The Quabbin Community Band plays in the Memorial Day parade in Barre. Oakham Cub Scout Pack 144’s “Scouting Adventures” float won first place in the float category. Chelsea Berry of Southwick stands with her copper plate etching art at the Southwick Cultural Council Art Show in May. Lauren Grenier was the winner of the Class of 2012 vote and received the Alexander Prew Emerald Shield Award at the June 1 Senior Awards Assembly. Cameron Schmidt works on a stake during a swamp trail work day at Southwick Town Hall. Ray Manos of Westfield checks on his beef at the annual Grill ‘N Daze at the Southwick Recreation Center. The event is a fundraiser for the Southwick Rotary Club. Teachers returned to school Aug. 27, beginning with a barbeque lunch prepared by the administration and school committee. Superintendent Dr. John Barry mans the grill on opening day for teachers in the Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School District. Linda Christofori was named principal of Granville Village School. She began her position Sept. 24. American Legion riders salute the flag while it is being brought to half-mast. Fire Chief Richard Anderson speaks at the 9-11 ceremony, which has been a tradition in Southwick since the tragedy on Sept. 11, 2001. The Board of Selectmen meet with attorneys to discussion board protocol as it relates to the chief administrative officer on Oct. 22 in the town hall auditorium. Oakham observed the official 250th anniversary of the town last Thursday, June 7. Balloons rise over town hall after they were released from the “anniversary cake.” The Oakham Cultural Council provided funding for photos of all anniversary events throughout the year. Stanley Lupa from the Lupa Zoo in Ludlow shows a turtle Ryan LeBorgne, 3, when the Lupa and the zoo animals visited the Southwick Public Library. The Southwick-Tolland Regional High School Drama Club featured “Mr. Call: The Musical” at the high school. The play was a student-run and written play and was about music teacher Adam Call. Southwick-Tolland Regional High School seniors Natalie Wolanski, Kristen Coughlin and Nicole Davis pose in front of a mountain of toys they received for a donation to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Joshua Sutton smiles after her egg survives the fall during a science experiment when Powder Mill Middle School hosted the 15th Science Overnight Nov. 30 The event has been a huge hit among the younger students at the school during the last 15 years as they participate in numerous workshops aimed at making science fun. Students across Belchertown headed back to school in late August. The Sentinel asked residents to share their child’s or children’s “first day of school” photos. James Cote, 2, of Belchertown looks through a box of books at the Friends of Clapp Spring Book Sale. Marine Sgt. Joshua Bouchard helps raise the first wall to his new home during a Build Brigade in Granby. Natalie Morra, of Belchertown, hangs tightly to her jet ski as she rides the “waves.” The town recently received a grant for the purchase of conservation land from the Kestrel Land Trust. Pictured, left to right, Kari Blood, Program Coordinator Kestrel Land Trust, Monica Green, Kestrel Land Trust, David Ziomek, Amherst Director of Conservation and Development, LeeAnne Connolly, Belchertown Conservation Administrator, Christine Volonte, AmeriCorps Land Steward. Republican U. S. Sen. Scott Brown greets Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren before the sparks flew in their debate in Springfield Symphony Hall Oct. 10. Quabbin Regional High School NJROTC marches in the Oakham Memorial Day parade. Matt Duga looks up at the dinosaur statue that was delivered to Granby Public Library last week. The dinosaur will likely become a permanent fixture at the new library, once built. Girls from various troops in town gather on the common on Sunday, March 11 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts with a prayer circle. BHS seniors celebrate graduating! Alaina Shippee, 8, of Granby, listens intently as Santa tells a story about Alaina’s grandparents during the Jingle Bell Bazaar. Kylie Montemagni is all smiles as she jumps away during the Jump Rope for Heart at the East Meadow School in Granby. Landon Simon catches a drop of