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Tweens & Teens Cooking Program at Lunenburg Library

LUNENBURG: Tweens & Teens - Do you enjoy good food? Like to cook? Join the Lunenburg Public Library for their series of cooking classes with Alyssa, a Registered Dietitian with Hannaford's Supermarket! Classes will be held virtually from 4:30-5:30pm on Tuesdays, November 2, 9 & 16. Alyssa will walk through how to prepare delicious and healthy dishes that are perfect for the season. Weekly recipes and lists of needed ingredients will be supplied by the library so that you will be prepared to fully participate in each class. Registration is necessary and the age requirement is 10-14 (grades 4-8). Please note that each class has a separate registration. Register for 1, 2, or all of them! There must be adult supervision for these classes as students will be using cooking utensils and a stove for preparing their recipes. The good news? The goal for each class is to prepare a dish for that night's dinner! Register by visiting the Events page at, or by emailing Susan at

Harvard Resident Featured in Theatre III's Fall Production

WEST ACTON: Harvard resident Maren Caulfield appears as Wilma in Theatre III of West Acton's fall production, Lovers and Other Strangers, by Joseph Bologna and Renee Taylor. Performances run November 5, 6, 12 & 13 at 8pm; November 7 at 2pm at 250 Central Street. Tickets are $22; seniors/students/groups of seven or more $19. For more information, visit

notloB Parlour Concerts Presents Noah y Maurizio's Acoustic Nomads

HARVARD: Noah y Maurizio, who last performed at Fivesparks in February, 2020, performed under the notloB Parlour Concert banner at Arts at the Armory in various ensembles pre-COVID, while they were students at Berklee College of Music. Noah y Maurizio's Acoustic Nomads comes out of the vibrant musical environments of the Berklee College of Music and the Acoustic Music Seminar at the Savannah Music Festival.  The members of the group are widely recognized as emerging artists in the acoustic music scene, but come from varied musical backgrounds - Traditional and Contemporary, Appalachian and Venezuelan, Brazilian and Jazz influences combine to give Noah y Maurizio's Acoustic Nomads a vibrant sound and broad appeal. November 20, 7:30-9:30pm at Fivesparks, 7 Fairbank Street. Suggested donation $15 under 18 and seniors, $20+ adults. 100% to the artists. Reservations strongly suggested -
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Gothic Fiction Book Club for Teens & Twentysomethings

LUNENBURG: Teen and twentysomething fans of gothic fiction are invited to join the newest book club at the Lunenburg Library! On November 2 at 6:30pm, join Teen Services Librarian Susan and Adult Services Librarian Lydia for this hybrid discussion either in-person at the Library or on Zoom (your choice!) the first Tuesday of every month. Registration is open on the event calendar and is required for every meeting. Open to interested readers of all types of gothic works! Register by visiting the Events page on the Lunenburg Public Library's website,, or by emailing Susan at

Closing Weekend at "Sense of Place"

GROTON: October 30 and 31 mark the end of a two-month exhibition of 25 artists of the Nashoba Valley. The works of "Sense of Place" are exhibited in two main locations - Groton History Center's Boutwell House and The Groton Inn - and two accessory locations - Groton Public Library and Old Frog Pond Farm in Harvard. Please visit to see the hours specific to all locations. Additionally, the final day will celebrate the launch of the 64-page hardcover book of "Sense of Place" featuring photographs of all the works, a statement about the artists' inspiration, and short artist bios. Pick up pre-ordered books or purchase on site ($70 plus tax).  Email for more information. 

Pre-lien Notification for Water & Sewer Customers

AYER: Every fall the Ayer Department of Public Works removes past due balances of water and sewer charges that are six months old or older from the accounts at the D.P.W. and the delinquent amount is added to the resident’s third quarter real estate tax bill.  If this applies to you, please make every effort to pay your past due water and/or sewer bill prior to November 19 to avoid this lien process, the fee associated with it and the potential interruption of your water service. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the Public Works office at 978-772-8240.

Ghostology 101 with the Agawam Paranormal Society

LUNENBURG: Stop by the Lunenburg Public Library on Thursday, October 21 at 6:30pm to kick off Halloween with stories of ghost hunting in Massachusetts! This is an all ages program designed to both entertain and educate people to the world of the paranormal and to paranormal investigations. The Agawam Paranormal Society will take you through a basic introduction of the paranormal world and will cover terminology, equipment, technical issues, evidence review (things like video, photos, and EVP), types of hauntings, and types of apparitions. They'll also talk about the do's and don'ts of investigations. Registration is required (this event is open to kids, teens & adults!) Use to sign up. Or go to the Library's website at

Agawam Paranormal started back in December 2007 when Rob Goff started to put a team together. The team has investigated residential and commercial locations all over the state!  Visit for more information.

Visit the Alpacas at St. Andrew's Autumn Fair

AYER: The Alpacas from Harvard  Alpaca  Ranch will be the featured guests at St. Andrew's Autumn Festival on Saturday, November 6 from 10am to 2pm. Meet these amazing gentle animals on the lawn at 7 Falkner Street.  While you're there, enjoy free Hot Chocolate while getting a jump start on your Holiday shopping.  A variety of Artisans and Crafters will be on hand with completely unique gift ideas.Try your luck in our raffle and enjoy some of St. Andrew's famous beef stew (or take some to go) while stocking on up Cookies by the pound; Pies & Baked goods.  Pre-order your Holidays Pies for pickup the week of Thanksgiving.
There are just a few tables left if any new Artists/Crafters would like to join this year. Contact or visit for information.

Alpaca Visit to Nashoba Park

AYER: Harvard Alpaca Ranch in Harvard recently brought a visitor to Nashoba Park Assisted Living! The ranch offers alpaca-assisted therapeutic activities, and on this particular visit they brought Sir Erik, a registered Pet Partners therapy alpaca. Residents were delighted to be able to see him up close and pet him on this beautiful autumn day.

Residents pictured are Dottie Bambini, Richard Chagnon, and Nancy Snay.

Nashoba Park Assisted Living is a project of the nonprofit Volunteers of America Massachusetts, which has supported local seniors with specialized services for over 75 years and continues to fulfill its mission today within its three senior communities – Nashoba Park and its “sister communities” Concord Park in West Concord and Forestdale Park in Malden. These residences, rooted in their communities, have a stellar reputation among residents, their families and local eldercare professionals for the quality of their care and services, innovative programs and building amenities.
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Nashoba Symphonic Band Opens New Season

BOLTON/WORCESTER: Nashoba Symphonic Band, under the direction of music director and conductor David Wayne Bailey, invites the public to join them for four concerts during the 2021-22 season, each of which celebrates a Special Moment!

NSB is a traditional full symphonic band committed to high-quality, audience-friendly performances of the standard band repertoire, film and stage scores, and popular and march selections. Musicians from almost 30 towns in Central Massachusetts and beyond will perform at Nashoba Regional High School auditorium on Saturday, October 30 at 3pm, at Mechanic's Hall in Worcester on Saturday, February 5 at 2pm, at Nashoba on Sunday, May 1 at 3pm, and wrap up the season at Nashoba on Thursday, June 16 at 7:30pm. All performances are free and open to the public. At this time masks are required.

