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INDEX Winter Thoughts By Bernadette Gentry......................................... 3 1959 Wedding By Clifton J. (Jerry) Noble Sr............................. 4 Major General William Shepard By Bob Griffin....................... 6 A Hands-on Philosopher Mark Remaly By T.J. Banks.......... 10 Where Are They Now: Jack Lord By Elaine Adele Aubry... 12 Mes Chere Soeurs: Alaska By Phyllis Strub............................... 14 Destination Local - Kids Vacation Fun By Christy Cox..... 16 WRWA By Brian Conz........................................................................ 18 Country Cooking By Christy Cox................................................... 19 Town Crier................................................................................................ 20 Classifieds ................................................................................................ 27

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1959

Wedding By Clifton (Jerry) Noble, Sr.

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or this February piece I’m skipping ahead six years from events of 1953 (60 years ago) at the request of good friends. Perhaps the month of Saint Valentine’s Day is as appropriate as June for telling about a wedding that didn’t actually occur until November. Anyway here’s how it came about. Having started work as rodman in the survey section of Massachusetts Department of Public Works in October 1947 I had progressed to chief of my own party. About $70 a week net income enabled me and my widowed mother, Minnie E Noble, to purchase, remodel and occupy an abandoned Montgomery schoolhouse on Carrington Road. We got along from April 30, 1949 without in-house water and drainage, and electricity was not available for the first five years. Then, with the help of my cousin, Lester Emerson, I built “Pink House” by 1957 on the opposite corner of intersecting Herrick Road. Since losing 21 High Street, Westfield, to mortgage foreclosure this was the first

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brand new house we had lived in for 17 years. Taught at home by mother with correspondence from the Calvert School in Baltimore, Maryland, until my father died in 1936, I had graduated from high school at age 16 in June 1942. Then we had spent war years in Fresno, California, and returned to Western Massachusetts in 1945. Up to age 28 I had been too busy earning a living and acquiring living quarters to consider girls or marriage. My former classmates were most all married and some had even gone through their first divorce. On returning to New England in 1945, Westfield Athenaeum (library) had been my first employer, and I still went back on occasional Saturday mornings to help Helen Wolcott and Lil Albrecht with “Story Hour” puppet shows. I even encouraged my cousin Lester’s wife, Mabel, to work for the library. When I finally felt the need to look for possible dates Uncle Ralph Emerson suggested I ask a family friend living in Springfield. However, that young lady smoked and I was getting all the smoke I could stand from my survey crew. At that time mother and I were living in the waterless schoolhouse and I don’t think Virginia was well impressed. I took a few ball room dance lessons from the Arthur Murray studio in Springfield and met a former teacher. She was a super dancer, but several years older, and romance fizzled. While pianist/organist for the Montgomery Church I got a telephone query about my own puppet show from a voice I thought to be that of a local boy. Instead I discovered it to have come from a 16-year-old girl in my choir. She turned out to be more interested in me than puppets and we dated for months. Age discrepancy (16/29) made me cautious, and, as things heated up, I felt I must do something. Cousin Lester’s wife, Mabel, suggested that I ask a new library assistant for a date. Elizabeth Atwater lived on the “Highlands,” where Westfield’s more prosperous citizens were to be found. When I objected to dating a wealthy girl who might not appreciate what I could do for her, Mabel disagreed and gave me information that Elizabeth might not be as rich as I thought. Meanwhile, Lil Albrecht, for whom I had done typing, published her first book. One Saturday I picked up a copy before taking mother to visit Mrs. Beach, who lived with Lester and daughter Mabel at their new house in Southampton. During the visit I sat in the car on the driveway. To pass time I prayed


