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Youths go on a housing mission

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Westborough – For the fifth consecutive year, 10th overall, the Senior High Youth Group of the Evangelical Congregational Church of Westborough spent a week outside Massachusetts traveling to Cornwall, Ontario, to fix up houses, the Boys & Girls Club of Cornwall and the Big Brother/ Big Sister offices. Thi s year’ s trip took the group 400 miles from their hometown. In other years, members have gone to: Reading, Penn. (2006); Oak Hill, West Vir., (2007); Youngstown, Ohio, (2008); and Elmira, NY (2009).

The 38 participants went to St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, for an overnight stay before crossing the border into Cornwall, Ontario. The 38 people included 29 teenagers, three college students and six adults. For 14 of the teenagers, this was their first work-camp experience. They stayed at La Citadelle High School in Cornwall, tackling projects including: painting, carpentry, fencing, roofing, sanding and demolition. The Westborough group was divided among 38 diff erent work crews. In addition, each participant from Westborough contributed $8 toward the purchase of canned food items that were donated to the local food pantry in Cornwall, as part of the work-camp program. On a free afternoon, the group visited Brockville, Ontario and took a cruise on the St. Lawrence River.

The youth participants were: Ken Arnold, Allie Arpante, Alex Arsenis, Amanda Borglund, Melanie Borglund, Jessica Boucher, Megan Burdek, Chris Arsenis, Courtney Cochrane, Elena Cochrane, Nicole DeMichele, Luke Freitas, Ariel Gilson, Laura Hart, Amanda Hutchinson, Bethi Ledoux, McKayla Palladino, Ben Peterson, Cam Piper, Ben Ridley, Jake Sharkey, Emily Shea, Jesse Shea, Samantha Thompson, Sarah Vancini, Missy Welch, Jessica Wilson, John Wilson, Sara Zettler. The college students were Lindsay Hutchinson, Adam Ridley and Tyler Ridley. The adults were Linda Borglund, Al Hutchinson, Mike Lawler, Al Mosher, Sally Petersen and Art Sharkey.

Next year’s work camp will take the youth group to the coastal town of Keansburg, NJ.

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