Army National Guard Pvt. Brian M. Field, son of Lisa Field of Templeton, has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.
Army National Guard Pvt. Art J. Almstrom, son of Mary Almstrom of Rutland, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
Army National Guard Reserve Specialist Nick Smith, son of Joseph and Carol Smith of Manchaug, deployed to Afghanistan on June 9 after receiving specialized training at Camp Edwards in Massachusetts and at Fort Bliss in Texas.
Air Force Airman Michael S. Rowland, son of Steven and Jan Rowland of Leominster, has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.
Air National Guard Airman Michael D. Sielis, son of Donald Sielis of Leicester, has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.
Ray Stone American Legion Post 238 will meet at 10 a.m. at post quarters, 2 School St., Shrewsbury.
Vernon Hill American Legion Post 435 will meet at 7:30 p.m. at 267 Providence St., Worcester. The executive board will meet at 6:30 p.m.
Marine Corps League Worcester Detachment 144 will meet at 7 p.m. at 181 Lake Ave., Worcester. New officers will be elected. The executive board will meet at 6 p.m.
AMVETS Post 2577 will meet at 7 p.m. at 45 Maple St., Ware.
Oliver Ashton American Legion Post 343 will meet at 7:30 p.m. at 118 Church Ave., Northbridge.
John E. Harkins American Legion Post 42 will meet at 7 p.m. in the community room at the Colony Retirement Homes, 68 Reservoir St., Holden. Topics of discussion will include poppy sales activities on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, and support of veterans and their families during the holiday season. Light refreshments will be served.
Blue Star Mothers Massachusetts Chapter 1 will meet at 7 p.m. at the Leominster Veterans Center, 100 West St., Leominster.
The Korean War Veterans Association of Central Massachusetts will meet at 10 a.m. at the VFW Southworks Post, Ballard St., Worcester.
Townsend VFW Post 6538 and its Ladies Auxiliary and Pepperell VFW Post 3291 and its Ladies Auxiliary are co-sponsoring the Voice of Democracy Patriotic Audio Essay Competition at North Middlesex Regional High School, Lunenburg High School and Nashoba Valley Technical High School sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and its Ladies Auxiliary. The theme is "Is Our Constitution Still Relevant?" The program is open to any Massachusetts student in Grades 9 through 12. Young people who attend school where the program is not being conducted by a VFW post and/or its ladies auxiliary or who is enrolled in an approved home school program may enter the Townsend-Pepperell program by submitting their entry to Townsend VFW Chairman Russell Jobe, Townsend VFW Auxiliary Chairman Betty Mae Tenney, Pepperell VFW Post Chairman Tony Saboliauskas, or Pepperell VFW Auxiliary Chairman Fay McChristian. The program is designed to foster patriotism by giving high school students the opportunity to voice their opinion about their personal obligations as an American and address their responsibilities to our country while they compete for awards, prizes and college scholarships monies. The winner of the Townsend-Pepperell contest will receive $150 in cash. Second place winner $100 and the third place winner $50. The local first place wining entry will be entered into the District 15 level of competition where cash prizes will be awarded. Additional top scoring local entries will be entered into the District 15 level of judging for each additional 15 entries received at the local level. The district's first place winning entry will be entered into the state competition where the top five winners will each receive a scholarship and a cash prize. The winner of the Department of Massachusetts VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary competition will receive a $2,000 scholarship, a $500 check and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., in March 2013. The Massachusetts winner will join the winner of the other 53 departments to tour the city, meet our nation's leaders, and receive a portion of the $152,000 in national scholarship monies. The department winners will also be invited to the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge's Youth Conference in June 2013. The national winner will receive a $30,000 scholarship and an all-expense-paid trip to Louisville, Ky., for the VFW National Convention in July 2013. To enter each student must write his/her essay and then record it on a standard audio cassette tape or CD, taking not less than three minutes nor more than five minutes. The script as read by the student should be the only sound on the tape or CD. No music, special effects or background sounds will be allowed. The recording will be judged on originality (30 percent), content (35 percent) and delivery (35 percent). Treatment of the theme should show imagination and human interest. The ideas should be clearly expressed in an organized manner. The contestant should speak in a clear and credible manner. Participants cannot identify themselves, their school, city or state within their written essay or recording. They should label their recording and their typed essay to alleviate any confusion over the ownership of the entry. Their name, address and school should be listed on the 2012-2013 official Voice of Democracy entry form which is attached to their typed essay. Entrants should play their audio CD on a system other than their computer, such as a standard radio or car CD before submitting their entry to ensure that those judging it will be able to listen to it on their CD player. All recorded entries, accompanied by a typed copy of the script and a completed official entry form must be submitted to a Townsend or Pepperell Voice of Democracy chairman by Nov. 1.
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|Publication:||Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)|
|Date:||Oct 14, 2012|
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