for guidance about my girl problem. I Cincinnati, and Elizabeth’s cousin, picked up Lil’s book, opened it and put Marth Ann Mason arrived just short of my finger at random on the page. Under being late. my finger was the name “Atwater.” This My father’s sister, Aunt Florence erased all doubt about the rightness of Boyce, had died in April, but Uncle phoning Elizabeth. Sam brought old friend, Maude RayI did. She was just about to leave mond. Father’s cousin, Mildred Moore for a few weeks in Christmas Cove, and her driver friend Marion Shaw Maine, with her parents, Collins and came from West Newton and took Helen, but told me when she would be my mother home with them so Elizaback. Though I’d remet Elizabeth as she beth and I could have “Pink House” worked in the library I did not recogto ourselves till Thanksgiving. (Due nize her at first as the seventh grader I to snowy weather we took local trips.) had seen while I was in eighth grade. In Uncle Ralph and Aunt Georgia Emerearly teens she had often looked ready son, from Southwick, were “musts” on to burst into tears, and I then thought of our list. Cousin Lester Emerson was her a “pie-face,” Now she had -grown my “best man” and his wife, Mabel, into a beautiful young lady only two was Elizabeth’s maid of honor. months older than I. Office work for a My only survey coworkers we had dentist as well as for the Springfield room for were good friends Thomas Back row, left to right: Lester Emerson, best man, Symphony had given her confidence Cooney (who gave me valuable advice Mabel Emerson, maid of honor, Elizabeth Atwater and charm. This was early September, about pre-wedding etiquette) and John Noble, bride, Clifton Jerome Noble, groom. but I was ready with engagement (and Manzi. Front row: Flowers girls Pamela Atwater and Marian Atwater. wedding) ring, and we set the date for Mother Atwater’s house-helper, Saturday November 21st. When I told Nellie Burt, helped serve and keep my choir girl friend that I was going to be married she said, “If things in order. I didn’t love you so much, I’d shoot you.” I had been telling her Weather was gray, but even our cake-cutting went smoothshe needed someone younger than I, and, once, while out with ly, and Mrs. Kinard, directly across the street, had plenty to Elizabeth, I did see that she had found a nice local boy and was watch and stimulate her curiosity. making him look like a two-headed driver. They were married soon after Elizabeth and I. In 1959 both Elizabeth and I were 33 years old. She was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Atonement, but neither of us wanted a big church wedding so Father William Hale and Mrs. Hudson, organist, did their professional parts at 8 Hawthorne Avenue, Westfield. For a home wedding we had to keep the guest list small. Of course, Elizabeth had brother Jim, from West Springfield, wife and two boys while daughter Pamela was flower girl with her cousin Marian. Brother Shipley brought wife, two boys and daughter from Connecticut, and took eight millimeter movies. Aunt Martha Monroe came from

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A Westfield Landmark:

The Major General William Shepard Statue By Bob Griffin

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ajor-General William Shepard was born in Westfield, MA in 1737. He became a well-known figure of his time through his record as a Revolutionary War Veteran and a member of the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh U.S. Congresses. Shepard was a member of the Federalist Party. The Federalist’s policies called for a national bank, tariffs, and good relations with Britain; he served Congress from March 1797 to March 1803. In Westfield, each year on Patriot’s Day a ceremony is held in honor of the General at his statue in the city center in remembrance of the city’s history. The celebration goers are made up of distant family members, armed

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forces, clergy, politicians, school children and the general community. After serving Congress he returned to Westfield and pursued a career in agriculture, but died penniless and was buried in the city’s Mechanic Street Cemetery with other Revolutionary War veterans. General Shepard’s statue was sculpted by Augustus Lukeman - a student and devotee of Daniel French. French was the sculptor of the seated Abraham Lincoln Memorial. Lukeman’s statue is located south of the town square facing away from the town green. The General is gazing down Broad street and the reason that he is not looking at the green is that the town fathers thought - at the time - Broad Street would become Westfield’s main street. Unfortunately, success and fate took a left-hand turn. “At various times, there has been agitation to have the General turned around but at this writing he still stands with his back to the Green.”1 The statue stand 8 feet high and is placed upon a 7 foot pink granite pedestal, and was dedicated on September 3, 1919. The inscription on the statue reads as follows:

Front: Major General William Shepard 1737-1817 Right Side: Representative in the General Court, State Senator, Governor’s Councillor, Presidential


Major General Shepard has been standing with his back to the Westfield common since the statue was erected in 1919.

Elector, Member of Congress, U. S. Commissioner to the Six Nations Moderator, XII Years Selectman of Westfield, XXVII Years Deacon of the Church, Charter Trustee of Westfield Academy Back: Erected by The Descendants of General Shepard and the People of Westfield 1919 Left Side: CaptainFrench and Indian Wars 1754-1763, Member of Committee of Correspondence and Safety, Continental Line, Engaged in XXII Battles 1775-1783, Colonel and Brigadier General, MayorGeneral Massachusetts Militia Subduing Shay’s Rebellion

