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The Parish Community of St. John’s, Townsend, extends its sincere appreciation to the following businesses for their support to the annual fall bazaar, held Sept. 12. The commitment and generous donations from our local businesses helped to make the 2015 bazaar a great success and provided family fun for the parish community, the good people of Townsend and surrounding communities. Please demonstrate your appreciation to these local businesses by making every effort to support them with your patronage.

Thank you — Apple Meadow, Apple Meadow Hardware, Applebees, Ayotte Farm, Bailey’s, Barrett Hill Farm, Bertucci’s, Brookdale Farm, Brookside Egg Farm, Buckley’s Religious Gifts Store, Butterfly Place, Capt. Bill and Sons Whale Watch, Carriage Shed, Central Mass Gardens, Central Mass Powersports ,Cherry Hill Too, Cinema World, Cliff’s Café, Costco, Davis Farmland and Mega Maze, Discovery Museum, EcoTarium, Evans, Flowers Hutch, Forest Appliance, Gary Shepherd, Gary’s Farm Stand, Goldie and Jim Bourassa, Hannaford, Harbor Village Cleaners, Hilton Garden Inn, Hobart Village Antique Mall, Home Depot, Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant, Kayem, King Farm, Klever Klippers, Lowes, M&M Auto, Main Attraction — Stacy Tonks and Terry Greig, Main St. Automotive, Michelle Goodwin’s Dance Studio, Nashoba Publishing, New England Aquarium, Old Sturbridge Village, Option 1 Fitness, PC Lan, Pete’s Barber Shop, Pizza Pizzazz, Plimoth Plantations/Mayflower II/Grist Mill, Settle Shop, Shaw’s, Silver Wolf Entertainment, Sophia’s Pizzeria, Souhegan Valley Motorsports, Southwick’s Zoo, Sterilite, Stewart’s Florist, The Bootlegger Restaurant, The Flatbread Company, The Ice Cream Factory, The Townsend House Restaurant, The Ugly Omelet, Townsend Farmers Exchange, Townsend House, Townsend Pizza, Townsend Ridge CC, Townsend Veterinary Hospital, Unique Boutique, Wachusett Mountain, Worcester Art Museum and Yee’s Village.

St. John the Evangelist Parish Community

Thank you, Nancy Askin

The Shirley Conservation Commission would like to express its sincere appreciation to Nancy Askin, who has served faithfully on this committee for over 11 years.

For the last five years of her tenure, Nancy has served as chairman of the Conservation Commission. Throughout this time, Nancy has proven to be a valuable resource for her knowledge of local, state and federal regulations pertaining to wetlands protection and other environmental issues. She has provided an enthusiastic attitude and empowering management style in all conservation meetings and functions. Moreover, she has maintained a fair and even-handed leadership that has resulted in good relations with the town government and townspeople, and has acted with utmost professionalism in all her dealings with the public.

Of particular note, Nancy effectively served as both chairman and conservation agent in absentia during a difficult year-long period in which the conservation agent position was left vacant or only filled transiently. During this time, and in addition to running Conservation Commission meetings every two weeks, Nancy put in even more than her typical 3-5 hours per week on a volunteer basis at the Conservation Commission office in the town of Shirley office building.

As part of her vision in administering the Conservation Commission, Nancy has been instrumental in implementing the Open Space Plan for the town of Shirley, and has spearheaded efforts to develop parcels within the town’s Rich Tree Farm and Pumpkin Brook Conservation areas for timber cutting, as well as creation of a mixed-successional area that favors critical turtle nesting and bird habitat.

Nancy has focused on developing further public awareness of Shirley’s conservation properties, including placing new signs designating the entrance to many of the areas, with provision for disabled parking also available where appropriate. In particular, Nancy has overseen the improvement of the historic Longley Acres property, including implementing the management for environmentally friendly hayfields, and upkeep of the original Longley home and barn.

Nancy recently stepped down from her chairmanship at the Conservation Committee, but remains as an associate member where she hopes to focus her efforts on specific conservation projects she is passionate about.

We wish to thank her for all her many contributions.

Shirley Conservation Commission

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