
accepted. Sponsored in part by the
Gardner Cultural Council and the
Massachusetts Cultural Council,
this show is wheelchair accessible
and appropriate for all ages.
For more information, contact
Vicki Heidorn, (978) 895-6115 or
(978) 630-2340.
WINCHENDON — The Sons of
the American Legion announce a
night of comedy at the Winchendon
American Legion Post 193. They
will be host to some of the areas
best comics with the goal of laughing until it hurts and raising some
money for the areas children’s
On Saturday, March 22 with
doors open at 8 p.m. for cocktail
hour. Show starts at 9 p.m. at the
American Legion, 295 School St.
Winchendon. Cost is just $10 per
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net school spending level set by the state
each year.
Kreidler says, however, that the current
indirect cost agreement, including the reconciliation clause, has already been accepted by the state.
“The superintendent appointed by the
state back in 2004 looked at the agreement
we had and said it was all good,” says
Kreidler. “He was appointed by (state
Education Commissioner David) Driscoll
and reported directly to him. I don’t know
how much more accepted by the state it
could be.”
Still, says Khelfaoui, “It was never
approved by the state. I respect (Kreidler’s)
opinion, but you need to send the agreement
to the state to make sure it’s in compliance
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Should a “gay married”
lesbian hotel owner — a
card-carrying member of
GLAAD — be required,
under threat of incarceration, to host and cater a
fundraiser for the “National
Organization for Marriage,”
a group that opposes
so-called “marriage equality”?
If you said no to any of
the above, and you opposed
Arizona’s cowardly vetoed
SB1062, then you’re logically inconsistent and need to
re-evaluate your position.
To clarify — liberals, I
know you have a difficult
time understanding the
Constitution with its outdated Bill of Rights and all —
I’m not talking about refusing business to someone just
because he appears effeminate or she appears butch,
or even when that someone
is an “out and proud” homosexual.
I’ve never even heard of
a case where a Christian
baker randomly refused
to provide baked goods —
such as a birthday cake —
to any homosexual, absent
a scenario in which those
goods endorsed a message
the baker finds repugnant
(rainbow “pride” cupcakes,
“gay wedding” cakes and
the like). I’ve never heard
of a single instance in which
The show will feature comedians Freddie Stone (http://www.;
Ralphie Joyal and Teddy Barrett.
Proceeds to be donated to the
three major area children’s hospitals. Please help us keep our state
commanders award, which recognizes the greatest contributing
Massachusetts Son’s squadron to
the state commanders charity.
annual Father Daughter Dance is
happening Friday, March 28 6-9
p.m. at Hidden Hills banquet facilities.
REGION — Senator Stephen
Brewer is currently serving as
Chair of the Senate Committee
on Ways and Means and after 26
years in the Legislature, he has
announced that he will retire
when his current term expires at
the end of this year.
On Friday, March 28 from 7:30 9:30 a.m. at the South Cafe, Mount
Wachusett Community College
444 Green St., Gardner a breakfast honoring his service is scheduled. $25 for Chamber members;
$30 for non-members, includes
buffet breakfast. Advance registration is required by March 21.
Contact the Chamber at (978) 6321780 or [email protected] to
register or for more information.
You may also sign up and pay
online at
ASHBURNHAM — Step into the
past on Saturday, March 29 at 4
p.m., as American Harmony — an
exciting chorus of musical re-enactors — presents the songs that
stirred the soul of early America.
The concert takes place in the historic Ashburnham Community
Church at 84 Main St., and is a
joint benefit for the church and the
Ashburnham Historical Society.
The program celebrates the Spring
Equinox with some of the most
popular sacred and secular songs
of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The singers are directed
by music historian Nym Cooke,
whose passion for early New
England sacred music is breathing new life into a long-lost singing tradition. Cooke is the author
of a new book coming out this
fall titled American Harmony. For
admission to the concert, a donation of $10. is suggested. In case of
snow, the concert will take place
on April 5. For more information,
call Pat Frederick at (978) 827-6232
or email [email protected]
with state law. It has never been approved…
ever. We have no documentation that it was
Regarding the reconciliation issue,
Khelfaoui says if indirect costs exceed the
amount budgeted “you can’t just take the
difference from the school district budget.
