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MARCH 2013
‘The Berkshires to the Foothills’
Mass: Becket, Blandford, East Otis, Great Barrington, Lee, Monterey, New Marlborough, Otis, Stockbridge, Sandisfield & Sheffield. CT: Bakerville, Barkhamsted, Burrville, Canaan, Colebrook, Harwinton, New Hartford, Torrington & Winsted

An Extraordinarily Enjoyable Quaint Magazine

for Otis &

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Wishing Everyone A Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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Welcome to the 131st Edition
of the

Customer Appreciation
The Otis Gazette would like to say Thank You to our advertisers. Each month we will choose randomly one advertiser to receive a $25 Gift Card.
This month’s recipient is:

Otis Gazette
March 2013.
We hope you enjoy this issue of the Otis Gazette as much as we enjoy preparing it for you. Feel free to contact us and contribute your photos and stories to:

Happy St Patrick’s Day! Happy Easter!!

LEDOUX CONTRACTING
Becket, MA
PO BOX 305, BECKET, MA 01223 413-623-5352 OR 441-1617

Editor@OtisGazette.com 413.269.9909 or fax 413.269.9912 PO Box 800, Otis, MA 01253

God Bless Otis & All! Angelina / Tyler

LEDOUX CONTRACTING
MASONRY / LANDSCAPE
FIREPLACES PATIO’S STONEWALLS CONCRETE SIDEWALKS SNOWPLOWING

On the Cover
The cover photo on this issue is Patches and Brutus just waiting for Spring. Is it here yet?

What in the world?
Above photo by Rich Morse, Lancaster, PA

Mail your business card to
Otis Gazette POB 800 Otis, MA 01253

With a check for $40—by Mar 15th
And your ad will appear in April, 2013
$216 will run ad from April ’13 thru Sept ‘13

Meadow Farm
1125 Meadow St., POB 393, South Lee, MA 01260

“That Includes a 10% Discount”
(Full COLOR Biz Card ad 6 months only $324)
Biz card size ad is 3.5”wide X 2.1”tall or 1.7”wide X 4.4”tall

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Compost Facility Accepting Yard & Wood Waste

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Veterans back on the Front Lines. . . well, cooking lines anyways!
The Veterans of AMVETS Post 77, in conjunction with Lynn Pyenson and crew, cooked up a beautiful meal for the annual Otis Senior Dinner. Fifteen children from FRRSD provided exquisite table service for almost 100 of our local seniors, complete with a box of Valentines chocolates! Mark your calendar now! AMVETS POST 77 2013 “LOBSTER ROLL” dice game at the Knox Trail Inn on 20 Apr 13 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm (1800 - 2100 for you Vets out there!) Come on down and play for your chance to win Lobsters, Ham, and Turkey (not to mention a little cash). Proceeds used to support Toys-for-Tots, Otis Senior Dinner, Bike Rodeo, Scholarship Fund, Soldier-On, Sandisfield Home, and the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Tickets on sale soon! Contact Tom “Nubs” Soules, Sr at 269-6014, Tim Murphy at 441-9983 or AMVETSPost77@outlook.com. Watch for updates on Facebook at AMVETS Post 77 (the Otis one!) AMVETS Military Factoid: 40 years ago - It was March 29, 1973, in Saigon when Master Sgt. Max Beilke was officially designated as the last American combat soldier to leave Vietnam. Long since retired from the Army but pursuing a second career helping veterans--was suddenly plunged into his third conflict: the War of Terror. Defense Department officials added his name to the list of those killed when a hijacked airliner hit the Pentagon on Sep 2011.
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Wishing Everyone A Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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Loading by appointment only.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! & Happy Easter!

QUARRY 413-329-8083 HOME OFFICE 413-269-4313 TONLINOANDSONS@GMAIL.COM

Mail your business card to
Otis Gazette POB 800 Otis, MA 01253

With a check for $40—by Mar 15th
And your ad will appear in April, 2013
$216 will run ad from April ’13 thru Sept ‘13

“That Includes a 10% Discount”
(Full COLOR Biz Card ad 6 months only $324)
Biz card size ad is 3.5”wide X 2.1”tall or 1.7”wide X 4.4”tall

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Metal
Roofing Supply
Local Distributor & Sales Outlasts Shingles Easier to Install Cheaper than Shingles Eliminate Ice & Snow Job Site Estimates & Deliveries Top Quality Best Prices in Area Direct From Factory

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Wishing Everyone A Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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The Otis Gazette has the most Unique Distribution Area
Massachusetts
Becket Becket Country Store & Café Berkshire Custom Cedar Homes Bonnie Rigg Campground* Sherwood Shoppe Turn-Key Modular Homes Uncle Larry’s Tavern Blandford Blandford General Store Sheepgate* East Otis Berkshire Hillbillies Camp Overflow* Hall's General Store Knox Trail Inn L&M Auto Laurel Ridge Campground Papa’s Healthy Food & Fuel Pond Pasture Real Estate Great Barrington Agway Aubuchon Hardware Bogies Restaurant Carberry’s Auto Supply Coin-op Laundromat Cove, The CVS Pharmacy Domaney Liquor Four Brothers Pizza Gt. Barrington Pizza House Guido’s Market McDonalds Music Store Plaza Package Smitty’s Grinder Shop Sunoco Rt7-23 Trotta’s Wine & Spirits Wild Birds Country Store X-Tra Mart Gas (696 S. Main) Lee Adam’s Community Bank Athena’s Bucky’s Tavern East Lee Package Green Grocer, The Hyde Place Jill’s Restaurant Joe’s Diner Laundry Center Lee Hardware Locker Room McDonalds O’Connell Convenience Plus Paperdilly Pho Sai Gon Pilgrim Inn Red Apple Take-out Salmon Run Fish House Subway Trustco Bank Monterey Hayloft Gallery Monterey General Store Roadside Café Otis Architectural Construction Supply Benchmark Real Estate Custom Audio Works Farmington River Diner & Deli Klondike Campground* Laurel Ridge Campground* Legacy Bank Mountain View Campground* Other Brother Darryl’s Otis Library Otis Poultry Farm Otis Recreation Center Otis Ridge Otis Town Hall Soap & Suds Laundromat Terranova’s Market Tolland State Forest* Sandisfield A&M Auto New Boston Inn New Boston Nursing Home New Boston Store Silverbrook Café Tucker’s Place Villa Mia Sheffield Berkshire Fence Hayes Happy Days Doggie Daycare & Training PJ’s Variety Pete’s Garage Sheffield Mobil Sheffield Pottery Sunrise Diner Stockbridge Brickhouse Pub Elm Street Market Heaton Court Michael’s Bar & Restaurant O’Connell Convenience Plus Risingdale Café Stockbridge Coffee Stockbridge Motors Taft Farms Hoagie’s Ice Cream Shoppe* IGA John’s Import Kelly’s Kitchen Live Bait McDonald’s Norman’s Wine & Spirit Shoppe R&B Sports World* Sunoco X-Tra Mart—Shell * = Seasonal Deliveries

