Postponed! Fifth Bolton Repair Café

Due to the impending storm, Rotary Club/Bolton Local’s Repair Cafe’, originally scheduled for Saturday 1/24, will be postponed. The Repair Cafe’ will take place on Saturday, 1/31, same time, same location:

Do you have a lamp with a frayed cord or a bike with a broken brake? Maybe a shirt or blouse with a loose or missing button? Don’t toss it! Bring it to the Bolton Repair Café on Saturday Jan. 24, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will be held in Davis Hall at the First Parish of Bolton Church, 673 Main St. in Bolton. Residents of Bolton and surrounding towns are invited to come and find out what a Repair Café is all about.

At the Repair Café, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, everything centers on making repairs. Knowledgeable volunteers will help repair items such as small appliances, computers, lamps, bikes, jewelry, and clothing — free of charge. (Some small parts may be supplied, such as wire or thread; you will be asked to pay for other parts.) If you know what parts are needed, please get them ahead of time and bring them to the Repair Café to save time. Outdoor power equipment cannot be worked on at this event. Please bring outdoor power equipment to our spring or fall event.

Volunteers at the Repair Café will look at all items brought in and try to repair them. Volunteers will sharpen knives, scissors, and garden tools, repair lamps and small appliances, repair furniture, and mend clothes. You can also bring your bike in for a checkup and minor adjustments and repairs. If the volunteers cannot repair something, they will offer suggestions about where you could go for repairs.

Unlike a “fix-it” shop, where people drop off items to be repaired and continue about their day, the Repair Café is meant to get people involved with the repair process and create connections with others in the community. People bringing in items for repair are asked to stay while your items are being fixed. You can just watch, help with the repair, fix the item yourself with help from volunteers, or just have a snack and visit with neighbors.

Promoting repairs will help reduce mountains of waste. According to organizer Ray Pfau, “We throw away lots of things that often have almost nothing wrong with them, things that could easily be used again after a simple repair. Unfortunately, many people have forgotten that they can fix things. Repair Café wants to change all that.”

Repair Café is also meant to put neighbors in touch with each other in a new way, save money, and discover that a lot of know-how and practical skills can be found close to home. Pfau added, “If you repair a bike, a CD player, or a pair of trousers with previously unfamiliar neighbors, you look at them in a different light the next time you see them. Jointly making repairs can lead to connections in the community.”

The Bolton Repair Café is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley with support from Bolton Local and the Repair Café Foundation. The Repair Café Foundation has been organizing Repair Cafés in the Netherlands since 2010 and has provided support since January 2011 to local groups in and outside the Netherlands wanting to start their own Repair Cafés.

Wine Tasting in Pepperell

Lawrence Library Wine Tasting: A Fine Vintage
Tickets currently on sale for popular February 7th event

PEPPERELL, MA – The Lawrence Library’s annual wine tasting event has gotten sweeter with age.While details have changed throughout the years – from sponsors to caterers – one fact hasn’t. The popular event, currently in its 7th year, consistently sells over 200 tickets and is a much anticipated night out for everyone involved. After all, how often does one get to dress up a bit, splurge on a babysitter, and drink wine in the stacks of their local library? It’s a rare – and delightful – occasion.

“It’s the only fund-raising event held at the library that is truly focused on adults,” explained Library Director Deb Spratt. “We do so much throughout the year for families and children, but this one night is just for grown-ups and people love it.”

The Wine Tasting takes place Saturday, February 7th from 6:30 to 9:30 PM. Tickets are now on sale at the library, which is located at 15 Main Street, Pepperell, MA 01463. A beautiful stemless wine glass is given to every ticket holder, as well as a raffle entry to win the original drawing that is featured on the glass. The design, each year of a different Pepperell landmark, is not revealed until the evening of the wine tasting. This year’s design is by Nan Quintin, the artist who did the Historic Pepperell mural in the library.

Thanks to local food establishments generously donating snacks, hot entrees and hors d’oeuvres, the $25 ticket price goes directly into the budget of the Friends of the Lawrence Library. With the library budget tighter than ever, and an average of 370 people using the library each day, the library relies heavily on the efforts and generosity of the group.