The statue was made during World War I, and as a consequence did not contain enough valuable copper to allow it to oxidize the way statures generally do. In the late 1940’s, Westfield had to have a special acid applied to the bronze statue to give it the “natural” statue-like green shade. 1 Westfield Massachusetts, 1669-1969, edited by Edward C. Janes & Roscoe S. Scott, 1968, Westfield Tri-Centennial Association, inc, pages 253-254. Bibliography Interview with Westfield Athenaeum Archivist, Ann Tusmicus, atusmiscus@westanth.org Physical inspection of the Statue, October 24, 2012. Wa y m a r k i n g. c o m / w a y m a r k s / W M C A H o _ M a j o r_ G e n e r a l _ Westfield_ MA Westanth.org/Edwin_Online/General_William_Shepard Westfield Massachusetts, 1669-1969, edited by Edward C. Janes & Roscoe S. Scott, 1968, Westfield Tri-Centennial Association, inc, pages 253-254. William Shepard. (2012, July 23). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 18:13, September 7, 2012, from http://en.wikipedia. org/w/index.[j[?tot;e+Wo;;oa,_Shepard&oldid= 503742097

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A Hands-On Philosopher: Mark Remaly

From Sketch People, Stories Along the Way by T.J. Banks

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His fingers move over the woven chair seat like a fiddler’s over his instrument. Only in Mark Remaly’s case, he’s coaxing forth not music but story. “I don’t consciously think about it,” explains the caner, who owns The Seat Weaver in Westfield, Massachusetts with his wife, Alice Flyte. “But if I run my hands over a chair, I get the feel of it.” Just the day before, for instance, a customer brought a chair into the shop: his hands came across some “dings” in its back, and he guessed that “a grandmother or somebody had pushed it into a sewing-machine for years and years, and she [the customer] said, ‘You know, I think you’re right about that.’” Something in the chair spoke to him, Remaly says, telling him or “releasing” its story. That’s a pretty common occurrence for Remaly, who has been working his craft since he was 15. Born with limited vision, he attended Perkins Institute for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts, and it was in a class there that he learned chaircaning. He discovered that he truly enjoyed working with his hands. “It’s kinda like re-making,” he reflects. “I don’t think of it as art per se because I’m really just following what I’ve been told – y’know, over, under, over, under. But somehow it becomes more than just a bunch of cane. It becomes – hmm-m, what the word I’m looking for? -- a whole. It becomes strong enough to sit on, it becomes art, it becomes a craft. That’s the thing I think I enjoy most about it: transforming a bundle into something practical, useful, & pretty.” Enjoy is a word that’s very much at home in Remaly’s conversation, snuggling into this sentence or that. He enjoys the

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rhythm of the work itself. He enjoys talking with the customers and helping them get “re-connected with their chairs.” And, most of all, he just plain enjoys his life. The fact that he went completely blind eight or nine years ago hasn’t put a crimp in that enjoying. Granted, Remaly has had to find “different ways of getting information that I used to be getting through my eyes.” He has “always been more of a hands-on person than a cerebral intellectual,” he says, and the loss of his sight hasn’t changed that: if anything it has fine-tuned his sense of touch to the point where he really is able to pick up on a piece of furniture’s smallest detail – the story in the wood, if you will. The same holds true for other aspects of his life. He accepts that “we live in a visual world…that 80-plus per cent of what people take in is visual. But that doesn’t mean if you don’t see, you miss 80%. There’s something” – he sighs, but it’s a reflective sigh, not a sad one – “that compensates. Touch. And when I say, ‘Touch,’ I mean the air moving by your face when someone moves their hand. To me, that’s touch as well as tactile touching. Or the power goes off: you’re looking to get out of the room, and you feel the wall before you actually encounter it….I knew an English guy, and he used to snap his fingers all the time” – Remaly, getting lost in the story, mimics the gesture – “and gets echoes off of buildings and this and that.” He doesn’t think of his work as a craft per se “because I’m really kinda following what I’ve been told – you know, over, under, over, under.” He even gets a little blasé about it at times, Remaly admits. Then someone comes along and reminds him how unique what he’s doing is “and how much they appreciate it. And that’s a wonderful feeling because sometimes I’m thinking about other things while I’m working, or I’m coming

