Hats off to the Tantasqua Regional Class of 2012


By Jennifer Grybowski
Turley Publications Reporter

YOLO. “You Only Live Once,” the motto of rapper Drake, was the anthem of the Tantasqua Regional High School (TRHS) Class of 2012 during commencement June 3 in the TRHS field house. It was a fitting anthem for a commencement with the theme of “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us,” by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Academic Honor Student Ryan Little spoke about YOLO, and all the ways that can be applied to a graduate’s life. He also spoke about those that helped him and his fellow graduates get through their school years, including what he called “amazing faculty,” his family and his friends.

“Thank you to my parents who taught me that who I am is more important than what I am,” Little said. “…Thank you to my friends who taught me confidence, determination and that it’s always funny when someone gets hurt.”

Class President Alyx Darger spoke about the effect last spring’s tornado had on her class as a whole. She told the audience about the school’s collection of items like food, clothing, blankets and more for those affected and how in just 36 hours, they had to turn away donations because they had run out of room to store them.

“Over the last 365 days, the character of the class has been exposed,” she said. “We are much more cohesive now as a result of the destruction. I am confident the class will continue to make a positive impact on the world.”

Technical Honor Student Maleek Wedderburn couldn’t believe the day was here.

“Graduation was always someone else’s day, college was someone else’s school and career was someone else’s life,” he said.

He also referenced YOLO, and encouraged graduates to treasure their support systems, put all of their effort into everything they do and to instill kindness into the heart of a stranger. He left the stage with a backflip, amidst a round of applause.

Tantasqua Regional School Committee Chairman James A. Cooke said to the graduates that when they started their first day of preschool or kindergarten, they probably weren’t thinking about graduation; but their parents were.

“I hope you’ll take the time to thank the person or people who helped you along the way,” he said.

He also thanked Superintendent Daniel Durgin for his service to the district and leadership during tough economic times when surrounding towns are cutting opportunities for students.

“Thanks to his leadership, we have been able to maintain the program here,” he said.

Durgin congratulated the students and parents on a job well done and asked graduates not to forget their Tantasqua family.

“It has been a privilege working here with supportive communities and the best students anywhere,” he said. “…Continue to look for opportunities to help others as you grow and continue to keep on learning.

Class Secretary Casandra Stagias gave the Farewell Address.

“May the best day of your life so far be the worst of your life to come,” she said.

After commencement, graduates and their families and friends gathered on school grounds for pictures, hugs and congratulations.

Caitlyn Griffin said it felt surreal to be graduated.

“It went by so fast, it doesn’t feel like it happened,” she said.

Jonathan Collazo said graduating felt amazing.

“There is no better thing in the world,” he said. “YOLO!”

Randi Thayer said graduating was a relief.

“We are done,” she said. “We get a vacation and then our life begins. For the past 18 years, this is all we’ve known. Now it’s something different.”

Samantha Cass-Evans was excited to be graduated.

“It’s finally over,” she said. “I don’t have to stay up late and stress out anymore.”

Lauren DiCarlo and Devinne Aquandro said they’ll both miss their friends the most.

“It won’t be the same,” Aquandro said.

Julie Boyd said graduating was strange and exciting.

“It’s weird because we’re finally really out of here,” she said. “It’s weird to see my friends graduating, but it’s also exciting at the same time. I’ll miss my friends and miss seeing the same people and the same faces every day.”

James Fontaine had his eyes on the future.

“Graduating feels fantastic,” he said. “Now I can go to work and make a ton of money.”


Hats of to the Quaboag Regional Class of 2012

QRSD Jr/Sr High School graduates 75 in its forty-fourth commencement ceremony

By Jennifer Robert

WARREN – To the traditional processional music of “Pomp and Circumstance-Opus 39,” played by the Quaboag Regional Wind Ensemble, 75 students proudly walked to the stands amid smiles, cheers and a few (happy) tears from family and friends.

Principal Gregory Meyers addressed the audience during his welcome speech, reminiscing about the years gone by and the remarkable change he has seen the class go through, from identifying themselves by the towns they were from when they first entered the building, to transitioning to identifying themselves more cohesively, simply as students of Quaboag.

Looking forward, he spoke confidently about the things that this group of students has learned about themselves and the world around them, and feels that they are more than ready for the next step, whatever that may be for each of them individually.

