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New Nichols program

DUDLEY - Starting in the fall, Nichols College will offer a new graduate-level program - a Master of Organizational Leadership. The 36-credit program is designed for individuals who aspire to leadership roles within profit, non-profit or public organizations.

"The goal of the Master of Organizational Leadership program is to develop leaders who will be able to provide effective, ethical and innovative management to organizations in today's diverse and dynamic environment," said Laurie Albert, dean of graduate and professional studies. The course curriculum blends theory and application and is intended to prepare students with the critical skills needed to be a successful leader in an ever-changing organizational climate. The MOL curriculum includes coursework focusing on leadership development, team building, conflict resolution, negotiation, global issues, innovation and change and ethical leadership.

Arrow of Light awards

CHARLTON - Twelve Webelos Scouts from Cub Scout Pack 165 recently earned the Arrow of Light Award at the pack's graduation ceremony on March 19. The Arrow of Light Award is the highest award that can be earned as a Cub Scout. To receive the award, Scouts must earn the Webelos rank and at least eight activity badges including Citizen, Fitness, Readyman, and at least one from the outdoor group, one from the mental skills group and one from the technology group.

Receiving the award were Joseph Mielinski, Robert Clay, Brett Carbonneau, David Bianculli, Jared Chestna, A.J. Zielinski, Jeremy Gaudette, Brett Russell, Bryan Rheaume, Scott Kauppinen, Jason Bangs and Mark Dilegge.

Local students honored

POMFRET - The following local students were named to Pomfret School's Winter trimester high honor and honor rolls. Students who attain a grade point average of 3.5 and higher are named to the high honor roll; students who attain a GPA of 3.0 to 3.49 are named to the honor roll.

Class of 2007

High Honors: Elise Fargnoli of Pomfret; Galina Ionkin of Danielson; and Natalie Kingeter and Stephen Monteiro, both of Woodstock.

Honors: Rosamond Dunn and Meredith Gagnon, both of Pomfret Center; and Fletcher Keil of Woodstock

Class of 2008

High Honors: Shawna Altdorf of Brooklyn; James Cook of Woodstock; Katherine Kaufman of Woodstock Valley; Michele Kelley of Thompson; and Daniel Peck of North Grosvenordale.

Honors: Catherine Army, Elizabeth Army and Christian Bertelsen, all of Pomfret; Chelsea Greene of Putnam; and Paul Kramarz of Pomfret Center.

Class of 2009

High Honors: Thomas Atwood, Keith Davis and Molly Murphy, all of Woodstock; Devin Cela of Pomfret Center; Sarah Dean of Pomfret; Edward Ross of Brooklyn; and Samantha St. Lawrence of Thompson.

Honors: Gene Deary of Brooklyn; Stephanie Delpapa and Conor Wolchesky, both of Pomfret Center; Rebecca Smith of Woodstock; and Gregory Stoker of Woodstock Valley.

Class of 2010

High Honors: Laura Alves of North Grosvenordale; Gabriella Bucci of Woodstock; Mackenzie Deary of Pomfret Center; Kimberly Derosier and Brittany Zulkiewicz, both of Danielson; and Ashley Mayo of Dayville.

Honors: Jessica Cornman-Homonoff of Brooklyn; Bekim Cela, Anneliese Mahoney, Emily Mooney and Garrett White, all of Pomfret Center; and Kirsten Therrien of Putnam.

QVCC in D.C.

DANIELSON - A group of Quinebaug Valley Community College students began their 2007 spring break as participants in the 10th Annual National Conference on Organized Resistance (NCOR). The conference was held March 9-11 on the main campus of American University in Washington, D.C.

The QVCC students are all members of the QVCC Peace and Social Justice Group. Group members attending NCOR included: Samantha Abbamonte and Carrie Carter, both of Pomfret; Kyle Barrette, Brittny DeNinno and Paul Gandy, all of Brooklyn; Brittany Evans of Woodstock; Kelsey Evans of East Killingly; Mark Hannon of North Grosvenordale; Wayland Leonard of Danielson; Jadyn Smith of Chaplin; and Muriel Supples of Webster.

The National Conference on Organized Resistance is an annual event that brings together people from all backgrounds for a weekend of learning and discussing local and international social justice issues through workshops and panel discussions.

Sponsors needed

CHARLTON - The Youth Group from Charlton City United Methodist Church will participate in a 30-hour famine to raise money for World Visions 30-Hour Famine program. The money raised by participants helps feed and care for children in poverty-afflicted countries around the globe. The youths will begin their fast at noon on April 6 and will end at 6 p.m. April 7. Anyone wishing to sponsor a member of the youth group can call (508) 248 7379.

Library donation on tap

WOODSTOCK - Spirol International has pledged $25,000 to the Bracken Memorial Library Renovation Project at Woodstock Academy. The planned renovation includes a new children's section of the library, which will be named in honor of Spirol International and its employees.

