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Robin Jubenville Organ Concert Gives Tribute to Philip Beaudry

HUDSON: The Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson is pleased to announce that Organist and Music Director Robin Jubenville will perform an hourlong concert of classical organ music in tribute to Philip Beaudry, former UCMH organist and Master Organ Builder. Over the course of his career, Beaudry built, rebuilt, restored, and maintained organs in over 40 churches, including the one at UCMH. Jubenville’s teacher, internationally acclaimed organist James David Christie, knew Beaudry personally and has said of him that “Every organ Phil touched turned to gold.”

The organ at UCMH was built in 1891 by Geo. Ryder as his Opus 161 and presented to the church by Joseph S. Bradley, Edmund M. Stowe and Russell B. Lewis in 1892. Philip Beaudry originally rebuilt the organ in 1968.  Beaudry was known to have a particular skill in the area of voicing, and he certainly brought this skill to bear when he rebuilt the wind system of the UCMH organ in 1991. Christie has said that he considers the sound of the organ at UCMH to be among the best organs in the region – “a hidden gem.”
“When I first heard the organ at UCMH I fell in love with the sound of it,” said Ms. Jubenville. “I think it’s important to acknowledge and pay tribute to the person responsible for that sound.” Ms. Jubenville first came to UCMH as organist in 2008.

The program will be presented on June 17, 2023 at 4pm in the Sanctuary at the Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson (UCMH), located at 80 Main Street in Hudson. The concert is free and open to the public, with donations gratefully accepted. Tickets are available online at Suggested donation is $10 per person or $20 per family. For more information, please contact the church office at 978.562.9180 or via email at

PHOTO: Organist Robin Jubenville at the organ in the sanctuary of the Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson.
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NVTHS Craft Fair Seeks Vendors

WESTFORD: The Nashoba Valley Technical High School Foundation's 11th Annual Craft Fair will be held November 18 from 10am-3pm (set up 8am-9:30am) at NVTHS, 100 Littleton Road (Rt. 110). Register now for this well-attended event - only 100 spots available! Vendor fees are $75, which includes an 8' spot and 2 chairs. Bring your own table or display. Click HERE for more information and to complete the online registration/payment. Any questions, email

0.0 Race at Sterling Street Brewery to benefit Habitat for Humanity NCM

ACTON/CLINTON: Habitat for Humanity NCM is holding a 0.0 Race Event at Sterling Street Brewery in Clinton on June 22, 6-8pm. The 0.0 is a race for everyone. You walk in the door, and you are the winner of the race!

This event is $30 per person, for that you will receive a drink ticket, and a winner’s medal. Music by Workingman Bank, amazing silent auction items to bid on and great networking event. Please email to reserve your spot.

The proceeds from the event will support Habitat NCM’s work including building simple and affordable homes for partner families throughout North Central Massachusetts as well at critical home repairs in the 30 towns they serve. Current projects include new homes on Carlisle Road in Acton and Taft Street in Fitchburg, as well as repairs in Gardner, Littleton, Leominster and Lunenburg. For more information or to sign up visit

Nashoba Symphonic Band Features Senior Jack Light

BOLTON: The Nashoba Symphonic Band, under the direction of David Bailey will present its Graduation Concert on June 15 at 7:30pm in the auditorium of Nashoba Regional High School, Route 117.  Admission is free.

In its final appearance of the 2022-23 Season, the band will be playing Rossini's familiar "Barber of Seville Overture," selections from "Man of LaMancha," and the fiery 'Danza Final' from the "Estansia Danses" by Alberto Ginastera. The featured work on the program will be "The Prayer of St. Gregory" by Alan Hovhaness, a trumpet solo performed by Jack Light, a graduating senior from Nashoba Regional High School.

Now in its seventh full season, the Nashoba Symphonic Band, a 90-piece ensemble consisting of students, parents, educators and members of the  community, is a program of the Nashoba Regional High School Friends of Music. The band is supported in part by grants from Ashby. Bolton, Leominster, Lunenberg, and Stow Cultural Councils, local agencies supported by the MA Cultural Council, a state agency.

Stuff A Cruiser - Food Drive 

STOW/BOLTON/LANCASTER:  Join in the fun, help your Police Department win a friendly competition between the towns of Stow, Bolton and Lancaster. In conjunction with the Rotary of Nashoba Valley, they are raising food donations for the WHEAT Food Pantry. The WHEAT Pantry serves residents of the greater Clinton area. Give the gift of food but also bragging rights to your hard-working town officers! 

A list of much needed items can be found at this link WHEAT MOST NEEDED LIST, also checks can be made out to WHEAT Community Connections (WHEAT is a direct service of the United Way - E.I.N. number 042-104-231). The town winner is decided by the weight of food donated; every dollar donated will equal 2 pounds - checks made payable to WHEAT Community Connections 

Lancaster Police Department will be defending their well earned title from 2021 - Who will win this year? Help your local PD and make a difference in your community at the same time!

Saturday, June 10, 2023, 10am-1pm 

★ Bolton-Police Station 15 Wattaquadock Hill Rd, Bolton, MA
★ Lancaster-Police Station 1053 Main St. Lancaster MA 

★ Stow-Shaw’s Supermarket, 155 Great Road, Stow 

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FPC Hosts "Flower Community 100th Anniversary Celebration"

STOW: First Parish Church of Stow & Acton (FPC), Unitarian Universalist (UU), will celebrate the centennial of Flower Communion Sunday on June 4 at 10am. This beloved ritual celebrates the diversity of humanity, as each churchgoer brings a flower to the service and takes a different flower home. The first Flower Celebration took place in Prague, Czechoslovakia, on June 4, 1923, meaning this service will take place on the very day of the 100th anniversary. The Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Landrum will share the story of its creator, Rev. Norbert Čapek, and how Rev. Hvězdoň Kafka brought it to FPC from Prague. The Rev. Dr. Petr Samojský of the Prague Unitarian Congregation visited FPC in November, where the UUA recorded videos of his flower celebration prayers and more, which will be shown during the service. FPC will also recognize and thank its beloved outgoing accompanist, Sanghee Kim.