“Today,” he said,  “they stand before you no longer as children, but as confident young adults ready to take on the world.” Superintendent of QRSD, Mr. Brett Kustigian, also address both students and audience members, saying, “You have worked hard, you have completed your requirements, and now it is time to celebrate.”

Not only recognizing the graduates for their diligent work, he also address the families of these students, saying, “from the first report card to the final exam, you have been their to support them the entire way.” In addition to words of congratulations and appreciation, Kustigian shared an anecdotal story with the crowd, and gave the graduates some advice to take with them as they prepare for the world beyond high school.

There are times, he spoke, that one may wonder if they made a good choice, if they did the right thing, or may wonder if what is expected of them is the best moral choice to make. “Under every circumstance, never give less that your best effort,” he advised them, explaining that being true to yourself, and giving your best, will never lead to failure or regret.

Senior class President Jessica McCann also address her fellow classmates, talking of how time passes and the things that we hold dear of past memories. “Remember to hold true to what shaped our yesterdays,” she advised, “It’s hard to believe that twelve years has come and gone, and that this chapter of our lives has ended, but now there will be a new chapter, we just have to go out and write it.” Salutatorian Emily McCarthy, finishing her high school career with a 4.15 GPA, spoke about hard work and valid effort. “We are standing here today because we have earned this through unwavering perseverance,” she said. She asked her classmates to consider, as they prepare to go forth into a new phase of their lives, the benefits of hard work.

“You can endure the pain of hard work, or endure the pain of regret. What hurts more?” she questioned. In addition to the moving speeches made by faculty, staff and graduates, the senior class Secretary and Treasurer presented the school with its class gift from the 2012 year.

This year’s graduating class chose to donate a timepiece for the school’s auditorium, as there is not one presently in that are of the school. This wall clock, they said, will be both a functional piece of equipment for the school, and something solid for others to look at and think back on this graduating class.

The 2012 graduating class saw 17 members of the Quaboag Regional School District chapter of the National Honor Society receive diplomas, including Valedictorian Derek Kenneth Sousa and Salutatorian Emily Josephine McCarthy. The other members of the class that graduated with this prestigious accomplishment, donning shawls to signifying their high achievement in academics and leadership were: Emma Joy Belling, Hayley Ann Bigness, Calvin Timothy Chase (QRSD NHS Blood Drive Chair), Haylie Patricia Dolan, Brianna Danielle Dunn, Conor O’Neill Fairbanks, Adam Dunlay Faust (President of QRSD NHS), Jessica Lee McCann, Emily Josephine McCarthy (QRSD NHS Treasurer), Tyler William Morgan, Colin Thomas O’Donnell, Stephanie Renee Purcell (QRSD NHS Secretary), Darin Christopher Trzeciak, Cameron Scott Young (QRSD NHS Vice President) and Zane Aaron Zglobicki. Announced post-Secondary plans for the graduates are as follows: Joseph Apessons, military; Christian Barse, QCC, Joshua Bearor, UMASS Amherst, Emma Belling, UMASS Amherst, Hayley Bigness, Bridgewater State University, Danielle Boisseau, Salem State University, Gabrielle Carlson, Nichols College, Joseph Cayea, military, Marques Chaisson, Tony and Guys college, Cayla Champeauz, Westfield State University, Calvin Chase, UMASS Amherst, Robert Culver Jr., military, Emily Derosiers, Fitchburg State University, Connor Fairbanks, Porter and Chester, Kate Faulkner, HCC, Adam Faust, Bentley University, Chelsea Fountain, Sage College of Albany, Haley Fountain, Regis College, Adrianna Garlicki, QCC, JacobGorham, UMASS Amherst, Sara Hakey, HCC, Alyssa Joyce, Rhode Island College, Bridget Hutchins, MA College of Pharmacy and Health, Paul Koffi, Worcester State College, Lauren Leclaire, Worcester State College, Kirsten Lapointe, Worcester State College, Nicole Muillet, Clark University, Jessica McCann, Worcester State College, Emily McCarthy, Northeastern University, Tyler Morgan, Champlain College, Colin O’Donnell, University of New Haven, Kylie Pluta, Western New England University, Sawyer Prive, HCC, Stephanice Purcell, Worcester State College, Kaitlyn Ramsey, Southern New Hampshire University, Kimberly Rizzo, HCC, Amanda Russin, QCC, Jordan Santos, HCC, Brandon Seeton, Worcester State College, Derek Sousa, University of Virginia, Kaylah St. Cyr, Rob Roy Academy, Matthew Sullivan, Nichols College, Jacob Thompson, Worcester State College, Joshua Toppin, Porter and Chester, Darin Trzeciak, WPI, Karyn Waldron, Southern New Hampshire University, Taylor Wilk, QCC, Megan Williams, QCC, Melissa Yelle, HCC, Cameron Young, UMASS Amherst, and Zane Zglobicki, Western New England University.

