A Public Service Event designed to help teens in our changing technological world!
McGrath Insurance Group, Inc. Brings Distractology 101™ Tour to Sturbridge to Educate Teen Drivers on Dangers of Distracted Driving
Mobile Classroom and High-Tech Driving Simulations Educate Young Drivers Firsthand
STURBRIDGE, Mass., April 16, 2015 – McGrath Insurance Group, Inc. is proud to bring the state-of-the-art Distractology 101 tour to Sturbridge during the week of May 18-22. Distractology 101 is an interactive program developed by the Arbella Insurance Foundation to teach new drivers the dangers of distracted driving. The campaign features a 36-foot-long, neon-yellow mobile classroom outfitted with high-tech driving simulators designed to give new drivers the chance to experience the perils of distracted driving, including texting while driving.
“Since 2010, Distractology 101 has played a vital role in educating our communities’ young drivers on the dangers of distracted driving,” said Richard McGrath, president and CEO of McGrath Insurance Group. “Though laws are now in place against distracted driving, education is the real key to making sure drivers make smart decisions behind the wheel. We at McGrath Insurance are proud to host the Distractology tour for our teens in Sturbridge.”
“The Sturbridge Police Department decided to participate in the Distractology 101 because distracted driving is very dangerous, and tragically teenagers behind the wheel distracted are most at risk of being in a fatal or serious injury crash,” said Lt. Earl Dessert. “The Sturbridge Police Department hopes that by hosting the Distractology 101 it will educate our young drivers and open their eyes to how quickly a crash can occur when they are distracted while driving.”
The Distractology driving simulator, based on Arbella-funded research conducted with the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, will travel to various communities in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island during the 2014-2015 school year, offering 45 minutes of simulated distracted driving to each participant.
During the driving simulator training — Distractology 101: A Crash Course on Distracted Driving — teens and other new drivers face a number of scenarios based on real-world examples, educating participants on how to anticipate hidden hazards, react to the road and avoid accidents. Participants also complete the online portion of the curriculum at www.DistractU.com and make a safe-driving pledge in order to complete the training.
To sign up for the free Distractology 101 training, contact the Sturbridge Police Department at 508-347-2525 x318.
The Town-Wide Tag Sale is coming
Saturday May 30 at 8 AM!
Brimfield residents have until Friday May 22 to be listed on the map for just $10.
Sturbridge Trail Committee
Come join FrOST for an evening bird walk with Bill Cormier from The Bird Store and more. Bring your binoculars and birding field guides. We will be looking for spring migrants and breeding birds.
Saturday May 9th
6:30pm – 8:30pm
197 Leadmine Road
Take Stallion Hill Rd past OSV to Leadmine Road.
The parking lot is on the left, just past the top of the hill.
Holland Trail Committee
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Browse the Brookfields
Just a 10 minute drive for our town!
Old Sturbridge Village
Old Sturbridge Village is the largest outdoor living history museum in the Northeast. The recreated village depicts life around 1830 in New England. Visitors can see demonstrations of many crafts and cooking, learn history from interpreters in period costumes, take a tour of the Quinebaug River, and visit the working farms. Special events geared to families are held throughout the year.
Traditions are often associated with the Winter holidays, but in Historical New England, traditions are relived every day, regardless of the season. Why not plan a weekend and relive some traditions that thousands of families, young and old, have created for generations. Experience Historical New England Traditions with the companies on this site, and make a tradition for your family. Visit the web site below for a full description on each establishment including hours and events.
Brimfield Public Library Danielson-Lincoln
25 Main Street Memorial Library
Brimfield MA 01010 1904
(Link under development)
"Cozy Up With A Good Book"!
Monday 10-1, & 5-8, Tuesday 3-8, Wednesday 2-6,
Thursday 3-8, Closed Friday, Saturday 9-1
ONE STOP AND A WHOLE DAY OF FUN!
Brimfield Area Master Singers, Inc.
Museum of Russian Icons
The Ultimate Winter Experience!
Northern Exposure Outfitters
Brookfield, MA 01506
Dog Sled Rides
We offer top of the line products, Rides for two or more, lessons, educational programs and more. Call us or e-mail us for more information
Capen Hill Nature Sanctuary
56 Capen Rd. (off of Route 20),
The Sanctuary is located at the end of Capen Road just off of Route 20 in Charlton, Massachusetts Visitors Center Hours: 9 A.M. to 2 P.M. daily, Weekends 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. Over 72 Acres of woods, streams, meadows, ponds, and trails. Trails: Dawn to Dusk (Our maps located in entrance to Visitor's Center). Animal Rehabilition Facility Staffed Year Round
Opacum Land Trust
P.O. Box 233
is a regional, all volunteer organization formed in 2000 to protect natural and cultural resources in South Central Massachusetts. These non-renewable resources include:
Our aim is to protect the New England charm and rural character of our communities, promote proactive conservation, and the creation of greenways and wildlife corridors. Opacum Land Trust is able to permanently protect open space through donation or purchase of land, bargain sales, or by holding a conservation easement.
To accomplish these tasks, your membership and donations are necessary. Please help us reach our conservation goals and become a member today!
What are your land conservation options? Visit our projects page or contact Opacum Land Trustl
For more information, or to register for one of our events, call 508-347-9144 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep Homestead Museum
35 Ely Road
Monson, MA 01057
When Myra Keep Lovell Moulton died in 1988, the last of a long line of Keeps in Monson, she willed her property, its contents and an endowment fund to the town. She was an avid collector and her button collection is considered one of the largest in the US. She mastered many forms of needlework and many of her works are on isplay, as are examples of her work in oil, water color and ceramics. History was also important to Myra and the museum contains many examples of this interest: history of her family, her town, her church, rocks and minerals of the area -- to name only a few.
Open House: 1st Sunday of each month 1:00-3:00pm from early April to December. Nature tours frequently available with former National Park Service naturalist
Special request tours are available by calling or e-mailing.