You need to amend the report of indirect
costs to the state and then go to the town
meeting to ask for more money.”
Kreidler says he’s willing to re-write the
reconciliation clause so that indirect costs
are included directly in the school department budget, rather than being included in
the town’s budget.
“It makes more sense to me,” Kreidler
says. “We should appropriate indirect costs
into the school budget, that way they’re
locked in. The funds would still be overseen
by the town accountant but she’d simply
‘unlock’ the account when it’s necessary
a Christian business owner
arbitrarily said to a homosexual: “We don’t serve
your kind here.”
And neither can the left
provide such an instance.
Because it doesn’t happen.
If it did happen, it would be
front-page news for a month.
No, I’m specifically referring to scenarios that have
occurred — and continue to
occur — with alarming frequency. Situations in which
Christian business owners
are being sued, fined or even
threatened with jail time for
politely declining to apply
their God-given time and
talent to create goods or
services that require they
violate deeply held — and
constitutionally protected
— religious beliefs.
It really is that black and
white. This was never about
the person. It was always
about the message. It was
never about “discrimination.” It was always about
Freedom, man.
Because ‘Merica.
While from a constitutional standpoint it’s not even
necessary, that’s all the
drafters of SB1062 and similar such bills have endeavored to do. Because government has begun alienating
unalienable rights at a level
unparalleled since passage
of the 1964 Civil Rights Act,
legislators have attempted to merely re-affirm the
already existing right for
religious business owners
to live out their faith without fear of persecution or
government reprisal.
Seriously, unless you’re
fascist, who could disagree? Nobody should ever
be forced to spend their
time and talent to endorse
— whether directly or
indirectly — a message or
event that he or she finds
repugnant. I don’t care if
you’re Christian, pagan,
black, white, gay or straight.
That’s your God-given right
as an American.
As a constitutionalist,
I’ll remain consistent —
will you? If you’re a homosexual photographer, for
instance, and, for whatever
reason, you oppose natural
man-woman marriage, and
you choose to exercise your
right to only photograph gay
weddings, then knock yourself out. If I come knocking
and want you to photograph
my wedding, and you tell me
to pound sand, I’ll suck it up
and take my business down
the street.
And I won’t even demand
you be thrown in jail for it.
See how easy that was?
I mean, you’re a liberal.
You’re pro-choice, right?
Starting to get it?
Well, let me be clear so
there’s no misunderstanding. If I’m a business owner
and someone comes in
requesting goods or services that would require
me to violate my conscience
WORCESTER — Steven Como
of Phillipston, a junior majoring
in mechanical engineering at
Worcester Polytechnic Institute,
recently completed an intense,
hands-on research project in
Cape Town. The project was titled
Blue Sky Recycling Programme
Enhancement Project.
LOWELL — UMass Lowell
recently recognized scholarship
recipients at the university’s
Celebration of Scholarship luncheon.
Michael Demboske of Royalston,
who studies chemical engineering
at UMass Lowell, was among the
honorees. Demboske received the
following: the Cheney E. Cook
scholarship, the Charles J. Hoff
scholarship, and a scholarship
from the McAndrews Family
Endowed Scholarship Fund for
Nuclear Engineering.
The event, held at the UMass
Lowell Inn & Conference Center,
brought together individuals who
have endowed scholarships —
including UMass Lowell faculty
and staff — and students who have
received support for their education through those funds.
During the last academic year,
approximately 1,000 students were
awarded more than $1 million
from endowed scholarships, a 33
percent increase in funding to 15
percent more students than the
previous year.
PLYMOUTH, NH — The following students have been named
to Plymouth State University’s
Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester. To be named to the Dean’s
List at Plymouth State, a student
must achieve a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.69 during
the fall semester and must have
attempted at least 12 credit hours
during the semester. These credit
hours must be in courses that earn
grade points and the student must
have completed all such courses
Mary Kauer and Brian McGlynn
both of Rindge.
Plymouth State University,
located in central New Hampshire,
offers a rich, student-focused
learning environment with an
enrollment of approximately 4,500
undergraduate and approximately
2,500 graduate students.
Straight Alliance at Fitchburg
State University will present the
ninth annual drag show Thursday,
March 27, at 7 p.m., an event
designed to entertain and enlighten the community.
to do so to pay the bills. If there’s a cost
overrun then the district will have to figure
out how to cover them out of their budget. I
shouldn’t have to tighten my budget, which
is what they think I should do.”