Masks are required in the sanctuary, with the exception of the balcony. To enter the virtual room, go to Closed captioning will be available. To prevent disruptive intrusions, the virtual room will be locked about 15 minutes after the service begins. FPC’s facilities are wheelchair accessible. For more information, call (978) 897-8149 or visit The church is located at 353 Great Road, at the corner of routes 117 and 62.
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HCC Community Survey

HUDSON: The Hudson Cultural Council needs the help of people who live, work, and visit Hudson to help advise about how best to allocate public dollars for programs and activities in the Arts, humanities and interpretive sciences. Please take their online community input survey by June 30. The link is, or you can scan the QR code herein to access the survey. Please note that this year the survey can be done in English, Portuguese or Spanish.

The municipally-appointed HCC receives an annual allocation from the Mass Cultural Council as well as from the Town of Hudson to fund projects. Since the council distributes public dollars, it is essential that local public opinion is gathered to learn more about what is happening in the community and what the community needs are. The data from the survey will help to develop useful criteria and funding priorities to guide future grant-making decisions.

Hudson Democrats to Elect Delegates to Democratic State Convention

HUDSON: On June 14, registered Democrats in Hudson will convene both in person and hybrid, meeting at the Avidia Bank Meeting Room, 17 Pope Street at 7pm to elect ten delegates and four alternates to represent Hudson at the 2023 State Democratic Convention. The 2023 Convention will be held in person at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell on September 23. This year's convention will adopt a Party Agenda and Platform by a majority vote of Convention delegates, based upon the recommendation, subject to amendments, of the Party Agenda or Platform  Committee.

Hudson Democrats can register for the Caucus at , or you can register in person on June 14 starting at 6:30pm. A short business meeting will follow the Caucus. Registered and pre-registered Democrats in  Hudson 16 years old by May 23, 2023 may vote and be elected as delegates or alternates during the Caucus. Youth (ages 16-35), people with disabilities, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ+ community not elected as delegates or alternates are encouraged to apply to be add-on delegates at the Caucus or by visiting Those interested in getting involved with the Hudson Democratic Town Committee should contact Ellen Church, Chair, at
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New Hiking Trail in Berlin

BERLIN: Efforts are underway to create a 1.5-mile loop trail at the new Highland Ridge Woods Conservation Area on Highland Street. This 44-acre property was recently conserved by Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) with support from the Berlin Conservation Commission. Recently, representatives of the two organizations, along with a large group of volunteers, added about 1000 feet to the previously cleared sections of the trail. SVT plans to schedule additional volunteer work days later this spring with the goal of completing the trail by midsummer.

Create a Japanese Inspired Garden

HUDSON: Have you dreamed of creating a tranquil space with a meditative quality in your yard? If so, join Hudson Garden Club and nationally certified garden designer Christie Dustman (pictured) for her presentation “Japanese Inspired Gardens” on May 15, 7pm at Hudson Senior Center, 29 Church Street. Doors open at 6:40pm, masks are optional, parking is free, and complimentary refreshments are served. A $5 per person donation from non-garden club members is kindly requested. For more information, contact Cindy Provencher at (978) 618-3467.

Having rigorously studied the design of Japanese gardens, Dustman is an expert in the field. She shares ideas for integrating Japanese conceptual elements to breathe new life into your landscaping. Combine deciduous plants, stone objects, and sculpted conifers to create a beautiful, Zen-like retreat. Dustman is Principal of Christie Dustman & Company and has offered expertise in garden design, installation, and maintenance for over twenty years.

The Hudson Garden Club can be found on Facebook.

Hudson Fire Department Launches New Website

HUDSON: Chief Bryan Johannes is pleased to announce that the Hudson Fire Department has launched a new website,, featuring an interactive home page with user-friendly features. A key feature of the site includes google translate, which allows users to translate the entire site into a different language, including Portuguese and Spanish.

The site now offers users easy access to fire prevention resources, smoke and carbon monoxide alarm information, online fillable forms, and other public awareness and educational resources. Additionally, residents can now subscribe via email to receive online updates and view department-related news on the news blog.

Residents are also encouraged to like and follow the new Hudson Fire Department's Facebook and Twitter pages.

"I encourage everyone to visit our new site," said Chief Johannes. "The user experience of the new site makes it easier for residents to access available resources quickly with just the click of a button."

Give Your Stuff Away Day at Sawyer Hill EcoVillage

BERLIN: Sawyer Hill EcoVillage will celebrate Give Your Stuff Away Day (an international environmental holiday) on May 13. Residents will give away toys, clothes, books, media, computer gear, sports equipment, housewares, furniture, and much more -- just as in a multi-family yard sale, but all free.  Giveaway hours will be 9am to 1pm. Residents will lay out giveaway items in several designated areas outdoors; other possessions are off-limits. If it rains lightly or rain is threatening, giveaway items may be consolidated at certain spots under outdoor canopies or a porch roof. If heavy rain or severe thunderstorms are expected, a rain date may be posted online. Service animals are welcome, but pets must be left at home. Because COVID is still circulating and the event is often crowded, masking is strongly encouraged. Visitors are also asked to maintain some distance from others not in their group. Reach out to Sawyer Hill EcoVillage.

