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Local student receives academic excellence award

BIDDEFORD, MAINE >> Carly Emond, daughter of Dave and Julie Emond, of Guilford, was recently awarded the Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges for Academic Excellence and Leadership. Emond, a 2012 of Brattleboro Union High School, is majoring in health, wellness and occupational studies.

Murray named Elks Student of Month

WESTMINSTER >> Nicole Murray has been named the May Elks Student of the Month for Bellows Falls Union High School. Murray, a senior, is the daughter of Randy and Pam Murray, of Rockingham.

Clearly deserving of recognition, Murray is a conscientious student who goes above and beyond to complete all assignments on time, providing quality work with care, organization and insight. She works hard and takes challenging classes. She is attentive in class, offers insightful comments and works actively to improve her skills.

Murray is a positive role model who shows genuine concern for and a desire to help others. She respectfully advocates for herself and speaks up for others in a dignified tone. Murray is always willing and eager to help her classmates, teachers, staff and community members when there is a need. As an active member of the Bellows Falls Union High School Student Council, Murray works hard to improve BFUHS and its local community

Recently Murray represented Bellows Falls in the Springfield Apple Blossom Cotillion where she was named queen. Murray is a clearly deserving of this award, and BFUHS is proud to have her as our representative this month.

Fish Ladder Visitor Center to open May 28

BELLOWS FALLS >> The Nature Museum, in partnership with the TransCanada Corporation, will open the TransCanada Bellows Falls Fish Ladder Visitor Center on Saturday, May 28. The Visitor Center will be open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The visitor center is located in downtown Bellows Falls, next to the Post Office building on Bridge Street. Admission and programs at the Visitor Center are always free.

The mission of the Visitor Center is to inspire stewardship of the Connecticut River and all our local waterways. The Nature Museum operates the Visitor Center on behalf of TransCanada Corporation, owner of the fish ladder as well as the hydroelectric facility in Bellows Falls.

TransCanada has partnered with The Nature Museum since 2003 to provide free environmental education programs to the public each summer in this facility.

At the Visitor Center, Rachel Brown, Naturalist Educator, will lead hands-on environmental programs on Fridays and Saturdays, including "Owls on the Prowl," "Benefits of Bats," and "Amazing Amphibians." Programs begin at 11 a.m.; you can find a full schedule at

Mark your calendar for free environmental programs throughout the summer, sponsored by TransCanada and presented by The Nature Museum. The programs will be held at the Walpole, N.H., Bridge Memorial Library, the Springfield Town Library, and the Chester Whiting Library. Programs include "Beaver Builders," "Incredible Insects," and "Slithery and Scaly." Find the full schedule on our website:

For more information, call The Nature Museum at 802-843-2111 or email Director of Education Kimberly Galandak-O'Connor at Located at 186 Townshend Rd. in Grafton, The Nature Museum offers museum admission by free-will donation, vacation camps for youth, and nature programs for adults, children, and schools. Find event information at

Local woman graduates from Marlboro College

MARLBORO >> Cassandra Anderson, of Brattleboro, graduated from Marlboro College on Sunday, May 15. Anderson completed a plan of concentration in sculpture and anatomy, working to synthesize an understanding of puppetry, body-space identity, body aesthetics and imagined life.

Local students name to president's and dean's list

JOHNSON >> The following student has been named to the President's List at Johnson State College for the Spring 2016 semester: Vicky Butterfield, a senior, of Brookline.

The following students have been named to the Deans' List at Johnson State College for the Spring 2015 semester: Samantha Barth, a senior, and Travis Noyes, a sophomore, both of Bellows Falls; Jake Bursky and Abigail Storm, seniors, both from Brattleboro; Taylor Brown and Mollie Wright, seniors, both from Londonderry; Laura Pluff, a senior, of Newfane; and Rachel Stebbins Navy, a senior, of Saxtons River.


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