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“Flower and Garden Photography”
Program at Assabet Valley Camera Club

HUDSON: On February 7, the Assabet Valley Camera Club (AVCC) will host Lisa Sacilotto as she presents “Flower and Garden Photography”. The program is free and open to the public.

Photographing flowers can be fun, but also challenging!  Subjects can be found in one’s own back yard, along the roadside or in formal gardens. This program includes such topics as composition, lighting, lens selection, focus stacking and creative approaches along with example images and helpful tips based on the photographer’s own experience.

As a professional photographer, Lisa has worked with conservation organizations such as the National Wildlife Federation, Norfolk Botanical Gardens and the Assateague Island Alliance. Her images have appeared in magazines, calendars, and books published by the National Wildlife Federation, Natural History Society, and National Geographic. Lisa’s articles on nature photography have been published in Outdoor Photography and Birding. Based in Maryland, Lisa has been sharing her photographic experiences with others through classes, workshops, lectures and tours in both the United States and abroad for more than 35 years. Check out Lisa’s photo gallery at ospreyphoto.com and to learn more about her upcoming workshops and tours.

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 info@assabetvalleycc.com a few days prior to the meeting to request a link to the event or to let them know you will be attending in person. The club’s Zoom room opens at 7pm with a brief business meeting at 7:15pm. Lisa’s presentation will begin at 7:30pm. AVCC’s in-person meetings are held in the Great Room at the Hudson Senior Center, 29 Church Street, Hudson. 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 assabetvalleycc.com.

Erin Mulcahy Selected as Stow Assistant Town Administrator/Human Resources Director

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STOW: Town Administrator Denise Dembkoski shared that Erin Mulcahy will join the Town's leadership team as Assistant Town Administrator/Human Resources Director. Mulcahy comes to Stow from the Town of Concord, where she was a Business Systems Analyst.

Mulcahy brings to Stow extensive experience in finance, human resources, and technology. She worked as an information and business systems analyst in the private sector before joining the Town of Concord in 2011.

"Erin is a great fit for the Town," Town Administrator Dembkoski said. "We were incredibly impressed with Erin's experience and enthusiasm, and the innovation she has shown in her career. Her skill set and vision will make her a valuable contributor."

Mulcahy holds a Bachelor's degree from St. Anselm's College, and a certificate in Local Government Leadership and Management from Suffolk University's Sawyer Business School. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Public Administration from Suffolk.

“I am honored to have been selected for this position and excited to collaborate with the Town of Stow’s employees and residents to make meaningful contributions to the community," Mulcahy said.
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Tom Denney Nature Camp Registration is Open!

BOLTON: Registration is open for this summer's Tom Denney Nature Camp. The camp is for students entering Kindergarten through High School. Activities include swimming, games in the fields and woods, arts and crafts, songs, tracking, hiking, campfires to roast hot dogs and marshmallows, building shelters, Animal Adventures, Predator and Prey, The Amazing Race & more.

Campers entering grades 6-9 in the Eco Adventures program will play kayaking games on the pond, laser tag in the woods, nighttime activities on Thursday and dinner and s'mores, water guns, an adventure hike, team building activities & more.

Counselors-in-Training must be entering 9th grade or above and attend Orientation June 26-28 and then choose two weeks or more to be at camp.

Campers from all towns are welcome! There are six weekly sessions that run July 1-August 9, Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm. Before/after care is available! For more information or to register, visit tomdenneynaturecamp.org, or to connect directly with a camp rep, email questions to bcttdnc@gmail.com (best means of communication) or call (978) 429-3004 (voice mail).
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ARC Comedy Night Benefit is February 9

HUDSON/MARLBOROUGH: The ARC is hosting the 13th Annual Comedy Night Benefit, featuring the area’s most popular and talented comedians on February 9, at the Hudson Portuguese Club, 13 Port Street. The event, being held in support of the Addiction Referral Center (ARC) of Marlborough, will include lots of laughs, food, and raffle prizes.

The ARC has been serving the local community for over fifty years, since 1972, and relies on fundraising and donations to provide its services. Entertainers at the Comedy Night Benefit include popular comedians Jason Merrill, Dan Miller, and Jeff Koen. Hosting the evening is Dave Rattigan.

