- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 18, 2009

ASHBURNHAM, MASS. (AP) - Senior citizens in a Massachusetts community told a town official to keep his hands off their doughnuts. Francis “Bill” Johnson, chairman of Ashburnham’s advisory board, said at a Council on Aging meeting this week that spending money on doughnuts and pastries for the Senior Center’s morning coffee club encourages unhealthy eating habits in a population that already has health issues.

Council on Aging board member Lorna Fields said Johnson “overstepped his boundaries.”

She said many seniors won’t eat “carrot sticks and stuff” and that healthier items, including grapes and cheese, are available.

Betty Bushee, 67, a Senior Center regular, told The Telegram & Gazette of Worcester that no one has the right to tell seniors what to eat.

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