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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words By PatriCk CoLeman He is a storyteller that doesn't use the written word. Photographer David Lee Black tells mythical and romantic tales through the images he captures with his camera. Occasionally his adopted hometown of Wrentham plays a key role in his art. "My photography is mostly about storytelling," Black says. "Wrentham has no shortage of charming and beautiful story telling locations."

Towns Move Election Dates By PatriCk CoLeman Wrentham, Norfolk and Plainville will move the date of their town elections to April 30th to coincide with the primary for U.S. Senate special election. Wrentham and Plainville normally hold town elections on the first Monday in April. Norfolk’s was originally scheduled for May 7th. The boards for the three towns were able to move the elections to the new date thanks to recent legislation giving towns this power if local voting occurs within 30 days of the April 30th primary.

Originally from Missouri, Black has been interested in photography since he was a young boy. He remembers the Photography Merit Badge was one of the first ones he pursued on his way to earning the Boy Scout rank of Eagle. Over the years, his approach evolved into his current distinctive style. David Lee Black uses his camera to tell stories. In some of his work, models portray historical characters juxtaposed with a unique setting. In many cases, very familiar Wrentham locations serve as the back drop. It's the beauty and inspiration that the town offers that makes him happy he decided to settle here over twenty years ago. He also says, Wrentham not only serves his art, but it's also been a great place to raise his two daughters.

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He connects to the Helen Keller quote about her days in town. Keller said, "Always I look back to Wrentham as the place where I lived most serenely, where I did my work quietly, and enjoyed undisturbed the treasures of books and of nature."

In a series specifically about Wrentham, all the models were either residents or had a direct connection to the community. Each portrayed characters in different but well known spots creating a story in each shot. In all the images, the town played a key character.

"That always resonated with me strongly," Black says.

The primary reason given for the changes by the towns was savings. “The Norfolk Selectmen and I all agree this is the best use of resources and will allow for the greatest level of voter participation,” says Shawn Dooley, town administrator for Norfolk. “This will save the town roughly $4,000. It will also move Town Meeting up a week to May 7th.” The Wrentham board debated the savings of merging the two elections and what impact there might be to the actual election results. Since the election is now 29 days later, the deadline to return nomination papers has been extended giving potential candidates additional time to get on the

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hibit at the Old Fiske Museum which can be seen through a special arrangement with the Wrentham Cultural Council. In April, his work will be on display at the

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Not only does he use his art to tell stories, Black uses it to help people. He is working with special needs clients in his Wrentham Special Arts Project. Most of his clients are diagnosed with Autism and the project involves them going out into the field with their cameras and taking photographs of themes, concepts and nature. They return to the studio to edit the photographs on the computer, have them printed, matted and framed and then select Wrentham businesses and public spaces host the photographers in their very own art show. This program is supported in part by a grant awarded from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Currently, Black's work is on display at the Looking Glass Cafe in Wrentham, the Attleboro Art Museum and the Biltmore in Providence. He also has an ex-

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ballot. “You have to extend out the deadline to turn papers in and by extending that, we open up changing the outcome of an election,” said selectman Charles Kennedy. “There are some cost savings. I see both sides.” Selectman Steve Langley added, “This board strives to save costs when it can.” While an average election costs approximately $5,000, the net savings might be less. The move won’t result in any sav-

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ings on printing ballots but would save on the expense of police details. The net savings won't be known until after the primary. There was concern that by moving the election to the end of the month this year, voters will be confused on the date next year. Anyone interested in running for positions within their respective towns still has an opportunity to pull nomination papers. The deadline to return nominations papers are now March 12th. The actual Senate election is scheduled for June 25th.

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Vintage Thymes Monthly Market Has Moved! Vintage Thymes, the amazing, monthly, themed market known for its creative dealers and everchanging treasures, has found a new home. From its original launch in a barn in Millis, to its 1000 square foot shop in Medfield, the Vintage Thymes journey has taken another expansive step to its new, exciting location in Norwood, at the WinSmith Mill Market. After months of searching, Vintage Thymes proprietors Robin Hanlon and her new business partner, the talented and creative Nancy Murphy, discovered an old mill building in Norwood and were certain this would be the next antique shopping destination. Although charming, it was nothing short of a dump inside! In addition to junk, the space had also accumulated 100 years of dirt! The inspired minds behind Vintage Thymes, however, saw the

rich potential this venue had to offer. The lease was signed and the pair immediately began dreaming of vintage, chippy, shabby goods filling every corner. The work gloves went on, power tools were plugged in, the power washer rented and the painting began! The result is remarkable! The space is now an open and airy marketplace boasting terrific natural light, fresh paint, vignettes for over 20 plus talented dealers and a private workshop, all in a rustic warehouse, industrial setting. Vintage Thymes celebrated their soft opening in September of 2012, drawing crowds old and new. One customer was overheard saying, "Wow this is huge, I could spend a whole day here!" The grand re-opening was celebrated in November, with raffles, refreshments and wonderful entertainment led by singer/songwriter Liz

DeBiase. The event was enjoyed by all. Vintage Thymes owners' and dealers' greatest passion is combing through basements, attics and garages in search of those hidden treasures that makes their heart skip a beat…time-worn goods that tell a story! Vintage Thymes monthly market has been on the antique/re-cycle, re-purpose radar for several years now. The shop is not just another antique store. With its hip collection of antiques, shabby-chic furniture, vintage garden décor, and estate jewelry, Vintage Thymes is best known for their creative ability to give tarnished and dusty vintage items a new purpose in life. "Recycle, reuse and repurpose, that’s what we're all about," Hanlon explained.

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Vintage Thymes is the only monthly market within a 60 mile radius of Boston. It is open 3 days every month, the second weekend of the month. "We're like a mini Brimfield but without the hassle of long hot days, and tired feet," Hanlon said. Its unique approach of presenting fresh goods at each themed market is a feature that their customers love and depend on, and is what keeps them coming back market after market.

Vintage Thymes is located at 61 Endicott St., Norwood, Bldg. #24, just off of Rte. 1A. Look for the red doors. In addition to Vintage Thymes, many other shops make their home at WinSmith Mill Market. Vintage, shabby chic, Victorian, POSH, and even a boutique of unique clothing called Attitudes. "Come check us out, for the love of re-cycled, re-used one of a kind finds," Hanlon said. One visit and this unique market will open up a whole new world of vintage design!

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FSPA Ballet Conservatory Presents Dance Equinox HUDSON, MA – The Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) Dance Department will present Dance Equinox on Saturday, March 23, at 2 and 5 p.m. at FSPA-Hudson in the historic Odd Fellows Building, 14 Main St., in downtown Hudson. Dance Equinox is FSPA’s third annual classical repertoire program, designed to expand students’ knowledge of the classics and to explore contemporary ballet and choreography.

class and showcases dancers’ technique and precision. Madeux has taken the framework of this piece and restaged it for her Conservatory dancers. Madeux’s choreography provides an opportunity to demonstrate the serious caliber of FSPA’s Ballet Conservatory training. The opening sections of the ballet feature younger dancers and progress to show the development to more difficult steps by the ballet’s close.

The production features 36 dancers from FSPA’s Ballet Conservatory Division. Students have the opportunity to explore different facets of their technique in preparation for the versatile demands of this diverse program. “They get to experience what it’s like to dance a mixed bill of varied repertoire,” noted FSPA Ballet Mistress Cheryl Madeux Abbott. “We felt it was important to show the connection between classical dance technique and other disciplines and to illustrate the relevance of being a versatile dancer as well."

