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Congratulations to August's winner, Lovelane Special Needs Horseback Riding Program of Lincoln
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Run a Food Drive to Spread More Love, Less Hunger

Did you know that 24% of the food Open Table distributes comes from community food donations?  Your assistance is vital to Open Table.  Please consider running a food drive this autumn if you are hungry to help neighbors experiencing food insecurity.  It's an easy, feel-good community service that is a great activity for neighborhoods, businesses, schools, scouts, clubs, teams, and faith-based organizations.  All size food drives are welcome.  Sandwich boards and other signs are available to help you spread the word.  Go to for information.   Stay up-to-date on our changing needs and news on Instagram and Twitter @opentablema and  
Open Table is the local food pantry supporting those in-need in Concord, Bedford, Carlisle, and 18 other surrounding areas.  If you or someone you know is in need of food assistance, email or call (978) 369-2275. 
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Abstract Architecture Photography - Creativity in Composition

HUDSON: On October 4, the Assabet Valley Camera Club (AVCC) is pleased to host Angie McMonigal, a fine-art and commercial architecture photographer based in Chicago. Drawing from her education in the micro sciences (molecular biology, microbiology, virology), Angie’s images capture bold architectural details rather than sweeping cityscapes. She createsimages that celebrate unexpectedly iconic elements hiding in plain sight.
During her Abstract Architecture Photography presentation, Angie’s discussion will focus on creative approaches to architectural subjects. Emphasis will be on architectural details and creating abstracts of the built environment. She will share how to uncover creative viewpoints and how to best utilize compositional tools to create more compelling images. View her gallery at
Currently AVCC is using a hybrid meeting format. If you are interested in attending either the online program or the in-person meeting, contact AVCC at a few days prior to the meeting to request a link to the event or to let us know you will be attending in person. The club’s Zoom room opens at 7pm with a brief business meeting at 7:15pm. Angie’s presentation Abstract Architecture Photography will begin at 7:30pm. AVCC’s in-person meetings are held in the downstairs meeting room at the Hudson Senior Center, 29 Church Street. Visitors are always welcome to attend and should plan to arrive no later than 7:15pm.
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. Members benefit from the hands-on
experiences, from the knowledge presented in programs, and from having their work critiqued.  For more information, check out the AVCC website at .

Stow CoA Seeks Senior Residents for Bridges Together Program

STOW: The Stow COA is looking for volunteers to participate in the Bridges Together Program at the Center School on Fridays from 9-9:50am for six weeks beginning on September 29. Bridges Together is an intergenerational program that empowers older adults to influence young minds and dispel myths, by sharing their experiences and wisdom.  It is great fun and a valuable lesson to young people.
  • Volunteers must be Stow residents 60 or older;
  • Volunteers will need to participate in a brief orientation session on 9/22 from 9-9:50am at the COA.
  • Volunteers should be available to attend weekly sessions at Center School (in the 4th Grade Classrooms) on 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27 and 11/3 from 9-9:50am.
  • Volunteers will have an at-home assignment between classes;
  • Volunteers will be required to complete a CORI required by the school.

If you are interested and available to participate, email

Hudson Elks Hosts Watch City Cadillacs

HUDSON: On October 6 from 8-11pm, The Hudson Elks #959 will be hosting 50s Doo Wop band Watch City Cadillacs in their event hall.  Tickets are $20 each, with table reservations an additional $50.  There will be music, raffles and a cash bar at 91 Park Street in Hudson.  For more information, visit, email, or call (978) 568-8129.

This event is in support of Honor Flight New England.  Honor Flight New England is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring America's most senior veterans.  Through generous donations, they transport heroes at no cost to Washington (DC) to visit and reflect at their memorials.

Charity Online Auction Supports Stow CoA

STOW: Now running until September 21, there is a wonderful, eclectic auction featuring many Barbie dolls, GI Joes, Ashton Drake collections, art, clothing and accessories, collectibles, craft items, household goods, furniture and more. All items online have been donated to raise money for the Stow Council on Aging. Please bid in the spirit of charity. All bidding starts at $1 with NO RESERVES and NO BUYER’S PREMIUM.  Auction closes at 7pm on September 21. For more information and to start bidding, visit
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Yard Sales, Pies, an Open House & More at FPC

STOW/ACTON: On September 17, First Parish Church of Stow & Acton (FPC), Unitarian Universalist, will begin a four-part Sunday service series in which the Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Landrum will delve into understanding different spiritual practices and how they may be correlated with personality types. The service, Spiritual Practice Types Part 1: Devotion, will take place both in person and virtually at 10am. Masking is optional; a section of the sanctuary is reserved for those who wish to wear masks. To enter the virtual room, go to FPC warmly welcomes gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. FPC’s facilities are wheelchair accessible.
It’s time again for FPC to sell its homemade apple pies, and on its first day, you’ll also be able to visit the annual FPC Community Yard Sale. On September 23, FPC will hold its yard sale from 8:30am-1pm. With multiple sellers and tables, you’ll find a wider variety and number of items in one place than you’d find at a typical household yard sale. Items are likely to include household wares, artwork, ceramics, toys, sports equipment, and one-of-a-kind items. Apple pie sales will continue each Saturday and Sunday through October 15. Sales will begin at 10am and will close when the day’s pies are sold, or at 1pm, whichever comes first. FPC’s 3 lb. pies are $18 each. Apples for the pies have been generously donated by Shelburne Farm of Stow.
FPC is holding an Open House on September 24 at 353 Great Road in Stow. All are welcome to come to the Sunday service at 10am and then follow parishioners downstairs to Fellowship Hall, or to show up at Fellowship Hall at or after 11:15am, to find out more about FPC’s many programs beyond the church service, including a religious education program that teaches world religions and encourages and leads children and youth to use their own hearts and minds to find their own religious/spiritual path. Find out about opportunities to serve on various social justice committees, such as the Racial Justice, Supporting Asylum Seekers, and Climate Change task forces. As part of FPC, you might even help plan the next beerfest! The Open House is expected to end at about 12:30pm.
A series of free seminars for people approaching or in retirement will begin on September 24. The series will take place on four consecutive Sundays from 1-3pm. All are welcome! The first seminar is “Estate Planning for Massachusetts Residents.” On September 24, attorney Barbara Epstein will offer an overview of the key elements of creating and updating an estate plan, including a will, trust (if needed), durable power of attorney, and health care directives. She will address the implications of the Massachusetts Estate Tax, which has one of the lowest exemption amounts in the country - many residents must pay Massachusetts estate taxes even though their assets are far below the asset level needed to trigger federal estate tax. She’ll also cover ways to be the most effective with charitable giving through your estate. Epstein is an attorney with Scheier, Katin & Epstein. The remaining seminars, on October 1, 8 and 15, will cover, respectively, Medicare and Social Security Programs, Senior Living Options in the Metrowest Area, and Local Services Available to Seniors. This series is sponsored by the Endowment Committee of First Parish Church of Stow and Acton. All seminars will be held in FPC’s Fellowship Hall.
For more information about FPC and their upcoming events and activities, call (978) 897-8149 or visit