Voters resoundingly reject school override petition


By Ruth M. Lyon
Turley Publications Reporter

In just shy of two hours, 414 of this town’s 2,965 registered voted by a majority of more than six to one to reject a petition article seeking a $460,464 override for the purposes of funding the operating budget of the public schools for the fiscal year beginning July 1,2011. Thirteen voters, having sat through two hours of mostly polite bickering, abstained.
Moderator Eugene Caille, opening the meeting at 7 p.m. at the elementary school, reminded the audience that town meetings are “the purest form of democracy.” He asked those present to refrain from applause, and to respect the opinions of others.
As voters continued to file in, Caille insisted that all in attendance be seated, commenting that, in past years, voters at town meeting had reported feeling intimidated by people standing at the rear and along the sides of the room. “No voter should ever feel intimidated,” he said. By the time the meeting re-convened at 7:12, Town Clerk Sheila Buzzell said, 414 of the town’s 2965 registered voters had been checked in.
Following some discussion of parliamentary proceedings, the article having been read, finance committee chairman Robert Smith recounted, in brief, the deliberations of his committee regarding the school committee’s budget as submitted, and the school committee’s request in June for an override article on the June 17 warrant.
He continued, outlining his committee’s concerns for the town’s financial condition, and for further burdening taxpayers with an override “that will last forever”. He declared, as he had in the past, that a yes vote will add an additional $247.13 to the tax bills of owners of an average home. “$211,488 is the assessed value of an average property in North Brookfield according to the Department of Revenue,” he said.
He recounted the Monday night meeting between his board, the School committee and selectmen, moderated by Caille and held at the suggestion of school superintendent John Provost. After viewing a power point presentation by Provost and discussion by the officials and members of a parent association, all of the officials voted to support Provost’s proposal” he said. (See Quaboag Current, Thursday, August 18, 2011.)
That proposal would allow the town to continue the art, music, and athletic programs as in FY11, and re-hire an elementary librarian, contingent upon a vote of the teachers’ association to take one furlough day, at a cost of $17,300, with a matching amount from the town. “Dr. Provost has, in this plan saved the curriculum at a cost to the town of $17,300; an amount less than the potential cost of unemployment insurance for laid-off teachers.”
Acknowledging that the proposal, which included using $300,000 in FY 2013 school choice funds in FY 12, would allow no room for contingencies, he said his committee recommended the voters, reject the override petition vote. It is to our benefit and to the benefit of our children,” he said.
If the voters approved the override now, he said, the measure would require approved at another town meeting.
School committee chairman Brent Hildick, arguing against the use of the school choice funds, argued that the school is beginning the year with a 350,000 debt, with no assurance that the teachers will vote to accept a furlough day.
One speaker suggested that his trombone lessons and art instructions in school “never did me any good, if parents want their children to learn these things, let them take private lessons.”
Joseph Hollway asked to hear from the superintendent, who is not a registered voter in town, but who was present. He’s the boss at the school; I’d like to hear what he has to say,” he questioned.
Provost, asked to speak, spoke briefly and quietly. “This plan is not my ideal, but it is the best at this point. I’m not saying that what the school committee asks is not needed. My wish is for the best school opening possible under present circumstances, and I believe this plan is the best at this point.”
As the crowd grew restive and rhetoric flourished, Caille, saying, “Let’s not get a circus here, responded to numerous “move the question” demands, and asked that ballots be handed out and voting take place.
The meeting ended at 8:45; the final vote was 359 to 55.

East Brookfield Police Log

Donald R. Boisvert Jr., 105 Mechanic St. Apt. 4, East Brookfield, MA Charges: Armed robbery, Armed & Masked Robbery, Armed assault to rob, Assault and Battery Dangerous weapon to wit knife. Threat to commit a crime (murder), Larceny over $250, Larceny from a building, Larceny from a person.