The program continues with a modern piece, Miles of Harmonies, by Jenny Oliver, Instructor of Jazz, Tap and Horton Technique at FSPA. Oliver’s new work has its foundations in Horton Technique, which stresses long lines and demanding isolations that build strength and flexibility. The choreography explores the layers of musical movements and provides FSPA’s Ballet Conservatory dancers with an opportunity to practice the principles of this technique that support the more strenuous demands of a classical ballet dancer.

Dance Equinox begins with Class Concert, originally choreographed in the 1960s for the Bolshoi Ballet School. The piece follows the structure of a ballet

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ton in 1937, depicts a Victorian skating party set on a frozen pond one winter’s night. Dance Equinox will present parts of the ballet, restaged by Madeux with original choreography tailored to FSPA’s young dancers. Madeux had the opportunity to dance Les Patineurs as a company member of the Joffrey Ballet and Dance Equinox provides an opportunity for Madeux to revisit the ballet with her students in a way that is suited to them and reflects children’s choreography. The Ballet Conservatory Division at FSPA provides instruction in classical ballet technique, prepointe, pointe, modern and character dance. The curriculum is based on the foundations of the Vaganova syllabus and incorporates the new American Ballet Theatre (ABT) National Training curriculum. Tickets for Dance Equinox cost $18 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased in advance at (508) 5288668 or may be purchased at the door. For more information, visit

Norfolk Runs 5K Road Race Save the date! The 7th annual Norfolk Runs 5K Road Race will be held on Sunday, May 5, 2013. This great event for adults and children is sponsored by the Norfolk Lions Club and the Norfolk Dunkin’ Donuts. All proceeds from the race will donated to the local D.A.R.E and S.A.D.D programs and other Norfolk charities. Participants may choose to run or walk the flat 5K certified course. There is also a 1K race for children and the young at heart. Children start at 9:30 a.m. while runners, followed by walkers start at 10 a.m. The registration fee is $20 if pre-registered at least 48 hours prior to race day, $25 to register on the day of the race and $5 for children under 12 and active duty military, including guard or reserve members. The first 200 registrants receive a free event t-shirt! Registration on race day starts at 9 a.m. next to the Norfolk Dunkin’ Donuts at 134 Main Street, Norfolk, MA. Medals and prizes will be awarded to the winners in various age and specialty categories. Music, raffles and refreshments are also part of this fun family event. Visit for more details. Registration is now open and advance registration is strongly encouraged. Participants can register online at For questions or more information visit the web site or send email to Walk or Run, but come…to the 7th annual Norfolk Runs 5K Road Race. The Lions are a non-profit organization known for working to end preventable blindness. Norfolk Lions participate in a vast variety of projects important to our community and proceeds are donated back into local charities or to meet community needs. Dunkin' Donuts is America's favorite every day, all-day stop for coffee and baked goods. The Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation serves the basic needs of our communities through food for the hungry, safety and children's health.

Old Fiske Museum Open On March 2nd The Old Fiske Museum will be open Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Currently the exhibit "Wrentham Works: Yesterday and Today" has some new artwork and a special display highlighting Authors: Of, From, and About Wrentham. If you are a writer, please contact the Wrentham Cultural Council at

Wrentham Cultural Council Seeks Members If you have an interest in becoming active in promoting the arts and humanities in the town of Wrentham, the Wrentham Cultural Council has an opportunity for you. The council has two open seats to fill. The Cultural Council is a local branch of the Massachusetts State Cultural Council and is

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responsible for reviewing and awarding grants for cultural programs in the town. The Council also holds special events and exhibits at the Old Fiske Museum where it shares space with the Historical Commission. Visit the Cultural Council to see the group's many activities. If you would like to become involved and have some time and energy to contribute, please submit an application to the Selectmen’s Office at 79 South Street, Wrentham MA 02093. The “Committee/ Commission” application form can be found on Cultural Council website in the Volunteer section. If you have questions, please contact Andrea Tooker at wrenthamculturalcouncil@gmail. com or call 508-384-8689.

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Give Myles a Paw into a New Home Meet "Myles," an older kitten who is curious, and fun-loving and a friend to all the volunteers. He was left on the doorstep of a local Animal Control Office and it was discovered that this young kitten had a wound on his paw that would require a six month quarantine. PCS was called because Animal Control did not want to euthanize this kitten. He has completed his quarantine and is now ready to find a loving home. Myles is a very cute black and white, domestic shorthair that loves playtime and would be a great companion. He would also do well in a home with another cat. If you are interested in meeting Myles or any of the other cats available for adoption at PCS visit our website or call the message center at (508) 5335855 for more information and adoption applications.

Purr-fect Cat Shelter Fundraiser Fur Bowl on March 3 Come join the fun of FUR BOWL 2013, a bowling fundraiser to benefit the Purr-fect Cat Shelter. The FUR BOWL will be held Sunday, March 3, 2013 at Ryan Family Amusements, 1170 Main St. (Rt. 109) Millis. Bowling begins at 4:30 p.m. Bowler checkin and registration will begin at 4 p.m. Get together with your family, friends and co-workers and enjoy an afternoon of fun and help us raise much needed funds for the homeless animals cared for by the Purrfect Cat Shelter. A registration fee of $20 per bowler will include: 2 games of bowling, shoe rental, refreshments, and a chance to win one of several raffle prizes. All ages

and skill levels are invited to participate. Prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories. More information and registration forms are available on our website or call the message center at (508) 533-5855. All proceeds of the FUR BOWL go directly to the care and shelter of homeless cats and kittens. The Purr-fect Cat Shelter is a non-profit, no-kill, all volunteer organization providing care and shelter to homeless cats in the areas of Medway, Millis, Franklin, Walpole, Bellingham, Norfolk and surrounding communities.

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Third Annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner The KP DARE Support Group's Third Annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner will be held on Saturday, March 9th at 5:30 p.m. (Dine in or Take out). The fundraiser supports the eighth grade DARE program at the KP Middle School. Dinner will be held at Original Congregational Church, Wrentham at the intersection of routes 140 and 1A. The menu includes corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, Irish soda bread, dessert and beverage. The cost is $10 per person

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(children 3 and younger are free). Tickets may be purchased at the KP Middle School and the church offices of the Original Congregational Church in Wrentham and the St. Jude Church in Norfolk. Tickets may also be obtained by email or phone: Ken Graves at or 508384-8084. Tickets may be purchased at the door, but it helps if you can tell us in advance.

A Call to Artists! The Wrentham Cultural Council is sponsoring Arts on the Common to be held June 1, 2013, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration and information for this juried event is online at This will be a festive, family oriented celebration of the arts featuring juried handcrafted fine arts and crafts, performance art, music and interactive activities. Any questions may be sent to

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Local Gymnasts Medal at Nationals gymnastics event held Jan 5 in Daytona Beach, Florida, Gaulin, a 5th grader at the Beatrice H. Wood Elementary School in Plainville, hit on all four events during the Team Challenge. In particular, her beam performance was superior. Her flawless tick-tock backhandspring on the beam earned her a spot in the top 10 in the competition and a 10th place National medal. Her all-around score of 36.9 earned her a 10th place allaround National medal. This was an outstanding accomplishment for a gymnast at her first ever National event. Gaulin is also now ranked in the top 100 in America of Level 7 gymnasts, according to

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“Go out there and break a leg tonight. Put on a good show!� That is what they say to actors for good luck before a big performance. But break a foot just before a National gymnastics competition is not suppose to be how you tumble.

mate, were able to travel to Florida and represent Massachusetts and bring back  some National    medals. 

