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Explorer Post Lease Getting Extension

Voters at Tuesday night's special town meeting authorized selectmen to do so.

A group of young emergency incident responders will continue leasing town land behind Westborough's Forbes Municipal Building for $1 per year.

Voters at Tuesday night's special town meeting authorized selectmen to extend Post 85 Emergency Service Squad Inc.'s lease for three years with two one-year extensions.

Explorer Post 85 has leased the land since 1981, according to a post brochure. The group started in 1968.

The post teaches its members cooperation, accountability, self confidence and self reliance while introducing them to career options, Dana Haagensen told voters. Haagensen helps run the group.

"Many of our town employees have gone through this program," he said.

The group responds "with the fire department to major emergencies in the town and surrounding towns," Haagensen said.

The post is entirely privately funded, through donations and fundraisers, he said. The group runs an annual ski swap, and year-round can and bottle recycling, he said.

The post had an information booth at town meeting Monday night and Tuesday night.

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