On Wednesday, June 1, 2011, many cities and towns in Western and Central Massachusetts were pulverized when several tornadoes touched down. Two of the tornadoes were rated 1.5 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. The most �severe� tornado, an EF3, carved a 39-mile path of destruction as the wind speeds reached 160 mph and wind gusts up to 70 mph. The aftermath of these tornadoes is horrific. Many lost their homes, belongings, automobiles, and even their planes. Debris was spread throughout the areas affected. Thousands of forested areas were destroyed. Roads became impassable as trees were thrown and uprooted. Wires were draped across lawns and roads leaving thousands of people without any source of power, and sadly four people were killed. It was a horrendous day and a memory that will not soon be forgotten. The rebuilding efforts will be slow, but �we will rebuild� as many say. I have met several people in the aftermath that are inspiring and just so grateful to have survived this day. Volunteers and community involvement has brought a sense of unity for many victims, as well as support, comfort, and relief during this diffi cult time. My heart goes out to all of those that have been affected by the tornadoes, and it is my desire to help contribute to their needs by creating this book.
J.T. Carruthers grew up in a loving family in Worcester, Ma. She has lived in several areas of Massachusetts before settling down in the town of Holland. Her parents taught her the joy of camping and traveling. As years passed these traditions continued as she became inspired to travel to new destinations, meet new people, and learn about different cultures. Along with these interests, photography of nature and wildlife became her passion. As her interests grew so did her desire for further education. She received a B.A. in Health Sciences with a minor in psychology, and a Masters in Health Education, which she geared towards childbirth education. She is married to a wonderful man who adores her and is blessed to have five beautiful children who have all grown into loving, caring, and responsible adults. The love she feels for her children is endless and she is so proud of each of them. Lastly, she has six grandchildren reminding her of the simple joys of everyday life.