Otis Gazette

The Berkshires to The Foothills
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Townscape Along the Side:
The Otis Townscape Print by the internationally celebrated artist Leonard Weber is used on the cover of the Otis Gazette with full permission and the blessing of Leonard Weber. His shop, Hayloft Gallery, is located at the junction of Routes 23 & 57 in Monterey, MA. The Hayloft Gallery is open by appointment only, call 413-528-1806. Otis Townscape prints, as well as various other Townscapes are available.

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Call (413) 269-9909 Don’t Forget to Check out our web With links to our advertisers Subscribe On-line

www.leonardweber.com. Special Thanks Leonard Weber
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Angelina M Dubourg ~ Editor Tyler McBreairty ~ CoEditor
PO Box 800 ~ 702 Becket Road

OtisGazette.com

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Barkhamsted American Legion Campground* Log House Restaurant Monroe Muffler & Brake Skilton’s Antique & Collectibles Super Stop-N-Shop White Pines Campground* Burrville Burrville Pizza & Deli Elaine’s Pizza Winns Deli Still River Package Store Canaan Canaan Auto Town Line Pizza New Hartford Collinsville Antiques of New Hartford Foothills Delery & Bakery Rocky River Sweets* New Hartford Patco/Mobil Tonio’s Pizzeria Up Country Sport Fishing Stop & Save Citgo Riverton Riverton General Store Torrington Apple House Quick Mart / Citgo Charlotte Hungerford Hospital The Cork—Fine Wine & Beverage The Hair Dr. Panera Bread Ruwet & Sibley Shell (lower East Main) Shell (upper East Main) Sunoco Super Stop-N-Shop Torrington Library Twin Colony Diner Winsted Angel’s Dry Cleaning Billy Ray’s Café China Star

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Contact for Advertising Rates
Deadline ~ 20th each Month
~~ ~~~ ~~ Those who make publishing the Otis Gazette possible through their volunteered time and effort: Beverly Kimberley ~ West Otis, MA Richard Morse ~ New Hartford, CT Ramona Morse ~ New Hartford, CT Henry Wingate ~ Otis, MA

~~ ~~~ ~~ Advertisers should check advertisements the first day. Otis Gazette shall not be liable for failure to publish an ad, or for any errors in publication except to the extent of the cost of the ad for the first months insertion. Adjustment for errors is limited to the cost of that portion of the ad wherein the error occurred. Our usual publication date is within the first week of each month. To ensure placement, ad copy must be submitted by the 15th of the month preceding insertion. All copy received after the 15th will be held and considered for the following month’s issue.

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investigating a series of break- ins in our town, (as well as several more just over the line in Sandisfield). Several of our officers have been working on these cases, including myself, Sgt. Dan Hamill, Officer Ken Pettibone, and Officer Dave Hamill. As a result of great police work done by these officers, as well as assistance from the MA State Police, our department has made one arrest, and we will be proceeding with charges involving two other individuals. Many times when residents purchase a new big ticket electronics item, for example, they keep the box around for a month or two to be sure that the item works, and then they dispose of the box. Often this is done without ever writing down the serial number of the item. When this is the case, it makes it difficult to report important details to police if the item is ever stolen. In one of the cases that I mentioned above, Sgt. Hamill encouraged one of our victims to locate the box for a particular item, which eventually produced a serial number. Once we had this serial number, we were able to match this item to one pawned at a pawn shop in Springfield. Please be sure to write your serial numbers down in a safe location. It could pay off! Another thing that I want to remind residents of is to be careful with your Social Media accounts. I can’t tell you how many people post vacation pictures on Facebook, only to announce to the world that they aren’t at their house. Yes, someone could be staying at your house, but there have also been documented instances in the country where the person staying there is actually confronted by the bad guy in a situation that has now turned into a home invasion! Even if you aren’t “checking in” at a location, if you are posting something from your phone, people often know your location. You could just be posting something as innocent as “Good morning, I hope that everyone has a great day”, but the small print could say “3 hours ago near Miami, Florida”. Even the dumbest of criminals can figure out that it would take you more than 3 hours to get home from Miami. Think about it and be safe.

