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June 9, 2016
Westfield Republican

A thank you to WestWinds Taxidermy

Dear Editor,

My WACS Environmental Science class and I would like to give a huge thank you to Brian Noody from WestWinds Taxidermy. For the week of May 10th, Mr. Noody spent several hours with my class teaching them how to properly prepare a squirrel for taxidermy. I had contacted Mr. Noody in November of last year about the possibility of helping me with this and he was thrilled to volunteer his time and skills in my class. Once we had collected the squirrels, Mr. Noody came into the classroom and gave the student's step-by-step instructions on the process. With Mr. Noody's expert hands-on approach, each student who participated walked away with a well preserved squirrel. Because each student did the work themselves, they had a better appreciation for taxidermy and the skill it takes to preserve animals. We certainly could not have completed this project without Mr. Noody!


Matthew Eggleston and Class

Wrongful termination?

Dear Editor,

After 12 years of dedicated service as the Child Services Director of the YWCA in Westfield, Brenda Backus was suddenly terminated by the new YWCA board of directors.

The circumstances surrounding Ms. Backus' termination seem abrupt and wholly confusing to the children and families who've witnessed her commitment to our community and the YWCA over the years.

To us, Brenda Backus IS the YWCA of Westfield.

So, we appeal to the YWCA board members to reconsider and reevaluate this decision. We teach our children to "solve all problems by talking them through" and we humbly and sincerely hope for you to resolve these differences, find common ground and work together for the best interests of the YWCA and Westfield families.

Hyla Stellhorn

Westfield Resident



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