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OARS Annual River Cleanup

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

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

Cleanup Day: Saturday, September 18, from 9am–noon. A team of volunteers will tackle sites in needing a larger group effort in towns including Framingham, Westborough, Hudson, Maynard, Concord and Billerica. The morning of hard work will be followed by a celebration with pizza. Registration is required. Details and registration information is available at www.oars3rivers.org

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

HUDSON: The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.  Some kids avoid obstacles. Scouts overcome them. Scouts

BSA is a year-round program for boys and girls in
kindergarten through high school that provides fun, adventure, learning, challenge, and responsibility to help them become the best version of themselves.  In Scouts BSA, young men and women go places, test themselves, and have one-of-a-kind adventures that can’t be found anywhere else.

Scouts BSA is designed to be experienced outdoors but also has a STEM component. While hiking, camping, mountain biking, and whitewater rafting are all offered and bring Scouts into the great outdoors, young men and women with a drive for science will learn to develop and hone those skills as well. The Boy Scouts of America’s STEM initiative encourages the natural curiosity of youth members and their sense of wonder about these fields through existing programs.

Interested?  Hudson’s Scouts BSA Cub Scout Pack 3104 is holding a recruiting event at Reasons to be Cheerful, 418 Main Street on September 18 from 1-4pm. Youths that register will receive a voucher for a free small ice cream. Rain date is September 19 at the same time.

Scout leaders will be on hand to answer questions about Scouts BSA programs. You will have the opportunity to complete a membership application in a socially distant setting. More information is available at www.Joinscoutingday.org.
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Sustainable Stow: Making Your Yard Work for You and the Environment

STOW: Does your yard work for you or do you work for it? To be more specific, do you really need a big lawn? Is there more you could do with your property that would benefit the environment? Have you considered reducing the time and pollution generated by lawn mowing, not to mention expensive fertilization, pesticides, herbicides and bags of mulch? And what should you do with brush and leaves? Answers to such questions, can require a different way of seeing your yard and its value. 

Consider how you use your yard. How much for entertaining? How much for children’s games? And how much is just an expanse of expensive green grass? Now consider how much of your yard could be used for a natural habitat. 

To get more specifics, Sustainable Stow members toured four yards in Stow with 
Landscape Architect Casey-lee Bastien, an advocate for strategically rethinking how we manage our home landscapes. In his talk from Randall Library (on Zoom) he will use these four Stow yards as examples of how we can approach our yards differently. Casey-lee works with New England’s BSC Group, a team of scientists, engineers, and designers, advising landowners and communities on nature-based solutions. We are glad to have some of Casey-lee’s advice for typical Stow properties.

Join Sustainable Stow on September 15 at 7PM for the talk and discussion. Contact Randall Library by Wednesday afternoon the 15th for a Zoom link.
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Make a Difference Day at FPC

ACTON/STOW: If you or your children have ever wanted to make a difference in the world, Make a Difference Day will offer a chance to do so in a variety of areas, including climate change, LGBTQ+ rights, prison outreach, racial justice, and more. This family-friendly event takes place on September 11, from 10am to noon, on the grounds of First Parish Church of Stow & Acton, Unitarian Universalist, 353 Great Road in Stow, at the corner of routes 117. Masks are required.
 
Many booths will offer a variety of activities suitable for kids, teens, and adults. FPC’s Supporting Asylum Seekers Task Force’s booth, for instance, will include a globe to help kids locate countries, the opportunity to tweet President Biden, and the chance to write or draw a welcome letter to an Afghan family newly arrived in San Antonio (TX) or Charlottesville (VA), among other activities. The Climate Change Task Force’s activities will range from writing post cards to the governor and secretary of environment about implementing the state's new climate law; providing information on its Net Zero campaign for FPC; and making posters on climate change. This task force will also ring the church’s bells 11 times at 11am as part of 11th Hour Calling, an interfaith organization that calls attention to the urgency of the climate crisis on the 11th hour of the 11th day of each month.
 
