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The Littleton Road Race: Sunday September 18, 2022

LITTLETON: Calling all runners and walkers to the 14th annual Littleton Road Race to be held on Sunday, September 18 at Fay Park, 26 Foster Street.  Registration is open and information is available at www.LittletonRoadRace.org.  Online registration is available until September 17.  Race day registration will be available starting at noon. 

Over 400 runners and walkers are expected to once again make their way over Littleton’s scenic roads in this community event to benefit the Littleton Road Race & Track Organization.  Proceeds from this race will support updates to the Littleton track and field facility, as well as promote the sport of track and field in Littleton.

The first event, starting at 2pm, is a 1-mile fun run that is open to all ages.  The second event, starting at 2:30pm, is a 5K (3.1 miles) race that is open to both runners and walkers. The event is USATF sanctioned and certified and has professional, computerized finish line timing for both races.  Both courses are closed to traffic. The 5K course has mile markers, timed splits, and a water station on the course.  A complimentary bag check is available at the park.

The event is fun for the whole family and includes post-race refreshments for the runners, live music by Littleton band PowerSurge, food trucks, and children’s activities at scenic Fay Park. All 1-mile finishers receive a ribbon, and the top three male and female finishers in seven age categories receive medals in the 5K race.  

Pre-race day registration costs for the 5K is $35 ($40 on race day) and $10 for the 1 Mile Fun Run ($15 on race day).  Those registered by September 4 will get a free t-shirt.
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Support Westford Historical Society at “Wild Woman of Westford” Fundraiser

WESTFORD: The Westford Historical Society will be hosting the Wild Women of Westford on August 26 at 7:30pm at the Westford Museum, 2 Boston Road on Women’s Equality Day.

Every woman has a story to tell and gifts to share with the world. Since 1971 Women’s Equality Day, which is celebrated every August 26, commemorates the passage of women’s suffrage in the U.S. and reminds us of the hurdles overcome by all heroic women.

To honor this day, the Westford Historical Society would like to remember the heroic women of Westford’s past, who despite the many difficulties, followed their own path through life.
 
  • With assistance from the museum’s Westford Women Dolls collection, through the voices of our program presenters, you’ll be able to hear how the lives of our “Wild Women of Westford”; Sally Carver, Olive Prescott, May Balch and Marian Winnek have made a difference in our town and world today.
  • Enjoy samplings of wines from Aaronap Cellars paired with chocolates and cheeses from Lowell Culinary Collaborative.  (Please request if you would prefer non-alcoholic beverages)
  • Join in recognizing Penny Lacroix, Former Director of the Westford Museum and a present day “Wild” Westford Woman who has dedicated over 13 years to preserving our town’s history.

$45; $30 WHS Members. Purchase tickets at www.museum.wesford.org/events or scan QR code. Tickets must be purchased in advance, no tickets at the door.

Sponsored by Middlesex Saving Bank
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Littleton Lyceum Announces 2022-23 Season

LITTLETON: The Littleton Lyceum has an exciting lineup of affordable, quality entertainment in store for the 2022-2023 season. On September 16, they open with renowned fiddler Hanneke Cassel, accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Keith Murphy, playing in a cosmopolitan style drawing on Irish, Scottish, and American traditions.

Back by popular demand, the Tanglewood Marionettes will present “The Fairy Circus” on October 21. Perfect for the whole family!

On January 20, 2023, best-selling author Eric Jay Dolin will discuss the role of privateers during the American Revolution, the topic of his latest book.

The final show of the season on April 28 is the wildly popular a cappella group Five O’Clock Shadow, presenting energetic and upbeat renditions of rock and pop covers, as well as original songs. This program is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Littleton.

Admission is just $25 for an entire family for all four programs. All shows are at 7:30pm in Littleton High School’s Performing Arts Center at 56 King Street. For more information, visit www.littletonlyceum.org or find them on Facebook.

Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition's Annual State-wide Against the Tide Multisport Virtual & In-person Events

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Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) is hosting its annual, statewide Against the Tide athletic fundraising events as both virtual and in-person events this summer.  
 
MBCC will hold its in-person Cape Cod Against the Tide event on August 13 at DCR’s Nickerson State Park in Brewster for the 23rd year. This event will feature a 1-mile recreational and competitive swim, a ½-mile recreational swim, 5K and 10K runs, a 3-mile walk, and a 1-mile USMS sanctioned swim.
 
Additionally, MBCC is offering participants the option to participate remotely in the Against the Tide August virtual event from August 6–13. The virtual event components include 1-mile recreational or competitive swims, a ½-mile recreational swim, 5K and 10K runs, and a 3-mile walk.
 
Registration for both the virtual and in-person options is $40 for an individual participant, and $100 for a family registration (up to 5 family members). Participants may register as an individual or as part of a team. Participants are encouraged to raise funds beyond the registration fees, as all proceeds support MBCC’s unique goal of breast cancer prevention. All participants will receive an event t-shirt. Prizes will be awarded for the top swim and run finishers of the in-person events. To learn more about all of the registration options or to make a pledge, please visit the MBCC website at www.mbcc.org/swim or call 508-246-3047.
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Stackmusic Trio & Guests Play Outdoor Rock/Pop Concert 

WESTFORD: The Parish Center for the Arts is excited to host Stackmusic Trio and special guests in an outdoor concert on 8/6 from 3-5pm on the Westford Town Common at 10 Lincoln Street. Tickets are available in advance at pcawestford.org or at the PCA Ticket Tent on the day of the show with a suggested donation of $15/person; $40/family; $10/seniors & under 12. BYO chair/blanket and snacks/drinks. Free Street Parking available along Lincoln St., at the former fire station parking lot on the right, and across the street in JV Fletcher library parking lot (in rear of library).
 
The Stackmusic trio began as the duo of "Stack & Paul" with David "Stack" Stackhouse on vocals and acoustic guitar, and Paul Pampinella on guitars and vocals - two buddies who've been jamming together since they met at Berklee College of Music in the late 80s. They recently added Dave Sacco on percussion for a third dimension of rhythm and texture to form the trio now called "Stackmusic". Think Tom Petty, Bad Company, The Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters, Sheryl Crow, etc. Their eclectic mix of rock and pop hits, with a few originals sprinkled in, are bound to make your next playlist!

By the way, the two Daves are from Westford - maybe you've seen their mugs at the local Market Basket! As an added treat for the proud dads and the audience, daughters Ava Stackhouse and Marissa Sacco add their voices to a few songs to make it an "awww... isn't that special" occasion for all!

RAIN DATE: In case of rain, the concert will be moved to the following day, Sunday, 8/7 3p-5p. An announcement will be made by noon on Saturday.
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Did You Know that Even Pens are Recyclable through TerraCycle?

LITTLETON/ACTON: Tossing out your old pens, mechanical pencils and glue sticks?  What about those old metal pots and pans?  Save them for the TerraCycle collection box at the Donelan’s supermarkets in both Littleton and Acton, or at the Reuben Hoar Library in Littleton. If you have a Littleton transfer station sticker, take a look for the yellow bin there!

