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The trip of a lifetime

Local family surprised by visit with the president

Quinn McHugh, 8, upper right, of Sturbridge, shared a high five with President Barack Obama Saturday, April 9, during a family trip to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. (click for larger version)
April 17, 2011
STURBRIDGE — What's a family trip to Washington D.C. without a visit to the Washington Monument, a tour through the Lincoln Memorial, and a high five with the President of the United States?

Few people get a chance to meet their senators, much less the nation's Commander in Chief, but Quinn McHugh, 8, of Sturbridge, will never forget his first trip to D.C.

The McHugh family trip began on Thursday, April 7, with uncertainty regarding which attractions they would be able to see over the weekend, as the threat of a potential government shutdown was looming.

"We still would have had fun, but it definitely wouldn't have been the same experience had all of the facilities not been open," said Quinn's mother, Laura McHugh. "We were glad to wake up on Saturday morning and learn that everything was open."

Ironically enough, Quinn and his siblings (Grace, 12, and Eamon, 10) were hoping to be featured on local television Friday night when a camera crew filmed them touring the Washington Monument. Laura and her husband, Andrew, checked the television and web later that night, but were unable to find any footage of the children. Twenty-four hours later, Quinn was featured on local news stations across the country and CNN networks thanks to his fortuitous whereabouts Saturday afternoon.

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

Janines Frostee
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