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Bowling for charity

WEBSTER - The Daughters of Isabella Bernadette Circle #709 will host its biannual Bowl-A-Thon on Aug. 26 at Mohegan Bowl-A-Drome, Thompson Road. A $10 fee will be charged for participants.

Pledges will also be accepted, with all funds donated to local charities. Anyone interested in pledging should make checks payable to "Daughters of Isabella Bernadette Circle #709" and mail to Janet Caouette, P.O. Box 533, Oxford, MA 01540.

For details, call Bernadette at (508) 943-8047, Sue at (508) 943-4579 or Janet at (508) 987-8437.

News from Habitat

PUTNAM - Habitat for Humanity of Northeast Connecticut announces the appointment of Brian Howell, Rev. Anthony DiMarco, Michelle Weiss and Lori Lagace to the board of directors.

Mr. Howell, a project manager with EMC Corp. in Rocky Hill, Conn., is chair of Habitat's Electronic Communication Committee. He resides in Putnam with his wife and two children.

Rev. DiMarco, of St. Joseph Church in North Grosvenordale, is spiritual adviser to the board and chair of the Faith Relations Committee. He is a resident of North Grosvenordale.

Ms. Weiss, director of finance and administrative services at Quinebaug Valley Community College in Danielson, has been named treasurer of the affiliate. She resides with her family in Killingly.

Ms. Lagace, vice president and compliance officer at Putnam Savings Bank, has volunteered for the United Way, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and the Relay for Life. She currently makes her home in Hanover.

Habitat for Humanity of Northeast Connecticut has served the 10-town area for more than 12 years, recently dedicating its ninth home. Habitat, whose mission is to make affordable houses available to families who could not otherwise afford them, is in need of property for its next project. For information about the affiliate, call (860) 774-0505 or visit the Web site at www.habitatnortheastct.org.

Births at Harrington

The following births were recorded recently at Harrington Memorial Hospital in Southbridge:

To Kelly and Colum Devine of Charlton, a girl named Ella M. Devine. Grandparents are Thomas Devine, the late Kathleen Devine and Paul and Patricia Lamoureux.

To Maria Collazo and James Lertora of Southbridge, a boy named Tyler J. Lertora. Grandparents are Jesus and Milagros Collazo and James and Shirley Lertora.

To Valarie White and Alex Mundy of Charlton, a girl named Jaeden A. White. Grandparents are Marlene and Phillip White and Vicky and Ronald Davies.

To Bethany and Jeremy Stefano of Warren, a girl named Susanna H. Stefano. Grandparents are Arnold and Carol Rathburn of Cranston, R.I.

Camp seeks alumnae

AREA - Fifty years ago, Marty and Sylvia Silverman, a young Cambridge couple and now longtime Westwood residents, bought a former sporting camp in central Maine and began Camp Kippewa for Girls. The private overnight camp, still owned by the Silverman family, is observing the milestone with a 50th anniversary alumnae weekend from Aug. 10-12.

The Silvermans are especially seeking out former campers from the earlier years, many of whom came from Massachusetts, to invite to the celebration.

More information is available online at www.Kippewa.com, or by calling the camp at (800) KIPPEWA.

Volunteers needed

WEBSTER - The Library Trustees are accepting letters of interest for the Corbin Public Library Designer Selection/Building Committee and the Corbin Public Library Fund Raising Committee. Webster residents with an interest in library services or with construction, business, legal or management experience are invited to apply. Send letters of interest in care of the library, 2 Lake St., Webster MA 01570, with the name of the committee you are interested in written on the outside.

Webster nets grant

WEBSTER - An $800,000 community block grant has been awarded to Webster from the Department of Housing and Community Development for a housing and commercial rehabilitation project and a downtown infrastructure project.

The grant was announced by state Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge, and state Rep. Paul M. Kujawski, D-Webster. Funding for the project includes street and sidewalk reconstruction, sewer and drainage improvements on Poland Street.

The grant is among $30.2 million in federal grants awarded to 59 communities in the state. Community development block grants are issued annually by the federal government and are awarded competitively to cities and towns to address a wide range of unique development needs. The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development administers funds to cities and towns with populations of less than 50,000.