The collection box is also a great place to recycle your empty plastic containers for deodorant or oral care!  In addition: air fresheners (cartridges and plugs), and cleaning product pumps and trigger spray heads, as well as cell phone cases are also recyclable.  Empty ink-jet and toner cartridges are always welcome!  Many other items too – please check out the website at https://tinyurl.com/littletonmarecycles
 
TerraCycle gives points for each item which translate into cash for non-profits such as 4-H, the Littleton schools, and the library.  Still have questions?  Email littletonma.recycles@gmail.com.

FINANCIAL FOCUS: Market decline offers buying opportunities

July 27, 2022

The financial markets have gotten off to a rocky start this year. What’s caused this volatility? And does it present opportunities for patient investors?

First of all, several factors are behind the market volatility, including the war in Ukraine, higher inflation, rising interest rates and the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, while these factors may be specific to the recent market decline, volatility itself is a common feature of the investment environment. In fact, history shows that corrections of 10% or more happen about every year, and declines of 15% or more have happened every other year, on average. Furthermore, while 2022 has thus far been challenging for investors, it was preceded by a long period of strong markets, with the S&P 500 averaging more than a 20% return over the past three years. 

Knowing the typical frequency of market volatility and reviewing the results of the past few years may make the current situation seem less shocking. But you don’t have to simply “ride out” the downturn – because a down market may give you the opportunity to buy more investment shares at good prices. Specifically, you can expand your holdings in companies that have good growth prospects due to strong management and products or services that provide sustainable competitive advantages. And this type of opportunity is important, because one of the keys to building wealth is to increase the number of shares you own in your various investments and hold them for the long term. While the market will always fluctuate, the long-term trend has been positive, particularly for well-diversified portfolios built with quality investments.       

Of course, while it is a good idea to boost your share ownership at favorable prices, you still want to be strategic about it, rather than just buying whatever seems to be the biggest bargain. In reviewing your existing portfolio, can you identify any gaps that could be filled with new investments? Are there opportunities to further diversify your holdings? By owning different types of stocks, bonds, government securities and other investments, you can help reduce the impact of volatility on your portfolio. (Keep in mind, though, that diversification can’t guarantee profits or prevent losses in declining markets.) Or, if your portfolio has become “unbalanced” in some way, you could also use this time to rebalance it back to its original long-term targets. You might also consider setting up a systematic investing program in which you invest the same amounts in the same investments on a regular basis, such as monthly. When prices go down, you’ll automatically buy more shares, and when prices rise, you’ll buy fewer shares. (However, systematic investing does not guarantee a profit or protect against loss and you’ll need to be willing to keep investing when share prices are declining.)
Before this year, average annual returns have been solid for about a decade, which makes it somewhat easy to forget about normal market volatility and may have led to overly optimistic performance expectations. So, it would not be surprising if your initial reaction to the current downturn is one of concern. But by viewing the current investment environment as a chance to add quality investments at attractive prices, you can help yourself develop a behavior that can serve you well throughout your life as an investor.

This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Edward Jones, Member SIPC
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Rededication of the Grange Fountain at Littleton Depot

LITTLETON: At the October 2020 Special Town Meeting, the town of Littleton granted $9,500 in Community Preservation Funds and the Historical Society raised another $3,000 to restore the Grange Fountain at the Depot. To celebrate the strength of community and to give a big “thank you” to generous donors, the residents of Littleton, and David Erickson and his crew, there will be a short ceremony to rededicate the Grange Fountain to the Town of Littleton. The fountain was originally presented to the town in 1912 by Grange No. 188.  It has been lovingly restored by David Erickson of Erickson Antique Stoves. We will comment on the project, restoration, and historical life at the Depot. Meet on Saturday, July 30 at 1pm at the fountain in front of CK Bikes at 3 Taylor Street, parking behind the post office. Rain date: Sunday, July 31 at 1pm. Check Historical Society website, Facebook, or phone message 978-486-8202 for information.

FINANCIAL FOCUS: Strengthen Your ‘Three-legged Stool’ for Retirement

July 18, 2022

For many years, Americans provided for their retirement needs through three sources: employer-sponsored pension plans, Social Security income, and savings and investments accumulated through employer plans or individual accounts – the so-called “three-legged stool.” But today, that stool is shakier than it used to be. What can you do to strengthen it?

To begin with, all three legs of the stool are facing challenges. Let’s consider them:

• Employer pensions – A generation ago, workers employed in many companies could count on a set monthly pension income to help them through their retirement years. Today, pensions – also known as defined benefit plans – are mostly found in public sector employment, as most private-sector employers have replaced their pensions with 401(k) and similar plans. These plans can be quite effective at helping build resources for retirement, but they do place most of the responsibility for saving on the employee.

• Social Security – Social Security has come under financial pressure because the workers-to-retirees ratio has declined significantly, according to the Social Security Administration’s 2021 Board of Trustees Report. A number of proposals have been brought forward on how to improve the long-term financial security of the Social Security system.

• Personal savings and investments – In terms of building savings and investments for retirement, the picture is somewhat mixed. The national savings rate has increased in recent years, but more than half of American workers still say their retirement savings are not where they should be, according to a 2021 survey from Bankrate, a personal finance website. And the same survey found that just over half of investors with a 401(k) or IRA have taken early withdrawals – that is, they withdrew money before they retired. Furthermore, we may be waiting too long even to begin saving/investing for retirement. A survey from Age Wave and Edward Jones found that respondents began saving for retirement at an average age of 38, but the majority said they should have started saving a decade earlier.

You have options for improving some parts of your own three-legged stool. For example, no matter what happens to Social Security, you can still decide when to start taking payments. You can begin collecting benefits as early as 62, but your monthly checks will be larger if you wait until your “full” retirement age, which will likely be between 66 and 67. You can even delay taking benefits until they “max out” at age 70.

As for a pension, you can’t control what’s available to you through your employer, but you can create your own retirement income stream by contributing as much as you can afford to your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored plan and by increasing your contributions whenever your salary goes up. And you can also contribute to an IRA or other investment vehicle to further boost your retirement funds. Try to leave these accounts intact until you need them for retirement. This will be easier if you’ve built an emergency fund, with the money kept in a liquid, low-risk account, to pay for unexpected costs, such as those resulting from a major car or home repair.

The three-legged stool may not be as universal as it once was – but you can still construct a sturdy structure to support your retirement needs in the future.

This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Edward Jones, Member SIPC

18th Century Diseases: The Bloody Flux of 1775, Looking at the Little Picture 

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WESTFORD: In the late summer of 1775, a terrible epidemic struck Boston and much of New England. As the Revolutionary War heated up, and the siege of Boston reached its peak, both armies faced an invisible enemy. On Sunday July 31 at 1:30pm in Westford Museum, 2 Boston Road, Judy Cataldo will explain the disease that was known at the time as the bloody flux. Today, we might know it better by the name dysentery or shigella. The bloody flux was a diarrheal disease that took a terrible toll on the region’s children, but now it’s barely remembered, as it’s overshadowed by a smallpox outbreak of the same year.

We think of history in terms of the big picture of names and dates, of battles and facts. That big picture obscures our view of the little picture, the one that didn’t change the outcome of history but rather changed the people who were part of that history. The Bloody Flux in the late summer/early fall of 1775 didn’t change the outcome of the war but forever changed the lives of some people.