Dave Rattigan returns as host. He has performed in Ireland, at Fenway Park, The Cape Cod Melody Tent, South Shore Music Circus, a lumberyard, the lobby of an ad agency, a library, and several parking lots. “There’s nothing funny about the way he looks, until he gives that deadpan look of his,” popular blogger Ralph Fatello (RalphsPic.com) wrote earlier this year. “His outward appearance is something out of a mature GQ magazine. He looks like a cross between a semi hip banker, and your mild-mannered father-in-law… Dave is the master of completely dismantling himself in front of a crowd of strangers.  I’m always torn as to whether I should console him, or just laugh my ass off like everyone else …  You know they (comics) are hitting home when the audience starts to point at each other…”   His CD was played on SiriusXM and radio stations all over the U.S. and Ireland, and he has appeared in regional television commercials on NESN.

With an act that’s one part Saturday-morning cartoon character and one part pro-wrestler, Jason Merrill is a fast-rising Boston comedian with an animated style. The latest in a line of strong comedians from the great city of Lawrence, he has impressed audiences with his streetwise style and good-natured exuberance. He is a member of Hard Hat Comedy – featuring three great Boston comics who are also union builders – and has performed at the Hampton Beach Comedy Festival.  He has shared the stage with accomplished comedians such as Juston McKinney, Lenny Clarke, Christine Hurley, Joe Yannetty, and Steve Sweeney.

A native of the South End in Boston, Dan Miller was born a comedian but made it official when he burst onto the local comedy scene in the 1990s. Since then, he has teamed with local and national headliners including Lenny Clarke, Paul Nardizzi, Dane Cook, and Dave Attell. He’s also done a turn as an actor and improv comedian as a lead in the Boston-area dinner theater production of “Mario and Mary’s Italian Comedy Wedding.” He has since been honing his craft in comedy clubs throughout New England. He’s trained at The Actor’s Workshop and at the Harrison Project with well-known acting coach Peter Kelly, and has appeared on regional television commercials.

Jeff Koen’s family was on America’s Funniest Home Videos and won $10,000. Can anything be more glamorous than that? Koen often works the clubs and theaters of New England with Juston McKinney, and is in constant demand as an actor on independent film projects. He’s known for his portrayal of one of the characters in the on-line cartoon Man Servants, and for playing the offensive “Uncle Rick” in the 2010 cult film Heavy Times, which gained him fans from all of the world, though not very many in any one country. “A guy from Sri Lanka wanted to visit me and stay at my house,” he said. “All he needed me to do was write a letter to the prime minister.” His work has appeared at many film festivals, and he’s a regular performer on the Hampton Beach (NH) Comedy Festival.

Doors open for the event at 6:30pm and the show begins at 7:30pm. Food is available for purchase. Coffee and desserts are complimentary. For further information on sponsorships, program ads, tickets or table reservations, call the ARC Office at (508) 485-4357. Tables ($350) and individual tickets ($35) should be purchased in advance at the ARC. Chairing the planning for the event are Tracey Gustafson, John Campbell, and Donna Silva.

The Addiction Referral Center (ARC) ranks as one of the most respected and active recovery service resources in Middlesex County. As a nonprofit organization, the ARC provides individualized referral services, Recovery Coach appointments and daily peer-support meetings at no cost to those seeking recovery from substance use disorder. To donate to the ARC or sponsor the 13th Annual Comedy Night Benefit please call the ARC (508/485-4357) or visit theaddictionreferralcenter.org/2024-comedy.
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Mike+Ruthy at New Revival Coffeehouse

STOW: Stow’s New Revival Coffeehouse is pleased to announce the return of Mike+Ruthy of the Mammals to its stage on January 20 at 7:30pm. Mike Merenda and Ruth Ungar have recorded and performed their exquisite, original folk music together for two decades as the duo Mike+Ruthy and with their seminal folk rock quintet The Mammals. Their concerts blend artistry and authenticity, with fiery fiddle & banjo, emotionally potent harmonies, and dynamic stories that deepen the experience. Tap your toes, dance, or sit back and sing along as Mike+Ruthy “roam effortlessly through the whole span that is Americana, from alt-country to folk to bluegrass.” (The Bluegrass Situation). The concert takes place at First Parish Church of Stow & Acton, 353 Great Road. Tickets are $20 in advance at tinyurl.com/MikeRuthy; $25 at the door. Doors open at 7pm. Masks are optional. For questions, call (978) 274-2593 or email coffeehouse@fpc-stow-acton.org.
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Singers Wanted!

