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Allardi Named Norfolk Superintendent

Langley and Kennedy Win BOS Seats BY PATRICK COLEMAN Incumbent Steve Langley and Finance Committee member Charles Kennedy both beat out George Smith for the two open seats on the Board of Selectmen. Mary Geromini was also reelected to the Housing Authority. Despite the fact that there were two contested races, including seats on the Board of Selectmen, this election did not capture the imagination of Wrentham voters. The cool April day brought out only 875 voters. Steve Langley, who spent the entire day standing on Taunton St. holding signs, was happy to return to the Board of Selectmen. “I’m very pleased,” Langley said. “I’m very proud to be on this board and I believe we’re moving in the right direction. I’m looking forward to helping.” The newcomer to the board will be Charles Kennedy, who served as a member of the Finance Committee. He resigned from that position on Tuesday, April 3rd before he was sworn in as a selectman. “I feel very positive


Norfolk Public Schools will have a new superintendent starting July 1. Ingrid Allardi will take the helm of the two elementary school system. She is currently the principal of the Igo School in Foxborough and is a Wrentham resident. "She was a great candidate from day one," said Shawn Dooley, chair of the Norfolk School Committee at an April 10 meeting. "I hope she will be here for a very long time." Steve Langley (left) and Charles Kennedy (right) won the two open seats on the Wrentham Board of Selectmen.

that I can make a difference going forward over the next three years,” Kennedy said. Town Moderator Keith Billian said Kennedy will be replaced on the Finance Committee by Andre

Sweed. The Finance Committee members are appointed by the Town Moderator. Billian also won reelection running unopposed.

push town officials on the issues that he ran on, such as finding new revenues for the town without raising taxes. Smith will return to the Planning Board which

Allardi has worked in Foxborough for 9 years and served as assistant superintendent from 2006 to 2007 on an interim basis. She earned her PhD from Boston College Lynch School of Education, holds a master's degree from Tufts and she received her bachelor of arts from Smith College.


Smith said he will continue to

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he has served on for over 15 years. BY DAN IBBITSON Langley, while very happy about More daylight and warmer temthe end results, wasn’t satisfied with peratures are upon us, which for the overall turnout for the night. most of us signifies the start of “It’s disappointing,” he said. “We as spring and increased outdoor activa town need to find out why the vot- ity. For most cyclists, the riding ers aren’t coming to the polls. We season is beginning as well, so it is need to ask what we can do.” time to pull the bike from its winter One reason suggested was the lack of signs regarding the specific date of the election, while it was also suggested people might have assumed the election was on a Tuesday, as it is in most general elections. The town did put out yard signs in front of Town Hall and at the intersection of RT 140 and RT 1A saying the elections were Monday. “Signage is part of the problem,” said Joe Botaish, chairman of the Board of Selectmen. But he added as far as he can remember, Wrentham has always had an election on the first Monday of April. “There has to be a reason for the low turnout.”

hibernation. But before you strap your helmet on and go, it is important that you inspect your bike thoroughly.

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Tires. It seems obvious, but tire wear can be overlooked. As your tires wear, the tread surface thins allowing debris to easily puncture the tire. Typically, the rear tire wears faster than the front. If you see a distinctive flat tread wear surface, have your local repair shop take a look to determine if you need to replace one or both of your tires. Check your tire pressure beLangley received 612 votes, fore every ride. Never exceed the Kennedy had 582 and Smith maximum pressure that is indicated received 357. on the sidewall. (This article appeared in The Wrentham Times,

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Wheels. Spin your wheel and look out for any distinct wobbles as it rotates. Also, look at the brake pads as the wheel turns and notice if the rim rubs the pads at any point. If you have brakes that rub, wobble, or both take the bike to your local repair shop for adjustment of the wheel. Brakes. Brakes are important obviously, so checking them for wear and proper operation is critical. Take your wheel(s) off the bike and visually inspect the brake pads for embedded objects that can damage your rim. If you see small stones, metal, etc., remove them from the brake pad. Most pads have wear indicators on them similar to automobile tires so be diligent about checking. Squealing brakes can “If you can’t be at home, Doolittle Home is the next best place to be!”

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mean many different things, so consult your local bike shop if it becomes chronic. If you have disc brakes, which are typically found on a mountain bike, checking disc brake pads for wear, rubbing issues and squealing issues should be handled by your local bike shop. Drivetrain. A drivetrain consists of your crank arms (arms that attach to the pedals) chain, chainrings, cassette (your gears in the rear wheel), bottom bracket (bearings that hold the crankarms to the bike), front and rear derailleur (the mechanisms that shift your chain) and your shifters (the devices that you move with your hands to shift gears) and cables (connects shifter to derailleur.) Proper shifting from gear to gear is what most cyclists complain to me about when they come to the shop. Sluggish shifting, “ghost” shifting and “hard” shifting can ruin anyone’s ride. Many factors can contribute to poor shifting including bad shifting technique, worn out cables, bent derailleur, worn out chain, worn

cassette, and/or worn chain rings. If you are having shifting problems, confide in your local bike shop to diagnose. Lube your chain. Depending on the type of riding you do will determine the frequency of lubing your chain. Mountain bikes typically need chain lube more often than road bikes because of the increased exposure to dirt and moisture. Ask your local bike shop about what type of lube to use on your chain. And lastly, keep your ride clean. A clean bike is a happy bike and, more importantly, a well running bike. After you ride do a quick visual, check for dirt and debris. If you have picked up some road crud or dirt/mud from the trail, take some soapy water (3-5 gallon bucket with a few drops of dish soap) and a soft bristled brush, along with your hose (no pressure washers, please) and dampen the surface of your bike and clean with the soapy water and brush, then rinse. Then take an old towel or

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drying cloth and wipe away the excess moisture. A bio degreaser can be sprayed on the drive train to remove grease and oil as well. Let it sit for a few minutes and then rinse with the hose. Once it’s dry, re-lube the chain. Bicycles have many moving parts. Keeping these parts clean, lubricated and adjusted properly will give you a trouble free and enjoyable riding experience. Dan Ibbitson is the owner of Sheldonville Bicycle Repair, 277 Hancock St., Wrentham, MA 02093. He’s available to help bike owners with their maintenance and repair issues. (508) 384-0665 http://www.sheldonvillebicycle

Pancake Breakfast At Federated Church Of Norfolk The Federated Church of Norfolk will hold a Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, May 5 from 8 to 10 a.m. On the menu will be their famous homemade pancakes, ham, sausage, scrambled eggs, hash brown potatoes, cinnamon rolls, homemade biscuits and sausage gravy round out the buffet and omelets will be cooked to order. It’s all you can eat for $7, with a Sr. citizen cost of $5. Breakfast is free for children under age 10. The Federated Church is located at the corner of Main Street and Route 115 across from the Town Common. The breakfast is served in the church vestry, which is handicapped accessible. For more information, contact the church office, 508-528-0262.

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May is Disability Insurance Awareness Month nancial difficulties would set in, and more than one in four would have problems immediately. Keep in mind that disabling illnesses or injuries often last for months or even year. 2.    Myth: “I don’t need it – I don’t work in a dangerous profession.”


Don’t Let These Myths Stop You From Getting the Proper Coverage Figuring out if you need disability insurance is pretty easy. If you have a job, you need it. Why then do the majority of American workers lack this basic protection? Common misconceptions are largely to blame. Here I will debunk four of the big myths surrounding this essential insurance coverage. 1. Myth: “I’d rely on my savings until I could get back to work.” Reality: Most people overestimate the resources they have to cover their expenses if a disabling illness or injury kept them from earning a paycheck. According to a LIFE Foundation survey, half of working Americans say they couldn’t make it a month before fi-

Reality: You actually have a three in 10 chance of suffering a disabling illness or injury during your career that would keep you out of work for three months or more. While it’s true that people in professions like farming, law enforcement, and construction face greater risks, the odd of suffering a long-term disability are high for all workers because illness – not accidents – account for 90 percent of disabilities that keep people out of work. 3.    Myth: The government provides assistance when people get disabled. Reality: According to the National Safety Council, 73 percent of long-term disabilities are a result of an injury or illness that is not work-related and therefore wouldn’t qualify for state-based Workers’ Compensation programs. If you were hoping for Social Security disability benefits, know that about 45 percent of those who apply are initially denied, and those who are approved

receive an average monthly benefit of just $1063, which would leave you with an income barely above the poverty online. Government programs are a good back-up plan, but shouldn’t be your main line of defense. 4.    Myth: “I have disability coverage at work.” Reality: Disability insurance through work is a great benefit, but you need to find out exactly what coverage you have. According to the U. S. Department of Labor, more than 70 percent of employers don’t offer long-term disability coverage. And short-term or partial coverage wouldn’t be enough to allow you to meet your current and future financial obligations if you were unable to work for an extended period of time. Jeffrey Schweitzer can be found at Northeast Financial Strategies Inc (NFS) at Wampum Corner in Wrentham. NFS works with individuals and small businesses providing financial and estate planning, insurance, investments and also offers full service accounting, bookkeeping, payroll, income tax preparation, and notary public services. For more information, stop by the office, call Jeffrey at 800-560-4NFS or visit online  

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While she will not start officially until July 1, Dooley reported that she will transition into the new position over the coming weeks. Reportedly, she will utilize her days off and spend time getting up to speed on the Norfolk School System. She was scheduled to visit both schools on April 24th and a welcome reception was planned with the Teacher Parent Association. "She will be working with Dr. [Claire] Jackson [interim superintendent] to get transition in place," said Dooley. One of her first tasks will be to lead the effort to hire a special education director.

Brick Sale Extended The deadline to purchase a brick as part of the fundraiser tied to the opening of the new FreemanKennedy Elementary School has been extended to May 25th. The Norfolk TPA hopes to sell around 300 of the 4” x 8” red bricks that will be used in a brick walkway. Bricks can be inscribed with a dedication.

The funds raised will be used at the Norfolk schools in two forms. Some will be used as part of enrichment programs that are geared towards the different grades or as grants used to buy materials for the classroom. An example of the types of enrichment programs the TPA helps fund are the Ocean Biomes currently taking place in the 1st Grade. The biomes project is a month long marine life study that moves from classroom to classroom. There are other programs centered around history, art and hands-on science programs. Funds provided through grants help teachers purchase materials for their classrooms not covered by school budgets. Bricks may be purchased by filling out an order form available through the Norfolk Elementary School web site A personalized brick is available for $40, and a personalized gift brick, which includes a certificate for the recipient, is available for $42. The ground was broken on the new building in April 2011 with an opening set for September 2012.

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Home Improvement Starts With Dressing Up Your Walls, Not Tearing Them Down. Home improvement doesn’t always mean tearing walls down. . .dressing them up can bring changes that are just as dramatic and far less costly!

home where you can make a definitive statement by using colors that coordinated with your existing furniture or add a stylish contrast.

As the housing market continues to improve, many owners have decided to refurbish or redecorate instead of selling. This makes the home more desirable to its current inhabitants and future purchasers as well.

Bedrooms are more personal by nature. Choose your frames just as you would a new comforter or pillows and be sure to use brighter,

Turn negatives into positives More than just adding beauty and interest to a room, framed art can also be used to emphasize strong points and create the illusion of space. To scale down a large room, try hanging a series of prints together on a blank wall. On the other hand, if you wish to

Start with the art There are few improvements that are as easy and economical to make in your home as the addition of new framed art, whether photographs, paintings, prints or even shadow box treatments of favorite objects. Just as dramatic, is the re-framing of current artwork as well as keepsakes such as family photos, diplomas and certificates. Room by room There are some basic guidelines that can help you achieve a new and fresh feeling for any room in your house. Living rooms and family rooms are areas of the

Mother’s Day Tea The Proctor Mansion Inn is set to host its Mother’s Day Victorian Tea on Sunday, May 12th from 2 to 4 p.m. We invite you to step back in time to experience a taste of yesterday. Historical tours of the Inn will be offered during the afternoon tea. The Mother’s Day Tea is open to

vibrant colors in areas of the room that received the least light. Children’s rooms offer an endless array of possibilities. Color is a chief consideration, especially when paired with the vivid shades associated with most children’s art and furniture. The room should reflect your child’s own distinctive personality and interests. For the sports minded, framed team pennants add a colorful touch, while cartoon lovers will certainly appreciate framed prints of their favorite characters.

lengthen a small room, hand prints with strong horizontal lines. Prints and art with bursts of color can lighten up a dark room – especially landscapes and seascapes. Another way to expand a small room is to hang a large landscape print with a faraway horizon to draw the viewer’s perspective out and away. Custom framed mirrors can also be hung directly opposite the art to give the illusion of added space and depth. Give new life to old art and old furnishings Using custom framing to revitalize your home needn’t be expensive. In fact, the artwork for such an undertaking could very well be sitting in your basement, closet or attic. It’s hard to imagine another investment in your home that can give you more impact for your dollar. The possibilities are literally infinite. It’s up to your imagination and your local professional picture framer. So if you don’t already have someone in mind, find one. And have fun.

the public. For additional information, please visit the Proctor Mansion Inn website at or call 877- 384-1861. Seating is limited so make your reservation soon! To be notified about upcoming events join the Proctor Mansion newsletter or like them on Facebook.

Girl Scout Memories Shared At Pond Home On a recent afternoon nine former Girl Scouts who live or work at Pond Home got together to reminisce about their experiences in the national organization that is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. They listened to the ‘Make New Friends’ song, which was how Administrator Becky Annis remembers her Girl Scout meeting ended each time, with a friendship circle and that song. Turns out none of the other Girl Scouts in attendance had heard that song!