The OED defines dysentery as a disease characterized by inflammation of the mucous membrane and glands of the large intestine, accompanied with griping pains, and mucous and bloody evacuations. It is believed the Bloody Flux was caused by shigella, a type of dysentery found in overcrowded conditions with poor sanitation such as refugee camps or in 1775, army camps.

“The Dysentery soon prevailed in the American Army & extended itself through the country. Although it prevailed most in the Town near camp, my Parish partook largely of this calamity. We buried about 50 persons in the course of the season. Some families were dreadfully bereaved. One in particular a Mr. Joseph Daniels buried an amiable wife & 6 very promising Children in about 6 weeks—we often buried 3 or 4 in a day. My time was wholly devoted to visiting the sick, attendance on the dying & the dead.”  Memoirs of the Rev. Samuel West, Pastor (1764 – 1788), First Parish, Needham Massachusetts

“Death has so long stalked among us that he is become much less terrible to me than he once was…Funerals are now so frequent that for a month past you meet as many dead folks as live ones in Boston streets, and we pass them with much less emotion and attention than we used to pass dead sheep and oxen in days of yore when such sights were to be seen in in our streets.”  Jonathan Sewell, Summer 1775

Judy Cataldo is an independent scholar and a volunteer with several local organizations, including Minuteman National Park, since 1974.  Judy has either attended or presented at every History Camp Boston but one, and she was scheduled to present this year in March, until our current circumstances forced a delay.  also a historical spinner and a reenactor with the Westford Colonial Minutemen. Suggested Donation $10 per person.
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Announces 2022 Scholarship Recipients

ACTON/WESTFORD: Discovery Museum announced today its first-ever Discovery Museum Scholarship recipients, four area high school students selected through a competitive application process that saw 158 applications from students in 56 towns throughout Massachusetts.

Launched this year for the Museum’s 40th anniversary, the Discovery Museum Scholarship recognizes high school students who embody the mission and values of the Museum. Scholarships of $1,000 each were awarded to:
 
  • Ajax Benander, Hudson, MA; Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School
  • Myles Braverman, Westford, MA; Westford Academy
  • Sunithi Krishnan, Acton, MA; Acton-Boxborough Regional High School (and Discovery Museum Explorer)
  • Cara Murphy, Hudson, MA; Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science

“We created the Discovery Museum Scholarship to honor the millions of young people who have come through our doors over the past 40 years—so many of whom have gone on to inspire us,” said CEO Neil Gordon. “Ajax, Myles, Sunithi, and Cara each impressed the scholarship review committee with their achievements, community support activities, and plans to further their education. From their applications we learned a bit about how Discovery Museum impacted them while they were young and contributed to the paths they have chosen. We are very proud honor and support these impressive students on the next step in their educational journey.”
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Vacation Bible School Food Truck Party at CCoL

LITTLETON: The Congregational Church of Littleton invites children ages pre-K to grade 5 to get on a roll with God as a parade of Food Trucks rolls into CCoL for this summer's Vacation Bible School party at 330 King Street from August 15-19 from 9am to Noon. The Food Truck Party helps children build on the practice of using daily prayer to turn to God for their needs and also to serve as the hands of God in ensuring that the needs of others are met. The children move to the various stations each morning featuring Bible stories, crafts, music, science, assembly, recreation, decorating and reflection time.

The cost is $25 per person. Space is limited. Contact director Michelle
Rawlinson (ce_director-ccol@outlook.com) or stop by the church for applications. The church office is open Tuesday through Thursday from 10am to 3pm. Questions? Contact Michelle Rawlinson: ce_director-ccol@outlook.com.
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Promoting Clean Energy in our Buildings: What is Acton’s Path to Climate Action?

ACTON/WESTFORDWestford Climate Action hosts a free webinar on Wednesday, July 13 at 7pm with Acton Select Board Member Jim Snyder-Grant. Westford’s Clean Energy and Sustainability Committee has determined that nearly 60% of our greenhouse gas emissions come from our buildings.  Many towns in our Commonwealth have formed climate action and clean energy committees to move toward a carbon-free future. 

How can local boards, committees and residents codify this work so that future projects meet clean energy benchmarks and goals? The webinar will include the presentation by Jim Snyder-Grant followed by a Q&A. Register at WestfordClimateAction. The webinar will be recorded and can be accessed at: WestfordClimateAction.org  
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Littleton Appleman Triathlon Dedicated to Al and Geri McConnell

LITTLETON: On Sunday, July 17, from 8am to noon, the Rotary Club of Littleton will be hosting the 18th Annual Littleton Appleman Triathlon. The Appleman is a fundraiser that supports the Littleton Rotary Club's many community and international charitable projects, including the local Scout troops, Sleep in Heavenly Peace, Loaves & Fishes, the Friends of the Reuben Hoar Library, the 4H  Club, Rise Against Hunger, and many more non-profit organizations.  100% of the net proceeds go to non-profits such as these.

The Appleman Triathlon is a sprint event involving the completion of three sequential endurance races: a 1/2-mile swim, 10-mile bike and 3-mile run. Competitors range from casual teams from families and businesses to dedicated individuals who compete in multiple events nationally and, in some cases, worldwide.  While top finishers in each age and gender-specific class are recognized, the goal of most competitors is to improve their personal best times.  Race timing and logistics is handled by NET (New England Timing), a well-known local producer of multisport competitions with over 15 years of race production experience.  The race is sanctioned by USA Triathlon, the national sanctioning body for triathlons in the USA and sponsor of the USA Olympic Triathlon Team.

Over the years people have been honored, those who have made this event a success by dedicating the Appleman Triathlon to them.  This year the Appleman will be dedicated to two long-time members of the Rotary Club of Littleton, Al and Gerry McConnell.  Al was one of the Club's original members and was active in the Club throughout his lifetime.  His wife Gerry, who accompanied him to most weekly meetings, was such a valuable asset to the Club that we made her an honorary member!  Even after Al passed away in May, Gerry continued to be part of the Littleton Club.

For details about the race, to register to participate, or to volunteer at the Appleman, go to https://www.trisignup.com/Race/Events/MA/Littleton/ApplemanTriathlonDuathlonAquaBike.

The Littleton Rotary Club is a service club made up of men and women from the Littleton area.  The club is a member of Rotary International, one of over 34,000 clubs with over 1.2 million members, worldwide.  Rotary is dedicated to “Service Above Self” and provides volunteers and financial support to each community, each country and the world.

If you would like to learn more about Rotary, please contact Club President Glen Hall at ghall@badgerfuneral.com.
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Four Convenient Drop-off Points to Recycle Your Hard-to-Recycle Plastics

LITTLETON: There are now collection bins open for everyone to drop by and use in Littleton!  They're at the Donelan’s supermarkets in both Littleton and Acton (wooden boxes), and also at the Reuben Hoar Library in Littleton (green bin).   If you have a Littleton transfer station sticker, take a look for the yellow bin!
 
You may recycle (reasonably empty and dry):
 
  • Oral care product containers & manual toothbrushes (no electric toothbrush heads)
  • Plastic Deodorant containers (no aerosols)
  • air freshener and cleaning pumps, trigger sprays, cartridges (no aerosols)
  • Old pens, markers, and mechanical pencils
  • Empty ink-jet and toner cartridges
  • Metal-based cookware, bakeware, and cutlery
  • And so much more – see url or QR code below
 
TerraCycle gives points for each item which translate into cash for non-profits such as 4-H, the Littleton schools, and the library.  Still have questions?  Reference the website: https://tinyurl.com/littletonmarecycles, or email littletonma.recycles@gmail.com. 