Kreidler said if indirect costs were included in the school budget some overruns, if
there were any, could be covered by funds
“outside their budget.” He cited monies
such as school choice funds, circuit breaker
funds, and trust funds.
Khelfaoui also says a new agreement
“needs a process for covering administrative costs.”
At present, administrative costs are split
between the district and town 52 percent to
48 percent, with schools paying the larger
The superintendent says he’s like to see
administrative costs figured on a per pupil
basis, the amount of which is set by the
— especially my biblically-based, sincerely held religious beliefs — I will not,
under any circumstances,
provide those goods or services. This is my absolute,
non-negotiable, constitutionally guaranteed right.
No debate. No question.
No compromise.
Martin Luther King Jr.
once said, “An individual
who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust,
and who willingly accepts
the penalty of imprisonment
in order to arouse the conscience of the community
over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest
respect for the law.”
Those are wise words from
a wise man. For purposes
of today’s debate, however,
those words require a slight
contextual modification. No
“anti-discrimination” law
that presumes to remove the
constitutional right of business owners to operate their
business according to conscience is worth the paper
it’s written on.
Poo paper for puppy.
So, liberals, knock off the
Alinskyite obfuscation and
conflation. Quit throwing
around all this “Jim Crow”
crap. It belittles the legitimate civil rights struggle
and makes you look stupid.
You’ve created an ugly and
offensive straw man and
beat the stuffing out of him.
I rarely agree with gay
activist Andrew Sullivan,
The Devious Divas of Disney
Drag Show will be held at the university’s Recreation Center, 130
North St. Proceeds from the show
will support the Born This Way
The show will feature dancing
and cabaret-style performances by
stage performers Rainbow Fright,
Lady Sabrina, and Mizery to name
a few, with Raquel Blake to be the
hostess for the evening. DJ Scotty
P will spin the tunes for the show.
“I am very proud of the young
men and women of GSA for putting on such a fantastic show,”
said Associate Director of Student
Development Shane Franzen.
“Many months and hours upon
hours go into to putting this show
together. I never dreamed that
nine years ago the students were
creating such a lasting event that
has become one of our most anticipated events of the university
Tickets for the show are $5
for students with Fitchburg
State ID and $10 for the public.
Tickets may be purchased at the
Hammond Campus Center information desk or online at www. Mail orders
can be sent to GSA Drag Show,
Student Development at Fitchburg
State University, 160 Pearl St.,
Fitchburg, MA 01420. Please
make checks to Fitchburg State
For more information, contact Franzen at (978) 665-3164, or
[email protected]
BOSTON — Project Bread
has announced the 46th annual
Walk For Hunger will take place
on Sunday, May 4. Registration
is now open for the largest walk
event in Massachusetts which
draws 40,000 people to help raise
more than $3.5 million to help end
hunger in Massachusetts.
According to the 2013 Status
Report on Hunger released by
Project Bread in November,
more than 700,000 people in
Massachusetts aren’t sure from
where their next meal will come —
a number almost 40 percent higher
than it was prior to the recession
and almost 80 percent higher than
it was at the beginning of the last
Funds raised through The Walk
for Hunger help support local food
pantries, including Winchendon
CAC, community-based meal programs, early childhood and school
nutrition initiatives, and improve
access to farm-to-table resources.
state, rather than just splitting the cost
based on percentages.
“I know it’s not likely to happen, but what
if the town decides to hire three accountants,” he said. “Am I supposed to pay 52
percent of the salary of all three of them?”
Kreidler counters that he’s unlikely go
along with a change.