fresh sap from a maple tree that was just tapped on the schoolyard. Janice McCarthy, owner of McCarthy’s Pub, runs into the frigid waters at Brunelle’s Marina with Patty Kleeberg during the Leprechaun Plunge. McCarthy’s won the entire event. A wreath is laid at the memorial for those who lost their life having served in the Middle East wars. Shaylyn Relihan’s design, which she described as a gothic Victorian age dress that was modeled by her friend Jaclyn Symiakakis, took the top prize of $400 at the seventh annual “Project Runway” fashion show. One lucky volunteer gets a big lick from the puppet “Joker Michael” during a show held at Belchertown High School as part of the Dream Big Read summer program. This young man shows his Holstein heifer at the Oakham Youth Fair on Saturday, July 28 at Wright Memorial Field in Oakham under the watchful eye of dairy judge Karl Hartshorn. Olivia Smith, Tom Stockton and Tess Mathewson pose in their costumes prior to the Halloween Cemetery Tour held at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Mae Smith tries out the new elevator at Nash Hill Place in Williamsburg with Facilities Manager Sandra Leary, elevator committee member Julia Kellogg, and Hilltown CDC member Jacquelyn Burgin in January. Staff photo by Lisa Connell Marla BB of Hilltown Wilderness Adventures brought her toboggan sled and her team of Alaskan Huskies to the Westhampton Library in February, and to the Chester Elementary School in December, to demonstrate the art of the sled dog racing. Staff photo by Lisa Connell Westhampton veterans salute the flag on Memorial Day. Staff photo by Lisa Connell In Chesterfield, members of the Second Continental Artillery demonstrated how they load their canon. This was the first day of Chesterfield’s weeklong 250th anniversary celebration. Staff photo by Lisa Connell Todd Whitaker of Montgomery, with cousin Blandford’s Postmaster Sue Wesolowski, as he rode through Blandford with members of Team LeBlanc in the Pan-Mass Challenge. Wesolowski also retired as the town’s postmaster at the end of 2012. Photo by Mary Kronholm That’s one big bunny,” Emma Matthews appears to be saying as she hung out with this Flemish Giant bunny at the Middlefield Fair. The bunny weighs about 25 lbs., that’s five more than Emma. Photo by Carole Wheaton Dale Griffen and Michael Styckiewicz found the going a bit tricky during the Westfield River Wildwater Canoe Races in April.  Photos by Ron Craig Mayor Michael D. Bissonnette takes the oath of office during the inauguration ceremony at Elms College. From left, Sophie Berard, Katie Boutin, Luiza Guberow, Gabriella Keser, Dylan Wehr were the winners of an essay contest at St. Stanislaus School initated by Korean War veteran John Sasso on “Why I Should Thank a Veteran.” Margo Petracone of Barre rides her horse in the Petersham Fourth of July parade. The Korean National Taekwondo Demonstration Team from Mi-dong School in Seoul performed at Bowie School where students have been taking lessons in the martial art for four years. Boys and Girls Club of Chicopee Executive Director Elizabeth M. Daly, Earl LaFlamme III and State Sen. Michael R. Knapik cut a ceremonial cake, as the club kicked off its Centennial Celebration From left, Lambert Lavoie School students Jared Messina, Matthew Sabat and Isabella Donais enjoyed Crazy Hat Day, which benefitted Baystate Children’s Hospital. Erin MacDonald was crowned the 2012 Chicopee Colleen from a field of 46 contestants during the Coronation Ball at the Castle of Knights. Roger Roy’s niece, Nancy Embury and her son Rob, were among a group of about 40 family members and friends who took part in the Second Annual Roger Roy Flower Garden Clean Up at the intersection of Grattan Street/Granby Road on the corner that Roy “adopted” and tended for years. Little Charlotte Maciolek visits the Rick the Easter Bunny during the Parks and Recreation Department’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt. The bunny is her grandfather, Richard Maciolek, assistant superintendant of the Parks and Recreation Department. From left, Diane Robinson participated in the 14th Annual Relay for Life with her best friend, cancer survivor Anne Bukowski, who came to the event right after she finished a chemotherapy treatment. Delfo