Small Business Helps the Environment by Converting Newspaper and Corrugated Cardboard into Cellulose Insulation

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LITTLETON: Massachusetts consumers and businesses - Don’t throw your newspaper or corrugated cardboard away!  Dolphin Insulation, Inc., located at the rear of the Mill Building, 410 Great Road, is launching a new program, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Littleton, to recycle your newspapers and corrugated boxes.  These items will be utilized in the manufacture of high-performance cellulose insulation for all types of buildings.
 
Cellulose is a truly green product. The fiber that is used to manufacture newsprint and corrugated material is wood fiber, which makes excellent insulation.

When the cold is kept out and the heat is kept in during the winter months, the cost of heating is reduced; conversely, in the summer when the heat is kept out, air conditioning costs are  lowered.  Homeowners, apartment and condo owners, and businesses can all benefit by saving money on their utility bills, while eliminating the pollutants emitted when newsprint and corrugated cardboard are not recycled.  In addition, the cost of needlessly disposing of newsprint and corrugated cardboard is now being eliminated.

Bring your newspaper and corrugated cardboard to the large container truck located at Dolphin Insulation.  Drop-off times and dates will be posted on Dolphin’s Facebook page,  @DolphinInsulationInc.  There are only a few restrictions on what can be used to manufacture the insulation: Do not include any glossy or color inserts or magazines, and donate only clean, dry corrugated cardboard - NO PIZZA BOXES, because they will contaminate a whole trailer load of newsprint.

For more information about the recycling project, contact Littleton Rotarian Chris Alphen at chris@dolphin-insulation.com, or call the company at 978-266-1122.
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Westford Holds Annual Town Meeting

WESTFORD: What are you doing on Saturday? Witness democracy in action!

Town Meeting is the legislative branch of Westford’s government, and all registered voters may attend, speak, and vote at the open Town Meeting. If you are registered to vote in Westford, you can -- and should -- participate. This year’s Annual Town Meeting is on Saturday, June 11, at 9am on Trustees Field at Westford Academy, 30 Patten Road. There are 19 articles on this year’s warrant. If the meeting is not finished on Saturday, Town Meeting will be adjourned and resumed on Sunday. (The rain date is Sunday, June 12, same time and place.)

Want to know more before you go? Westford residents should have received a copy of the Westford Finance Committee’s 2022 Report and Recommendations. Residents can access the report here: FY2018 Town of Westford Budget (westfordma.gov).

In addition, the League of Women Voters of Westford recently held a Town Meeting Preview,. The preview covers all 19 articles, with additional information provided by various town employees and town board members. Residents can view the recording here: Home - WestfordCAT
Residents can also find more information on the Town Moderator’s website. Moderator Angela Harkness and League member Anita Tonakarn-Nguyen have created a series of videos designed to explain the Town Meeting process. Residents can find the videos – and frequently asked questions -- here: Town Moderator | Westford, MA (westfordma.gov)

Still have questions? Go to the town’s website at News Flash • Westford, MA • CivicEngage (westfordma.gov)  or check out the League of Women Voters of Westford website at Westford League of Women Voters | Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.

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PCA Art Gallery Artist of the Month Features “Animals and Nature” by Oksana Zotkina Peura & Cynthia Harris

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WESTFORD: The PCA Gallery is excited to announce a joint Art exhibit during the month of June. The exhibit will open on June 2 with an artist’s reception on June 5  from 12-2:30pm. In addition to the normal Sunday noon to 2pm gallery hours, it will also be open for viewing during the Westford 46th Annual Strawberry ‘N’ Arts Festival on June 18, 10am-3pm.
 
Oksana Zotkina Peura conveys her fascination with the animal world and nature in general and feels fortunate to have been living in New England for the past 20+ years where she is inspired by beautiful landscapes and open skies.  Her passion is to meet other artists in a plein air environment. Oksana writes: “For most of my studio works: I either start the painting on site and continue working later, or complete a small painting for future reference in addition to photos I take. If I can't paint on site - I do sketching and note-taking to help me remember the colors and the overall mood of the place and time. Sketching is usually done in pencil or a ballpoint pen. Oil is my favorite paint medium, but I also work in acrylic medium and did several mural projects in Acrylic paint on a large scale.”

Cynthia Harris considers art to be a form of communication through emotions; something that cannot be put into words may be expressed through drawing, painting, sculpting, etc. The visual language fills the gap where words are inadequate.  Her work in scratchboard, oil and acrylic media, reflect her passion for nature’s inspiration found in the flora and fauna of different earth ecosystems. Capturing the essence of the subject in her paintings, she hopes to raise awareness of endangered species.  For more information about her artwork contact Cynthia at cjharris5@hotmail.com.
 
The Parish Center for the Arts is located at 10 Lincoln Street.  For more information, visit www.westford.org/pca.

Spring into Summer Reading at the Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library Book Sale

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WESTFORD: The Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library Inc. is so excited to return to its 3-day book sale events. They will be holding a book sale on Saturday, June 4 from 10am to 5pm and Sunday, June 5 from 2pm to 4pm in the meeting room of the J.V. Fletcher Library at 50 Main Street.  Sunday’s sale will be a $5 bag sale. All materials will be offered at half price.

There will be a preview sale for Friends members only on Friday, June 3 from 6:30pm to 9pm.  Memberships will be available at the door.  Please note that scanners may not be used on Friday but are welcome on Saturday and Sunday. The sale will include thousands of books plus CDs, audio books, blue-ray discs, and DVDs. Credit card payments, checks and cash accepted.

The Library is looking for more books for this sale. Please consider donating your unwanted books, audio books, CDs, DVDs, or Blu-ray materials to the Friends for the direct benefit of the library and the community of Westford.  These materials can be dropped off at the left-hand door just inside the library’s rear entrance.  If the library is closed, just drop your donations in the collection box that is located near the back door of the library. Tax deduction forms are available at the library’s main desk.

The Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library appreciate your support. 100% of the proceeds from all book sales directly benefit our library unlike other organizations collecting book donations  that do not donate 100% of their proceeds. Approximately 95% of the books offered at these sales are donated by Westford residents.