STOW: All interested singers are invited to join the Sounds of Stow Chorus for Open Rehearsals on January 8, 15 and 22. Rehearsals are held at the First Parish Church’s Fellowship Hall, 353 Main Street, and begin at 7pm. Please arrive a few minutes earlier to allow time for registration. All voice parts are welcome!

Rehearsals begin for their April 7 concert at the Littleton High School, entitled “Mighty Mozart!” which will feature two of his monumental works, the C-minor Mass and the Piano Concerto No. 20 in D-minor. We have a full orchestra and fantastic piano and vocal soloists lined up to help us bring this beautiful music to life. Mozart;s Mass in C-minor, composed between 1782 and 1783, is considered one of his greatest works and a testament to his genius. It is divided into five sections, each meticulously crafted to evoke a range of emotions, from solemnity to exuberance. Join us for this unique opportunity to be a part of a collective musical journey!

The Sounds of Stow Chorus is a friendly and welcoming group whose singers hail from 20+ towns in the Metrowest area and beyond. Membership is open to anyone who can match pitch, learn the music, and blend with the other voices. Artistic Director Barbara Jones and Assistant Artistic 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 www.soundsofstow.org or email info@soundsofstow.org.
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HHS Drama Society Presents the musical "Mean Girls, The High School Version"

HUDSON: This will be fetch! Hudson High School Drama Society is presenting the musical "Mean Girls, The High School Version based on the movie written by Tina Fey. The musical Mean Girls story follows a teenage girl as she navigates the social hierarchy of high school after years of homeschooling. Cady is a hit with “The Plastics”, the popular clique, until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina George. The shows are on January 12 and 13 at 7pm; January 14 at 2pm in the Paul “Skip” Johnson Auditorium at Hudson High School, 69 Brigham Street. The production a live pit orchestra, funded through a generous donation from a Hudson Cultural Council grant. The show is directed by Alyssa MacDonald, choreographed by Steven Yerardi, and with Musical Direction by Sarah Worrest. Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors/students at the door, however there is a $2 discount when purchasing in advance online. To purchase in advance online, visit www.onthestage.tickets/show/hudson-high-school/656dcc5834219d0e3de3fcb1/tickets. Please note, as with the movie Mean Girls, this production is considered PG-13.
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Stow Fire Captain Barry Evers Graduated from Effective Leadership Development Program

STOW: Town Administrator Denise Dembkoski and Fire Chief John Benoit are pleased to announce that Captain Barry Evers graduated from the 11-week Effective Leadership Development (ELD) program. Capt. Evers has been a member of the Stow Fire Department for 22 years and was promoted to Captain in February 2022. 

The program is part of the Leadership Management International (LMI) Incorporated organization and enables leaders to develop their skills and perspectives while learning about different approaches to problem solving, improving delegation practices, time management, and more. 

“On behalf of the Stow Fire Department I would like to congratulate Capt. Evers on this wonderful accomplishment,” said Chief Benoit. “The dedication and commitment to his role and service is why I am proud of have Capt. Evers as a member of our department.”

“In Stow we believe in continuous training and development to best meet the needs of our community and I wish to congratulate Capt. Evers for his continued devotion to the Stow community,” said Town Administrator Dembkoski.
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Ultimate Landscapes – Photographing Trees & Forests at AVCC

HUDSON: On December 6, the Assabet Valley Camera Club (AVCC) will host Paul Nguyen as he presents “Ultimate Landscapes – Photographing Trees & Forests”. The program is free and open to the public. Through special consideration for composition, equipment, weather, and timing, Paul will reveal how he creates his striking, elegant images of woodland environments. He will teach how to go beyond the basics of landscape photography to capture the unique essence of trees and forests.

As a professional photographer with over 30 years of experience in film and digital photography of natural landscapes and wildlife, Paul has served in the prestigious National Park Artist in Residence Program at the Petrified Forest in Arizona and continues to create programs for the National Park Service. Paul’s company Blue Hour Photo Ventures conducts outdoor photo workshops and leads tours in the USA and abroad. Sign up for his newsletter at paulnguyenphoto.com to learn about these opportunities and to view more of Paul’s incredible images.