Barabani, Mayor Michael Bissonnette, Westover base commander Col. Steven Vautrin and his wife Catie visit with 99-year-old WWI veteran Frank J. Jazab on Memorial Day after the parade. From left, State Troopers Keller Williams and John Vasquez, and Chicopee Police Officers Johnny Justino and David Benoit receive Medal of Valor Awards during a ceremony to honor the police officers who risked their lives April 13 during a two hour gun battle with Carlos A. Gonzalez-Laguer. Post 415 American Legion veterans salute as the band bugler plays taps at the Memorial Day ceremony in Petersham. Chicopee High School Class of 2012 President Amanda Baltazar spoke to the crowd during the graduation ceremony. From left, Comprehensive High graduates Matt Yacubeck, Zach Crowley and Nate Roy wait for the graduation ceremony to begin Annie Dulong won the pre-kindergarten division of the "K-5 Star Spangled Bike Pageant” at the Fest of All with her decorated bicycle that held a picture of her dad in his military uniform. From left, Lt. Col. James Bishop, chief, 439th Airwing Lift Public Affairs at Westover Air Reserve Base and Bud Shuback, president of the Galaxy Community Council, which co-sponsors the Great New England Air Show, welcomed people to the free show and kick-off breakfast. From left, World War II Army Air Corps veteran John B. Savoy, 91, and Navy veteran Edward F. Borucki, 91, share memories at the Great New England Air Show and Open House breakfast. Bowe School teachers Harry Brandt and Paula Terkelsen and some of the students who worked to water and weed the community garden they planted, show off some of the vegetables they picked From left, Chicopee Fire Chief Stephen Burkott, Jean Krampits, City Councilor Fred Krampits and Fire Dept. Lt. Katie Collins-Kalbaugh spend a moment together at the 9-11 memorial service held in front of the Fire Department headquarters. From left, Chicopee High School JROTC Cadet Capt. Luis Ruiz inspects Cadet Capt. Paola Sanchez’s uniform. From left, Pauline Tilbe, and the Christy family, Parker, Jean, Matt and Mallory, took part in the JDRF 2101 Walk to Cure Diabetes on Oct. 14 at Six Flags in Agawam. The Chicopee Comp girls varsity soccer team celebrated winning the inaugural Chicopee Cup in October. June is graduation month. Quabbin Regional High School graduates the Class of 2012. From left, Chicopee High School JROTC member Christian Roche stand with Vietnam veteran Robert Lakasik during the laying of the wreath ceremony on Veteran’s Day in Veteran’s Memorial Plaza. From left, Tom Tucker and Paul Soja show off two of more than 140, 20 pound turkeys and turkey breasts that were cooked on Monday, Nov. 10 at the Castle of Knights for the 22nd Annual Thanksgiving Dinner for the needy and lonely. The lights in the center of the city are turned on by (from left) Mrs. Claus, Mayor Michael D. Bissonnette, Santa Claus, Ward 1 School Committee member Adam D. Lamontagne and Councilor-At-Large Frank N. Laflamme during the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. People stand with candles in remembrance of the children and educators whose lives were lost in the Sandy Hill tragedy during a vigil at Ray Ash Memorial Park. Alyson and Brandon Boucher enjoyed their visit with Old St. Nick during a Breakfast with Santa at St. Joan of Arc School.  The 2012 Grand Colleen Pageant contestants from South Hadley and Holyoke who vied for the title of Grand Colleen. Kris Schnelosp shows off with his dog Trixi at the Holyoke Community Carnival Dog Show in February. Brianna M. Fitz, 20, of Holyoke, was named the 2012 Grand Colleen. Fitz, center, appears with her Colleen Court: Kelly W. Donahoe, 22,  Juliette R. Chenier,17, Kelli A. Laramee, 21, and Allison B. Lapointe, 18, all of Holyoke. Residents sign the final beam to be put in place at the Holyoke Senior Center. The Holyoke girls varsity basketball team won the Western Massachusetts Girls Basketball Division 1 Tournament in March by defeating Longmeadow, 67-58, in the finals. Karen Melanson special education teacher in the Quabbin Regional School District was the organizer of the “summer Olympics” held in May at Quabbin Regional High School in Barre. Holyoke Firefighter Mike Ortiz calmly ascends the ladder of truck 1 to turn on the vehicle’s nozzle in order to quell