“I can almost guarantee that the town
accountant spends more than 52 percent
of her time dealing with school issues,” he
says. “I think the district is getting a pretty
good deal right now…and they want to pay
No date has set been set for the first negotiation session, which includes Kreidler,
Khelfaoui, the town accountant, and the
school business manager.
but on the subject at hand,
he at least has a remedial
understanding. Gloss over
all the obligatory homophobe and bigot nonsense,
and he recently made a few
good points on The Dish:
“I favor maximal liberty in these cases. The idea
that you should respond to
a hurtful refusal to bake a
wedding cake by suing the
bakers is a real stretch to
me. … There are plenty of
non-homophobic bakers in
Arizona. We run the risk
of becoming just as intolerant as the anti-gay bigots
[read: Christians], if we seek
to coerce people into tolerance. If we value our freedom as gay people in living
our lives the way we wish,
we should defend that same
freedom to sincere religious
believers and also, yes, to
bigots and haters. You do
not conquer intolerance
with intolerance. … I’m particularly horrified by the
attempt to force anyone to
do anything they really feel
violates their conscience,
sense of self, or even just
And besides, as constitutional law expert Jan LaRue
recently observed in an
email: “If they believe their
own rhetoric, that we’re
hateful bigots, why would
they even risk eating our
Why indeed?
Matt Barber is founder and
editor-in chief of BarbWire.
com. He is an author, columnist, cultural analyst and
an attorney concentrating in
constitutional law. Having
retired as an undefeated
heavyweight professional
boxer, Matt has taken his
fight from the ring to the
culture war. (Follow Matt on
Twitter: @jmattbarber).
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Good Local Newspaper”
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E - The Environmental
Dear EarthTalk: What is the latest
prognosis for wind energy to command
a larger piece of the renewable energy
-- Peter M., Akron, OH
Hydroelectric sources of power dwarf
other forms of renewable energy, but wind
power has been a dominant second for
years, and continues to show “hockey stick”
growth moving forward. According to the
Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), global cumulative installed wind capacity—the
total amount of wind power available—has
grown fifty-fold in less than two decades,
from just 6,100 megawatts (MW) in 1996 to
318,137 MW in 2013.
And the future looks brighter still.
Analysts from Bloomberg New Energy
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cent of the kids took the SAT’s,”
as opposed to the 25-percent of
Murdock seniors who took the
test last spring. “We’ve got to do
a lot better than that.”
“That’s one reason why the
PSAT’s they take as sophomores, for example, are important. That gives them a feel for
the test.
“Overall, we’ve really got to
up the ante here in terms of academics. Our SAT scores are not
where we want them to be, not
Finance (BNEF) predict that wind will
account for the largest share—30 percent—
of new renewables added to the global
power grid by 2030. That new renewables
are expected to account for as much as 70
percent of all new power sources over the
next 20 years means that wind is poised to
become a major player on the global energy
Here in the U.S., energy generated by
domestic wind farms has nearly tripled
in just the past four years, despite a brief
hiccup due to a lapse in the Production
Tax Credit, a renewable energy production incentive that effectively subsidizes
the creation of more wind farms. But even
despite this, wind represented about a third
of all new power added to the U.S. grid over
the past five years. The Natural Resources
Defense Council (NRDC), a leading environmental non-profit and wind power advocate,
forecasts that the U.S. will derive some 20
percent of its total electricity production
from wind by 2030.
“The U.S. industry has many reasons
for favorable long-term prospects,” reports
even close.
“Kids need to take more AP
courses for one thing. We want
our kids to have better opportunities long term and a lot of
that begins with the SAT’s. Too
many of the kids here just don’t
challenge themselves.
obviously doesn’t translate into
improved SAT scores,” Olsen
asserted, noting that “high-end”
students often take the SAT’s
for the first time in May of
their junior years and again in
November as seniors.
“The rest, though, that doesn’t
happen with them, and too many
of them don’t take the SAT’s at
the American Wind Energy Association
(AWEA), a non-profit trade group representing the wind industry. “In addition to
the record activity at the end of 2013, wind
energy helped keep the lights on and insulate against temporary price spikes during
the recent ‘polar vortex’ cold weather snap,
demonstrating the value of wind power in a
balanced energy portfolio.”
AWEA also points out recent reports
showing how incorporation of wind energy
lowers costs for electric consumers. “And
critical to some parts of the country facing
continuing drought, wind energy uses no
water in its production, as well as releasing
no emissions,” adds the group.
The fact that wind energy in the U.S.
avoids some 100 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually is also good news.
AWEA adds that that number will grow as
wind energy scales up to 20 percent of the
grid and beyond “making the addition of
more wind power one of the fastest, cheapest, and largest-scale ways for states to meet
the Administration’s new goals for reducing
carbon pollution from power plants.”
all,” he said.
