• Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program card.
• Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) card. Food Stamps/Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card.
• Spay and Neuter Assistance Program certificate.
• Proof that the client resides in public/subsidized housing.
The Groton Council on Aging is sponsoring a trip to New York City on May 8 and 9 which is open to all adults, residents and non-residents. While in New York we will visit the September 11 Memorial and Museum, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. The cost is $329 for double occupancy, $459 for single, and includes admission to all museums, transportation, hotel in Times Square and breakfast. A deposit of $50 is due at registration. Please call the COA for additional information, 978-448-1170.
AYER, MA: The Nashoba Valley Region’s own legendary singer/songwriter Charlie Farren will perform a special live acoustic performance on February 26, 2016, 7:00pm-9:00pm to benefit the Ayer Shirley Regional High School Drama Club Scholarship Fund. The fundraising performance sure to rock the house will play at the ASRHS Auditorium, 141 Washington Street. General admission is $20. For more information, call 978/772-2545 or visit www.jacneed.com/ASYD/AyerShirleyDrama.htm.
“We are extremely fortunate to have Mr. Farren perform in our new auditorium,” says ASRHS Drama Club President Ryan Messcher. “He will perform a “rockin” show, of this I have no doubt. Now, while I am the President of the ASRHS Drama Club, I am also a Junior in high school who is currently scoping out possible colleges. I mention this because this performance’s proceeds will go into the Drama Club Scholarship fund – obviously an exciting thing for me and many other students looking for a financial boost. We are truly grateful for Mr. Farren’s generosity and are very much looking forward to the show!”
Charlie Farren has long been known for great songs, great singing, and for outstanding live solo acoustic performances. He captures an audience with his unique delivery, insightful lyrics, soaring vocal, and intricate and distinctive, ‘Full Band’ guitar style that distinguishes him among the country’s elite musical artists. Charlie’s solo performances have the energy and fun of a rock show, while maintaining in intimacy that makes for an entertaining and memorable evening. It has been said of his solo performances that it’s easy to forget that there is not a full band onstage!
Farren emerged onto the national scene in the early ’80s as lead singer and guitarist with The Joe Perry Project. In that band, Charlie established himself as one of the hottest young singers to emerge from the Boston music scene, writing the hits ‘Listen To The Rock’ and ‘East Coast, West Coast’ and ‘I’ve Got The Rock And Rolls Again’. In 1986 Charlie, along with Dave Hull (also Joe Perry Project) and John Muzzy, formed FARRENHEIT and released a self-titled debut album on Warner Brothers, produced by Keith Olsen. Three singles from that album, ‘Fool in Love’, ‘Bad Habit’, and ‘Lost in Loveland’, as well as video exposure on MTV, established FARRENHEIT as one of the premier new rock acts, and winning them the opening slot for the sold-out BOSTON Third Stage tour in 1987.
“It’s SO important to support today’s youth whenever we can,” said Farren. “No one ever has it easy, but I’ve got to say, kids nowadays are certainly dealing with a lot more pressure with a lot less opportunity, it seems, especially when it comes to the costs for education. I’m happy to spend some time in Ayer and get to meet some of our future great people.”
Now working on what will be his 17th CD, Charlie Farren has been described as contagious, displaying a candor rarely demonstrated by former arena rock stars. His live solo performances remain the perfect forum for his remarkable talents. Charlie takes the stage alone, and leaves with a roomful of new believers. For more information about Charlie Farren, visit him online at www.charliefarren.com.
ASRHS Interim Principal Al Varga noted, “”I knew of Farren’s music in his earlier career, and was very happy to hear he had a connection here at ASRHS that brought him to support our Drama program. Mr. Farren’s music may not be too familiar to the kids right now, but after he shows them all how it’s done on 2/26, I have NO doubt he’ll leave our house with a plethora of new fans, in addition to his tried and true ones!”
The Ayer Shirley Regional High School Drama Club currently boasts approximately fifty active members, MANY of whom are rising Seniors in 2016. 100% of the proceeds raised from this event will go directly to the ASRHS Drama Scholarship. The more monies raised, the better the scholarships to help as many of these Seniors as much as possible in their post-graduate endeavors! If you cannot attend this event, visit ASRHS Drama online where you can easily post a donation through the Club’s goFund me account. For more information about ASRHS Drama, please call Director JulieAnn Govang at 978/772-2545.