flames climbing the vacant brick building of the former Mt. Tom Division of the American Writing Paper Company located at 18 Water Street. Holyoke officials and executives from the Girls Scouts Council of Western Massachusetts break ground on a new service center at 301 Kelly Way. The Holyoke Caledonian Pipe and Drum Band lead the way of the Memorial Day Parade.172 Holyoke High School Valedictorian Victoria Hepworth addresses her fellow graduates during the school's 147th Commencement Exercise. Deanna Morin, 9, of Holyoke, climbs through the colorful playscape at South Hadley’s Beachgrounds Park one July afternoon. Holyoke Police Officer Victor Heredia takes a break after being dunked at the South Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative's Family Fun Day in July. A group of Lyman Terrace residents continue to protest in August the proposed demolition of the housing complex. The Expandable Brass Band wows the crowd at the September Great Holyoke Block Party. The Holyoke High School Marching Band makes their way through the Big E fairgrounds during “Holyoke Day.” Bevan Brunelle performs a veil dance at the Holyoke Public Library’s costume gala and fundraiser Sept. 22 Quilts a The Oakham Congregational Church hosted a quilt show on Saturday, June 16. Quilt no. 14 is a “crazy quilt” that with hand embroidery made by Mary Elizabeth Ward Stratton in the 1800’s. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive on Saturday, Dec. 1 to turn on the lights on Barre Common. Jonathan Bernard of West Springfield, portraying a private in the 9th Massachusetts light artillery, talks about the repair work a portable forge such as this would make feasible. He was part of a Civil War encampment Saturday, Oct. 6 on the Barre Common. Even with snow at a premium it was piled in anticipation of the winter carnival at Pine Acres Family Camping Resort in Oakham in February as part of the town’s 250th anniversary. Peter Smith made this giant polar bear. Photos of this event are funded in part by the Oakham Cultural Council, a local agency funded by the state cultural council. MGM Resorts International Chairman and CEO Jim Murren, CEO of Palmer Paving Corp. David Callahan and MGM’s chief marketing officer Bill Hornbuckle field questions in January on their proposed casino development in Brimfield. The Call/Volunteer Firefighter Class #037 graduated from the Massachusetts Firefighter Academy – ceremonies were held at Palmer High School. Monson High School Principal Andrew Linkenhoker was duct-taped to the wall as a fundraiser during the school’s Winter Carnival in February. Mother-daughter team Barbara Horn (right) and Rachael Max plan to form a nonprofit called “Here Today, Adopted Tomorrow Animal Sanctuary” in Brimfield. The Pathfinder Regional High School robotics team enjoyed another successful competition last spring. Joined by coach and electronics teacher Eric Duda are team members Devyn Jess, Kyle Lussier, Mackaiden Morini, Rache Yaeger, Tyler Menard, Adam Portelada, Matthew Roberts, Nicholas McDonough, Gustavo Rodriguez and Bernadette Dineen. Volunteer Carol Ramsey applies a temporary tattoo to Emily Sheehan’s face in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day at the Palmer Senior Center. The spring 2012 blood drive at Palmer High School was held in honor of Deidre and her 20-month-old daughter Addison Cadieux, both of Bondsville. Brimfield Firefighter Timothy Wemyss drenches hot spots after a forest fire that burned over 40 acres in Brimfield in April. Sue Gregory, executive director of Hitchcock Free Academy, hugs co-Citizen of the Year Gina Lynch of Brimfield, once the winners at the 2012 Chamber Choice Awards were announced at Eagle Hill School in Hardwick. Water from Dick’s Brook flows through culvert pipes behind the Barre Savings Bank on Grove Street in March. 