While acknowledging “this is
not a one-year project. This is
going to take some time,” Olsen
said the school is taking steps to
help improve academic preparations. Peer tutoring is one such
effort with around 40 students
participating in that program.
Some students are also gaining
college credits by taking courses
at Mt. Wachusett Community
College and Murdock is offering the opportunity for students
on its campus to prep for the
Mount’s placement test.
Over the last five years, senior
reading mean SAT scores peak-
Courtesy photo
Members of Monty Tech’s Marine Corps JROTC CyberPatriot Team will be going to Washington, DC in
March to compete in the All-Services division. They won second place last year. From left are, Leon
Gaulin of Winchendon, (Grade 9), Patrick Arakelian of Hubbardston (Grade 10), Team Captain Connor
Quick of Gardner (Grade 11), Jack Marabello of Gardner (Grade 11), Brent Grant of Baldwinville (Grade
11) and Jamison LaRoche of Gardner (Grade 11).
Elite ROTC team heading to competition
FITCHBURG — As sophisticated computer hackers continue to cause havoc in cyberspace, Monty Tech’s cyber-security teams are gaining the skills and training to help block
Monty Tech’s newly formed Cyber Aces team not only accepted Gov. Deval Patrick’s
recent invitation to participate in the newly established Governor’s Cyber Aces State
Championship, they are dominating the event.
After three rounds of competition, Monty Tech has captured seven of the top 10 positions
and has qualified to go on to the “Net Wars” finals to be held in May at UMass Boston.
The school’s second team of cyber cops, comprised of cadets in the school’s Marine Corps
Surrounded by her students, Winchendon School music directory Deb Murphy leads her small choral
group in an a Cappella piece much to the entertainment of those who braved a cold night to attend
the evening at the Winchendon Historical Society.
ed in 2009 at 533, a single point
better than 2012. Last year’s 533
in math was the highest mean
over that five year span in that
subject. Writing mean scores in
2012 surpassed the other years
during the last half-decade. 2010
saw 34 percent of seniors take
the SATs, the highest percentage of the last five years.
39-percent of juniors took the
SAT’s in 2012 but it was the
previous year which saw the
highest mean writing score at
539. In fact, math (540 mean) and
writing (534 mean) also peaked
for juniors in 2011.
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While wind continues to grow fast, solar
may finally be catching up. According to
BNEF, some 36.7 gigawatts (GW) of new
solar photovoltaic capacity were added
worldwide in 2013 compared with 35.5 GW
worth of new wind power installations.
BNEF adds that global demand for wind
turbines may actually shrink in 2014 (by
five percent), representing the first such
decline since 2004. But Justin Wu, head
of wind analysis for BNEF, says it’s just a
temporary blip: “Falling technology costs,
new markets and the growth of the offshore
industry will ensure wind remains a leading renewable energy technology.”
NRDC,; AWEA, www.awea.
EarthTalk® is written and edited by
Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E - The Environmental
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fort food,” said Algarin. “That will be our
specialty; nothing eclectic or crazy. We’ll
offer things like a great Reuben sandwich,
a half-pound burger, chili, a soup of the
day, and breakfast specials. And we’ll offer
breakfast all day. We want to have stuff people can count on, along with some specials.”
The eatery has three part-time employees,
all from Winchendon.
The Hometown Café is open from 6 a.m. to
noon on Sunday and from 5:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and
Saturday. It will be closed on Wednesday.
JROTC program, is making a name for itself in the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot
The “Marine Raiders,” recently defeated six other Marine teams in the semi-finals to win
the top seed at the upcoming nationals. The event will be held March 26 to 30 at the Gaylord
Resort in National Harbor, MD. Last year, the team took second place in the competition.
This is Monty Tech’s fourth year competing in the CyberPatriot program, and their
fourth trip to the finals.
Connor Quick of Gardner, a junior information technology major, is currently ranked
first in the Governor’s Cyber Aces State Championship’s high-school division and 19th
in the overall individual ranking. He also serves as captain of the Marine Corps JROTC
CyberPatriot team.
Quick’s standing in the Cyber Aces contest has put him ahead of competitors from
schools such as Dartmouth and Amherst colleges and St. John’s Preparatory.