Stow Police Department Announces Appointment of Kellie Barhight as Lieutenant

STOW: The Stow Police Department and Chief Michael Sallese are pleased to announce the appointment of Kellie Barhight as Lieutenant. Lt. Barhight has worked in law enforcement in Vermont and Massachusetts since 1999, and comes to Stow from the Ayer Police Department, where she served as a Patrol Officer, Lead Detective, and most recently Sergeant. Barhight was sworn in during a ceremony on Friday, Sept. 8, surrounded by famiily and friends. She succeeds Lt. Darren Thraen, who retired in May after 31 years of distinguished service to the Stow community.

Lt. Barhight was selected following an open hiring process that attracted 13 applicants. A hiring committee including Chief Sallese, town staff, and community leaders reviewed resumes and selected five candidates for consideration. Those candidates participated in both a written test and assessment center. Three candidates advanced to formal interviews with the hiring committee.

 “At the end of interviews, Kellie Barhight was the committee’s clear choice,” Chief Sallese said. “She values community policing and collaboration, and her combination of experience, education, and training make her a great fit for Stow. I look forward to seeing where she will help lead the Department.”

Lt. Barhight holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Norwich University, and a Master’s degree from Anna Maria College. She holds numerous certifications and specializations. While in Ayer she was actively involved in the community, participating in numerous charitable events including the Ayer Police Toys for Christmas drive and the Ayer Police Special Olympics.

PHOTO: Kellie Barhight, right, was sworn in as the Stow Police Department's new Lieutenant. At left is Police Chief Michael Sallese. (Photo Courtesy Stow Police Department)

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Morley Scholarship Awarded to Resident of Stow

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STOW: The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley is delighted to announce that the David and Eleanor Morley Endowed Global Grant Scholarship has been awarded to Katherine Painter, a lifelong resident of Stow. RNV sponsored Katherine as a candidate for this scholarship and is thrilled that she was selected! This unique Scholarship was established in 2002 by David and Eleanor Morely, to be granted to a resident of Rotary District 7910 who will be doing graduate-level study outside the U.S. in one of Rotary’s areas of focus.

David Morley was a dedicated Rotarian, a graduate of Worcester Polytech Institute, and had a long career at General Electric. Katherine’s area of focus is Peace and Conflict Resolution. She graduated from Yale in the spring of 2023 with a simultaneous BA/MA in Classics and a BA in Religious Studies. She will be attending Oxford University to obtain a Masters of Philosophy in Religion and Theology. Her focus is on understanding the root causes of and potential solutions for contemporary religious conflicts and ways to bring people and communities together toward resolution of those conflicts. After she obtains her master degree, her goal is to obtain a doctoral degree in religion and work in higher education, devoting her career to teaching, research, and community outreach.

Katherine attended a Rotary of Nashoba Valley club meeting in early September and is heading off to Oxford later in September.

Post Storm Clean Up - Conservation Trail Updates

(As of 9/10/23)

STOW: As everyone knows, there was significant tree damage from the 9/8/23 storm.  The Conservation Department will be working during the week of 9/11 to clear and reopen trails.  Please be patient as there is quite a bit of work to be done. Trail users should exercise caution as there are overhead hazards that may not be obvious. Please help us out by tossing branches off the trail and reporting locations of larger fallen trees (if they are not already below). It is most helpful to mark them on a map and let us know if they are step overs, blocking the trail, or overhead hazards.
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  • Green Trail completely blocked at Lanes End
  • Tree down on white trail, can be stepped over 
  • Most of trails not assessed
Captain Sargent:
  • Green Trail is blocked by fallen and broken trees near the top of the hill.
  • Red Trail is blocked by fallen trees below the Green trail.
  • Yellow Trail has tree across trail and overhead hazards.
  • White Trail off South Acton Rd. partially blocked, but passable.
  • Light Blue trail is clear.
  • Dark Blue trail assessment in progress.
  • Tree blocking Lime Green connector to Flagg Hill
  • Multiple trees blocking blue and purple trail (blue trail completely blocked just after it turns left from main entrance)
  • Multiple trees blocking white and orange trails
  • Tree blocking Lime Green connector to Heath Hen
  • Most of trails not yet assessed, but presumed blocked given area tree damage
Marble Hill
  • Tree down at Taylor Rd entrance completely blocking trail.
  • Multiple trees across yellow and trails.
  • Overhead hazard on white trail.
Assabet Overlook - Some minor tree damage but passable
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Hudson Cultural Council Seeks Funding Proposals

HUDSON: The Hudson Cultural Council is seeking online applications from organizations, schools, and individuals for grants to support community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs. If you have a great idea for bringing culturally enriching programming to Hudson and need funding to make it a reality, you are welcome to apply for a grant. The online application window is open from September 1-October 17, 2023. Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at Applicants should familiarize themselves with the revised Hudson Cultural Council’s Guidelines and Funding Priorities before submitting a grant application. These can be found on the council’s website
The mission of the Hudson Cultural Council 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. HCC awards grants to private and public/municipal organizations, and individuals for cultural projects that benefit the Hudson community. The Council is responsible for making the final decisions on how to best serve the cultural needs of Hudson in selecting grant recipients and the amount of each grant. Priority is given to programs which take place inside the town of Hudson and to those serving Hudson residents as well as Hudson-based organizations and institutions. Some of this past year’s grant recipients include Hudson Division of Recreation Summer Concert Series, Hudson Public Library Children’s Room One Up Games Event Series, Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Market Music, and Hudson Cultural Alliance, Inc Hudson Armory Project Arts Series.

Check out the council’s website or its Facebook page at for updates and more information on the application process. 
The Hudson Cultural Council is composed of volunteers appointed by the Town of Hudson Select Board. HCC is always looking to welcome new members. To find out more about the council, feel free to attend one of our open meetings or contact the council directly with questions via email at
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SAS Offers Star Watch at Minute Man Field

STOW: Skylight Astronomical Society, Inc (SAS) members will set up their telescopes for Star Watch guest viewing, September 23 from 7-9pm. They will target deep sky objects as well as the Moon. See the original Terminator. Check out the rings of Saturn, mysterious nebulae and star clusters. Masks are not required but will be available. If you have COVID symptoms or have been in contact with someone ill, please refrain from attending. The weather caused the cancellation of their last event, so be sure to check before you come. A cancellation notice will be posted online at by 3pm that day.

