Nov 2, 2016

Sheriff and ski mountain team up for annual winter coat drive

The Landmark

PRINCETON — Alongside many community partners, Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis announced the kickoff of the 2016 Sheriff ‘s Annual Winter Coat Drive for Worcester County recently while standing at the base of Wachusett Mountain earlier this month.

The sheriff ‘s coat drive is annual event that provides new or lightly used winter coats to families in need throughout Worcester County and is a collaborative effort between the Sheriff ‘s Office of Community Corrections, Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, Worcester County Reserve Deputy Sheriff ‘s Association, Warmer Winters of Leominster, Rutland Women’s Knitting Club, Twin City Cleaners of Dudley and Independent Cleaners of Fitchburg.

Last year the Sheriff ‘s Winter Coat Drive provided over 3,000 new and lightly used winter jackets to families in need throughout Worcester County. Evangelidis said they are determined to surpass that number this year.

This year’s winter coat drive received a huge boost with a donation from Wachusett Mountain Ski Area of over 1,500 winter coats.

The Sheriff ‘s Coat Drive will be ongoing now through the end of November. Donations of new or lightly used winter jackets may be dropped off locally at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, the Holden Senior Center, Oriol Healthcare, or scheduled for pickup by calling 508-796-2638.

Oct 25, 2016

Sheriff’s association hosts wellness event for Shrewsbury seniors

The Community Advocate

Shrewsbury – The Worcester County Reserve Deputy Sheriff’s Association held its 1st Annual Healthy Harvest and Safety Symposium at the Shrewsbury Senior Center Oct. 13 to a full house.

The free events included talks and advice on Hidden Health and Safety Issues As You Age,” “The New Age of Medicine: Less Is More,” “The Amazing Benefits of Yoga,” and “The Wonder of Your Mind: Hypnosis for Pain Relief.”

Chick-fil-A of Westborough provided lunch for all guests.


Oct 25, 2016

Worcester County sheriff’s dog outfitted with vest

By Kim Ring
Telegram & Gazette Staff

Worcester County Sheriff’s Department Officer Peter Campo, left, and his trained bloodhound, Maya, show her new protective vest to Sheriff Lewis G. Evangelidis on Tuesday. The vest was provided by Vested Interest in K9’s. T&G Staff/Kim Ring

WEST BOYLSTON – Maya, a 2-year-old bloodhound who works in the Worcester County sheriff’s office with her partner, Officer Peter Campo, is a gangly, happy mass of extra long ears and oversized paws, but she fits nicely into her new protective vest.

The vest, which is bulletproof and stab-proof, arrived this week, and Maya, one of four members of Sheriff Lewis G. Evangelidis’ K9 team, is the second to be outfitted with a vest. This one came courtesy of Vested Interest in K9s of East Taunton.

“I worry about her all the time,” Officer Campo said of Maya, adding that the vest provides an added measure of security for the times when Maya, a single-purpose dog whose specialty is tracking, is called out to work.

When he took office six years ago, Sheriff Evangelidis said, the department’s K9 program was on the verge of ending because of budgetary constraints. After some brainstorming, the program was reshaped to use rescue dogs, including Maya, who was rescued from Iowa. Nikita, a narcotics detection dog, has gained some fame on a television show, and the sheriff’s program has grown in popularity as a result.

“We got a call from the Holden Women’s Club and they wanted to support the program, too,” Sheriff Evangelidis said.

Worcester County Sheriff Officer Peter Campo with his K9 partner, Maya, in her new protective vest. T&G Staff/Kim Ring

To pay for Maya’s vest, a “Santa Paws and Grinch” fundraiser was hosted by Especially for Pets in Medway in 2015. The vests are valued at between $1,795 and $2,234 each, and the cost to donate one is just over $1,000.

The vest weighs as much as 5 pounds, Officer Campo said, but doesn’t seem to restrict Maya. He said she’s wearing it a bit loosely to get used to it and pointed out that it also can be used to carry her or to clip her to him.

The Vested Interest in K9s program has provided more than 2,000 vests across the country, including one this summer for Elmar in the Worcester Police Department. Each of the donated vests is labeled in memory of a fallen police K9. Maya’s vest has an embroidered patch in memory of K9s Molly and Adam. Armour Express in Central Lake, Michigan, makes the vests.

Oct 25, 2016

Shrewsbury seniors treated to healthy harvest symposium

SHREWSBURY — More than 150 seniors were treated to information, goodies and fun at the 1st Annual Healthy Harvest & Safety Syposium held at the Shrewsbury Senior Center on October 13. The event was sponsored by the Worcester County Reserve Deputy Sheriff’s Association.

Topics covered included the health and safety issues that can be associated with aging, the new age of medicine, the benefits of yoga and hypnosis for pain relief.


Donna Ostiguy, Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Community Outreach and Development Coordinator & Fern Lee, Yoga Instructor and Owner of Wellness Works at the Healthy Harvest and Safety Symposium held at the Shrewsbury Senior Center

Shawn McKenna, Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Community Outreach Coordinator & one of many winners of raffles at the Healthy Harvest and Safety Symposium held at the Shrewsbury Senior Center

Donna Ostiguy, Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Community Outreach and Development Coordinator & Kristine Binette, Administrator at Beaumont Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Worcester