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eConnector 12-15-19

In this edition… Who’s on the MCRT? and a Request for your Support

Dr. Edward P. Yaglou (88), of Barre (previously from Princeton) beloved friend of so many, and Wachusett Greenways leader, died on Sunday, December 8, with his family at his side. We are saddened by the loss of this dedicated servant of his family and the greater community.

Ed was born in Boston and grew up in Belmont. He attended Harvard University where he received his undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. Ed served in The United States Navy as a commissioned officer for four years and continued as a Reservist for an additional 16 years. He married Grace Marchant 63 years ago and together they raised a family: Susan Waddell from Northborough, Peter from Gabriel’s, NY, Bill from Fairfax, VA and Geoffrey from Princeton. Ed and Grace have eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Dr. Yaglou spent his career in public education serving his community as a Math and Science Teacher, Vice Principal, Principal and most recently Superintendent of Schools for the Wachusett Regional School District from 1969 to 1986. Upon his retirement he was gifted a mountain bike, which he rode to explore the trails in Central Massachusetts and participated in many cycling trips throughout the east visiting historic landmarks. He spent countless hours volunteering with Wachusett Greenways clearing trails and building bridges across Worcester County to preserve the railroad beds and to create a beautiful and safe outdoor path for bicyclists, hikers, and joggers. He often led bike rides or hikes for others and with his family and took pleasure in seeing others enjoy the trails.

Ed’s historical preservation interests motivated him to be an active member of the Barre, Princeton and Washington, NH Historical Societies. He served on the board of the Barre Historical Society and participated in many events to educate the community and share the history of their little town.

Another of Ed’s hobbies throughout his retirement was his involvement in the Barre Players, a theatre group in Barre. Ed appeared in one play and later focused his efforts behind the scenes building scenery, making repairs to the theatre building or working the ticket booth on show nights.

Ed was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Barre. He also served on the Board of Directors for 4-H Camp Marshall in Spencer and was often found manning a gate at a horse show or building cubbies for campers.

When he wasn’t volunteering within the community, he was helping one of his children with a home improvement project anywhere he was needed. He will be remembered for his quick wit, his recitation of “ditties”, his incredible memory, his ability to listen, and his love for his family.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Ed’s family from 4:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, December 12, at the Miles Funeral Home, 1158 Main Street, Holden. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, December 13, at St. Francis Parish, in the St. Thomas-a-Becket Church 398 Vernon Ave, South Barre. A private burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Brighton. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Wachusett Greenways, Dr. Edward P. Yaglou MCRT Stewardship Fund, P. O. Box 121, Holden, MA 01520 (www.wachusettgreenways.org) or to St. Thomas-a-Becket Church, 398 Vernon Ave, South Barre.

Wachusett Greenways Events

Poutwater Pond Snowshoe or Hike

Location:

Date: 02/01/2020
Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Saturday, February 1. Poutwater Pond Snowshoe or Hike (depending on conditions). Meet at 9:30 am. Join Wachusett Greenways and the Green Mountain Club for this three mile hike. You may wish to bring microspikes for hiking. This 3 mile round-trip hike will ascend 300 feet in elevation through the North Sterling woods, traversing Sterling Land Trust, Mass. Fish and Wildlife and DCR open fields. Come along and enjoy this isolated pond that few venture to in winter. Contact Christy Barnes to sign up for the hike and get details on where to meet and park at 508-688-7540, or email her at christybarnes0706@gmail.com.

White Oak Hike or Snowshoe – Holden

Location:

Date: 02/12/2020
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Let's go for a snowshoe walk on the White Oak Trail in Holden! If there is not enough snow, we’ll hike. Contact Colleen Abrams to sign up at 508-479-2123 or colleen.abrams@verizon.net. If you need snowshoes, let Colleen know.

Partner & Friend Events

DCR Winter Hiking Series – Jan. 25

Location: Gate 22, Route 140, West Boylston. GPS address 211 Temple St., West Boylston.