Blessing of the Animals Multi-generational Service at UCMH

HUDSON: The Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson (UCMH) will hold its annual Blessing of the Animals IN PERSON in the beautiful, historic sanctuary at 80 Main Street in Downtown Hudson. This multi-generational worship service will be led by Rev. Alice Anacheka-Nasemann on May 21 at 10:30am.

“Our animal companions are often cherished members of our families, bringing us deep love and connection as well as laughter and joy,” said Rev. Alice. “This service will feature a blessing of the animals as we honor their importance in our lives.”

Well behaved animals of all varieties are welcome to join on leashes or in appropriate enclosures. There will be a slide show presentation of pets who prefer to be left at home, so they can be included in a distance blessing. Please contact the church office via email at for information on how to send your picture for inclusion. Additionally, all are invited to bring pictures or other mementos to honor pets on the Altar of Memory.

Everyone is welcome to participate regardless of faith, religion, or spiritual affiliation, including atheists. Additional information, including links to services, is available at           

Hudson High School Drama Society presents The Lightening Thief: A Percy Jackson Musical

HUDSON: Mythology gets a rockin' modern update in the energetic "The Lightning Thief: A Percy Jackson Musical," starring the extensive talent at Hudson High School. Performances run May 5 at 7pm, May 6 at 2pm and 7pm, and May 7 at 2pm. All shows will be in the Paul "Skip" Johnson auditorium at Hudson High School, 69 Brigham Street. Tickets are $15 (adults)/$12 (students & seniors)/$10 under 10 years old at the door, and available with a discount of $2 off when purchased ahead of time.
Percy Jackson is a teenage boy who always seems to get into trouble, no matter how hard he tries to be good. When he is expelled from school for the sixth time, his mother decides that it is time for Percy to know the truth. The Greek gods are real and, what’s more, Percy is a demigod, the son of Poseidon. Along with fellow demigod Annabeth (the daughter of Athena) and best friend and protector Grover (who happens to be a Satyr), Percy must go on an epic quest to retrieve Zeus’ stolen lightning bolt and prevent war amongst the gods. The quest turns into an epic adventure, with the Furies, Medusa, and Ares (the god of war) among those wanting to stop Percy in his tracks. With time running out, Percy soon discovers that nothing is normal when you’re a demigod.
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All-You-Can-Eat BBQ for a Great Cause

MARLBOROUGH/HUDSON: The scouts of Hudson Troop 77, Hudson Troop 2, Marlboro Troop 2 and Assabet Valley Crew 23 invite the community to an all-you-can-eat BBQ fundraiser, benefiting Scouting activities and community service projects. The event will be held May 21 at Jacobs Hall in the Marlboro Masonic Building at 8 Newton Street in Marlborough. Participants can enjoy endless food catered by Stevie’s Cafe, including vegetarian and gluten free options. Tickets are $20/adult (11+); $15/child (10 and under) and are available online at for a preferred seating time (11-12, 12-1, 1-2 or 2-3).
Scouting supports youth ages 11-18 as they engage in community service projects, conservation activism, and  outdoor exploration while developing lifelong skills. Participants have gone on to become leaders in their community, school and career as they go forward while giving back to others. Your support at this event helps the Troops and Crew with supplies for future projects and supports scouting activities so that no one is limited by financial cost. If you have any questions on this event please email

Kaleidoscope Unveiled at Unitarian Church of Marlboro & Hudson: Open for Viewing at Hudson ArtsFest

HUDSON/MARLBOROUGH: The Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson (UCMH) is pleased to announce the recent unveiling of a human-sized, fully functional kaleidoscope created by local artist and UCMH member Elisa Abatsis. Handcrafted with items used in various Sunday Services, the shifting patterns inside the kaleidoscope include gems and sand from the sharing of joys and sorrows, as well as wax from the Christmas Eve candlelight service and artificial flower petals from springtime services.

“The kaleidoscope was built to express my appreciation for the congregational relationships I've formed at the Unitarian Church of Marlboro and Hudson,” Ms. Abatsis said. “We come from different backgrounds and experiences, but our shared values of love, compassion, and understanding unite us. When we come together, we create a community that is both supportive and challenging. We learn from each other, grow together, and support each other. The kaleidoscope reminds us that even the most ordinary things can be transformed into something beautiful through collaboration and deep reflection.”

The Kaleidoscope will be on public display during the Hudson ArtsFest on May 6 (rain date May 13). All are invited to stop by for a look! The Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson is located at 80 Main Street in Hudson, across Church Street from Hudson Town Hall. For more information, please email or call (978) 562-9180.
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UCMH Now Accepting Applications for New Crafter's Market: Deadline May 15

MARLBOROUGH/HUDSON: The Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson will host a Crafters’ Market directly across from the Hudson Farmers’ Market on Tuesdays, from June 20 through September 26 (excluding 7/4) from 3:30-6:30pm. Local crafters who hand-make items of all kinds are invited to submit applications for a high visibility 10×10 space. Reserve a space for a single date for $30, or save when you commit to multiple dates. Full pricing details, along with an online application form, can be found at The application deadline is May 15, and vendors will be notified of acceptance by June 1. For more information, please email or call (978) 562-9180.
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Nashoba Symphonic Band Plays "Carmina Burana"