Roberta J. Sarnacki, Chief of Police Otis Police Department, 1 North Main Road, Otis, MA 01253 (413)-269-0100, ext. 6 I wanted to update residents on some things going on in town, and remind rsarnacki@gmail.com you of a few things that you can do to ensure the safety of yourselves and Office hours: Wed 7 PM-8:30 PM your property. As many of you may have heard, we have been (Or by Appointment)

Chief’s Corner

March 2013

Farmington River Regional Elementary School

Otis, MA Preschool Registration and Screening New Students Only

MAPLE CORNER FARM Beech Hill Road 357-8829

Preschool Open House
Thursday, March 28, 2013 from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

It’s Maple Sugaring Time
Come watch the maple sap boil

Preschool Registration/Screening
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon The screening will be conducted in the areas of speech and language, fine and gross motor development and learning skills. Screening is required for all new enrolling children only. Interested families should call Lynette Gagnon at the school (269-4466) beginning Monday, April 1st to schedule an appointment for screening and pick up a registration packet.
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Visitors welcome to our Sugar House Pancakes, French Toast, Ham, Bacon, Sausage Served weekends, Now – April 14 8:00am-2:00pm
Closed Easter Sunday
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Wishing Everyone A Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Rock Ledge Farm
rockledgefarm@googlepages.com 981 Becket Road, Otis, MA (413) 269-4726 rockledgefarm@gmail.com

Summer Camp 2013
Summer sessions for 2013 are as follows: July 1st through July 5th July 8th through July 12th July 15th through July 19th August 5th through August 9th August 12th through August 16th August 19th through August 23rd

Don’t Wait… Sign Up Early...

Jody’s Floor Sanding
& Refinishing
When Quality Counts… Call For Free Estimate

Flat Roofs Shingled Roofs

Residential Commercial

RODHOUSE ROOFING

413-655-2768
POB 4871 Pittsfield, MA 01202 Repairs Free Estimates

Installation
R E D B A R N A L PA C A S
Jeffrey & Sonja Gray

Sanding ~ Staining
Environmentally Safe Finishes Available
413-269-7141 Fax: 413-269-6137 Po Box 390, Otis, Ma 01253

24 STUMP ROAD SANDISFIELD, MA 01255 PH. (413) 258-4905 FAX (413) 258-4801 E-MAIL JEFFANDSONJA@REDBARNALPACAS.COM STUD SERVICES - ANIMAL SALES - FIBER & FELT SALES - BOARDING ALL OUR ALPACAS ARE A.R.I REGISTERED

Fully Insured ~ 20 Years Experience
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www.redbarnalpacas.com

The Tolland Volunteer Fire Department is hosting its annual Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday March 9, 2013 from 5 to 8 PM. Come join us at the Tolland Public Safety Complex, 206 West Granville Rd. (Rt. 57), Tolland for all the salad, pasta, meatballs, bread, and desert you can eat. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 and available at the door. You will also be able to see the new 3000 gallon vacuum tanker truck the department has just received.

FREE BASEBALL SPRING TRAINING SUNDAYS 3-4PM
SOUTH COUNTY- Free indoor baseball hitting practice (with tennis balls) for Otis, Monterey, Sandisfield, Great Barrington and surrounding towns' players of all levels, 8-12 years old, starts Sunday, March 3 at the Farmington River School gym on route 8 in Otis from 3-4pm. The practices will be during the four Sundays in March and then outdoor activities should begin in early April. Sign ups for the 2013 season have begun for players 5-12. There will be one 5-7 year olds rookie team and two AAA teams for players 8-12. There are no tryouts. Players of all levels learn to play and enjoy the recreation and socialization that comes with baseball. Home games and practices are at beautiful Greene Park in Monterey center on route 23. The season starts in late April and runs through June. For more information, contact Steve Graves at sgraves8@yahoo.com

KATIE MCTEIGUE

413.281.4029

GARY J PEASE

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A Team of Two Offer:
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FORMER LICENSED REALTOR

G. J. PEASE
LAND CLEARING & LOGGING
BUILDING LOTS ~ ROADS ~ SUBDIVISIONS FULLY INSURED
RT 57 SANDISFIELD, MA 01255 (413) 258-4894

MARK JAKUBIEC SERVICES
RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL
COMPLETE PROPERTY MAINTENANCE

Spring Skiing at Otis Ridge is the best!!

413.269.7301

CELL: 413.883.3033 PO BOX 580, OTIS, MA 01253

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INC

L&M Auto

Harding Roofing
Specializing in

Standing Seam Metal Roofs

2000 East Otis Road, East Otis, MA 413.269.6220

24 Guage ~ Over 20 Colors ~ Free Estimates ~ Insured

The #1 Most efficient Wood stove in the world as listed by the EPA!!
www.landmautoinc.com
Official Mass Inspection Station #50027

Seamless Gutters ~ 32 Guage ~ Over 18 Colors

860-738-9042
www.HardingRoofingLLC.com HardingRoofing@Hotmail.com

CT Reg# 0573534

WALLBANGER CONCRETE
2223 Jacobs Ladder Rd. Becket, MA 01223

Used Car Sales Auto Repair-Towing
Tuesday thru Saturday 8a-12 1p-5p

WB C
David Dowd (413) 243-1714 (413) 243-3985 — Fax

Foundations — Floors Additions — Sidewalks
Rian Dowd-Cabral (413) 237-3642 Free Estimates

413-269-6220
2010 Ford Fusion SE……….$12,799
4cyl, automatic, A/C, comes with 4 extra tires, gas saver 74K miles

Fully Licensed and Insured

2005 Chevy Tahoe Z71……….$12,500
loaded, very clean, very good condition, will have new brakes and tires, rear entertainment, 3rd row seating, 90 day drivetrain warranty

2004 PT Cruiser Touring Edition……….$4,500
Good Condition, many new parts, Auto, A/C, CD Player, 106K miles

NOW BUYING ALL SCRAP METAL AND VEHICLES
New certified scales. Now open for business. Drive in all your metals, light and heavy iron, prepared and unprepared steel. Call for quotes.