United Methodist Church of Westford Pentecost and Reconciling Church Service

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WESTFORD: United Methodist Church of Westford, 10 Church Street, will be celebrating Pentecost Sunday and becoming a Reconciling Church within the Reconciling Ministries Network during their 9:30am worship service on June 5. In November 2021, UMCW affiliated with the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN), an advocacy group focused on advancing justice and inclusion for all LGBTQ people. Its mission: to “equip and mobilize United Methodists of all sexual orientations and gender identities to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.” UMCW is proud of its affiliation and is now finally able to celebrate, having delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ALL ARE WELCOME to join in celebrating Pentecost and Christ’s love for ALL with live music and a special message from guest speaker Reverend John Holt. The church is handicap accessible. Masks are optional, but please bring a mask with you to wear while singing. (Masks and social distancing are required for those who choose to sit in our balcony area.) “The Ark” for infants and young children is open and staffed during the service. For more information, visit
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Littleton Historical Society Open House

LITTLETON: After over twenty years, Ann Himmelberger has retired her position on the Board of Directors. Please join LHS in celebrating Ann and all the wonderful things she has done for the Littleton Historical Society. Drop in for some light refreshments and to wish Ann well as she enjoys a much deserved retirement. Gift presentation at 2:30pm. Currently, in the exhibit room is an exhibit of Gertrude F. Sanderson, Littleton native and painter. Call 978-486-8202 or email Littleton.HistSociety@verizon.net for more info.
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Littleton Dancer Transports Audience to India at Samāgata 

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LITTLETON/ANDOVER: With Covid rates in our area rising once again, are you hankering for a safe way to experience other cultures around the world? If so, venture out to Andover to see Littleton resident and Odissi performer, Priya Bangal, perform in Samāgata, an evening of classical Indian dance solos by three artists in three distinct styles of Indian classical dance - Mohiniyattam, Bharatanatyam and Odissi. Samāgata will be presented at Andover Town House (Old Town Hall) at 20 Main St, Andover on Saturday, June 11 at 7:30pm. The venue is accessible for people who use mobility devices. Tickets are free. Pre-register to reserve seating: https://tinyurl.com/samagata.

The dances will be presented by three accomplished dance artists from the Greater Boston area, Soumya Rajaram (Bharatanatyam), Sapna Govindan (Mohiniyattam), and Priya Bangal (Odissi). 
Odissi is a form that I admire greatly. I might have learned it if I hadn’t fallen in love with Mohiniyattam!” effuses Sapna Govindan, one of the other soloists in Samāgata. In the Indian tradition, music, poetry, dance, painting, sculpture, literature, legend and myth are all inseparably linked in a vast tapestry of art and aesthetics. For a dancer, immersion in her practice involves an awareness of these subtle yet vital connections to reveal 'rasa' - the ultimate aesthetic essence of her work. Her audience is then, not merely a spectator, but a co-creator of this shared experience beyond the self, beyond the here and now. Samāgata is a coming together - of the dance and dancer, of the artist and the audience, and of three different dance forms from the Indian tradition. 

Samāgata is a first of its kind performance in Andover and has received generous support from the town and the community. It is supported in part by the Andover Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency and by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ New England Dance Fund, with generous support from the Aliad Fund at the Boston Foundation. Samāgata is also supported by the Andover Commission of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Andover TV recently featured an interview with the dancers in a show called "There is something about Andover - May 2022". It will be held in the historic building of the Old Town Hall, which is situated on Main Street in downtown Andover, in a vibrant cultural and business district. 

On June 2 at 7pm The Andover Center for History and Culture will host the artists of Samāgata for a pre-performance interactive conversation and demonstration. Admission is free, though RSVP is requested as seating is limited. Those interested may visit www.andoverhistoryandculture.org for registration. This interactive session will discuss dance history, insight into the forms and serve as a glimpse into the main performance at the Andover Town House. More information is available at https://andoverhistoryandculture.org.
 
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Michelle Willson & the Evil Gal Festival Orchestra at PCA

WESTFORD: Parish Center for the Arts at 10 Lincoln Street, continues its Blues Series with Michelle Willson and the Evil Gal Festival Orchestra on Saturday, May 21 at 8pm. Michelle's Evil Gal Festive Orchestra include renowned musicians Michelle Willson (vocals), Zac Casher (drums), Mike Mele (guitar), Shinichi Otsu (keys), and Scott Shetler (sax, clarinet, mandolin).

Known to blues lovers around the world as "Evil Gal" and acknowledged by aficionados of Jazz and Blues as a passionate and gifted performer, bandleader and songwriter, Michelle Willson has recorded and released 4 critically acclaimed albums for Rounder/ Bullseye Records. Before signing with Rounder, Michelle's group won a prestigious W.C. Handy award for best unsigned blues act as a result of their win at the Blues Foundation's International Blues competition and Michelle was later nominated for a (best female blues vocal) Handy alongside Etta James and Koko Taylor. For over 3 years, Michelle hosted 2 weekly programs, "Voices of Jazz" and "Jazz n' Blue" on one of the few remaining NPR music stations, WICN, in Worcester, MA. Learn more about this powerhouse vocalist and her band at - https://www.evilgal.com/music

Tickets are $25 General Admission; $21 PCA members/seniors, and available online https://westford.org/pca/events/michelle-wilson-and-the-evil-gal-festival-orchestra, or at door (cash/credit). Doors open at 7:30pm.  This event is BYOB (drinks and appetizers) with cafe-style candlelit table seating. Attendees must be vaccinated. Masks optional.
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PCA Art Gallery Welcomes  Mixed Media Artist Dan Roche as the May Artist of the Month

WESTFORD: The PCA Artist of the Month Gallery is pleased to welcome Lowell artist Dan Roche with an exhibit of his multi-media works.  Dan is a local artist who works in mixed media materials using metal leaf, pigment and resin on a wood base.  His subjects span the topics of aerial, geologic and oceanic art and abstracts.  He is a graduate of the Mass College of Art and Design in Painting and Sculpture and has been featured locally and  internationally in collections and exhibits, both as a solo artist and in group exhibits.  Upon graduation from the Mass College of Art, he was awarded the prestigious BERGER AWARD for painting.  Don’t miss this unique collection of multi-media art at the Parish Center for the Arts in May.  

The exhibition dates are from May 1 through 31. The Gallery will be open Sundays noon-2PM for viewing or by special appointment.  An artist’s reception will be held on May 8 from noon-3pm.  Roche can be contacted at drdr537@gmail.com.
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League of Women Voters’ Civic Social Features Access To Town Meeting Committee Progress Report

WESTFORD: Access to Town Meeting Committee Chair Diane Wood will present the committee’s research and recommendations at the League of Women Voters’ virtual Civic Social on Wednesday, May 18, at 7:30pm. Email info@lwv.westford.org to get the link to join the meeting.

Last September, the Westford Select Board appointed a committee of 11 residents to investigate and recommend actions the Town could take to increase attendance at Town Meeting. Recently, the Access To Town Meeting (ATM) Committee presented their recommendations to the Select Board. Residents have an opportunity to learn more about those recommendations – and the process the ATM went through at the May 18 session.

The ATM’s recommendations fall into several categories: make meetings shorter, more efficient, and predictable; mitigate common barriers to attendance; optimize general town communications; educate residents about Town Meeting; and longer-term recommendations. The ATM Committee solicited input from town residents through a Westford Community Survey – which yielded more than 800 responses – as well as input from a questionnaire from more than 40 other towns conducted through the MA Moderators’ Association. In addition, the ATM conducted in-depth interviews with a number of town officials.

Town Moderator Angela Harkness along with town leadership are currently reviewing the dozens of recommendations made by the ATM Committee with plans for implementation. Join the LWV of Westford on May 18 to learn more. For more information, check out the committee’s webpage, Access to Town Meeting Committee (westfordma.gov/1436)

Traveling Back Down Route  110 with Geoff Hall & Bob Spinozzi
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WESTFORD: In 2011, Westford resident Geoff Hall, and Littleton resident Bob Spinozzi chronicled how businesses sprouted through the years along the Route 110 stretch from Littleton to Chelmsford. Eleven years later, Geoff and Bob teamed up again in a 2022 documentary of the further development and history of Littleton Road.