BOLTON: The Nashoba Symphonic Band, under the direction of David Bailey will present its Spring Concert on May 7 at 3pm in the auditorium of Nashoba Regional High School, Route 117. Admission is free. The featured work on the program is a suite from Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana," scored for large concert band, piano and percussion by John Krance. Carmina Burana has become a staple of the choral-orchestral repertoire and its music has pervaded many film scores and television commercials. Nearly everyone will recognize the opening chorus, O Fortuna, praising the moody Goddess of Fortune, whose wheel of fate rolls unpredictably over mankind. The rest of the music is divided into four sections: In Springtime, On the Green, In the Tavern, and CourtlyLove. To complete the cycle, the music turns first to Blanchefleur and Helen, then to a complete version of the opening chorus, O Fortuna; thus reminding us that the wheel of life keeps turning- yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Other works on the concert include a suite from Charles Mackerras's Pineapple Poll, a musical whirlwind based on themes from Gilbert and Sullivan, as well as O Cool Is the Valley, a poem for band, by Vincent Persichetti. Now in its seventh full season, the Nashoba Symphonic Band is a program of the Nashoba Regional High School Friends of Music

The NSB is supported in part by grants from Ashby. Bolton, Leominster, Lunenberg, and Stow Cultural Councils, local agencies supported by the MA Cultural Council, a state agency.

Friends of the Bolton Library Host Semi-Annual Book Sale

BOLTON: The Friends of the Bolton Public Library will hold their semi-annual book sale on May 13 from 9:30am-3:30pm (Rain date May 20) at the Houghton Building, 697 Main Street. There are over 5,000 books sorted and “not picked over” puzzles, CDs and DVDs. This book sale is the Friends' largest fundraiser. Proceeds from the sale support programs, events, museum passes, and our online newsletter “ Wowbrary”.

SAVE THE DATE: "The Power of Angels" 2023 Kitty Angels Fundraiser May 6 & 7

AMHERST, NH: Plans are coming together for another fabulous fundraiser for Kitty Angels, Inc., so mark your calendars! This year’s event will take place on May 6 & 7, from 9am-5pm at Treasures Antiques and Collectables, 106 Ponemah Road (Route 122). Yes, pets are always welcome! The kitties and vendors have taken the necessary precautions and are excited to have you get out of the house and come visit with them for some fabulous finds, great “free” entertainment and most important of all, to help Kitty Angels!

Look for all your favorite vendors, including artist Eric Nickola, dba WolfpacStudios, Artist
Lori-Ellen Budenas of Respect the Wood, Monica Gesualdo of Trading Faces, Food Vendor B’s Grumman Grub, Heart’s Design Jewelry. Forever Clean Soaps, Gabe’s Creations, LAB House, Shire Enduring Creations, Dubz Dyes, Morel Woodworking, Baby Snuggz, SoGo Metal Art, Happy Cat Creations, Vinyl Revival, Dusty Finds, Blueberry Cove Creations, Damsel In Defense, Willey’s Whirleys, Baboosic Lake Gourds, Anthony Acres, Color Street, Paws & Spas, Lynda’s Felted Critters, Custom Care Designs, Fiber Art by Eve Huston, Cam’s Shop, Amherst Animal Hospital and so many more. The bands and soloists for the event, consist of keyboardist/band member Joey Peavey, Side Effects, Jensing, North Sound Duo, Jeff Damon, Sunset Rhythm and Wildwood.

Featured throughout the fundraising weekend and into the month of June, is an electrifying raffle of numerous and diverse prizes, all generously donated by local and national businesses, professional sports teams, private individuals and some of the awesome on-site vendors.

Kitty Angels, Inc. is the sole beneficiary of this event. They are a no-kill cat shelter and are made up of all unpaid volunteers, dedicated to rescuing stray and abandoned cats and kittens, furnishing them with treatment for injuries or other health issues and then placing them into new forever homes with compatible owners. They are a non-profit, 501(C)3 charitable corporation where all donations are fully tax-deductible and every penny of every donation is used in the caring of cats. Consider adopting a new life-long forever-friend!

Interested in becoming a vendor at the event? Contact Sherry or Rick Tobin, at (603) 672-2535.  

Stow's SpringFest Seeks Volunteers

STOW: It is that time of year again, Stow’s SpringFest will be held on June 3 at Center School.  The SpringFest committee is in need of volunteers, vendors, food trucks and crafters. Last year SpringFest was a huge success with over 1000 attendees.  Those who are interested in participating may email the committee at, or visit for more information.

Hudson Candidates’ Night April 26

HUDSON: The Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters (Acton Area) will host a Hudson Candidate's Night on April 26 from 7-8:30pm at the Hudson Senior Center, 29 Church Street. Questions for contested candidates for the Select Board, School Committee, Board of Health and Municipal Light Board races can be submitted prior to the event at Questions from the audience attending the event can be submitted via provided index cards and will be used by the Moderator, time permitting. There’s ample parking at the Senior Center, as well as at Railroad Crossing, across the street from the Center.

Cannot attend in person? Watch live on HudTV: livestream or Comcast channel 8 or Verizon channel 47. The program will be archived on HUD TV, for those that need to watch it at a later date.

For more information, contact Sarah Cressy, Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce, (978) 875.0197 or Jeannie Vineyard, League of Women Voters—Acton Area, (978) 549.4217.

Add Pizazz to Shade Gardens

HUDSON: If you have shaded areas in your yard, be excited! Shade offers unique gardening options, and there is no shortage of plants to add pizazz. Hudson Garden Club dives into the shady spaces of spring with Master Gardener Suzanne Mahler (pictured) and her presentation “Gardening in the Shade” on April 17, 7pm, at Hudson Senior Center, 29 Church Street. The event is open to the public.

