Town officials make another attempt to secure PARC grant
By Chris Maza Reminder Assistant Editor
WILBRAHAM – It’s that time of year again. In an effort to boost funding for the Spec Pond Recreation Complex Project, the Parks and Recreation Department will once again be applying for the Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities (PARC) grant. The town has twice applied
for the grant unsuccessfully. “We’re hoping the third time’s
the charm,” Parks and Recreation Director Bryan Litz said. “Through the urging of [State] Sen. Gale Candaras, we’re giving it one more try.” In 2010, Wilbraham just
narrowly missed the cut, putting together a proposal that was comparable to that of larger communities. Evaluation of applications is done on a points
HAMPDEN – The following services are being offered at the Council on Aging, 104 Allen St. • Brown Bag: Brown Bag is a grocery bag program for anyone 55 and older. Call or stop in the Outreach Office for an application and eligibility guidelines. The Brown Bag Program takes place on the third Tuesday of each month.
WILBRAHAM – Wilbraham United Church will host an ecumenical Vacation Bible School (VBS) from Aug. 1 to 5 from 9 a.m. to noon. The program is open to all children aged 4 through fourth grade.
Last year’s program was a
scale and Wilbraham scored a 47. Ten of the 21 communities that received grants scored between a 47 and a 52. A public hearing has been scheduled for June 22, at which residents can hear additional details of the grant and its potential uses, and also can ask questions of Litz. The PARC grant would offer
approximately $500,000 in additional funding to the renovation project, which has already garnered nearly $1 million in support through a capital campaign and Community Preservation Act (CPA) funding. Money received through the
grant would be used for the revitalization of the beach area, including a renovation of the beachfront, the installation of a spray park and repairs and renovation of the pavilion. The revitalization project for
• Medical Equipment Loan Closet: Hampden Senior Center’s Loan Closet is available to any Hampden resident free of charge. There is a variety of medical equipment available. • Veterans: Hampden’s Veterans’ Agent is John Comerford. He can be reached at 267-4140. • Van Transportation: is available
great success and organizers hope many families will plan to return.
the recreational area got underway with a groundbreaking ceremony on Nov. 18, 2010 and some of the work has already been completed, including the newly constructed athletic fields, which started hosting baseball games this season.
“It really has been great,” Litz
said. “Between the capital campaign and the CPA funds, we were able to do $1 million worth of work and probably about 40 percent of that is done now.” Litz added that new phases of the project, including a new softball field, would be commencing shortly, thanks to CPA money. Those who wish to support
the town in its application for the PARC grant can contact Litz at 596-2816 for information on how to write a letter of support that can be included in the town’s application packet.
through the PVTA by calling 739- 7436 or 1-866-277-7741. Hours of service are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discount tickets can be purchased at the Senior Center. • Volunteer Drivers are available to take Hampden seniors to doctor visits. Contact Wendy in Outreach to make arrangements. There’s
This year’s theme is
The Parks and Recreation Department is trying once again to secure a PARC grant for improvements to Spec Pond.
Reminder Publications file photo Hampden Council on Aging to offer services throughout summer
always a need for more drivers. To volunteer, contact Wendy at 566- 5588.
• Lock Box Program: Those who would like a Lock Box installed at their house should call the COA. This box provides entry by the police department in an emergency. Call the Senior Center for enrollment or for more
VBS is a great opportunity for children in Wilbraham and the surrounding areas to have some fun this summer – and parents love the safe, structured environment.
Hometown Nazareth: Where Jesus was a Kid. Registration forms are
attend VBS ($30 for the week and free if a parent volunteers). Cost includes a daily snack. Space is limited so
information. • Hampden’s Emergency Fuel Fund (H.E.F.F.): Available to Hampden residents in emergency situations. Donations to H.E.F.F. are accepted at the Hampden Senior Center. • Public Access Computers: Available for use at the Senior Center.
Wilbraham United Church to host Vacation Bible School Don’t forget, deadlines for news submissions are Wednesdays at noon!
available at Wilbraham United Church, 500 Main St., or online www.wilbrahamunitedchurch.or g.
There is a nominal charge to
registration forms and payment should be sent to Wilbraham United Church by July 15. For more information, call the church at 596-2511.
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