into a difficult part that requires more concentration. It’s never drudgery, but sometimes it gets put in the background until someone reminds me of what I’m doing[, and it’s] ‘Yeah, you’re right, this is unique.’ And quite often I hear, ‘I couldn’t do that,’ and that’s not true. You have to, first of all, want to.” For someone who insists he’s not cerebral, Remaly can do some pretty sustained philosophical riffs, especially when it comes to this craft of his. We talk about how there’s a craving in many of us for texture and how old-time crafts, such as caning, potter, and quilting are part of this feeling. “There’s the enjoyment of the finished product,” he reflects, “but there’s also the enjoyment of just doing it.” Caning is something he’d do “even if money weren’t involved….I get into a state when I’m caning: my hands are busy, [but] my mind is halfbusy and has a chance to wander.” This is a man in love – with his craft, with his wife, with pretty much everything around him. He has learned to get past his blindness. And in doing so, he has become intensely aware of all the so-called commonplace things he might’ve overlooked before. He has not let his blindness be “the end of all existence. “I just celebrated my 60th birthday in April,” Remaly continues. “I’ve never been in a better spot. I really, really enjoy my life. If someone had told me years ago that at 60, my sight would be gone [with] no chance of it coming back – [that] I’ve accepted it, embraced it, and moved on, I wouldn’t have believed it. I have a wonderful wife, my life partner. I see people all the time at the Y here whom I’m sometimes lucky enough to bring a smile to. There’s no doom and gloom in my life. I wouldn’t trade places with anybody, I’m thrilled to be me. So, that’s how I feel right now, and I don’t expect it to change.”

“...somehow it becomes more than just a bunch of cane...”

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By Elaine Adele Aubrey

Jack Lord From Stoney Burke to Hawaii Five-O – a five year span that put Jack Lord in two very different roles. In Stoney Burke, Lord played a rodeo rider who wanted the big prize - the Golden Buckle. That goal went nowhere and neither did the show – it lasted one season.

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But Lord got lucky – he’s still best known for “Hawaii Five-O”. I became a never-miss-a-show fan. Lord was born John Patrick Ryan in New York City on December 30, 1920, was educated in schools there, and attended the Trumbull Naval Academy in New London, CT graduating as an Ensign with a Third Mates License. A football scholarship got him to New York University where he acquired a degree in Fine Arts. Lord really covered yardage in those early years. Talk about a jack-of-all-trades. Lord’s Dad was a steamship company executive and Mom ran a fruit farm in the Hudson River Valley where Lord added equestrian skills to his resume. He lived with an older brother, two younger twin brothers and a younger sister. At the ripe old age of 15 Lord spent summers at sea in the Merchant Marine and from the deck of ships, he painted and sketched the landscapes of Africa, the Mediterranean, and China. By the time he was twenty, two of his paintings were acquired by New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the British Museum of Modern Art. Lord later served in the Merchant Navy during World War II and made maritime training films during the Korean War. He might be described as just finding himself, but I think he realized early on that opportunities were out there. Acting came next at the Neighborhood Playhouse and Actor’s Studio in New York so he changed his name and supported himself as a car salesman. Broadway called and he did “Traveling Lady,” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Hollywood beckoned with “The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell” with Gary Cooper and 20 more films. Television offered Lord more and he proved it with about 60 shows before landing “Hawaii Five-O”. He played Detective Steve McGarrett appointed by the governor to head an elite branch of the Hawaii State Police in Honolulu. He worked with the Honolulu police to fight the underworld on the Island. Remember the opening shot of Lord standing on a penthouse balcony of the Ilikai Hotel? Then you remember too his parting line to every bad guy, “Book ‘em Danno!” Lord was called a perfectionist but it made sense to film the show on location and hire native Hawaiians for the roles. Less understandable was the fact that his wanted his character to


drive only Ford cars. Whatever the drama behind the scenes, it was the drama in front of the cameras that kept the viewing public glued to their screens every week for 12 seasons, that’s 1968 to 1980! Lord’s personal life is a short paragraph. After three years, his first marriage ended in divorce. He met his son only once when the boy was an infant. Unfortunately the boy was killed in an accident at age thirteen. Lord’s second wife gave up her career as a fashion designer for a marriage that lasted from 1949 until his death. He died in 1998 at their home in Honolulu at the age of 77 from congestive heart failure. His estate donated $40 million to the Hawaii Community Foundation. It provides funds to Hawaii’s non-profit organizations through many programs such as helping to fund students for college and vocational education. In “Hawaii Five-O” Jack Lord portrayed a man dedicated to helping people out of tough spots. Sounds like he did that in real life too. REFERENCES http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062568 http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0520437/bio http://www.fiftiesweb.com/western-4htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Lord

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Mes Chere Soeurs...

