Air National Guard Airman Elizabeth L. Spears graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas.
She completed an intensive eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Spears is the daughter of David and Laurie Gomo, of Websterville, and Martha and Jack Spears, of San Anselmo, Calif. She is a 2008 graduate of Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo and earned a bachelorís degree in 2012 from Norwich University in Northfield.
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Students explore passion for work
CABOT ó On Friday, seniors from Cabot High School will present DRIVE, an event highlighting Vermonters and their fields of expertise. The objective is for students to curate an event that focuses on trailblazers and passionate people engaged in their work. Through this, students develop an understanding of what it means to be passionate and driven in life so they may one day do the same.
Through digital stories and photo essays, the seniors will explore what Vermonters are passionate about and what brings a sense of purpose to their work. The event will include live interviews with Jon Groveman, the lead attorney for the Agency of Natural Resources; punk-art singer Heloise Williams (the first artist to be signed to Elijah Woodís record label); Kris Gruen, singer-songwriter and program director for WDGR-WGDH; Amy Levine, the director of marketing and sales at Cabot Creamery; and Geof Hewitt, Calais poet and reigning Vermont slam champion.
The event begins at 6 p.m. in the Cabot School Performing Arts Center.
Northfield senior honored
NORTHFIELD ó A volunteer with the Greater Northfield Senior Center has been selected by Hannaford Supermarkets as a Hannaford Health Hero for her commitment to promoting healthy eating habits among fellow seniors.
Rachel Rich, 79, of Northfield, has served as a committed volunteer with the Greater Northfield Senior Center for more than a decade. She is the lead organizer of many of the centerís fundraisers, which support nutritional workshops and the provision of healthy home-cooked meals for seniors in the greater Northfield area.
Richís recognition is the third in a series of awards from Hannaford Supermarkets through the Hannaford Health Hero program in Vermont, which honors the work of volunteers from nonprofit organizations who inspire others within the community to make healthy lifestyle choices. Four honorees from Vermont-based registered 501(c)(3) organizations will be announced in 2013.
In recognition of the organizationís commitment to health and wellness, the Greater Northfield Senior Center will receive a $250 Hannaford gift card. Rich will also receive a $50 Hannaford gift card.
Rich was nominated by Cheri OíNeill, director of the Greater Northfield Senior Center, which provides comprehensive social, educational, nutritional and recreational services to senior residents in Washington and Orange counties.
UVM Extension training gardeners
BURLINGTON ó Whether you are into food production, fruits or flowers, the University of Vermont Extension Master Gardener Program can help broaden your knowledge of home horticulture.
Beginning Feb. 4, the program will offer an informative 13-week course at Vermont Interactive Technologies sites throughout the state.
Itís open to everyone from aspiring to experienced gardeners and provides graduates with the opportunity to give back to their communities by becoming a certified Extension master gardener.
Classes will be held Tuesday evenings from Feb. 4 through April 29 from 6:15 to 9 p.m. The first class starts at 5:45 p.m. for a brief student orientation.
VIT sites in Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndonville, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Center, Rutland, St. Albans, Springfield, White River Junction and Williston will be used for the course. Early registration is advised as some sites fill up quickly.
The course, which is taught by UVM Extension faculty and staff and horticulture industry experts, covers a range of topics including home vegetable gardening, pest and disease management, soil fertility, botany basics, rain gardens, weed control and small fruit production.
It also addresses sustainable landscape practices, as well as turf management and how to grow annuals, perennials and herbs. Students will have the opportunity to network with other gardeners and horticultural professionals.
To sign up, go to www.uvm.edu/mastergardener to download the registration form. Or contact the UVM Extension Master Gardener Program Office at 656-9562 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you require a disability-related accommodation to participate, please call by Jan. 3.
The course fee is $395, which covers all classes and materials including the required course textbook. To avoid the late fee, sign up before Jan. 17.
Forest Service offers map app
WASHINGTON ó The U.S. Forest Service now offers access to a variety of visitor maps for people using Android and iOS devices.
ďThis mobile app makes it easier than ever to plan your visit to a national forest or grassland,Ē said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell in a news release.
The PDF Maps Mobile App, developed by Avenza Systems Inc., is available as a free download from iTunes and the Android Play Store. The app provides access to Forest Service maps, such as motor vehicle use maps, which are free; while pages from national forest atlases are 99 cents, and forest visitor maps are $4.99. Prices are pending for other agency maps.
The maps are geo-referenced, with the userís location appearing as a blue dot. The app works on iPhones (3GS or newer) and iPads with WiFi+3G. It also works with Android 4 or newer operating systems on devices with at least 1 gigabyte of memory.
Through the app, users can purchase and download professionally created maps that are stored on their devices. They can use the maps based on their location when GPS is available. The maps also will allow users to measure distance and area, find coordinates, open a current view in Google maps, plot place marks, add notes, enter their own data and add photos as attributes. Almost 700 Forest Service maps are available through the app.
In areas of national forests and grasslands where Internet connections are unavailable, the app and static maps work well if users download the maps before their visit. The apps and maps also will be useful for wildland firefighters.
In geographic areas with Internet availability users will be able to see the products with live data. The interactive map is expected to be available on a limited basis starting in March. The Forest Serviceís seven regions have been instructed to upload maps. Users should contact the regional office where a forest or grassland is located if maps are not available on the app.
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