FREE Mass Save Seminar

BOLTON: Mass Save is NEW and IMPROVED! Are you ready to take control of your energy bills and make your home more eco-friendly? Join the Kotlarz Group for an enlightening and informative Mass Save Seminar that will empower you with the knowledge and tools on how you can save 25% on your home energy bills by creating a more energy efficient living space.  The event is taking place at the Bolton Bean, 626 Main Street.  For more information, visit
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Stow Cultural Council Accepting Applications for 2024 Events

STOW: Do you have a performance to share with our community? Do you like to share stories of the past or future or teach others to dance, read, write, or laugh? Are you an artist, musician, author, scientist, or do you have a great idea or event that will enrich and educate those around you? Let the Stow Cultural Council support your event. Funded by the state of Massachusetts, the town of Stow, and private foundations, the Stow Cultural Council awards grants to projects that contribute culturally to Stow and surrounding communities. Previous grants have supported concerts, art shows, theater, dance, music, and film.

The Stow Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils (LCCs) serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community. Those who do apply are encouraged to  consider a virtual option in your application to reach as many people as possible. Applications are due online by October 17, 2023.
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Town of Stow Shares Information About Upcoming Special Town Meeting

STOW: The Randall Library Friends are hosting a reading of "Moby-Dick, The Whale," on October 28 at the old Stow Town Hall. Help read selections from this classic book aloud. Sign up directly at  This event is free and open to the public and all are encouraged to join the audience to listen. The event will run from 8:45am to 6pm, with the readings starting at 9am. Water and coffee will be provided. There will be a lunch break (please bring your own food) and a short afternoon break.

Town of Stow Shares Information About Upcoming Special Town Meeting

STOW: The Town of Stow would like to share the following information about the logistics at next month's Special Town Meeting, scheduled for September 18, beginning at 7pm at Center School, 403 Great Road. Doors will open to the public at 5:30pm. To speed the check-in process, the Town asks that residents have their driver's licenses out, but it is not mandatory. No information is collected by the Town; it is simply to scan the name and address to keep the check-in process moving.

Town Meeting will be called to order promptly at 7pm. Parking is available at Center School and the following locations:
  • Hale School, 55 Hartley Road, and along Hartley Road
  • The former fire station, 16 Crescent St.
  • Town Building, 380 Great Road
  • St. Isidore's Parish, 429 Great Road

Town Meeting is open to all registered voters. Attendees will discuss and consider 18 warrant articles. Items include multiple articles for changes to the Town Charter, as well as articles for funding requests, including for renovations of Randall Library and a Proposition 2 1/2 debt exclusion for the Nashoba Regional High School Building Project.

The complete Warrant for the Special Town Meeting can be found here.

"This Special Town Meeting is a time for registered voters in our community to participate in the Town's legislative process," said Town Administrator Denise Dembkoski. "We encourage all voters to attend and have their voices heard."

Questions pertaining to the Special Town Meeting should be directed to Town Administrator Dembkoski at (978) 897-2927.
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Symphony Pro Musica Auditioning Players

HUDSON: Symphony Pro Musical Invites Players to audition for the upcoming season.  Based in Hudson and now celebrating its 41st year, SPM is a high-level, ambitious volunteer community orchestra serving MetroWest and Central MA and conducted by Mark Churchill. Current openings include:

-Clarinet II, Clarinet III/Bass Clarinet
-Bassoon I
-Bassoon III/Contrabassoon
-Trumpet II and III
-Bass Trombone
-String players in all sections are very welcome.
-All instruments are very welcome as subs and/or for waitlists.

If interested, please email SPM Executive Director, Mark Ford, at to schedule an Audition.
Concerts in November, January, March ,and May. Major works for the season include Bruckner 5, Brahms 3, Rachmaninoff 2, Jessie Montgomery “Starburst,” Ibert Flute Concerto (Ethan Lin), William
Walton Cello Concerto (Leland Ko), Mozart Horn Concerto No. 4 (Graham Lovely), and Alban Berg Seven Early Songs (Jennifer Johnson Cano, soprano). Info:

Savor, Support, and Celebrate: Hudson's Vibrant Culinary Community Unites for Special Event

Culinary Collaboration for a Cause: Experience a Unique Menu Crafted by Local Chefs, Breweries, and Artisans

HUDSON: On September 10, Indulge your senses in a night of delectable flavors, community camaraderie, and philanthropy at the "Dine and Gather around the Armory" event. This one-of-a-kind dining experience promises to ignite your culinary imagination and bring together the community for an unforgettable evening. The event will take place along the scenic banks of the Assabet River, offering a picturesque setting for an exceptional culinary journey.

Local chefs, breweries, gourmet specialty shops, and restaurateurs from Hudson have joined forces to create a collaborative menu that showcases the diverse culinary talents of the area. The event will feature an array of offerings, from passed appetizers to exquisite four-course dinners, all prepared with meticulous attention to detail and a touch of local flair.

"The 'Dine and Gather around the Armory' event is a true testament to the power of collaboration. Our community's culinary talents are joining forces to make a meaningful impact on the Hudson Armory Project,” said Tom Desmond, President of the Hudson Cultural Alliance/Hudson Armory Project. “Through each bite, each sip, and each shared moment, this event reflects the essence of Hudson's diverse culinary scene. We're proud to contribute to the transformation of the Armory into a cultural hub." 

Participating Restaurants / Establishments:
  • Kith and Kin
  • Mullahy's
  • Rail Trail
  • Clover Road Brewery
  • Welly's
  • Horseshoe Pub
  • Medusa Brewing Company and Wild Hare
  • Crosenest
  • Harvard Sweet Boutique
  • Amaia Martini Bar
  • Lalos
  • Taco Gato
  • Wild Hare
  • New City Microcreamery
  • Good Earth Holistic Kitchen

Cocktails, Appetizers and Connections from 4-5pm. Three-Course Dinner from 5-7:30pm. Dessert, Program, Silent Auction from 7:30 - 9pm.

All funds raised during the event will support the Hudson Armory Project, a transformative initiative aimed at converting Hudson's historic Armory building into a premier performance and cultural destination for the Metrowest region. The project holds the promise of enriching the community through arts, culture, and engaging experiences.
For more information, visit

Attention Stow Residents!  SFCOA Seeks Volunteers

STOW: The SFCOA is the main fundraising organization for the Stow Council on Aging (COA).  They are a 501 (c) (3) all volunteer public charity, dedicated to helping our senior residents. Their continuing mission is to support and expand the work of the Stow COA by raising funds. The Stow Friends of the Council on Aging raises funds through fundraising, gift shop sales and generous donations from the public.  Volunteers are sought to:

create handmade items to be sold in the gift shop
provide social media and other publicity assistance 
become an associate member of the board
help support upcoming fundraisers (before and during events) –
     1) gift shop & more pop-up event on 9/30
     2) Holly Craft Fair on 11/4
     3) The Second Chance Sale on 12/2
assist in developing a campaign seeking financial donations.

