Marlborough – Army Pvt. Nicholas Evangelous, son of Anthony Evangelous of Marlborough, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises.]]>
Northborough – Emily C Rutan graduated magna cum laude from Penn State University in May. She is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, competed with the Club Gymnastics team for four years, and was a biochemistry and molecular biology major in the Eberly College of Science. She is a 2010 graduate of Algonquin Regional High School. Emily will be attending the Tufts University School of Medicine.
Patrick E. Rutan graduated from Yale University in May of 2013, with a degree in music. He was a member of the a cappella group The Bakers Dozen, as well as the Whiffenpoofs of Yale, with whom he completed a world tour, singing on all seven continents and at the White House. He also played with the Krolik Saxophone Band. Patrick is a graduate of Algonquin Regional High School and resides in New York.
Emily and Patrick are the children of Mark and Leslie Rutan of Northborough.]]>
Marlborough – The Marlborough Savings Charitable Foundation awarded Sudbury Extended Day (SED) a $2,500 grant to supplement the cost of enrolling students from low-income families into SED programs. The organization aims to raise $20,000 each year to help cover the costs of families that are waiting to receive state vouchers for childcare.
“The wait for these vouchers can be a significant period of time, and these families need childcare programs in the interim,” commented Barbara Cole, director of Sudbury Extended Day. “We’re thrilled with the support from Marlborough Savings, which will help fund the tuition costs for several children.”
For those interested in making a donation to SED, contact Barbara Cole directly at email@example.com.]]>
Shrewsbury – The Gallery at Shrewsbury Crossings, 311 Main St., will host the Artist Guild of Shrewsbury’s annual juried exhibition to kick off the Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival. The public is welcome to attend an artist reception Friday, Sept. 26, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. to meet the artists, enjoy live music and libations.
Artist Sid Solomon is the juror for this exhibition and will choose best in show, runner up, third place and two honorable mentions. Solomon has a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Clark University in Worcester and studied toward his graduate degree at Ohio University, Corcoran School of Art, and Florida State University. He later earned his Ph.D. in theory and criticism from the University of Georgia.
The Artist Guild of Shrewsbury is dedicating this show to founder Fay Morrison who unexpectedly passed away in June. Morrison was a lifelong educator who never stopped learning herself. She loved the arts and concentrated on painting in watercolors. She attended art workshops each year with friends and traveled with art groups to France and Italy.
Shrewsbury Crossings offers assisted living and the Harbor Program of care for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory impairments. The community is operated by Benchmark Senior Living, based in Wellesley.]]>
Hudson – The Hudson Cultural Council has set a Wednesday, Oct. 15, postmark deadline for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community.
According to council spokesperson Barbara Worrest, these grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Hudson, including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops and lectures.
The Hudson Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 local cultural councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the commonwealth. This year, the Hudson Cultural Council will distribute over $9000 in grants, including $5,650 allocated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and an additional $3,500 provided by the town of Hudson.
“As an ardent supporter of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, I am thrilled that the Hudson Cultural Council is receiving this grant,” said Rep. Kate Hogan. “These funds ensure the continued cultural vitality of Hudson’s Arts Community and offers our townspeople unique cultural programming across a broad range of performance, education and arts appreciation.”
On Tuesday, Sept. 23, members of the council will be available at Forest Avenue School at 7:15 p.m. to assist with filling out forms and to answer questions. Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council (LCC) program are available online at http://www.mass-culture.org/lcc_public.aspx. Application forms are also available at Hudson Town Hall, and at the Hudson Public Library.
For specific guidelines and complete information on the Hudson Cultural Council, contact the Massachusetts Cultural Council website at mass-culture.org or local representatives Barbara Worrest, co-chair, at 978-562-5952, or Melony Walker, co-chair, 978-567-6190 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Hudson Cultural Council is actively seeking additional members. Visit the Town Clerk’s Office if you are interested in serving the community as a member of the Hudson Cultural Council.]]>
By Alexandra Molnar, Contributing Writer
Marlborough – Playing baseball with a pro-style set up – six days a week for nine weeks – would certainly be tiring for some athletes. But not for Charlie Butler. Not when your dream is to play in the major leagues.
Butler, a Marlborough native, just finished his first season pitching for the Worcester Bravehearts. The 56-game season ended with the Bravehearts winning the championship in their inaugural season.
Now a junior at the University of Maine, Orono, Butler has been playing baseball since he was 8 years old.
“I really love everything about [baseball],” Butler said.
His sports career started with hockey, since it was popular in his family (one of his cousins plays in the National Hockey League), but switched to baseball which he much preferred.
As the pitcher for the University of Maine Black Bears, Butler keeps up with his game over the summer. His college coach gave him two options: return to the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL), for which Butler pitched for the Sanford Mainers last year, or play with the Bravehearts. Butler chose the Bravehearts which he called a “great fit.”
