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Shelter trying to find home for cats.

COLUMN: Neighbors

WEBSTER - The Community Cat Connection shelter at 40 Main St. is trying to find homes for two cats that have tested positive for FIV, the feline version of HIV.

Hobo is a 2-year-old male tuxedo who was found on Thompson Road and has been at the shelter since April 2008. Spencer is a male tabby who was brought to the shelter in February after his owner died.

Shelter volunteer Dot Millhofer says the two have not been adopted because they are FIV positive. "As CCC is a no-kill shelter," she said, "we are seeking a compassionate individual who can provide a permanent, loving home and sanctuary for these two cats."

Shelter volunteers say FIV is not contagious to humans or other species. They say that while FIV is contagious to other cats, it is difficult to transmit unless fighting causes a deep bite wound.

"The good news about FIV is that symptoms may never appear or may not appear for years," Ms. Millhofer said. "And it's just like providing a home to a healthy, non-positive cat."

FIV cats must stay indoors and preferably have no contact with non-positive cats, although introducing other FIV-positive cats is fine.

For more information, call CCC shelter manager Joy Daigle at (508) 847-0966.

Kujawski hosts 82nd Airborne in Boston

State Rep. Paul J. Kujawski, D-Webster, and state Secretary of Veterans' Affairs Thomas Kelley recently hosted members of the 82nd Airborne Division in Memorial Hall at the Statehouse.

The division, which has served in Italy, France, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, was at the Statehouse to honor its own World War II and Korean War veterans.

"It was a moving experience to be in the presence of those who exercised unbelievable courage in fighting for our country," said Mr. Kujawski. "The 82nd Airborne is a prestigious division, and General James M. Gavin (who commanded the division during World War II) inspired all of these brave men to fight for our country with pride."

Among those honored at the event were Bernard Czajkowski of Webster and William Frowein of Dudley.

Charlton woman earns certification

Charlton resident Leanne Thompson, a designer with OFI interior design company in Newington, Conn., recently passed the certification exam administered by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification.

NCIDQ provides standards of competence in interior design. Certification means the minimum standards for professional practice have been met.

Ms. Thompson has a bachelor's degree in interior design from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga.

OFI has been a provider of commercial interiors in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts for more than 40 years. In addition to its furniture lines, OFI offers owners, architects and designers support services, including space planning, project coordination, installation and warehousing.

Town officials to discuss economy

CHARLTON - Planning Board Chairman John McGrath and Anthony Jay Detarando, chairman of the town's Economic Development Commission, are scheduled to speak to members of Community Business Associates, a networking/referral group of the Central Mass South Chamber of Commerce, at 7:15 a.m. Aug. 28 in the Oliver Wight Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village.

They will describe how the town is taking on challenges of growth and the wider economic downturn.

CBA invites speakers each month for insights on economic topics affecting the region. Recent speakers have included a representative of Quinsigamond Community College and Jonathan Krach, owner of the Vienna Historic Inn, who is developing a business resource center in Southbridge.

CBA meets the second and fourth Friday mornings each month in the Oliver Wight Tavern.



PHOTOG: (1) Deb Myrick, a volunteer at the Community Cat Connection shelter in Webster, blows a kiss to Hobo. (2) DUDLEY - Students at the Central Massachusetts Middle School Summer Show Choir Clinic at Shepherd Hill Regional High School pose for a picture before their final show of the summer.
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Date:Aug 27, 2009
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