From a Westfit Club, a tennis and racquet Ball Club at 4 Littleton Road  to Kimball Farm, a great place for summer fun, your hosts Geoff Hall and Bob Spinozzi take you on a journey to discover how the farms of Westford’s Route 110 (Littleton Road) developed into the office and retail corridor that it is today. Enjoy the history, development and stories of the people who lived and worked along this four-mile stretch Sunday, May 15 from 1:30pm-3pm at the Westford Museum, 2 Boston Road.

The mission of the Westford Historical Society is to promote the understanding and appreciation of Westford’s unique history to the community. By providing programming that features aspects of the daily lives, activities and achievements of Westford residents, they strive to expand and enrich understanding of how our town continues to evolve. They foster an environment of teaching and learning that strengthens our sense of community. They will collect, preserve and exhibit documents, photographs, objects and sites historically significant to Westford, and encourage outside efforts to do the same.  For more information, visit www.museum.westford.org.
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Be A Delegate to the Westford Constitutional Convention!
Westford LWV, Historical Society Event Goes Back To 1787

WESTFORD: Picture this: the year is 1787. And you are a delegate at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. James Madison of Virginia and Charles Pinckney of South Carolina have proposed that the Constitution include the so-called Federal Negative, which would give Congress the authority to veto any law passed by a state legislature. Madison considered this a critical safeguard against unchecked power at the state level. Pinckney, in turn, regarded the Federal Negative as “the cornerstone of an efficient national Government.” What would you do? How would you vote?

With the Supreme Court currently considering the states’ legislative authority to regulate abortions, the question “How much power should the federal government have over the states?” is as relevant and controversial today as it was in 1787.

Join the League of Women Voters of Westford and the Westford Historical Society and Museum Wednesday, May 11, at 7pm where participants – acting as delegates representing Westford’s villages – will debate the Federal Negative and the making of the U.S. Constitution. The discussion will be based on a Harvard Business School case study, which participants are asked to read prior to Wednesday evening. At the event – being held at the Westford Museum – delegates will discuss the impact of providing the federal government strong constitutional powers given the context of events in 1787. What should they do? What would you do?

Heather Carney, who teaches history and American government at Westford Academy, will lead the discussion. Last year, the League nominated Carney to be trained in the Harvard Case Study method. She has used it in her classroom this year, and next Wednesday she brings this case study method to the audience.

Participate and see how Westford votes! To register, and to access the case study pre-read material, go to Constitutional Convention at www.westford.org.

Fibers of Life, Textiles from the Westford Historical Society’s Collection with Penny Lacroix

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WESTFORD: On May 5 from 7-8pm at Westford Museum, 2 Boston Road, there will be an exhibition - Fibers of Life. This show and tell lecture is offered in cooperation with the Westford Museum & Historical Society. Their collection of local artifacts, from clothing and accouterments to linens and household items is typical of many New England towns. However, each one of these objects has its own unique and interesting story to tell. Penny Lacroix will highlight eight textile objects from the WHS collections. Each of the other pieces - some clothing, household items and accouterments - will be pulled from storage, where they are kept safe but are rarely seen. Attendees are limited to 15 guests. Those in attendance will be able to look at the objects up close and in-person while hearing the stories of their provenance here in Westford and how they were made. Register online at museum.westford.org.
 
"Each of these artifacts has a history here in town," said Penny, former director of the Westford Museum. "By looking at them and learning their stories, it connects us with the people who lived in Westford before us."
 
Museum visitors may already be familiar with the so-called Robinson Pincushion, which is on display in the Museum's Military exhibit. It was made by the wife of Col. John Robinson (our local Revolutionary War hero.) Although faded, there is much to be gleaned from this unique piece of everyday Westford history.
 
Presenter Penny Lacroix is a weaver, spinner, teacher, historian, manager, learner, creator and general lover of all things fiber. When she’s not actively learning something, she’s sharing with others in one way or another –making something by hand, demonstrating at historic events, or teaching a class. With past careers as an engineer, a mom, a museum educator and a museum director, combined with her hobby as a historical reenactor, her worlds collide in the creation of textiles and the study of historic textile tools. Penny is co-chair of the Nashoba Valley Weavers’ Guild and teaches weaving and spinning. She lives in Westford, MA with her husband and their furry friends.

The mission of the Westford Historical Society is to promote the understanding and appreciation of Westford’s unique history to the community. By providing programming that features aspects of the daily lives, activities and achievements of Westford residents, we strive to expand and enrich understanding of how our town continues to evolve. We foster an environment of teaching and learning that strengthens our sense of community. We will collect, preserve and exhibit documents, photographs, objects and sites historically significant to Westford, and encourage outside efforts to do the same. 

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts/Littleton Host Awards Ceremony

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LITTLETON: Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts/Littleton will be hosting a high awards ceremony to honor the 2020-2022 classes of Gold, Silver, and Bronze Award Girl Scouts. The ceremony will be held on May 6, 2022 at 6:30-8:30pm in the Littleton High School Auditorium, 56 King Street. All are welcome to attend.

The Gold Award is Girl Scout’s highest achievement, available to girls in high school who drive sustainable change on issues in their community. Gold Award projects are led by a single Girl Scout with a minimum of 80 service hours. Ambassador Girl Scout Amalia Ficociello is the sole Gold Award recipient to be honored at this year’s ceremony. Amalia’s Gold Award project focused on helping children ease strong emotions when at the emergency room. She researched common emergency room medical procedures and worked with medical professionals to create information cards to help explain common emergency room procedures in a kid-friendly way. These cards can be used not only by children, but also by developmentally delayed persons and non-English speaking individuals. She also created welcome bags to help ease the strong emotions children may experience when entering the emergency room. 

Twenty-eight Cadette Girl Scouts who completed their Silver Award projects in 2020-2022 will be recognized. The Silver Award is the second highest award in Girl Scouts, available to girls in sixth, seventh, or eighth grades who work in a small group or independently to address an issue that they care about. Silver Award projects have a minimum of 50 service hours per team member. The problems addressed by the Silver Award recipients include protecting the local environment from littering, trash, and pollution, educating people about vernal pools, adding habitat for pollinators, bats, and birds, educating people how to care for new pets, reusing and recycling soccer equipment, teaching people how to fish, and teaching younger kids how to make healthy snacks.

There will be 19 Junior Girl Scouts who completed their Bronze Award projects in 2020-2022 who will be recognized. The Bronze Award is the third highest award in Girl Scouts, available to girls in 4th or 5th grade who work together as a troop to brainstorm, plan, and complete a project that benefits their community. Bronze Awards must have a minimum of 20 service hours per troop member. Bronze Award projects focused on creating life buckets for emergencies, preventing littering, teaching people how to reduce screen time, and documenting life in Littleton early in the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Celebrate the Earth with Westford Events and the Earth Day Festival

WESTFORD: Westford Climate Action in partnership with many other organizations has made plans for events to celebrate our planet and work for positive climate change.
 
All week: Children can make posters at home about Earth Day and take them to the Earth Day Festival on Friday, April 22, or make them at the Common on Earth Day, to be eligible for a free drawing for prizes.
 