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Resident Barbara Hall, who was an Assistant Leader in Wrentham, recalled camping at the cabin on Sweat Hill with her troop. She remembered her time as a leader fondly and remarked that she was born a year after the organization was founded. The residents and staff listened to Activity Director Barbara Larsen read a history of Girl Scouts in the United States. All were proud of the inclusive organization the article described and their participation in it. They laughed at the idea that the

earliest Girl Scouts learned caring for babies along with handling a gun and “how to secure a burglar with eight inches of cord”. All agreed if they had ever learned that last one they no longer knew the secret! Administrator Becky Annis and Director of Nursing Terri Javery brought vests and handbooks from their daughter’s recent use so that residents could see the uniforms of today and how very colorful the badges are now. Pond Home offers Residential Care and Supportive Nursing Care in a beautifully maintained colonial home on Route 140 in Wrentham, providing all meals and 24 hour nursing care. It is managed by Rogerson Communities, a Boston based non-profit recognized as a leader in the management and development of elder housing and services. To learn more about Pond Home, contact Becky Annis at 508384-3531, ext. 225 or visit

Plant Sale Planned for Saturday, May 5th Is it time to add a few new plants to your garden? A Perennial Plant Sale will be held on the grounds of the Federated Church of Norfolk on Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to Noon. A variety of perennial plants will be available at great prices. These are divisions or cuttings of plants that have grown successfully for gardeners in our hardiness zone

and they will be labeled as to their requirements for sun or shade. The Plant Sale is the same day as our monthly Pancake Breakfast, so plan to come for breakfast from 8:00-10:00 a.m. and then shop the plant sale. The church is at 1 Union Street on the corner of Main Street and 115 and has ample parking.

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Dear Doug, We are considering new windows for our entire home, but we have no idea which direction to go. There are so many options available, not only in terms of products, but companies that install them. It seems as if everybody does windows, from the local handy man to big box stores, to national chains. Where do we start? Judy, Westwood Hello Judy, With the rising cost of energy and a trend to more sustainable living, more homeowners than ever are upgrading their windows with the latest energy efficient models, so you are not alone. It can be overwhelming trying to navigate through all the product choices and ultimately deciding who should install them. Let’s start with getting a better understanding of window ratings. The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) provides fair and accurate ratings that you can use to compare energy performance of windows (along with many other items such as doors and skylights.) They have developed a labeling system (see figure 1) that will help you understand the performance characteristics of windows you may consider for your home. Here’s a brief explanation of the information listed (see letters on the label and matching paragraphs below.) A – This stamp shows that the manufacturer has been licensed by

E – Visible Transmittance: Measures how much visible light comes through a product. The higher the number, the higher the potential for daylighting. F – Air Leakage: Measures how much air comes into a home or building through a fenestration product. The lower the number the better. G – Condensation Resistance: Measures how well a product resists

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1 – Full insurance – Liability and Worker’s Compensation. Insist on a current copy, and call the agent to ensure it is accurate and current. Also ask whether or not the installers are subcontractors, and whether they are properly insured to work at your home. One of the oldest tricks in the book is to show you insurance forms that cover the “owner” or “sales person” and then the company keeps costs down by subcontracting with uninsured laborers.

For more in depth details about the NFRC label and to learn more about their services, visit And now for the second part of your question: How do you choose the right people for the installation job? Most people get 3 prices and decide on a company based on value. It’s important to remember that the lowest price almost NEVER represents the best value. If a price is too good to be true, problems usually arise during the installation process, or more importantly, after the job is done and you need follow up from the company that sold them to you. To avoid problems, protect

2 – Ask for and call recent, local references – Call and connect with at least three good references. Ask important questions: Was the work done when it was supposed to be? Was the crew professional, clean, neat, and respectful? Did anything

go wrong with the job and would you use them again? Any good company has hundreds of local references and will gladly share them with you. 3 – Make sure the company has a current HIC number (Massachusetts Home Improvement Contract Registration.) Any legitimate company working at your home is required to have one. 4 – If you have an older home, make sure the company is following all EPA and State regulations regarding lead compliance. Even something as simple as replacing a window in an older home can generate dangerous lead dust. Contractors working on older homes that may have lead paint are required to have special certifications to demonstrate that they (and their installation team) have received proper training and will follow all applicable rules while working at your home to protect your family. 5 – Make sure you have a carefully written quote and or contract from the company you are considering. This should include a detailed list of all the window specifications, a detailed scope of work, a payment schedule, along with some legal terminology and signature areas. (Some contractors go into great detail about room set up, clean up, and other important items. This is always a good sign.) Whether you choose a local company, a big box store or discount club, or a national chain, if you do your homework and check references you’ll be able to make an informed decision. I’d start by asking family and friends for referrals so you can develop a list of companies for consideration and then start calling for bids. Before you know it, you’ll be enjoying your new windows and saving on your energy bills. If there is anything else I can do just let me know!

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The Doolittle Home Announces Wrentham Now Has Open House On Sunday, May 20th Single Stream Recycling The Doolittle Home, providing outstanding care for seniors since 1915, located at 16 Bird St. in Foxboro, will hold an its annual open house on Sunday, May 20th from 2-4 pm. The public is invited to tour the facility, mingle with residents, staff and members the Board of Trustees. The Open House is designed to learn about Doolittle Home’s various entry plans for retirement living options. Enjoy refreshments, entertainment, and giveaways. Under the residency plan, seniors capable of independent living may enter Doolittle Home for a monthly fee. Residents enjoy the safety of medical supervision and the social aspects of the home in addition to a comfortable room, home cooked meals, and housekeeping services. If additional medical services become neces-

sary, they are available in the fully accredited nursing unit. All other services are included in the residency plan. Under the Life Care plan, residents enjoy the full services of the home for the remainder of their lives, regardless of changes in health or financial status. It is based on a single up-front fee (plus Social Security and /or pension) which provides the full amenities of the Home including room, board, activities, housekeeping services, medical supervision and full access to the medical unit at no additional cost. Doolittle Home also offers respite care so families caring for loved ones themselves can travel or meet their own personal needs with peace of mind knowing that their loved one is cared for at Doolittle Home.

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BY PATRICK COLEMAN The December purchase of Wrentham's long time, trash hauler, American Waste Services, by Waste Management has resulted in a move to single stream recycling for the town. Wrentham residents no longer have to sort recyclables. While residents are still limited to 32 gallons in the general trash cans, there is no limit to what can be recycled. Recyclable materials just need to be kept neat. Do not use plastic bags. "This is a good thing for residents," says Gus Stergis, chair of the Solid Waste and Recycling Committee. He says it’s the same cost and is closer to a single stream system other towns currently use. "There is no longer need for sorting and separating the recycling. No need to fold cardboard."

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Open House at Montessori School Annual Spring Fair, Saturday, May 5th from 12 to 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend the Annual Spring Fair hosted by Sunrise Montessori School, located at 31 Hayward St., Franklin, MA. This is a free event and open to the general public. Games and activities for the kids, train ride and bounce house (nominal charge), bake sale, raffle baskets/silent auction for parents. All proceeds to benefit the school, a nonprofit, 501c3 organization.

The move towards single stream recycling was made possible since the new trash hauler has a facility to handle unsorted recycling. Residents needing to have more than 32 gallons of trash picked up still need to use a Wrentham purple trash bag, and one bulk item is still allowed each week.

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The transition from American Waste Services to Waste Management has been positive for the most part. According to Irving Priest, Director of Public Works, there are some minor issues that need to be addressed. "As with any change in vendor, there are issues that need to be ironed out," he explained. "We are working with WM to have them comply with the town’s solid waste system and regulations." Stergis commented, "The new company has a good solid safety record and is working to retrain the staff. They are more automated and will be fine tuning the routes for fuel and time efficiency." Household Hazardous Waste Day will be held May 12th from 9-1 at the DPW yard, 360 Taunton St. (This article appeared in The Wrentham Times,

The Giant Spring Yard Sale Has a New Date of May 19th Wrentham Boy Scout Troop 131's Giant Spring Yard Sale will now be on Saturday, May 19th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The original date proved to be too rainy. The yard sale will still have a plethora of items for everyone. There will be bikes, sports equipment, books, toys, clothing, household items, exercise equipment and more. Proceeds from the sale will go to Troop 131 to help maintain camping equipment and fund Troop activities. The yard sale will take place at the Wrentham Center parking lot at the corner of South Street (Route 1A) and Route 140.

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Wrentham Team to Head to Knoxville BY PATRICK COLEMAN Seven groups of creative and fast thinking Wrentham Public School students, from both the elementary and middle schools, took part in the annual Destination ImagiNation program this year. Three of those teams advanced to the state finals with one winning an opportunity to represent Massachusetts at the global competition in Knoxville, TN. The concept of Destination ImagiNation is to get student teams to work on challenges that do not have one clear solution. The teams independently work on their programs for months and then present the solutions at the tournament. The program emphasizes creativity and has several components that promote on the spot problem solving. DI also gives the children an opportunity to development team building skills, leadership characteristics, and public speaking skills. The seven Wrentham teams began preparing for the March 24th, Region 8 Tournament in Medfield, MA back in September. The students would meet after school to work on the problem they wanted to tackle. "Students had worked hard for several months, meeting weekly, and then more often as tournament time approached," explained Linda DeVore, DI coordinator for Wrentham. "All seven teams did a great job and should be very proud of their accomplishments." Three teams scored high enough at the Regional competition to advance to the State Tournament that was held on March 31st at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). The 4th grade team of Thomas Cyr, Melanie Veilleux and Faye Veilleux worked on an improvisational problem entitled "News To Me." The three scored so well on their four minute performance that they will compete in May in the Global Competition held at the University of Tennessee. The group had to use improvisational skills to bring to life a news story that is selected by a roll of dice. Their story was based on the record number of tornadoes in the news and in the story they had to include sheep from a farm which were lost. They had to combine those two stories together and a minute before their performance they were given what was called a “last minute glitch.” In this case, all the characters had magic shoes on their

feet. “It was very creative,” said DeVore. “They were flying little sheep, swirling around the stage, in a whirlwind of a tornado.” Cyr and the Veilleux sisters’ trip to the global competition is the first time Wrentham has sent a team since 2003 and it will be expensive. “It’s a huge undertaking,” says DeVore.

A series of fundraisers will be announced shortly to help cover the expense of participating and hopefully offset the cost of transporting the team to Knoxville. “The program is not a money making venture,” says DeVore. “When something like this comes to us, we don’t have the finances to simply send the team.”

In addition to the successful efforts by the team heading to globals, two other teams also made it to regionals. One team was made up of Brenna Kennedy, Tyler DiFiore, Brady Lucas, Abigail Hjort and Robert Hjort. They had to research solar power, as well as different ways to use light and lighting effects. During their pres-

Page 7 entation, all the lights were shut off. The audience was in complete darkness and the team had to create a story that had to do with a lack of light and how they would use light to help solve a problem. While many in their category looked at life with a loss of power, this team went underwater. They were trying to find a place that would be dark and they chose an

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Local Author Publishes First Novel The Secret of Bog Lane His day job is at the Wrentham Developmental Center, but Americo Tulipano has another gig, a passion really, as a writer. And that passion has resulted in his first novel, The Secret of Bog Lane, which consists of several interwoven mysteries. “One critic said it was a thriller. My son simply calls it a ‘scary story,’” says Tulipano. “But it's also a love story. Romantic entanglements wind through the novel. Other kinds of love also have a role in the book, especially the love that exists between parents and children.”

Tulipano has worked in human services both as a special education teacher and as a case manager for the past thirty years. Currently, he works at Wrentham Developmental Center. “[It’s] a wonderful facility that offers compassionate care and education services to its hundreds of residents,” he says. While The Secret of Bog Lane is his first novel, he has been writing short stories since he was ten. The book came from inspiration from different events and places, but one stands out. In 2009, he and his wife bought a house on a hill. “We learned that a few of the other homes on the hill have a hole in the cellar floor. Each opening is capped by a lid the size of a manhole cover. If you lift up one of those covers, you can actually see a rivulet flowing down to the local river. The image of a sizable subterranean stream rushing right under someone's home stuck in my head for days,” Tulipano explained. “But what really shoved my imagination into 4th gear was the realization that this rivulet is accessible through an easily removable cover in the basement. The other elements of the novel fell into place soon after.”

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mouth, Massachusetts, off a deadend street called Bog Lane. Another mystery has to do with a small family that moves into Jimmy's house several months after his disappearance. The family finds an enormous, manmade tropical garden in the basement. As these things are happening in Massachusetts, an American explorer makes contact with an isolated tribe deep in the Amazon rainforest where he claims he can make them all immune to disease. “All of these mysteries--and several other strange happenings-gradually come together in the course of the novel,” Tulipano says. “The finale is an eye-opener in every sense of the phrase.”

tally disabled people. The new novel will be a mystery-suspense story, structured on well-documented historical realities and feature characters based on people who live and work at places like the Wrentham Developmental Center. Tulipano will be signing books on Saturday, May 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Tatnuck Booksellers on 18 Lyman Street in Westborough. The book is available at independent bookstores all around Wrentham and Norfolk. This includes Paperback Junction in Easton, Ugly Dog Books in Attleboro, Readmore Books in Taunton, and the Book Cafe in Holliston. Paperback copies and E-books can also be ordered through Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

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Norfolk & Wrentham Library Calendars Norfolk Public Library 139 Main St. Norfolk, MA 02056 Phone: 508-528-3380 May 1 Ed Morgan Sing-Along, Join Ed Morgan for singing, dancing, and an all-around great time. For children of all ages with a caregiver. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Arrrrr! Pirates!, Swab the deck, matey! Then come to the library for pirate books, activities, crafts, and fun! 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Building Blocks, Imagine, create, and build anything you can dream of with LEGO. For children 4 and up. All children must be accompanied by a caregiver 4:30 to 5 p.m. May 2 Baby Time, Stories, rhymes, songs, and play for babies and their caregivers. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. 10:30 a.m. Multi-Age Storytime, An interactive drop-in storytime with songs, games, and a craft. For children 2 and up with a caregiver. 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. On My Own Storytime, An independent story time experience for children 3 and up. Caregivers must stay in the building, but are encouraged to let children attend the program alone. 1:30 to 2 p.m. Junior Friends of the LibraryThe monthly general meeting of the Junior Friends of the Library. For kids in grades 4-6. 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Great Decisions Discussion Group, This world affairs discussion group meets on the first Wednesday of every month. 7 to 9 p.m. May 3 Moms' Club of Norfolk, Wrentham & Plainville, 10 to 11 a.m. Mother Goose on the Loose!, A highly interactive program for children up to age 3 with a caregiver. Join us for songs, rhymes, puppets, lap bounces, and more! 11 to 11:30 a.m. May 4 Picnic Playgroup, Bring a lunch and enjoy music, stories, and fun. Funded by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. May 7 No Girls Allowed!, A book discussion group just for guys in grades 5-8. 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.