“The Friends paid $10,000 toward the purchase of childrens’ books last year alone, and has also secured 15 museum passes – which are very popular and well used by patrons,” said Friends President Diane Temple. With a programming budget of $0, the library also relies on the Friends to sponsor exciting programs throughout the year – serving over 10,000 people in 2014.

While various liquor stores have sponsored the event in the past, this year the Friends welcome Pepperell Beverage as their partner in sponsorship. Shop owner Randy Brubaker is looking forward to offering tastings of some unique wines from various regions.

“I think people will enjoy the selection of wines from around the world they will be tasting,” he said. All of the products at the tasting are sold at Pepperell Beverage, located at 2 Tarbell Street in Pepperell behind the 7-Eleven. As an added bonus, tasters will receive show specials on the wines they enjoy when they visit the shop. “I work with some excellent small vineyards and have a great selection of varietals and regions people will enjoy.”

The Lawrence Library is a vivid community center for more than 3,000 families in Pepperell, Mass. The building, dedicated in 1901, was a gift of Charles Farrar Lawrence, who bequeathed the funds for the purchase of the land, design, construction, and the furnishing of the building.

Please email Deb Spratt at with any questions.


When folks talk about the one-percenters I’m never quite sure if they mean those who control the majority of the world’s wealth or those in New England who are not football fans. I would fall into the latter one percent. HOWEVER, when the Patriots get this far, it’s hard to not get caught up in the adventure. Sort of like buying a lottery ticket when the prize reaches a gjillion dollars. So, to all you football fanatics out there GO PATRIOTS!! Stay warm and Enjoy your Sunday ;-)

From Pipeline Opponents

 “Stop Article 97 Transfers for Pipelines”Campaign at Environmental Bill Co-sponsorship Event

Photo attached is of a pipeline installation in PA

Media Advisory
Contact info:
Leigh Youngblood
Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust
o: 978.248.2055 X20
c: 413.262.7850

Cathy Kristofferson
StopNED (Northeast Energy Direct)
c: 978.204.3940

Kinder Morgan’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct and Connecticut Expansion Projects both require a disposition of public conservation lands whose protection is guaranteed by Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution. For Kinder Morgan, a successful disposition vote would require support from 2/3rds of both the Massachusetts Senate and House.

Members of S.T.O.P. (Sandisfield Taxpayers Opposed to Pipelines), StopNED (Stop the Northeast Energy Direct), Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, Boston Climate Action Network,, Toxics Action Center, amongst others will participate in Wednesday’s Environmental Bill Co-sponsorship Event 10am-1pm in the Grand Staircase of the Massachusetts Statehouse. The groups will be speaking with state legislators about Kinder Morgan Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s legislation anticipated for February. The Campaign’s goal is to ensure that our legislators preserve past commitments to future generations.

What: Environmental Bill Co-sponsorship Event
When: Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 10 am – 1 pm
Where: State House, Grand Staircase

Article 97 promises the citizens of the Commonwealth that “The people shall have the right to clean air and water, freedom from excessive and unnecessary noise, and the natural, scenic, historic, and esthetic qualities of their environment; and the protection of the people in their right to the conservation, development and utilization of the agricultural, mineral, forest, water, air and other natural resources is hereby declared to be a public purpose.”

The campaign believes Kinder Morgan is ready to clobber the Massachusetts Constitution and private property rights with federal eminent domain for pipelines we do not need. Instead, the Commonwealth should fix leaking pipelines first and keep building a green energy future that doesn’t compromise our common wealth, our Constitution, or our precious conserved lands. Citizens should urge their legislators to Vote No on Article 97 land and easement transfers for the Northeast Energy Direct and Connecticut Expansion pipelines.

