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Town Hall gavel donated to society.

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MILLBURY - Warren Baldwin, the chartering president of the Millbury Historical Society and now a resident of Myrtle Beach, S.C., recently donated one of two identical historic gavels to the Millbury Historical Society for safekeeping and preservation.

During the June 10 annual meeting of the Historical Society, President Frank Gagliardi told the story of the two gavels, while acknowledging Mr. Baldwin's generous and thoughtful gesture.

On Jan. 29, 1971, Millbury Town Hall was destroyed by fire. Mr. Baldwin and his father, former Selectman and Town Moderator Fred Baldwin, received permission from Fire Chief Kenneth Army to enter the building.

Knowing that the Town Hall was a total loss, the pair was determined to save a part of the building for posterity. Fire hoses were still running as they used a chainsaw to cut out a section of the mahogany handrail of the staircase on the right side of the lobby.

Later, Fred Baldwin took the railing to his home in Sutton where he crafted two identical gavels in his shop.

At the annual town meeting following the fire, Warren Baldwin, on behalf of his father, presented the Town Moderator Paul Dempsey with one of the gavels to be used to conduct Millbury's future town meetings. The other gavel, thanks to Mr. Baldwin, is now in the Historical Society's collection.

Uxbridge veteran receives award

UXBRIDGE - Retired Navy Capt. Daniel J. Brennock of Uxbridge recently received the Award of Merit from the Armed Forces Committee of Worcester County for his "outstanding leadership and hard work in support of members of the armed forces and veterans within the greater Worcester community."

Capt. Brennock has been active in AFCWC leadership positions since 1998. He is the senior naval science instructor in the Quabbin Regional High School NJROTC program.

Students cited

for MCAS scores

MILLBURY - Austin Bengtson, a student at Millbury Memorial Junior/Senior High School, recently achieved the highest combined scores in the MCAS tests for eighth- and ninth-graders at the school.

Other students who achieved the highest MCAS score in either English language arts or math were: Corlyn Voorhees, Lauren Gonynor, Nick Mogren, and Joanna Alex. Evan Whitehead was recognized for the greatest improvement on the test.

These students and their friends were treated to lunch ordered from a Millbury restaurant of their choice.

New principal hired for Middle School

NORTHBRIDGE - The School Department has announced that Mary Ellen Mega has been appointed as the new principal at Northbridge Middle School. She assumes her new position today.

Ms. Mega previously worked for five years as an administrator in the Mansfield school system; she was a school principal and the director of curriculum and instruction. Before that, she worked for nine years as a teacher, team leader and department chairwoman at Gibbons Middle School in Westboro. She also previously worked as a teacher and curriculum specialist for the Nashoba Regional School District.

Millbury student

wins essay contest

MILLBURY - Alex Peterson, a student at Millbury Memorial High School, was recently named the winner of Aquarion Water Company's 2010 essay contest. Alex received a $500 savings bond from AWC for his 500-word essay, "What I Would Do to Protect Our Water Supply."

"When I heard about the essay contest, it sounded like a great opportunity," Alex said. "It's important for my generation to start takings steps now to preserve our natural resources. Twenty years from now, it could be too late."

For the contest, students at the High School were asked to submit an original essay on the importance of water conservation. The entries were judged by a committee which evaluated each entry on originality, dedication to contest theme, knowledge of topic and overall effectiveness. The judging committee included an Aquarion executive, a teacher, a local business leader and a school official.

"All the essay entries were fantastic," said AWC Senior Vice President Harry Hibbard, "and we're delighted with the interest we received from the students at Millbury High School. If this contest gets only one student thinking about the importance of conserving and protecting our water supply, the contest was a success."

Trustees elected

to academy board

Patrica Z. Eppinger of Grafton and Luke M. Vaillancourt of Sutton have each been elected to a three-year term on the board of trustees for Worcester Academy in Worcester.

Ms. Eppinger is an adjunct professor of management communication and a former consultant for McKinsey & Company. Most recently, she taught in the M.B.A. programs at the Sloan School of Management at MIT and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Mr. Vaillancourt is director of digital marketing for Vaillancourt Folk Art in Sutton. He is responsible for managing VFA's web site, advertising and business relationships.

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CUTLINE: (1) Austin Bengtson from Millbury Memorial Junior/Senior High School celebrates his highest combined MCAS scores by driving the Engineering Department's electric race car around the school track. (2) Millbury Historical Society President Frank Gagliardi tells the tale of the historic Old Town Hall gavel, recently returned to the town.

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