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 info@assabetvalleycc.com 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. Paul’s presentation 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, visit www.assabetvalleycc.com.
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Elisabeth von Trapp in Concert at Hudson First United Methodist Church

HUDSON: For many, the von Trapp name evokes memories of “The Sound of Music”. On November 18 at 7pm, enjoy a concert by Elisabeth von Trapp, granddaughter of the legendary Maria and Baron von Trapp. A suggested donation of $10 per person is requested. Proceeds will go towards the performance and in support the church’s missions and outreach programs.

For Elisabeth von Trapp, “the sounds of music” are part of her earliest memories. Born and raised in Vermont, Elisabeth is the granddaughter of the legendary Maria and Baron von Trapp, whose story inspired The Sound of Music. Singing professionally since childhood, Elisabeth has enthralled audiences from European cathedrals to Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center. Inspired by her father Werner von Trapp’s guitar playing and singing, Elisabeth began taking piano lessons when she was eight. By sixteen, she was playing guitar and traveling the back roads of New England performing with her siblings at weddings and gospel meetings, town halls, and country fairs. Music has influenced Elisabeth and it was music that made her family name a Hollywood legend. Growing up she heard the sounds of Beethoven, Bach, Vivaldi and Mozart from her father’s record collection and the voices of The Beatles, Dylan and Joni Mitchell and the Rolling Stones from the open airways of Vermont radio.
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Sounds of Stow Fall Concert

STOW/LITTLETON: Join the Sounds of Stow Chorus & Orchestra for the opening concert of their 45th season. “Beauty in Birdsong” on November 19 at 2pm. The concert will be held at a convenient and state-of-the-art venue, the Littleton High School at 56 King Street in Littleton (just off I-495). For further information and tickets, please visit www.soundsofstow.org or email info@soundsofstow.org.

Under the direction of Barbara Jones, the chorus and orchestra will perform the area premiere of Christopher Tin’s important new work, “The Lost Birds: An Extinction Elegy.” The composer’s website observes that the work serves as a “musical memorial to bird species driven to extinction by humankind. Sweeping and elegiac, it is a haunting tribute to those soaring flocks that once filled our skies.” Drawing on texts by four 19th century women poets, “The Lost Birds” celebrates the beauty of birds and the natural world, while also warning of the tenuous existence of all living things. Tin has created a profound, timely, moving and beautiful work that will touch the hearts of all who hear it. Preceding this new work, the orchestra visits familiar works from the musical canon that are inspired by birds, including Vivaldi’s Flute Concerto “The Goldfinch,” Saint-Saëns’ “The Swan” arranged for harp and cello, Margaret Lowe’s “Dawn Carol” for flute ensemble, and R.V. Williams’ “The Lark Ascending.”

Sounds of Stow is partnering with the Mass Audubon Society to highlight the importance of conservation as bird populations are declining across North America. Joan Walsh, chair of natural history and field ornithology at the Mass Audubon Society, will give a short talk at the beginning of the concert, and Audubon staff will be in the lobby to answer questions, provide informational material, and introduce some avian “wildlife ambassadors.”

Sounds of Stow is supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council as administered by the local cultural councils of Stow, Acton-Boxborough, Bolton and Hudson.
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Fall Nature Gardening Tip: Leave Leaves Alone

As a rule in nature and gardening, keep leaves in place whenever possible. Leaving the leaves alone is a good way to support native pollinators and other insects and wildlife.  These valuable insects rely on the habitat fallen leaves provide, especially over the winter months.  Dead leaves also decompose creating compost that can improve soil structure and fertility. 
 
This being said, leaves need to be managed in yards to see the most benefit. Leaves shouldn't simply go unmanaged. If nothing is done, layers of fallen leaves can cause damage by blocking out light and smothering plants which can kill them. Often a little redistribution of the leaf layer to prevent a thick mat of leaves from forming is all that is needed to prevent this type of damage. Excessively thick layers of leaves (greater than 6 to 8 inches) may need to be reduced or removed. Whenever possible move them to mulched garden areas with fewer leaves or create a compost pile onsite to keep all that beneficial organic matter in your yard.
 
