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10 Towns in 10 Days: Southwick

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On a map of western Massachusetts, it's not hard to find Southwick. 

The 'Southwick jog' in an otherwise straight border, can easily be noticed. 

This irregular border was part of an early 1800's compromise between Massachusetts and Connecticut, reincorporating southern Southwick into the state. The town has grown immensely since then. 
Congamond Lakes, Southwick's eastern border to Connecticut, was once harvested for the massive ice blocks that formed during the winter. It's now home to bass, trout, and perch. 
"This park here is just a beautiful place for families to come with their boats to go fishing, it's a very nice place to come," said Barry McCormack.  
Whether it's a day on the lake, or a day on the trails, Southwick is the place for you.

"We bike, we ski, we kayak. It's a year round thing for us. This trail here is really nice because it's paved and eventually it's going to run from Westfield to New Haven," said Wayne Smith.  
Red riding hood's basket is a popular spot on the rail trail.
Where there once stood a town green now stands a busy business corridor. For the last 11 years, Pasticceria Italia is just one of the many businesses that has called Southwick home. 
"The Southwick Library has a summer reading program which the kids read books and then I give coupons. At the end of each book, the kids come in and get free cookies," said  
"We have a lot of programming here at the library. We do three daytime story times a month where the children sing some songs and read some books. We do two Lego clubs once a month," said Southwick Public Library Director, Diane Caruso. 
The offerings aren't just for kids either. 
"We have a monthly cook book club and they prepare an item from a cookbook. They bring it in and we sample everything," said Caruso. 
The town of Southwick works hard to support the library. 
"We have an active friends group who does a lot of fundraising for us. They raise a lot of money to supplement what we get from the town," Caruso noted. 
On the behalf of Western Mass News, Big Y, and Diamond RV, a $500 check was donated to the Southwick Public Library to help continue their programs.  
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