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Women at the helm

Groton author Georgess McHargue has a new book, ''Queen in Waiting: A Life of Bloody Mary Tudor" for young adults that is the first in a series that recount the stories of remarkable women in history. As part of WomenWhoLead.org, a website and biography series, her next book will be ''Foremost of Women: A Life of Hatsheput, Pharaoh of Egypt." The program has curriculum that encourages young people to participate in the online research that will lead to future books and to understand how various women, sometimes not well-known, contributed to history worldwide. ''Today's female leaders can learn from their predecessors and also have a unique opportunity to blaze trails into the future," said Aleta Manugian, incoming president of the Groton-based Sophia Foundation which started and is funding the effort.

EAGLE SCOUT BOUND: Lexington's longtime Boy Scout Christopher N. Bassett rallied a group of fellow scouts and friends to take inventory of more than 70 conservation trails in town. He compiled a database and presented the information to the town's Conservation Commission so the group would have a better sense of the trail conditions. Bassett also made a new sign for the Willard's Woods Trail. For his efforts, Bassett will become an Eagle Scout on May 13 at 3:30 p.m. at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington. A member of Troop 160, he has been active with rock climbing, mountaineering, and scuba diving. He is also a musician and will attend Bucknell University in Pennsylvania in the fall.

MAKING MUSIC TOGETHER: Temple Emanuel's religious school music director Idan Irelander and the Andover temple's youth chorus have recorded a compact disc called ''Shacharit Inplugged," which includes prayers and music. This is not Irelander's first album. The Israeli-born musician has recorded several including his solo album, ''Schizophrenic Bass." Irelander graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music in 2001 and received two awards there for composition excellence and achievement in film scoring. For the new album, he composed, arranged, and performed lead vocals, back vocals, electric bass, acoustic guitar and drums along with David Nathan, Justin Slusher, Yuval Edoot, and Amir Efrat.

HEADING TO NATIONALS: Three sophomores from the Greater Lawrence Technical School, Halysson Cunha, Michael Scott, and Joshua Medina, qualified for the national marketing competition, DECA Virtual Business Challenge. They expected to compete in Dallas this weekend in an Internet-based competition that tests their skills at managing a retail store or sports franchise.

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