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Winter Tree Scavenger Hunt a success

Bren family claims first prize

Three-year-old Gavin Bren was announced as the winner of the Winter Tree Scavenger Hunt by Conservation Commission Chairman David Barnicle, left, and Town Administrator Shaun Suhoski, right. He is joined by his grandmother, Robin Roberts, and his father. (click for larger version)
January 13, 2011
STURBRIDGE — Effort and enthusiasm are often more important than age, an assertion proven by Gavin Bren, 3, of Sturbridge, who was announced by the Conservation Commission as the winner of its first annual Winter Tree Scavenger Hunt.

Bren spent parts of three days visiting the Camp Robinson Caruso Trails and Heins Farm Trails in town with his grandmother, Robin Roberts, who took photos of him standing in front of all 14 trees decorated by various town offices. Roberts then submitted the pictures to the Conservation Commission via e-mail, and Bren was immediately entered into a drawing to win a package of gift certificates valued at $210. The Conservation Commission informed the public that Bren had been selected at a recent meeting with Roberts, Bren, Town Administrator Shaun Suhoski, and Conservation Commission Chairman David Barnicle.

"I have lived in Sturbridge for more than eight years, and I never knew these beautiful trails existed," Roberts said. "I am always looking for interesting things to do with Gavin, and this looked like a really fun event."

According to Leslie Wong, the Conservation Commission's Open Space director, the Winter Tree Scavenger Hunt was organized to increase residents' awareness of trails in Sturbridge. Such town offices as the police and fire departments participated in the event by decorating themed trees, and the scavenger hunt challenge was open to the public from the week after Thanksgiving until New Year's Day.

"The Winter Tree Scavenger Hunt was a huge success, and we are really looking forward to next year's event," said Nancy Brunell, an agent at the Conservation Commission.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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