May 8 Building Blocks, Imagine, create, and build anything you can dream of with LEGO. For children 4 and up. All children must be accompanied by a caregiver 4:30 to 5 p.m. May 9 Baby Time, Stories, rhymes, songs, and play for babies and their caregivers. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. 10:30 a.m. Multi-Age Storytime, An interactive drop-in storytime with songs, games, and a craft. For children 2 and up with a caregiver. 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. On My Own Storytime, An independent story time experience for children 3 and up. Caregivers must stay in the building, but are encouraged to let children attend the program alone. 1:30 to 2 p.m. Teen Friends of the Library, The monthly general meeting of the Teen Friends of the Library. For kids in grades 7-12. 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. May 10 Mother Goose on the Loose!, A highly interactive program for children up to age 3 with a caregiver. Join us for songs, rhymes, puppets, lap bounces, and more! 11 to 11:30 a.m. Flip Book Animation, Celebrate Children's Book Week (May 7-13) and show off your drawing skills by creating your very own illustrated flip book. For children in grades 36. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. May 11 Picnic Playgroup, Bring a lunch and enjoy music, stories, and fun. Funded by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. May 15 Tuesday Afternoon Book Discussion Group, Monthly meeting of Norfolk Public Library book discussion group. New members are always welcome. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Fun with Folktales - Art and Artists, Come hear stories from around the world about art and the people who create it. We will also make a craft of our own. . REGISTRATION REQUIRED 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Building Blocks, Imagine, create, and build anything you can dream of with LEGO. For children 4 and up. All children must be accompanied by a caregiver 4:30 to 5 p.m. May 16

Baby Time, Stories, rhymes, songs, and play for babies and their caregivers. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. 10:30 a.m.

crafts. Sponsored by Community Partnerships for Children. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

with LEGO. For children 4 and up. All children must be accompanied by a caregiver 4:30 to 5 p.m.

Multi-Age Storytime, An interactive drop-in storytime with songs, games, and a craft. For children 2 and up with a caregiver. 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.

Building Blocks, Imagine, create, and build anything you can dream of with LEGO. For children 4 and up. All children must be accompanied by a caregiver 4:30 to 5 p.m.

May 30 Baby Time, Stories, rhymes, songs, and play for babies and their caregivers. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. 10:30 a.m.

On My Own Storytime, An independent story time experience for children 3 and up. Caregivers must stay in the building, but are encouraged to let children attend the program alone. 1:30 to 2 p.m.

May 23 Baby Time, Stories, rhymes, songs, and play for babies and their caregivers. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. 10:30 a.m.

Multi-Age Storytime, An interactive drop-in storytime with songs, games, and a craft. For children 2 and up with a caregiver. 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.

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On My Own Storytime, An independent story time experience for children 3 and up. Caregivers must stay in the building, but are encouraged to let children attend the program alone. 1:30 to 2 p.m.

Junior Friends of the LibraryThe monthly general meeting of the Junior Friends of the Library. For kids in grades 4-6. 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. May 17 Mother Goose on the Loose!, A highly interactive program for children up to age 3 with a caregiver. Join us for songs, rhymes, puppets, lap bounces, and more! 11 to 11:30 a.m. May 18 Picnic Playgroup, Bring a lunch and enjoy music, stories, and fun. Funded by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. May 21 Mad Scientists - Heat Science , Explore what happens when you heat things up at the library. We will learn about phsyics and thermodynamics as we experiment with hot and cold, then we'll make our own heat-activated invisible ink! For children in grades 3-6. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. May 22 Preschool Play and Learn, A playgroup for preschoolers and their caregivers. Activities may include tactile play, movement, stories, and

On My Own Storytime, An independent story time experience for children 3 and up. Caregivers must stay in the building, but are encouraged to let children attend the program alone. 1:30 to 2 p.m. Reading Giraffes Book Discussion, A monthly book discussion for the Teen Friends of the Library (aka the Reading Giraffes). Books can be picked up at the library's circulation desk about 3 weeks in advance. 3:30 PM to 4:15 p.m. May 24 Mother Goose on the Loose!, A highly interactive program for children up to age 3 with a caregiver. Join us for songs, rhymes, puppets, lap bounces, and more! 11 to 11:30 a.m. May 25 Picnic Playgroup, Bring a lunch and enjoy music, stories, and fun. Funded by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. May 29 Building Blocks, Imagine, create, and build anything you can dream of

May 31 Mother Goose on the Loose!, A highly interactive program for children up to age 3 with a caregiver. Join us for songs, rhymes, puppets, lap bounces, and more! 11 to 11:30 a.m. Fiske Public Library 110 Randall Rd. Wrentham, MA 02093 508-384-5440 May 2 Mom's Club, 10 to 11 a.m. May 3 Yoga with Chris Primavera, 2nd class of the first SPRING session.Sign up and prepayment of $65.00 is required. This session continues May 10, 17, 24, 31. 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. May 4 Baby/Toddler Playgroups, Two programs – Birth to pre-walkers with Mom, Dad or caregiver meet on Fridays at 9:30. Toddlers (walkers) to ages 2 ½ with Mom, Dad or

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Stony Brook to Receive New Play Area Thanks to Scout BY PATRICK COLEMAN

The goal is to get children outdoors and experience nature. The means will be a playground of sorts. But, it won't be a typical playground with swings and jungle gyms. Rather, 15-year old Dan White of Wrentham Troop 131 is building a nature play area at Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Norfolk. It will utilize natural materials and will allow children to run, jump, and use their imaginations while experiencing the outdoors in a safe, environmentally friendly area. "It will have no or miminal impact to the environment," White explained. The idea for the nature play area came about as White, currently a Life Scout, was trying to determine what to do for his Eagle Scout project. The folks at Stony Brook wanted to build a nature play area and White, a long time volunteer at the sanctuary, thought it was a good fit for his project. "Dan has taken the initiative and has been working his fingers to the bone," says Doug Williams, Sanctuary Director of Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary and Nature Center. “The nature play area is something we wanted to get into here for quite awhile." The general idea behind a nature play area is to get children outside and experience their environment. "Kids today don't play outside the

of a dedication to preserving the natural environment and they will develop a stronger connection to nature.�

Life Scout Dan White of Wrentham Troop 131 looks to bring a nature play area to Norfolk.

way I did when I was a kid," says Williams. "We were experiencing what was outside." This outdoor experience was one of the elements that attracted White to the project. He has always been a kid experiencing nature and wanted to share his love for the outdoors with children. As an active member of Boy Scouts he regularly goes camping, but the seeds for his love of the outdoors started with his father. "My dad brought me up in the outdoors," White says. “I’ve always been into it.� White believes that the nature area will help foster an appreciation of the outdoors in children. “I can’t wait to see how they react to it,� he says. “They will have more

The play area will encompass a 52' x 52' area with a round rail fence. Inside the fence, White plans to build several all natural play structures such as a stump jump and a tall grass maze. "I want to construct a large wooden turtle that children can climb over and play with," he says. "I will create a room for the kids to hide in. This room will be built by weaving vines around several trees. There are other ideas that I'm thinking about, but these structures are definitely going to be incorporated." Both White and Williams are excited to see the project completed this summer. Williams is very happy to see it come to pass and he’s thankful that White has taken on the task of building the nature play area. “Dan is a great kid. He has the skills and knowledge a lot of kids are lacking,� Williams says. “He is very interested in what’s going on outside and around him.� To raise funds for the project White has already held a book sale at Stony Brook, and on May 19th and he will hold a yard sale as part of Stony Brook’s Open House. If people would like to donate items to the yard sale, please call 508384-2631. (This article appeared in The Wrentham Times,

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underwater theme deriving light from phosphorescence. Their unique approach earned them the Da Vinci Award for outstanding creativity in building. “ It was really something,� says DeVore. “They definitely scored extra points for using phosphorescence. It was a very original idea that other teams had not used as a source of lighting. They went underwater and built this amazing submarine. It was really creative how they but this whole thing together.� The third team to make it to regionals went for the second year in a row. The team was made up of Brian Crowley, Nick Ihley, Samantha DeWitt, Emily Wilson, and Caitlin Gonser. They did a problem called “Coming Attractions.� In this problem, the team had to make a live movie trailer. The group research two different countries and they had to have some type of interaction between the countries. The team chose the Incas and the Mayans. In their presentation the team used a big spinning wheel that transported their Incan and Mayan

characters to present day Las Vegas. “They named their movie Lost Vegas. They had to incorporate original music to go along with the movie trailer,� explained DeVore. “They had to just show glimpses and pieces of what the movie would look like.� At the regional competition, Wrentham also had a team earn a third place finish with a program called “Hold It!" The team was made up of Erin Cahoon, Sophie Matta, Haley Luce, Adam King, and Connor Eaton. They built a small wooden structure to support weights and it was able to fit golf balls inside. They presented an original story about an alien landing on earth who met helpful animals that helped fix his spaceship in order to get back into space safely. DeVore was thrilled with the performance of the Wrentham teams. “All seven teams did a great job and should be very proud of their accomplishments,� she said. “ We always say it's about the finish, just to be able to make it to the tournament and present a solution is the goal. If a team can do that then it's time for cake. Should awards befall you, then it's extra frosting on your cake.� (This article appeared in The Wrentham Times,

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3rd Annual Norfolk Community Day Youth Art Show For the 3rd year the Norfolk Lions are sponsoring a youth art show open to all Norfolk residents in grades 1 through 6. The art work submitted should represent a ‘Scene around Norfolk’. All entries will be displayed at Community Day on June 9, 2012 at the Holmes Complex, 22 Myrtle St., Norfolk. In addition, all art work will become a part of a slide show that will be broadcast on Norfolk Cable TV.

Norfolk Lions Honor Veterans with “Field of Flags” on Town Hill Residents in Norfolk may have received a package in the mail from the Norfolk Lions requesting support for a “Field of Flags” on Town Hill for Memorial Day. The Lions Club, with help from the King Philip Leos Club, is raising money to honor our veterans by selling 12” x 18” American flags. They will be placed in a grid on Town Hill by the KP Leos for viewing by all Norfolk residents on Memorial Day weekend The flags cost $10.00 each and may be dedicated to the memory of (or the honor of) a veteran.

Donor’s names and dedications will be displayed at the Norfolk Public Library. What an inspirational sight – 1000 flags on Town Hill – proudly commemorating our veterans! Proceeds from this “Field of Flags” will be donated to The Fisher House Boston, a non-profit charity that provides a home away from home for families of veterans who are receiving treatment at the VA Boston Healthcare System in West Roxbury. There is no charge for any family to stay at The Fisher House.

The Lions and Leos ask the community of Norfolk to rally around this commemorative in support of the men and women who have sacrificed so much, by buying a flag. Please return the remittance envelope you received in the mail or you may send a check to Norfolk Lions Club/Fisher House, PO BOX 68, Norfolk MA 02056. For further information please call Lion Don Hanssen (508) 5200225, Lion Tom Keenan (508) 320-1383 or Jen Deluca from the Fisher House Boston at (508) 7288781.

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caregiver meet on Fridays at 10:30. Meet new friends, play with the toys and gym equipment purchased with funds from the Friends of Fiske!!! Come join the fun! No registration required just drop in. If arriving before 10AM please ring doorbell. 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. May 5 Children's Movie - Born to be Wild, Born to be loved. Born to be free. This documentary narrated by Morgan Freeman is an inspired story of love, dedication and the remarkable bond between humans and animals. This film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them-saving endangered species one life at a time. Born to be Wild is a heartwarming adventure transporting moviegoers into the lush rainforests of Borneo with worldrenowned primatologist Dr. Birute Galdikas, and across the rugged Kenyan savannah with celebrated elephant authority Dame Daphne

Sheldrick, as they and their teams rescue, rehabilitate and return these incredible animals back to the wild. The movie is Rated G and is 40 minutes long. No children under 2 1/2. (Parents and caregivers should always check the Internet if they don’t think the subject matter is appropriate. We have found a useful site for checking any movies before watching them – Sign-up and tickets available after April 25. 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM Lego Club, The Lego Club has resumed on Saturdays. The sessions are held in the Sweatt Meeting Room. Registration is not required, just drop in and join the fun!!!! (Lego donations always appreciated!) 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. May 10 Yoga with Chris Primavera, 3rd class of the first SPRING session. Sign up and prepayment of $65.00 is required. This session continues May 17, 24, 31. 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. May 11

Baby/Toddler Playgroups, Two programs – Birth to pre-walkers with Mom, Dad or caregiver meet on Fridays at 9:30. Toddlers (walkers) to ages 2 ½ with Mom, Dad or caregiver meet on Fridays at 10:30. Meet new friends, play with the toys and gym equipment purchased with funds from the Friends of Fiske!!! Come join the fun! No registration required just drop in. If arriving before 10AM please ring doorbell. 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

required. This session continues May 24, 31. 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.

May 12 Friends of the Fiske Booksale, 10a.m. to 3 p.m.

May 18 Baby/Toddler Playgroups, Two programs – Birth to pre-walkers with Mom, Dad or caregiver meet on Fridays at 9:30. Toddlers (walkers) to ages 2 ½ with Mom, Dad or caregiver meet on Fridays at 10:30. Meet new friends, play with the toys and gym equipment purchased with funds from the Friends of Fiske!!! Come join the fun! No registration required just drop in. If arriving before 10AM please ring doorbell. 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Lego Club, The Lego Club has resumed on Saturdays. The sessions are held in the Sweatt Meeting Room. Registration is not required, just drop in and join the fun!!!! (Lego donations always appreciated!) 2:30 to 3:45 p.m.