Please send an email to for more information or if you are interested in volunteering.

Nashoba Symphonic Band Announces 2023-24 Season

BOLTON: The Nashoba Symphonic Band is pleased to announce its concert schedule for the 2023-2024 season. All concerts will take place in the auditorium of Nashoba Regional High School. Admission is free and open to the public.

October 29, 3pm: “Vive la France” including Scenes from “The Louvre” by Norman Dello Joio, Johann de Meij's setting of Ravel's Pavane Pour Infante Defunte, and the glittering Paris Sketches by Martin Ellerby, as well as music by Paul Dukas and Louis Ganne, and perhaps a Can-Can.

February 10, 2pm: “On Land and Sea” featuring Variations on a Shaker Tune by Aaron Copland, Morton Gould's classic Jericho Rhapsody, and Of Sailors and Whaling, a suite of tone poems based on themes from Melvilles's Moby Dick, by W. Francis McBeth, as well as marches by Henry Fillmore and John Klohr.

May 5, 3pm: “Symphonic Band Originals” including Vincent Persichetti's Symphony No.6 and the suite of Symphonic Songs by Robert Russell Bennett, as well as music by Robert Sheldon and W.P. English.

June 13, 7:30pm: “Across the Pond” featuring Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March No.1, English Folk Song Suite by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Knightsbridge March by Eric Coates, and solos by our graduation Senior members.

The Nashoba Symphonic Band welcomes new players at the beginning of each season and at the rehearsal following each concert. There are no auditions, but adult membership is limited to a certain number within each section. Students (grade 8 and above) are required to present a recommendation from their school music director or private instructor. The band currently has openings for section horn, 1 tuba and percussionist with strong snare skills. Those wishing to become members on these or other instruments, or needing further information should contact the conductor/music director, David Bailey ( OR Joe McCarthy, Nashoba Regional High School Instrumental Director (

Rehearsals of Nashoba Symphonic Band are held on Thursdays from 7-9pm on the stage of the Nashoba Regional High School, about a mile west of town center. First rehearsal will take place on August 31 at 7pm with annual registration beginning at 6pm.
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Assabet Craft Beer & Food Truck Festival

STOW: The second annual Assabet Craft Beer & Food Truck Festival will take
place September 2, from 12-4pm. With local craft beer brewers, a wine truck,
food trucks, ice cream from New City Microcreamery, music from local 90s cover band Sugar High, and a dedicated children’s area, everyone is sure to find a most enjoyable way to support these local businesses.

The four local craft breweries are Amory’s Tomb Brewing of Maynard; Bull Spit Brewing (Winchendon); Dirigible Brewing (Littleton); and Redemption Rock (Worcester). This year, the festival has added a pretty pink wine truck from Newton’s 90+ Cellars.

Kith and Kin of Hudson will bring its Kiki food truck; Braised will have tacos and taco bowls; Twizted Pickle’s offerings will include sandwiches and Fried Twizted Pickles with dipping sauce; and Big T’s Jerky House will have salad (just kidding – they will have sandwiches and BBQ Sundaes!). New City Microcreamery, and the FPC Cookie Table will be there to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Just downhill from the main festival is a dedicated Carnival Games area, including games, crafts, a playground for younger kids, an obstacle course for older kids, and face painting. “We have (face painting) images kiddos often like, but if you bring an image your kiddo really wants, we'll
try our best,” said Leah Abraham, who planned and leads the Carnival Games section. Three new games have been added to the 10 from last year. “Being the moles in the kid-size Wak-a-Mole game was a favorite,” said Abraham of last year’s games, “as was trying to bop siblings’ heads with the foam noodles.”

The Assabet Craft Beer & Food Truck Festival will be held on the grounds of First Parish Church of Stow & Acton (FPC) at 353 Great Road. General admission is through a $5 to $10 donation per person 13 and over, with all proceeds going directly to FPC to support its work
in the community; entry is free for children 12 and under. The event will proceed rain or shine. For more information, visit
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Join the Sounds of Stow Chorus for an Exhilarating 45th Season!

STOW: The Sounds of Stow Chorus and Orchestra and Barbara Jones, Artistic Director, invite all interested singers to join their Open Rehearsals on August 28, September 4 and September 11. The Sounds of Stow Chorus and Orchestra is a welcoming community of musicians committed to preparing and performing exceptional music to enrich our lives and those of their audiences. Rehearsals are held at the First Parish Church's Fellowship Hall, 353 Main Street. Open Rehearsals will begin at 7pm to allow time for registration and welcoming new singers, with subsequent rehearsals running from 7:15-9:30pm.

The opening concert, "Beauty in Birdsong," explores Christopher Tin’s important new work 'The Lost Birds.' In the composer’s own words, it is a “celebration of their beauty – as symbols of hope, peace, and renewal… but also a memorial for their loss.” The concert is on November 19
at the Littleton High School.

On December 9, the Chorus will participate in the Christmas Magic concert at Groton Hill Music, a spectacular, world-class performance venue. What a fantastic way to enter the holiday spirit and experience this extraordinary concert hall from the stage!

During this thrilling season of music, they will continue to celebrate their commitment to exploring and performing great works from all periods and styles! Singers hail from 40+ towns in the Metrowest area and beyond, and membership is open to anyone who can match pitch, learn the music, and blend with the other voices. Artistic Director Barbara Jones and Assistant Director Christina Kennedy promote principles of good singing and serious musicianship at weekly rehearsals that are lively, challenging, and always fun. For further information, please visit or email
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Lake Boon Water Carnival Labor Day Weekend

STOW: The Lake Boon Association is sponsoring a water carnival event Labor Day Weekend, September 1-4. Saturday activities are held at the Stow Town Beach/Pine Bluffs Recreation Area off Sudbury Road. Events are open and free of charge to Stow and Hudson residents. The Association offers these events in appreciation for the many friends who support the organization’s environmental, educational and civic programs during the year. All events are subject to change with Covid and algae conditions.

September 1, 7:30-11pm – Sunset, Music Boat & Lighting of the Lake. Enjoy the sunset at Stow Pine Bluffs Town Beach just before 7 pm and watch the “Lighting of the Lake” as residents turn on decorative lights and light luminaries along the shoreline.