Letters from a Military Wife My mother, Phyllis Anna Mary McInerny Strub, was born in 1920 in Worcester, MA, the fifth child in a family of eight. After graduating from Mass Aggie (now known as the University of Massachusetts) my mother worked for the Audubon Society, and eventually put her degree in Recreational Planning to good use by joining the Red Cross. She was sent to Fountainbleau, France toward the end of World War II to work in a USO club as a “Red Cross Girl.” She planned events and outings for the homesick and lonesome servicemen and women stationed overseas. It was there she met my father, Sgt. Alexander Strub. They married and though at the age of 29 my mother felt she was too old to have children, in no time at all she had 2 under the age of 2. By the time I was 6 years old, there were 5 of us, and eventually, 6. Throughout the 20+ years she spent moving from place to place

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as a military wife, my mother kept in touch with her 4 sisters. At first it was with a system of “Round-Robin” letters. She would send a letter to Mary, who would then sent it to Claire, Anne and Bernie. She often typed on an old manual typewriter. Sometimes she used carbon paper to send copies to each of her sisters. Luckily, many of those letters were saved and eventually made their way back to my brothers and sisters, and me. They are truly a treasure. In 1962 my father got orders for Fort Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska. At 11 years of age I was the oldest of 6, and leaving the Fort Douglas, Utah was very hard for me, but move we must. We packed into the station wagon, the two boys in the “way” back, three girls in the middle seat, baby in the front with my parents. My dad hitched the camper trailer to the back, and we drove through Idaho and Wyoming and up the Alaskan highway. It was November. L. Peters Anchorage, December Dear Ones: After the glorious scenery of the great west, that along the Alaskan Hwy was dull and monotonous, but there was a feeling of adventure that the kids loved. A Canadian trooper stopped us to ask if we had seen two hitchhikers and warned us against picking them up. We were excited! We saw several “meese”, racing one along the road and discovering that the moose does the twist as he runs. And we thrilled to mountain sheep high, high, on a snow covered mountain against a blue blue sky. We say foxes, and were so disappointed that there tails don’t match their bodies. They don’t! We didn’t discover any gravel on that gravel road, for it was slick as a whistle. I was thankful we had our ‘ole tank driver at the wheel, for there were other people in difficulty. We followed the code of the road and stopped to offer assistance, each time. The role of the good neighbor did something for the kids... It was dull, but it was fun to stop at the cozy cafes for a snack, to renew acquaintance with the same people making the same stops - a Canadian Air Force Sgt. and his wife, a woman with a huge plant in a clothes hamper which her husband had to carry in each night, an American officer with two women and a cadillac. I don’t remember any other groups of eight. Most of those people won’t forget OUR group. Most fun stop was when Tim backed his cold little backside up to a country stove and melted the back of his new nylon parka. (Course it wasn’t paid for! We worry about the November bills in December.) Several

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been a rough adjustment for him. He has noontimes we had “lunch” at one of these another rougher one coming. In January wayside cafes-the daintiest, tiniest, tidbits he has to sleep out (O-U-T) with no shelter called hamburgers - we were teased..... We for three nites. I’m sure the cold feet treatcooked most of our meals in the trailer ment I’ve given him has him conditioned and the baby was so cute hanging over her to some degree. They call his training hammock and laughing at us that even I “Cool School”. was almost good-natured. Strub said one The kids here skate in the street - even nite, in his lovable complimentary way, to school. Santa is expected to leave five “Y’know, you’re not half bad as I thought pair of ice skates here, and he is CERTAIN you would be!” to have them, since this is his first stop. (He As we neared Alaska we kept waitarrived at the PX Saturday in his dog sled!) ing to awaken to darkness, and when we After I heard about the fifty dollar didn’t, we knew we would pass thru a bounty on wolves I decided we should dark curtain at the border. What a pleaschange our policy on guns and have Santa ant surprise to find it not only daylight, put one in five little grubby fists and get but the sun shines most days. The snow these kids out earning their keep! here is especially sparkling and the foliage It was so cold on the trip even the is always frosted. The mts. are white, and clock stopped. But we have adjusted...if the sky is blue. And the bldgs., mind you you run across any igloo paint, do send it now, the Army bldgs., are all beautiful along... warm pastel shades. This is the General’s wife’s idea. The Strub Kids in Alaska Love, Phyl Everywhere tho there is a feeling of gaity. We at our age, are thinking of homesteading. We cut P.S. We’ll think of our Maine cuzzins when we share the total down our own Christmas tree yesterday...Fun...even with just eclipse with you & just us - Alaska & Maine. a meat cleaver... (Ed note: the total eclipse happened on July 20, 1963. I was 12 The days are only five hours long now. Quite by accident I years old and remember it clearly.) have supper ready for Strub on time - after thirteen years. It has