Editor’s Note: Received today is a stunning report put out by the Sightline Institute outlining Kinder Morgan’s history :

Local Art on Display in Pepperell & Shirley

In the Lawrence Library Art Gallery -

Lev Rozman, Drawings and Photographs
Pictured is Rozman’s “Person of the Century” from 1999 – courtesy Lawrence Library

The first art exhibit of 2015 in the Lawrence Library Art Gallery is drawings and photographs by local artist Lev Rozman. Rozman, originally from the Crimean Peninsula, earned a PhD from the State (then Federal) Oceanographic Institute in Moscow, and worked for the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences. Though a scientist professionally, art has always been his love and passion. He studied drawing and watercolor painting as a teenager, and has visited the great art museums of the world. He has a talent for capturing the essence of a person in his sketches. In his own words, “When I draw the portraits I feel that somebody moves my hand, my head works automatically, and in the end of just a half hour of work I am completely exhausted because I am a middleman between upstairs and paper. That helps me to catch the character of people sometimes even not knowing them.”
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the show will run through Saturday, January 31st. For more information, call the library at 978-433-0330, or visit The library is located at 15 Main Street in Pepperell, MA.

At the Bull Run

Former high school chemistry teacher Marston Clough began drawing and painting in the 1980s and has been in love with creating artwork ever since. The artist will exhibit his work at The Bull Run restaurant in Shirley starting on Jan. 18 and will continue through the first week of February.

A compulsive sketch artist who always has a drawing pad handy, Mr. Clough traces his career as an artist back to a drawing course he took at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. From drawing he moved on to a variety of media and techniques, including etching and printmaking. Etching, with its clean, clear lines, especially appealed to his logical, scientific orientation. He also began working in monotypes, a printmaking process that allows for a looser, more spontaneous approach to the image than etchings, woodcuts or linotypes. Later on, Mr. Clough became a prolific painter in oils, producing “both real and imagined” Martha’s Vineyard seascapes and landscapes.

The artist’s feeling for the magic of the sea is something he comes by naturally, having grown up in Vineyard Haven. He still enjoys drawing and painting seascapes inspired by the quiet beauty of the docks in Vineyard Haven and other spots on the Island.

Thanks to his work with fellow Island artist Marjorie Mason, Mr. Clough does some oil painting en plein air (in the open air), but he does most of his work in his studio at home. He has also worked in pastels with artist Ellen McCluskey and at Featherstone Center for the Arts in Oak Bluffs. He exhibits at the Old Sculpin Gallery in Edgartown and the Gay Head Gallery in Aquinnah. He donates to the fundraising efforts of causes and organizations he supports, notably Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard, Windemere Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, and the Island’s Chicken Alley Art Show. Some of his works are in the permanent collection of the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.

The artist tests the value of a finished piece of work by whether he is pleased with it, but perhaps more importantly if his wife likes it or if an art lover validates it with a purchase.

This event will take place at The Bull Run, 215 Great Road, Shirley, Mass., on Sunday, Jan. 18, 12 – 3 p.m. Photographer Lawrence Libby will be on hand to record the event for posterity.

For more information, go to  and

The Role of Native Americans in America’s Wars

PHOTO CAPTION: Members of the 45th Infantry Division at Fort Devens in 1942. Courtesy of the 45th Infantry Division Museum.

What part Native Americans played in America’s various wars from the beginning of our country to modern times – that will be the subject of Sandy Shepherd’s talk on Saturday, January 17, at Fort Devens Museum. The museum will be open from 10-3 and the program will start at 1:00.

Shepherd’s presentation will include mention of the Alamo Scouts of the U.S. 6th Army’s Special Reconnaissance Unit, but he also says there were code talkers in World War I. He’ll talk about the 45th Infantry Regiment, formed in Oklahoma but trained specifically at Fort Devens for landing at Anzio beachhead during the Italian Campaign in World War II. Shepherd will display photographs and artifacts from his own military collection.

Shepherd comes by this subject naturally. His grandmother was a Penobscot. He maintains contact with Native Americans in the tribe in Maine and has long been active in the United Native American Cultural Center located on Antietam Street, Devens.

