Recently the Springfield VFW hall was filled with family and friends of local citizens being recognized for their contributions to their community.
After a ham dinner, Fire Chief Russ Thompson recognized the VFW's Aaron Slyvester as an outstanding firefighter. His contributions include being the first to go through paramedic training as well as other documentations, and he will go to the state level to compete with other firefighters in Vermont.
Two teachers were recognized as Post winners and also District winners. Their nominations have been sent to the VFW state level along with other teachers in Vermont to determine who will go on to the national competition.
Christina Brown from Park Street School in Springfield teaches 1st grade.
Lisa Robar is a Music teacher at Woodstock High School and one of her contributions is to teach the students as well as the adults American songs and their history.
Tiffanie DeRosia, a high school student at Springfield High School was recognized as our Voice of Democracy Essay winner. She read to the audience a very heartfelt and sincere story of the heroes in her life. The theme of the essay was "Are There Heroes in America?" Tiffanie says that question is a reality check, they are there if you open your eyes.
Patriot's Pen Essay winners were awarded as follows: First place to Patrick Clancy of Springfield, Second place to David Bryant III of Springfield and third place to Angela Coleman of Woodstock.
The Patriot's Pen Essay is open to students in grade 6th-8th. This year's theme was "When is The Right Time to Honor Military Heroes?" Patrick read his essay to the audience, explaining different dates when it is important to honor our military, but ended with "any time is the right time to honor our military."
Patrick was also recognized as the District winner. He and his family will be honored at the Department Awards Banquet in Montpelier on Jan. 9.
For more information concerning any of these programs, check with the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post. In Springfield call the Post at 885- 6008 or the Commander, Cindy Osuna, at 603-477-1661.