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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  clpdunlap@gmail.com 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 conservation@stow-ma.gov.

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 Active.com or BikeReg.com (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 TrinityBolton.org 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 COAAdminAsst@Stow-MA.gov.

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 massbay.edu.
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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 COAAdminAsst@Stow-MA.gov 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 www.ucmh.org.
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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, COAAdminAsst@Stow-MA.gov, or visit www.stow-ma.gov/council-aging.

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.

Robin Jubenville Organ Concert Gives Tribute to Philip Beaudry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nashoba Symphonic Band Features Senior Jack Light

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

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

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

Stuff A Cruiser - Food Drive 

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

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

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

Saturday, June 10, 2023, 10am-1pm 

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

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

Facebook Event Page: https://fb.me/e/2DRRm4akN
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FPC Hosts "Flower Community 100th Anniversary Celebration"

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

Masks are required in the sanctuary, with the exception of the balcony. To enter the virtual room, go to tinyurl.com/22-23fpc. Closed captioning will be available. To prevent disruptive intrusions, the virtual room will be locked about 15 minutes after the service begins. FPC’s facilities are wheelchair accessible. For more information, call (978) 897-8149 or visit www.fpc-stow-acton.org. The church is located at 353 Great Road, at the corner of routes 117 and 62.
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HCC Community Survey

HUDSON: The Hudson Cultural Council needs the help of people who live, work, and visit Hudson to help advise about how best to allocate public dollars for programs and activities in the Arts, humanities and interpretive sciences. Please take their online community input survey by June 30. The link is www.hudsonculturalcouncil.org/2023-community-input-survey, or you can scan the QR code herein to access the survey. Please note that this year the survey can be done in English, Portuguese or Spanish.

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

Hudson Democrats to Elect Delegates to Democratic State Convention

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

Hudson Democrats can register for the Caucus at https://tinyurl.com/27wvm9c3 , or you can register in person on June 14 starting at 6:30pm. A short business meeting will follow the Caucus. Registered and pre-registered Democrats in  Hudson 16 years old by May 23, 2023 may vote and be elected as delegates or alternates during the Caucus. Youth (ages 16-35), people with disabilities, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ+ community not elected as delegates or alternates are encouraged to apply to be add-on delegates at the Caucus or by visiting www.massdems.org/massdems-convention. Those interested in getting involved with the Hudson Democratic Town Committee should contact Ellen Church, Chair, at ellencchurch@gmail.com.
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New Hiking Trail in Berlin

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

Create a Japanese Inspired Garden

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

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

The Hudson Garden Club can be found on Facebook.

Hudson Fire Department Launches New Website

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

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

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

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

Give Your Stuff Away Day at Sawyer Hill EcoVillage

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

Blessing of the Animals Multi-generational Service at UCMH

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

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

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

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

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

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

MARLBOROUGH/HUDSON: The scouts of Hudson Troop 77, Hudson Troop 2, Marlboro Troop 2 and Assabet Valley Crew 23 invite the community to an all-you-can-eat BBQ fundraiser, benefiting Scouting activities and community service projects. The event will be held May 21 at Jacobs Hall in the Marlboro Masonic Building at 8 Newton Street in Marlborough. Participants can enjoy endless food catered by Stevie’s Cafe, including vegetarian and gluten free options. Tickets are $20/adult (11+); $15/child (10 and under) and are available online at https://scout-all-you-can-eat-bbq.square.site for a preferred seating time (11-12, 12-1, 1-2 or 2-3).
Scouting supports youth ages 11-18 as they engage in community service projects, conservation activism, and  outdoor exploration while developing lifelong skills. Participants have gone on to become leaders in their community, school and career as they go forward while giving back to others. Your support at this event helps the Troops and Crew with supplies for future projects and supports scouting activities so that no one is limited by financial cost. If you have any questions on this event please email fundraiser.hudsontroop77@gmail.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friends of the Bolton Library Host Semi-Annual Book Sale

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stow's SpringFest Seeks Volunteers

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

Hudson Candidates’ Night April 26

HUDSON: The Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters (Acton Area) will host a Hudson Candidate's Night on April 26 from 7-8:30pm at the Hudson Senior Center, 29 Church Street. Questions for contested candidates for the Select Board, School Committee, Board of Health and Municipal Light Board races can be submitted prior to the event at https://tinyurl.com/HudsonCandidatesNight2023. Questions from the audience attending the event can be submitted via provided index cards and will be used by the Moderator, time permitting. There’s ample parking at the Senior Center, as well as at Railroad Crossing, across the street from the Center.

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

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

Add Pizazz to Shade Gardens

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

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

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

Lunger Visits Republican Town Committee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations from the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley to this year’s scholarship winners and their families! Anyone interested in obtaining further information should visit www.ryla7910.org or contact
Robert Johnson at johnson@itesafety.com, (978) 875-3143 or any other member of the Nashoba Valley Rotary Club.
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The Town of Acton Swap Shop Needs Volunteers!

ACTON: Does giving stuff away make you happy? Are you a social animal? Will you have a few hours to help keep good things out of the trash? The purpose of the Acton Swap Shop is to reduce trash by putting perfectly usable items into the hands of those that can use them. One person's trash is another person's treasure! The Swap Shop is located at the Acton Transfer Station and Recycling center, and anyone with a sticker can use the Swap Shop. It is open May-October, Tuesday-Saturday, and volunteers pick their own hours. For more information, visit www.acton-ma.gov/507/Swap-Shop, or contact Debby Andell at debbyandell@gmail.com.
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Sounds of Stow Presents “Joyous Voices – Winsome Winds”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you are a DIY kind of person, you may prefer to make your own. There's a great step-by-step tutorial and video from Better Homes Gardens at www.bhg.com/.../projects/how-to-make-rain-barrel/SPM.