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Destination

LOCAL By Christy Cox

Bring the Kids for Some Vacation Fun Winter vacation will soon be upon us and it’s time to think about what to do with the kids. We have some great places in our area to take the kids for a day trip. My favorite would be a stop at the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round. Located at 221 Appleton Street, Holyoke MA, at the Heritage State Park, the Merry-Go-Round has a special place in my heart. The carousel was originally located at Mountain Park Amusement Park. As a little girl my parents would take me to Mountain Park and my favorite ride was the carousel. The Holyoke Merry-Go-Round is open every weekend 12 noon to 4 pm, and also on Monday Holidays & during Public School Vacations. Tickets are $2 per

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ride or 6 for $10. You can stop by for a ride, have your child’s birthday party there or book private parties. The Holyoke Merry-Go-Round has a calendar of events posted on their website offering different themes for certain days. In January there was a National Hat Day and if you wore your favorite hat you would have received a ½ price ride. For more information about The Holyoke Merry-GoRound you can visit their website at www.holyokemerrygoround.org or by phone: 413-538-9838 and you can follow them on Facebook. The Holyoke Merry-Go-Round is alongside the Heritage Park Visitor’s Center, Holyoke Children’s Museum and the Volleyball Hall of Fame. Westfield offers The Amelia Park Children’s Museum, a great place to take children. There are many hands-on exhibits for children to explore. There is also a wild side to APCM, where they have some interesting residents to meet. There is Henry the Blue Tongued Skink, Kermit the Winston Tree Frog, Sebastian the Leopard Gecko, Desi the Bearded Dragon and some others. The Museum is located at 29 South Broad Street, Westfield, MA. They are open Thursday thru Monday from 10 am to 4 pm. Closed Tuesday & Wednesday. The museum will be open all week February 18-February 22 from 10 am-4 pm, with different programs each day. Monday, February 18 is Science Fun! at 11:00 am. Learn about the amazing world of polymers - Ooey, gooey & slimy and a lot of fun! (Ages 4 & up).Tuesday February 19 is Craft

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The Springfield Science Museum is another great place to bring children for day of exploring. The Springfield Science Museum, located at 21 Edwards St. Springfield, MA, is part of the Springfield Museums and offers many fun things for children to see and do. Some of the museum highlights are the Dinosaur Hall with a full-size replica of Tyrannosaurus Rex and The R.E. Phelon African Hall with a huge African elephant, a giraffe, two lions, an ostrich, a rhino

and many other animals. The African Hall offers a glimpse into the way of life of several traditional African cultures. There is Solutia Live Animal Center that has live fish, insects, reptiles and amphibians in realistic habitats. The museum’s Seymour Planetarium is the oldest Americanbuilt planetarium in the world. Visitors can take imaginary voyages to the farthest corners of the universe, then stop by Astonomy Hall where you can touch rocks from outer space. If you want to see how New England Indians used to live you can stop by Native American Hall. A new exhibit called Molecular Playground is a colorful, interactive display of biologically significant molecules. The museum is open Tues. - Sat 10 am – 5 pm, Sun 11 am – 5 pm, Closed Monday. The nice part about visiting this museum is that your one ticket gets you into the other museums in the quadrangle. For more information you can call 1-800-625-7738 or visit their website at www.springfieldmuseums.org. There are many great places to explore with children in the local area. As the weather warms up there will be even more choices. Some of these places are destinations while others can be combined with other stops. Supporting and of these places helps our local economy, as well.

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by Brian W. Conz, WRWA Board Member

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Our Urban Watershed As of 2007, according to U.N. and World Bank sources, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities for the first time in the history of our species. Of course, most of this growth in urban areas is occurring elsewhere in the world (in the United States this shift from rural to urban occurred nearly a century ago), but the statistic is still noteworthy for those of us pondering the present and future of people and environment here in Western Massachusetts. What will the cities and towns of our watershed look and feel like 10, 20 or 50 years from today? Our patterns of growth here in Western, MA are modest, especially when compared to our brethren in the Global South, or in China for example. Still, there is a definite sense that we are growing outward, expanding our settlements into wildlands and former agricultural lands. There is also a growing awareness of the importance of preserving and improving the historical cores of our cities and towns. As baby boomers

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Sautéed Sole with Lemon 1/2 cup flour 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon coarse salt 2 tablespoons sliced almonds 1/2 teaspoon freshly 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped ground pepper fresh parsley 2 (6 ounces each) gray 1 lemon, zest finely chopped, sole fillets juice reserved, plus extra 2 tablespoons unsalted butter wedges for garnish Combine flour, salt, and pepper in a shallow bowl. Dredge fish fillets in flour mixture, coating both sides, and shake off excess. Melt butter with oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. When butter begins to foam, add fillets. Cook until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer each fillet to a serving plate. Add almonds, parsley, zest, and 2 tablespoons juice to pan. www.delish.com