Mow-mulching the leaves on the lawn has many advantages, including reducing noise and greenhouse gases, and enhancing the health of your yard. The shredded/mulched leaf material  creates valuable compost, which enriches the topsoil. Leaf mulching also limits spreading dust and contaminants into the air and saves you time and money. The benefits of mulching the leaves into the lawn are numerous and scientifically proven.  Mulching:
  • is quieter and cleaner than leaf blowing;
  • reduces the need for fertilizer and avoids water pollution by reducing phosphorus and fertilizer leaching;
  • reduces the safety hazard of piled up or bagged leaves on the roadsides and saves taxpayer money for municipal leaf collection;
  • improves soil structure, water retention and percolation;
  • encourages the grass roots to penetrate more deeply, improving grass health; and
  • makes the lawn more resilient to weather events like drought and flooding.

Don't blow... mow! 
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Stow COA Host a New “Grief and Healing” Group

STOW: The Stow COA is hosting a new group called “Grief and Healing.” It will be facilitated by Karen Campbell, a grief counselor hired by the Nashoba Associated Boards of Health of which the Stow Board of Health is a member. As a result of this partnership, the sessions will be provided to Stow residents free of charge. The group will be an opportunity to learn more about the grief process and to share one’s experiences and challenges after a loss of any type. Past participants have been widowed, lost a family member, or had difficulty with life changes and transitions.

Sessions, which began in late October, continue November 30 and December 28, beginning at 2pm and lasting approximately an hour. Participants do not need to commit to all three dates, but if you plan to attend one or more group sessions, please let the COA know to expect you. There are several ways to register:
 
Please call the COA (978-897-1880) and ask for Kathleen in Outreach if you have any questions or would like to be put in touch with Karen, who is available to schedule individual appointments for those more comfortable with that format.
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Upcoming at FPC

STOW: On October 22, First Parish Church of Stow & Acton (FPC), Unitarian Universalist, will hold the third of a four-part Sunday service series on spiritual practice types and how they may be connected to personality types. The subject will be unity. The service will be led by the Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Landrum, held 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 tinyurl.com/22-23fpc. For more information, call (978) 897-8149 or visit www.fpc-stow-acton.org.

Mark your calendars!  FPC’s New Revival Coffeehouse will open its ’23-’24 season with a concert by jazz fusion band Polarized Guru in a concert to benefit FPC. The Nifong Brothers, Berklee graduates and accomplished local musicians, will open the evening with a short set. Polarized Guru presents a dynamic show with a mix of jazz, funk, latin, and other styles. Inspired by artists like Chick Corea, Spyro Gyra, The Yellow Jackets, and Steps Ahead, the band plays covers and originals. The concert will take place on November 11. Doors open at 7pm. and the concert begins at 7:30pm. Masks are optional. Tickets are $17 in advance at tinyurl.com/PGConcert and $20 at the door. For questions, call (978) 274-2593 or email coffeehouse@fpc-stow-acton.org.

FPC warmly welcomes gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. FPC’s facilities are also wheelchair accessible.  The church is located at 353 Great Road, next to the Randall Library.
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Nashoba Symphonic Band Presents Fall Concert

BOLTON: On October 29 at 3pm, The Nashoba Symphonic Band, under the direction of David Bailey will open its 8th Season with a Fall concert “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 surprise or two. The concert will take place at Nashoba Regional High School, Route 117, about a mile west of town center. Admission is free! Nashoba Symphonic Band is a program of the Nashoba Regional High School Friends of Music and supported in part by grants from Ashby, Bolton, Leominster, Lancaster, Lunenberg, and Stow Cultural Councils, agencies supported by the MA Cultural Council, a state agency.
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"ICM – More Than Just Pretty" - Assabet Valley Camera Club Program

HUDSON: On November 1, the Assabet Valley Camera Club (AVCC) is pleased
to host Silvana Della Camera, award-winning photographer, judge, and presenter as well as a member of the Professional Photographers Association (PPA). In her hour-long presentation
on Intentional Camera Movements Silvana will discuss how photographs created with
intentional camera movements (ICM) convey mystery to the viewer. It lets them use their imagination to fill in the blanks and to inspire a lingering gaze. In this presentation, you will learn techniques for the transmogrification of a scene and the impact ICM has on you, the photographer. Learn how breaking the rules can make you a more imaginative photographer.