Mahler generates excitement for planning, planting, and maintaining shaded gardens. Plenty of options for shrubs, flowers, trees, color, and texture are available to create the perfect shady retreat. Learn from a pro! Mahler, a garden lecturer and past president of the New England Daylily Society, has been developing and reinventing her 1.5-acre property for over 40 years.

Doors open at 6:40pm, masks are optional, parking is free, and complimentary refreshments are served. A $5 per person donation is kindly requested from non-garden club members. For more information, contact Cindy Provencher at (978) 618-3467, or visit the Hudson Garden Club on Facebook at

Lunger Visits Republican Town Committee

STOW: March’s monthly SRTC meeting was highlighted by guest Dave Lunger. Lunger is currently Action’s RTC Chairman and has announced his candidacy to become the next State Committeeman to represent the Middlesex & Worcester district. Lunger highlighted his resume including several years on Acton’s RTC including three years as chairperson. The candidate’s vision includes reinvigorating bottom-up elections, getting more candidates to run in local offices. Reforming a district RTC meeting where chairs and officers of all the municipalities in the district can come together and share ideas to increase recruitment, fundraising and awareness of the Republican party in Massachusetts.

Currently the Middlesex & Worcester Committeeman is Stow’s Brian Burke. Burke officially announced his retirement earlier this year after serving four terms, first winning office in 2008 over Marlborough RCC Chairman Paul Ferro. Burke faced and defeated Ferro three more times, as well as other candidates Michael Farquhar in 2012 and Dean Cavaretta in 2020. Burke stated he intends to take no sides on who his successor should be. As of this notice release Lunger is the only Republican who has announced intent to run in March 2024.

As for Stow RTC businesses, recruitment is still the name of the game. Several ideas were discussed including hosting a tent at this years Springfest to help spread the word about the emerging group. Additional discussion about this year’s town election and who the SRTC will support to best represent our values in town government.

April’s Stow Republican Town Committee meeting is scheduled for April 24, 7pm, at Pompositticut Community Center. Any Stow residents are invited. Those wishing more information about upcoming meeting and events are encouraged to check out, or email STRC directly at
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First United Methodist of Hudson Invites all to “Meet and Greet” New Pastor

HUDSON: First United Methodist Church, 34 Felton Street, is excited to invite Hudson and surrounding neighbors, to small informal group gatherings to get to know Pastor Chris who was appointed last November.  Everyone is invited to stay for light refreshments to be served downstairs in Lamson Hall. Please make your selection from the following dates and times and call to reserve your spot:
  • Thursday, April 13, 11am
  • Saturday, April 15, 5pm
  • Thursday, April 20, 1pm
  • Friday, April 21, 6pm
  • Friday, April 28, 5pm
  • Saturday, April 29, 11am

Doors are open to all. Experience the warmth and fellowship offered. More information is available at (978) 562-2932 or at First United Methodist Church is located over the hill, just off the Hudson rotary at 34 Felton Street.
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St. Stephen Lutheran Church Welcomes New Pastor

MARLBOROUGH: Parishioners at St. Stephen Lutheran Church welcomed a new pastor recently, and the warmth of that welcome has brought joy to Pastor Rheanna Goodrich and her family as they settle in to their new home. “The call has been amazing so far,” says Pr Rheanna.
“The congregation has been so welcoming to our family, and super supportive.”

At St. Stephen, the new pastor is “looking forward to getting to know everybody here, working with people to figure out what comes next.” Her focus is both the church and the Marlborough-Hudson community. She notes that “a lot of people don’t know Jesus, a loving, benevolent God. There is so much pain and brokenness.” The call of the church, she says “is to help heal.”

Pr Rheanna comes to SSLC from Michigan, where she has spent the major portion of her life, but New England is also in her background. Born in Montana, she lived with her parents and sister in New Hampshire from age 2 to Grade 4, and has fond memories of outdoor activities. “We ran around in the woods all the time and loved playing outside.” Her family attended Baptist and Episcopal churches, but she came back to her Lutheran roots in Michigan during her high school years. Her faith was important, but Pr. Rheanna didn’t realize then that it  would become her vocation and went on to earn a BS in English with a focus in Creative Writing at
Central Michigan University. After graduation, “I quickly realized I needed a job and went into business,” she recalls of her time spent managing apartment complexes. “Then God got involved.”

Active in her congregation leading programs, and serving as council president, the thought of becoming a pastor emerged, but she was unsure “whether I wanted to take on the responsibility in my 20s.” She was now married - she and Mara will mark their 21 st anniversary this summer. Talking with Mara and her pastor, eventually “there were enough signs that I couldn’t ignore it. This was in my heart.” She enrolled in the five year program at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, and daughter Kaili, now 12, was born during this time. Pr Rheanna accepted a first call to a church in Au Gres, MI, “a lovely, rural community experience,” and a second call to Bridgeport, MI, closer to Mara’s work.

Accepting her third call meant a move to Massachusetts for the family of three and four cats. “It is fabulous to be back in a place of diverse culture, people, language, and food,” she says. The family likes the outdoors, especially hiking, biking, and camping. Pr Rheanna also enjoys creative writing, including science fiction as well as poetry. Among many new and old adventures, she would love to try snowshoeing again, take Kaili to Hampton Beach, to experience it as she had as a child, and all three would like to explore Salem, and the history of a very distinct era. “We were looking for a new adventure,” Pr. Rheanna says with a smile, adding that “New England is a homecoming for me and had everything we were looking for.”