The ensemble will open the season with “An American Moment,” celebrating the musical roots of this great country. The journey will lead from pieces based on music from colonial times, “Chester” and “When Jesus Wept” by William Schuman, through a vigorous set of “Variations on American” by Charles Ives and conclude with Robert Russell Bennett's classic, “Suite of Old American Dances.” Topping things off will be Sousa's classic, “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

“A Moment of Celebration!” will take place on Saturday, February 5 at 2pm. At Mechanics Hall in Worcester, celebrating NSB's Fifth Anniversary (a year late!). Featured soloist for the concert will be organist, Gavin Klein. Highlights of the concert include Bach's “Fantasia in G-Major,” The Polka and Fugue from “Schwanda the Bagpiper” by Jaromir Weinberger, Persichetti's “Psalm for Band,” and the glorious Finale from the Saint-Saens “Organ Symphony,” as well as marches by Sousa and Goldman.

Sunday, May 1 at 3pm at Nashoba will bring a “Symphonic Moment,” celebrating the symphonic band 'sound.' The program will feature the area premiere of William Grant Still's fabulous “Afro-American Symphony in A-flat,” and the stirring “Hymn for the Innocent” by Massachusetts native, Julie Giroux. Also on the program will be music by Persichetti and Copland.

The season concludes on Thursday, June 16 at 7:30pm at Nashoba with a concert aptly named “A Senior Moment,” celebrating the graduating class of 2022. The program includes the “E-flat Suite” of Gustav Holst and “Crown Imperial” by William Walton, as well as music featuring the graduating seniors.

Nashoba Symphonic Band welcomes new wind, brass and percussion players of all ages with experience at the intermediate or advanced high school level – no matter how long ago that experience might have been. No auditions are necessary. Students grade eight and above are encouraged to join with a recommendation from their high school music director or private music teacher. For more information on joining, contact David Bailey at
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Singer/Songwriter Hooly J. Chan Part of the 2021 Garden Concert Series to Benefit the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden Cancer Support Center

HARVARD: Hooly J. Chan, Singer-Songwriter will perform on Sunday, October 17 at 3pm as part of the 2021 Garden Concert Series to benefit the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden Cancer Support Center. Chan is an accomplished singer, songwriter and musician based in New Bedford and has released two albums. Listening to Hooly’s music is a way to release, heal, imagine, story tell, laugh, and create social change. Registration is open to the public, free of charge, with suggested donation of $10. Visit for more details and to register. Questions about the concert may be directed to  Volunteer Concert Coordinator, Michele Abroff at  

The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden, located at 145 Bolton Road, is an educational nonprofit organization dedicated to providing integrative cancer care through therapeutic services, educational programs, and a healing environment for all people with a cancer diagnosis. Philanthropic support is a critical lifeline in helping to ensure The Healing Garden can continue to provide the necessary services to all of their clients, regardless of their ability to pay. For more information see website or call (978) 456-3532.

Second Quarter Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes are due November 1, 2021

AYER: Ayer's Second quarter Real Estate and Personal Property bills are coming due 11/01/2021. Did you know that you can now  pay tax bills online by going to and selecting Online Payments located in the Citizen Action Center? If paying Real Estate or Personal Property Bills you can look up your bills by selecting  “To search for your bill – click here”. You can view a copy of the actual bill mailed to you by selecting Continue and then View Bill.  The fee to pay a bill using e-check is $.50.  This is less than a postage stamp and you get an instant receipt. Please email with any questions or concerns.

SAVE THE DATE! Annual Holiday Open House & Kitty Angels Weekend

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AMHERST, NH: SAVE THE DATE! Treasures Antiques, Collectables & MORE!, located at 106 Ponemah Road will be hosting their 31st Annual Holiday Open House and Kitty Angels Fundraising weekend on November 6 and 7. Festivities for the weekend will run both days from 10AM till 4PM and includes Holiday inspired shopping, raffles and entertainment.
The Open House event has been a mainstay in the community since its inception back in 1991. Kitty Angels, Inc. will be offering information on their organization, adoptions and donations. Representatives from the Amherst Animal Hospital, who has worked alongside Kitty Angels for decades and has cared for some of worst cases of critically ill or injured kitties, will also be on hand. There will be various, live musical entertainment provided by soloists, duos and bands, including Joey Peavey, Wildwood, North Sound Duo, Levi Maxwell, Jeff Damon, and The Grog Tones!
This Holiday and Fundraising event, is pet and kid friendly and will offer special sales for all, inside and out. There will again, be a petting zoo and horse and pony rides by Mapledell Farm of Townsend, MA. The weekend festivities will showcase artists and artisans, crafters, professionals, food vendors, featuring a live demonstration of oil painting and techniques by artist Eric Nickola, dba WolfpacStudios. Eric’s artwork will be on display and for sale. He also offers commission work. Artist Lori-Ellen Budenas of Respect the Wood!, a creator of abstract paintings, coasters, trivets and more, and Monica Gesualdo of Trading Faces – a face painting and body art artist will also be on site. Visit with Arty Mitchell at the ARUBACAT cat furniture truck. Some of the other longtime supporting vendors as well as several new vendors to the event will include: Mal’s Grill, with his Famous pulled pork tacos, Jerk Chicken Sandwiches and signature Mac & Cheese, etc., jewelry designers Freedom Jewelry, J. W. Young Studio, Heart’s Design Jewelry and Karen’s Pieces, Happy Cat Company LLC - Gourmet Granola and Maple Syrup, LuLaRoe, Vinyl Revival, Dusty Finds, The Spirit of Cacao, Anthony Acres, Puckerbrush Life, Color Street, Heavenly Goddess, Usborne Books, Fudge & Stuff, Tupperware, Custom Care Designs and many more.
Treasures will also be offering a number of fun and exciting raffles, with prizes donated by local and national businesses. Prizes will include a “Chain-sawed” wood carving done by Sara of NorthStar Sculptures, an ARUBACAT cat tree and other cat and dog related items, jewelry, specialty food packages, and an assortment of other fun and exciting prizes.
Kitty Angels, Inc., a no-kill cat shelter is made up of all unpaid volunteers and is dedicated to rescuing stray and abandoned cats and furnishing them with treatment for injuries or other health issues. These cats are then placed into life-long, loving “forever homes” with compatible owners. All necessary steps are taken to insure the wellbeing of the cats, including spaying and neutering and providing rabies, distemper and other necessary vaccinations. They are a non-profit, charitable corporation and all donations are fully tax-deductible with every penny of each donation going directly to the care of these cats.
Please join Treasures and Kitty Angels, in friendship and the spirit of sharing the Holidays. For more information, visit and
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Recycle Your Reusables October 23

SHIRLEY: Recycle Your Reusables, the area’s largest recycling and reuse event, will be held on Saturday, October 23, from 9:30am-1pm at the Ayer-Shirley Regional Middle School, 1 Hospital Road in Shirley MA. This event is held by the Ayer Recycling Committee, and sponsored by the towns of Ayer, Shirley, Littleton, Groton, Lunenburg and Townsend. RYR is free and open to everyone, without residence restrictions, though it is requested that you bring a donation of unexpired canned goods or new, unwrapped Christmas Gifts appropriate for children aged birth to 14 years to Urban Missionaries of Our Lady of Hope (one of this year's vendors), in lieu of an admission fee.
Adults and teens ages 14+ are needed to help staff this community event. Teens may be able to earn credit towards their school's community service requirement. For more information about volunteering, participating vendors and the items they'll be accepting, visit or the Ayer Recycling Committee page on Facebook, or email
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month Healing Garden Art Fundraiser

HARVARD: In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Ann Marie Hershberger, artist and Bolton resident, is donating proceeds from the sale of her artwork to The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden Cancer Support Center, a nonprofit cancer support center located in Harvard, Mass. New art will be posted daily on her website, Facebook, and Instagram accounts, Monday-Friday through October 29th. All are 5x7” oil paintings of local landscapes and images evoking the beauty of the fall season in New England. You can view and purchase her artwork at https:// (Restrictions apply, see website for details.)