A graduate of Chelmsford High School, Shepherd served in the U.S. Navy from 1953 to 1958 in communications. Work for the National Park Service and continuous volunteering has taken him to the Lowell historic park’s Boott Mill and to Minuteman Park at the historic Concord Bridge. He has been part of a 45-person crew of volunteers working to restore a destroyer, the Cassin Young, located at the pier alongside Old Ironsides in Charlestown. He has served with Boy Scouts for 62 years. At home he creates wood carvings to display at craft shows and maintains a collection of antique cars.

This program is free and open to the public but donations are much appreciated. The Museum is located on the third floor at 94 Jackson Road, Devens, and is wheelchair accessible. Please call 978-772-1286 or email for more information.

Trails Connecting Communities

MRPC writes:

Let’s start the new year off right with this great trail event in Ashburnham!  Please join us while we do some “rail rambling” down the old Cheshire railroad line to the town center where we will enjoy a tour of the historic piano study center, then finish with some treats at the Peppermint Pig where we will hear more about the history and future of the Ashburnham Rail Trail.

These Connecting Community events are all volunteer based.  Let’s continue to show all of our communities support by attending these great events (and bring your friends and family too!)

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Organizers & Contributors: Ashburnham Conservation Commission, Ashburnham

Conservation Trust, Ashburnham Rail Trail Committee, The Frederick Piano Collection, and The Peppermint Pig.
Parking: Please park and gather behind Town Hall. A shuttle will transport hikers to the start at the Landry Soccer Fields.
Dog Policy: Leashed dogs are welcome on the hike along the Rail Trail. However, they cannot come into the Piano Collection or the Peppermint Pig.
Weather Policy: In case of cancellation due to weather, the snow date will be Sunday, February 1st.
RSVP and Contact Information: Pre-registration not necessary. For questions or weather concerns, please contact Chris Picone at home: 978-827-6727.

Hope to see you there!

Fun in the Snow at Fruitlands!

Members FREE, Nonmembers $5/person

Winter weekends at Fruitlands means outdoor fun and adventure! Bring your sleds, snowshoes, and cross country skis for some high-energy fun as you explore our snow covered hills and woodland trails. If you prefer a little quiet contemplation and reflection, make a visit to the Art Gallery to view our centennial exhibition, 100 Objects, 100 Stories, 100 Years at Fruitlands Museum. Whatever your preference, hot chocolate and a toasty fire will help to keep you warm this winter season!

Snowshoeing Clinic Sunday, January 18, 12PM-4PM, Free with admission

Meet the staff of Eastern Mountain Sports and learn the essentials of snowshoeing on the Fruitlands fields. Equipment will be available for rental, so you can set out to practice this energetic winter sport on the Museum’s hills and trails.


Auto body damage fixed at cost!

WESTFORD — Were you in an automobile accident recently? There’s a place you can go that will fix the damage without charging for labor — as long as you live within Nashoba Valley Technical High School’s eight-town district.
Students and staff in Nashoba Tech’s Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing program can fix those dents, give your car a new paint job and make it look as good as new. And they’ll only charge for parts and materials — no labor.
There are some caveats. Nashoba Tech will consider repairing the vehicle if:
• It’s registered and insured.
• The necessary repairs meet the educational and curriculum requirements of the school.
• The work is the result of a collision and is not a restoration project.
• The owner of the vehicle lives in Ayer, Chelmsford, Groton, Littleton, Pepperell, Shirley, Townsend or Westford.
“Basically, we’ll repair the car if there is educational value to it,” said Michael Robichaud, an instructor in the Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing program.
If you and your car meet those criteria, call 978-692-4711, ext. 6128, to make an appointment to have your vehicle assessed.

In the photo: Matthew Mastroianni, a junior from Townsend, sands a car in preparation for painting it in Nashoba Tech’s Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing program. Students and staff at the school can repair body damage without charging labor costs for residents of the school’s district.

Winter Safety for New Englanders

“If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes.”

Mark Twain had a lot to say about New England weather but the above says it all… It’s winter and a storm is headed toward us. If you have safety concerns, find some answers at these two websites &

Stay safe this winter!