In addition, executive director of UU Mass Action Laura Wagner will host a table with information available for its 5 Core Campaigns: Massachusetts Against Solitary Confinement; Indigenous Justice; Immigrant Justice; Environmental Justice and Climate; and Economic Justice.
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Stow Chorus Open Rehearsals

STOW: After a hiatus of almost a year and half, the Sounds of Stow Chorus and Orchestra is delighted to return to in-person rehearsals and is inviting all singers to “check them out” by joining one of their Open Rehearsals on September 6 and September 13. The program put together by Barbara Jones, Artistic Director, includes Ola Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass, Adolphus Hailstork’s I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes, and Christopher Tin’s Sogno di Volare, speaking to themes of renewal, restarting, and reflection. The concert date is November 21, 2021.

While the usual rehearsal time is Mondays from 7:30 to 9:30, Open Rehearsals will begin at 7pm to allow time for registration and socializing. Singers must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and wear a mask. We will monitor all applicable Covid guidelines and make adjustments as indicated. Email info@soundsofstow.org if you plan to attend an Open Rehearsal and for further information. We rehearse at the First Parish Church's Fellowship Hall, 353 Main Street. 

The Sounds of Stow Chorus & Orchestra is a welcoming community of musicians committed to preparing and performing exceptional music to enrich their lives and those of their audiences. 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 promotes principles of good singing and serious musicianship at weekly rehearsals that are lively, challenging, and always fun.

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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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MassDOT Virtual Public Information Meeting 9/1

STOW: On September 1 at 6pm, MassDOT is hosting a virtual public information meeting to provide an opportunity for the public to hear an overview of the project including construction schedule and traffic impacts. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and offer comments.  All interested abutters, business owners, and commuters are invited to attend online via:

https://virtualmeeting.link/gleasondale-rd-bridge
Meeting ID: 894 2857 7661
Dial-in Option: +1 888-788-0099

Please note this meeting will be recorded. The presentation will be posted on the project web site following the meeting.

MassDOT is replacing the Gleasondale Road Bridge, which carries Route 62 over the Assabet River in Stow. The bridge will have its deck, beams, and northern abutment replaced. The purpose of this upcoming meeting is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the project. All views and comments made at the meeting will be reviewed and considered to the maximum extent possible. How will this affect you? The Gleasondale Road Bridge Replacement Project will impact the community and commuters during construction. During the public meeting, MassDOT will review the construction activities and schedule, bridge closures, traffic detours, and community impacts. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and offer comments.

Please visit the project website for more information about construction, the most up-to-date project schedule, and upcoming opportunities to engage with the project.
Website: mass.gov/gleasondale-road-bridge-replacement-project
Email: gleasondalebridgestow@dot.state.ma.us.

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

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

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

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

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

The program will be held IN-PERSON starting October 12 and November 30 from 6:30 -9PM. Proof of vaccination is required. To register contact Sara at 339-223-3146 or doddsara25@gmail.com  or Phyllis at 978-973-3995, Phyllis.terrey100@gmail.com. Additional course offerings and info at www.namimass.org.
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Assabet Valley Camera Club Starts New Season

HUDSON: In 1985 a small group of people, who took an evening photography course at Assabet Valley Regional Vocational High School, decided to form a club to share their learning and experience. The resulting Assabet Valley Camera Club, a Hudson-based photography organization, began to meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from September through early June.  Currently AVCC has over 50 members of all ages, with both amateur and professional experience, from 15 different communities in the greater Metro West area. 

Due to Covid 19 all AVCC meetings are currently being held online. At this club year’s first meeting on Wednesday, September 1st the evening's program will feature a "Members' Showcase", where individuals will briefly present their photographic images based on a theme or highlights of their summer experiences. 

Normally, AVCC meetings are held in the Great Room at the Hudson Senior Center, 29 Church Street, Hudson, and officially begin at 7:30PM.  The first meeting of the month generally features a program designed to instruct and/or to entertain camera enthusiasts.  During the second monthly meeting, member competitions of both print and digital images are judged and critiqued by qualified individuals. Assabet Valley Camera Club, a member of both the New England Camera Club Council and the Photographic Society of America, also 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 check out the AVCC website at www.assabetvalleycc.com or contact Elliot Mednick, club president, at 978-293-5192.