Alexis Gaulin, 10, of Plainville and Maria Fabiano, 12, of Wrentham, both had won a place on the Level 7 Massachusetts gymnastics team. They had earned their spot on the 6-member team by capturing the highest all-around scores at the Judges Cup Challenge at Shrewsbury High School.

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be on the mend with her broken foot and hopes to be back competing in March. Both girls are teammates at the New England Sports Academy in Westwood (NESA). They are

It might not have been as exciting   Olympian Kerri as when 1996 Strug vaulted   with   a broken    ankle   and had to be carried to the podium to get her gold medal, but Fabiano, broken foot and all, managed to do her entire bar routine and stick her fly-a-way dismount. This earned her a third place medal in the Individual bars event at Nationals.

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FSPA Slates Performing Arts Programs for Summer 2013 This summer the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) will offer a series of workshops and one-week camps, an eightweek session of voice, instrumental and dance classes, and a SummerStage musical theater program. The summer session runs from June 25 to August 16, and registration begins March 4.

show, Camp GLEE offers separate sessions for students in grades 1-4 and grades 5-8. Campers will recreate pop, rock and Broadway hits from the popular show, focusing on stylization and genre-specific technique. Songs will be choreographed and presented in a Camp GLEE “Competition” on the last day.

FSPA’s annual SummerStage musical theater program features a new one-week format culminating in an all-student, full-length production of Shrek, The Musical. SummerStage is open to students in grades 3-12 and runs from July 8-13, with two performances on Saturday, July 13. SummerStage auditions will be held on May 11 or by appointment and are for placement purposes only; all SummerStage students will be cast in the production.

For musical theater enthusiasts in Grades 1-6, Broadway Camp teaches vocals, choreography and scene work, with a chance to showcase skills in a final ensemble performance. Acting Camp, for students in Grades 5-9, teaches character building and improvisation and culminates in a one-of-akind presentation.

FSPA’s roster of one-week performing arts camps includes Camp GLEE, Dance Camp, Contemporary Dance Styles Camp, Broadway Camp and Acting Camp, as well as Little Gems Ballet Camp, Creative Kids Camp and Little Music School Experience for younger children. Creative workshops include FlashMob Fun, Rock Out, Up Your Game and Vocal Styles. Inspired by the popular Fox-TV

For young beginner dancers, Little Gems Ballet Camp (ages 5-8) teaches basic ballet positions, vocabulary, floor exercises and simple steps. Dance Camp (grades 1-6) introduces jazz, tap and ballet and features 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. FSPA will also offer two Summer Ballet Intensives: Summer Session I for the Pre-Professional Division from July 15-August 1 and Summer

Session II for the Young Dancer Division from August 12-23. For younger children, Creative Kids Camp will engage and entertain campers ages 5-7 with drama games, theater activities, singing, dancing and crafts. The youngest campers ages 3-5 are invited to the summer Little Music School Experience with FSPA’s Little Music School Director Kim Rezendes. FSPA will also offer a series of 2and 3-day workshops. Criticallyacclaimed R&B singer April Hall

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Norfolk Lions Set Record for Donations to Local Charities Each year the Norfolk Lions work in the community to raise funds for worthwhile charities. As part of their charter, Lions contribute about half of these funds to national and international efforts to eradicate global problems such as blindness, the effects of diabetes and hearing loss. But in addition, half of their funds are used within the local community to ease the suffering of those close to home. Our motto is: "We Serve."

charities. All donations were raised as proceeds from Norfolk community events such as the Chili Fest, Field of Flags, Community Day, Haunted Train Ride, Christmas Tree Sales and the annual golf tournament. The kind contributions from the residents of Norfolk and surrounding communities made these donations possible. The Norfolk Lions wish to thank everyone - individuals and company sponsors for supporting us in 2012.

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Carroll Center for the Blind, Mass Eye Research, Blinded Veterans, Brain Injury Association of MA, Lions Eyemobile, Fischer (VA) House, Haiti Relief, Hurricane Sandy Relief, Joslin Center for Diabetes Research, Perkins School for the Blind, and Lions International for LCI One Shot One Life (measles), Disaster Relief Fund and Lions Foundation, as well as other major programs Lions International has established for assisting those in need. The Norfolk Lions is an active club with over 80 members. It is one of the 46,000 clubs with

1.35 million members that make us the world's largest service club organization. We are also one of the most effective. Our members do whatever is needed to help their local communities. Everywhere we work, we make friends - from children who need eyeglasses to seniors who don’t have enough to eat, and with people we may never meet. Norfolk Lions membership is open to anyone interested in serving others. Please contact us at norfolk lionsmembership@ or visit our web site for more information.

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Norfolk Lions Community Day June 8, 2013 Save the date! June may seem like a long way off, but the Norfolk Lions Community Day team is already planning this annual event. This year’s event resurrects the original “Old Tyme Day” theme from years past when times were a little slower and more affordable.

Community Day 2013 will take place on Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Once again the Holmes Family has graciously agreed to host the event at their property at 22 Myrtle Street, Norfolk. This will be the Lions' 21st year

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Hypnotist Spinnato to Perform Cable, Mansfield Crossing, Norfolk Community Day, Maples Rehabilitation and the Norfolk Santa Parade. The troupe was selected to perform at Disney on April 16, 2013. In order to raise funds for this trip the troupe is sponsoring this fundraiser. All proceeds will benefit Inspiration Performing Troupe.

The Inspiration Performing Troupe is sponsoring comedic hypnotist Jim Spinnato on Friday March 8th, 6:15 p.m. at the Franklin Country Club, 672 E. Central St. Franklin, MA. This promises to be a fun and entertaining night out that includes a performance by Inspiration, pizza, cash bar, raffles, silent auction and more! The Inspiration Performing Troupe is a local singing/dancing troupe that performs at community events. The group consists of 15 girls ranging from ages 817 and is directed by Emily Garven who is a junior at King Philip High School. The majority of the girls are from Norfolk. They have recently performed at Faneuil Hall, Patriot's Place, Norfolk

bringing a day of family fun and entertainment. The Lions’ goal is to provide a country fair type environment including music, dancing, games, petting animals, hayrides, train rides, pie eating contest, foam for kids to play in, food and historical displays. This is an event for the entire Norfolk Community to come out, celebrate and get to know neighbors. The Lions welcome your participation and invite any Norfolk business, organization, neighborhood or group to participate in Community Day. Groups and organizations (including corporations) can take part in a number of ways, Norfolk Food pantry one of many local charities to benefit from Norfolk Lions. whether by setting up a Help make Norfolk Community booth or tent, sponsoring an activ- booth, then you should have something to offer that will add to the Day 2013 one of the best and join ity or entertainment, or simply by fun such as a game or activity, or the fun. You may contact the Norbecoming a sponsor. provide financial support that will folk Lions Club at norfolkcommuThere is no set fee to participate, be used towards other expenses. or call Ed but we do ask that you provide You can also sponsor an event or Melanson @ 508-843-1528 or something in return. For example, entertainment. We are flexible; Patti McCarty @ 508-520-0540. if your company wants to have a just tell us what you have in mind.

