Animal Rescue Front (ARF) was founded in the wake of Hurricane Katrina as a first-responder animal-rescue team that helped save the lives of cats and dogs that survived the disaster. Focusing on one affected community in Mississippi, the organization transported more than 1,100 animals to homes and shelters that wouldn't euthanize them at locations across the country. The effort reduced the kill rate from 80 percent to zero for the first 12 months after the hurricane.
Now, ARF continues to fulfill its mission: “Until there are none save one.” The organization works to prevent companion animals from being euthanized through spay/neuter initiatives, adoption services, and educational programs. Teams in Louisiana and Mississippi also rescue animals directly from shelters that are at full capacity, and then place the animals in foster homes to socialize them and provide medical care and prepare them for adoption.
Formed more than 80 years ago, the Winchendon Historical Society occupies and guides tours through a towering, white, 160-year-old Victorian mansion located in the middle of the Winchendon settlement, affectionately known as Toy Town for its toy-making industry. Inside these palatial confines, explore 22 antique-furniture-filled rooms, all with the original wood molding—including cherry, mahogany, quarter-sawn oak, southern yellow pine, and walnut—and leaded or stained-glass windows. The historical society's extensive collection of period memorabilia occupies two full rooms with Civil War artifacts and fills a room with hundreds of archival maps, which depict Winchendon, surrounding towns, and where Atlantis is hiding in the north Atlantic Ocean. If the house's enormity becomes overly daunting, buffs can take the guided tours—starting June 5—offered Wednesdays and Sundays and included in the cost of admission.
Join a throbbing throng of hoops fanatics in the intimate but imposing Hart Center, where the men's team has won more than 70% of its basket-aiming contests and the women's team has won more than 80%. Basketball novices and avid three-point-percentage analysts can marvel at the mechanics of second-team All-Patriot League selection Andrew Keister when the men's team, which returned four starters from last year’s squad, squares off against the St. Joseph's Hawks, the Yale Bulldogs, and the Lafayette Investment Bankers. Fans can also don a concoction of Crusader purple and catch the competitive women's team, which has won 10 of the last 18 Patriot League titles, as the ladies lace up to play Army and Bucknell.