Monday, May 16
911 Medical emergency, Adams Rd., transported to Harrington
911 Hang-Up call, 631 Podunk Rd., spoken to
Wednesday, May 17
Cellular Larceny/theft/shoplifting, Harrington St., report taken
Phone Suspicious activity, Red Gable Rd., checked/secured
Thursday, May 19
Cellular Assist citizen W Main St., transported to St. Vs.
Friday, May 20
Phone Motor vehicle accident, Howe St., report taken
Cellular Animal call, E Main St., taken to family/guardian
Saturday, May 21
911 Medical emergency, Podunk Rd., taken/referred to other agency
Phone Complaint, Podunk Rd., taken/referred to other agency
Sunday, May 22
Cellular Assist citizen, services rendered
Monday, May 23
Initiated Assault, E Main St., services rendered
Initiated Motor vehicle stop, Route 5 Hwy., citation/warning issued
Initiated Motor vehicle stop, Rte. 9 Hwy/Mechanic St., citation/warning issued
Tuesday, May 24
Initiated Animal call, Doane Ave., checked/secured
Initiated MV Investigation,
Radio Complaint/MV operations, Rte. 5 Hwy., investigated
Cellular Fire, other, E Main St., investigated
Initiated Building check, E Main St., investigated
Initiated MV stop, Route 9 Hwy., citation/warning issued
Wednesday, May 25
Initiated Safety hazard, Rte. 49 Hwy., removed hazard
Initiated MV stop, Rte. 49 Hwy Adams Rd., citation/warning issued
Thursday, May 26
Initiated MV stop, Podunk Rd., citation/warning issued
Friday, May 27
Initiated MV stop, Flagg Rd./Hwy 49, citation/warning issued
Initiated MV stop, N Brookfield Rd., citation/warning issued
Phone Medical emergency, Dunn Brook Rd., transported to St. Vs
911 Robbery, N Main St., arrest (s) made
Saturday, May 28
Initiated Welfare check, Connie Mack Dr., vehicle towed
Initiated MV stop, Podunk Rd., citation/warning issued
Phone Complaint/MV operations, Rte. 8 Hwy, citation/warning issued
Initiated MV stop, E Main St., citation/warning issued
Sunday, May 29
Radio Larceny/theft/shoplifting, Podunk Rd., investigated
Phone Medical emergency Blaine Ave., transported to Harrington
Monday, May 30
Initiated Officer initiated, E Main St., protective custody
Tuesday, May 31
Phone Medical emergency, N Brookfield Rd. transported to St. Vs
Initiated Court, services rendered
Wednesday, June 1
Initiated MV stop, East Brookfield, citation/warning issued
911 Medical emergency Howe St., transported to UMass
911 Fire structure, Harrington Lane, extinguished
Thursday, June 2
Initiated Officer initiated, Harrington St., spoken to
Friday, June
Initiated MV stop, Blaine Ave., citation/warning issued
Initiated MV stop, Mechanic St., citation/warning issued
Initiated MV stop, Rte. 49 Hwy., citation/warning issued
Saturday, June 4
Phone Complaint Howe St., spoken to
Phone Assist other agency, Smithville Rd./Spencer, services rendered
Initiated MV stop, Rte. 9 Hwy., citation/warning issued
Phone MV stop, Connie Mack Dr., services rendered
Initiated MV stop, N Brookfield Rd., spoken to
Phone Disturbance, N Brookfield Rd., transferred call to C3
Sunday, June 5
Initiated Complaint/MV operation, Rte. 9 Hwy, Gone on arrival