2004 GMC Sierra Pickup 4x4……….$12,999
extended cab w/tonal cover, very good condition one owner 103K miles

2003 Subaru Outback Station Wagon AWD…….$6,999
103k miles, very nice condition, auto, A/C, new timing belt, recent tires

2002 GMC Sierra 2500 4x4……….$12,900
regular cab w/8' Fisher plow, very good condition, one owner, 74K miles

Formel Motor Company
(888)524-9424, 21 Van Deusenville Rd, Great Barrington, MA, 01230

2000 Hyundai Elantra Station Wagon……….$2,500
Good condition, gas saver, many new parts, only 78K miles

1978 Buick Skylark……….$9,500
Rust free, low mileage, must see! High performance V8 auto, daily driver - HOT ROD!

~~ We Service What We Sell! ~~
Trade-Ins Accepted ~ Open 7 Days

Customer Appreciation

10% Off Oil Change
With this coupon
March Otis Gazette Coupon—Expires 3-31-13
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Parts And Accessories
PROFESSIONAL P.H.D CERTIFIED TECHNICIAN

ROLAND’S MOTOR WORKS THE HARLEY DAVIDSON PROS
800-HOG-BIKE
WWW.ROLANDSMOTORWORKS.COM
ROLAND TESSIER
504 Easthampton Road Northampton, MA 01060 413-586-BIKE

Find the Nuts...
I learned at a very early age that nuts and bolts hold things together. The nuts and bolts of this paper are our advertisers who make it possible for us to bring you our profiles and happenings in our communities. If you can help us Find the Nuts, that are hiding throughout the paper, fax in to (413) 269-9912, or mail in to Otis Gazette PO Box 800, Otis, MA 01253 the correct list of where they are hiding. One will be chosen amongst the correct entries to receive a $10 Gas Gift Card. Your list must have the full business name of the ad that the nut appeared in. PS Spelling Counts!

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Specialty Sandwiches come find out your favorites, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Eat in or take out!

Full Breakfast too!
Try our 3 Egg Omelets Hearty Man’s Breakfast Breakfast Sandwiches
Store Hours: Sun 6am-9pm Mon - Thurs 5:30am - 9pm Fri 5:30am - 10pm ~ Sat 6am - 10pm

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Our January Edition Winner is: ??????? Of ?????, MA
Contestant Information:
Name: _______________________________________________________ Address: _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ Ph#: _______________________________________________________ Fax#: _______________________________________________________ E-mail: 131st Edition

Deli Hours 6:30 am - 4:00 pm Breakfast and Lunch served 7 Days a week 6:30 Am to 3Pm
www.papashealthyfoodandfuel.com
2000 East Otis Road, East Otis, MA 01029, 413-269-7779

Customer Appreciation

Free Small Coffee
With this March 2013 Otis Gazette Coupon

Tuesday, March 19th Only
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Wishing Everyone A Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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Farrah S. Wax
Attorney At Law
Specializing in Family
55 Pittsfield Road, Suite 6A Lenox, MA 01240 Law Tel: 413-637-8880 Fax: 413-410-0680 Email: farrah.wax.esq@gmail.com waxfamilylaw.com

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Charter Plumbing & Heating Fully Licensed and Insured Owner: Nelson Charter Pittsfield MA Phone: 413-344-6939 ncharter66@gmail.com

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HANNON LERNER P.C.

184 Main Street Lee, MA 01238

LITIGATION PERSONAL INJURY REAL ESTATE WILLS & ESTATE PLANNING ZONING & LAND USE
ATTORNEY JEREMIA POLLARD
JPOLLARD@HANNONLERNER.COM

413-243-3311
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To: The Editor, Otis Gazette Prepared by Walter Engels

ALDO’S

East Otis MA Post Office to Remain Open
During November 2012, the United States Postal Service sent a survey to 542 East Otis MA postal box holders. The survey asked the recipients to select one of four options for the type of service the recipients would prefer in the future. The East Otis MA post office (Zip 01029) has 692 boxes installed, 542 of which are currently being utilized. On January 9, 2012, Carissa Surprise, Manager, Post Office Operations for the Northeast Area, held a public meeting at the East Otis MA post office to report the results of the survey and explain proposed changes to the hours of operation of the East Otis post office. Of the 514 box holders, 161 had responded to the survey prior to the meeting. An overwhelming majority (90%) voted in favor of a “Realignment of Hours”. 6% voted for the home delivery option. Ms. Surprise announced that “after reviewing the surveys that were returned and taking into account Postal Service operational needs, retail hours for this location will likely be Monday-Friday, 8AM to 4PM with lunch from 12PM to 2PM and Saturday 8AM to 11AM. The building will continue to remain open from 6AM until 8PM for box mail and locked bin pickup. Christine Dugas APR, from the Northeast Area also attended the meeting and helped answer patron questions regarding Postal Service operations and procedures. On January 14, 2013, the USPS officially approved the proposed hours for the East Otis MA Post Office.
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Silver Dollars

BUYING
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171 Main St., Lee, MA

413.243.1113

FORM-ALL
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SPECIALIZING IN COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIAL CONCRETE FLAT WORK • SIDEWALKS •DRIVEWAYS •PATIOS POURED IN PLACE FOUNDATIONS
Ph. 413-236-5658 Fax. 413-236-5628 www.formallconstruction.com

Farmington River Diner

Rte 8 Otis, MA
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413.269.6874

413.269.4438
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Wishing Everyone A Happy St. Patrick’s Day

He came on the wing At the feeder he perched Alert for the presence of danger And the others took flight Less they get in his way Of this The Red-headed Stranger The mask on his face Seems to offer no trace Childhood memories of the Lone Ranger But through the disguise I look into the eyes The eyes of The Red-headed Stranger
Poem by Michael Whalen