Proceeds benefit The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden Support Center,
an educational nonprofit organization dedicated to providing integrative cancer care through therapeutic services, educational programs, and a healing environment for all adults with a cancer diagnosis. or call 978-456-3532.
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Ft. Devens Museum’s Annual Miniature Game Day

DEVENS: Have you ever wondered if you could rewrite history? Go back in time and change the whole direction of a war? Engage in science fiction battles? Visit Fort Devens Museum on October 16 and join in one (or all!) miniature war games depicting different battles from world history and fantasy and see how your careful moves might affect the outcomes. The games will be held from 10am-3pm and players of all ages are welcome to join in throughout the day. There is absolutely no experience necessary, just come and try the games out and have fun!

There will be different games being played concurrently, many with handcrafted soldiers and detailed battleground terrain.  The games include a French & Indian War skirmish, The Naval Battle of Georges Bank (USN squares off with a British Squadron), A Clash in 1870 (German forces vs. Napoleon III), Tiger Hunt (US Infantry vs German tank), and Epic Armageddon (science fiction). It’s a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in both historical military events and today’s realm of miniature gaming.

The Fort Devens Museum is located at 94 Jackson Road, on the third floor and is wheelchair accessible. This event is free and open to the public. Come to see what Camp Devens and Fort Devens were all about, meet others interested in military and local history, and enjoy and join in some miniature wargaming. More information at

MBTA Bus Shuttles to Replace Normal Train Service

AYER: During the ongoing PTC/ATC (Positive Train Control/Automatic Train Control) implementation project, bus shuttles replace train service on weekends between Wachusett and Littleton/495 through the end of winter 2021-2022. In addition to the regular weekend diversion, on October 25 and 26, bus shuttles will replace normal train service between Wachusett and Littleton/495 all day. A dedicated bus schedule will be in place during the duration of the outage. Starting from October 11th, a new Commuter Rail schedule will be in place. The changes are minimal, but please visit for more information.

The Fitchburg Line Shuttle will correspond with the train schedule at Littleton/495 in order to minimize the disruption to passengers’ journeys. Please visit to view the schedules.

The shuttles will pick up and drop off passengers as follows:
  • Wachusett: in the parking lot in front of the station
  • Fitchburg: in Bay 1 of the Intermodal Transportation Center
  • North Leominster: on the ground level of the parking garage by the stairwell
  • Shirley: at Phoenix St. by the crosswalk
  • Ayer: inside the parking/ drop-off loop
  • Littleton/495: in the parking lot in front of the station

For more information about these service changes, please visit
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Fall Hydrant Flushing Begins Week of October 4, 2021

AYER: The Town of Ayer Department of Public Works - Water Division will begin their semi-annual Hydrant Flushing Program the week of October 4.  The flushing will take place on weekdays between the hours of 3pm and 9pm.  During this time you may experience reduced water pressure and some discoloration of your waterm which should subside within 24 hours.  If you are still experiencing problems after this 24 hour period, please call 978-772-8240. 

The Towns’ flushing program is considered mandatory maintenance and will be conducted as efficiently as possible. This maintenance program allows the DPW to continue to provide the residents with water that is as aesthetically appealing as possible.

Harvard Flea Market: Biggest Outdoor Flea Market Northwest of Boston

HARVARD: The League of Women Voters of Harvard and the Harvard Schools Trust are pleased to announce the 49th Annual Harvard Flea Market, to be held on Saturday, October 9, from 9am to 4pm.  Over 160 booths will be on the grounds of the Bromfield School. (Rain date October 10). Admission is $3 per person for adults and seniors; $1 per child ages 6-12 and; and $5 for early birds (7am to 9am).

Thousands are expected to attend. Bargain hunters will descend upon Harvard to attend the largest one-day outdoor flea market northwest of Boston. Shoppers come with bags and carts in tow to visit over 160 booths filled with antiques and collectibles – toys, games, jewelry and vintage clothing, seasonal décor, artwork and paintings, pottery and glassware, and so much more.

The flea market boasts a popular food court area with both traditional favorites and ethnic cuisines including Thai food and specialty desserts.  The Harvard Lions Club serves up hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chicken strips, meatball subs, veggie burgers, hotdogs, fries, breakfast sandwiches, funnel cakes and fresh squeezed lemonade and drinks. The Congregational Church of Harvard will hold its Apple Festival “Pies on the Common,” selling homemade apples pies fresh from local ovens.   

There will be parking and restrooms available with handicap access. Please do not block private driveways - parking restrictions will be strictly enforced, including ticketing and towing. Emergency staff will be onsite to assist with any medical emergencies. The Harvard Flea Market gate keepers will accept cash only (no checks or credit/debit cards) for admission. Some booth vendors may accept credit card payments via Square® or other apps.  Most accept cash only.   Dogs are permitted at the flea market provided they are on a leash and their owners pick up after them.

PLEASE NOTE: To ensure the safety of our staff, vendors, and guests, the Harvard Flea Market, in consultation with the Harvard Board of Health and per CDC advisories, has established the following guidelines:
  • If you are feeling unwell, stay home or find someone to take your place.
  • Safe physical distancing is expected to be maintained while selling, shopping, and waiting in lines.
  • Unvaccinated vendors and guests are asked to wear masks.
  • Vaccinated vendors and guests are encouraged to wear masks, unless local guidelines are revised.
  • Free adult and child masks will be available at each entrance.
  • Vendors are encouraged to have hand sanitizer available at their booths.
For more information on the flea market, including directions, and booth availability, visit To learn whether the flea market has been postponed a day due to inclement weather, call the Harvard Schools Trust message line at 978-456-5085.
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Indian Hill Music Announces New Name & New Home: Groton Hill Music Center

LITTLETON/GROTON: Indian Hill Music announced that it will now be known as Groton Hill Music Center, with the Fall 2022 opening of its stunning new home for music, currently under construction in Groton.

Indian Hill Music has boldly embraced the opportunity to create one of the most ambitious cultural projects in New England, returning to Groton, the North Central Massachusetts town where the non-profit was founded in 1985 by a handful of local musicians and music enthusiasts. Designed by award-winning Epstein Joslin Architects of Cambridge, MA, (Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport; Strathmore Music Center, Baltimore) Groton Hill Music Center is an architecturally exquisite 126,000-square-foot music education and performance venue. It houses a 1,000-seat concert hall with lawn seating for seasonal concerts, a 300-seat performance hall, multi-scaled rehearsal and teaching spaces, state-of-the-art acoustics designed by Threshold Acoustics of Chicago, and dynamic architecture. Additionally, two-thirds of the land on which the facility sits – formerly an apple orchard and a horse farm – is preserved as picturesque agricultural fields.

Groton Hill Music Center will become a gathering place for all to experience the highest quality music education, with private lessons, classes, ensembles, and supplemental learning programs for all ages and abilities; impactful outreach programs that share the transformative power of music throughout the community with a focus on the underserved; and world-class professional performances of all genres -- from jazz, global roots, folk, rock, country, and contemporary music to classical masterworks and chamber music. The building is designed to be a connected environment that creates opportunities for musicians, educators, students, and audience members to encounter, engage with, and inspire one another as a singular music community.