Westford’s Earth Day Festival: Friday, April 22, from 3-5:30 p.m. on the Town Common.  Music, face painting, poster-making starting at 2:30, and see a display of Native American artifacts from the Westford Museum. Check out a Tesla. Pet a lamb, baby goat, a piglet, chicks, duckling, and baby bunny. A knowledgeable farmer will introduce the animals and help children feed, brush, and hold them. Tree seedlings will be given away and free drawings will be held for a composter and rain barrel. Come talk with experts on alternative energy, sustainability, heat pumps, recycling, solar energy, and Mass Save rebates. Speakers will also provide updates on the State’s and Town’s climate goals.
 
The final Saturday trail walk is at the Frances Hill Wildlife Sanctuary on April 23 at 9am (rain date April 24, 9am). Sponsored by the Westford Conservation Trust, Marian Harman will lead a nature walk, moving very slowly to identify wild plants and birds. The walk will be easy, but not entirely flat. Some areas may be wet. Bring binoculars if you have them. No dogs, please. Meet at the Frances Hill Wildlife Sanctuary sign across from 120 Lowell Rd. A map and write-up of the area can be found on the Westford Conservation Trust website WCTFrancesHillWalk.  Walk is free of charge; no sign-up required. For more information, call Marian at 603-533-4095.
 
For more information on all of Westford Climate Action’s events, please visit westfordclimateaction.org/events/.
 
The Healthy Westford Committee encourages residents and workers to do a small task to help the earth and our lovely town to recover from the accumulated litter formerly hidden by snow. HWC is encouraging folks to walk around their neighborhood or business grounds anytime close to Saturday, April 30, and pick up litter. Please dispose of properly by recycling or in the trash.

BSA Troop 437 Bike & Spring Sporting Goods Sale, April 30

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WESTFORD: BSA Scout Troop 437’s annual Bike & Spring Sporting Goods Sale is back in 2022!  The sale will be held on the Westford Common, at the corner of Main and Lincoln Streets, on April 30 from 9am to 1pm, rain or shine.  Shop gently-used bikes and Spring sporting goods, including bikes of all sizes, camping gear, accessories for baseball, lacrosse, tennis, soccer and other Spring & Summer sports, exercise equipment, boating gear, canoes, kayaks and much more!  Cash payments are preferred; Venmo is also accepted.  Proceeds support Troop camperships and activities.

The Troop accepts donations and consignments for the sale. Donate your gently-used Spring and Summer sports goods and bikes, or consign them and earn 75% of the selling price.  Donations/consignments accepted April 29 from 6-8 PM at the American Legion Post 437, 114 Dunstable Road or April 30 from 7-9am on the Westford Common. There is a consignment fee of $1 per item, with a $5 maximum per household. Unsold items should be picked up on April 30 from 1-2pm; any unclaimed items will be donated to charity.

Email bikesale@westfordtroop437.us with questions or to coordinate a donation drop-off or pickup.

Troop 437 is a medium-sized, Scout-led troop with about 45 boys and girls age 12 to 18 from Westford, Chelmsford and other surrounding towns.  We meet weekly on Thursday evenings in Westford during the school year and have monthly outings, including camping, hiking, biking, kayaking, sailing, zip-lining and more.  Crews from Troop 437 have completed BSA High Adventure trips to Seabase and Philmont, including a Philmont crew in August 2021.  Learn more about Scouting and Troop 437 at www.WestfordTroop437.us.
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Littleton Lyceum Announces Archaeological Program

LITTLETON: It may look like a pile of stones in the woods, but it may be a Native American lithic structure! The Littleton Lyceum presents its final program of the season on April 29 at 7:30pm in Littleton High School’s Performing Arts Center on 56 King Street, with a look at local Native American archaeological sites. Harvard University-trained archaeologist Kimberly Connors will discuss features in our local landscape that were of importance to indigenous people who occupied this area for thousands of years. Admission at the door is $8 for individuals; $5 for seniors & students; $25 for families. Masks are no longer mandatory for admission to the High School Auditorium. For more information, visit www.littletonlyceum.org.
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"The Power of Angels" 2022 Kitty Angels Fundraiser

AMHERST, NH: Plans are in the works for another fabulous fundraiser for Kitty Angels, Inc. This year’s event will take place on April 30 and May 1 from 9am-5pm. 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! The weekend festivities are being held at Treasures Antiques, 106 Ponemah Road (Rt. 122).

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, Jewelry designers - Freedom Jewelry & Heart’s Design Jewelry. Forever Clean Soaps, Morel Woodworking, Baby Snuggz, SoGo Metal Art, Scroll-N-Tole, Happy Cat Creations, Vinyl Revival, Dusty Finds, The Spirit of Cacao, Puckerbrush Life, Anthony Acres, Color Street, Paws & Spas, Heavenly Goddess, Usborne Books, Fudge & Stuff, Lynda’s Felted Critters, Tupperware, Custom Care Designs, Amherst Animal Hospital and many more. Updates will be made when available. Interested in becoming a vendor at the event? Contact Sherry or Rick at (603) 672-2535.

The bands and soloists for the event, consist of keyboardist/band member Joey Peavey, Side Effects, Diamond Edge Band, North Sound Duo, Levi Maxwell with 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.
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Westford LWV Voters’ Guide Available Now
Candidates’ Night Scheduled for Wednesday, April 13

WESTFORD: Election Day – Tuesday, May 3 – is fast approaching. Each year, the League of Women Voters of Westford sponsors a Voters’ Guide for the Town election. Candidates running for local office are asked to provide background information on themselves and to respond to questions pertaining to their candidacy.

This year, elections are being held for Board of Health, Housing Authority, Library Trustees, Planning Board, School Committee, and Select Board. Only two of these races – Board of Health and School Committee – are contested. The LWV Voters’ Guide enables residents to learn more about those running for public office before going to the polls. The LWV of Westford Voters’ Guide can be found on the League’s website, lwv.westford.org.

In addition, the League’s virtual Candidates’ Night will be broadcast live on Wednesday, April 13, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. All candidates – even those running unopposed – have been invited to participate. Go to lwv.westford.org to register. Candidates’ Night will also be recorded and made available on the League’s website and Westford CAT’s streaming video service and YouTube channel. The League welcomes and strongly encourages questions from the public. Questions can be submitted both during the broadcast and in advance online until Friday, April 8. Due to time constraints, not all submitted questions may be asked and the League may combine or edit questions for brevity and clarity. The link to submit questions can be found on lwv.westford.org. Jo-Ann Berry of the League of Women Voters of the Acton Area will be the event moderator.

Westford has changed its voting precincts to reflect the population changes as calculated by the most recent Federal Census. These changes include the addition of a seventh precinct and consolidation of polling locations. Precincts 1, 3, 4, and 7 will vote at Westford Academy. Precincts 2, 5, and 6 will vote at Stony Brook Middle School. Not sure of your precinct? Check the postcard you recently received from the Town Clerk’s office or go to wheredoivotema.com.

No-excuse vote by mail and early voting will not be available for this election. Those who can’t make it to the polls can vote absentee. Information about who can vote absentee and instructions for requesting an absentee ballot can be found at mailmyballotma.com or contact the Town Clerk’s office at townclerk@westfordma.gov or 978-692-5515.

The League of Women Voters of Westford is a nonpartisan political organization of women and men that encourages informed and active participation in government. The League does not support or oppose any candidate or political party. For more information, go to lwv.westford.org.