The Bravehearts is a franchise of Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL) which consists of 10 teams in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut.
“[You] can’t beat it,” Butler said about playing for the Bravehearts. “It’s a great atmosphere.”
Butler’s extremely focused and mature attitude has served him well. He cites his biggest achievement as being accepted at the University of Maine, which had been his dream since age 12. When he was younger, Butler played with the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and had a coach who played baseball for the University of Maine and then for the Red Sox for one season. So when Butler had the opportunity to play at the University of Maine, “it was like a dream come true,” he said.
Playing collegiate-level baseball is a full-year commitment, with the season starting one week after school commences and continuing with individual workouts through the winter.
Though Butler dreams of playing in the major leagues, he is very focused on the present.
“I just take it one thing at a time, one day at a time,” he said.
He continuously sets goals for himself, including during the summer. He is currently focused on working out every week, eating healthfully, and “get[ing] better and stronger everyday” in order to get a starting role.
Despite his dedication to baseball, Butler takes time to enjoy other hobbies, including fishing, four-wheeling, and spending time with his family and friends. His friends describe him as “funny” and “crazy sometimes.”
“Crazy in a good way,” Butler said with a laugh.
In addition to Butler’s goal to play Major League Baseball, Butler aspires to continue being involved with sports in his career. He is studying kinesiology, physical education and administration and is interested in pursuing a career as an athletic director or a physical education teacher. He is also interested in law enforcement.
Butler’s positive attitude and ability to recognize what makes him successful helps him overcome what he finds to be the most challenging aspect of baseball: the mental part.
“Baseball is mentally challenging. So if you have a couple [of] bad outings, staying positive, knowing that the next time you go you’re going to get another shot, you’re going to do [well] again,” Butler said.
The positivity that Butler finds not only comes from his teammates and coaches, but from within himself.
“Some days you have to personally tell yourself ‘I’m going to be okay,’” Butler said.
Butler does not just talk about the importance of a positive attitude; he lives it. As a pitcher for the Black Bears and for the Bravehearts, Butler wrote two messages on his hat that he tells himself every time he takes the field: “prove people wrong” and “be your best self.”
“There’s always going to be people that tell you ‘you can’t do something’ or ‘you’re never going to make it.’ Believe in yourself. Whatever you do, believe you can do it, because if you don’t believe you can do it, you’re not going to be able to do it,” Butler said.
Butler carries these philosophies into other parts of his life. Butler emphasizes: “Stay positive, have fun, and work hard. You get what you work for.”
If Butler is rewarded for his hard work, then he may achieve his dream of playing in the major leagues. His favorite team is the Red Sox, but “any team I’d be happy to play for,” Butler said.]]>
By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer
Marlborough – After a hiatus of over 20 years, a carnival returned as part of Marlborough’s Labor Day weekend from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1 on S. Bolton Street between Granger Boulevard and Main Street. Cushing Amusements provided kiddie and thrill rides, games with prizes, and fun food including caramel apples, cotton candy, ice cream, fried dough and popcorn.
The organizers hope that the carnival will once again become an annual event along with live entertainment and other activities at nearby Union Common in conjunction with the Marlborough Downtown Village.
Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.]]>
Marlborough – Heather Demos (left) and Katherine Lazouras, 7 (right), join a member of the dance troupe “Greek Pride of Rhode Island” after their performance Aug. 30, the first of the three-day ninth annual Grecian Festival held on the grounds of Sts. Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church. Among the selections on an extensive menu prepared by volunteers were lamb and chicken kebobs, gyros, Greek salad and stuffed grape leaves, with baklava ice cream sundae for dessert. Proceeds from past festivals helped build the community center known as Hellenic Hall, which opened in 2011 following a fire in 2001.
Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.]]>
By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor
Marlborough – Justin Friess, 17, from Boy Scout Troop 2, recently completed his service project to earn the rank of Eagle Scout, scouting’s highest honor.
Friess, along with members of his troop, his family and friends, built four hexagon shaped picnic tables for the courtyard of the 1LT Charles W. Whitcomb Middle School. The crew also did some landscaping and painted the Marlborough Panthers “paw” logo at the area.
As a former student at the Whitcomb School, he knew that the outside courtyard space was “barely used and in desperate need of revitalization.” Improving the space seemed like a great way to fulfill his project requirements while also giving back to the school he had attended for four years.
Friess first met with John Ghiloni , the school district’s director of public facilities, to discuss the ideas he had for the area and to show him the plans for the four tables.
“The project went smoothly thanks to all those who donated materials, funding and their time. With the help of my family, Scouts, Scout dads and friends it all came together,” Friess said. “I was really happy with the outcome and I hope that it will be used for many years.”
Friess is now a senior at Marlborough High School and will be applying to New York and New England colleges to study architecture in the fall of 2015.]]>
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