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May 17 Yoga with Chris Primavera, 4th class of the first SPRING session. Sign up and prepayment of $65.00 is

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Baby/Toddler Playgroups, Two programs – Birth to pre-walkers with Mom, Dad or caregiver meet on Fridays at 9:30. Toddlers (walkers) to ages 2 ½ with Mom, Dad or caregiver meet on Fridays at 10:30. Meet new friends, play with the toys and gym equipment purchased with funds from the Friends of Fiske!!! Come join the fun! No registration required just drop in. If arriving before 10AM please ring doorbell. 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Lego Club, The Lego Club has resumed on Saturdays. The sessions are held in the Sweatt Meeting Room. Registration is not required, just drop in and join the fun!!!! (Lego donations always appreciated!) 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. May 30 Foreign Film, 7 p.m. May 31 Yoga with Chris Primavera, 6th class of the first SPRING session. Sign up and prepayment of $65.00 is required. Evening Book Group, Books will be available at the circulation desk. FACILITATOR : Jan Battikha, 6 to 8 p.m.

Annual Fishing Derby The Wrentham Lions Club is holding our 20th annual Fishing Derby on Saturday, April 28th at Trout Pond behind the Wrentham DPW off Taunton Street, rain or shine. This event is for kids up to the age of 18, and is free. This event is a free community service so that families have the opportunity to go fishing together. This event starts at 7 a.m. and runs until 1 p.m. when there is the awards ceremony and a raffle. Awards will be for the single largest trout caught in three age categories, plus other prizes. When you get to the pond register each fisherman and get your raffle ticket and any gear you might need (other than a fishing pole and reel). Every kid gets something to take home. We will have hooks, bob-

bers, and weights for all who need them. There will be free hot dogs and drinks available on a first come, first served basis starting approximately 10:30 am until we are out. For further information about this event, contact either Bob Heiselmeyer at 774-571-2180 or Bill Skinner at 508-384-7037, CoChairmen Wrentham Lions Fishing Derby or email fishderby@ . Wrentham Lions charities fund research in the hopes that one day, a cure will be found for blindness. For more information about the Wrentham Lions Club, please visit our website at .

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How To Improve Your Landscape Before Selling Selling a house is seldom easy, and homeowners are often willing to do whatever it takes to make their home more attractive to prospective buyers. One of the areas sellers typically focus on is the home's landscaping. A wellmaintained lawn and garden increases a property's curb appeal considerably, increasing the chances a buyer will have a strong first impression of the home. But homeowners don't need to have a green thumb to ensure their lawn improves curb appeal. The following are a few tricks of the trade savvy sellers can employ to make their home an instant hit when buyers pull up to the curb. • Color the landscape. The plants outside a home shouldn't stick out like a sore thumb, but a few splashes of color can make a home more appealing. For the cost of some annuals, which are typically inexpensive, homeowners can turn a drab flower bed into a colorful spot bound to catch a buyer's eye. • Lay down new layers of mulch. Mulch is not only good for plants, helping them to retain moisture while inhibiting weed germination and growth, but a

fresh layer of mulch also adds to a yard's aesthetic appeal. Mulch made of wood or bark chips is also slow to decay, so apply a new batch right before the "For Sale" sign is erected and you might not have to apply another batch before selling the home.

clean the filters so water is always clear. • Invest in a power washer. Buying a power washer might be a tad over the top, but homeowners whose yards are filled with grimy surfaces might find a power washer can work wonders at restoring a home's external appeal. If plants are in pots that are covered in years-old dirt and grime, a power washer can restore the pot's luster in a matter of minutes. Spray down walkways and even home siding that has fallen victim to dirt and grime over the years.

• Prune trees and shrubs. Pruning trees and shrubs is one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve a landscape. Dead branches in shrubs and trees might suggest to buyers that the homeowners weren't terribly preoccupied with maintenance, and this might cause them to think twice about making an offer. Stay on top of pruning regardless of what season it is, and be sure to remove any fallen branches from the yard on a regular basis.

• If planting trees, don't go too big. Especially large trees are not always attractive to prospective buyers, who likely won't want sight lines obstructed or won't want to worry about a tree falling and destroying their home during a storm.

• Clean bird baths and other water features. Water features create a peaceful atmosphere around a property if they're well maintained. If not, buyers won't see the yard as a sanctuary but rather a place where mosquitoes congregate and odors emanate from algae-filled water. Remove any debris from water features, including leaves and algae, and

Cleaning water features around the property is one way for homeowners to increase the curb appeal of their home.

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• Address issues with weeds. A prevalent problem with weeds around the property is another situation that some buyers might feel is indicative of neglect. Weeds are a pretty simple problem to remedy, so buyers might be correct to assume weeds around the property are there because the homeowner was not concerned with maintenance. Lay mulch around flower beds and gardens to reduce weed growth, and pull any weeds from sidewalks and the driveway. Once weeds are pulled, spray areas that were infested with a weed-treatment product to ensure weeds don't grow back. A well-maintained landscape is a great way for men and women hoping to sell their homes to make a strong first impression.

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4 Tips For Choosing Grass Varieties

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If you drive by a home and see a lush lawn out front, you may wonder how the homeowner achieved such a thick and healthy turf. Although many factors go into creating a beautiful lawn, starting out with the right seed for your location can play a big role.

Hand injuries are a common side effect of certain occupations and hobbies. Tennis elbow or wrist and even carpal tunnel syndrome are well-recognized injuries. But ergonomic tools can help alleviate injuries due to repetitive motions.

Some homeowners simply go out and buy whatever grass seed they find. However, if you plant a warm-season grass where it frosts over in the winter, you could end up spending money for nothing -and finding a dead lawn come springtime. The same can be said for planting a cool-season grass variety where the summer sun will scorch the lawn and kill it off. These are some factors you will need to consider when planting a lawn. 1. Select the right grass seed or mix of grass seed for your climate. Determining your zone area and seeing where your location falls on a Turfgrass Selection Climate Zone map, which gauges temperature as well as climate and rainfall amounts, can help you select a grass seed. For example, bahiagrass, Bermuda and zoysia are better for warmer climates, while bluegrass, fescue and ryegrass may work in coolerweather to temperate areas. 2. Determine yard needs. Certain homeowners have no problem spending hours upon hours caring for the lawn. Others prefer minimal upkeep, while some can handle moderate maintenance. Homeowners can choose a grass based on how much time they want to spend caring for it. You should also determine how the lawn will be used. Will it be a focal point with no foot traffic? Or will it be a play area for kids and pets? This, too, will help you determine your grass type. 3. Choose the type of grass for your desire of growth and life span. Some grasses spread by creeping or tillering. Tillering happens when the plant extends from the central root, and these grasses are known as "bunch"

grasses. Creeping is when grasses send out horizontal roots, essentially runners, from which new plants will arise. There are also wide blades and narrow blades of grass. One last thing to think about is an annual grass or perennial. In general, turfgrasses are perennial, so apart from reseeding dull patches, annual seeding won't be necessary. 4. Go out and buy the grass. Now that you have narrowed down your needs, you can head to a lawn store armed with the information and select the right type of grass for your needs. Consult with an employee if you have difficulty determining the variety of grass you should purchase. Depending on whether you're in a transition zone between two different zones, you may need a combination of seeds for the best balance and look. After you have selected the grass seed, you will need to follow the manufacturer's recommendation for seeding. Experts advise that the best time for seeding is in the fall when there is still ample water and sunlight, and the grass has yet to go into hibernation. Here's what else you can do. • Remove rocks and till the soil underneath. *Add an inch of sand and compost and then till together. • Next add lime or sulfur to the soil. • Add a starter fertilizer and rake the lime and fertilizer into the rest of the mix with a metal rake. • Then apply a thin coating of grass seed and lightly rake it into the soil using an upsidedown rake. • Finally, water the soil 2 to 3 times a day for 5 to 10 minutes to adequately dampen the soil. Creating a beautiful lawn requires knowledge about climate and weather conditions. Then you can create a lush lawn that is a wonder to behold.

The term ergonomics is derived from the Greek words "ergon," which means work, and "nomoi," which means natural laws. In the simplest terms, ergonomics is the study of how work is done and how to make work better. It has led to an entire subset of ergonomicsincluding products that can make work better and are safer for the body. This is done by designing items that increase utility of the item, are more comfortable to use, and reduce injury through frequent use. Ergonomic products are most readily associated with items of the workplace, including ergonomic keyboards, computer mice, office chairs, and lighting. But many industries have reevaluated operations to include tools that are ergonomic in design. Gardening is one area where ergonomics has become especially popular. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health estimates that the rate of hand injuries in the workplace is 25 hand injuries for every 10,000 full-time employees. However, hand, back and injuries of other areas of the body are also commonplace due to hobbies like gardening. Many people have considered giving up gardening due to the pain that ensues from using the wrong tools. Here are some ergonomic tools to consider for use while gardening. • Extend a Hand Ergonomic Gardening Tool Set: These garden tools help individuals continue gardening tasks with ease and joint protection. The tools attach to the forearm and feature a rightangled grip to promote strength and leverage. Interchangeable heads turn the tool into a hoe, trowel, cultivator, or pruning saw. • Radius Garden 102 Weeder Hand Tool: This device alleviates wrist and hand fatigue from gripping and pulling out weeds the traditional way. The weeder features a patented hand grip that provides more leverage with less wrist stress. The aluminum blade helps to cut through weed roots and lift out weeds with minimal effort. • Garden Works Ergonomic 7 Pattern Sprayer: Instead of squeezing

Choosing the right garden tools can alleviate pain and strain.

a hand grip to activate the hose nozzle, this sprayer features a sliding thumb valve that controls water flow while reducing hand strain. The seven different water flow patterns allow gardeners to choose from misting to streaming water flows. • Bond LH029 Ergonomic Handle Garden Spade: The handle and length of the tool is designed to create maximum comfort and leverage when digging in soil.

• Miracle Gro(R) Ergonomic Garden Feeder: This feeder has an ergonomic handle for an easy, stress-free grip. The trigger lock allows for one-handed control and three spray patterns. Gardening doesn't have to be painful when you use tools that are specially designed to fit the hand. They help alleviate strain to the wrist and elbow while maximizing leverage.

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Patio Clean-Up For Seasonal Entertaining Outdoor entertaining is a primary component of the warm-weather season. Individuals flock to their backyard patios and decks to barbecue or simply soak up a little sun. Over the course of the fall and winter your patio may have experienced some wear and tear. Or if the patio is several years old, it may need some maintenance to improve its appearance for the new season. Maintenance often depends on the material used. Before starting, figure out what your patio needs and stock up on the supplies. Many patios are poured concrete, and a simple pressure-washing could be all that's needed to revive the look. Pressure washers can be rented or purchased. If there are cracks or chips in the patio, some minor patchwork may be able to fix unsightly problems. There are fast-dry patching kits. If the patio is especially damaged, it may be in your best interest to simply replace the patio or cover it with a different material, like wood decking. Some patios are constructed from paving stones. Pavers are usually installed atop a thin layer of sand and then more sand is brushed into the seams between the pavers to set them in place. Over time, the sand may become dislodged causing the pavers to wobble or even grow uneven. Taking the time to brush new sand over a paver patio can keep the stones stable. Because pavers

The spring season is the time to refresh the patio by cleaning and updating furniture.

are not a solid surface, weeds can grow in between the stones. Hand weeding and the application of a weed-killing product can help with keeping weeds at bay and from being unsightly. This year, maybe it's not about refreshing the patio but installing one instead. Although many homeowners choose to make the installation

of a patio a do-it-yourself project with fine results, if you have a large yard or an intricate design, you may want to price out masons. These contractors could have relationships with suppliers of concrete and patio pavers, which could save on the cost of materials for the job. Plus you will have the benefit of knowing the work was done correctly.

Time-Saving Spring Cleaning Tips Spring cleaning is a task most people tackle each and every year. Many projects are tailor made for the warmer weather. Here are some time-saving tips to conquer spring clutter and cleanup projects. • Wash the blinds. Metal blinds can

be removed from the window and taken outside for washing. Use a scouring brush with a mild cleaner and some water to loosen dirt. Hang the blinds on a slanted surface and hose down with the garden hose to clean off the dirt.

• Clean the windows. Use water and dish soap and a sponge to wipe the inside and outside of windows. A rubber-tipped squeegee can be used to remove the excess moisture and provide a nice sheen on the window. It's less wasteful than using a

Now is also the time to wash the cushions to your patio set to enhance your patio decor. Do so on a sunny, warm day to allow the cushions to dry adequately so they won't develop mildew or mold staining and odor. If the cushions look dated or beyond repair, this season could be a good time to head to the store and

handful of paper towels. • Switch fan directions. Ceiling fans set to spin in a clockwise rotation draw air upward and then redistribute the warm that collects at the ceiling. Clockwise is the ideal direction for the winter, but when spring arrives, it's time to hit the switch to change the blades to spin counter-

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purchase a new set. Nothing refreshes a patio more than bright colors and attractive accessories. While new planters filled with flowers could do the trick, coordinate patio colors with new upholstery for outdoor furniture, throw pillows and a new patio umbrella to complete the look.

clockwise. Be sure to thoroughly dust the fan blades first, or you could end up with dust bunnies blowing around the room. • Replace surface protectors. The small, adhesive pads that are placed on chair legs and furniture to protect against wood floor scratches need to be changed periodically. That's because dirt can accumulate under the pads and eventually damage the floor. • Switch the linens. Change out comforters and darker shaded fabrics for lightweight items that bring a fresh, clean feeling that's perfect for spring. • Clean the refrigerator.Remove old food and discard and take out other items and place in a cooler. Use a baking soda and water solution to scrub stains and sanitize the shelves and walls of the refrigerator. • Clean the carpets. Rent a carpet shampooer and thoroughly clean the carpeting. Open the windows and let the crisp spring air help dry the damp carpeting afterwards.