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King Philip DECA Thrives at the National Level for the 2nd Consecutive Year By tory atkinS, ViCe PreSident oF PuBLiC reLationS This past week, King Philip DECA chapter advisor James Dow received confirmation that the chapter had qualified for all three national DECA promotions. This awards King Philip three spots in the brand new Thrive Academy at the International Career Development Conference in Anaheim later this year. KP is the only school in Massachusetts to qualify in all three areas. DECA prepares “emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management” at both the high school and collegiate levels. This year, according to the national DECA Thrive Campaign, there were three main things KP DECA focused on promoting: general promotion of the DECA organization, entrepreneurship promotion, and community service. “I feel honored and humbled to be the advisor for this wonderful program,” said Dow. “King Philip DECA has been a successful program at the high school for a long time. I feel this is one of our finest achievements to date.” King Philip DECA would like to recognize Rachel Lehman, Alyson Rando, Sheila Connolly, Molly Mallgraf, Audrey Foxx, Madison Poirier, Kellie Mahoney, Katie Paul, Breanna Shaffer, Matthew Capobianco, Nicole Chisholm, Rachel Palumbo, and Megan Connor for their hard work and dedication to the DECA program. Members of KP DECA

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King Philip DECA Sweeps District Two Conference By tory atkinS, ViCe PreSident oF PuBLiC reLationS For deCa Tuesday January 29th was a momentous day for King Philip DECA. All 96 members of the chapter placed at the District Two DECA Conference and will be moving on to the next level of competition. Out of the 46 written projects entered at the district level by KP DECA, twenty received gold, sixteen received silver, six received bronze, and four were finalists. Both teams entered into series events received gold. Winners moving onto the Massachusetts DECA state conference at the Copley Marriott in March are as follows:

1st Place Winners: Victoria Crabtree & Stephanie Castro (Business Services Operations Research), Nick Sweeney & Mike Owen (Buying and Merchandising Operations Research), McKenna McMorrow & Sarah Shiels (Finance Operations Research), Caroline Roche & Amanda Young (Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research), Kellie Mahoney & Camille Govoni (Sports and Entertainment Operations Research), Megan Connor & Rachel Palumbo (Community Service), Libby Pickard & Kailey Andon (Creative Marketing), Rachel Lehman, Sheila Connolly, & Aly Rando (Entrepreneurship Promo-

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Meg Bentley & Amanda ElMassih (Buying and Merchandising Operations Research), Deven O’Gryzek & Kate McNeilly (Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research), Erin McGuire (Creative Marketing), Audrey Foxx & Molly Mallgraf (Entrepreneurship Promotion), Austin Sherman & Owen Mellick (Learn and Earn), and Mike Pergola & Kyle Caragliano (Sports and Entertainment Promotion). Finalists also moving on to the state conference are as follows: Rachel Sullivan & Ellie Lutes (Sports and Entertainment Operations Research), Sami Kumpe & Maddie MacDonald (Advertising Campaign), Dan LaBelle & Jon Carter (Advertising Campaign), and Molly Bartlett, Jessica Buckley, & Julianne Piatelli (Sports and Entertainment Promotion). DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

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Living Healthy Excellence in Cataract Surgery: What you should expect in 2013

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Cataract surgery is by far the most common surgery performed in the United States. With advanced technology and highly skilled surgeons, modern cataract surgery should be a rather quick, outpatient and minimal risk procedure. Your expectations should not only be to improve your vision, reduce glare at night, achieve brighter and more vivid colors and

an overall improvement of your day to day activities, but you should also have an opportunity to reduce your dependence on glasses or contacts and in many cases eliminate this need. In 2013, how to know you are getting the best resources, experience, skills and outcomes? Here is what you should be asking your surgeon about: • What type of anesthesia am I going to get? With modern cataract surgery, most surgeries


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Yogurt's creamy texture is a byproduct of the lactic acid present when milk ferments. According to the yogurt company Dannon(R), between 20 and 30 percent of milk's lactose is converted to lactic acid during the fermentation process. One of the advantages to eating yogurt concerns digestion. The naturally occurring bacteria present in

yogurt helps promote a healthy environment in the stomach and digestive system, enabling the body to more ably break down food. Due to the thickness of yogurt, it takes longer to move through the digestive system. This, in turn, helps the body break down lactose more efficiently. As a result, people who have lactose intolerance may be more comfortable eating yogurt than other dairy products. The proteins in yogurt are complete and fully absorbed by the body. These proteins also contain essential amino acids that the body cannot produce on its own. Greek-style yogurts contain more protein than other varieties, and yogurt may have any-

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Why I Koko has never been so clear to me as this morning in Quechee, Vermont. We have owned a condo here for years and come every weekend to ski with our children, but I had never walked into the fitness center before today. Feeling empowered from my Koko Smartraining workouts, and wanting to keep up my progress while on vacation, I headed into the fitness center. I walked into a room with at least 20 pieces of cardio equipment, some free weights, and some nautilus equipment for circuit training. Luckily, I have been doing enough Koko cardio to be able to create my own 15-minute interval training program that closely mimicked a Fat Burn Booster cardio ses-

minute workout that produces similar results to a 30 minute steady state workout. In fact, in 13 minutes, I had burned nearly as many calories as the woman running next to me for 18 minutes at 6.5 mph.

sion that I had completed on Friday. But that is where my comfort in the fitness center ended, just 15 minutes later. When I headed for the nautilus equipment, I quickly remembered why I hated every gym I met before I fell in love with Koko FitClub! Even though I have been Smartraining for almost two years, the nautilus equipment looked intimidating; I had no idea, really, what I was doing. But, I decided to apply what I knew from my Smartraining workouts and give it a whirl. I lasted all of three machines, frustrated by having to stop my workout to wipe down each machine before moving to the next set… not to mention the fact that I had no idea in what order these exercises should be done.

equipment, I spotted an open treadmill and decided my time would be better spent on a second interval cardio program. Again, I used what I know about interval training and my most recent workouts at Koko to start with a 5 minute warm-up and then move to a 2:1 work to rest ratio program at maximum incline.

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Living Healthy These foods may help prevent cancer Learn how to... • Plan for nursing home care. • Protect your home, spouse and life savings. • Use hidden wartime veterans benefits. • Take advantage of new health care & tax laws.


Cancer is a potentially deadly disease that does not discriminate based on a person's age, sex, ethnicity, or social status. Though anyone can get cancer, the National Institute on Aging notes that a person's risk of getting cancer increases with age, even if that person has no family history of cancer. That reality highlights the importance of routine cancer screenings for men and women age 50 and older.

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• Blueberries: Blueberries may help prevent the onset of neck and mouth cancers. That's because blueberries are rich in antioxidants, which the American Institute for Cancer Research notes can protect cells from being damaged. • Coffee: Though studies about the efficacy of coffee as a potentially preventive agent against cancer are ongoing, some studies have found that both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee can lower a person's risk of developing colon, endometrial and prostate cancer. • Whole grains: Whole grains can help men and women control their weight, as they are lower in calories than more traditional options. But studies have shown that whole grains, which can be found in whole-grain and whole-wheat pastas, can also reduce your risk of colon cancer. • Tomatoes: Tomatoes are loaded with lycopene, a carotenoid that numerous studies have indicated can reduce incidence of cancer, cardiovascular disease and macular degeneration. These studies have based their findings on tomato consumption and not on the use of lycopene supplements, which may or may not be effective at preventing cancer. Cooked tomatoes can improve the body's ability to absorb lycopene, further enhancing its ability to protect the body against cancer. • Fatty fish: Fatty fish, including salmon, that is full of omega-3 fatty acids has been linked to a host medical benefits, including lowering a person's risk of cancer and heart disease.

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Living Healthy Stay Healthy When the Sick Season of Sneezes and Sniffles Arrives The cold weather brings with it a season of smiles, the first snowfalls and, unfortunately, cold and flu outbreaks. While everyone else is suffering, there are ways you can make it through the season unscathed.

bacterial products. What you may succeed in doing is killing off any beneficial bacteria on your hands as well as creating resistant bacteria that form with over-use of antibiotics and antibacterial products.