1st Lt. Joseph Custance of Monson stares at his replacement Bronze Star after losing the original to fire in 1996. Palmer High School graduate Tara Chudy is flanked by mother Karen and aunts, Barbara Miles and Toni Wahlers. Massachusetts National Guard Brig. Gen. Paul Gregory Smith speaks of how well his personnel were treated as Monson recovered from the tornado. Greene Room Productions’ Josiah Durham (left) and David Wallace used stilts to wave to everyone attending the Monson Summerfest parade on July 4. “Ponderous Pachyderms” sit obediently during The Kelly Miller Bros. Circus held at Laviolette Field last summer. J. Thomas Ogden (far left) helped raise the barn along with other volunteers at Hollow Brook Farms in Brimfield several months ago. Shooting guard Avery Bradley of the Boston Celtics signs the Dill family’s baskeball court in Monson that bears the team’s logo in August. Bondsville Fire Chief Scott Gustafson, Three Rivers Fire Chief Patrick O’Connor and Palmer Fire Chief Alan Roy pay respects to first responders and victims that perished in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Youngsters watch chemical reactions at “Fizz, Boom, Splat” a science program held at the Monson Free Library in September. Children gather around “Bellisimo,” a large male alpaca, at Happy Hearts Alpaca Farm in Brimfield. The first snow of the 2012 from 1 to 4 inches depending on the location fell on Thursday, Jan. 12 causing a slippery commute that morning. The wind furls the flag on North Common in Barre.  A passenger train sponsored by RailAmerica pulls into the former Union Station in Palmer, now the Steaming Tender Restaurant. This furry family included Ryna Sinclair, Ali Seddon and Icha Perez, 7, as they attended the Fall Festival held at Old Mill Pond School in Palmer last month. Charles Vigra, Air Force veterans, salutes at the request of Monson Veterans Agent John Comerford at Veterans Day ceremonies held at Granite Valley Middle School in Monson. The Heritage Pops Orchestra performs at the Palmer Rotary Club’s holiday concert held earlier this month at Palmer High School. Colleen Lord, assistant bank manager at Spencer Savings Bank, plays out a few equations for first grader Ava Marcucci and second grader Emily Moran at Holland Elementary School’s Math Night. Eagle Scouts Jeremy Morris, 19, (left) and Brendan Ferreira, 18, (right) have their names added to the Boy Scout Troop 182 Honor Roll. Presenting the honor roll are Nathan Drewniak, 14, (second from left) and Justin Sanchez, 15, (second from right) at a ceremony held Saturday, Jan. 7, at First Church in Ludlow.  (L-R) Madison Donais, 11, of Chicopee, along with her stepsister Jacquelyn Kelly, also 11, check out the speed of their saucers on the hill at the Ludlow Country Club after a January snowstorm. “We’re having a lot of fun today,” said Madison. Fourth-graders at Veterans Park School take a stand against bullying, holding up “No Name Calling” signs they created during a “Black Out Bullying” rally held at the school on Wednesday Jan. 25. Ludlow Senior Center Activities Director Elaine Nison shares a moment with Rose Giammarino  during Nison’s retirement party held Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Ludlow Senior Center. Nison retired after serving 10 years at the Senior Center. State Rep. Thomas Petrolati (D – Ludlow) presents U.S. Army Pfc. Daniel Orlandi (second from right) with a citation for his dedicated service to our country.  Joining them (l-r) are Director of Veterans Services Donald Couture and Pfc. Orlandi’s mother, Carol Orlandi. Orlandi was awarded the Purple Heart for being wounded in action during his recent nine-month deployment in Kandahar, Afghanistan. As part of Homecoming Day in Oakham on Saturday, Oct. 6, a US Army UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter landed on Wright Field. Rev. Doug Fish and his wife, Barbara, welcome parishioners to Faith Community Chapel, the former St. Mary of the Assumption Church on East Street, for the first Sunday Service on Sunday, Feb. 12. The Ludlow Senior Center welcomes its new cook, Kathy Lofland (at left), pictured here celebrating Valentine’s Day with Richard Fontaine.  (L-R) Michael Maravilha, 5, delivers a “snowball” right into the face of his friend, James Courtney, 8, during the “Snowball Toss” held as part of the “Indoor Snowball Party” held at Hubbard Memorial Library on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Because it’s an “indoor party,” and perhaps because there was no snow on the ground, the “snowball” Maravilha tossed was really a marshmallow.  (Right) Dan D’Angelo, president and CEO of the Ludlow Community Center/Randall Boys & Girls Club, announces in March that he will be leaving the club’s top executive spot, effective April 29. Pictured with D’Angelo is former club president and CEO James Moriarty, who retired June 30, 2011, and announced D’Angelo as his replacement. Winning the Second Annual U.S. Marine Sgt. Joshua D. Desforges Fitness Challenge is Ludlow High School junior Ryan Wytas (second from left). Presenting Wytas with the First Place plaque is (l-r) Sgt. Desforges’ mother, Arlene, his sister, Jenelle, and father, David Desforges. The Fitness Challenge was held Thursday, March 15, in the Ludlow High School gym. With funds remaining from last year, the total raised so far for the scholarship fund is $14,500, according to Ludlow High School Resource Officer Tom Cote (not pictured), who organized the Fitness Challenge. Members of Ludlow Girl Scout Brownie Troop 11318 get some fresh air at the Ludlow Reservoir, recently working on their “Bicycling” badges. Pictured on their bikes are (l-r) Leah, Sonja, MacKenzie, Abbie, Emily, and Alyssa. During the month of March, Girl Scouts across the nation celebrated their 100th anniversary. Ludlow resident Emily Godek, 8, fills her Easter basket with eggs during the Hubbard Memorial Library’s Easter Egg Hunt held on Saturday, April 7. “I had a lot of fun today,” said Emily. During the Ludlow Hockey Association’s (LHA) annual “Player Appreciation Night,” LHA coach Doug Warner is presented with a farewell gift – a poster and a hockey shirt.  “I have decided to retire from coaching,” said Warner, who began coaching hockey 17 years ago in 1995.  Ludlow High School senior Haily Kelliher keeps her eye on the road during her turn behind the wheel of the “Distractology 101” program. From April 9-13, up to 75 students took part in the interactive driving program designed to teach students about the dangers distracted driving. The program was brought to Ludlow by Tony Goncalves and Joe Chaves, owners of Ideal Insurance in Ludlow. Edward Haryasz, of Ludlow, (center) drops off unwanted and expired prescription drugs at<br/>the fourth “Prescription Drug Take Back Day” held Saturday, April 28, at Ludlow Town Hall. Also pictured are Ludlow Police Sgt. Louis Tulik (right) and Ludlow Police Officer Jay<br/>Chelo (left). A total of 153 pounds of drugs were collected.<br/> Some of the race participants finish up a snack after the 5K walk/run in Oakham last <br/>Saturday, Oct. 6 at Homecoming Day and the 250th anniversary celebration.<br/> The Ludlow Senior Center welcomes new Activities Director Sarah Gmeiner, whose first day on the job was May 21. Shane Chase, 14, of Ludlow, is named a Red Cross “Hometown Hero” for his volunteer efforts helping victims of the tornado that devastated the area on June 1, 2011. Chase, his father, Alan, and older brother, McKinley, became known by families in Monson neighborhoods as the “Chase and Sons Chainsaw Volunteers.” Every weekend they were out with saws helping cut the downed trees and cleaning up yards. Alysha Tierney, of Ludlow, meets President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama following a campaign rally held at Virginia Commonwealth University on Saturday, May 5. Tierney, a senior majoring in foreign affairs at the University of Virginia (UVA), is president of the “Students for Obama” organization at UVA. She was nominated by staff working in Charlottesville, Va., to be included in the photo line that followed the President’s rally. (L-R) VFW Post 3236 Cdr. William Shea teams up with Ludlow VFW Post 3236 Chaplain Al Fabbre in the Memorial Day tradition of reflagging veterans’ graves at Island Pond Cemetery. Close to 20 volunteers honored departed veterans by replacing worn flags with new ones on Sunday, May 20. Achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, Christopher Barbeau, a member of Ludlow Boy Scout Troop<br/>180, receives congratulations from his mentor, Eagle Scout Phil Brodeur during a ceremony held in May.