Silvana Della Camera, a software engineer by trade, began her fascination with photography as a very young child. Now a lifelong obsession, Silvana shares her enthusiasm for photography through her workshops, photo walks and camera club presentations on various topics including
infrared, black and white, time-lapse and deep-space photography. To see more of her images and to join her email list visit her website at www.silvanadellacamera.com.


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  info@assabetvalleycc.com 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. Silvana’s presentation ICM - More Than Just Pretty will begin at 7:30pm. 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 www.assabetvalleycc.com.
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SFCoA Quilt Raffle

STOW: Feeling lucky? Take a chance and purchase raffle tickets for a beautiful handmade quilt.  This quilt, which measures 68” x 81 ½” was made by the Stow Quilters. Tickets are 1 for $3, 3 for $5 or 5 for $10, available at the Stow Council on Aging, 509 Great Road, Monday-Friday from 8am-3pm, or by mail to Stow Friends of Council on Aging (SFCOA), Attention Karen Kelleher, P. O. Box 97, Stow, MA 01775. Cash or check made payable to SFCOA only. 

The SFCOA is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that provides financial support to the Stow Council on Aging which directly benefits our senior residents. The drawing will be made at the SFCOA Second Chance Sale on December 2. Winner does not need to be present to win. 100% of proceeds go towards programs and outreach for Stow’s seniors. To learn more, visit stowfriendsofthecoa.org
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Save the Date: SFCoA Second Chance Sale

STOW: Save the Date! The SFCOA Second Chance Sale will be held on December 2 from 10am-3pm at the Pompo Community Center. Shop for holiday items, new or used, at very reduced prices! Try your chance at a raffle! Purchase homemade baked goods for your holiday table. The SFCOA is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that provides financial support to the Stow Council on Aging which directly benefits senior residents. To learn more, including how you can volunteer or support other fundraising events visit stowfriendsofthecoa.org.
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Connected the Musical – FPC Sunday Service

STOW: The musical “Connected” is about transgender youth, generational struggles, and how we’re all connected. On October 15, First Parish Church of Stow & Acton (FPC), Unitarian Universalist, will hold a service that will include music and readings from the score and script as FPC’s choir sings music from “Connected,” a special story is read by Thalia Hyland, and special guest preacher Kathryn Denney delivers the sermon. Denney wrote the story, the music and the lyrics for Connected the Musical and directed the premiere production in 2022. She has sought the input of dozens of transgender people and victims of narcissist abuse in an effort to tell their stories with accuracy, authenticity and compassion. The service 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 tinyurl.com/22-23fpc.

FPC warmly welcomes gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. FPC’s facilities are wheelchair accessible. For more information, call (978) 897-8149 or visit www.fpc-stow-acton.org. The church is located at 353 Great Road in Stow, at the intersection of routes 117 and 62.
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Stow Fitness Center Coats for Kids

STOW: In hard economic times and looming cooler weather, a warm coat isn’t a luxury… it's a necessity. In every community, there are thousands of children and adults who may otherwise not have access to a warm winter coat this winter. Stow Fitness Center is proud to be a collection partner for Coats for Kids & Families. Coats collected at SFC by January 5, 2024 will be professionally cleaned by Anton’s and given to local nonprofits, social service agencies, and schools for distribution.

Coats for Kids & Families accepts warm winter coats that are new or gently used, good quality, and all sizes (especially XL and infant/pre-K sizes). The drive does not accept coats with rips, tears, broken zippers, or permanent stains, nor does the drive accept sweatshirts, vests and spring coats, boots, scarves or gloves.
“For nearly three decades, Caring Partners has had one mission: anyone who needs a coat, will have one,” said Arthur Anton Jr., COO of Anton’s Cleaners and founder of the program. “Local schools, companies, clubs, and nonprofits collaborate each year to collect, clean and distribute 50,000 winter coats - a miraculous feat. This program gives back directly to the communities we serve, and we are proud to keep this program going as we approach three decades of service.”