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NCCHP February 2013 Update

Non-profit news and events for area communities. Please send information by the 20th of the month in order to have it listed in this section. We will print as many listings as space allows. Our usual publication date is within the first week of the month. Send to: Town Crier, Southwoods Magazine, P.O. Box 1106, Southwick, MA 01077, Fax: (413) 569-5325 or email us at magazine@southwoods.info. American Red Cross Blood drive

The Southwick Town Hall, located at 454 College Highway, will hold an American Red Cross Blood drive on Wednesday February 20th from 1 pm to 6 pm in the auditorium. Give the Gift of Life. To make an appointment call 1 800 733 2767 or visit redcrossblood.org Walk-ins Welcome but Appointments will have priority. Please eat and drink water on the day of donation. Positive ID Required.

13 Annual Edward Gogol Spaghetti Dinner

The Lions Club of Granville-Tolland will be having their 13th Annual Edward Gogol All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, February 23rd from 5:00 pm - 7 pm. at the Granvllle Federated Church, Granby Road, Granville, MA Donation: Adults $7, Seniors $3, Kids 6-12 $3, Kids 5 & under FREE, GVS Students Eat FREE.

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During the winter months when the museum at the drum shop is closed we’re busy working on ideas and exhibits for the coming season. We planning an exhibit in early 2013 about the history of photography and cameras. If you have old cameras, photography equipment or photographs you are willing to lend to NCCHP for the exhibit, please contact us. Also, if you are interested in working on researching, pulling together and setting up the exhibit, we are always looking for more volunteers! To learn more or discuss further, please call 413357-8814 or e-mail us at ncchp.org@gmail.com . The NCCHP museum at the Drum Shop is located at 42 Water Street in Granville and is open during winter months for tours by groups of ten or more by appointment only (call 413357-8814). Museum admission is free for NCCHP members; $5 for adults and $3 for children for non-members. The Gift Shop is open weekdays year round from 9:00 – 4:00 as well as whenever the museum is open for tours and features hand crafted items made by local artists, potters, woodcrafters, quilters, authors and more!

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The Southwick Economic Development Commission (EDC) announced today that the 3rd Annual Home & Business Show will be held on Saturday April 6, 2013. The event will be at Town Hall at 454 College Highway in Southwick. The Show is free and open to the public from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. At this time the EDC is soliciting Southwick businesses that wish to exhibit during the event. This is a great opportunity for local businesses to share information with area residents in an informal no pressure setting. Preregistration for exhibitors is required and a $ 20 registration fee is payable with a deadline of March 1, 2013. The Show in 2012 had more than 35 exhibitors including many that exhibited at the 2011 Show. For more information visit www.southwickma.info for an information packet or pick up a packet at the EDC kiosk outside of the Town Clerk’s Office at Town Hall. Questions can be directed to: info@southwickma.info

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The Southwick Travelers announce their trips for 2013!!!

The Southwick Travelers have announced their trips for 2013. Here is a couple of their upcoming trips. For more information or to reserve your place, please respond to GeorgeRWheeler42@yahoo. com or call him at 569-3854 (or Connie Johnson at 569-6140) May 7th Tue: The Duprees will be at the Aqua Turf for a celebration of 50 years of magic with their live band to wow you with a concert! We’ll have a family style menu of salad, pasta, chicken parm, roast pork loin with gravy, veggies, potato, rolls, dessert & beverage! Cost is $86 pp due by April 1st. Depart 10 am. June 6th – Thurs.: Take a trip on the Block Island Ferry from the Rhode Island coast to “the Bermuda of the Northeast”. Dine at the famous National Hotel, then embark on a guided bus tour of Block Island. The menu includes Baked N.E. Scrod, Chicken Breast, or Blue Lump Crab Cakes. Cost is $89.00 and due by May 1st June 21st- Fri: We’re having a double hitter- Begin the day at the Newport Tennis Hall of Fame then dinner at the La Forge Casino Restaurant, then the Newport Flower Show at Rosecliff Mansion in the afternoon. Dinner choices are Broiled Filet of Salmon, Chicken Cordon Bleu, or Shepherd’s Pie. Cost is $93. Due by 5/17, and we depart at 7:30. July 28th – Sun: See the beautifully restored Warner Theatre in Torrington, CT for the Sunday Matinee of the well-known play, Damn Yankees. We’ll go to the Theatre after a buffet lunch at the Fairview Fair Golf Club in Harwinton, CT. Cost is $85 and we depart at 10 am. When sending a payment, please make checks payable to “Southwick Travelers” and send to George Wheeler, 1 S.Village E., Southwick, MA 01077