The funds are targeted to provide decent housing and a suitable living environment and to expand economic opportunities, principally for persons of low- and moderate-income. Eligible communities with populations greater than 50,000 receive CDBG funding directly from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Parenting classes on tap

Parenting classes sponsored by the Catholic Charities of Worcester County are being offered throughout the summer. Parents who want to learn new techniques or reinforce current ones are invited to attend. All classes are free. No preregistration is required.

Classes are held on the following dates and locations:

From 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at Catholic Charities, 70 Elm St., Southbridge. Topics include "Active Parenting with Today's Children."

From 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays at the Federated Church, 8 Maple St., Sturbridge. Topics will center on "Cooperative Parenting."

From 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Youth and Family Center, 251 Main St., Webster. A life skills program will be offered with topics including goal setting, budgeting and financial security.

For details, call Lisa Genest at (508) 765-5936.

BHS Class of 1957

WEBSTER - The Bartlett High School Class of 1957 will celebrate its 50th reunion on Aug. 18 at the Hogan Center, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester.

Several members have not yet been located. Classmates include: Elizabeth Conrad Jacques, June Guenther, Robert Kemp, Janyce Chalupka Garverick, Thomas Cunningham, Beryl Frome, Joseph Johnson and Mary Zatorski.

If anyone has contact information, call Dick at (508) 943-4420 or Mary at (508) 943-5046.

Day Kimball births

The following births were recorded recently at Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam:

To Samuel T. and Alyssa A. (Lepine) Crawford of Putnam, a girl; to Randall L. Craig and Christina M. Duverger of Danielson, a boy; to Erik M. and Melissa K. (Lamb) Costa of Brooklyn, a girl; to William F. Jodoin IV and Kimberly A. Bixby of Danielson, a boy; to James M. and Rebecca S. (Canfield) Theriaque of Putnam, a boy; to Eric J. Kuuttila Jr. and Cheryl A. Dexter of Danielson, a girl; and to Mark D. Smith and Heather E. Tracy of Dayville, a boy.

Also, to Cheyenne N. Robertson of North Grosvenordale, a girl; to Latetta S. Oates of Putnam, a boy; to Christopher J. Aubin and Samantha J. Franculli of Putnam, a boy; to Scott R. and Heather L. (Olshewski) Jurnovey of Woodstock, a girl; to John J. Adams Jr. and Lisa A. Sanipas of Putnam, a boy; to Michael A. and Andrea (Bonelli) Voutour of Putnam, a girl; to Brett H. and Beth A. (Jankowski) Fulcher of Danielson, a girl; to Jessica L. Cartio of Dayville, a girl; to Michael J. Gadue and Jennifer E. Martell of East Killingly, a girl and to Kevin K. Klimas and Krystle L. Whiteoak of Danielson, a boy.

QSHC heads to D.C.

PUTNAM - The Quinebaug and Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor

was recently the subject of a Senate hearing in Washington, D.C. A pending bill could reauthorize the congressionally designated area for an additional six years of federal funding, if approved by both houses.

Charlene Perkins Cutler, executive director and CEO of Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor Inc., testified on the overwhelming success of the National Heritage Corridor. After the hearing on Senate Bill No. 1182, Ms. Cutler said, "there is no doubt that the impacts made by our programs and projects, the match we bring to the federal dollars, and the vision and energy of our partners were well received by the Senate Subcommittee on National Parks."

QSHC is the nonprofit management entity for the congressionally-designated National Heritage Corridor, also known as the Last Green Valley.

Presently, QSHC is authorized to receive federal funds through Sept. 30, 2009. Last year, its Board of Directors adopted Trail to 2015, A Sustainability Plan, making the National Heritage Corridor the first in the country to state its intention to be self-sustaining and not require federal funding by the year 2015. However, continued federal funds until that date will ensure successful and credible programs until self-sufficiency is reached.

