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'Know your neighbors before you need your neighbors'

About 25 turn out for Map Your Neighborhood training

Map Your Neighborhood trainer Ric Skinner shows a basic neighborhood map. He said he’d print up similar large maps for the participants once they designate their own neighborhoods, which can be 15-25 homes in denser areas but may be a little as five or six in more rural zones. Gus Steeves. (click for larger version)
December 12, 2011
STURBRIDGE — Do you know your neighbors?

With today's hectic culture, many people don't, until emergency strikes. But by then, it might be too late.

"I have so many friends who have lost their homes from the tornado and fires after the snowstorm," said Erin Abrams. "There's so much as homeowners we've had to deal with. I'm humbled by Mother Nature and what she can do."

That was Abrams' reason for taking part in last Thursday's Map Your Neighborhood training forum at the Sturbridge Police station, seeing it as a chance to contribute to the community in a fundamental way.

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

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