It is estimated that a billion people across North America will succumb to the cold virus this year, says Medline. Considering there is no cure for cold and flu viruses, prevention remains a person's best option at fending off cold and flu. There are different precautions to take that can help protect you against getting sick or at least reduce the frequency and severity with which cold and flu strikes.

• Get the flu shot. There is no vaccination to prevent the common cold, but there are immunizations that can help reduce your risk of getting the flu or help minimize its severity. Doctors' offices, clinics and even pharmacies all offer annual flu shots.

Although there is no magic pill to take that will prevent you from catching a cold or the flu, there are ways to improve your odds. • Wash your hands the right way. Washing your hands frequently remains the single-best way to keep viruses and bacteria that can make you sick from infiltrating the body. Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds can effectively remove any dirt, grime and invisible invaders. • Skip antibacterial products. Because colds and the flu are the result of viruses, which are different in behavior and structure from bacteria, they will not be killed off with the use of anti-

• Use sanitizer on items around the house. Surfaces that are frequently touched by all members of the household should be wiped down with a disinfectant product. A bleach-and-water solution is an effective sanitizer. Surfaces to sanitize include phones, doorknobs, light switches, remote controls, computer keyboards, faucets, toys, and countertops. • Avoid sick people. states that flu viruses and colds can travel up to 12 feet (from a sneeze or cough). Steer clear of anyone exhibiting symptoms, especially someone who is frequently sneezing or coughing. Parents should keep children home from school if they are sick. Do so until symptoms subside so as not to infect others.

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Hall of Fame Home to Wrentham's Lucas By PatriCk CoLeman It's a story of friendship. It’s a story about pursuing your dreams, perseverance, and dedication. Simply put, it's a pretty cool story. While sports talk show hosts and columnists debate who should be in the Baseball Hall of Fame, for one Wrentham resident, his work is already enshrined for posterity. The story didn't start in Wrentham for Jim Lucas. It started in Princeton, NJ. For as long as he could remember, he wanted to announce games. Growing up, he admired and aspired to be like Yankees broadcasters Phil Rizzuto, Bill White and Frank Messer as well as the Mets announcer Bob Murphy. Shopping trips with his mother would turn into an opportunity for the young sports fan to provide play by play of all the action. "It's interested me since I was 8 years old," Lucas says. "I would announce when we go to the grocery store and say, 'The peas are on the left and the corn is on the right.'" So, eventually when it came time to go off to Glassboro State College, he set his sights on a career in broadcasting. It was there he would meet Don Wardlow, and together they would make a little history in a sport that loves its history. They would also form a lifelong friendship. But at the time as two young college students, it would be hard to imagine especially since Wardlow is blind. While working at the campus radio station in 1983, Lucas saw him enter the building. He recognized him from class. Wardlow was there to broadcast a sports update and Lucas liked what he heard. "He had this great voice and he read well," Lucas remembers. "When he was leaving the studio I said, 'Nice job.'" The two talked and Wardlow eventually asked the question that would start it all."Jim, are you up for a challenge?" Lucas remem-

bers. "Would you broadcast baseball with a blind man?"

were coming to report on baseball's first blind announcer. Lucas remembers Wardlow replying, "We didn't want to tell you this, but we're using you for publicity too."

All Lucas wanted to do was broadcast sports, and it didn't really matter if his on air partner could see or not. He jumped at the chance. But, first the The two hit it off two would need to with Veeck and in a find a way to get into year they accepted the radio station's rotaan offer to work for tion of 16 announcers. him for the season. They needed a plan. It Together, Lucas and was basketball season Wardlow worked at at the time, so the two different levels of the would-be broadcasters minor leagues indecided they would cluding calling approach the station games for the Twins about doing one of the Single A team, Red school's hoop games. Sox Double A Team, The general manager and the Twins Douat the time was relucble A team. Then in tant mainly because 1993 they got the Wardlow was blind. call. "The Marlins inDetermined, they Jim Lucas’ work is preserved at the Baseball Hall of Fame vited us to do an inmade a simple proning and an half," posal. "We'll do the Lucas says. "Don The two did this 150 times workgame into a tape recorder and we'll ing to get better and establishing became the first blind announcer also tape the two guys doing it chemistry. They made a tape of in the history of major league over the air. If we're not better than their best work and sent it out baseball." they are, we will never bother you across the country. "We had a 5 The pair stayed together broadagain," Lucas said to the GM. minute demo tape from a game at casting for 11 years when WardYankee stadium," Lucas says. "We low decided he needed to retire to That's all it took. sent the tape along with a few arti- take care of his wife who was facThe new broadcasting duo got cles from The New York Times, ing medical issues. Lucas tried to the green light and started covering and the USA Today that said we carry on without his friend. But the school's games. But, it was were going to try and get a job." after all the miles together, after baseball where they found a The mass mailing was to 176 being the best man at each other's groove. The pace of the baseball wedding, it just wasn't the same. game, the time between pitches, teams, and it resulted in 30 form When it came to announcing withthe importance of statistics to the letters and 13 hand written replies out him, Lucas couldn't do it. "I game allowed for Lucas to de- all saying "no." But they did fikept announcing and in the first inscribe the action while Wardlow nally get one yes. It was from ning of the first game without Don, provided background information Mike Veeck, one of the owners of I knew that I was done," he says. on the players. For six years they the Pompano Beach Miracle, a practiced from the stands at real Single A minor league team in In their years together they left games. "From '84 to '90 we spent Florida. Veeck already had an- behind a little baseball history and buying tickets at Yankee Stadium, nouncers for the season but saw an that history is now enshrined in the Shea Stadium and Veteran's Sta- opportunity to get a little press for sport's Hall of Fame. Jeff Idelson, dium in Philly," Lucas recalls. "We his club by having a blind broad- the president of the Hall of Fame, would go to the upper deck, with caster cover a game. When they ar- asked the pair for a copy of two his seeing eye dog Gizmo, a tape rived at the park, Veeck confessed specific games they called. One recorder and headphones. We to the pair that he was using them was when Mariano Rivera, the legfor publicity and ESPN and CNN endary New York Yankee, pitched would pretend broadcast."

a complete game shut out in 1992 as a minor leaguer. The other was in 1998 when former major league catcher Matt Nokes hit a walk off home run in a deciding 5th game to send the St. Paul Saints into the finals. "The Nokes game is probably the best game Don and I ever called," Lucas says. "It was really fast paced...2 to 1...walk off homer...home crowd. Really fun game." Now the games can be listened to by anyone visiting the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. In August, Lucas was there to watch his oldest son play in a tournament with the U-12 Wrentham Warrior All Star Team. While he was there, he took his two other sons to the audio library and was able to hear his call of the games. "I actually took a video of my kids listening to me doing the game at the Hall of Fame," Lucas says with pride. While he no longer makes his living announcing games, Lucas has come out of retirement, He's been recording and announcing his boys' baseball games. You can catch some of his work on Wrentham Cable 8 or you can hear him announce King Philip Boy's Basketball games on WDIS-AM 1170. His work behind the microphone actually earned the station its first Massachusetts Broadcaster's Association Award. Lucas called a KP game vs. Sharon last year that took 2nd place in the Sports Broadcast Division. Today, what motivates him is preserving these memories for his children. "It is a pleasure to be able do a game, burn it on a CD and keep it in my memory box so that when my kids are older and they have kids, they can go back," Lucas says. The announcing he does now might not make into the Hall of Fame but for Lucas it means more to capture the games for his children. "That's special for me," he says.