The music boat, featuring the Dwayne Haggins Band playing familiar and original rock and blues will begin in the narrows at 7:30 pm and go counter- clockwise around the second (south) basin. It will proceed into the first (north) basin about 9:30pm, again going counterclockwise and passing the Town Beach about 10pm. Folks are invited to sit by the shore or go out in a boat, canoe or kayak (with lights for safety!) as the music boat passes by. Lake residents are encouraged to participate in “Lighting of the Lake” with small lights or luminaries (but not bright flood lights) along the shoreline. In case of bad weather the music boat may be postponed to Saturday night with updated message at (978) 562-2203 after 6pm.

September 2, 9:30am-3:30pm - Water Carnival Beach Day at Stow Town Beach/ Pine Bluffs Recreation Area:
  • 9:30am – Canoe races;
  • 11am - Field events;
  • 11:45am–1pm - Lunch;
  • 12:30pm – Children’s entertainment;
  • 1:30pm – Beach events & swimming races.

Ribbons will be awarded for many of the races. Bring a picnic or purchase a grilled lunch prepared by the Lake Boon Association. Lake Boon history books, LBA shirts, hats, bags and stickers will be available for purchase.

September 3, 2:15-4pm -  Annual Decorated Boat Parade. The parade begins at the First Basin Narrows Buoy with registration on the water before 2:15pm, and continues counter-clockwise around the first (north) basin and then to the second (south) basin. Off-lake residents can view the boat parade at the Stow Town Beach about 2:30pm.

September 4, 2:30-4pm - Sailing Regatta. During Labor Day quiet hours and weather permitting, sailors will be out for informal ad hoc racing in the first basin beginning at the Pine Point buoy. Most of the thrills and spills of sailing will be visible from the Town Beach.

The Lake Boon Association is a non-profit organization incorporated since 1921, addressing civic and environmental needs of nearly 500 households around Lake Boon.
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Water Safety Reminders

According to the American Red Cross, 10 people die each day from unintentional drowning, and on average two of those deaths are children under age 14. Additionally, drowning is the leading cause of death for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder. To ensure everyone’s safety in the water this summer, the Hudson Fire Department would like to remind residents of the following safety tips for kayakers, paddlers and recreational boaters courtesy of the American Canoe Association:
  • Always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket when boating or fishing, even if you don’t intend to enter the water.
  • Children under the age of 12 must always wear a life jacket in a public body of water.
  • Be a competent swimmer with the ability to handle oneself underwater, moving water, surf or current. Keep the craft under control. Do not enter a rapid unless you are reasonably sure you can navigate it or swim the entire rapid in case you capsize.
  • Keep a lookout for hazards and avoid them. Watch for fog, especially on coastal waters.
  • Know your physical limitations.
  • Group members need to constantly assess the behavior of others in their group.

For those swimming in the ocean, lakes, ponds or pools, the Hudson Fire Department also provides the following safety tips from the American Red Cross:
  • Never leave children unattended while they are near or in a body of water, and make sure they have an adult to accompany them into the water. Young or inexperienced swimmers should always wear a life jacket or inflatable arm floats.
  • Never swim alone; swim with lifeguards and/or water watchers present. Even if lifeguards are present, you (or another responsible adult) should stay with your children.
  • If a child is missing, always check the body of water that they were near or swimming in first.
  • Understand and adjust for the unique risks of the water environment you are in, such as river currents, ocean rip current, underwater hazards including vegetation and animals, and more.
  • Don’t use alcohol or drugs (including certain prescription medications) before or during swimming or diving, or while supervising swimmers.
  • Recognize the signs of someone in trouble and shout for help. A swimmer needs immediate help if they:
    • Are not making forward progress in the water.
    • Are vertical in the water but unable to move or tread water.
    • Are motionless and face down in the water.
  • If someone is drowning or experiencing an emergency in the water:
    • Rescue and remove the person from the water (without putting yourself in danger).
    • Ask someone to call emergency medical services (EMS). If alone, give 2 minutes of care, then call EMS.
    • Begin CPR.
    • Use an AED if available and transfer care to advanced life support.
  • Take a CPR course for adults and children to be prepared if an emergency occurs. Update skills regularly.

Town of Stow Shares Update on Randall Library Project

STOW: The Town of Stow wishes to share the following update on the Randall Library project with the community, and provide further information about a proposal coming before the Special Town Meeting in September.
Since 2020, the Town has been working toward a plan to modernize the Library to make it a focal point of life in Stow, ensuring the building is accessible and inclusive for all, reimagning program space, and addressing building systems and maintenance issues.

In Spring 2022, Voters approved spending $8.85 million on the project, both at Town Meeting and at a town-wide referendum in support of a Proposition 2 ½ debt exclusion. Since that approval, supply chain challenges have increased costs, both for the Library project and for municipal projects across the country. These challenges include delivery time for materials, increasing freight and storage costs, and inability of bidders and contractors to provide skilled labor. The Library project also has been affected by the cost of hazardous materials remediation, HVAC upgrades, and the decision to move forward with a sustainable fully electric building. The Library Building Committee 2.0 and the Exterior Design Committee have been making cuts to reduce costs without compromising programming or community needs. Additionally, the Town continues to seek additional grants and outside funding to reduce the price tag further.

The Town Administrator intends to bring forward an article at the September 18 Special Town Meeting to seek approval to spend additional money beyond the initial $8.85 million. The Town will not raise taxes further; approved additional spending will be provided through the Town Administrator’s operating budget. The maximum cost to the taxpayers will still be what was approved through Article 44 at the 2022 Annual Town Meeting, or $6,706,500. All additional funding will be through grants, trust funds, donations, and the Town’s operating budget.
The deteriorating building has caused numerous challenges in recent months. Heavy rains created new leaks in the ceiling, causing plaster to fall. During last month’s heat wave, the Library’s air conditioning failed, forcing cancellation of a number of community programs. Town and Library administration believe it is not a wise use of taxpayer dollars to repair these systems unless the vote at the Special Town Meeting does not pass.
Should the article not pass at the Special Town Meeting, the Town will use what’s left of the approved project budget (minus all the design funds) to retrofit the existing building to start addressing systems and structural issues. Should this happen, there would not be any new space or programming added.

In an effort to be as open and transparent with this project, the Town will provide project updates through a consolidated project page. Meeting information, presentations, minutes, and meeting videos can all be found in one place: Those interested may subscribe to project updates through the project page.

(Photo Courtesy Town of Stow)
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Calling All Crafters & Vendors!

STOW: The Stow Friends of the Council on Aging is pleased to announce the Holly Craft Fair, named for their beloved friend Betty Holly, to support the Stow COA. This is a juried fair, and will take place on November 4, 2023, from 10am-4pm. They are looking for vendors interested in applying for a $60 per 8’ x 8’ indoor space. Deadline for applications is September 15, 2023, and applicants will be notified by October 1, 2023. If you wish to apply, please contact Carole at for an application.

