BFUHS Project Graduation Dinner
Project Graduation is hosting a Roast Pork Dinner to benefit Bellows Falls Union High School on Saturday, March 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Bellows Falls Moose Club.
The menu includes potatoes, vegtables, rolls and beverages. The cost is $8 per person.
Sovernet Makes Several Upgrades
Sovernet Communications, a leading provider of telecommunication services in Northern New England, announced several network infrastructure and equipment upgrades designed to better serve their customers. The changes will enhance both reliability and operational efficiencies, as well as bring new next-generation services to additional markets.
Additionally, Sovernet has also made an infrastructure investment in the Rutland market, with the deployment of next-gen Adtran gear, enabling delivery of the latest service advancements including symmetric, enterprise level, broadband at DS3 speeds for a fraction of typical DS3 cost.
Mighty Acorns Pre-School Explorers Club
On Wednesday, March 17 from 10-11:30 a.m., The Nature Museum at Grafton is offering its Mighty Acorns Preschool Explorers Club for ages 3-5 and their caregivers.
Through indoor and outdoor games, activities, and investigations, participants will enjoy learning how tracks reveals the animals that might live around them.
Museum member free; non-members $7 per participating child. Pre-registration is requested by calling the Museum at 843-2111. For information about other Museum programs, call the museum or visit www.nature-museum.org.
New Era Steet Team Group at BFUHS
The New Era Street Team is a group of students from Bellows Falls Union High School who are committed to improving their school climate and encouraging their peers to make more positive choices. Their latest project was a "Hearts for Haiti" dance scheduled for February 13, in which they raised money to send to the Red Cross for the Haiti earthquake relief efforts.
The Street Team members wear "hoodies" with the New Era logo and Street Team label on them, as they plan ways to spread the message and engage their peers in positive and healthy activities. This group began the school year with a stealthy campaign that involved a logo that was bright and fun, secretly passing out stickers, t-shirts, magnets, and wristbands for their peers.
The excitement around this campaign was clear - students loved the New Era Logo and its corresponding message: "We do things differently, we do things our way."
Focus groups were completed last year with students at Bellows Falls Union High School, demonstrating some overall sentiments that they were concerned about their school's reputation, and that they felt judged by students from other schools.
Their hope was to change this reputation and to prove to everyone else that they do have things to be proud of. They also utilized a positive statistic from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey to demonstrate a more positive underage drinking norm among students at their school. Combining The New Era logo, message, and the positive choice statistic brings a strong message to peers about making better choices for a more positive future. This is exactly what The New Era represents.
The New Era campaign was funded by the Greater Falls Prevention Coalition in Bellows Falls. To learn more, visit www.gfpcandtheline.org.
Nature Museum - Birds, Stars & First Aid
On Friday March 26 from 7-9 p.m., The Nature Museum and Southern Vermont Astronomy are co-sponsoring another Astronomy Night at the Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center, 783 Townshend Road in Grafton.
Museum and SoVerA members free; non-member adults $10, children 12 and under $5, family maximum $25. Donna Monahan from SoVerA will present a program on Atmospherics. Her talk will discuss amazing everyday sites in the sky and the phenomena that can be seen year round with the naked eye, if one knows where and when to look. The talk will be followed by telescope work if the weather cooperates. Call the Museum at 843-2111 before 5 p.m. to make a reservation or to discover if weather has canceled the program.
On March 27 and 28, Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., museum members are offered a discount on the Wilderness First Aid Course that will take place at the Student Conservation Association Campus in North Charlestown, NH. Museum members $170; non-members $195. Pre-registration is required. Contact Doug Caum for information or registration at email@example.com or 952-9239.
On Wednesday March 31, 7-8 p.m., Chris Rimmer from The Vermont Center for Ecostudies will lead an informative program about the Bicknell's Thrush, a land bird species of highest conservation concern in North America. This free program is at the Springfield Public Library, 43 Main Street. Call the library at 885-3108 if the weather seems doubtful.