“We are anxiously anticipating the opening of this incredible new chapter for our organization, creating a vibrant musical hub that will be a treasured and valuable asset to the community,” said Lisa Fiorentino, CEO of Indian Hill Music. “Our organization has a strong history and significant ties to the 79 communities we currently serve throughout the region, with many enthusiastic supporters in Groton.”

Indian Hill Music will continue to use its current name until the new center opens next fall. The professional Orchestra of Indian Hill, led by acclaimed Artistic Director and Conductor Bruce Hangen, will complete its 47th season in Littleton, and looks forward to performing in its new world-class home, under a new name to be announced at a later date.
If you’ve ever dealt with someone making threats against you, been the subject of physical or verbal attacks, had rumors floated about you, or been purposely excluded from a group, then you know what it’s like to be bullied. During October, we recognize National Bullying Prevention Month and raise awareness and focus on bullying.

Bullying is any unwanted and aggressive behavior that involves a power imbalance, whether real or perceived. It’s typically behavior that is repeated again and again over a period of time.

Technology, with all the benefits it provides, also has made bullying easier and more widespread. Cyberbullying includes the distribution of mean or inappropriate email or text messages, the use of social media to post rumors or embarrassing photos, videos, messages, and even fake profiles.

For more information on ways to prevent, respond, or act against bullying, visit, which is a special initiative from the Department of Health and Human Services.

If your child has been the victim of bullying and you’ve noticed a change in his or her mental health as a result, or if your child or someone you love is struggling with depression or thinking about suicide, get help now. In Massachusetts, every 5.28 days on an average a young person (ages 10-24) is lost to the silent epidemic of youth suicide.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), is a free resource, available 24 hours a day for anyone who is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. The Crisis Text Line is a free 24/7 text line where trained crisis counselors support individuals in crisis. Text “Jason” to 741741 to speak with a compassionate, trained Crisis Counselor. Confidential support 24/7, for free.

The Jason Foundation is another available resource.  The Jason Foundation is dedicated to the awareness and prevention of youth suicide through educational programs that equip youth, parents, educators, and the community with the tools and resources to identify and assist at-risk youth. One element of these tools and resources is free online training that anyone may utilize. Among the training modules available is one dedicated to the study of bullying and suicide. Visit and click Training for more information. 

Townsend Historical Society Hosts Fall Open House

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TOWNSEND: The Townsend Historical Society warmly welcomes you to visit for a daylong celebration of their revolutionary history. On Saturday, October 2 from 9am – 5pm, history will come alive at the Reed Homestead with tours, hearth cooking, and craft demonstrations. Docents will lead you through our Federal era dwelling, which is well known for its Rufus Porter murals. There will be a number of farm animals on site for your enjoyment. Volunteer reenactors will setup camp, perform military drills and musket firings throughout the day. Civilians of the same period will be demonstrating period crafts such as candle dipping, writing, toys and games. Last, you’ll be offered a rare glimpse into cooking on the hearth and beehive oven as our chefs prepare a demonstration of a noontime meal in the house’s kitchen. This daylong celebration is for you and your family.
Admission is by donation but you are encouraged to join the Townsend Historical Society if you like what you see. Experience history hands on. This event is rain or shine, so plan accordingly. Walk-ins welcome but signup is encouraged in advance via Eventbrite ( Masks are required for indoor tours and demonstrations. For any questions, please call 978-597-2106, email or visit
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Townsend Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Ayer DPW Paving Ongoing

AYER: The Ayer DPW is in the process of paving High Street from Holmes Street to Winthrop Avenue. The work includes new asphalt sidewalks and curb and repaving the street. Work sequence will be:
- Remove existing sidewalks
- Remove existing pavement and regrade (Reclaim)
- Install binder course pavement
- Install curbing
- Construct sidewalks and ramps
- Final paving
The Ayer DPW will also be paving Groton Shirley Road beginning on September 22. The work includes reclaiming and regrading the roadway, installing drainage swales on the south side in select areas, repaving, and installing traffic calming (removable speed tables and signage, speed feedback signs, and line painting). Work sequence will be:
- Remove existing pavement and regrade (reclaim)
- Install binder course pavement
- Construct stormwater swale
- Install curbing
- Final paving
- Install traffic calming
These projects are anticipated to take several weeks. Seek alternative routes. Police details will be onsite to direct traffic. During construction, there will be varying road conditions. Please travel with caution.
If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Public Works at 978-772-8240.
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Friends of the Bolton Public Library to Hold Book Sale

BOLTON: The Friends of the Bolton Public Library will hold their semiannual book sale on Saturday, October 16 from 9:30am – 4pm. (Rain date is October 23) at the Houghton Building, 697 Main Street. There are over 10,000 books sorted and “not picked over.” Games, puzzles, CDs and DVDs. The book sale is the Friends' largest fundraiser. Proceeds from the sale support programs, events, museum passes, and their online newsletter Wowbrary.

Please Note: Masks are required.

Finance Committee Vacancy Announcement

AYER: The Ayer Finance Committee currently has two open positions. One has been held by Matthew Selby, who is seeking re-appointment for a three-year term to expire on June 30, 2024.  The other opening is a result of a member’s resignation as they moved out of town. This second position is a one-year appointment, expiring June 30, 2022.

Information about the Finance Committee can be found online at  Ayer resident voters, who wish to be considered, should present their letter of interest and resumes by Wednesday, September 22, 2021, to the Town Moderator. Email these to who will provide them to the selection committee.

Candidates for the Finance Committee will be interviewed by a five-member selection committee composed of a member of the Select Board, Finance Committee, Ayer Regional School Committee, Ayer Finance Department, and a member of the public appointed by the Moderator.

POW/MIA Candlelight Ceremony at Townsend Common

TOWNSEND: In observance of National POW/MIA Recognition Day on September 17, Townsend VFW Post #6538 and its Auxiliary will conduct a Candlelight POW/MIA Ceremony on the Townsend Common at 6:30pm. The day is an opportunity to honor prisoners of war and those who went missing in action, from all branches of the nation’s armed services. Friday’s vigil will especially pay tribute to 39 Massachusetts residents who are still unaccounted for in Southeast Asia following the Vietnam War.
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Chess Tactics for all Ages Virtual Event

LUNENBURG: Now that you've had the chance to learn the basics, it's time to take your chess game to the next level! Chess Tactics for all Ages, running September 28 from 6:30-7:30pm, is a virtual program will help you improve your chess game by introducing you to various chess tactics that are useful in winning. They'll form a way for you to get ahead of your opponent and have a better understanding of the game. Participants should already be familiar with how the pieces move. This online class is open to adults, teens, and children ages 8 and up! Chess really is a fun activity for the whole family!