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Calendar of Events Norfolk, LEGO creation group for kids in K-5, who must be accompanied by an adult, contact Amy Reimann at (508) 528-3380, x5 or email March 6 Multi-Age Storytime, 11:15-11:45 a.m., Norfolk Public Library, 139 Main St., Norfolk, drop in storytime with songs, games and hands-on activity for kids 2+ with caregiver. March 8 Picnic Playgroup, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Norfolk Public Library, 139 Main St., Norfolk, storyhour/craft for children up to age 5 with caregiver, call Amy Reimann at (508) 528-3380, x5 or email Wrentham Community Events will hold the first annual Dancing with the Wrentham Stars event on March 8, 2013 at Lake Pearl Luciano's. Six local citizens have been paired up with six local charitable organizations to participate in a fun and friendly competition of fundraising and dancing. March 9 Lego Club, 2:30-3:45 p.m., SWEATT Meeting Room, Fiske Public Library, 110 Randall Road, Wrentham.The LegoClub has resumed on Saturdays. The KP DARE Support Group's Third Annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner will be held on Saturday, March 9th at 5:30 pm (dine in or take out). The fundraiser supports the eight grade DARE program at King Philip Middle School. Dinner will be held at Original Congregational Church, Wrentham, at the intersection of Routes 140 and 1A. The menu includes corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, Irish soda bread, desert and beverage. The cost is $10 per person (children 3 and younger are free). Tickets may be purchased at the KP Middle School and the church offices of the Original Congregational Church in Wrentham and the St. Jude Church

in Norfolk. Tickets may also be obtained by email or phone: Ken Graves at or 508-384-8084. Tickets may be purchased at the door, but it helps if you can tell us in advance. March 12 Toddler Play N Learn with Gina McGarrigle, 10:30 a.m., Fiske Public Library, 110 Randall Rd., Wrentham, for ages 12-30 months with caregiver, program being offered by Self Help Inc., Coordinated Family and Community Engagement, free, but donations of canned goods gratefully accepted for Wrentham Food Pantry. Sign up at circulation desk. Building Blocks, 4:30-5 p.m., Norfolk Public Library, 139 Main St., Norfolk, LEGO creation group for kids in K-5, who must be accompanied by an adult, contact Amy Reimann at (508) 528-3380, x5 or email March 13 Multi-Age Storytime, 11:15-11:45 a.m., Norfolk Public Library, 139 Main St., Norfolk, drop in storytime with songs, games and hands-on activity for kids 2+ with caregiver. March 14 Wrentham Lions Club Membership Night, American Legion Hall, 592 South St., Wrentham, 7 pm. March 15 Picnic Playgroup, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Norfolk Public Library, 139 Main St., Norfolk, storyhour/ craft for children up to age 5 with caregiver, call Amy Reimann at (508) 528-3380, x5 or email March 16 Lego Club, 2:30-3:45 p.m., SWEATT Meeting Room, Fiske Public Library, 110 Randall Road, Wrentham.The LegoClub has resumed on Saturdays. March 19 Building Blocks, 4:30-5 p.m., Norfolk Public Library, 139 Main St.,

Norfolk, LEGO creation group for kids in K-5, who must be accompanied by an adult, contact Amy Reimann at (508) 528-3380, x5 or email March 20 Multi-Age Storytime, 11:15-11:45 a.m., Norfolk Public Library, 139 Main St., Norfolk, drop in storytime with songs, games and hands-on activity for kids 2+ with caregiver. March 22 Picnic Playgroup, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Norfolk Public Library, 139 Main St., Norfolk, storyhour/ craft for children up to age 5 with caregiver, call Amy Reimann at (508) 528-3380, x5 or email March 23 Lego Club, 2:30-3:45 p.m., SWEATT Meeting Room, Fiske Public Library, 110 Randall Road, Wrentham.The LegoClub has resumed on Saturdays. March 26 Building Blocks, 4:30-5 p.m., Norfolk Public Library, 139 Main St., Norfolk, LEGO creation group for kids in K-5, who must be accompanied by an adult, contact Amy Reimann at (508) 528-3380, x5 or email March 27 Multi-Age Storytime, 11:15-11:45 a.m., Norfolk Public Library, 139 Main St., Norfolk, drop in storytime with songs, games and hands-on activity for kids 2+ with caregiver.

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2013 Could Spell Disaster for Your Estate Plan! New Laws Proposed Would Reduce Benefits for Seniors By denniS B. SuLLiVan, eSq, CPa, LLm the eState PLanning & aSSet ProteCtion Law Center oF denniS SuLLiVan & aSSoCiateS During the past year, there have been two proposals which have the potential to negatively impact Seniors and Boomers who have not acted to protect their hard earned life savings. Though these proposals have not been passed, the significant impact that they carry warrants their discussion.

3 Year Veteran’s Benefits Look-Back The first set of proposed changes introduced a 3 year look-back period for Veteran’s Benefits. The proposal, had it passed, would prevent a veteran from obtaining as much as $24,648 per year in valuable benefits. If a plan is implemented before a look back period

is passed, they would not face a 3 year waiting period. They could qualify immediately. Failure to plan ahead and implement a plan could cost a veteran and their family nearly $75,000 of tax fee Veteran’s Benefits if they had to wait out the 3 year look-back period. It is important for Veterans to review their planning now because this proposal may pass the next time it is introduced.

10 Year Look-Back The other troublesome proposal that was introduced in 2012 was HR8300. This proposed legislation fortunately did not pass, however the Congressional Budget Office continues to study an increase the current look-back period for Medicaid from 5 years to 10 years. In 2006, during the Bush Era, when the look-back period was increased from 3 to 5 years for all transfers, the Congressional

Budget Office (CBO) projected $30 billion would be saved on Senior’s Medicaid Budget expenditures. As part of the proposal, the CBO is also reviewing a reduction in the home equity exemption for Medicaid purposes. Currently, in Massachusetts, a home is excluded from one’s countable assets up to $750,000. The legislation aims to drop that exclusion to only $50,000, meaning if the equity in the home is over $50,000, any value of $50,000 in the home will not be an exempt asset. This will be a problem for everyone but especially married couples who have not acted to protect themselves. Unfortunately due the state of the budget, demographics and the economy, those in Washington are still searching for mechanisms to balance the budget. The American Taxpayer Relief Act, is now the law and will affect all citizens.

What is of concern to many people is what is going to happen with their health care and the Affordable Care Act and how it is going to produce the $716 billion in Medicare savings.

Commission on Long Term Care Also, the recently established Commission on Long Term Care will be reviewing and possibly reducing Senior’s benefits for Medicare and Medicaid and the coordination benefits currently available to Seniors. They will also study how the services are made available in the various states. What this all means is that we cannot assume the status quo will continue because there is an increasing demand due to the current and growing number of Seniors need and qualifying for care. At the same time there are increasing state and federal budget concerns

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Islanders’ Snow Remembers Rivalry of the Lakes By PatriCk CoLeman Hockey has taken Garth Snow to the highest levels of the sport but decades later, the Wrentham native still remembers the fierce rivalry between Lake Pearl and Lake Archer. The General Manager of the New York Islanders says that even though twenty or more years have passed, he and his friends still remember the heated games on the frozen lakes. “To this day friends I have on both lakes still talk about the bragging rights and who had the better hockey players on which lake,” Snow says, a former Lake Pearl player. “We would always kick Lake Archer’s butt.” These days Snow spends his time trying to make the New Islanders into a Stanley Cup caliber team year in and year out. “Anyone that is in this business is in it to win a championship,” Snow explains. “I’m no different than anyone else.” The change from player to general manager, while different, still satisfies Snow’s competitive nature. “The big difference from being a player is you’re mostly concerned about your own preparation and being prepared for that next game,” Snow says. “As a manager now you look out for not

only a team in the NHL but your AHL team, your prospects whether they’re in junior hockey, college hockey, Europe, scouting for the next wave of Islander. It’s a fun challenge and definitely a transition from worrying about myself to worrying about 100 different aspects of the organization.”

onship. Snow also played for the U.S. National team in the 1994 Olympics and in the 1998 World Championship. His NHL playing career spanned 12 years suiting up for Quebec Nordiques, Philadelphia Flyers, Vancouver Canucks, Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Islanders.

