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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Do not leave donations outside TEO building


Townsend Ecumenical Outreach (TEO) Clothes Closet reminder — please do not leave donations outside of the TEO building located at 82 Bayberry Hill Road.

We are most appreciative of your generosity, but items left outside are being ruined from weather and animals. As a result, we are unable to use them for our patrons.

Please keep our current hours in mind when planning to drop off your donations. The Clothes Closet hours of operation are Tuesday 9 to 11:30 a.m.; Wednesday 5 to 7 p.m.; and Saturday 9 a.m. to noon.

Please feel free to contact Steve Morency, TEO President with any questions at 978-597-2209 (office) or 978-732-4244 (cell). Thank you for your continued support!

The Townsend Ecumenical Outreach Program


Kell concerned about Townsend’s wetlands

Tonight (June 21) is my last Conservation Commission meeting. I was appointed to the Townsend Conservation Commission in September 2014 with Selectmen Colin McNabb and Sue Lisio voting for my appointment and Selectman Carolyn Smart voting against my appointment. My personal reason for joining the commission was to be involved with the Conservation Commission mission to protect open space and manage local lands dedicated to conservation and passive recreation.

My term ends on June 30. The Conservation Commission has voted that I not be recommended for re-appointment, and I understand why. As I stated in my interview with the Board of Selectmen in July 2014, I am a rules person. I believe that the Townsend Wetlands Bylaw and Regulations should be upheld. I believe that everyone, no matter whom they know, or how long they have lived in this town, should be held to the same standards. I believe that those who file with the commission are applicants with a mutual desire to uphold the town’s regulations as opposed to customers who are always right and must be satisfied. I believe that the decisions of past commissions should be respected and upheld. Because I hold these beliefs, I am often in contention with the current commission.

I am concerned for the town of Townsend. We stand to damage our natural resources by granting waivers to the wetland regulations. Allowing the removal of trees and vegetation directly abutting wetlands and waterways, as is happening now, causes loss of shade, which warms the water and endangers our cold-water fisheries. Townsend is the easternmost cold-water fishery in Northern Massachusetts. Drinking water is compromised with increased development in aquifer and ground water protection areas. Wildlife habitat is altered.

The Conservation Commission is in the process of re-writing the Townsend Wetland Regulations, which they can change at any time without a Town Meeting vote. Watch for and attend Conservation Commission hearings on the wetland regulations to have your voice heard.

I was happy to serve the town of Townsend, and I will continue my efforts in other arenas.

Veronica Kell


Fireworks terrorize many animals

William Weiner, vice president of Phantom Fireworks, wants to legalize firework sales in Massachusetts (Letters to the Editor, June 23). Aside from the fact that every year people are seriously injured when fireworks are mishandled, I would like point out that many domestic animals go into meltdown mode when fireworks are exploding nearby.

I have an Arabian mare who had a traumatic experience as a youngster when a fireworks display was put on at a horse show she was attending. The first summer I had her, she was 16 years old. Some of my neighbors set off a barrage of fireworks. She went through both my electric fences. When I was finally able to catch her, I had to tie her in her stall.

She obviously suffers from PTSD — all it takes is ONE of those fireworks with a high-pitched whistling sound to set her off — hours after she hears it, she is still shaking in terror and dripping with sweat. I’ve gotten tranquilizers from my vet, which help a little, but to spare her the distressing experience, I have to take her to a boarding facility on a back road with few neighbors in Brookline for two or three days around the holiday so she doesn’t have to deal with the fireworks.

I would like to invite Mr. Weiner to stand outside her stall and observe the effects his fireworks have on her. I’m sure we all have seen dogs react the same way — the first year I lived here, my collie ran 5 miles to a friend’s house in Groton during the town fireworks display.

Please — don’t allow fireworks sales in Massachusetts — support your local 4th of July committee and go to your local town’s fireworks display instead. We know what time it will be and can take steps to protect our pets from what can be a terrifying experience.

Judith Lorimer


Audio Problems at Pepperell’s Special Town Meeting

On Monday evening, June 19, a Special Town Meeting was held in Pepperell, recorded by Pepperell Community Media, and cablecast live on Pepperell’s Channel 194.

There was significant radio frequency interference during this meeting and the audio that was recorded and cablecast was very poor. Our audio recording equipment is new and has been used successfully at other Town Meetings. It was tested and configured that afternoon before the meeting.

We had not anticipated or expected the interference that occurred, and were unable to take immediate corrective action during the meeting. Similar interference is likely to occur in future meetings, and we have now set up procedures for use during a meeting to relocate our wireless use to clear channels if or when needed.

We apologize for this unfortunate outcome.

Richard Potts

Pepperell Community Media, Inc.

A safe night for NMRHS grads

On June 2, more than 160 North Middlesex Regional High School 2017 graduates gathered for Project Graduation, an all-night drug-free and alcohol-free celebration at the high school.

From 10 p.m. until 5 a.m., the entertainment options were non-stop, with music, games, shows, and activities. There was an all-you-can-eat buffet all night long, with pizza, ice cream, and barbeque items, concluding with breakfast in the early morning hours. Students won amazing raffle prizes all through the night. The buffet and many of the raffle prizes were donated by local community businesses.

Project Graduation has been held at NMRHS since 2004, providing a safe graduation night alternative to party-hopping for graduating seniors. Admission for this event is free, thanks to individual and company donations, energetic fundraising, and grants from the Ashby, Pepperell, and Townsend Local Cultural Councils, as well as grants from the Amanda Dwight Entertainment Fund and the Middlesex District Attorney’s office. This fully-chaperoned event could not have happened without year-long planning by the Project Graduation volunteer committee and more than 75 volunteers the day and night of the event. The Project Graduation Committee would like to thank everyone who helped make this night a success!

Bonnie Chase

Project Graduation Committee

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