This event is virtual and will take place on Zoom. Registration is required.Register by visiting the Events page on the Lunenburg Public Library's websiteat, or by emailing Susan at
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Shirley Historical Society Offers Shaker Tours

SHIRLEY: There was a community of believers known as Shakers who worshipped, worked and lived together in Shirley from 1793–1908. Shakers were known for their strong faith, the high quality of their seeds and the fine workmanship on their buildings and crafts. They were appreciated for their kindness and generosity to all, regardless of age, color, or background.
The State of Massachusetts now owns the former Shirley Shaker property and several of the old Shaker buildings are used by the Department of Corrections.
The Shirley Historical Society is periodically allowed to take visitors on tours of the site and to teach people about Shaker life and the Shirley community. This fall, the tours will be held on Sundays, October 3, 10, and 24 at 12:30pm. The two-hour tour begins with a brief illustrated lecture on the history of the Shakers and the Shirley Village. Visitors then go inside three Shaker buildings and travel by prison van to various locations around the property.
Reservations must be made in advance for a cost of $15 per person; $10 for Historical Society members. Pay by cash or check, in person at the Museum at 182 Center Road, mail a check to P.O. Box 217, Shirley, MA 01464, or charge it by Paypal on
Additional tours may be arranged for groups of eight or more.
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Beautiful People Creating Beautiful Things; Art Classes at Nashoba Park

AYER: Residents of Nashoba Park recently participated in a step-by-step painting class to make beautiful sunflowers! At Nashoba Park, their multifaceted EnrichedLIFE Program offers a wide array of social and wellness activities to give residents something to look forward to each day. Art classes are a very popular choice among the residents!
Nashoba Park Assisted Living is a project of the nonprofit Volunteers of America Massachusetts, which has supported local seniors with specialized services for over 75 years and continues to fulfill its mission today within its three senior communities – Nashoba Park and its “sister communities” Concord Park in West Concord and Forestdale Park in Malden. These residences, rooted in their communities, have a stellar reputation among residents, their families and local eldercare professionals for the quality of their care and services, innovative programs and building amenities.
PHOTO: Residents Paula Morris, Eileen Hamel & Shirley Rice.

Sense of Place Multi-Town Exhibit Open; Artist Reception September 26

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GROTON: The currently running "Sense of Place" Multi-Town Exhibit will hold an Artist reception at The Groton Inn September 26, 2 to 5pm. This two-month-long exhibit will bridge the history of this beautiful region we call home with the present through the work of 25 artists from Littleton, Groton, Pepperell and Harvard.

What is it about this special place you call home that speaks to you? That single question, posed to artists from Littleton, Groton, Pepperell and Harvard, sparked a multi-town art exhibition, “Sense of Place,” running from September 1 through October 31 at the Groton History Center, The Groton Inn, the Groton Library, and Old Frog Pond Farm in Harvard, MA.
“Around the world, there are places that exude a certain energy…perhaps it’s a spiritual energy radiating from deep in the earth, or the vibrancy of the souls who have settled in that same spot through the ages,” says the Introduction of the accompanying coffee table book, a compilation of art and essays from the exhibit. “Different places inspire us in our own individual ways and lay the foundation for our inimitable journeys on this planet.”

For Groton painter and NOA Gallery owner Joni Parker- Roach, sense of place meant the vistas not far from her home—Gibbet Hill, General Field and Indian Hill, which she captured in striking detail in a trio of pastel paintings. For Pepperell woodturner Charles Faucher, it was about the ancient trees, including a felled apple in a meadow near his home, from which he turned a set of 6 bowls for the show. Alexia Rosoff Wilber focused her exploration on the many beings—snakes, squirrels, owls—that she spotted while in quarantine on her Pepperell farm—and captured them in collagraph prints and pastel on paper. Other well-known artists represented in the curated 21-person show include Groton’s own Paul Matisse, creator of the Kalliroscope and owner of the gallery of the same name, and Mary Minifie, a Groton portrait painter who studied under the Boston School of Painting’s Paul Ingbretson.

The exhibit was the idea of Bobbie Spiegelman, former President of the Groton History Center, whose goal was “to find the connections between history, place and art and to capture the talents in our community in the 2020s.” The history center is home to a portrait by Edmund C. Tarbell, a leading member of the Boston School, and works by Groton’s Harvey Sargisson, who is best known for his bird carvings, all of which will be on display during the two-month show.
Admission to the Sense of Place exhibition is free. It will take place during the months of September and October at three walkable locations on Groton’s Main Street—The Groton History Center, The Groton Inn and the Groton Public Library—AND at an additional location in Harvard at Old Frog Pond Farm in Harvard. A coffee table book featuring the works on display and stories of the artists’ inspirations will be launched at the reception and available for sale at several locations around Groton. All proceeds from the exhibition will go to the Groton History Center.

Groton History Center, 172 Main Street, Groton MA (open Saturday, Sunday and Monday 11 AM to 3 PM)
The Groton Inn, 128 Main Street, Groton MA ( open daily 9 AM to 9 PM)

Be a fraud fighter!
If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam.

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Did you know that someone’s identity gets stolen every two seconds?  The AARP Fraud Watch Network provides you with tips and resources to help you spot and avoid identity theft and fraud so you can protect yourself and your family.  AARP's watchdog alerts will keep you up to date on con artists’ latest tricks.  It’s free of charge for everyone:  AARP members, non-members, and people of all ages.

SCAM ALERT #1: AARP Impostor Scams
One of the most effective things that criminals can do to gain your confidence is impersonate an organization that you do business with and trust. Sadly, no one is immune from this - not even AARP. Recently, the AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline has been receiving calls about a scam involving phone calls from someone claiming to be with "AARP Security Systems" (or something similar sounding). The first question they ask is whether you own your home and then they hang up. Rule of thumb...Don’t engage with anyone claiming to be from AARP Security Systems, and if you get a call like this, call the AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline at 1-877-908-3360, or reporting it on zour scam map ( Anytime you are directed to pay a debt or other obligation with a gift card, it is a scam.

SCAM ALERT #2:  “Smishing”
As more of us catch on to scam calls to our smartphones and block them or don’t answer them, scammers have taken to texting. “Smishing” is the term of art: SMS + phishing. Just as scammers phish by casting a wide net with email, so they do with smishing. The same things that we suggest in order to avoid phishing attacks apply to smishing.  But texts live in this space of immediacy – scammers know we are likely to respond much faster to a text than an email. To thwart their efforts, take a pause and consider the message. Is this really my bank, or Amazon, or PayPal, or the IRS texting me? Don’t click links – access the company or agency in a way you know to be safe and see if there’s an issue. Otherwise, don’t engage.

SCAM ALERT #3: Grandparent Scams
Criminals know that fear is the best motivator, and nothing drives fear more than a loved one in trouble. This is why scams targeting grandparents seem never to go away. If someone calls claiming to be your grandchild, or some authority calling about your grandchild who is in trouble or danger, it’s most likely a scam. It’s certainly a scam if the caller directs you to send money fast to resolve the problem. Your best move is to hang up and call your grandchild or reach out to family who would know his or her whereabouts.

SCAM ALERT #4: Utility Scams
Utility scams heat up as the temperatures rise (and when they fall), so much so that the Federal Trade Commission ranks utility impostors among the top reported scams. In this one, you typically get a call, email or text saying your account is past due and you must pay immediately, or they will cut off your power.  Another tactic is the “utility” claiming you overpaid your bill, and they request your bank account information to issue a refund. Utility scammers can also show up at your door after a power outage or severe storm offering to get your power back on for a fee. Utility companies typically don’t do business this way. Any unusual communication from your utility should raise a flag. Disengage and contact your provider at a number you know to be legitimate (off of a recent statement, for example). Chances are you’ll learn that there is no problem to address.

Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam. Report scams to local law enforcement. Contact the AARP Fraud Watch Network at for more information on fraud prevention.
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Emergence: Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit Continues Thru 10/3 at Old Frog Pond Farm

HARVARD: Emergence: the farm’s outdoor sculpture is open Thursdays through Sundays; 11-4pm. Walk the trails around the pond and through the woods and enjoy more than 40 outdoor sculptures by artists from all over New England. The self-guided tour takes about an hour. The juried artists selected for Emergence are Natalie Andrew, Louise Berliner, Gail Bos, David Crane, Kevin Duffy, Alicia Dwyer, Liz Fletcher, Cortni Frecha, Caroline Hack, Elizabeth Helfer, Adria Katz, Ilana Krepchin, Bette Ann Libby, Claire Lima, Azam Majooni, Laura McCallum, Marianne McCarthy, Yvette Monstad, Julie Nussbaum, Francis Patnaude, R. Douglas Rice, Maria Ritz, Deborah Santoro, and Melanie Zibit.
In addition to the Emergence Exhibit, permanently installed sculpture by BJ Andrus, Anne Eder, Zach Gabbard, Tristan Govignon, Linda Hoffman, Madeleine Lord, Ariel Matisse, Paul Matisse, Yin Peet, Blase Provitola, Karin Stanley, Scrap Wrenn, and Joseph Wheelwright are also on view. Adults $10; Seniors $8; and children under 12 are free.

PHOTO: Wonalacet Returns by Liz Fletcher

Shirley Historical Society Hosts Garden Party Fundraiser

SHIRLEY: The Shirley Historical Society will hold a Garden Party Fund Raiser at the Bull Run on September 19th from 3–6pm. The afternoon will feature the mellow steel drum sound of Phil Andrews. Appetizers are included in the ticket price, but bring your cash or credit card for the bar and the silent auctions. To purchase your ticket, stop by the Museum at 182 Center Road on a Monday, Wednesday, or Saturday between 10am and 1pm, or go to and use Paypal.

Public Announcement - Street Tree Management Plan

AYER: The Ayer DPW is developing a street tree management plan for the Town. This plan is partially funded through a grant from MA Division of Conservation and Recreation. The Town's consultant, Davey Resource Group will be working in Town for the next 5 weeks completing a tree inventory of Town street trees. They will be walking through all of Ayer’s neighborhoods and streets collecting data. The representatives will wear hi-viz safety clothing and will be collecting data on tablet computers. They will not be entering private property. Vehicles will have the company name on the door and will be parked on the street in the areas that they are working. The goal of this project is to identify hazard trees, tree maintenance requirements and develop a planting plan for new trees. If you have any questions, please contact the Ayer DPW at 978-772-8240.

10th Special Forces Presentation at Fort Devens Museum

DEVENS:Vinnie Sorrento will present an illustrated program on 10th Special Forces on September 18 at 1pm. This overview will cover the Lodge Act through the Vietnam War as shown through images and artifacts from the period. Program is via Zoom with limited seating in the museum. Visit to register. 
Photo: Handmade plaque by Ken Kilmer at the Museum

Ayer Library To Participate in 9/11 Memorial & Museum’s Education Exhibition 

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AYER: The Ayer Library is excited to announce its participation in September 11, 2001: The Day That Changed the World, a downloadable educational exhibition that presents the history of 9/11, its origins, and its ongoing implications through the personal stories of those who witnessed and survived the attacks. Told across 14 posters, this exhibition includes archival photographs and images of artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection. It explores the consequences of terrorism on individual lives and communities at the local, national, and international levels, and encourages critical thinking about the legacies of 9/11.  This exhibition will be set up in the library through the end of September.
Twenty years after the attacks, with terrorism still a threat today, the events of 9/11 and its aftermath remind us that we may never be able to prevent all the actions of people intent on harming others, but we do have control over how we respond to such events. Whether by volunteering in our local communities, serving our nation in the military, caring for the sick, or through other efforts, all of us can help build the world in which we want to live. As we witness history unfolding in our own time, the ways we choose to respond—both large and small—can demonstrate the best of human nature after even the worst of days.
This 9/11 Memorial & Museum curated exhibition reflects the core pillars of commemoration, education, and inspiration as we prepare to observe the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
The poster exhibition was developed by the 9/11 Memorial & Museum and has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy Demands Wisdom. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National endowment for Humanities.

The Ayer Library is located at 26 East Main Street. Visit for more information on this exhibition and other library programs and services.
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OARS Annual River Cleanup

It's OARS 35th Annual River Cleanup September 17-19. Join staff and volunteers as they spread out across the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord River Watershed to clean up our rivers, streams, ponds and trails. This year, to accommodate the comfort and needs of volunteers, there are two options.

Team Up Clean Up: During the weekend, gather family and friends for a walk or a paddle near or along the river, stream or pond. Pick up what trash and recycling you can and send OARS photos of your group cleaning up! People love to see what trash is no longer in our rivers.

Cleanup Day: Saturday, September 18, from 9am–noon. A team of volunteers will tackle sites in needing a larger group effort in towns including Framingham, Westborough, Hudson, Maynard, Concord and Billerica. The morning of hard work will be followed by a celebration with pizza. Registration is required. Details and registration information is available at

OARS is the watershed organization working to protect, improve, and preserve the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord Rivers, their tributaries and watersheds for the purposes of public recreation, water supply, and wildlife habitat. 

Two Benefit Concerts at Virginia Thurston Healing Garden Center

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HARVARD: The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden Cancer Support Center is pleased to announce two benefit concerts happening in September. Elliott Steger, MD will perform a virtual Jazz Concert on Sunday, September 12th at 3pm. The program will include original tunes as well as jazz standards and songs from Billy Joel. On Sunday, September 26, Tom Smith, award-winning Folk Music performer and songwriter will perform outside at the Healing Garden.

Registrations are required for both virtual and in person outdoor concerts, which are being offered, free of charge and are open to the public. Donations are appreciated and there is an opportunity when registering to make a secure online donation in support of the Healing Garden cancer services. Visit for more details and to register.  Questions may be directed to Concert Coordinator Michele Abroff at or call 978-456-3532. 

Fall Activities for Kids at the Lunenburg Public Library

LUNENBURG: It's time for Fall Activities for Kids at the Lunenburg Public Library!
- Story hours begin Monday, September 13 at 11am. Come meet new story time pal, Mr. Forrest Lake! Gatherings are designed to help your child develop a lifelong love of reading as books, readiness activities, rhymes and songs are shared. Story times encourage language and pre-reading skill development that help your child grow into a successful reader. Story times are also a great resource for developing social skills! There will also be a simple accompanying art activity. Story hour will take place outside on the patio throughout the fall. If possible, story time will take place inside during inclement weather. Suitable for all ages. No registration necessary.
- Book in a Bag for 1st & 2nd Graders starts September 1. LPL is starting a first time book group experience for beginning chapter book readers! The format for this activity is a bit different. At the beginning of each month, 12 kids, who have pre-registered, will stop by the library to pick up their book bag, which is theirs to keep! In the bag they will find a library copy of this month’s book which will need to be returned, a sweet treat, coloring pages, a puzzle to solve, a book review form to fill out and return and a surprise item! The goal of this activity is to give the readers an opportunity to experience how a book club works- you read a shared book, think about what you have read, and then share your thoughts with other readers. Registration is necessary each month for this event, so sign up soon on the Events Tab of the Lunenburg Public Library webpage: for one of the 12 bags! NOTE: Bags must be picked up by the 10th of the month.
- LPL Kids Book Club for 3rd-5th Graders starts Tuesday, September 28th at 4pm. Do you love to read, and talk about what you have read with like-minded people? This year, meet in the library to do just that! On the last Tuesday afternoon of the month, hang out to chat about what we are reading, share our thoughts and opinions, have some laughs and make new friends. At the close of each meeting you can pick up your book for the next month. Each month will feature a book from a different genre. The October read will be a scary book (which is actually from the horror genre) called "Small Spaces" by Katherine Arden. Monthly selections are provided in different formats including audiobooks when available. The September meeting will be an overview of the club and the October book distribution. Registration will be available via the Events Tab of the Lunenburg Public Library webpage:
Stop by the library to get a new card and decorate a paper heart to let everyone know how much you love your library!