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Protect Your Garden From Hungry Animals Homes full of garden beds with blooming flowers and foliage can seem warm and inviting. Planting flowers is one of the easiest ways to transform the appearance of a home with minimal effort and expense. Too often homeowners plant annuals and perennials only to find their hard work has been damaged by hungry animals, like deer, rabbits and underground pests. There are ways to keep animals away from plants -- many of which are humane and environmentally safe. Keeping furry marauders away from the garden is something individuals who live in rural or suburban areas have to consider when planting. Many communities are growing and encroaching on the natural habitats of wild animals. With some of their natural food sources diminishing, animals may decide to partake of the easy pickings that come from residential home gardens. If you understand how these animals feed, you can take precautions to restrict access to planting beds. Rabbits tend to munch on vegetables and ornamental plants. Small in stature and not able to scale fences very easily, rabbits might be deterred by a low fence surrounding plants. Consider digging some chicken wire below the fence a few inches to discourage digging under the fence. The fence should be 18 inches high, and you should keep the openings no more than one inch because rabbits can squeeze through small openings. In terms of gophers, moles, voles, and other burrowing animals, the key is preventing underground access. Chicken wire or another abrasive material put under the garden soil can help keep underground animals from burrowing under and then up into the heart of the garden. Deer are another story altogether. They are tall animals capable of rising up on hind legs to stretch out and reach branches of trees and bushes. Therefore, taller fences may be needed to protect the garden. But these can sometimes be unsightly, especially in a front yard. Therefore, look for natural barriers that can keep them out. They may be deterred by thorny bushes or plants. Daisies, papaver (poppies), narcissus, rudbeckia, achillea, agastache, aster, lupine,

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Riding Mowers Can Make Lawn Care More Manageable Homeowners love extensive, lush, green lawns. But the elbow grease that goes into tending to the landscape is far less beloved. One task that routinely causes bouts of procrastination is mowing the lawn. But riding mowers can change the way homeowners view mowing the lawn. Traditionally, mowing the lawn has been a task largely handled by homeowners pushing walk-behind mowers. Whether these mowers were powered by gasoline, electricity or simply human power, they were the type of mower that was generally the most popular and most affordable.

Deer and rabbits can eat many garden plants down to the ground.

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bother picking tasty plants out among other varieties they don't like. So mix plants with ones that animals find unpleasant.

Here are some additional strategies that you can try.

• Use other natural deterrents. Animals may be kept away by scents of their predators. Urine from coyote, foxes, dogs, and cats may help. You can also try human hair, cat litter and soap flakes.

• Create narrow pathways between raised beds. Rabbits will feel like they are in prime locations for predators to get at them in this type of situation and may be less likely to venture in. Deer may not be able to navigate narrow paths. • Use mulch. In addition to benefitting the plants, keeping soil moist and fertilizing the areas, mulch also deters many animals. • Interplant different species of plants. Some animals don't want to

• Create an animal-friendly area elsewhere. Feed the deer and rabbits the foods they love somewhere away from your garden. They may fill up with favorites and stay away from your flowers and vegetables. • Traps may work. As a last resort, use humane traps to collect animals and release them elsewhere.

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Individuals had different features they could consider in their mowers, including horsepower and the size of the deck. There were also mowers that could bag or mulch. Despite these features, homeowners with a particularly large back or front yard -- or both -- may have found lawn mowing to be tedious work. Those who have yards of almost an acre or more often find riding mowers to be an efficient method of mowing the lawn, and one that also does not require as much effort out in the sun. A riding mower's cutting deck is in front, while a lawn or gardening tractor's cutting deck is midmounted, which is how they differ. Lawn tractors also may be

able to accept other landscaping attachments. A riding mower is more maneuverable than a tractor, particularly for landscapes that may have trees or planting beds. Cost is the one thing that may deter some homeowners from a riding mower. While a walk-behind mower could cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars and up, riding mowers generally start

at $1,000 and may be as much as $10,000, depending on the extra features, like cruise control and cup holders. However, some find that what riding mowers lack in affordability, they make up for in convenience. Plus buying a riding mower may pay for itself in savings on landscaping services over the course of one to two seasons. As with any lawn tool, it's important to note that riding mowers are not toys and they should not be handled by children, nor should children be allowed to ride along while mowing.

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Go Green In Your Garden Gardening can be a rewarding and relaxing hobby, one that allows gardeners to escape from the daily grind and soak up some sun. As rewarding as gardening can be, it's even more so when gardeners ply their trade in an ecofriendly way.

flowers is another eco-friendly way to garden. Native flowers, in particular, can help maintain an area's natural ecosystem, provid-

ing tools, whether you're a beginner who needs everything or a veteran gardener whose tools have seen better days, choose products made from recycled materials. For example, many gardeners use mats to help reduce stress on their knees when kneeling down to garden. When buying a new mat, choose one made from recycled tires.

Gardening with the environment in mind is something many gardeners might do already without even knowing it. The following are a few ways to garden in a way that's mutually beneficial to gardeners and the environment. • Use mulch to conserve resources and reduce reliance on fertilizers. Conserving resources is one of the best ways to help the environment, and applying mulch is a great way to conserve water. Mulch helps the soil retain water, keeping the water from evaporating into the air, which means less watering for gardeners who want to keep their gardens looking lush and healthy. In addition to helping conserve water, mulch can also help reduce reliance on fertilizers. That's because mulch provides nutrients to the soil as it breaks down, providing an eco-friendly alternative for gardeners who don't want to rely on fertilizers to deliver nutrients to their soil. • Plant more flowers. Planting

But emphasizing recycled products shouldn't stop at the tool shed. Mulch, for instance, can be made from recycled rubber and won't impact the environment in a negative way. Just be sure to purchase recycled mulch that is nontoxic and does not consume natural resources.

ing food and shelter for insects and other wildlife. More flowers and plants around the property also means there will be significantly less grass to mow, which reduces the amount of gas necessary to mow that grass in the warmer weather and the amount of greenhouse gases the lawn mower produces. In addition, less grass means less need for fertilizers and pesticides to maintain that grass.

• Live and let live. Insects might be a nuisance, but they can also be a gardener's best friend. Spraying insecticide simply because insects can be pesky is shortsighted and impractical. Certain spiders prey on other insects that can be harmful to a garden, while butterflies and bees help pollenate flowers. Earthworms are also very beneficial to a garden, helping to aerate and fertilize the soil and enabling plants to grow by removing harmful matter from the soil.

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Give The Gift Of Green For Mother's Day Mom may appreciate chocolate or flowers. But for children who want to offer her something a little more special -- especially for their eco-conscious moms -- there are a number of different gift options to make Mom's big day as ecofriendly as it is enjoyable. An eco-friendly gift for Mom is a gift that keeps on giving. When you jot down your gift idea list, think about adding these "green" gifts. • Make a basket of gardening gear. Garden plants and supplies are perhaps the greenest gifts to give Mom. Plants are so plentiful and varied that there are bound to be ideal flowers or greenery for every mother's tastes. Compile different gardening essentials, such as seeds or seedlings, organic soil mix, mulch, all-natural compost, and a few different planting containers. You can also include gardening gloves and ergonomic tools made of recycled materials. Finish the gift with the inclusion of a book that describes different garden designs and gives tips for beginners. • Dine at a local restaurant. Many families take Mom out for a meal on her special day. To make the experience eco-friendly, select among restaurants that are close to home in the area. Explore the possibilities of restaurants that may serve foods made with local, organic ingredients. If you cannot find such a restaurant, do not worry, just choose a local establishment to conserve fuel. • Pay for a car tune-up. Improving the gas mileage on Mom's car is one gift that can be environmentally friendly. According to the United States Department of Energy, keeping a car in shape can help save money and improve fuel economy. Fixing a serious maintenance problem, such as a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve

Mom's gas mileage by as much as 40 percent. Also, be sure to have her car tires properly inflated. She can be losing gas mileage by 0.3 percent for every 1 psi drop in all four tires. Getting an oil change with the recommended grade of motor oil is another gas mileage improvement measure. • Purchase eco-friendly kitchen items. It may be a major faux pas to give Mom an appliance or a new vacuum for Mother's Day. However, if your mother is an avid cook or baker, she may appreciate some new mixing bowls or utensils made from recycled materials. If Mom is the consummate entertainer, get her new glass tumblers and sipping straws made from recycled glass. They are perfect for serving cocktails and outdoor entertaining. • Pamper mom with organic products. What mom doesn't enjoy a little pampering from time to time? You can treat your mother to a spa experience at home by assembling a basket full of organic shampoo, conditioner, massage oils, bath salts, and any other organic spa items you can find. • Select organic fruits and flowers. Companies like can assemble a bouquet made from responsibly grown flowers or even a wreath for a wall or door. They also have food gifts, from organic fruits to nuts. • Spend the day outdoors. Most moms cherish any gift from their children, whether lavish or simple. A nice, eco-friendly gift is to spend time together. Research local parks or hiking trails and plan a day where you both commune with nature. Or even head to the seaside for a relaxing day. Explore the landscape and be on the lookout for birds and washed up treasure from the sea. Plan to finish the day with a homemade, picnic lunch.

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Perennials are a Gardener's Friend Gardening is often seen as an art form to men and women with a green thumb. Once the landscape is designed, homeowners may not want to change much from year to year. That is where perennial plants can be an advantage. Designing a landscape and keeping the garden looking beautiful can take a keen eye. It also may require a lot of time and commitment. If home gardeners have to replant items year after year, gardening can become time-consuming and expensive. Turning to perennial plants and flowers to serve as the anchor for a home garden can make the process easier. Perennials are plants that live indefinitely. In terms of flowering plants, perennials will bloom every year. In essence, they have the staying power of shrubbery but are more delicate in nature and often appealing to the eye.

There are perennials for every season, soil type and sun exposure. Perennials come in a wide variety of blooming flowers or attractive foliage. Chances are if a homeowner wants to add perennials to the garden, there is a variety available that will fit his or her needs. Here are some perennials that can be added to the garden: • lavender • ornamental grasses • asters • chrysanthemums • irises • poppies • milkweed • goldentufts • anemones • columbines • daylilies • peonies

• hostas Once perennials are in place, there is relatively minimal maintenance that is required. The tune-ups that may be needed are some deadheading to promote new and stronger growth and some cleaning up after winter before the new blooming season takes place. Once the early spring season arrives and the ground is not too muddy or rain-soaked, clear out any leaves and debris that have gathered around where perennials are located. Gardeners can also till the mulch or soil in these areas to aerate the planting beds.

to flower.

Using shears, cut down any dead grasses, stems and stalks from spent perennials that overwintered. Remove any dead wood and broken branches. Be careful not to trim spring-blooming shrubs because some flowers bloom on year-old stems and this can cause the plant not

Perennials that aren't flowering as well as they used to or have dead centers may need to be divided to promote stronger growth. This should be done in early spring before the plant blooms or late fall before the winter arrives. Dividing plants and replanting not only

Hostas are perennials that thrive in partial sun and shady areas.

grows the garden, but also it is a healthy revitalization for the plant. Gardeners who prefer to take a laid-back approach to gardening may appreciate the ease with which a beautiful and easy-to-maintain landscape can be created with perennials.

Protect Pets Through The Dog Days Of Summer When the warm weather arrives, conscientious pet owners typically reevaluate how to care for their pets. As the seasons change, so may a pet's needs, and different safety precautions might be necessary.

death. Dogs are particularly vulnerable to the heat because they can only cool off by panting and through the sweat glands in the pads of their feet. Animal cruelty laws apply to just

Warm weather seasons are many people's favorite time of year. Pets, too, enjoy the benefits of the warm weather, including more opportunities to frolic outside. But the sunshine and hot weather that is synonymous with the summer season can prove treacherous to some pets. Although the hotweather months are sometimes called "the dog days of summer," that doesn't mean that your dog enjoys them. According to "Dogs in Antiquity: Anubis to Cerebrus: The Origins of the Domestic Dog," by Douglas Brewer, Sir Terence Clark, and Adrian Phillips, the term "dog days of summer" was coined by the ancient Greeks and Romans actually to describe the hottest days of summer that coincided with the rising of the Dog Star, Sirius. It has nothing to do with dogs loving the summer. So keep in mind your pooch and other pets may not be acclimated to hot weather and may suffer for it. Dogs, cats and small animals who are left inside a hot car, even if just for a few minutes, can be susceptible to heat-related illness and even

about anyone who endangers their animal's life through negligence. Failure to take weather conditions into consideration may be a criminal act, depending on where a pet owner lives. To avoid heat-related injury to a companion animal, keep these tips in mind. • Even on a day that seems mild, an enclosed car can reach deadly temperatures. A Stanford University study found that even when it was a mere 72 F outdoors, the interior temperature of a car reached 116 F within one hour. Research further indicated that cracking the windows of the car had little effect on lowering the internal temperature of the vehicle.

• Pets generally have a higher body temperature than people. A dog's normal body temperature, for example, is between 101 to 102.5 F. Being outside in the heat or locked inside a hot room can quickly bring that body temperature up. Nerve damage, liver damage, heart problems, and even death can occur if a dog's body temperature rises just a little bit. • It is important to provide pets with extra water, as they may be more thirsty when it is hot outdoors. If you will be spending a day away from home, leave one or two bowls of water available and put in a few ice cubes, which will help keep the water cooler. • If your pet is outdoors, make sure he has plenty of access to shady areas in which to rest. A child's wading pool can provide a respite from the heat as well. • Avoid walks and daily exercise during the hottest parts of the day. Try to reschedule these for early morning or early evening when things generally cool down. Remember, pavement and sidewalks can be very hot and burn the delicate pads of the feet. • Discuss pet sunscreen products

with a veterinarian. Animals with short hair or with white fur and pink skin may be more susceptible to sunburn and damage from potentially harmful UV rays. • Be mindful of open windows and pet birds. It can be easy for birds to escape when a window is left open in the house, especially if your birds are given daily exercise outside of the cage. On another note, keep in mind that glass is virtually invisible to birds, and wild birds may collide with glass if windows are kept shut while the air conditioning is on. Glass reflects the images of trees, bushes and the sky, so a bird may fly directly into it. The United States. Fish and Wildlife Service offers that one of the greatest hazards to birds is plate glass, with windows in homes and offices killing as many as one bil-


lion birds each year. • Stay up-to-date with vaccinations, as biting insects, such as mosquitoes, ticks and flies, are more prevalent this time of year and can transmit diseases. • Avoid toxic gardening products if you and your pet frequently spend time in the yard. • Don't assume your dog knows how to doggie paddle. Despite the name, not all pups have mastered this method of staying afloat. Keep in mind an unattended dog can drown. The warm-weather season is one in which people enjoy lounging outdoors and soaking up some sun. You can ensure your pets enjoy it, too, by taking precautions and other safety measures.