For more information about the church, visit or the church’s Facebook page. Saint Stephen is a member of the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America ( . The church is a Reconciling in Christ congregation, welcoming to all. Parishioners come from Marlborough, Hudson, Berlin, Northborough, Southborough, Westborough, Shrewsbury, Sudbury, Stow and Bolton. Sunday worship is at 10am, with Sunday School at 9am.

Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley Awards Scholarships to Local Students for Upcoming (RYLA) Conference in June

The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley announced that it has awarded scholarships to this year’s Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Conference to be held in June. The lucky scholarship winners are Nevaeh Duplessis, Vincenzo Porfino, Riley Dinjian and Madison Oxnard.

Robert Johnson, local Committee Chairperson, said that the chosen students will be among the more than 150 Massachusetts high school sophomores who will attend the RYLA Conference. Aimed at developing the leadership potential of young men and women, the conference will feature many thought-provoking events including interactive Leadership Labs, exciting guest speakers, and challenging mental and physical activities that will provide the participants with a chance to excel amongst and with their peers. Topics will include decision-making, critical thinking, communicating effectively, ethics, and public service. To be chosen, the candidates needed to qualify by showing leadership potential and good citizenship characteristics and showing a strong desire to attend and benefit from the conference. Additionally, in their individual interviews, they needed to stand out from the other applicants.

Congratulations from the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley to this year’s scholarship winners and their families! Anyone interested in obtaining further information should visit or contact
Robert Johnson at, (978) 875-3143 or any other member of the Nashoba Valley Rotary Club.
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The Town of Acton Swap Shop Needs Volunteers!

ACTON: Does giving stuff away make you happy? Are you a social animal? Will you have a few hours to help keep good things out of the trash? The purpose of the Acton Swap Shop is to reduce trash by putting perfectly usable items into the hands of those that can use them. One person's trash is another person's treasure! The Swap Shop is located at the Acton Transfer Station and Recycling center, and anyone with a sticker can use the Swap Shop. It is open May-October, Tuesday-Saturday, and volunteers pick their own hours. For more information, visit, or contact Debby Andell at

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Sounds of Stow Presents “Joyous Voices – Winsome Winds”

STOW: Join the Sounds of Stow Chorus & Orchestra on April 2 at 3pm, for a program entitled “Joyous Voices – Winsome Winds” with pieces by Mozart and Hadyn. The concert, with full orchestra and outstanding soloists and under the baton of Barbara Jones, Artistic Director, will be held at the Hale Middle School.

The orchestra opens the program with one of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s most delightful compositions, the Sinfonia Concertante for Four Winds, followed by the joyous, innovative Harmoniemesse, Joseph Haydn’s final choral work. What better way to welcome Spring and raise your spirits after the long, dark winter days!

The soloists for the Sinfonia Concertante are frequent Sounds of Stow collaborators Veronica Kenney (Oboe); Dianne Mahany (Clarinet); Leo Kenen (Bassoon); and Jeff Stewart (Horn). For the Harmoniemesse, the chorus will be joined by outstanding vocal soloists Aurora Martin, soprano; Krista River, mezzo; Jason Wang, tenor; and Mark Cleveland, bass-baritone.
Tickets for the April concert are available for online purchase at or email  Masks are requested.

Looking ahead, mark your calendars for “Voices Rising” on May 20 at the new Groton Hill Music Center, a truly world-class performance venue. Sounds of Stow will be joining other area choruses and the Vista Philharmonic Orchestra for an exciting evening of music. Learn more at
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Assabet Valley Camera Club: Photoshop Brush Program

HUDSON: On April 5, the Assabet Valley Camera Club (AVCC) is pleased to host Bernie Hynes whose presentation will explore the use of the Brush Tool in Adobe Photoshop. This “how to” program will demonstrate ways to add another level of creativity and WOW factor to one’s images. Hynes, a retired New Englander currently living in Port Charlotte, FL, is well-known for his service to many camera clubs in the Northeast. He has won Print of the Year
at both the New England Camera Club Council and the Florida Camera Club
Council. He holds several medals and awards from PSA as well as the Glennie
Nature Salon.

Currently AVCC meetings are being held online. If you are interested in attending
this program, contact AVCC at a few days prior to the meeting to request a link to the event. The club’s Zoom room opens at 7pm with a brief business meeting at 7:15pm. The presentation Photoshop Brush Program will begin at 7:30pm. Normally, AVCC meetings are held at the Hudson Senior Center, 29 Church Street,
Hudson. The first meeting of the month generally features a program designed to
instruct and/or to entertain camera enthusiasts. During the second monthly meeting, a competition of members’ digital images are judged and critiqued by qualified individuals. Assabet Valley Camera Club, affiliated with both the New England Camera Club Council (NECCC) and the Photographic Society of America (PSA), participates in interclub competitions on regional, national and international levels.

AVCC welcomes anyone interested in learning more about photography as a visual art and its practical application as a science. Members benefit from the hands-on experiences, from the knowledge presented in programs, and from having their work critiqued. For more information, visit

Stow Garden Club Presents "Peonies: Love of my Life"

STOW: On April 5 at 7pm at the Stow Community Center at 509 Great Road, the Stow Garden Club will welcome Christine Paxhia who will present "Peonies: Love of my Life." Paxhia has been a member of the Massachusetts Master Gardeners Speakers Bureau for over ten years. Her love of peonies began as a child. Her garden has over 38 varieties of peonies. Her presentation will include the history of peonies and how to select, install and care for these much loved plants. A photographic slideshow will be included. Non-members are invited to attend, but are asked to pay five dollars.
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Sustainable Stow Rain Barrel Program

STOW: Remember the drought last summer? Rain barrels are an effective way to conserve water, help your garden survive dry spells, and reduce the runoff that pollutes waterways. Sustainable Stow is partnering with The Great American Rain Barrel Company to offer 60-gallon, food-safe barrels at cost to residents of Stow and surrounding communities. Place your order by April 3 at midnight - select Stow from the list of Massachusetts communities at Barrels must be collected on April 15 from 1-3pm at the Stow Highway Department, 88 S. Acton Road. Barrels cannot be held for later pickup. For more information on rain barrels, please see the FAQs and How to Use sections at

If you are a DIY kind of person, you may prefer to make your own. There's a great step-by-step tutorial and video from Better Homes Gardens at
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Celebrating 40 Years of SPM with "Mahler 5"!