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HCC Welcomes Grant Applications

HUDSON: The Hudson Cultural Council will soon be accepting 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 the Hudson area and need funding to make it a reality, you are welcome to apply for a grant. The online application window will be open from September 1 through October 15. Priority is given to programs which take place inside the town of Hudson and to those serving Hudson youth as well as Hudson-based organizations, artists and interpretive scientists. Projects may take place in libraries, community centers, town halls, parks, schools, and wherever communities come together.
 
The Hudson Cultural Council is composed of volunteers appointed by the Town of Hudson Select Board. Its mission is to support and enhance Hudson's diverse heritage and cultural opportunities by supporting activities that enrich the lives of Hudson residents of all ages. The Council strives to achieve these goals through the funding of local programs with money allocated from the Mass Cultural Council and the Town of Hudson.Check out the council’s website www.hudsonculturalcouncil.org or facebook page www.facebook.com/HudsonCulturalCouncil/ for updates and more information on the application process as the window draws nearer. To contact the HCC directly with questions, or to become an HCC member, email hudsonculturalcouncil@gmail.com.
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Dangerous Heat Advisory Continues!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Find out more at: https://origamimuseum.org/opportunities/. Maynard Folds information, statement about the jurors, and the application can be found there.
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Help For Families: Mental Health Challenges

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

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

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

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

Two Programs are sponsored by NAMI Central Middlesex for fall 2021.  Thursdays via ZOOM, Sept 16 – Nov 4th, 6:30 – 9:00 PM. To register contact Steve at 978-621-3253, shadden@hadlorgroup.com or Lindsay at 781-864-7003, linzbfar@gmail.com. Tuesdays IN PERSON in Littleton MA Oct 12th – Nov 30th, 6:30 – 9:00 PM. proof of vaccination is required. To register, contact Sara at 339-223-3146, doddsara25@gmail.com or Phyllis at 978.973.3995, phyllis.terrey100@gmail.com.

Next Climate Talk from Sustainable Stow and Randall Library: Studying the Water Quality in Lake Boon

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STOW: What can be done to protect Lake Boon in the face of various threats from a changing climate? Local citizen scientists with the help of environmental scientists. are working to answer this question. Their work is supported by a two-year grant from the Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness program, The water quality monitoring will provide a basis for recommendations to protect our local great pond, and potentially others at risk in Massachusetts. The sampling program is directed by Rebecca Longvall, conservation agent for the town of Bolton.
 
You can learn about their work at the next Sustainable Stow climate talk, hosted by Randall Library. Join in Wednesday, August 18 at 7pm on Zoom. You can request a Zoom link by contacting the library at randalllibrary@gmail.com. The library will email the Zoom link out before the talk. This talk is the 4th in a series focusing on what we can do to address local impacts of climate change. You can watch past presentations online by searching for “Sustainable Stow” at www.youtube.com/user/StowTVNow.
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“Caring for Caregivers” Meetings; 1st & 3rd Mondays

HUDSON: On Mondays, August 2 and 16, from 11am to Noon, the First United Methodist Church at 34 Felton Street will hold “Caring for Caregivers” meetings in Lamson Hall on the first floor of the church.  The Church is handicap accessible via a motorized seat and safe distancing and mask-wearing practices are in place for these small gatherings.

In these current difficult times of isolation, caregiving for a loved one may have become more challenging. The church has recognized a yearning in the community for a place to gather, intended for those in the position of being a caregiver and who need to be with others going through difficult times caring for their loved ones. 
The purpose is to establish a safe, quiet setting for those who are feeling the weight that often accompanies caregiving.

Caregivers often feel alone/isolated and unique.  Meetings can’t solve problems or change a situation but they do offer support by encouraging each other to not feel weak or selfish or unloving because of our thoughts.  Sometimes you'll even find humor and laugh with each other.  This, too, is healing. Stop by to
talk about your concerns and feelings with those who know what you are going through.  Judgment-free zone; only attentive and compassionate.