NAMI Offers 9-Week "Family to Family" Mental Health Educational Program

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UPDATE: All programs, due to the increase in active Delta Covid transmissions and illness on the rise in MA, will be be conducted only on Zoom.

: Does a “Loved One” have Mental Health concerns? Mental health conditions touch one in five people, so it is likely a spouse, partner, child, parent, sibling or dear friend of yours may be living with a mental health condition. The National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI, is offering an eight week free family educational program called “Family to Family”. It is a designated evidence-based program taught by trained NAMI family member volunteers who have been there. Curriculum includes presentations, discussions, videos and interactive exercises.                                                                                

What will you gain? The class provides critical information and strategies for taking care of the person you love and you’ll also find - you are not alone! The group setting offers mutual support and shared positive impact – You will experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. You can also help others through sharing your own experiences.   

You’ll learn about: Latest up-to-date information on mental health conditions and how they affect the brain ~ Current treatments; medications – their side effects and evidenced-based treatments and therapies ~ Local mental health services and supports ~ Managing crisis, solve problems and communicate effectively ~ The impact of mental illness on the entire family ~ Taking care of yourself and managing your stress. 

The program will be held IN-PERSON starting October 12 and November 30 from 6:30 -9PM. Proof of vaccination is required. To register contact Sara at 339-223-3146 or  or Phyllis at 978-973-3995, Additional course offerings and info at

Nashoba Valley Neighbors Club Hosts Annual Open House to Welcome New Members

Celebrating more than 50 years of community building, the Nashoba Valley Neighbors Club will host its’ Annual Open House to welcome new members, reconnect with established members, and to introduce an exciting line-up of events and activities for the 2021-2022 membership year.  The Open House is being held from 5pm to 7pm on September 12 at The Red Raven Gastropub in Acton, MA.  Club members and guests interested in learning more about the Club are invited to this affair for neighborly conversation and enjoyment of complimentary, notably distinctive appetizers and a cash bar.

The Nashoba Valley Neighbors Club is excited to invite community members to join us in a variety of activities including Adventure Group, Game Night, Men’s Night Out, Ladies’ Night Out, Book Group, Wine Tasting, Lunch Bunch, dining in and out events, and special events to start and finish the membership year.  

Visit the Club’s website at for more information on this and other events, as well as information on how to become a member of the Nashoba Valley Neighbors.

The Nashoba Valley Neighbors Club is a non-profit social organization open to new and established residents from its communities.  Celebrating their 50th Anniversary in 2015, they were originally known as the Welcome Wagon Newcomers Club of Acton. More recently, they have been known as the Acton-Boxborough Newcomers & Neighbors Club.  Discovering that established residents in our surrounding communities are also looking to explore new interests and to make connections with new friends, they became the Nashoba Valley Neighbors Club in 2014.

Fall Book Clubs for Kids at the Lunenburg Public Library

LUNENBURG: Lunenburg Public Library is starting a first time book group experience for beginning chapter book readers - Book in a Bag for 1st & 2nd Graders Starts September 1!  The format for this activity is a bit different.  At the beginning of each month 12 kids, who have pre-registered, will stop by the library to pick up their book bag, which is theirs to keep!  In the bag they will find a library copy of this month’s book which will need to be returned, a sweet treat, coloring pages, a puzzle to solve, a book review form to fill out and return and a surprise item!  The goal of this activity is to give the readers an opportunity to experience how a book club works- you read a shared book, think about what you have read, and then share your thoughts with other readers. Registration is necessary each month for this event, so sign up soon on the Events Tab of the Lunenburg Public Library webpage:  for one of the 12 bags!  Registration will be available as of Monday, August 23rd. BAGS MUST BE PICKED UP BY THE 10TH OF THE MONTH.    

The LPL Kids Book Club for 3rd thru 5th graders starts Tuesday, September 28th at 4:00pm. Do you  love to read, and talk about what you have read with like-minded people?  This year we will meet here in the library to do just that!  On the last Tuesday afternoon of the month we will hang out to chat about what we are reading, share our thoughts and opinions, have some laughs and make new friends. At the close of each meeting you can pick up your book for the next month. Each month will feature a book from a different genre. Our October read will be a scary book (which is actually from the horror genre) called Small Spaces by Katherine Arden. We provide our monthly selections in different formats including audiobooks when available. Our September meeting will be an overview of the  club and the October book distribution.  Registration will be available as of Monday, August 23rd via the Events Tab of the Lunenburg Public Library webpage:   

Harvard's Phyllis Clawson Receives $10K Kraft Grant for the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden

HARVARD: Every year since 1998, the Kraft family and the New England Patriots have been celebrating those who give their time to help others. The program was originally known as the Community Quarterback Awards and were presented to those who exemplify leadership, dedication and a commitment to improving their communities through volunteerism.  In 2011, the awards were renamed in honor of the late Myra Kraft who committed her life to volunteering.
On August 11, 26 volunteers were recognized for their contributions at an awards ceremony at Gillette Stadium. 25 organizations received grants of $10K in honor of their outstanding volunteers and one grand prize winner received a surprise $25K donation. On hand to congratulate the award winners were Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, New England Patriots Foundation President Joshua Kraft and Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Famer and Patriots Executive Director of Community Affairs Andre Tippett.

Phyllis Clawson of Harvard was recognized for her volunteer efforts and a $10K donation was presented to the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden.  The Healing Garden is the only independent comprehensive cancer support center in Massachusetts, helping patients to focus on mental health, physical rehabilitation, stress management and more. Phyllis’s daughter Chrissy became a breast cancer client at the healing garden back in 2003. Sadly, six years later, Chrissy lost her battle. Phyllis decided to stay on as a volunteer, providing additional support to patients.
Phyllis volunteers her time to maintain the gardens, assist at fundraising events, leads Team Chrissy in an annual bike ride and offers her support to families battling cancer. Thanks to volunteers like Phyllis, the nonprofit has served over 2,500 families.
“I am so honored to be selected for this award, and overjoyed that the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden will receive your grant,” said Phyllis. “Over the years, I have been blessed with a husband who could support our family, leaving me with discretionary time. Volunteering at school, humane society, church, garden club, the national parks and the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden has been so rewarding.”
The 2021 Myra Kraft Community MVP winners range from 21 to 92 years old and represent every New England state. The selected nonprofits provide support for many causes, including education, domestic violence prevention, healthcare, homelessness, mentoring and military support.  The Kraft family and the New England Patriots Foundation received more than 250 applications this year from nonprofit organizations looking to recognize their outstanding volunteers. Nominations open each spring and the awards are open to all nonprofit organizations in the New England region. For more information on the Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards, please visit

2021 Perennial Walk and Ride to Thrive
To Benefit Healing Garden Cancer Support Center

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HARVARD: Registration is open for Virginia Thurston Healing Garden Cancer Support Center’s 2021 Perennial Walk and Ride to Thrive – a cycling and walking eventChoose between two fun events! On October 2, riders will have the option of a 12, 33 or 66 mile ride through the pastoral towns of the Nashoba Valley. On October 3, walkers will have the option of a 1 or 5 mile walk on the back roads of Harvard. Participants are encouraged to form teams with a theme! Prizes awarded! 

