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Meloon-Cadran engagement

Scott and Linda Meloon of Townsend, Mass., are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Kelsey Meloon, to Chad Cadran, son of Karen and Gerald Kelley of Gill, Mass., and Bernard Cadran of Greenfield, Mass.

The bride-to-be is a 2001 graduate of North Middlesex Regional High School, and a 2005 graduate of Westfield State College where she received a B.A. degree in art and graphic design along with a minor in computer science.

She is currently employed at LUK Crisis Center in Fitchburg, Mass., as an MIS manager.

Her fiancé is a 1999 graduate of Turners Falls High School and a 2004 graduate of Westfield State College where he received a B.S. degree in computer information systems with a minor in business management.

He is currently employed at CompUSA in Holyoke, Mass., as a technical service manager.

A September 2007 wedding is planned.

Mr. & Mrs. Ridings

Amber Lynn Lavioe and Michael Aaron Ridings were married Sept. 2, 2006 at the Margate Resort in Laconia, N.H. The Reverend Douglas Rickard officiated at the ceremony.

The bride was given in marriage by her father. She is the daughter of Maurice and Cynthia Lavioe of Pepperell, Mass. The groom is the son of David and Jane Ridings of Wolfeboro, N.H.

Maid of honor was Nicole O’Connor. Bridesmaids were Jennifer Nelson, Shannon Lamonica and Heather Michaud, cousin of the bride. Flower girl was Cassidy Ridings, niece of the groom.

Best men were Peter Hayford and Richard Arthur. Groomsmen were Jay Capone and Matthew Ridings, brother of the groom. Ushers were Eric Lavioe, brother of the bride, David and Andrew Ridings, brothers of the groom, and Donald Seeley. Ring bearer was Chase Michaud, godson of the bride.

The bride is a graduate of North Middlesex High School in Townsend, Mass. She also earned a master’s degree in education from Worcester State College and currently teaches ESL at Vernon Hill School in Worcester, Mass.

The groom is a graduate of Kingswood Regional High School. He is employed by Meehan Fish in Tuftonboro, N.H.

The couple resides in Somersworth, N.H.

Gelin-Greenaway engagement

Carol and Richard Gelin of Pepperell announce the engagement of their daughter, Alycia Marie, to Derick Greenaway, son of Thomas and Glenda Greenaway of Pepperell, Mass.

Alycia is a 2000 graduate of Groton-Dunstable Regional High School and Derick is a 2000 graduate of Nashoba Valley Technical High School.

Alycia is employed as a paralegal by Sheldon Law Offices P.C. in Pepperell and Derick is employed as an electrical apprentice by Village Electric in Chelmsford. They happily reside in Greenville, N.H., and are planning on an early 2008 wedding.

Gold medalist

Bromfield seventh grader Ally Farren, who is a member of The Colonials juvenile synchronized skating team representing The Acton-Boxboro Colonial Figure Skating Club, participated Jan. 7 in the 2007 Colonial Classic Synchronized Skating Competition and 2007 World Junior Challenge Cup at the Tsongas arena in Lowell.

The event drew competitors from across the United States and Canada. Ally was cheered on by many friends and family members. Among those who were there to see her team take home the gold medal were proud parents Jack and Kris, sister Camryn and her biggest fans, grandparents Jack and Toni Purdy of Littleton Road, Harvard.

The team next competes at the Eastern Sectional Championships in Providence, R.I., with hopes of qualifying to compete at the 2007 National Synchronized Skating Championships next month in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Sgt. Oppel deployed

Army Sgt. Christine G. Oppel has deployed overseas to a forward-operating location in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Operation Iraqi Freedom is the official name given to military operations involving members of the U.S. armed forces and coalition forces participating in efforts to free and secure Iraq.

Mission objectives focus on force protection, peacekeeping, stabilization, security and counter-insurgency operations as the Iraqi transitional governing bodies assume full sovereign powers to govern the peoples of Iraq. Members from all branches of the U.S. military and multinational forces are also assisting in rebuilding Iraq’s economic and governmental infrastructure, and training and preparing Iraqi military and security forces to assume full authority and responsibility in defending and preserving Iraq’s sovereignty and independence as a democracy.

The sergeant is a truck driver with six years of military service.

She is the daughter of Sun Cha P. Oppel of Pleasant St., Ayer, Mass., and sister of Jeanne N. Oppel of Southern Blvd., Chatham, N.J.

Oppel is a 1999 graduate of Ayer High School.

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