Brookfield Police Logs

May 30
Josue Gonzalez, 24, 286 Main St., Cherry Valley, MA was arrested for Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest, Possess Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle and Refusing to identify himself.
Pholy Murphy, 23, 22 Pine Lane, Brookfield, MA was arrested on an outstanding warrant.
June 4
Jesse N. Gibbs, 31, 18 Willard Rd., Sturbridge, MA, was arrested for Domestic Assault and Battery and an outstanding warrant.
The following individuals were not arrested but will be summoned to court on the following charges:
June 3
Angela Simone, 60, 102 Dresser Hill Rd., Charlton, MA, will be summoned to court for allowing a person to operate an unregistered motor vehicle and allowing a person to operate an uninsured motor vehicle.
June 5
Peter R. Blake, 56, 16 Pleasant St., West Brookfield, MA, will be summoned to court for operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration.
Tuesday, May 31
911 Medical emergency, Lake Rd., transported to Memorial
Phone Assist citizen, Rice Corner Rd., services rendered
Phone Complaint, Central St., spoken to
Wednesday, June 1
Initiated Safety hazard, Common St., taken/referred to other agency
911 Disturbance, Town Farm Rd., spoken to
Phone Safety hazard, W Main St., extinguished
Thursday, June 2
911 MV accident, Rte. 9 Hwy., transported to hospital
911 Medical emergency, Stagecoach Dr., transported to Mary Lane
Phone Assist citizen, Rte. 148 Hwy., vehicle towed
011 Medical emergency, E Main St., transported to St. Vs
Friday, June 3
911 Medical emergency, Nanatomqua Dr., transported to Harrington
Initiated Serve summons, Lake Rd., services rendered
911 Animal call, Quaboag St., taken to family/guardian
Cellular Medical emergency, Longborn Trl., transported to St. Vs
911 Medical emergency, Sixth St., transported to Memorial
Saturday, June 4
911 MV accident, Lincoln St., report taken
911 Animal call, Joe Goddard Rd., report taken
911 Complaint, Webber Rd., arrest(s) made
Sunday, June 5
Phone Investigation, Lake Rd., spoken to
Cellular Complaint, Post Rd., report taken
Phone Assist citizen, Town Farm Rd., investigated
Phone Animal call, Town Farm Rd., investigated

West Brookfield Police Log

Suspects: Mark A Martinez, DOB: 08/06/1975, 211 Brimfield Rd., Holland, MA 01585. Location: West Brookfield, W Main St. Offenses: OUI Liquor, 3rd offense, Driving under the influence, reckless endangerment of a child.
Victims: Evan Martinez, Drew Martinez.

Wednesday, May 25
Phone Assist citizen, E Main St., services rendered
911 Suspicious activity, W Main St., investigated
Thursday, May 26
Phone Medical emergency E Main St., transported to Mary Lane
911 Medical emergency E Main St., transported to Mary Lane
911 Medical emergency Wigwam Cross Rd., transported to St. Va
Initiated Complaint E Main St., peace restored
Pone Welfare check Route 67 Hwy. arrest(s) made
Phone Assist citizen E Main St., services rendered
Friday, May 27
911 Suspicious activity Ragged Hill Rd., investigated
Cellular Welfare check, Wickaboag Valley Rd./Snow Rd., taken to family/guardian
Saturday, May 28
Initiated Welfare check, W Main St./Allen St., services rendered911 Medical emergency E Main St., services rendered
911 Medical emergency E Main St., transported to Mary Lane
Sunday, May 29
911 Medical emergency E Main St., transported to Mary Lane
Phone Welfare check, Lake Shore Dr., spoken to
911 Medical emergency, Front St., transported to Mary Lane
Monday, May 30
911 Medical emergency W Main St., transported to Mary Lane
Tuesday, May 31
911 Motor Vehicle accident, New Braintree Rd., vehicle towed
911 Medical emergency E Main St., transported to Mary Lane
911 Medical emergency, W Main St., transported to Harrington
911 Medical emergency, E Main St., transported to UMass
911 Medical emergency E Main St., transported to Mary Lane
Wednesday, June 1
Phone Animal call, Wickaboag Valley Rd/Snow Rd., taken to family/guardian

Warren COA Activities

Pitch Monday evenings at 5:45 p.m.
Cribbage Tuesday afternoons at 1 p.m.
Bingo Friday afternoons at 1 p.m.
Public invited to the above.

Warren Senior Club Meeting first Friday of the month at 12:30 p.m. Dues $5 year.
Council on Aging Meeting third Friday of each month at 9 a.m.
Blood Pressure taken every second Friday at 10:30 a.m.

STRAWBERRY SUPPER at WARREN SENIOR CENTER 2252 Main St., West Warren, will be held on Saturday, July 16 at 5 p.m. Tickets: $8, children under 7 years old only $4. Serving Ham, Baked Beans, an assortment of Salads, Strawberry Shortcake and beverages. Tickets maybe purchased from Gail or Armand. Senior Center phone number is 413-436-5662. Takeouts are available but must be picked up at the Senior Center.