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Save the Date Saturday, March 2, 2012, 11:30AM - 1:30PM

The YMCA of Greater Westfield is hosting its annual “Cook-Off” fundraiser in conjunction with the Red Cross. It’s a “Cook Off” of chili, chowder and chocolate. Tickets are $7.00 in advance and $10.00 at the door, children 2 and under are free. All proceeds will go to the red Cross & YMCA Partners with Youth. Tickets may be purchased at the Westfield YMCA. It’s required that you bring your taste buds to sample this mouthwatering event. Enjoy the food, the company and take a chance at one of our many raffle prizes. Don’t forget to vote on your favorite dish from each category. For more information, contact Cindy Agan at 568-8631 x323 or e-mail cagan@westfieldymca.org

Homeless Cat Wants to be Your Valentine

Many purrfectly adorable homeless cats are waiting for loving homes. The Westfield Homeless Cat project, a NO KILL rescue organization, will hold adoptions Thursdays from 5 to 7 PM and Saturdays from 11 AM to 3 PM during February at 1124 East Mountain Road in Westfield, MA. For further information, email denisesinico@hotmail.com

FIREWOOD AVAiLABLE from Troop 114

Troop 114 has firewood available at self service boxes on Powdermill Rd., South Longyard Rd., and Granville Rd. All Monies from the sales have supported uniforms, equipment and summer camp for the past five years. Firewood is sold for $5 per bundle or 5 bundles for $20. The scouts run this operation with their leaders and have learned entrepreneurship, time management, team work, safety, and countless other work ethics and life lessons. Thanks for supporting Southwick Troop 114. For more information about scouting or firewood call Andy 413-348-7650 or Todd 413-222-6885.

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The Copper Hill United Methodist Church will be having their Corned Beef Dinner on Saturday, March 16, 2013 There will be one seating, at 5:30 pm. Menu: Corned Beef, Cabbage, Potato, Carrots, Rolls & Butter, Hot & Cold Beverages, Assorted Home-Made Cakes and Ice Cream for dessert Adults: $12, Children under 12: $6, Pre-Schoolers: free, Reservations: call Susan at 860 668-1031, Copper Hill United Methodist Church, 27 Copper Hill Road, East Granby, CT 06026, 860 653-7356

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Southwick Food Pantry Items Always Needed: • Pasta • Pasta Sauce • Cereal • Canned Tuna • Peanut Butter & Jelly • Canned or Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Non-perishable food donations can be dropped off at: Southwick Post Office, Southwick Big Y, or Southwick Food Pantry.

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February 2013 Friends, As we get into the swing of the legislative session, the House Speaker and Minority Leader are tasked with making committee and office assignments for their members. Once again, there was a large incoming class of freshmen who were assigned to the ‘Bull Pen’ for the By State Representative first few months. Having experienced Nicholas Boldyga the ‘Bull Pen’ in my first term, the lasting relationships you build with colleagues from around the Commonwealth are beneficial when navigating the turbulent waters of the legislature. Just a few short days ago I received committee appointments for my second term, the 188th Session of the General Court. I have been appointed to the Joint Committee on Public Safety & Homeland Security as its Ranking Member, Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development, and the House Committee on Bonding, State Expenditures & State Assets. I am honored to receive the appointment as Ranking Member of the Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee. With recent scandals like the Hinton Drug Lab and the Wakefield Daycare incident of more than 100 counts of child abuse; I have put my support behind bills that will strengthen public safety in our communities and protect our children and families. Some of these bills include increasing penalties for repeat drunk driving offenders, expanding the State DNA database, protecting children from domestic violence, and protecting the citizens of the Commonwealth from Sex Offenders. The Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee focuses on laws pertaining to the safety of the public, the transportation of energy sources, the correction system and Commonwealth security matters. In addition, the Committee on Labor and Workforce Development focuses on labor laws, workers’ compensation and matters concerning discrimination with respect to employment and lastly the Committee on Bonding, State Expenditures & State Assets focuses on all matters overseeing the giving, loaning or pledging of the credit of the Commonwealth. The committee is responsible for evaluating legislation containing increased bond authorizations for Massachusetts. I’m looking forward to another term representing our communities on Beacon Hill. Thank you for allowing me to proudly serve as Your Representative. Please call me with any concerns. My home telephone number is (413) 569-5188. I’m always available! Sincerely,

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