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Nine members of Boy Scout Troop 1 of Northboro - the Trailblazers - have been learning skills of horsemanship over the past two months, thanks to the generosity and expertise of Mike and June Roman.

Their education began during Tuesday night troop meetings at the Church of the Nativity on Howard Street. Topics covered included safety precautions, anatomy, assessing horse health, horse breeds, terminology and more. Few Scouts realized that the term "pony" refers to height at maturity rather than age. And later there was a chorus of "eeew!" and "gross!" as Mrs. Roman explained how to take the temperature of a horse.

The real fun, but harder part, took place at the Oberg Farm at Davis Street and Davis Avenue in Northboro. Mrs. Roman, who began riding when she was 2, taught the Scouts how to safely approach Glitter, a roan appaloosa, and Svea, a chestnut quarter horse.

"You have to treat the horse in a kind, gentle manner so it will develop trust in you. But you also need to be ready to be firm with it so it knows you are the boss. And you want to do that without being mean or nasty," she told the Scouts. "You need to be ready to act as soon as the horse starts to misbehave."

At first, the Scouts drew near the horses tentatively as they learned to groom, tack up, and lead them. But as the sessions advanced, so did their comfort and skill levels. Most of the Scouts have now saddled and ridden a horse in both a walk and a trot.

As for Glitter, she and Svea exchanged whinnies during the classes. After an hour's ride, she just wanted to know what was for dinner.

University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth graduates who received undergraduate degrees in May are:

Northboro: Karen A. Bedigian, Steven Paul Bender, Jonathan M. Brandt, Matthew Stephen Dias, Shawn M. Joyce, Christopher Ryan Mader.

Shrewsbury: Shonna M. McGrail, Nicholas A. Panarelli, Kimberly A. Weed,

Westboro: Daniel Richard Brown.

Prashanthi Boddu of Westboro received a master's degree in computer engineering.

Eric Licht of Northboro, who recently completed his junior year at Ithaca College, has been selected for membership in Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Association Honor Society, his father, Bob, reports. Eric was also named to the Dean's List for the spring 2009 semester at the Ithaca College Roy H. Park School of Communications. Eric is a 2006 graduate of Algonquin Regional High School.

Algonquin Regional High School senior Matthew McHugh of Southboro was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at a ceremony held at Pilgrim Church, Southboro, on May 31. Matthew is the 55th Scout to achieve the Eagle rank in Troop 1, Southboro.

To earn the Eagle Scout rank, the highest advancement in Scouting, a Scout must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership, service and outdoor skills. During his seven years as a Boy Scout, Matthew earned 21 merit badges, many of which he worked on during many hiking and camping trips. One of Matthew's major accomplishments was assisting in planning the troop's eight-night "Big Trip" to Yellowstone National Park during the summer of 2007.

He will be attending the University of Findlay, Ohio, in the fall with an intended major of pre-veterinarian/animal science.

Charles J .Anderson of Northboro received the John D. Erdlen Five Star Award from the Northeast Human Resources Association at its annual awards breakfast June 4 at the Forefront Conference Center in Waltham. Mr. Anderson, vice president of human resources at Babson College, "is an exemplary human resources professional, well-known as a great mentor and developer of people. ... His career exemplifies how the HR profession can be applied successfully in multiple industries and settings," the association stated in a news release.

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CUTLINE: Colin Price of Boy Scout Troop 1 atop Glitter; Ian Brenckle walks a horse.
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