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Bengals, Schools Sign Pact on Fields

September 26, 2018

LUNENBURG -- The Bengals youth football league has signed an agreement with the school district to use its fields for games.

After weeks of discussion between Superintendent Kate Burnham and Bengals President Chuck Courtemanche, reached an agreement for the organization to pay $4,740 for the season. The School Committee approved it Sept. 19.

“It really was a collaborative process and I want to thank Chuck Courtemanche for working with us,” Burnham said. “It basically go to the point of them telling us what they could afford, what they had budgeted for the year with the fees.”

They worked together to compromise about how much access the Bengals would have to the fields, she said.

The fee reduction was possible because of an unanticipated field rental in the spring that added money to the district’s revolving fund, Burnham said.

The reduced fee will only be allowed this season, she said. Afterward it will return to $8,500.

Planners taking time on solar plans

LUNENBURG -- The Planning Board will take more time to decide whether to issue special permits for two corporations to build a solar array in town.

Settlers Solar LLC and 994 Northfield Road LLC presented modified plans that were discussed over two public hearings.

The board then voted for town counsel to draft a decision with the updated plans and conditions negotiated with the developers for members to vote on at a later meeting.

Changes included adding more of a buffer area between the project and abutters -- residents and the Settlers Golf course -- and adding money to a tree fund to maintain the buffer.

A Land Court judge ordered the board to reconsider permits that were the subject of lawsuits the town and corporations filed against each other in December.

The board can approve or deny the permits at its next meeting on Oct. 22.

Pet vaccines, microchipping day

LEOMINSTER -- A pet vaccine and microchip clinic will be held from 10 a.m.-noon, on Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Office of Emergency Management at 37 Carter St.

The “cash only” clinic will offer rabies and distemper/parvo vaccinations for $5 and microchipping for $20.

For pet owners wanting a distemper/parvo vaccine, you must have documented proof of current rabies vaccine. If not, your dog must also get the rabies vaccination.

All dogs must on a lease and cats must be in a carrier.

The vaccines are provided by licensed veterinarians from Second Chance Animal Shelter.

Special Olympics Young Athletes opens

ASHBURNHAM -- On Sundays, starting Sept. 30, children ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities will have the opportunity to play and learn together as part of Special Olympics Young Athletes.

Young Athletes is a free weekly program that will run on Sundays for six sessions, from Sept. 30 through Nov. 11 (not meeting October 7), from 9-10 a.m. at Cushing Academy in Ashburnham.

Student volunteers will lead the children in games and activities that promote mental and physical development, and improve motor skills and hand-eye coordination, with play and fun as the main focus.

Young Athletes is an early introduction to sports and to the world of Special Olympics and Unified sports. Through the program, children learn new skills, play, and above all, have lots of fun.

More information can be found at https://www.specialolympicsma.org/youngathletes and parents can register their children for the program at https://www.specialolympicsma.org/young-athlete-registration . Be sure to select “Cushing Academy” when registering.

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