The meetings are open to anyone who is a caregiver and may be feeling isolated by their particular situation.  Come to as few or as many of our meetings as you like.  You may come just to listen but over time, we hope you’ll feel free to speak.   There are no dues or fees to think about, just come and be with us for an hour or so.
First United Methodist Church is located over the hill, just off the Hudson Rotary at 34 Felton Street.  More information is available at 978-562-2932 or at www.hudsonfumc.org.
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Senator Eldridge secures $230,000 in FY22 Budget for Hudson

HUDSON: State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) has secured $230,000 in the Fiscal Year (FY22) Senate Budget for the Town of Hudson to purchase the Hudson Armory in downtown Hudson. Governor Charlie Baker signed the $47.6 billion fiscal 2022 budget into law. A community’s downtown is a hub of economic and social development, and a healthy, thriving downtown is important to the long-term success of small towns and big cities alike,” said Eldridge. “Purchasing and repurposing the Hudson Armory into a community space will bring more life to the already rising Downtown. The $230,000 earmark that I secured will allow the town to purchase the Armory and begin the renovation process. I’m thankful for the cooperation of the State Senate, Senate President Karen Spilka, and Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman Michael Rodrigues for their help in passing this earmark.”

"I was pleased to vote for the amendment as part of the reconciled state budget and I congratulate Senator Eldridge for securing these important funds. I look forward to working together on legislation, funding and state support to ensure Hudson Cultural Alliance's efforts to create an Arts Center at the Armory are successful,” said State Representative Kate Hogan (D-Stow).

The Hudson Armory is a state-owned building located in downtown Hudson. The Hudson Board of Selectmen recently approved a plan to purchase the building from the state for $230,000 in order to convert it into a community space. Senator Eldridge’s earmark will cover the full cost of the sale, allowing the fundraising efforts of residents to go directly towards renovating the building.

This project is the capstone of Hudson’s downtown revitalization and will serve as both the hub of Hudson’s Cultural District and an ideal jumping-off point for the newly renovated South Street, the proposed Riverwalk, and the shops and restaurants in and around Wood Square.
“Artists and performing groups in Hudson and the local area have expressed the need for performance, practice, and exhibit space. The Armory's location in Hudson's thriving downtown is ideal for such an arts center,” said Andy Horvitz, President of the Hudson Cultural Alliance. “We look forward to transforming the facility into a community asset serving all ages across a range of uses. This cultural development investment and the preservation of this historic building will pay economic and community dividends in Hudson and the region for generations to come.”
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Joint Unitarian Universalist Sunday Service August 1

STOW: First Parish Church of Stow & Acton (FPC) will join several Unitarian Universalist churches at the 18th Annual Joint Summer Service. Rev. Jill Cowie, minister of the Harvard Unitarian Universalist Church, will lead worship on the theme “Healing from Broken to Whole Together.” This service will be held virtually on August 1 at 10am. All are welcome.

Seminarian Paloma Callo told her preaching class recently, “it is our witness to the cracks and shattered pieces that enables healing.” How do we find the courage to enter the pain? The compassion to help healing? How do we stay open to the grace of our wholeness in the midst of it all?

For more information about FPC’s virtual Sunday services, including information on how to access this joint service, visit http://fpc-stow-acton.org/services. Details about all upcoming summer services are listed on that page, including details about the subject of each service as well as how to access it. Additional information on the Aug. 1 service can be found at http://uuharvard.org/services/18th-annual-joint-summer-service/.

Call for Participants: Yard & Craft Sale at First United Methodist Church

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HUDSON: Call now to reserve your space, as the First United Methodist Church of Hudson invites everyone to their Annual Yard and Craft Sale to be held rain or shine, on Saturday, October 2 from 9am am to 2pm, in the church parking lot.  If the weather is un-cooperative, the fair will be held indoors in our very large Lamson Hall.  Mark your calendars and be prepared to find some terrific bargains and treasures and handcrafted items. For those interested in setting up for the sale, there is unlimited space available and the church has some 6’ tables that you can use, provided to the first responders.  (Metal folding chairs are available at no charge or bring your own).  The fee is $15. Start putting aside those items you no longer want but someone else would love to purchase!  For Crafters, this is your opportunity to sell your own unique, individual creations to all those pre-holiday shoppers the sale will attract. Also, they will be selling containers of delicious homemade chili and chicken salad.

