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Laurie Burt (not Bart) is Commissioner of the Massachusetts DEP.
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The DCR under Deval-appointee leadership has a PAYROLL of over 61 million dollars, yet they canít pay someone to unlock a gate to open Nickerson State Park on Cape Cod on-time on the first long weekend of our short New England camping season: Patriots Day (Marathon) weekend. This past spring, hundreds of campers that traditionally camp on the first spring holiday were angered to be turned away. Before Deval, this jewel of our Massachusetts State Park system was open year round! We pay layers of administrators to promote use of our parks while they are closed or not staffed! A disgrace with all the money we pay!! The state should maintain a basic level of services so working families can vacation with there families during these tough economic times at the parks Ė which belong to the people!!
Lenox Couple Donates to Local Veterans Organization
LENOX, Mass. — The Matthew & Hannah Keator Family Foundation recently donated $25,000 to the Lenox VFW Conklin-Lane-Coakley Post 12079 in memory of Matthew's lifelong friend Army Sgt. Paul Kastrinakis.
"Sarge was one of my oldest friends and I made a promise to his family to do what we can to keep his memory alive and honor his service and patriotism to our country," Matthew said. "We hope that these funds help in some small way to offset expenses to our local military families."
Kastrinakis passed away on Feb. 7, 2019. The Keators, through working with their foundation and the Lenox VFW Post, have established a scholarship fund to be given out each year to members of the community with ties to the military.
Kastrinakis served for more than 20 years as a State Police trooper as well as a decorated Green Beret who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
The board of directors of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Friday voted to start the winter sports season no earlier than Dec. 14 and to move wrestling to the spring in hopes that the sport will have a path to competitions later in 2021. click for more
On Thursday, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association voted to accept the recommendation of its Tournament Management Committee and not hold any postseason tournaments in the upcoming winter season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. click for more
On Friday morning, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association released the sport-specific modifications that on Thursday unanimously were approved by the associationís COVID-19 Task Force. click for more
The MIAA Board of Directors Wednesday morning approved a plan that moves football and other sports the commonwealth considers at a high-risk for COVID-19 transmission to a newly created Fall II season that will be wedged between the winter and spring. click for more