Snow’s roots are still in town. His mother calls Wrentham home and he has family and friends in the area. He makes it to Wrentham often and the recent NHL lockout gave him extra time to visit his hometown. Whenever he is in the area scouting local college and AHL teams, he’s able to visit. “I get back into town several times a year,” Snow says. “I have lots of family and friends still living there. It’s always a treat when I can get back and spend time with them.”

He remembers playing at the Norfolk Ice Arena, in Foxboro, and in Franklin. “I have memories of my mom carting my brother and me around from rink to rink,” Snow says. “That commitment was something appreciated on my brothers’ part and my part.”

Growing up in Wrentham he spent most of his time trying to keep up with his brothers. Snow is the youngest of five (4 boys and 1 sister). He played youth hockey in Foxboro and went to Mount Saint Charles for high school. He was just inducted into the Mount Saint Charles Hall of Fame this past summer. He played his college hockey at the University of Maine where he won a National Champi-

Thinking back to his high school days he also remembers the dedication of his parents to get him to Mount Saint Charles in Woonsocket and back home to Wrentham. “I was very fortunate to have a set of parents that were willing to make the commitment travel wise, commuting every day to Mount and back to Wrentham,” Snow says. “Mount had an outstanding program.” While his job is now in the front office, Snow does get out on the ice to play in staff games. “It’s not at the same pace as when I was playing, but it’s always good to get

Snow returns to Wrentham to see family and friends

out on the ice-- sweat and compete,” he says. “It’s still the greatest game on Earth.”

(This article originally appeared in The Wrentham Times,

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Sports It’s not about Wins and Losses

By ChriStoPher tremBLay

Three quarters through the season the King Philip girls basketball team may only have a handful of wins, but the team doesn’t seem all that worried. What they’ve been able to accomplish on the court in terms of development under first year coach Sean McInnis is more important to the squad than wins and losses. “There has been a huge improvement this year. He has set a foundation for years to come,” Ellen Wagner, one of KP’s captains said. “The tournament is not something that we are looking at this year, but it definitely is something that we are shooting for next year, especially knowing that we’ve already pushed forward this year in terms of improvement.”

a hand injury and 4 concussions; freshman Maddie Purdue’s came following a 20 and a 15 point performance.

On the court the Warriors got off to a slow start, having their ups and downs, but it looks as though the squad is jelling together and seems to be maturing as the season progresses.

“We’ve been getting so many concussions this year because we’re willing to sacrifice our bodies for the better of the team. We’re trying to get the ball back any way we can,” Co-captain Amanda Johnson said.

“They’re developing each and every game that we play,” the Coach said. “They know what they need to accomplish when they step on the court and it’s not necessarily a win all the time.”

Wagner was one of those injury casualties; during the first game of the season she injured her hand and had to readjust her thinking on how to help the team.

McInnis has not only had to deal with a really young team (6 freshmen, 4 sophomores, 3 juniors and 1 senior) he has also had to deal with the inability to have his entire team intact at any one given time. King Philip has had a foot injury,

“Even when I was out hurt I was still a big part of the team,” she said. “Coach told me how I could help the other players while I was sitting on the bench. It just goes to show how this team has not only come together, but we built a confidence in our game while matur-

ing as players both on and off the court.”

shows their dedication,” McInnis said. “These girls are not only great student athletes, but they come ready to play not only in games, but practice too.”

life into this program. I’m just here to set the cornerstones of the future nothing more. I’m here to sit back in the best seat in the house and watch some great basketball.”

As the lady Warriors continue to push forward in hopes of eventually reaching the success the boys team had under their new coach, McInnis continues to state he has nothing to do with the team’s accomplishments.

Mary Allen is the team’s only senior, while Wagner, Johnson and Alicia Cuoco are juniors and Emily Sullivan, McKenzie Richardson, Grace Davis, Brianna Miccile and Madison Mitteness are sophomores on the squad. Purdue, Rylianne Dalzell, Samantha Madden, Jen Lacroix and Caroline Molla are the incoming freshman. Together they are the future of Warrior basketball and are building the foundation to become a powerhouse in the Hockomock League.

“It’s really all the hard work that they’re putting in, it has nothing to do with my coaching. I’m just here to line up all the parts. It’s the parents, the youth coaches and the athletes themselves that are making this program work,” McInnis said. “The girls are injecting the

Wagner’s co-captain agreed with how far the team has come since McInnis took control of the reigns. “As a team we’re gaining confidence in everything that we do,” Johnson said. “It’s intense, but the coach makes it fun and we actually enjoy coming to practice. We believe in him and he has faith in us and the program; together we’re going to get there.” McInnis noted that while it was a difficult decision to make the jump from the boys team to the girls, he’s glad he did. “These girls are willing to do just about anything it takes to make this program a success. I was in the hall talking before a practice and by the time I took the court the girls were already into the second drill – this

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Sports KP Track Teams Achieve Championship Status By ken hamwey StaFF SPortS writer

hurdles and high jump) and cohead coach John Rougeau.’’

The King Philip boys and girls track teams have served notice that their programs are back in business.

The 52-year-old Nievergelt is no stranger to persistence and hard work. After all, she competed in the prestigious Hawaiian Ironman Triathlon 15 times and was ninth in the triathlon at the 2000 Olympic Trials.

Both squads finished as 2012-13 champions of the Hockomock League’s Kelley-Rex Division. The girls went unbeaten at 5-0 and the boys, who posted a 4-1 record, tied for the crown with Mansfield and North Attleboro. The two championships may not seem like dynamic achievements but they are, considering how long it took the Warriors to climb up the ladder. The last time the girls won a league title was 2000 and the boys last won a league crown in 2003. Both squads are coached by Juli Nievergelt, a one-time professional tri-athlete who has coached gymnastics, adult tri-athletes and equestriennes. Familiar with longdistance running, Nievergelt, nevertheless, learned the nuances of coaching track by asking a plethora of questions and reading countless books and manuals. “Every manual I read said it would take four years to build a winning program,’’ Nievergelt said. “KP won both titles in this, my fourth year as head coach. I promised the kids that I wasn’t leaving until they won a league championship. I tried to be inspiring and motivational. The kids worked hard and were dedicated. Our success also stems from assistants like Frank Sorrento (weight events), Scott Kramer (sprinters,

“I’m a hyper-competitive person,’’ Nievergelt said. “When the two teams clinched the titles against Franklin, I was really excited. I pounded the roof of the bus. Some of the kids were excited along with me because they knew the struggles of the past.’’ The girls, who managed a onepoint victory over Mansfield, were led by a solid nucleus. The keys were Ashley Avery (55-meters, 300, and 4x400 relay); Christa Wagner (300 and relay); Gianna Bender (600, 1000 and relay); Olivia Weir (1000); Abigail Seaberg (mile and two-mile); Andrea Olsen (shot put); Ellery Lyon (high jump, long jump and hurdles); and Katie Lukes (mile and two-mile).

