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Blanchard aiming for re-election

Mary Blanchard. (click for larger version)
March 29, 2011
STURBRIDGE — Incumbent Selectman Mary Blanchard is proud of the accomplishments the board has made during her tenure, and she hopes the community will re-elect her to a second three-year term on Tuesday, April 11.

Blanchard is no stranger to the workings of town government, as she has gained valuable experience by serving on the following boards and committees — the Burgess Teachers' Negotiating Committee, the Affordable Housing Subcommittee, the Board of Registrars, the Charter Review Committee, the Open Space Committee, the Subcommittee of the Dialogue for the Future, and the Zoning Board of Appeals.

"I have been involved in town government for more than 20 years, and I enjoy going to different meetings in town to stay up to date with several issues," Blanchard said. "Being a member of the Board of Selectmen is a big commitment that requires you to have an awareness of many different committees and events in town."

Three of the board's major accomplishments that Blanchard takes pride in having impacted are the approval it gained through town meeting for an upgrade of the wastewater treatment facility, the revitalization it achieved for the tourist district, and the environment of collaboration it has fostered with local business owners to ensure that Sturbridge remains a business-friendly town. She cited last November's early morning special meeting during which the Board approved a common victualler's license for Sal's Pizza as an example of this collaboration, as it enabled the establishment to continue serving guests without interruption. Garry Muratore, who co-owns Sal's Pizza with his brother Michael, was grateful to members of the Board of Selectmen for taking time out of their schedules to arrange the meeting, because all Sturbridge restaurants and food service establishments capable of cooking and serving food are required to have a common victualler license.

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

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