The 2013 BRP Scholarship raised $11,250.00!!
It is hard to believe this is our fifth year for the BRP Scholarship. In five years we have done many wonderful things to honor Brett Robert. To date we have given 15 scholarships to students to help further their education. We have also helped numerous young people to fulfill plans for their future. We helped a single mom pursue her dream of becoming a police officer and a young man get a Class 1 license to make a living driving the big rigs! Both worked very hard and are very special people and we are so proud of them! How funny would it to be, if our police officer pulled over our trucker!! All year we look for special places to donate in memory of Brett. My motto is - if I feel it, I do it! As most of you know, we have donated to the children’s cancer center. Clothes, art supplies, games, toys, and 40 little tikes ride on cars. We have donated to Kops and Kids Camp, Kops N Kids N Costumes for Halloween and the Otis Fire Dept. We also have donated to have pets chipped for their safety. And most recently, toys were sent to Newtown. We continue to donate locally. We certainly couldn’t do all the things we do without each and every one of you! It amazes me how you each come out to support Brett each year. Brett certainly touched many people in his short time here. He is loved unconditionally and missed more than words can say. As I see everyone who knew and loved Brett, words cannot express how you each touch my heart in helping me keep Brett Robert’s memory alive. I know for sure he is right here with us with his crooked hat and big infamous smile! We would like to thank everyone for your continuing support of the BRP Scholarship! Thank you! Dana and Ken Mackenzie

Palm Sunday
is March 24th

Easter Sunday
is March 31

Easter Egg Hunt in Otis
is Saturday, March 16th
See pg 14 Otis Rec Center for Details
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“Not Gone, Just Gone Ahead”
On Saturday, February 16th, the Brett Robert Peck Scholarship Dinner took place at the Knox Trail Inn in East Otis. The scholarship is named after Brett, an Otis resident who lost his life tragically while working at a construction job site in 2008. He was 20 years old. Brett was an avid snowmobiler and member of the Otis Volunteer Fire Department. He loved the town of Otis and he adored his mom, according to those that knew him. After his death, the Scholarship Fund was created to honor his memory. Signs at the Fundraiser read “Not gone, just gone ahead”, and bracelets with the same saying were given out to all. Brett’s mom, Dana MacKenzie, has donated proceeds from the yearly dinners to a wide variety of children’s and educational causes. She has awarded numerous college scholarships. At the dinner, she spoke of two recent awardees; one girl who was a single mom and whose dream was to take Criminal Justice courses and become a police officer. She spoke of a young man who wanted to go to truck driver school. She gave awards from the foundation to each, and said that both had graduated and secured jobs in their respective career fields. The foundation has donated to children at the Hartford Hospital and Yale Children’s center. Recently, they donated toys to the children of Newtown, CT. Last year, when Dana heard that the Otis Police Department’s “Kops and Kids” program was taking a trip to Boston and was planning to use school vans, she asked how many more kids could be included if she got us a bus. Next thing we knew, we had a bus. In the fall, she donated to the “Kops, Kids and Costumes party”, and her generous donation will allow us to get a bus for our “Kops and Kids” trip to Mystic Aquarium in April as well. Many attendees were wearing “BRP” sweatshirts. A special logo was designed by Luke Tonlino, one of Brett’s best friends. Several local residents and businesses donated prizes for the raffles that were held. There was neither a parking space nor an open table at the Knox. It is very apparent that Brett’s memory lives on in the lives of so many people! ~Roberta Sarnacki

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Otis Police Log Jan/Feb 2013
(Editor’s Note: Except in the case of arrest, or criminal complaint application by the Otis Police Department, names and addresses are omitted to protect citizens’ privacy.)

01/01 House Check North Main Road. All secure. 01/02 Assisted principal with complaint, Farmington River Elementary School. Processed 2 License to carry firearms renewal applications, and one Firearms Identification Card application Party in to pick up Accident Report. 01/04 Two parties interviewed regarding bank fraud, investigation ongoing. 01/05 Party locked out of her house, determined to be in Tyringham. Tyringham Police dispatched. Assisted citizen with securing Farmington River School door. Ambulance Assist, Otis Ridge Ski Area Motor Vehicle Stop, North Main Road. Criminal Complaint Application for: MATTHEW ASZKLAR, 345

Wells Road Becket MA, for operating without a license and speeding. Assist Otis Fire at Chimney Fire on Becket Road. 01/06 Criminal Complaint Application for: MICHAEL CARR, 399 Pine Road Otis MA, charged with operating after revocation of license. Criminal Complaint Application for: BRIAN SNOW, 102 South Main Road Otis MA, for Larceny over $250 by Single Scheme and Identity Theft. 01/09 3 residents assisted with license to carry firearms renewal applications. 01/10 Medical Call to Papa’s Healthy Food and Fuel for a male party who passed out. Otis Ambulance evaluated party on scene. Welfare Check for party on Tolland Road 01/11 Assist citizen, potential situation averted on Great Woods Road 01/12 ATV complaint,Pease Road. 911 Hang Up East Otis Road. 01/13 Burglar Alarm activated, N. Main Road. False Alarm

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Motor Vehicle Stop, Speeding. Citation Issued. Interview party regarding Credit Card Offenses 01/15 Burglar Alarm Algerie Road, False Alarm Assisted State Police Detective Unit with locating a town Resident 01/16 Assisted two residents with license to carry renewals, one with an initial license to carry firearms. 01/17 Loose dogs found on East Otis Road, same returned to owner. 01/18 Breaking and Entering, Otis Woodlands. Investigation Ongoing. 01/19 Erratic Operation South Main Road. Unable to locate vehicle. Becket Police advised of complaint. 01/21 Motor Vehicle Stop, expired registration. Criminal Complaint application issued for: Christine FORD, 21 Franklin St. Lenox MA, for Operating without a License and an expired registration. Motor Vehicle Lockout, South Lake Drive. Vehicle unlocked.