First United Methodist Church is located at 34 Felton Street, just off the rotary over the top of the hill, in Hudson.  More information is available at 978-562-2932 or www.hudsonfumc.org
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Stow Bike for the Woods, August 29

STOW: The 20th annual Stow Bike for the Woods is taking place August 29, 2021. This is a family-friendly road-bike ride supports the Stow Conservation Trust. Registration starts at 8:30an, ride at 9am. The ride starts at Stow Shopping Center, 113 Great Road. You can register for the ride and get more information at http://BikeForTheWoods.org. 

There will be food and drink including fresh peaches, cider donuts, and the famous mid-ride lemonade stand. Go for the scenery, return for the great snacks!

 
Choose from a variety of ride lengths including 5, 14, 37, and a 65 mile metric century. All ages and abilities are welcome. The routes are well marked and cue sheets are provided. The routes take you by many of the conservation properties in the area. See up close why Stow and surrounding towns are considered biking nirvana by those in the know. The Stow Conservation Trust aims to preserve open space for future generations. All proceeds from the ride go to the Trust. Last year, the ride raised over $1500 for this worthy cause.
 
Food, drink, and support for the ride are provided by: Bagels Plus of Acton, Pedal Power of Acton, Emma’s Cafe in Stow, Idylwilde Farms of Action, Carver Hill Orchard of Stow, Honey Pot Hill Orchards of Stow, Trader Joe’s of Acton, and Starbucks of Acton.
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Stow Building Permits Now Available ONLINE

STOW: The Town of Stow is pleased to announce that Stow residents and contractors are now able to obtain building permits online.Effective immediately, residents can now click here to visit the online permitting page, or click the “Online Permitting & Fees" button on the Building Department page of the official website www.stow-ma.gov

The town’s permitting software, PermitLink, is user-friendly and can be accessed online 24 hours a day, and it should greatly simplify and streamline the permitting process for our residents. All homeowners who have not hired a contractor for a building project may choose to utilize this service by creating a personal account, using an email address and a unique password. Supporting documents can be uploaded and attached as needed.  A resident’s account can be used to obtain any building permit for their property. Residents who wish to continue to submit paper permit applications will still be able to do so.

This exciting new resource will not only make the permitting process easier but also to support a greener, paper-free option. Launching the online permitting site encourages residents to file permits electronically in order to minimize social contact while we continue to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Currently the Town of Stow cannot accept payment through the online permitting site, but is working to make that option available in the very near future. In the meantime, once someone has applied for a permit and it has been accepted, they may mail or drop off the correct permit fee and the permit will be emailed back once finalized. There is a drop box at the Town Building, 380 Great Road, at the front entrance.

Traffic Detour Notice

HUDSON/STOW: MassDOT has announced that Gleasondale Road from Sudbury Road to Marlboro Road will be closed overnight on Thursday, July 15 to allow Hudson Light & Power to relocate utilities on the bridge before we start full construction. Timing: 10pm on Thursday, July 15 to 6am on Friday, July 16. During the closure, the detour route depicted here will be in effect.
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Recent Graduate and First Generation Student, Hudson's Marissa Crue Got Her Start at MCC

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HUDSON: For recent 2021 Middlesex Community College graduate Marissa Crue of Hudson, her time at the college was “life-changing.” The first generation student was unsure of her path after graduating from high school. Her time at Middlesex offered a foundation for learning, building connections and developing a more solid direction for her future.

“MCC was the stepping stone I needed in order to discover both my passions and my love of learning,” she said. “I am most grateful for all the wonderful opportunities MCC provided for me along my journey, and I am certain I can take what I have learned here and apply it in all avenues of my life.”

As a Liberal Arts and Sciences major, Crue had the opportunity to explore different subjects by taking a range of courses – from Latin American History and Literature to Forensic Science. While this flexibility of course requirements has prepared her for her transfer to Amherst College, the knowledge and skills she learned in her classes will “continue to benefit me throughout my life. It was through this exploration that I discovered the academic areas I am most passionate about,” Crue said. “MCC has provided me with a foundational experience I needed to be a successful student going forward.”

