WASA members’ kindness extended to local seniors


By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor 

WASA members’ kindness extended to local seniors
Mark Higgins (l) and Mike Stanton
Photo/Bonnie Adams

Westborough – During the normal school year, members of Westborough Athletic and Social Association (WASA) raise funds for the town’s youth to support them in their academic and athletic endeavors. Recently the group’s members extended that support to the town’s senior population through an initiative with the Senior Center. 

After reaching out to Alma Demanche, the Senior Center’s director, eight WASA members volunteered to do spring clean and yard work for seniors who needed a bit of help. 

At Marcia Patten’s home, WASA members Mike Stanton and Mark Higgins cleared out a patch of lawn that had been overgrown with weeds and debris. They then mulched it and planted some perennial flowers.  

“We were happy to do this,” Higgins said. “This town has been great to me and great to my kids. So I was happy to give back to someone who needs it.”  

“We’ve been here about three times, working a little bit each time in between working at our regular jobs at home during this [stay at home mandate],”  Stanton added. “We are glad to help Mrs. Patten out.” 

For her part Patten noted it was a wonderful surprise to get the call from Demanche. 

“I had not been able to get to that area in the last few years,” she said. “They replaced the weeds with lovely new perennials that added color to the once neglected area. I am grateful to Mark and Mike for their help.” 

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