"It is critical for us to have those additional six years," Ms. Cutler said. "Because we were one of the first National Heritage Corridors designated, we were funded at a much lower level in the early years. The real impacts of our programs weren't felt until we began to receive larger amounts after 2001."

Federal funding supports the Last Green Valley Grant Program that has distributed over $3 million to more than 200 projects in the 35-town region of Northeast Connecticut and South Central Massachusetts. The Green Valley Institute, a partnership with UConn and UMass Cooperative Extension Systems, is a project to provide continuing education to land-use decision makers. Walking WeekendS, now in its 17th year, is an annual program of more than 90 guided walks that attracts thousands each Columbus Day weekend and the following weekend. QSHC also is involved in the enhancement of tourism in the region.

In federal fiscal 2007, Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor Inc. received $720,000, which was $80,000 less than anticipated, because of last-minute cuts by the National Park Service. The group is authorized to receive up to $1 million per year.

QSHC members are hopeful that a hearing will be scheduled by the House of Representatives soon to consider HR 1949, the House version of the same reauthorization legislation. The bill has to pass both Houses and be signed into law by the President.

Event to aid food bank

PUTNAM - The Friends of the Putnam Public Library will host a summer evening soiree to benefit the Daily Bread food bank from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 14. The event, to be held at the library at 225 Kennedy Drive, will feature paintings by Tom Menard and musical performances by Kurt and Kaethe Kaufman. Refreshments will be served.

Attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the food bank, which recently moved to a larger space in the United Methodist Church on Grove Street.

The Friends of the Library will also conduct a membership drive. For details, call Priscilla at (860) 963-6826 or visit the Web site at www.putnamlibrary.org.

Spanish-language site

SOUTHBRIDGE - The Southbridge Credit Union has announced the launch of a Spanish language version of its Web site at https://www.sbgecu.org, the first of its kind provided by a locally-led Tri-Community financial institution.

Visitors to the English language Web site may now click on a link that is labeled Espanol to reach the Spanish language counterpart.

In making known this community-focused feature, credit union President and CEO Thomas J. Smalarz noted that "We grow with the communities we serve, which will remain our hallmark as a local citizen. Spanish-speaking credit union employees stand ready to help our members to save, invest, borrow and arrange checking accounts. This additional online capability represents a part of our growth."

This fall, Southbridge Credit Union will open a full-service branch on Route 12 in Auburn. Branches now operate on Route 20 in Fiskdale, on Route 20 at the Center at Hobbs Brook in Sturbridge, and the main office and lending center are situated on Main Street in Southbridge.

Volunteers needed

WOODSTOCK - The Woodstock Area Garden Club held "Volunteer Saturdays" at Roseland Park on July 14 and 28. Volunteers helped rake, cut down shrubs, fill holes in the lawn and mulch trees.

Thanks are extended to Marcus Johnson of Senexet Landscaping for donating the mulch for around the trees and to John Monahan for a load of fill and a load of top soil for filling the holes in the lawn.

In addition, Matthew Sheldon has been vigorously working on the hill and has almost cleared Mount Elliot Trail to the top.

The group meets at the park every other Saturday. Volunteers are welcome, and anyone who has stories or photos of the park are invited to attend picnic lunch at noon to share information. For details, call WAGC President Rita Choiniere at (860) 774-7125 or send an e-mail to Choinie1@aol.com.

ART: PHOTOS

CUTLINE: (1) THOMPSON - Jacob Roy, 12, of North Grosvenordale shows off the 8 pound, 23-inch largemouth bass he caught recently in Quaddick Lake. (2) SOUTHBRIDGE - Members of the United Way of Southbridge, Sturbridge & Charlton 2007 Campaign Committee met recently at Dexter-Russell to discuss plans for the upcoming campaign. Committee members include, front from left: Todd Tallman of Ashland, Susan Gunnell of Charlton, Bonnie Losavio of Southbridge and Jeff Solari of Sturbridge; and back, from left: Art Breault of Charlton, Paul Bouvier of Ellington, Conn., and Campaign Chairman John Looney of Holland. For the past 70 years, United Way has helped provide much-needed resources to individuals in Southbridge, Sturbridge and Charlton.
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