01/22 Erratic Operation Northbound on Route 8. Able to located Tractor Trailer truck in question and made contact with the operator. No impairment, operator advised to slow down. 01/23 Six residents assisted with firearms licenses, renewals and intial. 01/26 Ambulance assist, Otis Ridge Ski Area, 15 year old male transported to the hospital Motor Vehicle Lockout Tolland State Forest Ambulance assist, Drive D, party transported to Noble Hospital 01/27 Assist MSP with Motor Vehicle Accident in Blandford 01/28 Magistrate hearing, Westfield District Court 01/30 Assisted 2 residents with License to carry renewals, and one initial. Sex offender registration, Hayre Island Rd resident 02/01 Erratic Operation of a motor vehicle, N Main Road Southbound,unable to locate
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Motor Vehicle Stop, tail light violation and expired inspection sticker. Citation issued Be on the Lookout(BOLO) broadcasted for a vehicle involved in a hit and run in Lee Breaking and Entering on Brookman Drive 02/02 Skyline Recovery Service advises of a motor vehicle re -possession in East Otis House checks Brookman Drive Assist town department, transfer station Motor Vehicle stop Speeding. Citation issued Motor vehicle accident, East Otis Road. One vehicle left the scene and was subsequently located. Criminal Complaint Application issued for: Donald Chaffee Jr. III, 18 Tichonderoga Ave Otis MA, charged with Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol, Speeding, Marked Lanes Violation, Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury accident, Operating a Motor Vehicle without insurance, Operating an unregistered motor vehicle, Attaching false plates, Expired Inspection Sticker, and Operating with a suspended driver’s license. Responded to the Transfer Station for a party trespassing and taking items from the dumpster

Medical Call female party choking, North Main Road Juvenile issue, East Otis Road, party transported to BMC for an evaluation 02/03 Attempted B&E, Otis Woodlands One resident in to renew license to carry firearms 02/05 Welfare Check Tolland Road, attempted to offer services Revoked license to carry firearms, Becket Road resident 02/06 Seized & secured 85 firearms, Becket Road Assisted three residents in renewing license to carry firearms. Sex offender at PD for registration Two residents in to renew firearms licenses. East Otis Road party in to have a hawkers peddlers license signed 02/08 Monterey Road resident forgot medication and was concerned about the incoming storm. Same assisted Wellness checklist due to significant storm, all parties ok 02/09

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Heather O’Reilly To Be Guest Coach At Berkshire Soccer Academy For Girls in July 2013
Three-time Olympic gold medalist Heather O’Reilly announces her affiliation with Berkshire Soccer Academy for girls as a guest coach for the summer of 2013. U.S. Women’s National Team Midfielder and three-time Olympic gold medalist Heather O’Reilly today announced her affiliation with the Berkshire Soccer Academy for Girls in Otis, Massachusetts where she will be a guest coach this coming summer. Camp Directors Eric and Liza Wittenberg confirmed the announcement. “We are delighted that Heather O’Reilly, one of the top female players in the world, will be visiting and enriching our program. The Berkshire Soccer Academy is a unique overnight soccer camp for girls which infuses balance and fun into a world-class soccer camp experience. We strive to provide a fun experience where every girl can elevate her game. We feel that Heather’s decision to affiliate with us and to join us at our soccer camp for girls validates our approach.” “I am really excited to be joining Berkshire Soccer Academy’s team,” said O’Reilly. “The Academy’s unique approach, which offers great instruction by professional coaches and a fun variety of other activities, seems to me to create an important balance for the 9 to 15 year old girls that the Academy primarily serves. I look forward to spending time there and contributing to the program both on and off the pitch.” Liza, who will oversee the training at Berkshire’s girls soccer camp added, “Heather has a degree in education and runs her own soccer clinics. We are confident that her involvement will enhance the quality of the instruction we offer.” Berkshire Soccer Academy’s four 2013 sessions are set for June 28 – July 2, July 7 – 18, July 20 – 25 and July 28 – Aug. 2. The date for Heather O’Reilly’s appearance has not been set, as it depends on her summer schedule as a member of the Boston Breakers of in the new National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). About the Berkshire Soccer Academy For Girls: The Berkshire Soccer Academy for Girls is located in East Otis, Massachusetts. Girls at BSA receive elite training at top-quality facilities from experienced coaches. As one of the few specialty soccer camps for girls set in a traditional camp environment, Berkshire Soccer Academy encourages athletes to train hard on the field and to then enjoy a relaxing elective activity, like swimming in our private lake, yoga, hiking or arts & crafts; as well as to enjoy down-time with friends. Athletes live in newly-renovated cabins that they share with cabin counselors who are specifically selected and trained to supervision and promote friendships among athletes. For summer 2013, BSA will be offering 4, 6 and 12-day sessions. For more information, visit Berkshire Soccer Academy. About Heather O’Reilly: Heather O’Reilly joined the U.S. women’s national soccer team in 2002 when she was 17. She holds the U.S. national team record for consecutive games played, with 74. A three-time Olympic gold medalist (2004, 2008 and 2012), she has played in more than 150 international contests. O'Reilly graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in education. She was a forward for the North Carolina women's soccer program from 2003 through 2006, winning national championships in 2003 and 2006; and was awarded the NCAA's Today’s Top VIII Award following her senior year.