HUDSON: Symphony Pro Musica, conducted by Mark Churchill, presents its third performances of its celebratory 40th Anniversary season on March 25 at 7:30pm at the Hudson High School, and on March 26 at 3:30 pm at St. Mark’s School in Southborough. The program, “Celebrating 40 Years of SPM with Mahler 5,” marks the first time in nearly 25 years the orchestra has performed this monumental composition.

Churchill states “Mahler’s Fifth Symphony is one of the towering achievements of Mahler’s unique genius. This broadly conceived five-movement work covers the entirety of human existence from the archly tragic opening funeral march to the heavenly Adagietto for harp and strings, a love letter to the composer’s beloved wife Alma.” Mahler struggled with the work and revised it numerous times, feeling that its time was 50 years into the future. As a lovely and much more innocent prelude to the symphony, the program opens with Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate with another captivating rising star of classical music, soprano Yeonjae Cho (pictured), who will charm and excite you with her exquisite vocal artfulness.

Listeners will have the opportunity to enjoy a pre-concert talk 45 minutes prior to the performance, which will provide a guide through the concert works. Included in the program itself will be a brief presentation about the Hudson Armory Project, one of SPM’s valued community partners. The Project’s mission is to enrich the cultural economy of the region by creating an environment in which the arts flourish, inspire, and enhance the quality of life for all citizens.

SPM continues its long tradition of performing at Hudson High School, which began with the orchestra’s founding 40 years ago. On Sunday afternoon, SPM will play at the Putnam Family Arts Center at St. Mark’s School in Southborough. There will be a pre-concert talk 45 minutes prior to the start of each performance. Students are always able to attend SPM concerts at no charge. Adult tickets are $25, senior tickets are $20, and group rates are available. Tickets to the performances may be found online at, or from their website, where you can learn more about this concert and the balance of the season. Please visit, call (978) 562-0939, or email

SGCC Spring Programming at Unitarian Church of Marlboro & Hudson

HUDSON: The Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson (UCMH). 80 Main Street, is pleased to announce that we have resumed in-person programming through our Spiritual Growth and Community Center (SGCC). The spring calendar is in full swing, and new participants are warmly welcomed! Offerings include:
* Free Your Inner Artist! Second Wednesdays, 7-9pm in Union Hall ($5 suggested donation) – Freeform exploration of abstract art using acrylic paint and found objects.
* Open Creativity: First and third Thursdays, 7-9pm in Union Hall ($5 suggested donation) – Bring your creative project-in-progress, or just a desire to explore the possibilities in the company of other creatives. Coffee and inspiration provided!
* Pub Theology: Second Thursdays, 7-9pm at Lost Shoe Brewing and Roasting (no fee to attend, purchase your own refreshments) – All are welcome to engage in deep, respectful, and reflective conversation over drinks. Theme changes monthly.
* FreeDrum: First Saturdays, 7-10pm ($5 for adults, kids under 13 free) – Dave “Drumhead” Curry leads an evening of high-energy, freestyle drumming and dancing that welcomes all ages and skill levels.
* New Age Spiritualist Collaborative: Meetings monthly, fourth Thursdays ($5 suggested donation) – Explore modalities such as mediumship, divination, energy healing and astrology with the aim of evolving consciousness by understanding our soul's place in the Universe.
For full information about these and other events, visit, or email the church office at The SGCC is an outreach program of the Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson that provides inspirational programs, classes and events to awaken peace, joy, love, compassion, personal growth, and creativity.  All programs are open to the community and all are welcome.

Stow Republican Town Committee Grows and Grows

STOW: Another snowstorm was expected on February 27, and members again turned out for the monthly Stow RTC meeting. Chairperson Dexter was encouraged to see several first-time attendees and continue to encourage all residents of Stow to attend Republican Town Committee meetings and help build this budding organization.

Grassroots was the order of business. The SRTC is actively seeking individuals interested in joining town boards and committees. Residents seeking to spread the ideals of the Republican party, small government, lower taxes, more individual freedoms will receive the full support of our committee. The chair believes leading by example to be the most effective manner in encouraging more volunteers to fill these town vacancies.

The March Stow Republican Town Committee meeting is scheduled for March 27 at 7pm at Pompositticut Community Center. As always, all Stow residents are invited. Those wishing more information about upcoming meeting and events are encouraged to check out its Facebook page at, or email STRC directly at

Take a Deeper Dive into Garden Design

HUDSON: Are you considering creating a new garden, updating an existing one, or undergoing a complete redesign? It is not as overwhelming as you may think! Join professional photographer and landscape architect Joanne Pearson for “Garden Design – A Deeper Dive” on March 20 at 7pm at Hudson Senior Center, 29 Church Street, presented by Hudson Garden Club. Pearson uses a visually appealing presentation that showcases photographs of both U.S. and European gardens and landscapes to set us on the path to garden design success. Explore hardscape and softscape elements that help landscape designs stand out, and discover concepts for planning and modifying gardens suitable for every homeowner’s style, schedule and budget. Doors open at 6:40pm, masks are optional, parking is free, and complimentary refreshments
are served following the presentation. A $5 per person donation is requested from non-garden club members. For more information, contact Cindy Provencher at (978) 618-3467, or visit

Joanne Pearson is proprietor of Fair Haven Photographs, and her acclaimed lectures on gardens and photography inspire and educate audiences.