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Room With A View Available For Immediate Occupancy Ask yourself: “What do many iconic TV sitcoms, popular over the last few decades, have in common?” Look back to the seventies at The Brady Bunch, still one of television’s all-time favorites; to the eighties for The Cosby Show; and then to the nineties at Everybody Loves Raymond, to draw attention to just a few. In the storylines of most of the episodes, the cast — immediate family members, relatives and friends — were regularly seen gathered in the kitchen where all-to-familiar events occurred. As we look back at our own family lives, how often have we heard this familiar comment (no matter how big the home): “Why is everyone congregating in the kitchen?” So if TV-land really does mimic real life, get ready for a brand new set — the open-air patio room, complete with lavish cooking, entertaining and leisuretime conveniences. As modernday lifestyles are changing, we see entire households moving much of their daily and special occasion activities out-of-doors while at the same time, redefining the backyard patio as we once knew it. “Move over interior designers,” says Charles H. Gamarekian, Chairman/CEO of Cambridge Pavers Inc., manufacturers of Cambridge Pavingstones with ArmorTec®, Cambridge Wallstones and a full spectrum of outdoor living products. “In today’s world, the landscape designer can easily be producer, director, get a starring role and earn rave reviews.” To complement their line of pavers and walls, Cambridge made its debut in this important lifestyle revolution by dedicating a major segment of its product line to satisfy the needs and desires of families who have migrated out the back door. “It all started ten years ago with an easy-to-install, circular barbeque and fire pit made basically of our wallstones,” adds Gamarekian. “Now our products run the gamut and include a full line of round and square fire pits in addition to outdoor fireplaces, outdoor kitchens, grill and bar modules, a pond-less waterfall and even an outdoor pizza oven that cooks pizza pies, bakes bread and roasts veggies with an old world, brick oven flavor derived from an

authentic wood-fired oven.” They have continued to freshen up their outdoor living product group each season through innovation, new product development, diversity and most importantly, with quality. The commitment has earned the brand a great deal of recognition in the public eye year after year. The best part is many of the installation conveniences associated with these Cambridge products have put professional contractors in a position to turn a homeowner-customer’s wish list into real life situations and stay within budget. Pre-cut Feature Is A Plus Not only are all of these outdoor amenities pre-packaged in kit form but, where necessary, most of these items have undergone another arduous task. Cambridge has pre-cut the wallstones used to build all of these kits and also guarantees quality results. Again, the emphasis is on the fact that all Cambridge Outdoor Living Kits are both pre-cut AND pre-packaged. This timeconsuming effort on the company’s part was initiated this year to speed-up the installation process. It allows for increased cost-efficiency, practically eliminates any chance for error and factors in value-added components important to the budget-conscious customer, especially in highly competitive, economic climates. Decorator-Inspired Features And ProfessionalStyle Inclusions Fireplaces and pizza ovens in a choice of wallstone styles and colors can be ordered with decoratorinspired, cast stone surrounds in a natural Bluestone or a warm Chestnut hue. Pizza ovens, also available in different styles and wallstone colors, include a Care and Cooking Package with an array of pizza peels, flat shovels with long handles commonly used by professional pizza chefs. Outdoor kitchen and grill modules also include stainless steel appliance packages, which, depending on what is chosen, are comprised of a grill, rotisserie, sink and faucet, cabinet access doors and more. The Cambridge Bar Module has a comprehensively ap-

pointed Bar Center Package that puts drink preparation and other convenient features at your fingertips. These kits also include polished granite countertops in a choice of Black Uba Tuba or Venetian Gold. No backyard gathering spot is truly up-to-date without an openair room. Cambridge offers more than one low maintenance option, also in ready-to-install, pre-packaged kits. The first is a Cambridge Pre-packaged Four-Column Pergola, constructed of high strength fiberglass in a high quality, factoryapplied white finish with the appearance of painted wood — only without the maintenance. Two sizes are offered: 16’ x 16’ and 16’ x 20’. The columns are designed to be set on any Cambridge wallstone column (not included). An optional overhead canopy can be added to the pergola for greater protection. The canopy with Roman pleats in a choice of two striped fabrics has durable, extruded aluminum parts as well as a WeatherGuard rain layer. A twocolumn version that covers Cambridge Pre-packaged Kitchens and can be used over other items in an outdoor plan is also available. Sun or rain won’t cramp your homeowner-customer’s style if you put in a Cambridge Pre-packaged Pavilion — a substantial and well-appointed structure, constructed of traditional building materials. Low maintenance materials are used in all exposed surfaces and your customer can select either a cathedral or flat ceiling as well as roofing and ceiling material. Cambridge offers two standard sizes: 10’ x 15’ and 12’ x 18’ with custom sizes available to meet specific requirements of a project. Both the Cambridge Pre-packaged Pergola and Pavilion come with step-by-step instructions in English and Spanish for you or an outside, local installation service. Complete, instructions are included with other products as well. Conversation areas are critical to a well-designed patio. Perimeter sitting walls such as a low, domino-style wall built of Cambridge Olde English Wall™ can add flexible, casual seating when needed. A pub-style table supported by a pedestal constructed of

hardscape material is another way of adding permanent seating. Instead of building one from scratch, consider a Cambridge Patio Pub & Bistro Table, available in two wallstone styles and lots of colors. Both come with a 48” x 48” polished, granite top and have a 2”-diameter hole for a patio umbrella, which is not included. Here too, absolutely no cutting is necessary. Cambridge has a solution for privacy and security as well with their new Pre-packaged Garden Gate Kit. This all-inclusive product consists of an oiled, solid teak door and frame with a dramatic, 28”-diameter, circular opening at the top. Double-action hinges allow the gate to swing both ways, while a dead bolt latch provides needed security. Consider this item if your customer is looking for additional privacy for an outdoor living space or just an attractive means of entry to an adjacent area of their property. The 38” x 80” gate can be secured between two columns on a perimeter wall built from any Cambridge Wallstones. Building these and other landscape walls, retaining walls, engineered walls, steps and columns can be facilitated by referring to the Cambridge DesignScaping

Handbook, which contains instructions and tips for installing pavers, wallstones and other Cambridge products in conventional and unique applications that can also enhance the overall atmosphere of a patio. As inside the home, ambient lighting, albeit completely functional or not, is also important. It may be time to also rethink your landscape and hardscape lighting since this category has also seen some improvements. For example, Cambridge paver, column, stair tread and wall lights provide both function and flair that fits almost any hardscape design. They are sold individually or for more convenience, in kits with wire and transformer. So if you think Room With A View may be an appropriate name for a modern, family-oriented television show, smart landscape contractors can create their own family “reality” series right in their customers’ own backyards. For more information and where to buy go to

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Living Healthy Spring into Fitness with Koko FitClub! Koko FitClub offers customized workouts that align with your goals! Spring is in the air. We even had a sneak peak at summer with a week of temperatures in the 70s and 80s. Are you ready for it? Spring conjures up different thoughts for different people. Some people are excited to bring their fitness routines outside with cycling or running. Some people are itching to get out on the golf course or tennis court. And others are thinking about the summer quickly approaching and are dreading putting on shorts, tank tops, and bathing suits. Do you fit into one of these categories? If so, Koko FitClub has a workout program designed to fit you.

No matter what thoughts the arrival of spring conjures up for you, your fitness solution should start with strength training. Koko FitClub makes strength training simple and efficient with its patented Koko Smartraining system. How does it work? It starts with your fitness goals. For those of you who are runners, bikers, golfers, and tennis players, Koko offers a SPORTS PERFORMANCE track. Koko’s sports performance track focuses on core, functional, and conditioning programs to prepare your body for anything. Within the track, members

may choose from programs such as Born to Run or Performance Golf which further focus the member’s workouts. Koko FitCoach Marsha is an avid golfer and swears that Koko’s sports performance track is the key to her hitting the ball further with each round. For those of you who are more in the camp of dreading the summer wardrobe, Koko offers a WEIGHT LOSS track to help you burn fat, shed inches, and reclaim your body. Members can even choose to focus in on Koko’s Summer Fit program within the track. Koko Plainville member, Liz, has lost 20 pounds and 11 inches with Koko’s weight loss track. Liz is also 70% stronger than she was when she joined Koko!

In addition to these two tracks, Koko FitClub also offers a TOTAL BODY DEFINITION track for those looking for a more sculpted and toned physique, a MUSCLE BUILDING track for the more experienced weight lifter looking to increase muscle mass and power, and a FIT & FLEXIBLE track designed to improve flexibility, strength, and balance for every day activities. In short, Koko FitClub offers something for everyone. Once your fitness goals are defined with the selection of a personalized track, the programs within the track are then customized to your strength level and your body. The resulting workouts are then loaded onto your Koko key which allows you to come in, plug in, and work out on your own schedule with a fully coached session. The Koko Smartrainer tells

you what to do and how to do it and then tells you how you did. And perhaps the best part is that your strength training sessions take just 30 minutes! No matter what your plans this spring, spending time indoors for strength training should remain a priority every season. If you are interested in optimal results in a minimal amount of time spent indoors, head to Koko FitClub for a complimentary session today! Koko FitClub is located at 25 Taunton Street in Plainville, 377 Chauncy Street in Mansfield, and 907 Main Street in Walpole. Visit for more information or to schedule a complimentary session. You can also reach any of these local clubs by calling 855-GET-KOKO.

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Living Healthy Fitness Together Franklin Under New YMCA Makes Push to Ownership and is Newly Renovated! Reach Fundraising Fitness Together, Inc. of New England is proud to announce new ownership of the Franklin, MA studio located at 13 Main Street in Franklin Ma. The studio was recently acquired by Jerry Espinosa, his wife Teris and brother Michael. Lifelong athletes and fitness enthusiasts, the Espinosa’s have enjoyed lending their expertise and passion for fitness to their clients as owners of Fitness Together in Jerry’s hometown of North Attleboro, MA since 2008. Prior to that Jerry was Vice President of the Northeast Region for a National Health Club Chain. “Jerry and Teris are exceptional owners in the Fitness Together system,” says Benjie Moser, Northeast regional director of Fitness To-

gether, Inc. “They have shown their excellence over the last four years with their North Attleboro location. Michael will be a great addition to the Franklin studio.” With a range of certifications from personal and group training to AED and CPR, the Espinosa’s have decades of experience in every possible aspect of the professional fitness field, from coaching high school sports, to teaching group classes to managing national health club chains. Michael is also a life long competitive athlete, fitness enthusiast and former health club executive. Jerry and Michael launched their careers in fitness at Franklin Field House in the 1970’s while competing in the Hockomock League. Jerry is currently


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“We will be building off of our model of one-on-one and Personalized Small Group Training, while carrying over Franklin’s existing best practices in raising the bar in one-on-one and Small Group Functional Training in the area,” says Jerry. “This, combined with Nutrition Together and Cardio Together, will provide the Complete Wellness Solution.”


Benjie Moser, who attended the opening celebration at the Franklin Fitness Together studio on Tuesday, March 27 was impressed by the Espinosa’s commitment to fitness and their connection with the community. “The town of Franklin should be very excited to have such passionate owners as their fitness leaders. We also welcome, Michael Espinosa as manager and co-owner of this location!” For more information or to find out how to schedule a free consultation call 508-520-6888 or go to franklin-ma.

Last Year, $1.4 Million in Its 15 Communities Last year, the Hockomock YMCA gave $1.4 million in assistance & program subsidies for the 15 communities it serves. This was well in excess of the $610k raised last year. This year, the YMCA is reaching out again to the community for support with its Reach Out for Youth & Families campaign. It’s goal this year is $650,000, a tall order with the campaign ending on May 16. Last month, the YMCA hosted a fundraising night at 3 Restaurant, in Franklin, raising $19,000. Tadarius Randoph, 13, who receives a scholarship from the Reach Out for Youth & Families Campaign, was one of the speakers. Tadarius spoke about how the YMCA has been a important part of his life since he can remember. Tadarius’ Mom, Linda, has had to deal with a brain tumor and undergo chemotherapy, and the teen has found support and comfort at the YMCA, where he keeps busy with basketball, swimming and weight training.

Virginia Brennan spoke about how the YMCA was there for her during her pregnancy, with prenatal yoga, as support to her stay-at-home husband, Michael and her two boys and through the LIVESTRONG program, which gave her moral support as well as physical strength to deal with her treatments for breast cancer. Virginia is now a volunteer for LIVESTRONG, as she wants to help other members with cancer that are going through what she did. The Bernon Family Branch Board of Managers, the Hockomock Area YMCA volunteer leaders, hosted the event, and guests included Franklin Town Manager Jeffrey Nutting, Council Chairman Bob Vallee, President & CEO of Charles River Bank Jack Hamilton, New England Patriots lineman Nate Solder, and 150 local business leaders and friends of the Y. Christine Devine, partner at Mirick O'Connell law firm, acted as chair for the event. New board member Bill Chouinard continued on next page

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Living Healthy YMCA continued from previous page made an emotional request that others join him in his financial support of the Y. Chouinard told visitors how he began as a volunteer. He called the Y an “anchor in the community that creates tremendous value.” He said, “I shudder to think how a single parent, with roadblocks I can not even imagine, gets through the day. It is because of the generosity of people like you, and the programs of the YMCA, that we are a better community." Other speakers included: Ed Hurley, president of Hockomock Area YMCA and Rodney Poles, Marketing and Community Relations at Whole Foods, Bellingham, which kicked off the night’s donations with $3,195, 5% of one day’s proceeds. The Hockomock YMCA has been a contributor to the community for 110 years. It reaches

out to local families in need through its scholarship program, but it also offers such programs as Adventures in Respect, an anti-bullying campaign that has reached 2,389 students from 6 area school systems as well as 504 summer campers, and an Integration Initiative, which increases the independence and physical activity of children with special needs. In addition, the Y partnered with Darkness to Light to work with 5 communities on sexual abuse prevention, and a total of 224 cancer survivors have participated in LIVE STRONG since June 2010. The YMCA also worked to lead the Walk to School Days in 2011, of which Franklin was a part. As of Friday, April 13, the YMCA had reached 52% ($338,000) of its $650,000 goal for its yearly fundraising campaign, which will end on May 16, the same day as the organization’s annual meeting.