As part of a national movement, the state’s new online competition focuses on providing
training in the fundamentals of cyber security.
Gov. Patrick launched the state Cyber Aces cyber-security competition and workforce-training program last fall at a ceremony held at the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston.
First Sgt. Paul Jornet, U.S.M.C. (retired),
who heads up Monty Tech’s Marine Corps JROTC program, was invited by the
Governor’s office to speak at the event.
First Sgt. Jornet is passionate about building the next generation of computer savvy
professionals. He serves as advisor for both Monty Tech Cyber-Security teams, along with
Richard Duncan, information technology program teacher.
In speaking at the launch of the state program, Jornet stressed the importance of addressing the nation’s critical shortage of “Cyber Warriors.”
“About five years ago I was made aware of the critical shortage of what I like to call cyber
warriors. Our nation’s defenses were being attacked daily, and our businesses, both private
and public, had to defend not only their finances, but their intellectual property and public
trust,” he said.
The CyberPatriot team has garnered much success in the short time is has been competing.
“Three years ago my students fielded a team to compete nationally in a competition that
tests their cyber-security skills. Our team made it to the national finals in Washington, DC.
We have been back to Washington twice since then, last year placing second overall. It is
without question that their workforce training is getting our students ready for this elite
field,” Jornet added.
The Cyber Aces state competition is open to anyone interested in gaining the skills needed to work in cyber security, currently one of the fastest growing and best-paid careers in
The three online competitions held this fall focused on introduction to operating systems,
networking and system administration. According to Duncan, students may take the test
during their trade time or at home. It is an open book test, and students prepare for it by
studying the curriculum on line or in book format.
The competition is comprised of on-line tutorials and video and audio education materials that allow participants to expand their knowledge and quizzes that allow them to
demonstrate mastery.
“Because cyber security is now part of the information technology state curriculum
frameworks, all students in the IT program took the test. It is a great tool for identifying
which students have the ability and talent to work in this challenging and emerging career
The mission of the Cyber Aces Foundation, according to its website, is to significantly
reduce the critical shortage in the private and public sectors of the cyber workforce by
identifying, recruiting and training the next generation of cyber security professionals.
Recently, the Department of Labor reported zero percent unemployment in the information security job market. Furthermore, a study by Cisco Systems reported those jobs were
among the highest paying IT positions.
In rolling out his initiative, Gov. Patrick stated that the country faces increasing threats
in cyber-space, and there are critical shortages of skilled professionals to address the danger.
“This is an issue with tremendous national security implications. Quality, high-paying
jobs are going unfilled. The students sitting in our classrooms can fill these cutting-edge
jobs,” he stated.
Duncan agrees with that assessment. “When I learned of the Governor’s invitation to
compete in the Cyber Aces competition, I felt that it would fit nicely into our curriculum.
Since the state Frameworks for IT is currently being revised to include more cyber security, participation by our students will help them fulfill their competencies as required by the
Frameworks. It will also give them an opportunity to network with other IT professionals
and increase their job and college prospects,” he said.
“As a vocational-technical school, it is our mission to provide students with the skills
necessary to succeed in the workforce and post-secondary education. I feel Cyber Aces will
help us achieve that goal,” he added.
Connor said he has always been interested in computer security, and it is the career he
plans to pursue.
“Cyber Aces has been a tremendous stepping stone for me, with curriculum and new
opportunities to continue my education in this field, “ said the honor student.
Monty Tech Cyber Ace team members ranked in the top ten in the state high-school division and going on to the spring finals are:
First Place
Connor Quick
Third Place
Dylan Bowers
Fourth Place
Christopher Jones
Fifth Place
Kyle Floria
Sixth Place
Jack Marabello
Seventh Place
Andrew Afonso
Tenth Place
Joseph Isble
Members of the CyberPatriot team advancing to the national competition in March
Ruth DeAmicis photos
The Winchendon School jazz band kept toes tapping and bodies swaying recently at the Winchendon
Historical Society during an evening of song. Led by local musician Joseph Bonanno, the jazz band
has been growing and improving every year.
Connor Quick, Captain
Jack Marabello
Patrick Arakelian
Brent Grant
Jamison LaRoche
Leon Gaulin
­­14 Winchendon Courier
Friday, March, 7, 2014

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