Regional Notebook: Aug. 18, 2022

  • Sunderland resident Elwin Binu, 15, pictured with his parents, earned his Curry Achievement and was promoted to cadet airman. Contributed Photo

Published: 8/17/2022 4:11:45 PM
Modified: 8/17/2022 4:08:18 PM
Workshop to help residents from Puerto Rico secure required documents

SPRINGFIELD — Massachusetts residents from Puerto Rico have faced difficulties acquiring their state license or ID due to complications obtaining their birth certificate from Puerto Rico. State Rep. Carlos Gonzalez, D-Springfield, will co-host a workshop with the state Registry of Motor Vehicles to inform impacted residents about how to navigate this document-sharing issue.

The event will be held Friday, Sept. 16, at 11 a.m. at the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council, 1441 Main St. in Springfield. Registration is required by visiting

“Residents that have lived in Massachusetts most of their lives are experiencing difficulty getting their licenses renewed, despite the fact that many of them have already had licenses for years,” Gonzalez said in a press release. “We are currently working with the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles to alleviate this issue for our residents as best we can. We have also been in contact with the Puerto Rican government to either streamline the process or find a solution to the problems surrounding document sharing between our bureaucracies.”

Two cadets promoted in Civil Air Patrol

AMHERST — Two local cadet members of Civil Air Patrol, including one Franklin County resident, earned promotions earlier this month.

Sunderland resident Elwin Binu, 15, earned his Curry Achievement and was promoted to cadet airman, while Katherine Stewart, 13, of Monson got her Arnold Achievement and was promoted to cadet airman first class.

“Cadets Binu and Stewart not only demonstrate leadership and character,” Maj. Steve Lauzon, the unit’s commanding officer, said in a press release. “They show great potential to advance in the program.”

Binu will attend Frontier Regional School in South Deerfield in the fall. Stewart is a student at Baird Middle School in Ludlow.

The Curry Achievement, named for Maj. Gen. John F. Curry who served as Civil Air Patrol’s first national commander, is the first rung on the cadet promotion ladder, the release states. Cadets progress from airmen, to cadet non-commissioned officers, to cadet officers.

The Arnold Achievement is named for Gen. “Hap” Arnold who, in 1949, was promoted to a five-star general and served as the nation’s first general of the Air Force.

Civil Air Patrol is the civilian, volunteer auxiliary of the United States Air Force, and one of its main missions is to encourage and foster civil aviation in community aerospace education programs.

Binu and Stewart are members of the Brig. Gen. Arthur J. Pierce Cadet Squadron of Civil Air Patrol located in Amherst. They meet every Monday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in Dickinson Hall on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus.


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