Both events will end with an after-party at The Healing Garden with food, beverages, music, and entertainment. There is also a virtual event option for those that can’t join us in-person and a free scavenger for the children and their families, with prizes. 

The demand for cancer services at the Healing Garden has tripled due to the COVID pandemic. Proceeds of the event will be used to continue to offer our free programs and services to cancer clients and their families. Register on website today at or call Maddie Phadke at 978-456-3532, ext. 105.

Dangerous Heat Advisory Continues!

The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting a potential period of prolonged oppressive heat through Friday (8/13) in most of the Commonwealth. During this period, daytime temperature highs will be 90-99 degrees. Heat index (Apparent Temperature) values will be 95-110 degrees. Scattered showers/thunderstorms are possible in the afternoons, with the potential for a few strong to severe thunderstorms late Thursday. There is a low probability that the heat wave could continue through Saturday.
Impacts/ Potential Impacts:
- Very hot temperatures with moderate humidity. Little relief at night especially in urban population centers.
- Potential of heat related issues to at risk population and those doing higher levels of outdoor physical activities.
- Damaging straight line winds and localized street flooding are possible on Thursday in areas where severe thunderstorms occur.
Preparedness and Safety Information:
- Safety and preparedness tips for extreme heat:
- Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle. Even with the windows cracked open, interior temperatures can rise almost 20°F within 10 minutes.
- Check with your local officials to find locations of cooling centers near you.
- Know the symptoms of and watch out for heat-related illnesses like heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Call 9-1-1 to report emergencies.
- Be a good neighbor. Check on family, friends, and neighbors, especially the elderly, those who live alone, those with medical conditions, those who may need additional assistance, and those who may not have air conditioning.
Power outage preparedness and safety information:
Preparedness and safety tips for thunderstorms and lightning:
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Join the Maynard Folds Virtual Origami Exhibition Contest

MAYNARD: Be an origami museum exhibitor in The Origami Museum, founded and led by artist and teacher, Lisa B. Corfman.  Corfman announces Maynard Folds, a virtual origami exhibition contest – come exhibit in the upcoming Origami Museum Community Gallery. The origami museum welcomes EVERYONE to submit from children and adults, and from novices to experts to be in the spotlight.

Entries can be anything you can do, neatly folded, nicely presented (with fitting paper used, etc.), without cutting, gluing, or drawing on the model.  Just share something you are happy with for fame in the origami museum’s online gallery.  Don’t fret, just enjoy and do your best.  Origami can be simple, fun, or even amazing.  A personal note with questions, comments or concern is always welcome.

All contestants who submit will exhibit within the origami museum website, receive a certificate of participation, have a mention on Instagram and Facebook and receive a selection of origami paper.  Awards for one top child and one adult winner features a certificate of honor, a solo Instagram and Facebook post and an online membership to OrigamiUSA.

There are three jurors and the just listed prizes.  Jurors are Ruthanne Bessman, Susan Dugan and Lisa B. Corfman.  Bessman is a long-term curator of origami exhibitions and contests.  Dugan is a 40-year veteran of origami and is a photography professor.  Corfman makes, sells, teaches, and showcases origami inspired art and she is bringing this opportunity to you!

There are the two categories for origami model submissions: under 18 and adults.  Eligible contestants are within a 20-mile radius from Maynard, whether home, work, or school.  Here are the towns in this eligible catchment area:

Acton | Ashland | Arlington| Ayer | Bedford | Belmont | Berlin | Billerica | Bolton | Boxborough | Boylston | Carlisle | Chelmsford | Clinton | Concord | Devens |Dover | Framingham | Groton | Hanscom AFB| Harvard | Hudson | Lancaster | Lexington | Lincoln | Littleton | Marlborough | Maynard | Natick | Northborough | Sherborn | Shirley | South Lancaster | Southborough | Sterling | Still River | Stow | Sudbury | Waltham | Watertown | Wayland | Wellesley | Westford | Weston

The juried contest is sponsored by the Maynard Cultural Council and OrigamiUSA.  The goal is to increase folds!

Find out more at: Maynard Folds information, statement about the jurors, and the application can be found there.

Help For Families: Mental Health Challenges

UPDATE: All programs, due to the increase in active Delta Covid transmissions and illness on the rise in MA, will be be conducted only on Zoom.

Mental illness touches one in five people. It is likely a spouse, partner, child, sibling, parent or dear friend of yours may be living with a mental health condition. The National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI is offering a FREE 8 session family educational program called “Family to Family”. It is a designated evidenced-based program. The program is taught by NAMI trained family member volunteers who have been there - and includes presentations, discussion, and interactive exercises.

What will you gain? The class provides critical information and strategies for taking care of the person you love, and you’ll also find out – you are not alone! The group setting provides mutual support and shared positive impact – you will experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. You can also help others through your own experiences.

You’ll learn about: The latest up-to-date information on mental health conditions and how they impact the brain. Current treatments: Medications - their therapeutic use and side effects, current treatments and therapies. Local mental health services and supports. Managing crisis, problem solving techniques and effective communication. The emotional impact of mental illness on the entire family. Taking care of yourself and managing your stress.

Two Programs are sponsored by NAMI Central Middlesex for fall 2021.  Thursdays via ZOOM, Sept 16 – Nov 4th, 6:30 – 9:00 PM. To register contact Steve at 978-621-3253, or Lindsay at 781-864-7003, Tuesdays IN PERSON in Littleton MA Oct 12th – Nov 30th, 6:30 – 9:00 PM. proof of vaccination is required. To register, contact Sara at 339-223-3146, or Phyllis at 978.973.3995,

Businesses in Your Community


St. Mary's Thrift Shop Open Saturdays

AYER: St Mary's Ayer Thrift Shop is now open on Saturdays from 9am until 3pm. Housewares, children's room, Christmas and clothing donations (specifically in need of men's jeans and winter coats), and more clean donations will be accepted via drop off on Saturdays only until 2:30pm. Volunteers are needed. All proceeds go to St. Mary's Church. Visit for more information.
Anita forest enjoys a visit with therapy dog greta

Therapy Dog Greta Brings Smiles to Nashoba Park Assisted Living

AYER: Residents at Nashoba Park Assisted Living have been enjoying visits from therapy dog Greta for 10 years as of this July. Greta and her owner Martha McCown visit regularly from the Pets & People Foundation, Inc. of Westford. As a thank you for bringing joy and happiness to the senior community, Nashoba Park residents (Anita Forest pictured herein with Greta) recently made homemade dog treats for Greta and a card expressing their gratitude for the Pets and People Foundation. “Residents’ faces light up when they see Greta come in the door, and they love getting to spend time petting her and talking to her,” says Christine Masci, EnrichedLIFE Director at Nashoba Park. Therapy animal visits are just one of the many enriching programs offered at Nashoba Park Assisted Living, a Volunteers of America Massachusetts Senior Community. You can learn more online at