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Show of student artwork to visit Millers center.

Byline: George Barnes

ATHOL - It is being billed as "cheese and quackers," but the what the Millers River Environmental Center will be hosting beginning Wednesday is some of the best environmental artwork by students from around the state.

The center will be the first stop in Junior Duck Stamp exhibition, which is sponsored by federal, state and private wildlife organizations.

From June 4 until July 2, 25 of the 100 award-winning entries in the competition will be on display at the environmental center.

Following its stop in Athol, the exhibition will be in Borderland State Park in North Easton throughout August. In the fall the exhibition will be set up in the Arcadia Audubon Sanctuary in Easthampton, the Bowes Gallery in Wachusett Regional High School in Holden (from Sept. 19 through Oct. 21), the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport, the Great Falls Discovery Center in Montague and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife regional office in Hadley.

In January and February, it will be in Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford and Holyoke Heritage State Park in Holyoke.

Among the local winners are, for kindergarten through Grade 3: second place to Amanda Lane of Above and Beyond School in Charlton and honorable mentions to Morgan Amour and Jericson O'Neil of Above and Beyond School and Gloria and Maria Johanson of Eagle Wings Academy in Millbury; in Grades 4 through 6: third place to Kendra O'Malley of Above and Beyond School and honorable mentions to Lois Johanson of Eagle Wings Academy and Rachael Pollier of Above and Beyond School; Grades 7 through 9: honorable mention to Natalie Tessicini, a home-schooled student; and Grades 10 through 12: honorable mentions to Lauren Brown, Cassandra Driscoll, Jacob L'Ecuyer, Lillian Pruteanni and Alison Smedile, all of Wachusett Regional High School.

To honor the works of art by the students, the Environmental Center will hold two events: a reception on June 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. and an open house on June 8 from 2 to 4 p.m.

The receptions and viewing of the exhibition during the environmental center's regular hours, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., are free.

Visitors will also be able to view the center's permanent natural history collection during the center's regular hours, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Friday event will include a presentation about the Duck Stamp Program, and the Sunday event will include special activities for children.

The center is at 100 Main St.

Since 1938, the purchase of waterfowl stamps has been required of anyone hunting ducks or geese. The money generated from the stamp sales has helped restore and improve wetlands. The stamps have also become popular items for collectors.

The Junior Duck Stamp Program was started in 1991 by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service with an aim of increasing young people's awareness of wetland habitats and wildlife.

ART: PHOTO

CUTLINE: This duck stamp drawing by Sabrina Palanza of Bishop Feenan High School was judged best in show in the 2008 state Division of Fisheries & Wildlife junior duck stamp competition.
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