Singer/Songwriter Charlie Farren will perform a special live acoustic performance on February 26, 2016, 7:00pm-9:00pm to benefit the Ayer Shirley Regional High School Drama Club Scholarship Fund. The fundraising performance sure to rock the house will play at the ASRHS Auditorium, 141 Washington Street, Ayer, MA. General admission is $20. To reserve tickets, call (978) 772-2545, or for more information or to make a personal donation to the Fund, visit ASRHS Drama online at www.jacneed.com/ASYD/AyerShirleyDrama.htm.
*** Photo by Michael Sparks Keegan ***
Opening Reception @ the Lunenburg Public Library on February 13th from 12-2.
This exhibition is a celebration of the birth and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King has been an inspiration to many by his life’s example and efforts towards equality, justice and hope, to name a few. We, the artists, while diverse in backgrounds, ethnicity’s and approaches, hope to have captured the many tenets of his life’s work through artistic expression, fostering a spirit of service, love for our community and overall care for mankind. The work isn’t finished. We have to continue this work together for humanity’s sake. We have to Endear the Dream. The Exhibit will run until February 29th.
This exhibit is sponsored by the Community Arts Research Initiative & Friends of the Lunenburg Public Library.
The Hollis Arts Society will host creative woodworker Stephen Carey at its next meeting, 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 10. Carey, author of the book “Laminated Wood Art Made Easy,” will be showing samples of his work and answering questions at the Lawrence Barn, 28 Depot Road, Hollis. The public is invited to attend; admission is free.
Carey’s book and lecture will focus on symmetrical wood art patterns with intricate designs; he also covers woodworking basics such as safety, tools, materials, wood movement, and moisture. For more information, Carey’s website is www.woodart.biz
HAS Contact: Randy Frey (603-966-4680)
More information about the Hollis Arts Society is available at http://www.hollisartssocietynh.com/
GROTON’S GENTILE IS NASHOBA TECH’S NOMINEE FOR TOP VOCATIONAL STUDENT IN MASSACHUSETTS
WESTFORD — Alicia Gentile, a senior from Groton, is Nashoba Valley Technical High School’s nominee for the Outstanding Vocational Technical Student Award, given by the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators.
One student is nominated from each technical high school who represents the opportunity provided by a vocational-technical education. All of the nominees are honored at a dinner in April at Mechanics Hall in Worcester.
Alicia, a Health Assisting student, is the daughter of John and Kristian Gentile. Not only is she the top-ranked student at Nashoba Tech, she is also a Dean’s List student at Middlesex Community College, which she attends through Dual Enrollment. Alicia will
graduate from MCC this spring with her Associate Degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences, and then as valedictorian of Nashoba Tech’s Class of 2016.
At Nashoba Tech, Alicia is a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, plays flute for the band, and has served as captain of both the cheerleading and spring track teams. Last spring, she qualified for the State Tournament in three track-and-field events and was the team’s MVP.
She has been named both a Student of the Month and an Athlete of the Month, and is a Kick-Off Mentor, helping incoming freshmen acclimate themselves to Nashoba Tech. She chaired a Nashoba Cheers for Our
Troops drive, and attended a trip to assist at a West Virginia hospital through the Health Assisting program.
At MCC, Alicia, at just 17, is a supplemental instructor, tutoring students who are up to 30 years her senior. After receiving her Associate Degree, she plans to attend either Vanderbilt University or Brown University to study Human Health Biology, with a goal of becoming a pediatric oncologist.
Featured photo by Lawrence Libby
SHIRLEY, Mass. — Some photographers excel at capturing the ordinary moments of our lives, calling attention to the beauty that’s all around us. Two accomplished Massachusetts photographers, Lawrence Libby and Paul Sihvonen-Binder, are cases in point.
Lawrence Libby describes his early life as that of an “army brat” who was fortunate to be able to take in all the great museums of Europe when he was just a youngster. Entirely self-taught, Larry started taking pictures at an early age, and by 19 he had appropriated a bathroom in his parents’ home to use as a darkroom.
The artist claims his major influences to be 20th-century American Realist, Modernist, and Regionalist painters such as Grant Wood, Georgia O’Keeffe and Winslow Homer, along with great photographers such as Ansel Adams, Edward Steichen and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Even so, his more fundamental influences go a little further back — notably to the Renaissance and Gothic masters whose work he saw as a child, and which “pre-date photography by many centuries.”
