Auburn Wraps Up Top Stories Of 2012

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Dr. Arthur Pappas and Dr. Martha Pappas attend the grand opening of Auburn's Pappas Recreation Complex in June.
Dr. Arthur Pappas and Dr. Martha Pappas attend the grand opening of Auburn's Pappas Recreation Complex in June. Photo Credit: Rick Sobey

AUBURN, Mass. – With 2012 coming to a close, The Auburn Daily Voice recapped the Top 10 stories of the year last week.

If you missed any of them, here are the Top 10 stories in Auburn this year, in no particular order:

Auburn's Pappas Recreation Complex Opens: The $4.3 million recreation facility, located at 203 Pakachoag St., Auburn, opened in grand style in June with a parade, music, ceremony with public officials, food and sports games. The facility has athletic fields, a performance pavilion and a paved walking path.

Auburn Wins 5th Straight Super Bowl: The Auburn High School Rockets completed their dominant season on Dec. 1, winning a fifth-straight Super Bowl and solidifying one of the greatest dynasties the greater Worcester area has ever seen. Auburn went 13-0 on the season and will go into the 2013 season with a 21-game winning streak.

Hurricane Sweeps In, Winter Strangely Absent: The weather was just weird in 2012. It started with a winter nearly devoid of snow and neared its end with a hurricane that threatened Halloween. Hurricane Sandy swept in Oct. 29, blowing down trees and knocking out power all around Central Massachusetts.

Auburn Baseball Earns Trip to World Series: The Auburn Senior League All-Stars, 15- and 16-year-olds, became the first Massachusetts team to win the Senior League Eastern Regional Tournament in New Jersey and advance to the World Series in Bangor, Maine.

Auburn Middle School Project Moves Forward: The Auburn Public School District moved closer to a new middle school this year, taking several steps to make that project a reality. Now, the project on West Street will head to voters in the spring.

Mosquitoes Create a Buzz in Auburn: The buzz was all about mosquitoes in late summer and early fall as fears of Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile virus had Central Massachusetts towns, including Auburn, on high alert.

Car Crash Kills Auburn Student: A tragedy hit the Auburn Public School District in May when Shelby Dibenedetto, 17, a senior at Auburn High School, died in a car crash in Rhode Island a few weeks before graduation.

Brodeur Honored By Auburn Schools: Auburn High School won’t be renamed for the late Maj. David Brodeur, but the military hero who died in Afghanistan will be honored with a square or monument at the high school.

Auburn Battles Housing Authority Over Skating Rink: Town officials sought approval to construct an ice skating rink at Pakachoag Village next to the Senior Center, but the Auburn Housing Authority would not support a skating rink on its land.

Politics Takes Over Auburn: It was a busy and intense year for politics, including a selectmen race, state Senate contest and visits from U.S. Senate candidates.

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