<br/> Paul R. Baird Middle School seventh and eighth grade band members display the Gold Medal awards they earned after competing in the Great East Music Festival. Ryan Linton, of Ludlow, is appointed superintendent of Westover Golf Course. Ludlow’s Westover Golf Commission, which oversees operation of the golf course, voted unanimously to hire Linton in May following interviews with him and other finalists. Commission Chairman Sean McBride said Linton was one of 19 applicants who hoped to fill the position vacated by former Superintendent Marc Gauvin, who left in March. Donna Hogan serves her last day as interim superintendent of schools Friday, June 29. New Ludlow Public Schools Superintendent Todd Gazda begins his work in the district on Monday, July 1. Children’s and Youth Services Librarian July Siebecker (right) presents Ludlow resident Sofie Vital, 7, with a jaguar stuffed animal during the Summer Reading Program. Vital was the first to complete the checklist handed out to all of Grand Opening Party participants.  (L-R) Emily Gunn, 5, Mason Little, 4, and Hannah Mandeville, 4, beat the heat at May Spray Park at the Ludlow Community Center/Randall Boys & Girls Club as part of the club’s Kid’s Stuff Program. The Hubbardston Police Department had a driving course set up where people could put on special goggles that simulated driving drunk at the Hubbardston field day on Sept. 8. This woman was unable to make it around the course without hitting some cones. Kailey Bissonnette, of Ludlow, gets into the spirit of “Stars and Stripes Week” at the Randall Boys & Girls Club/Ludlow Community Center. Ludlow resident Nicholas Thomas, 6, gets trapped inside a giant bubble during “Bubbleology,” presented by bubble expert Keith Johnson on July 17 at Hubbard Memorial Library. The Board of Directors of the Ludlow Community Center/Randall Boys & Girls Club appoints Jennifer A. Aldworth as the club’s executive director. Aldworth’s first day on the job was Monday, July 23. Ludlow native Dean Lombardi, who is the general manager of the Los Angeles Kings, brings home the Stanley Cup to the Polish American Citizens Club. Turley Publications submitted photo (L-R) Ludlow Boy Scout Troop 182 members Christopher Clark, Justin Sanchez, Nathan Drewniak and Christopher Drewniak are set to earn their Eagle Scout ranks at a Court of Honor scheduled for September, the final event for the 38-year-old troop that is set to disband. Ludlow resident Sadie Housey, 4, shares “I’m going to add yellow beads to my necklace because I love yellow.” Housey participated in Hubbard Memorial Library’s “Bead Time” activity held <br/>Friday, Aug. 17. <br/> Four sets of bell chimes break the stillness in the air during the Sept. 11 “Remembrance<br/>Ceremony” held at the Ludlow 911 Memorial, located at the Ludlow Public Safety Complex on the corner of Center and Chapin streets. Ludlow Fire Capt. Jeff Lavoie rings the bell in four sets to recognize when the Manhattan, New York, Fire Box 5-5-8087 was pulled at the Twin Towers.<br/> Owen Maynard, 8, of Hardwick, comes all the way to Randall’s Farm to see the Melha Shrine clowns “Poppie” and “Beeper” during Randall’s Farm “50/15” anniversary celebration held Aug. 18 and 19. These second and third-graders get ready for a friendly competition during the second annual Lion’s Roar Race/Walk and Kids Run held Sunday, Sept. 23. Close to 210 people turned out for the event, raising over $8,000 for the Elementary Schools PTO.  (Front to back) Paul R. Baird Middle School sixth-graders Sydney Howard, Jenna Thompson, Emily Lima and Hailey Dowling sign the Drug-Free Pledge Thursday, Oct. 25, during Red Ribbon Week, held from Oct. 23-31. This 1957 Chevrolet Corvette was one of over 100 cars exhibited at the Barre Lions Club classic car show on Saturday, Sept. 22 on the Barre Common. The event benefited the Barre Police Association. Pictured are (l-r) the members of the Ludlow Veterans Memorial Committee U.S. Marine Corps veteran Roland Savoie, U.S. Army veteran Caz Boduch, U.S. Army veteran Lou Casagrande, U.S. Navy veteran Walter “Jim” Peacey, U.S. Navy veteran Donald Couture, U.S. Navy veteran William Shea and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Timothy Donnelly. Not pictured is U.S. Marine Corps veteran Roger Savoie, who passed away in November 2011. Committee members will be honored as “Veterans of the Year” during the Veterans Day ceremony to be held Monday, Nov. 12, at the Exit 7 Theater, 37 Chestnut St., Ludlow Alexis Lavoie, 15, of Ludlow, is presented with an 8 by 10 inch autographed photograph of Harrison Ford, a Harrison Ford autographed DVD and autographed movie poster of the newly