A committee of Woodstock Academy community members, faculty, staff, administrators and trustees have been working over the past two years on a vision for the Howard Webster Bracken Library which not only serves the academy, but is also a public library for Woodstock and surrounding communities.

"Our vision for the library is one of an academic center for lifelong learning with access to high-quality research through both traditional and electronic media," said Headmaster Richard Foye. "Of equal importance is our historical connection to the community and commitment to preserve it."

"We believe strongly in investing in education and look specifically to support projects in our local community. ...

Equally, we try to invest in local continuing adult education programs. Since the Bracken Library is both the Woodstock Academy Library and one of the main community libraries of Woodstock, the project fits both of our objectives. We are pleased to help this project become a reality," said Jeff Koehl, President of Spirol International.

The Spirol International Charitable Foundation, the charitable arm of Spirol, was created to support the vision of the company's founder, Herman Koehl, who believed strongly in the opportunities education provides in strengthening a community and the country. The foundation's purpose is to support local charitable endeavors - particularly educational programs.

A large component of the Spirol International Charitable Foundation is the Spirol Scholarship Program, which, since 1993, has awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships for worthy students. Other support programs include Putnam Elementary School, the QVCC expansion project, and other individual grant programs.

Healthy food choices

STURBRIDGE - The Tantasqua Regional & Union 61 school district was recently awarded a mini-grant to increase access to healthy food choices in middle and elementary schools.

Funding was requested by district nurse leader Kate Angilly and Burgess school nurse Lisa Meunier to institute a school nutrition program designed to reduce obesity among students. They collaborated with the cafeteria managers to develop a salad line at each school. At Burgess Elementary school, cafeteria manager Joanne Bernard and employee Melissa Goyette report that the salad line has been a huge success, with approximately 60 to 80 students and staff choosing the salad option every day.

Additional efforts have been placed on developing a breakfast program in which students can eat a nutritious meal before school starts. The breakfast program was organized by Ms. Meunier, Ms. Bernard and Heath Coordinator Nadine Keville with the help of staff and cafeteria workers.

Also, a healthy snack challenge has been implemented for students in Grades 1 and 2. The challenge was funded through a community service learning grant. Snacks are checked each day for one week, and students with healthy snacks gain points for their class. At the end of the week, the class with the most points wins a healthy snack party.

All of the programs support a new wellness policy, which was adopted last fall. The policy states, in part, that the school district "promotes healthy schools by supporting wellness, good nutrition and regular physical activity as part of the total learning environment for students, staff and citizens."

Scout nets bronze

DUDLEY - Shannon Gadoury, a member of Junior Girl Scout Troop 576, was awarded the Bronze Award at a Court of Awards Ceremony held recently. The Bronze Award is the highest award achievable by a Junior Girl Scout.

Throughout her career as a Junior Girl Scout, Shannon has earned more than 24 badges, 36 patches and five other outstanding awards. To receive the Bronze Award, she had to complete a project that demonstrated the leadership skills she has learned as a Junior Girl Scout and showed her commitment to her community. In addition, her project had to show that she understands and lives by the Girl Scout Promise and Law. Shannon's community service project included a "Women in Service Night" held for all Girl Scouts of Webster and Dudley. The event focused on teaching young girls about career opportunities available to women, including jobs in law enforcement, emergency services, the military or working as a doula.

Shannon is one of only eight girls from the Webster-Dudley Girl Scouts to ever earn the Bronze Award.

Shannon was pinned at the ceremony by her Girl Scout Leader Patricia St. Marie.

ART: PHOTOS

CUTLINE: (1) WEBSTER - Jessica Katz, 17, models a prom dress during Bartlett Junior Senior High School's prom fashion show March 4. (2) DUDLEY - Dudley Boy Scout Troop 273 held its 15th Annual Food Drive on March 3. The Scouts set up a donation table at Park N Shop and collected bags of food throughout the community. All bags were brought back to St. Anthony of Padua's church hall for sorting and repacking. The troop collected 2,557 nonperishable and personal care items and $75 in donations. All proceeds benefited the Webster-Dudley Food Share. (3) A group of QVCC students began their 2007 spring break as participants in the 10th Annual National Conference on Organized Resistance. The conference was held March 9-11 on the main campus of American University in Washington, D.C. (4) From left: Kristen Willis, director of development at Woodstock Academy; Jeffrey Koehl, president of Spirol International; Jeri Musumeci, Woodstock Academy Board of Trustees president; Richard Foye, Woodstock Academy headmaster. (5) Shannon Gadoury received the Bronze Award at a ceremony. (6) Burgess Elementary School Grade 1 student Billy Jones displays his "healthy snack" choices.

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