Town of Stow Selects BSC Group, Inc. as Stow Acres Climate Resilience Master Plan Consultant

STOW: Town Administrator Denise Dembkoski and the Town of Stow announce the selection of BSC Group, Inc. as the Stow Acres Climate Resilience Master Plan Consultant.

The Stow Acres Climate Resilience Master Plan is being developed as part of a two-year, $1.1 million Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program grant, courtesy of the Executive Office of Energy and Environment.

The Town used a portion of the funds to protect a majority of the Stow Acres North Course for conservation and recreation purposes in January. The remainder will be used to develop the Climate Resilience Master Plan.

The Plan will provide a blueprint for wetland restoration, an increase in flood storage capacity, removal of golf elements, planting of trees/shrubs and riparian buffers, increasing landscape diversity and complexity, wildlife habitat enhancement, design of trails, and state-of-the-art “green” public recreation amenities.

BSC Group, Inc., a leader in providing integrated planning and engineering solutions for large and small-scale projects throughout New England and along the East Coast, was unanimously selected by the Selection Committee for its strong scientific background and expertise in golf course restoration, recreation planning, and climate resilient design.

The Selection Committee consisted of Town Administrator Dembkoski, Conservation Director Kathy Sferra, Planning Director Valerie Oorthuys, and Recreation Director Laura Greenough.

“Stow’s proactive and creative efforts to protect Stow Acres have been receiving regional and statewide attention over the past six months at conferences on both conservation and housing,” said Town Administrator Dembkoski. “BSC Group really brought the best mix of skills for this unique project, and we are very excited about working with their team to identify the goals of the community and complete the Climate Resilience Master Plan.”

Together with town officials, BSC will be hosting public forums and site walks, and will be actively seeking to engage residents and stakeholders in surrounding communities in the planning process.

More information on the Stow Acres project can be found here.

Those with questions should contact Conservation Director Kathy Sferra at 978-897-8615 or by email at

Hudson Fire Department Shares Cooling Center Information and Hot Weather Safety Tips Amid High Temperatures

HUDSON: Chief Bryan Johannes and the Hudson Fire Department would like to remind residents of cooling center information and hot weather safety tips ahead of another stretch of hot weather. Temperatures are forecast to be in the upper-80s and 90s over the next several days. The Hudson Senior Center located at 29 Church St. is open July 27 and 28 until 4pm as a cooling center. Senior residents in need of a ride to the senior center can call the Hudson Senior Center at (978) 568-9638 or (978) 568-9639 for assistance. To prevent illness and injuries, the Hudson Fire Department recommends the following safety tips from the American Red Cross and National Safety Council:

Heat Safety Tips
  • Drink plenty of fluids, like water, even if you do not feel thirsty, and avoid alcoholic beverages, drinks with caffeine and large amounts of sugar — these actually cause you to lose more body fluid.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays. Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes prior to going out.
  • If you’re outside, find shade and minimize direct exposure to the sun.
  • Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day, which is typically around 3 p.m.
  • Avoid extreme temperature changes.
  • Take frequent breaks if working outdoors.
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
  • If someone doesn’t have air conditioning, they should seek relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day in places like libraries, theaters, malls, etc.
  • Hot cars can be deadly. Never leave children or pets in your vehicle. The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach over 100 degrees, even on a 70-degree day.
  • Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. Make sure they have plenty of cool water.
  • Watch for heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Additional Tips for Parents:
  • Limit playtime at peak sun exposure time and familiarize yourself with the signs of heat illnesses.
  • Avoid burns. If playground equipment is hot to the touch, it is too hot for your child’s bare skin.
Recognizing Heat Illnesses
Heat Cramps
  • Look for: heavy sweating during intense exercise; muscle pain or spasms
  • If you have heat cramps:
    • Stop physical activity and move to a cool place
    • Drink water or a sports drink
    • Wait for cramps to go away before you do any more physical activity
    • Get medical help if cramps last longer than 1 hour, you’re on a low-sodium diet or if you have heart problems
Heat Exhaustion
  • Look for: heavy sweating; cold, pale, and clammy skin; fast, weak pulse; nausea or vomiting; muscle cramps; tiredness or weakness; dizziness; headache; fainting
  • If you expect heat exhaustion:
    • Move to a cool place
    • Loosen your clothes
    • Put cool, wet cloths on your body or take a cool bath
    • Sip water
    • Get medical help if you are throwing up, your symptoms get worse or symptoms last longer than one hour
Heat Stroke
  • Look for: high body temperature (103°F or higher); hot, red, dry, or damp skin; fast, strong pulse; headache; dizziness; nausea; confusion; passing out
  • If you suspect someone is suffering from heat stroke:
    • Call 911 right away – heat stroke is a medical emergency
    • Move the person to a cooler place
    • Help lower the person’s temperature with cool cloths or a cool bath
    • Do not give the person anything to drink

Learn more about heat illnesses here.

Heath Hen Meadow Brook Conservation Area Temporarily Closed to Mountain Bikes

STOW: Attention Trail Users – Recent rains have left many of trails extremely wet and muddy. If you want to enjoy trails with Town Forest, Marble Hill from Taylor Road, Wheeler Pond, Hallock Point and Captain Sargent are recommended. Mountain bikers, if you are leaving deep ruts in the trails it is too wet to be riding on them. Please be respectful of all users and walk your bike through wet areas.
Please note that effective immediately, all trails at Heath Hen Meadow Brook Conservation Area including the Light Green connector to Flagg Hill are temporarily closed to mountain bikes due to extremely wet conditions at this low-lying property. All entrances will have bike closure signs posted. Bikes MUST use alternate sites and pedestrians are encouraged to avoid the section of the blue trail near the Boxboro Road entrance that leads toward the pond and which is flooded. The short Pink Trail at Heath Hen is temporarily closed to all users to avoid further damage to sensitive resources along this trail.

It is hoped that a week or two of dry weather will improve conditions enough that all trails can be reopened.
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SCT Bike for the Woods

STOW: The Stow Conservation Trust is once again having its Bike for the Woods charity bike ride! The ride is on August 20 at 9am and begins at a new location this year – at the Hartley Road entrance of Stow’s Center School at 403 Great Road. Parking will be available on both sides of the school but the ride starts on the Hartley Road side. The ride is great for families and children as well as more “serious” riders, with well-marked routes of 5, 14, 37 and 65 miles. (The last half of the 65 mile route is “marked” only by GPS or cue sheet, not arrows on the road.) The cost is $20 per adult rider or $15 per child (with a $50 maximum per family) if you register early. Same day registration costs are $5 higher. All proceeds benefit the Stow Conservation Trust. Food and drink are available at the start and at a rest stop for the longer rides. Interested? Register online at or (search for “stow bike for the woods”).

