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Brimfield Elementary students as well as Principal Brian Ledbetter, members of the PTO Playground Subcommittee, and Country Bank’s Deborah Gagnon and Jodie Gerulaitis stand in front of a newly added section of playground equipment. Turley...
The Monson boys and girls soccer teams both won their respective Western Massachusetts Division 4 championships with victories over Lenox at Westfield State University on Sunday, Nov. 17. Turley Publications photo by David Henry...
Members of the Honor Guard take their place at the front of the parade procession at the annual Veterans Day parade held this past Wednesday, Nov. 11 on Main Street in Bondsville. Turley Publications staff photo by Wyatt Aloisio
PHS Student Council member Autumn Royea (right) presents flowers to Navy Capt. Phillip B. Carpenter during Veterans Day ceremonies on Tuesday, Nov. 10. Turley Publications staff photo by Douglas Farmer
Members of the Granite Valley Middle School student body show their patriotic colors at the annual Veterans Day assembly held on Friday, Nov. 6. Turley Publications staff photo by Wyatt Aloisio
PALMER — The visit of Pope Francis to the U.S. in September brought back memories for John Grimes of Palmer. He recalled his own excursion to the Vatican and meeting Pope Pius XII in 1944 as the Allied forces were moving through Italy.
Grimes, now 93, served in the 328th Army Signal Corps in both North Africa and Italy as a lineman. In this role, he and a crew of four other men would string communication wires off a reel, keeping an eye out for passing planes that might target them or unexploded shells.
He also remembers trying to maneuver 2 ½-ton trucks up and down narrow roads in the mountains of Italy, a procedure that he admitted still gives him nightmares. READ MORE
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