Larry has worked recently with New Vue Communities (newvuecommunities.org), a non-profit organization working on issues of affordable housing and community organizing in and around Fitchburg. On the organization’s website, viewers will find an especially remarkable photo of the sky over Fitchburg, with the sun sending dramatic shafts of light around the clouds, among other startling pictures.
The artist likes to characterize his black & white photos as “dreamscapes.” He is seeking to convey moods, feelings. When deciding whether to photograph in black & white or in color, he tries “to let that decision serve the picture.”
Paul Sihvonen-Binder likes to encourage everyone to “notice the usual.” His goal is “to capture the things people might miss in the beauty they’re surrounded by.” His nature photography, much of which documents the beauty of the Pioneer Valley in Western Mass, seeks out stark, unexpected patterns in fairly mundane materials. One of his recent photos, “Wet,” captures a branch in the water that so clearly marks itself out in the almost mirror-like surface that it seems as if it were drawn with pen and ink. Pictures such as “Head On” show us the lonely splendor of little creatures who might be lost to us if Mr. Sihvonen-Binder were not there to capture the moment.
“I’m a software support specialist at the Department of Computer Science at U. Mass., Amherst,” says Paul. “I take photos on my way to work and on my way home, in the morning and in the evening. I do it to retain my sanity.” The artist finds that taking pictures helps him see himself in a healthy perspective. The beauty he sees “shows you your place in the world — that you’re not really that significant.” This perspective seems to be a welcome corrective to the hurly-burly of modern life. Paul finds himself drawn more and more to the small details, in addition to the grand vistas of the many sprawling landscapes he has photographed.
“I don’t Photoshop, I don’t play with colors,” the artist says. “I have no formal art training.” Like Mr. Libby, he is completely self-taught. But concerning influences of his art, he cites his great-grandfather, Paul Anderson, who was active as a photographer in the first half of the last century and who displayed remarkable attention to detail in his pictures.
The artists will show these exciting images to the public at The Bull Run, 215 Great Road in Shirley, Mass., on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 5 – 7 p.m. Visit sitkacreations.com — as well as crossroadimages.com and photosfromthevalley.com — for more information about the artistry of Lawrence Libby and Paul Sihvonen-Binder.
Mark your calendar. Earth Day 2016 will be here before you know it.
It is being held on April 23rd from 10 3 at the Townsend, MA Town Common. Rain date is April 24th from noon-4. The 2016 theme is Country Farm Living.
If you would like to join in on the planning of the event, meetings will be in the Townsend Town Hall, room 1; Feb 1st-10 AM, Feb 16th-6:30 PM, March 1st-10 AM, March 15th-6:30 PM and April 19th-6:30 PM.
Vendors/Crafters: $30. a space. Contact email@example.com
Non profits/volunteer entertainers to firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on facebook at Townsend Earth Day.
WESTFORD — The Nashoba Valley Technical High School Committee has selected Principal Denise Pigeon to be the next superintendent for the district, pending contract negotiations.
Pigeon, 40, has been with the district since the 2005-06 school year, starting as its director of curriculum and grants before being named
principal in 2010.
Pigeon would replaced Dr. Judith L. Klimkiewicz, who started as superintendent with the 1996-97 school year and is retiring in her 20th year leading the district.
“I’m very excited to continue to move the school forward,” Pigeon said. “The most exciting aspect is that the district is filled with outstanding educators and outstanding students, and I look forward to working with them as a team.”
Pigeon was one of three finalists for the position.
One of the other finalists, Leo DeSimone, director of the Career and Technical Education Department at Somerville High School, was originally offered the position on Jan. 26 but ultimately declined the
offer. The committee then selected Pigeon over the
third finalist, Carissa Karakaedos, assistant superintendent at Shawsheen Valley Technical High School in Billerica, by a 13-1 vote.
Member Maria Karafelis of Chelmsford voted for Karakaedos.
Pigeon is currently working on the final phases of her doctorate in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University. She received her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in educational leadership and occupational administration from Fitchburg State College, her Master of Education in technology in education from Lesley University
and her Bachelor of Science in health education from Worcester State College.
Before coming to Nashoba Tech, Pigeon worked at Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School in Haverhill, first as a health teacher and junior-varsity volleyball coach, then as a cluster chair and instructional technology specialist.
She is an Amesbury native, and currently resides in Haverhill with her husband, Andrew, and three children.
Nashoba Tech’s district consists of Ayer, Chelmsford, Groton, Littleton, Pepperell, Shirley, Townsend and Westford, MA.