Coach Juli Nievergelt set sights on division champsionship

“Ashley was a big contributor, usually finishing in the top three,’’ said Nievergelt. “Her speed and strength are major assets. Christa has great form and is strong, Gianna relies on hard work and natural ability, and Olivia is fiery and intense. Her 3:06.96 time in the 1000 was the best in the league and she went undefeated in that event.’’

“Abigail was versatile in the mile and two-mile, with a time of 5:23 in the mile and 11:33 in the twomile,’’ Nievergelt said. “Katie also was a consistent scorer in those events. Andrea relied on great technique and threw the shot 35-6, a personal best. Ellery always got us first and seconds in the high jump, long jump and hurdles.’’

Nievergelt also admired the efforts of the girls in the distance, field and jumping events.

The corps of boys, whose twopoint win over Mansfield helped secure the title, included Matt

Bowers (55, 300, long jump); Owen Gonser (mile, two-mile); Michael Cook (shot put); John Berdos (high jump); Dave Machado (600); Austin Gatcomb (mile, two-mile); and Austin Sherman (hurdles). “Matt is a well-rounded athlete with great technical skills,’’ Nievergelt said. “Owen is the most talented trackman I’ve seen. His 4:28.8 time in the mile and 9:52 in the two-mile were the best in the

league. Michael threw the shot 4410, his best-ever throw. He’s passionate about his event and pays attention to detail. John is very coachable. His 6-2 jump was the best in the league. “Dave is strong and fast in the 600 and his 1:27 was a personal best. Austin Gatcomb was very versatile, running the 1000, mile and two-mile, and Austin Sherman ran the 55-meter hurdles in 8.55. He’s very sound technically.’’ Kramer, who was KP’s head coach outdoors for 11 years and indoor coach for three, liked the way both squads meshed.

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“They did a nice job of coming together as a team,’’ said Kramer, a KP grad who also served as an assistant for 14 seasons. “We had a combination of volleyball players, field hockey kids, soccer players and lacrosse competitors. They blended nicely into a unit.’’ The boys and girls ended long dry-spells and the winning effort was a combination of coaches and competitors rolling up their sleeves to reverse a downward trend.

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Sports New Pro Lacrosse Team Leonard Named Coach of the Year Features Local Talent By PatriCk CoLeman Lacrosse has taken Norfolk’s Ryan Hoffmeister all over the world. Now, he is getting a chance to play close to home as part of the Boston Rockhoppers, a local professional franchise in the newly formed North American Lacrosse League. "I am extremely excited for the opportunity to play in the NALL," says Hoffmeister. "Moreso the chance to play for a home town team."

18 years. He's played with him, coached with him, and even worked with him professionally. "Being coached by Jack will be a great experience," he says. He's known Schairer just as long, but this will be the first chance to play for him. "I have never had the privilege of being coached by Steve and am really looking forward to it," Hoffmeister says. "Steve is a well known lacrosse coach and player in New England and I am excited to be part of his next coaching chapter."

King Philip Regional High School's Jim Leonard has been selected as the 2012 Northeast Sectional Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Coaches Association. Leonard has coached the KP softball team for 10 years and just announced that he would step down from his post. The honor recognizes Leonard as the Softball

Coach of the Year for the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. He will be recognized with several other coaches from across the state at the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Annual meeting in April. Leonard

leaves behind a remarkable legacy of winning. During his tenure the team won two Division 1 State Championships, six consecutive Hockomock League titles, and had a record 149-17. KP Athletic director Steve Schairer has said Leonard's contribution to the school as a coach and education have been "truly remarkable."

There was a second local player set to be on the team

Hoffmeister played college lacrosse at Hartwick College and over the course of a 10 year professional career he won championships in Prague (Aleš Herbesky Memorial) and Adelaide, Australia with the Glenelg Lacrosse Club. Now on the Rockhoppers, he'll be playing closer to home and there are several familiar and local faces on the team. The head coach is Wrentham's Jack Piatelli and King Philip Athletic Director Steve Schairer serves as an assistant coach. "King Philip Lacrosse did not exist when I was a kid," Hoffmeister says. "It wasn't until my brother was old enough to play that my mother, Jack and Steve started up the program where I would volunteer coach after practices and on school breaks" The relationship between Piatelli and Hoffmeister is one that spans

Wrentham's Matt Schairer was drafted and looking forward to playing in his first professional season. He was also looking forward to being coached by his father Steve. But that didn’t happen. He tore his posterior cruciate ligament just before the team’s pre-season camp opened. "Hopefully, I'll get another crack at it next year," Schairer says. The Rockhoppers’ season started in January and through the middle of February were in first place. The team's home games are at the New England Sports Center, 121 Donald Lynch Blvd, Marlborough and plays teams from Kentucky, Baltimore and Rhode Island. There are three games scheduled for the month of March. The North American League is setup to be a family friendly league that focuses on the quality of the sport and features elite local players. Tickets are available now for all home games. To learn more visit the team web site (This article originally appeared in The Norfolk Times,

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Take Advantage of Higher IRA Contribution Limits For the first time since 2008, contribution limits have risen for one of the most popular retirement savings vehicles available: the IRA. This means you’ve got a greater opportunity to put more money away for your “golden years.”

wind up with slightly over $505,000. But if you contributed $5,500 per year for those same 30 years, and earned that same 7% per year, you’d accumulate almost $556,000 — about $51,000 more than with the lower contribution limit.

Effective earlier this year, you can now put in up to $5,500 (up from $5,000 in 2012) to a traditional or Roth IRA when you make your 2013 contribution. And if you’re 50 or older, you can put in an additional $1,000 above the new contribution limit.

Keep in mind that if you have invested the above amounts in a traditional, tax-deferred IRA, you’ll be taxed on your withdrawals at your ordinary income tax rate. With a Roth IRA, your contributions are made with after-tax funds, but your withdrawals have the potential to be tax-free — provided you’ve had your account at least five years and don’t start taking withdrawals until you’re 59½. (Not everyone is eligible to contribute to a Roth IRA, as income limits apply.)

Over time, the extra sums from the higher contribution limits can add up. Consider this example: If you put in $5,000 per year to an IRA for 30 years, and you earned a hypothetical 7% per year, you’d

If you have an IRA, you already know its advantages. If you aren’t investing in an IRA, you should be aware of these key benefits: • Tax-deferred growth — A traditional IRA can provide taxdeferred growth while a Roth IRA can potentially grow taxfree, provided you meet the conditions described above. To get a sense of just how valuable these tax advantages are, consider this example: If you put in $5,500 per year (the new IRA maximum) for 30 years to a hypothetical investment that earned 7% a year, but on which you paid taxes every year (at the 25% tax bracket), you’d end up with slightly more than $401,000 — about $155,000 less than what you’d accumu-

late in an IRA. As mentioned above, you will eventually have to pay taxes on your traditional IRA withdrawals, but by the time you do, you might be in a lower tax bracket. Furthermore, depending on your income level, some of your contributions to a traditional IRA may be tax-deductible. (Roth IRA contributions are not deductible.) • Variety of investment options — You can invest your funds within your IRA in many types of investments — stocks, bonds, certificates of deposit (CDs), U.S. Treasury securities and so on. In fact, within your IRA, you can create a mix of investments that are suitable for your risk tolerance, time hori-

zon and long-term goals. Of course, investing always carries some risks, including loss of principal — but the risk of not investing may be greater, in terms of not having enough assets for retirement. Here’s one more point to keep in mind: The earlier in the year you “max out” on your IRA contributions, the more time you’ll give your account to potentially grow. By reaching the new, higher contribution limits, and by fully funding your IRA as early in each year as possible, you can help yourself take full advantage of this powerful retirement savings tool. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

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