Registration Open for Twists & Turns Vacation Bible School

BOLTON: Held at Trinity Church Congregational, VBS will be held this summer from August 7-11 from 9am- 12pm. Vacation Bible School is a free program including Music, Craft, Snack, Recreation, and Bible Learning offered to children in PK - 8th Grade.  This year, children will learn how Jesus changed the game for Peter and how Jesus can change the game for us.  To register online or print a registration form, visit or use the QR code below.  Trinity is located at 14 Wattaquadock Hill Road.

The Stow Council on Aging Wants to Hear from You!

STOW: Attention Stow Residents! The Stow Council On Aging provides support to its senior residents by:
  • being a resource of information on elder affairs,
  • offering social activities,
  • assisting with outreach services,
  • helping senior residents of Stow remain in their homes as long as safely possible. 

The COA wants to hear from senior residents to see what resources and social activities they’d like to see offered.  Please contact Gigi Lengieza at (978) 897-1880 or send an email to

Tips for Safe Fourth of July Celebrations

According to the state Department of Fire Services and State Police, Massachusetts fire departments reported nearly 1,000 fires related to illegal fireworks between 2013 and 2022. In addition to the 42 fire service injuries, five civilian injuries, and $2.5 million in damages attributed to these fires, Massachusetts medical facilities reported about 30 severe burn injuries extending to 5% or more of the victims’ bodies that were caused by illegal fireworks. In 2022 alone, fire departments reported 106 fires and explosions attributed to fireworks, an increase of nearly a third over the prior year.

It is illegal for private citizens to use, possess, or sell fireworks of all kinds in Massachusetts without a license and a permit. This includes fireworks purchased legally elsewhere and brought into Massachusetts. It includes sparklers, firecrackers, cherry bombs, and other fireworks. Fines range from $10 to $1,000, and some violations could carry a one-year prison sentence.

Residents are encouraged to report any misuse of fireworks they notice in the community to your local Police Department.

In case of a firework-related or other emergency, always dial 911.

Additionally, residents are reminded of these key safety tips for Fourth of July celebrations:
  • Attend organized and permitted fireworks displays only.
  • Report illegal fires to the police.
  • Remember that alcohol/drugs and fireworks do not mix.
  • Keep pets indoors and away from fireworks. The loud noises and flashing lights can be frightening and overwhelming for pets. Pets can become frightened and run from familiar environments and people, becoming lost. Read more here.

The Department also urges residents to observe the following tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on getting home safely following Fourth of July celebrations:
  • Be mindful of pedestrians.
  • Always wear your seatbelt.
  • Do not drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. From 2017 to 2021, 1,460 drivers were killed in motor vehicle crashes over the Fourth of July holiday period — 38% of the drivers killed were drunk.
  • Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, do not plan on driving. Instead, designate a sober driver or use a ride-share service to get home safely.
  • Take keys away from individuals who are under the influence and are planning to drive. Alcohol and drugs impair perception, judgment, motor skills, and memory, which are critical for safe and responsible driving.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, safely pull over and call 911.

Hudson Garden Club Announces 2023 Scholarship Recipient

HUDSON: Hudson Garden Club is excited to announce the recipient of its annual scholarship. This year’s $500 scholarship winner is Isabella Flint. The scholarship was presented on June 24 by Patricia Main, Isabella’s grandmother and treasurer of Hudson Garden Club. Isabella, who graduated from Mansfield High School, will attend the College of Health and Human Development at Pennsylvania State University this fall where she will major in Biobehavioral Health.

“For many years Hudson Garden Club has provided scholarships to motivated students in pursuit of post-secondary education, and we’re honored to support their educational journeys,” said Marianne Vergano-Laughton, chairperson of the scholarship committee. “We wish Isabella a bright future.”

PHOTO: Hudson Garden Club Scholarship recipient Isabella Flint and her grandmother, Patricia Main.

Local Residents Earn Dean's List Honors from MassBay Community College

WELLESLEY HILLS: The following local students have been named to the MassBay Community College Dean's List. They achieved this outstanding academic honor for the spring 2023 semester.

* Jordan Gordon of Boxborough, who studies Business Administration
* Anna Roberts of Boxborough, who studies Computed Tomography
* Jordan Cedeno of Maynard, who studies Liberal Arts - Elementary Education
* Marina Schiering of Stow, who studies Liberal Arts
* Daniel Ryu of Wayland, who studies Business Administration
* John Wilson of Wayland, who studies Liberal Arts
* Jacob Snyder of Wayland, who studies Liberal Arts - Psychology /Sociology
* Andrew Eggleston of Wayland, who studies Computer Science
* Lara Shelton of Wayland, who studies Liberal Arts

To be eligible for the MassBay Dean's List, students must complete at least six credits of college-level courses, be in good standing with the College, and earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. To learn more about MassBay, visit
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The Stow Council on Aging Seeks Volunteers!

STOW: The Stow COA relies on volunteers to supplemental the program and services offered to senior residents. Some opportunities are “one and done”, others require a weekly or monthly commitment.  Whether you have a few hours a month or a few hours a week please consider volunteering.  Below are a few samples of ways you can volunteer.

COA Food Program Ambassadors are needed weekdays to assist the COA staff with running and maintaining the COA Food Program.  Volunteers needed to take a weekly shift of 2-3 hours starting late morning.  Confidentiality is extremely important. 

Volunteer Drivers provide medical appointment transportation for seniors unable to drive themselves.  In addition to the COA Volunteer Application, you will be required to provide a copy of your driving record.

Bakers provide homemade baked goods for our social events.  Also sought are birthday cake bakers to provide special milestone birthday cakes for Outreach staff to deliver to senior residents.

A Handy person helps seniors remain in their own homes. Residents sometime need minor assistance with home maintenance.

Movers and lifters are needed to help residents with delivering or picking moving items or other physical tasks that they are unable to do themselves.

Event Hosts/Hostesses set up and break down a refreshments and beverages station (provided by the COA) as well as tables and chairs for attendees (tables are on wheels and easy to move). The hours vary by event but typically set up would take place about 30-45 minutes before the event begins and breakdown usually takes 30 minutes or so after the event.

Can you organize engaging events that make lasting impressions that will expand the social, recreational, and educational programs that are offered to our senior residents? Instructors/Educators teach a class, give a presentation on an interesting topic or share some history that would appeal to seniors.

Interested in any of the above? Contact Gigi Lengieza at (978) 897-1880 or send an email to for more information including obtaining a copy of the volunteer application.