In her Honors English 102 course with MCC Professor of English Jonathan Bennett, Crue developed her perspective of the world. From reading and engaging in conversations in class, she was inspired by all that she could learn. Bennett also helped her in writing her college essay to Amherst, and continues to offer support to help her achieve her goals. Because of the pandemic, the college shifted courses and student support services to online platforms for much of 2020 and 2021. While Crue feels MCC made an effective transition to online learning – and still felt connected to her professors and classmates – she also took advantage of the circumstances to grow into a more independent learner. A member of MCC’s honor society Phi Theta Kappa and the Commonwealth Honors Program, Crue thrived in her studies. Keeping busy throughout her time, she worked as an Embedded Writing Tutor, Blackboard Ambassador, Orientation Leader and Food Pantry Student Assistant, and participated in MCC’s TRIO Program for Student Success and Diversity Summit. 

“I felt that the abundant support systems and groups throughout the college helped me feel like a part of a larger, strong community,” Crue said. “Aside from feeling proud, I am sad that I will be leaving a community that has brought so much good into my life.”

Her decision to start at Middlesex came after visiting the Lowell campus her senior year of high school. Crue needed a starting point, and Middlesex was the best option to establish her college career while saving money on tuition. Sensing the positive experiences that awaited her at Middlesex, Crue soon realized the impact the community and college would have on her.

“MCC is a place where you will find your people and be provided the opportunity to explore your interests,” she said. “If you are unsure about attending college, MCC is a great starting place.”

AARP Massachusetts Fraud Watch Update: July 2021

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Did you know that someone’s identity gets stolen every two seconds?  The AARP Fraud Watch Network provides you with tips and resources to help you spot and avoid identity theft and fraud so you can protect yourself and your family.  Our watchdog alerts will keep you up to date on con artists’ latest tricks.  It’s free of charge for everyone:  AARP members, non-members, and people of all ages.  Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam. Report scams to local law enforcement. Contact the AARP Fraud Watch Network at www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork for more information on fraud prevention.

SCAM ALERT #1: DOOR TO DOOR SCAMS
Warm weather is here which means door-to-door sales crews are here, too. But what they’re selling isn’t always legit. Be cautious anytime a stranger comes knocking, especially if the visitor is trying to sell you goods or services. Be wary of contractors who say they stopped by because they just happened to be in the neighborhood. The good ones are usually too busy to roam around in search of work. Also be on guard for high pressure tactics to make a quick decision for a steep discount, and requests for payment upfront. Your best bet is to proactively seek out services if you need them, versus reacting to an unexpected sales pitch. It’s always okay to explain you don’t do business at your front door (or to not answer when strangers knock).

SCAM ALERT #2:  PROTECT YOUR DEVICE, PROTECT YOURSELF
Many scams originate right at your fingertips through your computer or smartphone. The good news is the way to block them is also within your grasp. Here are three tips to keep your devices safe from criminals. Make sure your devices’ operating systems are up to date; you should be able to set an auto-update feature that downloads the latest software when available. Next, make sure to change the password on your Wi-Fi router so it’s different from the password it came with. If you have a lot of devices connected to it, they could be vulnerable if the router is compromised. Lastly, a password manager is a great way to create unique and hard-to-guess passwords for all of your online accounts and apps.

SCAM ALERT #3: RENTAL CAR SCAMS
America is open for business again and millions of people are traveling, or planning to. One thing you may run into is sticker shock – especially with rental cars. The lack of travel in 2020 led rental companies to sell a lot of their inventory of cars. Now that demand has spiked, supply is tight and prices are high.
Unfortunately, criminals are paying attention and posting fake rental car deals at rock bottom prices online. While everyone loves a good deal, doing business with an entity you aren’t familiar with could be risky. Whatever your travel needs, stick to reputable websites with proven track records. If you do find a deal with an unfamiliar provider, do your research: look up the company name with “scam” or “complaint” and see what appears, and check out reviews.

SCAM ALERT #4: FREE TRIAL OFFERS, NEGATIVE OPTIONS
Who doesn’t love something for free? But beware, that “free trial offer” might mean months of payments that you didn’t know you signed up for and will have a hard time canceling. These types of sales tactics are called negative options – a customer signs up for a free trial and unwittingly accepts a subscription – sometimes for a questionable product – often by not seeing a pre-checked box in the very tiny print. When it comes to free trials, research before you enroll. Fully understand the terms and conditions by reading the fine print. Keep a close eye on your credit and debit card statements so you spot unexpected charges right away. Contact your bank or credit card company to address the issue; calling the company you inadvertently signed up for a subscription with will likely get you nowhere.

Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam. Report scams to local law enforcement. For help from AARP, call 1-877-908-3360 or visit the AARP Fraud Watch Network at www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork.

Hudson to Elect Delegates to Democratic State Convention

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HUDSON: Registered Democrats in Hudson will hold a caucus on July 14, 2021 at Avidia Bank Community Room, 17 Pope Street, to elect Delegates and Alternates to the 2021 Massachusetts Democratic State Convention. The caucus will take place in-person following health guidelines with an option to participate virtually. Democrats who wish to participate virtually may register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ld-yhrDkoGNOYeTy8Lt19EXearcJBKl5p.
 
This year’s state convention will be held on September 25th in Lowell, where Democrats from across the state will come together to adopt a Party platform, discuss Party business and celebrate our successes as we prepare for upcoming elections. The event will take place in-line with all federal, state and local health guidelines and will include a virtual option for participation.
 
The caucus is open to all registered and pre-registered Democrats in Hudson. Pre-registered Democrats who are 16 by June 15, 2021 will be allowed to participate and run as a Delegate or Alternate. Hudson can elect 9 Delegates and 4 Alternates to the Convention. Youth, minorities, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ individuals who are not elected as a Delegate or Alternate may apply to be an Add-on Delegate at the caucus or at www.massdems.org by August 6, 2021.
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First Federated Church of Hudson Welcomes Back Annual Craft Fair; Participants Invited

HUDSON: The First Federated Church of Hudson, 200 Central Street, is welcoming back their Annual Craft Fair on October 30, 2021 from 9am to 3pm.  All kinds of crafters are welcome to participate. Table are $25; $30 with electricity. Please call the church at 978-562-9207 for more information or to reserve your space.  You can also visit the Church online at www.firstfederatedchurch.org and on Facebook.
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DONORS URGENTLY NEEDED: Red Cross Still Facing Severe Blood Shortage

The American Red Cross continues to experience a severe blood shortage that is negatively affecting blood product availability across the country. Donors of all blood types – especially type O and those giving platelets – are urged to make an appointment to give now and help ensure hospital shelves are stocked with blood products over the Fourth of July holiday and beyond.
  

Right now, the Red Cross is working around the clock to provide blood products to hospitals responding to an unusually high number of traumas and emergency room visits, as well as overdoses and resulting transplants. As a result of the blood shortage, some hospitals are being forced to slow the pace of elective surgeries until the blood supply stabilizes, delaying crucial patient care. 

In addition, while summer is traditionally a time when blood donations decline, this year is particularly challenging as many Americans receive their vaccinations and resume summer activities after more than a year of limited interactions and travel, leading to lower donor turnout. The need for blood doesn’t take a holiday break − patients still depend on lifesaving transfusions.

Donors are needed now to prevent further delays to patient care. Schedule an appointment to give blood now by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

As a thank-you, all those who come to give July 1-6 will receive a Red Cross embroidered hat by mail,* while supplies last. And, donors who come to give July 7-31 will receive a $10 Amazon.com Gift Card by email, plus a chance to win gas for a year (a $5,000 value). (Terms and conditions apply; visit rcblood.org/fuel). 
In most cases, those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine can donate. However, knowing the name of the manufacturer of the vaccine they received is important in determining donation eligibility.
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FPC Begins Lay-led Summer Services

STOW: Sunday, June 20, marks the beginning of lay-led summer services at First Parish Church of Stow & Acton, Unitarian Universalist (FPC). In the shadow of the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, members of the Racial Justice Task Force will reflect on what the past year has brought us and taught us during this service, entitled “A Long and Winding Road: The Ongoing Quest for Racial Justice.” The service will begin at 10am.
 
