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Pvt. 1st Class Nicholas M. Quarta, son of Tony and Ann Marie Quarta of Shrewsbury, graduated Sept. 7 from Marine boot camp, Parris Island, S.C.

Army National Guard Pvt. Matthew J. James, son of Stephen and Elizabeth James of Webster, has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

Army National Guard Pfc. Ryan M. Day, son of Stephen and Rebecca Day of Webster, has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

Air Force Airman Jessy J. Luz, son of Jose and Filomena Luz of Hudson, has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

Air Force Airman Jesse J. Caswell II, son of Cheryle Cannon of Leominster, has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.



Leicester American Legion Post 205 will hold a chicken barbecue from 1 to 5 p.m. at 171 River St., Leicester. Tickets are $8 each in advance or the day of the barbecue.


The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Willie Grout Camp 25 will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Air National Guard, 50 Skyline Drive, Worcester.

East Side American Legion Post 201 will hold a wall of honor dedication ceremony at 5 p.m. at the post quarters, 326 Plantation St., Worcester. Following the ceremony a cookout will be held for all members of the post and its Sons of the American Legion Squadron.


The Disabled American Veterans Worcester Chapter 4 will meet at 7 p.m. at the Tatnuck American Legion Post 288, 570 Mill St., Worcester. The executive board will meet at 6:30 p.m.


The Millbury Veterans Council will meet at 7 p.m. in the Millbury Municipal Office Building in Millbury. Preliminary plans for Veterans Day ceremonies and visits to the Millbury schools by the council will be discussed. The Millbury Veterans Council meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of January, February, March, April, September and October. The council is open to all veterans, there are no dues and new members are always welcome.

Worcester Veterans Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Marine Corps League, 181 Lake Ave., Worcester. The executive board will meet at 6 p.m.


The Sons of the American Legion Post 184 in Webster is

renewing and accepting new members for 2013. Any son of a veteran (father or grandfather) is eligible to join. Any veteran is also eligible to join. Membership forms are available at the post. Dues remain at $20 annually. Checks are payable to SAL 184. Monthly meetings are the last Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m.

Paxton American Legion Post 306 has elected new officers: Post Commander Adam Doud, Vice Commander Eric Millette, Adjutant Susan Hodges, Finance Officer Joseph Zalieckas and Chaplain Dennis Harney.

Townsend VFW Post 6538 and its Ladies Auxiliary are sponsoring the Patriot's Pen Contest for students in Grades 6, 7 and 8. The theme for this year's essay is "What I Would Tell America's Founding Fathers." Each essay must be typewritten in English. No color or graphics should be added. The essay should contain 300 to 400 words. Every word, regardless of length, will be counted. A one-letter word, a hyphenated word, or a number (no matter how many digits it contains) will be counted as a single word. The essay title or added footnotes do not contribute to the word count. Students should not put their name on their essay, but a completed official student patriot's pen competition entry form must be stapled to the top of it. Participants should not identify themselves, their school, town or state within their essay. Their approach to the theme should be positive and clearly focused. Quotations may be used sparingly if plainly identified whenever used. The essay will be judged on knowledge of the theme (30 percent) theme development (35 percent) and clarity of ideas (35 percent). This is the 18th year the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and its Ladies Auxiliary have sponsored a youth essay program, which gives students in Grades 6-8 the opportunity to express their views on democracy and improve their writing skills while they compete for worthwhile awards and prizes. More than 112,000 students participated in this nationwide competition last year. The National Association of Secondary School Principals has approved the Patriot's Pen Contest for its National Advisory List of Student Contests and Activities for 2012-2013. The program offers valuable prizes at several levels of competition. The top prize is $5,000 in cash, which will be awarded by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and its Ladies Auxiliary to the first-place national winner at the VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary Washington conference in March 2013. Additional national prizes include $4,000 for second place, $3,500 for third place, $2,750 for fourth place, $2,500 for fifth place, $2,000 for sixth place, $1,750 for seventh place, $1,500 each to the eighth- and ninth-place winners, $1,250 each to the 10th- and 11th-place winners, $1,000 each to the 12th- and 13th-place winners, $750 each to the 14th- and 15th-place winners and $500 each to the 16th- through 46th-place winners. At the local level $100 will be awarded to the first-place contest winner. The second-place winner will receive $70 and $40 will be awarded to the third-place winner. The Townsend VFW and Ladies Auxiliary will advance one of its highest scoring essays to the District 15 level of competition for each 15 entries received at the local level. The District 15 VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary will award a total of $225 in cash to their top three winners. The winning district entry will be entered into the Department of Massachusetts VFW level of competition. The state's top five winners will each receive monetary awards from both the Department of Massachusetts VFW and the Department of Massachusetts Ladies Auxiliary VFW. The first-place state entry will be entered into the national competition. Essay entries should be submitted to Townsend VFW Ladies Auxiliary President Betty Mae Tenney or Townsend Post Commander Russell Jobe by Nov. 1. Students who attend the Hawthorne Brook Middle School should submit their entries to Ms. Tenney or Mr. Jobe through their classroom teacher. Military notes are compiled weekly. Send information for Military Notes to For events, include dates and times, a complete address, admission prices and a phone number.
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Date:Sep 23, 2012
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