New England News Releases

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News From Around the Corps

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Feature Stories

West Hill Dam holds graduation ceremony for 2018 Junior Ranger Program

USACE, New England District
Published Oct. 3, 2018
Some of the graduates of the 2018 Junior Ranger Program pose for a picture during the ceremony.

Some of the graduates of the 2018 Junior Ranger Program pose for a picture during the ceremony.

Team members at West Hill Dam in Uxbridge, Massachusetts, held a graduation ceremony for 29 Junior Rangers and six Junior Rangers Level 2, July 27 at the Dam. During the ceremony, graduates made presentations and then took questions at the end of their presentations. 

The West Hill Dam Junior Ranger Program, headed by Park Ranger Viola Bramel, is an annual event at the dam. 

Bramel often enlists other Park Rangers as well as Junior Ranger Program graduates to assist her.  This year she had a Gold Eagle Award Advanced Junior Ranger and two high school volunteers help her.  According to Bramel, the youngsters made an exceptional team and were instrumental in making this year’s program a huge success.  

The West Hill Dam Junior Ranger Program is only one of many activities held during the summer months. Other activities for young and old included Lewis and Clark Campfires, a Fishing Day and trail walks. 


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