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Protein Shakes – How to Get the Most Bang for Your Buck These days, it’s hard not to get caught up in the world of supplements. Everybody seems to be pushing something in order to give you the results that you crave. Unfortunately, it’s very easy to get caught up in the hype. Many of my clients ask for my advice on choosing a protein supplement. In this article, I’ll be providing very basic information about protein powders. Namely, what types there are, what to be careful of, and when to take them for maximum results. The most popular protein is whey, although soy powders and vegan powders have been shown to be just as effective in scientific studies. There are three types of whey powders. Listed from lowest to highest quality and cost, they are whey concentrate, whey isolate, and whey hydrolysate. The drawback of whey concentrate is that it is only 29-89% protein by weight, whereas isolate is at least 90% protein. Whey isolate also does not contain lactose. I recommend whey isolate to my clients. Before buying a protein powder, take care to research the brand. published a study in July, 2010 in

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which they found excessive levels of the toxic metals arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury in several popular brands. Recently, several athletes have blamed their supplements for causing positive steroids tests. For athletes, a quick Google search could save you a heap of trouble in the future.

protein it is as if you did not work out. You burned calories and built strength, but your muscles may not physically change. For what we call a ‘hard gainer’, a male that gains strength but struggles to gain muscle mass, this can make the difference between transformation and stagnation.

Finally, the timing of a protein shake is critical for seeing results. When it comes to gaining muscle there is a critical window of 30 minutes post-workout. During a strenuous workout, the muscle is actually damaged. A simplified explanation is that micro tears in the muscle form, which the body then heals using the basic components of protein. To maximize results, a liquid combination of a simple carbohydrate and protein is recommended.

The bottom line: Choose a well-researched, scientifically proven supplement containing at least whey isolate and take it within 30 minutes of working out for the best results. I’ve seen great results with that method, and so can you. It’s a quick addition that can make a world of difference.

Clinical studies show a significant increase in lean muscle mass in groups that consume a protein powder within 30 minutes of resistance training compared to control groups that did the same workout program but had a shake after 30 minutes or not at all. Occasionally, the control actually lost muscle mass. In other words, without immediate

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Living Healthy Norfolk Lions 50/50 Golf Ball Drop Wrentham Lions Club Golf Tournament

Weather forecast for Norfolk Community Day 2012: It will be raining golf balls at mid-afternoon!

How would you like a chance to win up to $1000 or $250 and support local charities at the same time? Buy one of the Norfolk Lion’s charity golf balls for $10. This year up to 250 numbered golf balls will be sold and two prizes will be awarded. At 2:30 p.m. on Norfolk Community Day, all numbered balls will be placed in a container and dropped 40 feet from the top of the

Norfolk Fire Dept ladder truck. The balls will fall onto a 100 foot circle painted on the grass with a pin in the center. The ball closest to the pin wins $1000 and the second closest ball wins $250. The remaining $1250 will be donated to Norfolk charities to be named at a later date.

In the unlikely event of a tie, the winnings will be split. The Norfolk Police Dept will monitor

judging. You do not have to be present to win.

With only 250 balls sold, your odds of winning are fantastic, so hurry and get yours. The Norfolk Lions will be selling golf balls at the Norfolk Recycling/Transfer Station on Saturday, June 2 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and at the Pond Street Complex on Sunday, June 3 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. They will also be on sale at Community Day, if not already sold out. You must be 18 or older to participate. Norfolk Lions and their families are eligible to enter. Norfolk Community Day 2012 will take place on Saturday, June 9, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Holmes family property, 22 Myrtle St., Norfolk.

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Living Healthy Glaucoma: What It Is and How to Treat It BY ROGER M. KALDAWY, M.D.

Milford-Franklin Eye Center Glaucoma is a progressive disease of the optic nerve caused when the pressure inside the eye is higher than the optic nerve can withstand. The most common form of glaucoma is silent in the beginning, but can cause a patient to slowly lose the vision if left untreated, starting with the peripheral vision. The most frustrating characteristic of glaucoma is that for many years, the loss of vision will go unnoticed by a patient. Although anyone can get glaucoma, some people are at higher risk than others. Some of the most common risk factors include: African Americans, over age 40, people with a family history of glaucoma and patients with diabetes. Almost 2.0% of Americans have been diagnosed with glaucoma. Approximately 1/4th of those diagnosed with glaucoma are African Americans. Worldwide, 2.4 million people per year are diagnosed with glaucoma. The prevalence of glaucoma increases with age. By the year 2020 it is estimated that the number of patients diagnosed with glaucoma will increase by 50% to 3.6 million pa-

tients. Glaucoma accounts for approximately 12% of all new cases of legal blindness each year. The optic nerve is like a cable made up of over 1 million nerve fibers that carry the information collected by your eye (retina) to the visual cortex of the brain for processing. Glaucoma slowly, decreases the ability of your optic nerve to carry this information to your brain. The buildup of pressure, in your eye, causes glaucoma. There are currently two basic theories as to why excessive ocular pressure causes glaucoma. Either high intra-ocular pressure decreases blood flow to the optic nerve, or high pressure, over time, physically crushes and kills the individual nerve fibers. At first, open-angle glaucoma has no symptoms. Vision stays normal, and there is no pain. As glaucoma remains untreated, people may notice that although they see things clearly in front of them, they miss objects to the side and out of the corner of their eye. It may seem as though they are looking through a tunnel. Over time, the remaining vision may decrease until there is no vision left. Optic nerve damage caused by glaucoma

is permanent; therefore, it is important to seek treatment in the early stages of the disease. Most people think that they have glaucoma if the pressure in their eye is high. This is not always true. High pressure puts you at a higher risk for glaucoma; however, an elevated pressure by itself does not make the diagnosis of glaucoma. Whether or not you get glaucoma depends on the level of pressure that your optic nerve can tolerate without being damaged. This level is different for each person. Although normal pressure is usually said to be between 12-21 mm Hg, a person might have glaucoma even if the pressure is in this range. That is why an eye examination is very important.

nioscopy: which is using a lens to evaluate the trabecular meshwork where the fluid in the eye exits the eye; tonometry: measuring the pressure in the eye; pachymetry: measuring the thickness of the cornea; fundus photos; pictures of the eye are helpful to look for changes in the appearance of the optic nerve over time; visual field testing: measuring the peripheral vision and optical coherence tomography (OCT) to measure the thickness of the nerve layer transmitting the image to the brain. Glaucoma is a lifelong disease that will always require treatment.

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May 1, 2012

Wrentham Lions White Cane Day Swimming Lessons In recognition of White Cane Day, the Wrentham Lions Club is holding its annual “Toll Road” on Saturday, May 5 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Wrentham Center. Funds donated will be used for Lions Charities such as Perkins Schools for the Blind, National Braille Press and the Clara Barton Diabetes Center for Children. Local charities include the Wrentham Food Pantry, scholarships, and numerous elder services. White Cane Day is promoted to

help provide a better understanding of what a white cane means and how pedestrians and motorists can assist white cane users and guide dog users at street crossings. Massachusetts has a White Cane Law which requires drivers to yield to persons using a white cane or guide dog. The white cane is a symbol of independence allowing a legally blind person to travel independently when using it.

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Wrentham TV Show Launched The Wrentham Cultural Council has developed a new television program for Cable 8 called Art 02093. The new show airs on Saturdays at 10:30 p.m. Art 02093 showcases artists and artisans representing a variety of media such as pencil, oil, watercolor, acrylic, clay, and stone. The show will take you into the artists’ studios and show them at work. The premiere episode featured Wrentham resident Mary Shea, a potter, designer, and teacher. The show brought a camera into Shea's Hunakai Studio where she was working her potter's wheel while she provided instructions on how to create a pasta plate. She narrated the steps of taking terra-cotta moist clay and transforming it into the final glazed and fired platter. The episode showed how she

smooths the clay spinning on the wheel with a soaked sponge, which she dipped periodically to moisten. Shea is an art teacher in the Mansfield Public Schools, as well as a ceramics instructor at the Hunakai Studios in Foxborough In her adult ceramics class, students explore the sculptural quality of clay, learning the various techniques, pinch pot, slab and coil construction, and an introduction to the wheel. Students design a final piece and utilize any one of the techniques to complete. Work will be fired and glazed to finish. The class is designed to accommodate beginners and advanced students. Mary's own artistic creations are for sale at the studio gift shop.


Handsome “Dutch” Loves to Talk

4Paws Animal Shelter Web Site Last month, we mistakenly ran the wrong web site address for the 4Paws Animal Shelter. The correct address is 4Paws Animal Shelter is an IRS 501(c)3 non-profit charity, established as a non-profit organization to raise funds and build a no-kill animal shelter for dogs, cats and other small animals to serve the area of Wrentham and Plainville, MA. It was started by folks from the area who recognized that there was no municipal or private shelter in the area that accepted cats and dogs that may be strays or have been abandoned.

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Norfolk’s #1 Pooch Sixteen and a half year old golden retriever Callista (Calli) received dog license #1 from the Town of Norfolk. Her owner is Linda O'Toole. The license was presented as part of a drawing that raised $300 to help support Norfolk animals. Calli received a free day of daycare and a basket of toys from Happy Tails Doggy Day Care. "We had a lot of fun with this promotion and we are glad that so many people came forward to make a donation to the Animal Gift Fund,” said Shawn Dooley, Nor-

folk Town Clerk. This year's license (green shamrock) was selected by the Freeman Centennial 6th Grade Class as part of an election and campaign educational program which the Town Clerk instituted this year. Calli received license number 1 in a fundraiser for Norfolk animals. Calli is pictured with her owner Linda O’Toole, Town Clerk Shawn Dooley and Hillary Cohen, Norfolk's Animal Control Officer.

$0RWKHU·VKXJODVWV long after she lets go. Meet “Dutch,” a frisky feline with a whole lot to say! Dutch was found as a stray and after no one claimed him he headed to the veterinarian for neuter, testing and vaccines. His next stop was the shelter where he has become a favorite among volunteers. He has personality plus and loves to talk to the volunteers. Dutch can be very animated and is eager to play with any toy of your choice. He is a handsome, young adult with beautiful, shiny, gray and white fur. Dutch will be entertaining and is sure to bring joy to your family. He would do well with an active family and other pets in the household. If you would like to meet Dutch or other cats available for adoption, applications are available on our website www.purrfectcatshel- or by calling the message center at (508) 533-5855. All cats and kittens are examined, spayed or neutered, tested for feline leukemia and FIV, vaccinated, dewormed and microchipped prior to adoption. The Purr-fect Cat Shelter is busy preparing for our next fundraiser, The PCS Yard Sale to be held June 2 with a rain date of June 3. Donations in gently used condition are needed. Volunteers will be accepting donations Sat. May 5th and Sat. May 19th at Route 109 Self-Storage, Route 109 on the Millis/Medway line from 8am to noon. Visit our website for the list of items we can accept for sale. All proceeds from the Yard Sale directly benefit homeless cats and kittens cared for by the shelter.

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Sports Warriors Start Season On Positive Note BY KEN HAMWEY Staff Sports Writer Julie Pasquantonio is counting on a sextet of seniors to keep King Philip’s girls lacrosse team in the hunt for the Hockomock League title. The 25-year-old coach, who excelled as a midfielder for the Warriors and later played at UMass-Amherst, is pleased with her team’s 3-1 record to start the season, but she’s acutely aware that her nucleus of veterans must continue to play with passion and hustle if KP is to achieve the lofty goals she’s outlined. “Our top priority is to win the Hockomock League crown,’’ said Pasquantonio whose rookie season at the helm last year produced an 11-5 record. “We also want to qualify for the tournament and go deep in the playoffs. The 15 players on our roster are aiming to have success this year, especially in high-stakes games.’’

Pasquantonio is optimistic that the Warriors’ six seniors will continue to elevate the lacrosse program’s strong tradition and be a group that her nine underclassmen will view with respect. When KP’s strengths are discussed, talk quickly focuses on its captains, who all play at midfield. The trio includes Olivia Fair, Jenna Liljeberg and Kathryn Riley. “Olivia has strong stick skills, is strong on defense and is adept as a passer,’’ Pasquantonio said. “She’s dynamic on the attack and plays with lots of heart. Jenna complements Olivia well. She’s fast, hustles endlessly, passes effectively and is spirited. Kathryn’s stick skills are fancy, she’s fast and has a hard shot. Her stick skills also are excellent.’’ If the three captains play lacrosse in college, they’ll all be competing at the Division 1 level. Fair will be at the University of Richmond, Liljeberg will be enrolling at Sacred Heart (Connecticut) and Riley

is heading to Boston College. Two other keys for the Warriors are Rachael Lomp at attack and Chandler Ross in goal. “Rachael is a reserved, calming force for us,’’ Pasquantonio said. “She’s unselfish, one who passes often and won’t force a bad shot. She can be very sneaky around the crease. Chandler is a vocal goalie who’s skilled and reacts very quickly. She’s worked hard in the off-season with her club team and she’s very effective in directing our defense.’’ The sixth senior — Jodi Cullity — has been sidelined because she’s recovering from a torn ACL injury that occurred during basketball season. An attacker, Cullity has been working with younger players and helping to speed their development. “Jodi could be cleared to play later in the season,’’ Pasquantonio said. “She’s got a good attitude. She was so strong for us last year at attack and provides great spirit in her supporting role .’’ Pasquantonio knows her underclassmen are working diligently to hone their skills and becomes leaders in the years ahead. She also realizes that her senior group sets a solid example for her younger competitors. “Our seniors are excellent in the classroom,’’ Pasquantonio said. “And, they’re involved in things like student council, etc. They’re good character kids who give us veteran leadership.’’ KP’s squad so far has banked on its midfield strength, its defense, depth and experience. Pasquantonio, however, will keep focusing on team chemistry, fully aware that how players mesh with one another will go a long way in defining this year’s contingent. “We try to maximize our talent,’’ she said. “We’ve got speed, so we can play a fast-paced game. Team chemistry is a big key and we’ll strive to keep improving. One thing I changed from last year was our non-league schedule. We’ve got some very challenging matches outside the league and the reason for the upgrade was to make us stronger for the playoffs.’’ The Warriors non-league slate in-

Julie Pasquantonio looks for seniors to lead this years’ squad.

cludes Westwood, Medfield, Needham, Winchester, Notre Dame of Hingham and Walpole. KP finished tied for second place in the Kelly-Rex Division, which featured Franklin as the conference champ. Pasquantonio is cautiously optimistic her squad can contend for the league title. “Franklin and Mansfield look very strong and will be in the mix,’’ she said. “Both schools have lots of tradition in lacrosse and they’ve also got talent.’’ When Pasquantonio played for the Warriors, she experienced a run that she’d like to see her girls du-

plicate. For three straight years, KP didn’t lose a game in the Hockomock League. During that stretch, Pasquantonio was a two-time league all-star and a Boston Globe All-Scholastic choice. “We’ve got the mentality this year that we’ll be successful,’’ she said. “If we have adversity, hopefully we’ll rebound from it and overcome anything negative. If injuries were to hit us, we’ll have players who can step up.’’ Pasquantonio also has six seniors she can turn to in key situations. And, it’s a good bet that as those seniors go, so go the Warriors.