released “Indiana Jones – Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,”  during the “Stay Strong Alexis” fundraiser held Saturday, Nov. 15. Roughly $11,000 was raised to help offset medical expenses incurred by the Lavoie family, as a result of a debilitating brain hemorrhage Alexis Lavoie suffered this summer. (L-R) Ludlow Special Police Sgt. Ray Robbins (second from right) is joined by family members, (l-r) his son Jeff Robbins, wife, Diane, and daughter, Erica, at Sgt. Robbins’ retirement party held Nov. 10, at Tony & Penny’s Restaurant. Close to 150 people attended the retirement party, honoring Sgt. Robbins for 34 years of community service. (L-R, back) Ludlow High School seniors and National Honor Society members Jacob LaPierre, Chris Barbeau, NHS President Patrick Klosek, Brian Crowley and Cody Dias and (front) NHS President Lindsey Paradis, NHS Vice President Taylor Graffum, Secretary Kara Baillargeon, Deavon Theriault, Maggie Lau and Disha Patel, load up the non-perishable items to deliver to the Rock 102 Bax and O’Brien “Mayflower Marathon.” Ludlow senior cornerback Michael Connors (1) makes a key interception in front of Palmer senior wide receiver Tim Siddle (11) during the fourth quarter of the Lions 26-6 victory over the rival Panthers on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 22, at Legion Field. Massimo Laprise, 19 months, of Feeding Hills, gives St. Nick a high-five, during St.<br/>Elizabeth Parish’s annual “Breakfast with St. Nick” held Sunday, Dec. 2, at the St. John the Baptist Pastoral Center. <br/> (L-R) Melha Shrine clowns Bert “Cheer Up” Krasmer, John “Homer” Jasinski, Lenny “Paintbrush” Horowitz and Michael “Beeper” Sklarski entertain Olivia Ferrero, 8, and her cousin Cooper Haluch, 5 months, both of Ludlow, during the Polish American Citizens Club (PACC) annual “Christmas Luncheon” held Sunday, Dec. 9. (L-R) Ethan Love, 5, and his cousin Filipe Fernandes, 4, both of Ludlow, are thrilled to pet<br/>Belgium Draft horses Pepper and Sampson, who pulled Santa around Ludlow Sunday,<br/>Dec. 16, during the “Toys for Tots Christmas Parade.” Also pictured is parade coordinator<br/>Keith Ouellette.<br/> VFW Ladies Auxiliary State President Janet Masciotra and VFW State Commander George Murray place a memorial wreath on the grave of past VFW State Commander Michael Connors at the Massachusetts Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, in Agawam, during the “Wreaths across America” ceremony held Saturday, Dec. 15. (L-R) Historical Commission Chairman Betty Kibbe and Ludlow resident Evelyn Wrona unveil a collection of glass milk bottles currently on display at Town Hall. Wrona’s late husband, Stephen, amassed the collection over the course of 15 years. John Wisnewski’s team pulls a wagon in the 250th anniversary parade in Oakham on Sunday, Oct. 7. He won first place in the equestrian category. Superintendent Dr. John Barry speaks during the Special Town Meeting held Jan. 10 at Southwick-Tolland Regional High School. More than 600 residents packed the high school gymnasium, a much higher total than usual for a town meeting. Voters turned out to act on the school district improvement project. Melissa O’Neill goes high for a lay-up during the second quarter of a Southwick girls basketball game in January. Students from Southwick-Tolland Regional High School dance the night away at the Annual Semi-Formal held at Shaker Farms Country Club Feb. 3. Peter Davis dances with daughter Ana-Marlene, 1, at the Our Lady of the Lake Church Valentine’s Day Father-Daughter dance Feb. 10. Ashlyn Stromgren, cast as Willy Wonka, rehearses in the cafeteria at Southwick-Tolland Regional High School. A outpour of support from local tree cutters gathered at New Cemetery to memorialize Tyler Granfield, whose life was taken in a tragic accident March 29. Mourners gather at the unique burial ceremony. From left to right, Kyle Manley, Mitch Goneau and Joe Kucienski, discuss a drill with a group of local children during a baseball clinic hosted by the Southwick High varsity and junior varsity baseball teams. Powder Mill Middle School Foreign Language teacher Amadou Talla attempts to establish a Skype connection with a school in Senegal, Africa May 2.
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