Neighbor to Neighbor.
Sontag was commissioned into the U.S. Air Force in May 2011, after pursuing four years of Air Force ROTC at Daniel Webster College with a degree in aeronautical engineering. After graduation and commissioning, she moved to Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio, Texas, to begin her journey of becoming a U.S. Air Force pilot. Training began with Initial Flight School in Denver, Colo., where she spent a month learning the basics of military flying. Upon completion of this training, she returned to Texas and began academics for the T-6 turbo prop trainer.
After about a month of academics, she hit the flight line, where she became proficient in acrobatic, instrument, and formation flying. Four months later, she tracked to the T-1 jet trainer, where she furthered her knowledge and skills with a primary focus on jet training, crew concept, and instrument/navigation flying and knowledge.
The Distinguished Graduate is presented to the top 10 percent of the class based on a combination of flying skills, academic tests and flight commander's ranking.
Sontag's assignment sent her to Travis AFB, Calif., flying the KC-10, a tanker/cargo airplane.
Rebecca Baird, 11, had her hair cut for the fourth time for Locks of Love.
Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.'
Rebecca began her mission to grow her hair for Locks of Love at the age of 3, and has donated her hair to this organization every two years, beginning at the age of 5. In December, she donated 15 inches of her hair which has brought the total amount donated to 57 inches.
Rebecca is the daughter of David and Ann Baird, of Clinton.
Friends of the Sterling Seniors had a table at Houghton PTO Craft Fair on Saturday, Dec. 8, and fed Santa homemade holiday cookies. The cookie sale is one of the Friends several fundraisers held throughout the year. The Sterling Friends group is committed to raising funds to enhance and augment senior activities in the community. One of the group's endeavors for the new year will include a Capital Campaign to support the building of a new senior center in Sterling.
Donald Jacobs has joined the Town of Sterling as the new part-time human resource administrator. He comes to Sterling after 30 years of municipal experience, including the past 13 years running a consulting practice that specializes in human resource issues.
Catriona Harrop accepted the role as hospitalist program site director at both Clinton Hospital and Marlboro Hospital in November. She is a graduate of University of Connecticut School of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Connecticut. She is board certified in internal medicine.
"My reception here at Clinton has been wonderful," Harrop said. "People have been exceptionally friendly and welcoming. That is Clinton's reputation in the medical community and it certainly has lived up to this expectation. It's nice to work in a community, getting to know the staff and having them get to know you. Large tertiary care centers aren't necessary for every problem, and many of our patient's medical issues can be addressed here in the community in which they live."
The Sterling Women's Club was awarded $2,000 by the Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., under a new program that lets Staples associates direct donations. SWC was nominated by Sterling Woman's Club member and sales associate Kristen Reynolds.
Jean Valchuis, of Berlin, and Bob Plaskon, of Bolton, performed in River's Edge "A Christmas Carol, The Musical" at Hudson's Historic Town Hall during the holiday season.
Toys for Tots collection at Gilchrest Trucking, held on Saturday Dec. 15, was able to fill a 10-yard dumpster over halfway with a variety of toys, both small and big.
The following local residents made the dean's list for fall quarter at Rochester Institute of Technology: Madeline Darden, of Bolton, Class of 2013, studying health sciences and technology; Jonathan Palmer, of Bolton, Class of 2013, studying computing and information sciences; Jaime Geiger, of Sterling, Class of 2016, studying computing and information sciences; Justin Merrill, of Sterling, Class of 2014, computing and information sciences; and Emily Moore, of Sterling, Class of 2016, studying imaging arts and sciences.
The following Berlin students were named to Worcester Academy's honor roll: Brandon Casamassima grade 10, Vanessa Jones grade 10; and Dominic Casamassima grade 12. The following students made the headmaster's list: Varun Nair grade 9, Allison Aghjayan grade 12 and Connor Gleason grade 12. The following Sterling residents also made the honor roll: Caitlin McNamara, grade 7, Bernard McNamara, grade 10, Ryan Bernier grade 11, and Joseph Finn, grade 12.
Nypro Corporation, based in Clinton, and Scientific Management Techniques (SMT) are collaborating with Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC) to deliver a proven skill solution that will help address and solve the manufacturing skills shortage and drive productivity for their industrial client community.
The following local students were named to Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School's honor roll:
High honors went to: Clinton: Samantha Egeland, class of 2013; Sterling: Alex Garceau, class of 2013, Aldwyn Montaque, class of 2013, Shannon Caira, class of 2014, Jacob Dube, class of 2014, Devin Gulliver, class of 2014, Joseph Isble, class of 2014, Adam Jakubowski, class of 2015, Emma Massa, class of 2015, Rebecca Parker, class of 2015, Jonathon Bicchieri, class of 2016 Brandon Bourgeois, class of 2016, Catherine Castagnaro, class of 2016, Stephanie Garceay, class of 2016, and Tomielee Graca, class of 2016.
Honors went to: Sterling: Andrew Garrigan, class of 2013, Michael LaRosse, class of 2013, Michael Pauplis, class of 2013, Cecily Renauld, class of 2013, Everett Sullivan, class of 2013, Ryan Walsh, class of 2013, Patrick Fenton, class of 2014, Miles Gray, class of 2014, Andi Windward, class of 2015, and Cooper Nourse, class of 2016.
Shelby Dickinson, of Clinton, has been named to the fall 2012 Champlain College's dean's list. She is majoring in psychology. Dickinson is the daughter of Jennifer and Scott Dickinson, of Clinton.
CUTLINE: (1) Aubrey Sontag. (2) Rebecca Baird before (above) (3) and after (below) cutting her hair to donate to Locks of Love. (4) The dumpster used by Gilchrest Trucking to collect for Toys for Tots.