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TOWNSEND -- The quaint New England Town Common came alive with old-fashioned fun as the 275th Anniversary Committee held Old Home Days under clear skies.

Vendors had a chance to sell their wares as country music played under the gazebo for the crowd's enjoyment. All proceeds went to the committee's upcoming 2007 celebration.

Representatives of the United States Army were also on hand with a rock-climbing wall for the brave.

Staff Sgt. Paul Bergeron, a Townsend native, oversaw the set up of the 20-foot-high wall.

Bergeron has been in the Army for 16 years and is looking to hit the 25-year mark.

“Being from Townsend, this gives me a chance to be involved with the community I come from,” he said. “We like to help out with any and all civic events.”

North Middlesex Regional High School senior Stephanie Deyeso, of Ashby, helped man the Army booth. She is scheduled to begin her Army training June 27, 2007, just days after graduation.

“I'm really excited about going into the Army,” she said. “I'm going for military police after basic training.”

Mark and Linda Crocco, from Tyngsboro, set up a booth with hand-made soaps, lip balms, bath fizzies and polymer clay pins they make out of their home.

Soap scents like peppermint, lavender, honeysuckle, licorice and raspberry were a good draw.

“We started making the polymer clay pins about a year ago,” said Linda.


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“They are fun to make and something different that are good gifts.”

The Croccos have attended various craft fairs in the area, but always seem to come back to Townsend.

“We're also coming to the Christmas fair at the Congregational Church when they have it again this year,” said Linda.

Maureen Cannon, from Leominster, set up her crafts, which are mounted, framed and painted dominos.

“I make scenes that come to me with them. It's just something fun to do,” she said. “A friend of mine told me I should come to Townsend with them and see what happens.”

Committee member Albert “Tubby” Boucher enjoyed seeing the nice turnout for the event.

“All the money goes to the 275th celebration, which isn't all that far away,” he said. “A lot of people worked very hard to get this Old Home Days going.”