Middlesex West Chamber Announces May 5 Awards Gala & Scholarship Fundraiser Banquet

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WESTFORD: May 5 at 5:30pm, celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the Middlesex West Chamber of Commerce under the tent at the Westford Regency, 219 Littleton Road. You'll be helping to raise funds for local high school scholarships while helping to recognize this year’s awardees for outstanding achievements in the community.  Feast, rub elbows with neighbors, colleagues, and government leaders and applaud the people who
serve our community with greatness and style. And while you're there--don't miss the margaritas.  Sign up for tickets at www.mwcoc.com or call 978-263-0010 to make your reservation at $80 per person
individually and $600 per table.

Congratulations to the Middlesex West Chamber Awardees:
 
  • Business of the Year—Insulet Corporation, Acton
  • Community Service— Rotary Club of Acton-Boxborough
  • Chamber Presidential—Don Ludwig, Ludwig Agency, American National Insurance, Boxborough
  • Chamber Member of the Year— Tom Popson of Mortgage Network, Pepperell
  • Lifetime Achievement—George Duncan (pictured), Founder of Enterprise Bank
  • Lifetime Achievement—Tom Tidman, Town of Acton, NARA Park, Acton Arboretum
  • New Business of the Year—Voyager Publishing’s Discover Concord
  • Non-profit Business of the Year— Minute Man Arc, Concord
  • Restaurant of the Year—Concord's Colonial Inn
  • Retailer of the Year— The Silver Unicorn Bookstore, Acton  
  • Service to the Chamber—Jonathan Kerr, Chamber Executive Director Emeritus, Groton,
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Patriots Day Candlelight Tribute at Fairview Cemetery

WESTFORD: While the sun sets (6:30-8pm) on April 19, there will be a first-ever Patriots Day (April 19th) Candlelight Tribute in the Old Division of Fairview Cemetery, on the corner of Main Street and Tadmuck Road. In this unique self-guided stroll, you can access the service records of Westford’s Revolutionary War Patriots on your phone or tablet. There will be colonial interpreters to answer your questions stationed throughout the illuminated cemetery.

In the days, weeks, and months leading to April 19, 1775, Westford men were drilling and training on the Westford Common preparing to march on the alarm. The simmering tensions between the American colonists and the British government would reach its breaking point and the residents of Westford stood firm and made clear their intentions to support the colony.

Here are few of the soldier that answered the Alarm and marched to Concord on the Alarm of April 19, 1775, that are memorialized in Fairview Cemetery:
 
  • John Abbot (1743-1805) 2nd Lt, Westford’s First Foot Company
  • Thomas Cummings (1734-1818) 1st Lieutenant Westford’s Minute Company  
  • Hosea Hildreth (1744-1776) Corporal, Westford’s Second Foot Company
  • Jonathan Minot (1723-1806) Captain, Westford’s Second Foot Company.
  • Rev. Willard Hall (1703-1779) A Loyalist and minister to the First Parish Church of Westford
  • Thomas Greenough, Jr (1738-1775), refugee from Boston.

All these men impacted the history of Westford and ultimately the outcome of the war. This Patriots Day, pay homage to our Revolutionary War Patriots. A donation is requested of $5 per person/$10 per family. Rain date: Saturday April 23, 6:30pm.

The mission of the Westford Historical Society is to promote the understanding and appreciation of Westford’s unique history to the community. By providing programming that features aspects of the daily lives, activities and achievements of Westford residents, we strive to expand and enrich understanding of how our town continues to evolve. We foster an environment of teaching and learning that strengthens our sense of community. We will collect, preserve and exhibit documents, photographs, objects and sites historically significant to Westford, and encourage outside efforts to do the same.

Westford Climate Action Invites Everyone to April Earth Month Events

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WESTFORD: Westford Climate Action is holding events throughout the month of April to celebrate Earth Day! There will be nature hikes and walks every Saturday; children’s workshops about weather forecasting, recycling, and mushroom-growing at the J.V. Fletcher Library; litter cleanups; and a family-friendly Earth Day Festival.
 
The Festival will take place on Friday, April 22 from 3-5:30 pm on the Westford Town Common. Music will be provided by Oh Contraire and Momentum Rocks. The Animal Craze Traveling Zoo will allow children to feed, brush and hold a lamb, baby goat, piglet, chicks, ducklings, and baby bunnies. Children can make posters about Earth Day or bring their own and be eligible for a free drawing for prizes. Experts on alternative energy, sustainability, recycling, solar energy, and Mass Save rebates will be available. The Westford Museum will have a display of Native American artifacts. Several speakers will inspire and bring us up to date on the State’s and Town’s climate goals. 
 
Organizations partnering with WCA:  Westford’s Clean Energy and Sustainability Committee, Recycling Commission, First Parish Church United, J.V. Fletcher Library, League of Women Voters of Westford, Mass Heat Smart Alliance, Mass Save, Sustainable Westford, Westford Conservation Trust, Westford Museum and the Westford Boy Scouts.
 
Join in and learn how to reduce our carbon footprint and help preserve our planet. For more details, please visit westfordclimateaction.org/events.
 
Westford Climate Action is a grassroots organization of town residents who are concerned about the climate crisis. Our mission is to drive climate action. We promote sustainability and advocate on a local level for actions that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and safeguard the health of our community for future generations.
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Call for Art at the Reuben Hoar Library

LITTLETON: The Gallery Committee of Reuben Hoar Library invites artists to exhibit their work in the Library. The Gallery Once space is available for shows nine months of the year. Various 2-D media is welcome and must be firmly wired for display.  Artists need to submit a minimum of five samples of their work, an exhibit application and a waiver by June 6. The two forms are available at www.littletonlibrary.org under the "About Us/Gallery" heading. Please submit to chardy-faraci@littletonlibrary.org, or mail the forms along with CD/photos of your work to The Gallery Committee, c/o Reuben Hoar Library, 35 Shattuck Street, Littleton, MA 01460.  For more information check the library’s website at www.littletonlibrary.org or inquire at the circulation desk.
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The First Kennedys—The Humble Roots of an American Dynasty with Author Neal Thompson

LITTLETON: On March 29 at 7pm, explore the inspiring story of the poor Irish refugee couple who escaped famine, created a life together in a city hostile to Irish, immigrants, and Catholics, and launched the Kennedy dynasty in America.

Their Irish ancestry was a hallmark of the Kennedys’ initial political profile, as JFK leveraged his working-class roots to connect with blue-collar voters. Today, we remember this iconic American family as the vanguard of wealth, power, and style rather than as the descendants of poor immigrants. Meet the first American Kennedys -- Patrick and Bridget -- who arrived as many thousands of others did following the Great Famine -- penniless and hungry. Less than a decade after their marriage in Boston, Patrick’s sudden death left Bridget to raise their children single-handedly. Her rise from housemaid to shop owner in the face of rampant poverty and discrimination kept her family intact, allowing her only son P.J. to become a successful saloon owner and businessman. P.J. went on to become the first American Kennedy elected to public office -- the first of many.


This is a collaborative program with Reuben Hoar Library and the Tewksbury Public Library. To register for this Zoom event, visit https://littletonma.assabetinteractive.com/calendar.

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