Sponsored by Anton’s Cleaners, Enterprise Bank, and Jordan’s Furniture, Coats for Kids & Families has collected, cleaned, and distributed 1,212,369 free coats at more than 70 collection locations and events since the program began in 1995.
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Upcoming at First Parish Church of Bolton

BOLTON: First Parish of Bolton has an exciting schedule in the coming weeks. First, FPC (673 Main Street) is pleased to announce the Reverend Ginger Bove will be joining them as their new settled minister. Rev. Bove will first step into the pulpit on October 15 and attend a reception immediately following the service.  All are welcome to attend and meet Rev. Bove!

Later in the month on October 27 at 7pm, stop by Davis Hall for a concert of jazzy popular tunes from the 1920s and early 1930s. A period-style dance band will present a program of familiar standards - as well as some forgotten gems - by Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Hoagie Carmichael, and others - all in authentic Jazz-Age arrangements. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

Mark your calendars! On November 18 from 9am-3pm there will be a Holiday Village Bazaar and Craft Fair at FPC! This renowned event will put you in the holiday spirit like none other!  New this year will be six local crafters’ unique and fun offerings to kick off your holiday and gift shopping. Their signature Bake Shop will be available for pre-order (www.signupgenius.com/go/9040B4BA9AB23A5FE3-first2#/) and feature apple and pumpkin pies, apple dumplings, corn chowder, chili and baked beans! In addition, an assortment of these and other homemade baked treats will be available while supplies last.  The Kitchen Nook will have on hand a variety of homemade jams and jellies, sure to remind you of your grandma’s kitchen.  The Cookie Jar will showcase a delicious selection of “made with love” cookies.

Now your diet is completely blown, don’t forget to visit the basket raffle, which is larger than ever including such themes as wine, spa, bird-watching, chocolate, cats, dogs and more!  Last, but not least, the Bazaar wouldn’t be complete without a spin through Nana’s Attic, the indoor yard sale that always has great treasures, and the Jewelry Box, where you may find a plain or fancy accessory that catches your eye for pennies instead of dollars.

For Bazaar information,  email admin@firstparishofbolton.org or
hollyventura1@gmail.com. For more information about these or any events at FPC, email admin@firstparishofbolton.com.

Hudson Police Department Earns Accreditation from Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission

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HUDSON: Chief Richard DiPersio is proud to share that the Hudson Police Department earned accreditation from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission (MPAC) for the first time in the Department's history. Accreditation is a self-initiated, lengthy and comprehensive evaluation process. Participating departments complete an internal self-review and an external assessment by MPAC experts. The process is a voluntary evaluation by which police departments strive to meet and maintain the top standards of law enforcement. It is considered the best measure for a police department to compare itself against the established best practices around the country and region. The Hudson Police Department's efforts to earn re-accreditation were led by Accreditation Manager Lt. Tom Crippen.

The Massachusetts Police Accreditation Program consists of 257 mandatory standards as well as 125 optional standards. In order to achieve accreditation status, the Department was required to meet all applicable mandatory standards as well as 60 percent of the optional standards.

These carefully selected standards reflect critical areas of police management, operations and technical support activities. They cover areas such as Jurisdiction and Mutual Aid, Collection and Preservation of Evidence, Communications, Working Conditions, Crime Analysis, Community Involvement, Financial Management, Internal Affairs, Juvenile Operations, Patrol Administration, Public Information, Records, Training, Traffic, Drug Enforcement and Victim/Witness Assistance.

"I’d like to personally thank the members of the Department for their efforts. Accreditation is earned, not given, and every member contributed," said Chief DiPersio. "Thank you also to Accreditation Manager Lt. Tom Crippen, whose work was instrumental to our success. Achieving full accreditation is a measure that we are meeting the highest standards in law enforcement."

To learn more about MPAC, visit: https://masspoliceaccred.net. 
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Live Music Concert at UCMH Featuring Second Son

HUDSON: The Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson’s Spiritual Growth and Community Center (SGCC) is pleased to present folk/acoustic trio “Second Son” in their first Hudson concert on October 21 at 7pm. The concert will be held in historic Union Hall, located at 80 Main Street in Hudson. Tickets to the concert are $10, with all proceeds to benefit UCMH and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.  Tickets will be available for purchase at the door on the day of the event. Advance tickets may be purchased at the church office on Tuesdays between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., or other weekday afternoons by appointment. Please contact the administrator at (978) 562-9180 or via email at administrator@ucmh.org.

