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|March 21, 2008
Director of Communications
ASSIST WITH MAPLE SUGAR DAYS FESTIVAL SET-UP
Thirty probationers assisted the state
Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) with
the set-up of the annual Maple Sugar Festival at the
Brookwood Farm in the DCR Blue Hills Reservation this
month which is Maple Sugar Month in Massachusetts.
The preparation work helped ready the site
for the children and families who turned out for the
event. This is the fourth year the Massachusetts Trial
Court Community Service Program has assisted the DCR.
“In addition to fulfilling their
obligation to the Trial Court, the offenders get a chance
to help and give back to the city, town or non-profit
agencies that we service statewide,” said Walter
Skinner, Norfolk County Court Service Coordinator.
Skinner added, “With the economy
affecting staffing and funding and non-profits’ operational
needs, it’s a win-win situation for all.”
The offenders, assigned to four work crews,
performed a total of 120 hours of community service as
ordered by the court. The Maple Sugar Days event featured
the collection and cooking of raw maple sugar, an instructional
session for children as well as games. The other festival
highlights included a large bonfire.
“Without the help of the Community
Service crew, it would almost be impossible to pull off,” said
Tom Bender, a Park Ranger and organizer of the two-day
Among the duties probationers performed
were the splitting and stacking of firewood for the sugar
cooker, hanging and collecting buckets of raw syrup from
trees throughout Houghton’s Pond, Brookwood Farm
and the Ponkapoag Golf Course. Crew members also stacked
firewood in the barns, set-up tables and chairs and piled
brush and trees for the bonfire.
by Lisa Hickey, Community Service Assistant Statewide