For more information visit www.nature-museum.org or call 843-2111.
Annual Elks Father-Daughter Dinner Dance
The Bellows Falls Elks Lodge #1619 will hold their annual Father Daughter Dinner Dance on Saturday, April 17 at the Walpole, NH Town Hall.
Sign up at the Lodge in Bellows Falls. Doors open at 5 p.m., a spaghetti and meatball dinner will be served at 6 and dancing to D. J. Freddie T will begin at 7. Doors will close at 10.
Living Life Now Cancer Group
Sojourns Community Health Clinic in Westminster announces a new group: Living Life Now for individuals living with a cancer diagnosis.
Living Life Now focuses on healing through discussion, exploration of experiences, and education. The main focus of the group will be to create a safe, supportive space, to explore the unique challenges and processes of life after a cancer diagnosis.
The discussion will take place each week and participants have the option of coming weekly or on a drop in basis.
Based on the need for this type of healing discussion in this region, Sojourns Community Health Clinic received funding from The Fanny Holt Ames and Edna Louise Holt Fund to develop a pilot program. Westminster Cares has partnered with Sojourns to provide transportation for those with the need.
Living Life Now will be facilitated by Cheryl Richards, MA, CT.
The group will meet at Sojourns on Monday evenings from 5:30-7 p.m. beginning April 5. For more information contact Jaclyn Sawyer at 722-4023, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Money & Finances Workshop at Library
On Monday, March 22 at 5 p.m., the Rockingham Free Public Library will host an experiential workshop on the many ways money and finances bring up our emotional issues, and affect our lives and well-being.
Practitioner Jade Barbee shares the value of developing emotional awareness around our relationship to money. Participants will learn how unresolved emotions often appear as unfortunate financial habits and how making internal changes can have an effect on our external experiences.
Join in to learn the simple and effective techniques of how you can use Emotional Freedom Techniques to address the emotional contributors to your relationship with money. Explore how these skills can also help attract business, prosperity and fulfillment for yourself more naturally and effortlessly, regardless of the economy.
Local Students on VA Honor Rolls
These area students were named to the Vermont Academy Honor Roll for the first semester of the 2009-10 academic year.
High Honors: Seniors: Ryan Byrne (Keene, Michael Keefe (Brattleboro) Juniors: MaryBeth Bashaw (Bellows Falls), Rachel Lundsted (Marlboro), Peyton Wilson (Bellows Falls) Sophomores: Magdalene Blakeson (Dummerston), Anna Brown (Chester), Megan Knight (Westminster), Joshua Sullivan (Langdon), Abigail Thomas (West Dummerston), Jordan Wright (West Dummerston)Freshmen: Salty Pennington-Fitzgerald (Putney), Michael Reilly, Jr. (West Chesterfield)
Honors: Seniors: Ted Coneeny (Walpole), Fulya Eroglu (Bellows Falls), Ian Hoser (Chester), Katharine Howe (Alstead), Justin Kaiser (Wilmington), Danielle Leonardo (Springfield), Julia Stickney (Saxtons River), Alexandra Talbot (Westminster West), Ashley White (Bellows Falls), Brooke Wilcox (Springfield)Juniors: Julia Bianconi (Rockingham), Ella Noyes (Bellows Falls), Blake O'Brien (Saxtons River), Brian Schilling (Saxtons River), Amber White (Bellows Falls)Sophomores: Jonathan Kraiger (Springfield), Jessica Osceola (Springfield) Freshmen: Conner Brown (Bellows Falls), Eamon O'Keefe (Walpole)
Headmaster's List: Seniors: Nicholas Gendron (Alstead), Adam Harrison (Brattleboro), Gregory Jacobs (Bellows Falls) Juniors: Jack Aitken (Chester), Dee-Jai Cowles (Puney), Hunter Wilcox (Springfield) Sophomores: Benjamin Charbonneau (Walpole), Ashli Hoser (Chester) Freshmen: Samantha McIntosh (Saxtons River).