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"Miley's Cat Chat"
by Linda Bardsley, East Otis, MA Hi everyone...Well, here it is March already and, as you can see, I could have done a better job at predicting when winter would end than Punxsutawney Phil...think he might have messed up a bit. My friends (Big Head, White Boy and Tiger) did not come by much in February because they couldn't get near the window...too much snow. Mom put a bowl of dry food out for them and it had been working really well til the blizzard hit. The only problem was the birds (no problem for me...love the birds) kept eating all the cat food. At one point, there were about 4 or 5 of them sitting on the rim of the bowl. Funny thing was, a little while later I saw the squirrels eating the bird food. Pops put a feeder and suet out for the birds. Guess they got confused too much stimulation. The bowl is now in the driveway and "the boys" have been coming back. I have little or no desire to be out there. Watching through the window is enough for me. I have a nice warm, safe house and food almost every time I ask and sometimes even when I don't ask. Pops likes to take me outside and walk around carrying me ...truthfully, I love it! He shows me all the areas that I can't see from inside and I never try to get down. I bought Pops a special Valentine..he deserves it! Well, I guess there is not much else to share...my world is quite small in the winter, but I make the best of it. Spring is not far off and I look forward to it. When next we "chat", it WILL be Spring...see you in April (figuratively speaking) Meow

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Town of Otis Selectboard Meeting Minutes 1-8-13
Respectfully Submitted, Lisa D’Orazio, Selectmen’s Secretary

Meeting called to order at 7:01 pm in the Town Hall conference room. Present: Select Board Chair Roberta Sarnacki, Selectman Don Hawley, Selectman Brian Crandall, Chris Morris, Terry Gould, Michael Ernst, Hank Wingate, Tom Ragusa, Jim Crandall, Larry Gould Approval of Minutes: Brian made the motion to accept the minutes as written for the December 11, 2012 Select Board Meeting, Don seconded, and that motion passed unanimously. Request for Snow & Ice Removal on North Pine Street: The resident had asked to be put on the agenda, but no one was present for the meeting. Bypassed. Maintenance Department: Pickup Truck: The older Chevy truck no longer has reverse. This will cost approximately $2500 to diagnose and fix the problem. The truck is also due for inspection and may not pass, even with these repairs. The truck is used for basic every day work

and both the plow and body have rust. It is a 2003 with about 80,000 miles on it and has been used as the primary plow truck. Jim is looking to replace it with a three quarter ton diesel pickup. He currently has a price of approximately $45,600 to replace this pickup with a new truck speced out with what he would like to have. Don Hawley noted that a new truck should be a capital expense presented for next year’s budget and the current truck should be fixed as soon as possible to get us through the winter. The new truck should be speced with all the amenities that Jim would like to have and then it will need to go out for bid if the capital expense is approved. Don Hawley noted that the Highway Dept. had requested a new pickup during last year’s budget season, and that request had been put on hold to get the new Rescue truck this past fiscal year. Transfer Station: Jim is looking to change the wording for the holidays on the Transfer Station flyer that goes out with the compactor mailings. He presented what we used to have on the flyer and
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would like the wording changed back to that. Roberta suggested the observed holidays should still be listed and add the phrase “…following any holiday that was observed on a regularly scheduled day…” to indicate when the holidays would be covered. Jim also brought up the issue of contractors dumping construction debris, which they are not allowed to do. The Board unanimously agreed Jim and the crew should be able to enforce the “No Contractor” rule. Don Hawley suggested maybe we should change the fees to discourage contractors from dumping demolition debris at the Transfer Station. Jim was asked to present a new fee schedule to Chris Morris in a couple of days. WWTP Well: Paul had gotten some quotes for a point well at the WWT Plant and Chris presented them to the Board. Brian noted that point wells don’t usually work well in the mountain areas because they need sand to function properly and the clay soil at the plant would clog up the well. Constructing a shallow well could hopefully prevent this. East Otis Church: The Congregational Church has their annual business meeting this coming Sunday and

they would like the board to wait on doing anything with the East Otis Church until they have a say on the building. Don reiterated that the building was in really bad shape, but the board was not planning on doing anything until winter weather was past us. So we could certainly wait to hear from the church. But he still wanted the Historical Commission to get the appraiser in to determine and value to what may still be left in the church. Hank also noted that the building should be properly referred to as the East Otis Chapel, not church. Request for Snow & Ice Removal on North Pine Street: Even though no one had arrived to discuss this topic, Don Hawley wanted to state for the record that North Pine Street is a private road and it is not the town’s job to maintain private roads within the town’s limit. He asked Chris to draft a note to the residents. The rest of the Board concurred. Other: Paul Abatayo: Chris noted that Paul had completed his probationary period and permits have been met each month. He has also been helping out the Maintenance Dept. Chris will draft a letter stating such. Don also noted Lawrence’s and Blackledge’s pumping chambers should be checked. Jim said those
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have already been checked. Post Office: It was noted there will be a public forum tomorrow on January 9th at 1:00 pm at the East Otis Post Office to discuss the future of that Post Office. Regional SBD Meeting: The South County Regional Meeting will be held here at the Otis Town Hall, but the meeting date is still to be determined. CHP Playgroup: Lisa let the Board know that CHP was coming in tomorrow to see our facilities. They are interested in starting up a playgroup at the Town Hall, which they had done years ago. MBI Broadband: Bob asked Lisa to report to the Board that the Farmington River School will need about 300 feet of specific cable to connect the incoming fiber to the utility area where it was supposed to be connected. This should run the school up to $450.00, and Bob wanted the Board to know just in case the school didn’t have the funds for this. FRRES: The school will be meeting with both the local and state police next Tuesday, January 15th, at 4:00 pm to review and discuss their safety procedures. The Select Board meeting was adjourned at 8:16 pm.