WYBSA to Hold Golf Tourney Wrentham Youth Baseball Softball Association is scheduled to have its annual golf tournament on Friday, May 4th at the Easton Country Club, 265 Purchase St., Easton, MA. The tournament will have a 1 p.m. shot gun start - scramble format. The tournament costs $125 per person and includes greens fees, cart, dinner and raffle. There is also a $15,000 hole-in-one giveaway sponsored by Northeast Financial Strategies Inc. To register, visit WYBSA web site at

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Sports Drive and Talent Propel Swimmer BY CHRISTOPHER TREMBLAY

After trying just about every sport possible as a youngster, Wrentham’s Stephanie Nasson took to the pool like a fish to water. To many, the King Philip senior seems more comfortable in the water than she is on land and who knows, coming from a family that likes to swim, maybe she is part fish. “When I was younger I tried everything (soccer, softball, figure skating, dance and basketball) and by the eighth grade I stopped everything but swimming. I really don’t know why I chose swimming. There was no reasoning behind it. I just did,” Nasson said. “It must have been in the back of my mind because swimming always took precedent over any of the

other sports. I was always worried about how I was going to get to swimming from other sports, but never the other way around.” It seems Nasson has been in the right spot at the right time. In 2001 the Adirondack Club in Franklin began a club program; Nasson joined the following year and has been swimming for them ever since and just prior to entering high school, King Philip decided to add a swim team. At that point in time Nasson knew how to swim, she just didn’t understand technique and how to swim competitively – that would all change in due time. In high school Nasson began swimming the 200 and 500 meter freestyle and right from the beginning KP Coach Heather Tomassian knew that she had something

special. “She was a good swimmer from the start, definitely one of our leaders in the pool. Stephanie’s about as talented as they come,” the Warrior coach said. “When she got in the pool during dual meets I had no concern about her winning and when she got to the states she still found herself in the upper echelon. This is really exciting; especially for a program that’s only four years old.” In addition to being named to the Hockomock All Star team all four years, the KP captain has won three Division 1 State Championships in the 500 and two state titles in the 200. Who knows if she could have won more if she hadn’t been sick during the state meet her freshman year.

This past season when she captured her final state championships, it was rather special because she was swimming alongside her younger sister Sydney. The younger Nasson was lucky enough to swim one year with her older sister on the high school level, but it was Stephanie who was thrilled to have her kid sister on the team, especially when they got to compete against one another in the 200 and 500 meter freestyle events during the Division 1 State Meet. Sydney finished third to Stephanie’s first in both events. “It was definitely a lot of fun to swim and compete against her,” Nasson said. “We’ve not only trained together on the high school level, but the club level as well, so swimming in the states against her was nothing out of the ordinary.

The great thing was standing up on the podium with her on my side.” Nasson enjoys swimming as it allows you to follow your progression through your times. And it was at an early age when she knew that her times were good. “When you get better you know right away by your times,” she said. “When I was 11 or 12, I excelled at distance swimming for my club team and was put into the highest group. My coach use to say I was the little kid chasing the older kids.” Club Coach Kyle Browning began coaching Nasson a couple of years into her tenure at the Adirondack Club and almost immediately knew that he had something special. “Did I know that she was going to turn out as good as she has? No, but you could definitely see her talent, although being so young I didn’t put much stock into it,” he said. “I moved her because she needed it. I typically don’t like moving younger swimmers up, but Steph had that talent and drive. You couldn’t hold her back.” Through the four years, Tomassian has seen her top swimmer improve upon her times over and over again. “She’s a swimmer through and through and has grown during her years here at King Philip. She’s a leader and the kids look up to her,” the coach said. “As good as she is, (she’s a nationally ranked swimmer) she’s also a humble individual and that’s very, very refreshing.” Swimming in the long course for her club team, Nasson participates in the mile in which she was ranked seventh in the nation for 17 year olds last year. Upon graduating from KP, the Warrior swimmer will take her talents to Boston University, where both the men and the women captured the American East Conference this season. She also swam a 4:20 in the 400, which is one second away from qualifying for the Olympic trials. Browning will be taking Nasson to Charlotte in May to compete and hopefully qualify.

Stephanie Nasson ends KP career with state titles in the 200 and 500.

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Plympton Celebrates Fenways 100th BY PATRICK COLEMAN The Boston Red Sox celebrated Fenway Park's Centennial Anniversary on April 20th and, as part of the celebration, members of the team’s alumni were invited to the party. That included Wrentham Recreation Director and former Red Sox pitcher, Jeff Plympton. "It's pretty exciting," Plympton said before the celebration. "I get to see a lot of guys I played ball with in the late 80s early 90s." Plympton has been active with the Red Sox since the John Henry led management group purchased the team in 2002. He is regularly invited back to the park to participate in Autograph Alley and to be a part of Alumni Day. "I don't pass up anything," Plympton says. "They try to keep me involved." For the Fenway Park 100th Anniversary, former players were flown in from all over the country and put up in Boston. Plympton and his wife, Linda, attended a re-

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FSPA Announces Summerstate 2012 Auditions The Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) will hold auditions for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, the SummerStage 2012 musical theater production, on Saturday, May 12, at FSPA, 38 Main Street. The two-week annual summer program runs from August 6-16 and is open to students in grades 3-12. This year, SummerStage will feature two separate casts for the fully-staged production (one for students in grades 38 and the other for grades 8-12). Auditions for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown are at 1:30 p.m. for grades 3-5, 2:15 p.m. for grades 6-8 and 3:00 p.m. for grades 9 and up. Auditions may also be scheduled by appointment. Please prepare 16 bars of a musical theater song. Students will also be asked to dance a simple combination taught at the audition. All SummerStage students are cast in the production! In addition to SummerStage, FSPA will also offer a series of one-week summer camps and an eight-week summer session of weekly voice, instrumental, and dance lessons and classes. Inspired by the popular Fox TV show, Camp GLEE runs July 2327 for students in grades 5-8, and July 30-August 3 for students in grades 1-4. The FSPA staff will lead students in recreating pop, rock, and Broadway hits from the popular show. GLEEKS will learn to sing solos and choral parts on selected repertoire, focusing on stylization and correct genre-specific technique. All songs will be choreographed and presented in a final Camp GLEE “Competition” on the last day! Rock Camp, for musicians of all levels, runs July 9-13 and provides students with the opportunity to jam with talented area musicians and learn from well-known Boston professionals. Rock Camp is under the direction of bassist Bill Miele and drummer Kenny Hadley and concludes with a studio performance. For students in Grades 5-12

interested in studio or computer recording, Audio Engineer Derek Pisano will lead Recording Camp, from July 23-27. Critically-acclaimed R&B singer April Hall will conduct a Vocal Styles Camp July 16-20 for high school singers, introducing students to jazz phrasing, scatting, and improvisation, as well as microphone and performance techniques. For young beginner dancers (grades 1-6), Dance Camp will run July 16-20 and/or August 20-24, introducing jazz, tap and ballet and featuring engaging choreography and creative dance games. Teen intermediate and advanced dancers in grades 7-12 will focus on various contemporary genres, including contemporary, lyrical, and modern jazz, in Contemporary Dance Styles Camp, July 23-27. FSPA will also offer two Summer Ballet Intensives: Summer Session I for the Young Dancer Division (ages 9-11) from July 2-13, and Summer Session II for the PreProfessional Division (ages 12-18) from August 6-24. For musical theater enthusiasts in Grades 1-6, Broadway Camp runs from July 16-20 and/or August 2024. Campers learn vocals, choreography and scene work and showcase their skills in a final ensemble performance. Acting Camp, running July 23-27 and/or August 20-24 for students in Grades 5-9, teaches character building and improvisation and culminates in a one-of-a-kind presentation. Creative Kids Camp will engage and entertain campers ages 5-7 with drama games, theater activities, singing, dancing, and crafts from July 9-13 and /or July 30-August 3. The youngest campers ages 3-5 are invited to the summer Little Music School Experience with FSPA’s Little Music School Director Kim Rezendes from July 16-20 and/or August 6-10. To register for performing arts camps, SummerStage, private lessons or classes, call FSPA at (508) 528-8668. For further information, visit online at www.FSPAonline. com.

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Going Green...The Benefits of a Geothermal Home A homes heating and cooling costs should always be considered when purchasing a home. It can be a homeowners biggest expense. In saying that, buyers should take a serious look at the property for sale at 64 Orchard Street, Millis. The current homeowners have installed a state of the art geothermal system. The green, eco friendly system will save you thousands of dollars a year in energy costs. It also replaces the conventional HVAC units used for cooling the home by utilizing the same heat source, the water from a 300 foot deep well.

How does the Geothermal system work? It works by tapping into the relatively constant temperature of

imately 50,000 geothermal systems installed in the United States each year. This home was built in 1996 by local builder John Toth, who is well known for his quality construction . With over 3300 square feet of living space and almost 2 acres of land the new homeowner can enjoy lots of living space inside and out! The kitchen offers hardwood flooring, granite coun-

the earth below the frost line, which is about 50 degrees Fahrenheit. A closed loop circuit that lays vertically 300 feet below the surface, circulates the water from the well towards the house. Once that water from the well reaches the heat pump, it is then converted through an exchange process to the required internal temperature( selected through in-

dividual thermostats throughout the house.) The heated water warms up the adjacent fan that blows the air through the ventilation system. System life is estimated at 25 years for the inside components and 50+ years for the ground loop. There are approx-

CENTURY 21 O'Neil and Associates Earn Quality Service Award Century 21 Real Estate LLC, franchisor of the world’s largest residential real estate sales organization, has announced that CENTURY 21 O'Neil and Associates is a recipient of the CENTURY 21 Quality Service Office award for its commitment to providing quality customer service to its clients. "Receiving this award is a great honor and a testament to the focus and attention we commit to our clients in ensuring that they understand each and every step of the home buying and selling process," stated Patrice O'Neil, broker/owner of CENTURY 21 O'Neil and As-

sociates. "This award is the collective result of the efforts of each and every member of the CENTURY 21 O'Neil and Associates staff." Based on customer feedback received from the CENTURY 21 System’s Quality Service Survey (QSS), the award recognizes those CENTURY 21 System offices nationwide that earn a minimum customer satisfaction index of 85 percent or better on real estate transactions they closed from January 1 - October 31. The Internetbased survey is e-mailed to consumers immediately after the purchase or sale of a home through

a CENTURY 21 System office.

Located at 667 South Street in Wrentham, CENTURY 21 O'Neil and Associates is a full service brokerage firm specializing in property listings.

Estate Sale and Flea Market May 19 An Estate Sale and Flea Market will be held at the Federated Church of Norfolk on Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The church vestry will be transformed into a wonderful market place. Included in the sale will be oak, pine, walnut, and mahogany furniture, ladder-back chairs, a farmer’s dining table, a wicker love seat, glassware, an oak deacon’s bench, tools, a hanging what-not shelf, a spool bed, trunks, and a silver service for twelve, to name but a few of the

many items that will be available. In addition, there will also be a bountiful basket silent auction. Members of the church congregation make these beautiful gift baskets. They will make wonderful gifts or special treats for the winning bidders. The Federated Church’s own Heavenly Chefs will have morning coffee and pastry and delicious lunch available so that shoppers can take a break from treasure hunting to have some refreshments. There will also be a

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"A commitment to quality customer service is crucial in today’s competitive real estate market," said Rick Davidson, president and CEO, Century 21 Real Estate LLC. "CENTURY 21 O'Neil and Associates has demonstrated the dedication to the consumer is the hallmark of the CENTURY 21® System’s franchise offices."

Bake Sale where you can purchase some delicious baked goods to take home. The Federated Church is located at the corner of Main Street and Route 115 across from the Town Common. The sale will be held in the church vestry, which is handicapped accessible. The entrance and parking lot are behind the church and entered from Main Street. For more information, contact the church office, 508-5280262.

ters and center island, stainless steel appliances. Direct access to the large deck for entertaining and a heated in ground pool. The living room,family room,dining room offer more hardwoods, a floor to ceiling stone fireplace, lots of windows to bring in the natural light. The private step down master bedroom suite includes a fireplace, extra large walk in closet, sitting area and a bathroom complete with shower, jacuzzi tub and double sinks. A finished third floor space offers even more living options. Freshly painted and meticulously maintained throughout with four bedrooms and 2.5 baths this home is in perfect condition.

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