Hudson Cultural Council Seeking New Members

HUDSON: Are you interested in supporting local cultural events in Hudson? Have you considered serving on a board and helping to determine how to allocate funds for cultural events? The Hudson Cultural Council (HCC) is looking for volunteers interested in serving as voting members who can help share ideas and knowledge when making determinations on how funding for the cultural council is dispensed. The HCC is a group of volunteers appointed by the Hudson Select Board for three-year terms. Its mission is “to support and enhance Hudson's diverse heritage and cultural opportunities by supporting activities that enrich the lives of Hudson residents of all ages”. The HCC strives to achieve these goals by diligently evaluating grant requests and allocating funds from the municipality as well as the Massachusetts Cultural Council to projects best serving Hudson residents. Some of this year's grant recipients include Hudson Division of Recreation, MetroWest Boys and Girls Club, Hudson Public Library, Green Hudson, and Hudson Cultural Alliance.

Visit or for more information. Please contact the council via email at with any questions about becoming a member. To apply, fill out an interest form at the Hudson Town Clerk's Office, 78 Main Street. An online link to the form is also accessible on the Town of Hudson website at Committee / Board Interest Form (

Rabies Immunization Clinic Schedule

Rabies immunization for dogs and cats over six (6) months of age, not previously immunized, and those with a red heart (2020) rabies tag must be immunized. Depending on the vaccination status of your dog or cat the veterinarian will inform you of the effective vaccination duration for the vaccination given. The charge per immunization is $20, payable to Vet. Residents of Nashoba member towns may attend any of the following clinics. Cats must be brought in cages or closed boxes during the last half of any clinic. The tag for 2023 will be a green bell.

Times & Places:

Ayer Animal Hospital, 196 W. Main Street
Bryan Clifford | 3/24, 5-6pm
Corynne Orzech | 3/31, 5-6pm

Highway Barn, 88 S. Acton, Bolton/Stow Gould | 3/30, 6-7pm

Highway Barn, 112 West Street, Berlin Bianco | 3/25, 10-11am

Lancaster Fire Station, 1055 Main Street
Bianco | 3/25, 11:30am-12:30pm

Pepperell Fire Station, Jersey Street
Flanagan | 4/1, 9-10:30am

Townsend Highway, 177 Main Street
Flanagan | 4/1, 11am-12:30pm

Littleton Animal Hospital, 29 King Street
Brooks | 2/25, 1-3pm

Friends of Troop 2 Stow Host Shredding Fundraiser

STOW: Friends of Troop 1 Stow will be hosting their Paper Shredding Fundraising event on April 1 at Hale Middle School, 55 Hartley Road, from 8-11am. The cost is as follows: $5/grocery store bag; $10/banker/copy paper box (fits 5 gal container); $15/large bank box (fits 17 gal container). Boxes will be returned. Credit card payment only, drive up service. For more information, visit or call (978) 212-9175. 100% of net proceeds goes to supporting the Scouts of Troop 1 Stow.
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Writer Song-Singer” Heather Maloney to Perform in Stow

STOW: Massachusetts-based “writer song-singer” Heather Maloney will perform at the next New Revival Coffeehouse on March 4 at 7:30pm. Maloney found music in the midst of three years at a meditation center, honing a sound moored in days of silent reflection and reverence for storytellers like Joni, Rilke, Ken Burns, and the anonymous authors of Zen parables.
While she eventually traded the quiet, structured life of a yogi for the kinetic life of a touring musician, the core of her songwriting remains centered around the same curiosity about our inner world and the desire to articulate it through storytelling. Maloney has toured nationally as a headliner as well as in support of acts like Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lake Street Dive, Shakey Graves, Gary Clark Jr., and Colin Hay.

The New Revival Coffeehouse is at First Parish Church of Stow and Acton, 353 Great Road. Tickets are $17 in advance at and $20 at the door. Doors open at 7pm and the concert begins at 7:30pm. Masks are optional. For more information, visit or For questions, call (978) 274-2593, or email
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First United Methodist Church Corned Beef & Cabbage Benefit Dinner

HUDSON: On March 11 at 6pm, the First United Methodist Church of Hudson, will be sponsoring a delicious Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner to benefit “Bridges to Malawi,” a poverty-stricken country located in southeast Africa. An informative talk will be presented by Dr. Brian Lisse who has spent over 13 years traveling to Malawi, having established this nonprofit organization. Its mission is to help the lives of those less fortunate who are suffering from sickness, disease and famine.

The dinner is $15 per person with money going to support purchases of Chlorinators and Filtration systems for safe water usage and other necessities. Dr. Lisse, along with a group of medical students and other healthcare providers, make annual trips to Malawi where they provide medical care and medical  knowledge to improve the health and well-being of the Malawi community. The organization and its team have helped to fight malnutrition and famine, increase family incomes, and further help the people of Malawi.

Please join in this most important outreach ministry from 5– 6:30pm and know that you are helping others in a critical life situation.  FUMC is located just over the hill, off the Hudson Rotary at 34 Felton Street. More information is available at (978) 562-2932 or online at