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Of fences and good neighbors

Yankee Spirits gift gives security to Elm Hill animals

RRI’s Chief Executive Officer Bonnie Keefe-Layden, gets acquainted with Pebbles the goat, illustrate the need for more land available for the animals of Elm Hill Farm. (click for larger version)
December 07, 2009
BROOKFIELD — During the season of giving, some people make sure not to forget the needs of all creatures: human and beast.

Yankee Spirits Inc. keeps those needs in mind throughout the whole year.

As the last installment in a series of donations, Yankee Spirits gifted Elm Hill Farm in Brookfield with $3,250 for construction of a new fence that will improve conditions for the animals and help streamline the farm's therapeutic activities.

Elm Hill Farm came under the charge of Rehabilitative Resources Inc. (RRI) in January of this year, when RRI acquired oversight of the Blanchard Means Foundation, a charitable organization that up to that point, had custody of the once 1,300 acre farm. The remaining Elm Hill Farm is approximately 40 acres.

RRI, based in Sturbridge, is one of the leading care providers for people with developmental disabilities in the Central Massachusetts, and has had a long cooperative partnership with Yankee Spirits.

See Wednesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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