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State Grants To Aid Tornado Recovery

Communities that sustained extensive damage when tornadoes struck western Massachusetts last year are getting more than  $1 million to help with rebuilding.  WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports

   State officials announced Wednesday that Brimfield is getting $500,000 that will be used for drainage improvements and road reconstruction.   Sturbridge is receiving just over $286,000 to purchase equipment and remove stumps and debris from roads and trails.  Earlier in the week West Springfield was awarded $142,000 to repair sidewalks  and curbs, replace street signs and demolish an abandoned building. Wilbraham was given $286,000 to remove fallen trees, dangerous hanging limbs and other debris from 350 acres of public land.  The grants are from the $4 million in funding Gov Patrick announced on the one year anniversary of the June 1, 2011 tornadoes.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.