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Friday, March 5, 2010

Sylvia Willard named Conservation Administrator of the Year

Carlisle Conservation Administrator Sylvia Willard (left) accepts her award from MACC Director Seth Wilkinson. (Photo by Bert Willard)

At their annual Environmental Conference on February 27, the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC) awarded Sylvia Willard of Bellows Hill Road their prestigious Environmental Service Award as Conservation Administrator of the Year.

Willard has distinguished herself in a decade of service as Conservation Administrator for the town of Carlisle. She performs the usual duties of the position in an exemplary fashion, helping the Conservation Commission work in an efficient and consistent manner. Willard also does much more, demonstrating leadership in working with residents and developers to build support for conservation throughout the community. She established and organizes monthly Conservation Coffees that connect residents to a variety of environmental topics and taps local experts to share this information in an engaging yet informal format.

Willard communicates in a most effective way with the public, including violators, helping them understand regulations and processes and the reasons why wetlands protection is so important. She accomplishes this in a friendly and helpful manner, developing a stellar reputation for being fair and consistent, thereby building public support for wetlands regulation. She helped form the Land Stewardship Committee, initiated annual vernal pool education programs and works regularly with the local Trails Committee and Conservation Restriction Advisory Committee. Willard also helped the Commission revise the Carlisle Wetlands Bylaw and update the town’s Open Space and Recreation Plan. Willard was recognized as “the personification of an effective conservation advocate.” ∆

ON TARGET. Colin Piette, 15, of Patch Meadow Lane, placed third in the Eastern Regional National Indoor Target Archery Championships held in Andover this past weekend. Colin shoots with a compound bow and trains at Tepee Archery in Acton. (Courtesy photo)


Students from Minuteman on “High School Quiz Show”

A team of students from Minuteman Career & Technical High School in Lexington will compete on the first season of “The High School Quiz Show,” a new weekly program which tests knowledge in various academic areas, slated to begin airing on Channel 2 (WGBH-TV) on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. starting on March 22.

The format of the program, reminiscent of the TV game show “Jeopardy,” has 20 high schools from eastern Massachusetts vying for the chance to be among the top four teams to enter a statewide playoff versus four top teams from western Massachusetts.

The students will be asked questions drawn from categories such as literature, history, science, current events, sports, entertainment, art and general knowledge. The 20 participating schools were selected from an applicant pool of 70 schools and were chosen to represent a wide cross-section of high schools in terms of their size and location.

“I do believe it is a chance for a vocational school to gain exposure,” said team coach David McGlauflin. “These are six really great kids and I think they will show that vocational students are as good as traditional high school students.”

Lincoln-Sudbury High School is another local school selected to participate. ∆

Jim Saltonstall joins C4RJ board

Jim Saltonstall of North Road has joined the board of directors of Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ), which brings together people who have committed crimes with those they have harmed.

Saltonstall retired recently as business manager of Middlesex School after a 40-year career there, in which he served in several educational capacities. “C4RJ is delighted to have Jim on the board. He brings passion as well as deep experience working with youth,” said C4RJ Executive Director Jennifer Larson Sawin. Many of C4RJ’s circles involve adolescents and young adults who have committed crimes.

Also joining the board are Sandra Henderson and Brec Saalfield of Concord; Haechan Cho, a freshman at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School; and Groton Police Chief Donald Palma.

C4RJ works in partnership with area police departments to provide “circles” in which trained community-based volunteers support victims and offenders in discussing harm done and how offenders can make amends. Participating police departments include those in Acton, Ayer, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Groton, Littleton and Westford. C4RJ is also providing training in Malden and Everett. For more information about C4RJ, visit ∆

Alex Lewis flies high off a jump. (Courtesy photo)
• Alex Lewis, 10, of Autumn Lane, a freestyle mogul skier, has qualified to compete in both the Vermont Regional Championship and the Eastern Region Championship Finals which includes all of New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Alex qualified for these events by being ranked in the top ten of freestyle skiers in Vermont in the B (junior) division and the top three in his age group in the Eastern Division. The Regional Championship will take place on March 6, at Killington in Vermont and the Eastern Finals will take place on March 20, at Holiday Valley in New York. Δ

Carlisle Republicans elect convention delegates

On February 1, the Carlisle Republican Town Committee elected delegates to the 2010 Massachusetts Republican State Convention. The Carlisle delegates are Tony Allison, James Bohn, Jon Golnik, Kerry Kissinger, Rochelle Landon, Cory Lofdahl, Doug Stevenson, William Tice and Adam Waitkunas (alternate).

At the convention on April 17, Republicans will nominate candidates for statewide office, hold training programs for activists and share views and insights on state and national issues. Any member of the public is welcome to attend the convention as a guest. For more information, contact James Bohn at 1-978-371-9593 or at ∆

Gang Chen of Skelton Road, a professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering on February 17. He was honored for contributions to understanding heat transfer at the nanoscale and to thermoelectric energy conversion technology.

Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering research, practice or education . . .”

Chen was also recently named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Fellows are recognized for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. ∆

Marie Benkley of Brook Street and Old North Road, graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University in December, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Biology and Community Health.

Ariel Morrison of Sunset Road and Jennifer Philippou of Hutchins Road were named to the Dean’s List at Boston University for the fall 2009 semester.

Daniel M. Gentile of Buttrick Lane, a sophomore, was named to the Dean’s List at Holy Cross for the fall 2009 semester.

Minuteman High School second quarter honor roll

Anthony Perugini, a sophomore, High Honors.

Christopher Duffy, a senior, Honors.Irene Karafotias, a senior, Honors.

Belmont Hill School second quarter honor roll

Matthew Gardner, grade 8, High Honors.

William Golonka, grade 8, Honors.

Nicholas Reichheld, grade 11, Honors.

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