For more information about each individual service, call 978-897-8149 or visit http://fpc-stow-acton.org/services. Details about all upcoming summer services are listed on that page, including details about both the subject of each service and how to access it. To prevent disruptive intrusions, the virtual room will be locked about 15 minutes after a service begins. FPC apologizes for any inconvenience this causes.
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Read to Luna the Dog Live! at the Concord Free Public Library

CONCORD: The Concord Free Public Library invites children to Read to Luna the Dog on the Main Library lawn the second Friday of each month beginning in June between 11:30am-12:30pm. Luna is a certified therapy dog through Pets & People Foundation, Inc. Did you know that reading to dogs boosts reading skills and emotional and social skills for children? This event is for children ages 5+. Children are invited to register for their own individual 15 minute session with Luna. Register in advance by visiting the library's events calendar online at www.concordlibrary.org.
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June is PTSD Awareness Month

June is PTSD Awareness Month. Though most often associated with veterans who experienced atrocities of war, anyone, including children and teens, can suffer with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Children typically recover quickly from stressful events, but when it comes to severe stress, especially serious injuries, the death of a close family member or friend, sexual assault, living through a disaster, or witnessing a violent act such as a school shooting, children can often suffer the long-term effects of PTSD.
The National Center for PTSD estimates that 7-8% of people will experience PTSD during their lives. Worse yet, over 65% of children who are exposed to a traumatic event will, at some point, attempt to take their own lives.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, the symptoms of PTSD are different for young children than those of older teens and adults. Children younger than 6 will often wet the bed, forget how or refuse to talk, act out the traumatic event during routine play, or become unusually clingy with a parent or other adult. Research shows that depression rates increase after a trauma and tend to be especially high among children with PTSD. If your child or someone you love is struggling with depression or thinking about suicide, get help now. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), is a free resource, available 24 hours a day for anyone who is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. The Crisis Text Line is a free 24/7 text line where trained crisis counselors support individuals in crisis. Text “Jason” to 741741 to speak with a compassionate, trained Crisis Counselor. Confidential support 24/7, for free.

The Jason Foundation is another available resource.  The Jason Foundation is dedicated to the awareness and prevention of youth suicide through educational programs that equip youth, parents, educators, and the community with the tools and resources to identify and assist at-risk youth. Many times, a young person will exhibit clear warnings signs prior to an attempt. By knowing the warning signs, and knowing how to help, you could save a life.  Visit The Jason Foundation’s website to learn more about youth suicide, the warning signs, and how you can help make a difference.  The Jason Foundation has never charged a school, community, or individual for the use of their programs or resources.  http://www.jasonfoundation.com
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Emerson Hospital & IMPACT Melanoma Team Up to Protect the Public

CONCORD: Emerson Hospital and IMPACT Melanoma, a national non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the incidence of melanoma, have teamed for the third consecutive year to protect residents from skin cancer. The organizations have deployed touchless, automatic sunscreen dispensers at 16 high-traffic locations, including parks and recreation facilities, beaches, rail trails, and athletic fields throughout Concord and the greater area. The dispensers provide complementary sunscreen throughout Acton (at The Discovery Museum), Bedford, Chelmsford, Concord, Harvard, Hudson, Maynard and Westford. Jen Melanson, Community Service Coordinator for the town of Chelmsford, reported after the 2020 season, “The program was so well received, we had positive feedback on social media and from citizens who were very excited and appreciative. We are grateful to Emerson Hospital for providing the dispensers and are excited to support the program again this year.”
 
“We are pleased to work with Emerson Hospital on this invaluable initiative for the third year,” said Deb Girard, IMPACT’s Executive Director. “It is imperative to educate communities at all levels – residents, government, employees, and visitors – to create a broad sense of sun-safe practices aimed at healthier lifestyle choices for our skin. With this initiative in motion, we can achieve exactly that with the fleet of free sunscreen dispensers, and educational messaging. We are excited and hope that neighboring towns take notice. Together we can make a great IMPACT and practice of safe skin.”
 
Emerson Hospital is sponsoring bright yellow sunscreen dispensers that are filled with SPF 30 sunscreen. The dispensers are monitored regularly and replenished as needed, ensuring that everyone in the area who needs sunscreen has easy access to it. SPF 30 or higher sunscreen is rated and recommended for use by children ages six-months and up, and adults. All sunscreen ingredients are safe and approved by the FDA.
 
To learn more about the importance of sunscreen and where the complimentary sunscreen dispensers are located, please visit www.emersonhospital.org/sunscreen.