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Newton `pays it forward' for church.

Byline: Jan Gottesman

LANCASTER - For at least one local man, "Pay It Forward" is more than the name of a movie.

Terry Newton recently won a quilt being raffled off by the First Church of Christ Unitarian, better known as the Bulfinch Church. The raffle, held at the annual Horseshed Fair, raised money for church renovation.

Newton is re-raffling the quilt, to benefit the same cause.

The Bulfinch Church was designed by famed architect Charles Bulfinch and contains a Seth Thomas clock and Paul Revere bell. The church has been undergoing renovations, and the weathervane was hoisted in a rededication ceremony this weekend (see the story, page 3).

Newton, who is general manager of MacGregor Mills, said he has been buying quilt raffle tickets for years, "every time my co-worker, Sarah Spencer, has come in and told me `quilt raffle tickets for sale.' I am one of those folks who never wins anything. I was shocked and amazed when she called to tell me I won the handmade quilt raffle from the Horseshed Fair."

Newton had high praise for the fair, which is run by the church.

"It's a community event and a family event all the time, and a great example of people helping people, working together for the greater good of our community, and preserving our history," Newton said. "Sarah and her husband John (the town's official clock winder) are great family friends and I find their dedication to the historic preservation of the Bulfinch steeple, clock tower and Paul Revere bell inspiring."

It is so inspiring that Newton is selling raffle tickets so someone else can win his newly-acquired prize. Tickets are $2 each, or three for $5, available at Thurston House and Legacy Publishing Group Outlet store, at 75 Green St., in Clinton, and the drawing will be Dec. 17 at Thurston House.

"I am thrilled that I won the handmade quilt, but wanted to pay it forward," Newton said, referring to the movie. "It is so inspiring, so heartwarming, and that's the reason I decided to re-raffle the quilt. I won the quilt for $5 and, for that $5 I spent, I could probably raise a lot more money for a great cause in preserving an American treasure. That is why I decided to `Pay It Forward.'"


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CUTLINE: Kate Novia recently sold tickets to re-raffle the quilt Terry Newton won at the Horseshed Fair.
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Date:Nov 26, 2010
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