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Town of Otis Selectboard Meeting Minutes 1-22-13
Respectfully Submitted, Lisa D’Orazio, Selectmen’s Secretary The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm in the Town Hall Conference room. It was announced the meeting was being recorded. Present: Chair Don Hawley, Brian Crandall, Peter Kolodziej, Jim Wilusz, Larry Gould, Michael Ernst, Dan Hamill Approval of Minutes: The December 11, 2012 Select Board Meeting minutes were unanimously approved. Brian Crandall made the motion to accept as presented and Don Hawley seconded. Board of Health: The abutter notification for the Twible residence on East Shore Road has not been completed with the new plan so Jim and Peter recommend this be tabled until the abutters have been notified. Due to the fallout with Berkshire Envirolabs, Peter suggested we get together with neighboring communities and businesses and see if we can get a quantity discount with another lab. Tannery Road Street Light: The town would like to install a street light at the end of Tannery Road for better visibility going into the Izaak Walton League. WMECo needs approval for the expenditure of $547.00 for the installation. Brian Moved that we approve the expenditure and take the money from the Streetlight account. Don Hawley said its approved if the money is available in the account, otherwise we can wait. Reinstalling the Drop Box: Several residents have requested the Drop Box get reinstalled at Town Hall. The Board decided to send a memo to Maintenance to find the drop box and reinstall it on the wall just outside of the front door. Other: East Otis Post Office: Walter Engel did a write up of the decision for the East Otis Post Office. Window hours will be cut back a half hour for each day, but will remain open six days a week. WiredWest and the Town of Royalston: The Town of Royalston has complained that WiredWest is not conforming to the rules of the Open Meeting Law and WiredWest has rebutted that claim citing specific

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Eating Fish Reduces the Incidence of Colon Polyps
By Kathi Casey, ERYT, CPI
When I looked into what events in March to write about this year, I couldn’t help but wonder how so many “awareness” events had ended up on our calendars! Among the many this month are: Registered Dietician Day, Women’s History Month, National Nutrition Month, Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, National Doctor’s Day, National Reading Day and my favorite National Goof Off Day – We all need a break! (Oh yes, we do!) I chose to write about Colorectal Cancer. I have a few friends and relatives that did not survive this nasty cancer and I would like to help make it a disease of the past! The means to that end is information – speaking of National Reading Day... The more informed we are about diet, testing and other factors, the less people we’ll lose to this disease. When I had my first colonoscopy ten years ago, the doctor who performed the test said that she had never seen such a squeaky clean colon. She asked me if I ate red meat and, since I hadn’t eaten it in 30 years, I said no. She told me, even back then, she was finding that the people with the most polyps were meat eaters, and the fish or vegetarian dieters were more likely to avoid colon cancer. Polyps are small growths on the lining of the intestinal tract that may develop into cancer. One of the reasons we have a colonoscopy is to remove any of these before they become a problem. Another is to diagnose colon cancer at its earliest stage because survival rates are higher when this, as with all cancers, is treated early on. Now another study has come out to officially announce that women who eat fish at least three times a week have fewer polyps. Since colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related death in the US, this is big news. More than 5,300 participants were enrolled in this study and received colonoscopies. Women who ate the equivalent of three servings of fish per week had about a 33% reduction in the risk for colon polyps. They also had a lower level of a hormone called prostaglandin E2 which is linked to inflammation. Since inflammation leads to heart disease, chronic pain and other health issues, ie - cancer, this is another piece of good news for fish eaters. The research, led by Harvey Murff, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of Medicine, was published online in the American Journal of
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Clinical Nutrition. While women who ate the most fish had this protective effect, men who ate more fish did not have a reduced risk of developing colon polyps. Sorry guys! “The difference between men and women may be linked to their background diet. Even though men are eating more omega-3 fatty acids they may also be eating more omega-6 fatty acids and that may be blunting the effect,” said Murff. Omega 6s are found in seeds and nuts, and the oils extracted from them. Refined vegetable oils are used in most of the snack foods, cookies, crackers, and sweets in the American diet as well as in fast foods. In fact, soybean oil is in so many fast and processed foods that an astounding 20% of the calories in the American diet are estimated to come from this single source. Guys (and gals), for a better omega-3/6 balance, use extra virgin olive oil in salad dressings and when cooking, take fish oil supplements, and eat more oily fish, walnuts and omega-3 fortified eggs. And stay away from processed foods! Now remember ladies, not all types of fish contain high levels of the protective omega-3 fatty acids. Tuna, salmon and sardines are high in omega-3 acids, while tilapia and catfish have low levels. Think I’ll cook me up some tuna tonight! Best of Health, Kathi
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The wind whispers and the chimes translate Her music through the pines A symphony of sounds so sweet And the words come to my mind Passing through she seems to say Hope I don’t offend But I’m on a never ending journey And I trust we’ll meet again And just like that she went away Faster than she came And I swear I heard her final word For the chimes said she’d called my name
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3rd Annual Otis Police Department's "Kops and Kids Camp" program
We would like to invite all children ages 5-12 from Otis and surrounding towns to participate in the 3rd annual Otis Police Department's "Kops and Kids Camp" program. The program will be held on April 18, April 19, and April 20 (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday). The program is free and is sponsored in part by grants from the Tolland and Otis Cultural Councils, local agencies of the the MA Cultural Council. (Otis and Tolland children will be given first preference.) The program will be held during the day, and we will have guest speakers and special events planned for each day. Past visitors have included the MA State Police Airwing Helicopter, the Otis Fire Department and Rescue Squad, and the MA State Police K9 unit. On Friday, April 19th, the children will take a field trip to Mystic Aquarium! The missions of the program are to promote safety, to help children feel comfortable talking with police, and to provide fun activities for children during the school vacation. You may visit our website to sign up for the program. Click on the link in the top left corner to fill out the form. The website is: https://sites.google.com/site/otismapolicedepartment/ home You can also "like" the Otis Police Department page on Facebook for further updates. Thank you, and we hope to see your children there! Roberta J. Sarnacki, Chief of Police Otis Police Department, 1 North Main Road, Otis, MA 01253

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Of the 206 bones in the average adult human body, 106 are found in the hands and feet (54 are in the hands; 52 are in the feet).
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Fill in the blank squares so that each row, each column and each 3-by-2 block contain all of the digits 1 thru 6. If you use logic you can solve the puzzle without guesswork. See answers on page 38

Fill in the blank squares so that each row, each column and each 3-by-3 block contain all of the digits 1 thru 9. If you use logic you can solve the puzzle without guesswork. See answers on page 38

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Otis Rec Center
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What to do at Otis Ridge when you’re not big enough to fit in ski boots...
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