Date: 01/25/2020
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Sponsored by Our Friends at the Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation. Bundle up and get outside! These Saturday morning hikes will meet at new locations each week. Hikes will be along easy woodland roads to rewarding shoreline views of the water supply that provides clean drinking water to over three million people. This is a 2-3 mile round trip family friendly hike. Be prepared for cold weather and wind. Dress in layers and wear winter boots. Dogs are not permitted on watershed property; service dogs are welcome. In the case of inclement weather, hike may be cancelled. To check on status please call 774-261-1809 or email Kathryn.Parent@Mass.gov.

A Year with Nature Almanac

Location: Stillwater Farm, 228 Redemption Rock Rd., Sterling

Date: 01/25/2020
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Sponsored by Our Friends at the Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation. Make a New Year’s Resolution to observe seasonal changes, record memorable events, experience a connection with nature. Recycled supplies provided to make a nature journal/almanac. All ages welcome. In the case of inclement weather, program may be cancelled or postponed. To check on status please call 774-261-1809 or email Kathryn.Parent@Mass.gov.

Stillwater Farm Open House

Location: Stillwater Farm, 228 Redemption Rock Rd., Sterling

Date: 01/25/2020
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Sponsored by Our Friends at the Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation. This 1790's farmhouse features displays on the Wachusett Watershed, history of the farm site, and wildlife of the area. Open additionally by appointment for guided group tours. In the case of inclement weather, program may be cancelled or postponed. To check on status please call 774-261-1809 or email Kathryn.Parent@Mass.gov.

Stillwater Farm Open House

Location: Stillwater Farm, 228 Redemption Rock Rd., Sterling

Date: 01/30/2020
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Sponsored by Our Friends at the Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation. This 1790's farmhouse features displays on the Wachusett Watershed, history of the farm site, and wildlife of the area. Open additionally by appointment for guided group tours. In the case of inclement weather, program may be cancelled or postponed. To check on status please call 774-261-1809 or email Kathryn.Parent@Mass.gov.

Maps!

Location:

Date: 01/30/2020
Time: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Sponsored by Our Friends at the Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation. Did you know this farmhouse has a watershed map painted on the floor? Come visit the floor map and unique map collection to find your watershed address. Create your own realistic or futuristic 3-D map to keep. All ages welcome for this family friendly activity. In the case of inclement weather, program may be cancelled or postponed. To check on status please call 774-261-1809 or email Kathryn.Parent@Mass.gov.

Empty Nest Winter Walk

Location: Stillwater Farm, 228 Redemption Rock Rd., Sterling

Date: 01/31/2020
Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Sponsored by Our Friends at the Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation. Get an introduction to winter birding and take an easy stroll through the forest to enjoy the season with bare trees donning last year’s empty nests. Look for clues in size, shape, habitat, and nesting materials to identify which nesting birds come to the area. Approximately 1 mile. If conditions permit, bring snowshoes and hiking poles. In the case of inclement weather, hike may be cancelled. To check on status please call 774-261-1809 or email Kathryn.Parent@Mass.gov.

Connecting the Wachusett community with trails and greenways

Wachusett Greenways’ mission is connecting the Wachusett-area community with trails and greenways. In 1995, this all-volunteer nonprofit group and our partners began to build and maintain trails. Wachusett Greenways’ key project is the Mass Central Rail Trail (MCRT) in central Massachusetts. Members, volunteers, donors and many partners are central to our work. We have completed 19 miles of the planned 30 miles of the MCRT through the towns of Sterling, West Boylston, Holden, Rutland, Oakham and Barre. The first section of trail opened in 1997.

Wachusett Greenways members, volunteers and donors are working to complete the central 30 miles along with our partners including the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation and other Commonwealth agencies, eight towns, regional foundations and businesses. Other communities are working complete the entire 104 miles of the Mass Central Rail Trail between Northampton and Boston.

Learn more about Wachusett Greenways here!