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Day of Caring taps rebuilding energy

‘It’s more than simply getting out of the office for the day’

Inside the Habitat home, Glenys Hachfeld and Pauline White challenge gravity by nailing crossbeams to the ceiling. Gus Steeves. (click for larger version)
September 15, 2011
You’d think Paul Watson had seen enough downed tree limbs to last a lifetime.

He’s basically been cutting the stuff since the June 1 tornado rolled over his Brimfield home, leaving acres of downed trees. But that didn’t stop him from adding his labor to help widen Heritage Trail in Southbridge as part of United Way’s annual Day of Caring.

“He’s down here giving us his time, when we should be up there clearing his place,” said Babe Predella, one of his group’s members.

Watson’s response was basically just to smile and keep working, loading a truck Predella donated to the cause.

The men were just two of 151 people from numerous local companies and many regional towns who volunteered to work at 15 sites in Sturbridge, Southbridge and Charlton for nonprofit organizations. Several groups did some form of outdoor work, be it trail clearing, gardening or skate park renovation, but others painted (as at Charlton’s Heritage School) and even helped build a Habitat for Humanity house.

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

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