Community Bag Program to Benefit the Friends of Maynard Seniors

HUDSON/MAYNARD: For the month of July the Community Bag Program at Stop and Shop, 10 Technology Drive in Hudson, will benefit the Friends of Maynard Seniors. For every reusable Community Bag purchased for $2.50 a donation of $1 will be given to the Friends of Maynard Seniors. These reusable bags are a great way to carry your groceries and also items for summer activities. Why not purchase several? Your donation to the Friends of Maynard Seniors is a wonderful gift to help Senior Citizens when help is needed. Your donations are appreciated!

Town of Stow Announces $1 Million Settlement of Lawsuit Over Lower Village Reconstruction Project

STOW: The Select Board announces that the Town of Stow has settled its lawsuit against the engineering firm of Howard/ Stein-Hudson (HSH) over the design and management of the Lower Village Reconstruction Project. As part of the settlement, HSH will pay the Town more than $1 million.

The Town and HSH entered into a contract in 2014 to design engineering plans for the Lower Village to address reconstruction of a deteriorating drainage system. The Town’s vision included creating continuous sidewalks, dedicated bike lanes, and permanent medians, thus creating a smoother traffic flow and overall safer business district.

At that time, the Town applied for a MassWorks grant, which was eventually awarded in October 2016. The Town solicited bids for construction, and in December 2017 signed a construction contract with ET&L Corp. for $1.28 million. Construction began in 2018. During construction, disputes arose concerning HSH’s design and management of the project.

The Town terminated HSH’s contract in 2019 and hired Green International Affiliates, Inc. to redesign the project, which was completed by ET&L Corp. in 2019. The Town sued HSH in 2019. Following years of litigation, COVID-19 delays, and formal mediation, and without admitting any liability, the parties have agreed to settle their dispute to avoid further expense and the risk of loss.

The case is Middlesex Superior Court, C.A. No. 1981CV02830.

The settlement funds will be certified by the Town into Free Cash, and will be subject to appropriation at Town Meeting. It is expected that some of the settlement funds will be used to pay off the debt incurred for the project, and to make additional improvements in the Lower Village area.

"The Town is pleased to have reached this settlement agreement, which will avoid a long and potentially expensive litigation,” Select Board Chair Cortni Frecha said. “Thank you to our Town and legal teams for bringing this matter to a close, and thank you to our residents for their patience during this prolonged project."
The Town and Select Board wish to recognize and thank former Town Planner Jesse Steadman, who devoted his time and expertise to the project and lawsuit, and Valerie Oorthuys, who contributed her skills to the project as Assistant Planner, and has been involved in settlement of the lawsuit in her current role as Town Planning Director.

Finally, the Select Board would like to thank Town Administrator Denise Dembkoski for facilitating the settlement with the Town’s attorney, Richard Holland of KP Law, P.C., and for assisting the Town with resolution of the dispute, as well as Green International Affiliates, Inc. and Places Associates, Inc. for their assistance.
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Summer Craft Market at UCMH Begins June 20

HUDSON: The Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson (UCMH) will host an outdoor crafters’ market on selected Tuesday afternoons beginning June 20. The event is the brainchild of longtime UCMH member Kristin Comment, inspired by the successful Farmers’ Market in front of Town Hall.

“I’m so excited by the way the Crafters’ Market is coming together,” said Ms. Comment. “We have a number of fantastic vendors already committed, and I expect more will join us as word continues to get out.  My goal is to provide reasonably priced spaces for local crafters to show off their work while also bringing some attention to our historic church and its community programming.  There is so much great energy and creativity in Hudson and Marlborough right now, and the Spiritual Growth and Community Center at UCMH has a lot to offer folks who want to be part of it.  I think this Summer Crafters' Market marks post-Covid renaissance for the SGCC.”

The UCMH Crafters' Markets will run six Tuesday afternoons from June through September, at the same time as the Hudson Farmers' Market.  The dates are 6/20, 7/11, 7/25, 8/8, 8/22 and 9/5. Confirmed vendors as of 6/7: Peace Bee and Rainbow Song Henna, The Spellbound Candle Company, NAM Cut-Paper Designs, Author Caitlin Avery, Lady J’s Tye Dye, and Mary’s Afghans for Vets. Updated information will be made available online at
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What Stow CoA Can Offer You

STOW: Did you know that the Stow Council on Aging offers a variety of fitness
options for Stow Residents?

FITNESS CLASSES. Choose the movement that is right for you! Monday mornings at 8:50am: Qi Gong. On Monday Wednesday and Fridays: Senior Fitness at 10am, followed by Stretch & Flex at 11:15am. Fridays at 9am, come in for yoga.

BIKING. Stow resident Jim Salvie will lead a cycling group that meets at a different trailhead each month. The bike rides will go approximately a half hour and then the group will decide whether to continue farther. The date, time, meeting spot and ride description will be provided each month in the Stow Senior Scoop.

WALKS. In coordination with the Conservation Department, the COA will offer the opportunity to get outside and enjoy the spaces Stow has to offer. The date, time, walk location and description will be provided in the monthly Stow Senior Scoop.

For more information contact the COA at (978) 897-1880,, or visit

Hudson Fire Department Participates in Successful Senior SAFE Program Presentation

HUDSON: Chief Bryan Johannes is pleased to announce that members of the Fire Prevention Team from the Hudson Fire Department participated in a Senior SAFE (Senior Awareness of Fire Safety) Program presentation for The Villages at Quail Run residents recently in the Community Center. Over 60 residents participated.

The Senior SAFE Program was created in 2014 by the Massachusetts State Legislature to address fire and life safety for older adults. The program provides funding to local fire departments to provide education that addresses the unique risks that seniors face.

Senior SAFE educators provide firsthand knowledge of the dangers associated with fire; age-appropriate information on preventing and surviving fires; and education that affects changes in older adult behavior.

Topics covered throughout the program included Trip and Fall Hazards, Cooking Safety Tips, and Electrical Safety Tips.

During the presentation, residents received File-of-Life magnets, a card that contains vital personal medical information and is kept on the outside of a refrigerator in a bright red magnetic pocket, readily accessible to first responders when they arrive on an emergency call.

Additionally, the Fire Prevention Team discussed the importance of having an up-to-date File of Life magnet, a life alert system, working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and knowing when and how to test and replace detectors.

"The risk of injuries due to fires or home accidents increases as we get older," said Chief Johannes."It is important that we address these hazards and the small changes that can make a big difference in our homes."

Any senior who has questions about fire safety in their home is encouraged to call the Hudson Fire Department at (978) 562-5565.

PHOTO courtesy Hudson Fire Department.