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Jog With Judy honors woman's memory.

COLUMN: TAKING NOTE

- The third annual Jog With Judy in Woodstock drew some enthusiastic participants, despite the rain last Saturday. The 5K Road Race is held in memory of Judy Nilan, the late Woodstock Middle School social worker was murdered in December 2005 while jogging in Woodstock.

The annual event is organized by physical education teacher Christopher Mayhew and Grade 5 teachers Jennifer Prather and Susan Rioux. Other WMS staff members assisted with registration and refreshments, and the race was preceded by a dedication by Jon Baker, Judy's husband.

Each May's annual event represents the community's way of keeping Ms. Nilan's legacy alive. Funds raised each year help defray costs of drug prevention and self-awareness programs for students. .

- The Pakachoag Community Music School has announced the formation of the Mary Anne Kalonas Slack Endowed Scholarship. She has 24 years of service at the school. It is the first endowed scholarship to be initiated by the school and will start in 2009. An Early Childhood/Music Together family applying for financial aid will receive tuition support in Ms. Kalonas' name.

Ms. Kalonas lives in Spencer and joined PCMS in 1983. During two decades, she led the school's early childhood program into achieving recognition in the areaTo make a donation to the Slack Endowed Scholarship Fund at Pakachoag, send a check marked Slack Fund to PCMS, 203 Pakachoag St., Auburn, MA 01501.

- Shepherd Hill Regional High School teachers Barbara Marderosian and Jennifer Dowdle have been selected by the Blackstone Valley Superintendents' Collaborative to receive the Promising Practices Award.

Ms. Maderosian, an English teacher, and Ms. Dowdle, a social studies teacher, were recognized for developing an innovative Global Neighbors project to increase students' multicultural awareness and to assist African refugees through student community service. The project combined core subjects to explore the ongoing genocide and present-day slavery in Sudan through classroom study and humanitarian volunteerism. The teachers will be honored at a breakfast June 6 at the Asa Waters Mansion in Millbury.

- Bad Bags Champions have been announced in Woodstock. Students at Woodstock Middle School and Brooklyn Middle School have completed a three-week recycling competition to celebrate Earth Day 2008. Plastic shopping bags were their target. In addition to recycling, the students learned about the environmental problems created by the bags. The students collected used shopping bags from their families, neighbors, relatives and roadsides. The project was sponsored by The Last Green Valley. Brooklyn Middle School won the competition by collecting 66,100 bags. Woodstock Middle School recycled 43,836.

Charlene Cutler, executive director of QSHC Inc., said, "The project was far more successful than we ever imagined. The school principals and the faculty were so enthusiastic. The students have set a high standard for other schools to reach."

- NBC and Teleflora are holding a national search for inspirational moms and a former Spencer woman, Lisa Couture, is among 15 semifinalists. Donny and Marie Osmond will crown the winning mom on NBC's Mother's Day Special, at 7 p.m. May 11.

The "America's Favorite Mom" contest will highlight inspirational stories of the three top moms in each of five categories. People can vote on who will continue to the final round. Ms. Couture is in the category of "Chairman of Everything" Moms. Ms. Couture, of Wesley Chapel, Fla., is blind and manages to run her household and achieve her MBA while caring for her three children.

- State Sen. Richard Moore, D-Uxbridge, and state Rep. Geraldo Alicea, D-Charlton, joined local families and mental health professionals yesterday to celebrate National Children's Mental Health Day at Harrington Memorial Hospital's G.B. Wells Human Services Center in Southbridge.

The ceremony at 54 Oakes Ave. showcased the community's progress with children's mental health initiatives and included a ribbon cutting to open Harrington's office for its Intensive Family Services Program, which recently relocated. The Intensive Family Services Program at Harrington works with children and adolescents who have been clinically diagnosed and are being treated for mental disorders. The program is contracted by the state Department of Mental Health.
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