Guild offers cooling aid to soldiers.


COLUMN: Neighbors

CHARLTON - Charlton Sewing Center was a whirlwind of activity recently as members of the Central Massachusetts American Sewing Guild and others volunteered to put together several hundred neck coolers for soldiers.

The volunteers came prepared with sewing machines and scissors and spent the day measuring, cutting and sewing. Some of the volunteers have sons or daughters serving in the military, so the project was of a special significance.

Once finished, the neck coolers were packaging and sent to soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The coolers are made of fabric strips filled with a crystal substance, which absorb water and swell to provide cooling relief when draped around the neck. Troops in Afghanistan and Iraq often endure heat in excess of 110 degrees.

Directions for making neck coolers can be found at the Central Massachusetts American Sewing Guild web site,, or the Charlton Sewing Center web site at

Bay Path grad finishes training

Air Force Airman Christopher A. Rheault, a graduate of Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School in Charlton, graduated recently from basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

Airman Rheault completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force...

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