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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

A sanctuary in Norfolk

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Tom McKenna and his two sons, Evan, 9, and Owen, 7, are reflected in the waters of Teal Marsh at the Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Norfolk. (Photo: Greg M. Cooper/AP)

NORFOLK

Frances d'Entremont doesn't "walk" or "hike" in the Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary.

"This is a place where you mosey along," she said. "You stroll."

Frances and Richard d'Entremont, who retired to Maine after raising three children in Walpole, returned recently to the sanctuary for the first time in about a decade. Years ago they often brought their children here to see swans, snapping turtles, or cardinals.

"It's very peaceful -- the birds, there's the waterfall," Richard d'Entremont said, extending his right arm around his wife's back and smiling. "It's romantic."

Indeed, Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Norfolk has a little of everything for anyone who likes nature. The 245-acre sanctuary, managed by the Massachusetts Audubon Society, is located about 30 miles southwest of Boston. It's open year-round and offers adult and children's' classes such as "How the Skunk Got its Stripe" and "Sounds in the Night." ...

The Associated Press takes a look at the sanctuary in a feature story today.

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