Second Son features Brian Cousins on guitar, Brian Podesto on keys, and Stirling Cousins on bass and percussion, performing original music ranging from acoustic folk to pop to Americana. According to the band’s website at
www.secondsonma.com, “We strive to create music that contains intelligent, topical lyrics and appealing melodies. Our live shows are engaging and focused on giving the audience a great musical experience.”

*Please note parking for the event is on-street or in designated Town parking lots. The main entrance to Union Hall is on ground level, but due to limited driveway space we request that guests with limited mobility be dropped off at the door. If assistance is required, please contact the office in advance to make arrangements.   

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Randall Library Temporary Closure and Moving Information

STOW: With the approval of additional funds at the Special Town Meeting on September 18, 2023, the Randall Library renovation is ready to move forward as quickly as possible. Please note:

- The Library will be closed to the public beginning October 7 for about 3-4 weeks while the collection is packed and moved;
- The Library will be temporarily housed in the basement of the Town Building at 380 Great Road (accessible in the back of the building) for the duration of the renovation;
- Information about how to handle returns and holds during the closure, as well as what services will be available during the renovation itself, will be posted on the Library webpage;
- For the time being, patrons may want to place holds with the pick up location at another Minuteman library. Click here for a list of all the network libraries;
- Online content is always available! Find databases and other e-content on the Library website;
 
Keep up with the renovation project at www.stow-ma.gov/library-renovation-project-page.
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Vive la France! with Nashoba Symphonic

BOLTON: Now in its seventh season, Nashoba Symphonic Band will present "Vive la France!" on October 29 at 3pm in the Nashoba Regional High School Auditorium on Route 117. Included in the program will be Scenes from the Louvre (Norman Dello Joio), Pavanae Pour Une Infante Defunte (Maurice Ravel) and Paris Sketches (Martin Ellerby. Admission is free.

As an ongoing part of its music program, Nashoba High School is pleased to offer the opportunity for adults and students from the Nashoba family and surrounding communities to rehearse and perform with the Nashoba Symphonic Band. For more information, email baileydavidwayne@gmail.com or visit nashobamusic.wordpress.com/nashoba-symphonic-band.
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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 www.opentable.org/donation-activities/ for information.   Stay up-to-date on our changing needs and news on Instagram and Twitter @opentablema and Facebook.com/opentablema.  
 
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 info@opentable.org 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 https://angiemcmonigal.com.
 
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 info@assabetvalleycc.com 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 www.assabetvalleycc.com .
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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 COAAdminAsst@Stow-MA.gov.
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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 elkshudson.org, email hudsonconcordmanager@gmail.com, 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.
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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 https://ctbids.com/estate-sale/23878.
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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 tinyurl.com/22-23fpc. 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 www.fpc-stow-acton.org.

Stow Police Department Announces Appointment of Kellie Barhight as Lieutenant

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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)

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

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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.
Heath Hen - ALL TRAILS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
  • 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)
Flagg Hill- ALL TRAILS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
  • 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
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  • 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
Spindle Hill - Not yet visited
Derby Woods - Not yet visited
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Hudson Cultural Council Seeks Funding Proposals

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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 mass-culture.org/lcc_public.aspx. 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 hudsonculturalcouncil.org/guidelines.
 
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 www.hudsonculturalcouncil.org or its Facebook page at facebook.com/HudsonCulturalCouncil 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 hudsonculturalcouncil@gmail.com.
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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 www.sasobservatory.org by 3pm that day.
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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 www.eventbrite.com/e/mass-save-seminar-tickets-705372747877.
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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. https://massculturalcouncil.org/local-council/stow/.
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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
www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4fa8a92aa4f8c07-mobydick#/.  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.
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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
-Percussion
-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 spmoffice@symphonypromusica.org 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: www.symphonypromusica.org
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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 https://givebutter.com/GatherAroundTheArmory.
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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 StowFriendsCOA@gmail.com for more information or if you are interested in volunteering.
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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 (baileydavidwayne@gmail.com) OR Joe McCarthy, Nashoba Regional High School Instrumental Director (jmccarthy@nrsd.net).

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 facebook.com/AssabetCraftBeer.
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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 www.soundsofstow.org or email info@soundsofstow.org.
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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.
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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: www.stow-ma.gov/library-renovation-project-page. Those interested may subscribe to project updates through the project page.

(Photo Courtesy Town of Stow)