Ashby’s Camp Middlesex Celebrates 75 Years and holds Open House

“Head, Heart, Hands, Health.” For 75 years now, boys and girls ages 8-15 have abided by these four pillars of character at a place many call their second home: 4-H Camp Middlesex. Located in the woods of Ashby, MA, Camp Middlesex began in 1941 as a residential camp, offering a traditional camping experience while instilling the values of 4-H in its campers. Today, the camp also offers day camp, and a multitude of fun, fulfilling programs such as archery, woodworking, barnyard, nature, dance, swimming lessons, theater, sports, crafts, outdoor living skills, and low ropes. Outings on the weekends, Wednesday night Band Concert, Thursday night dances, bonfires, and different themes for every week, all add to the camping experience.
Camp Middlesex will host an Open House on Sunday, June 5, from 12-3 pm. Talk to the Director, take a tour of the Camp, join the scavenger hunt and enjoy free refreshments! Open to all, Camp Middlesex offers affordable, quality Day Camp (Ages 6-12) and Overnight Camp (ages 8-15) for boys and girls, running 7 weeks, July 3 to August 19. Day Camp rates as low as $300 per week, with Extended Day options. NEW- Day Camp Transportation from Littleton, Groton, Pepperell and Townsend! Summer Camp fun includes Archery, Swimming in The Pool, Boating, Low Ropes, Sports & Games, Arts & Crafts, Dance, Theater, Barnyard, Nature, Pioneering, Rocketry, Woodworking and much more! Located on beautiful Willard Brook at 1031 Erickson Road in Ashby, Camp Middlesex is fully accredited and licensed. Winner of the Safety First Hall of Fame Award for the last 10 years. To learn more, visit us at, email us at, or call 978-386-7704
  • To commemorate the 75th anniversary a celebration will be held on camp grounds June 11-12, 2016. Activities will include camp classes, live music, story telling, lawn games, BBQ, dance, ice cream buffet, bonfire and more! Pre-registration is required and found on-line, along with event information, at
  • Free Shredding Event in Groton, MA

    On June 11, 2016, the Friends of the Groton Elders will sponsor a FREE shredding event from 9 AM to 12 noon at the parking lot of the New Life Community Church, 279 Main St., Groton, (formerly the Sacred Heart Catholic Church). Watch your paper documents being shredded. The shredder will take paper clips and staples. Limit–4 boxes of materials.

    NRWA offers Summer Programs for kids and teachers!

  • The Nashua River Watershed Association is offering Summer Eco-Adventures for children ages 6 to 14, four day outdoor programs, each a small group experience. Based at the NRWA River Resource Center at 592 Main Street in Groton, MA and nearby conservation areas, these programs are open to NRWA members and non-members from all communities. Space is limited; be sure to reserve your space today.
    Wilderness Summer Survival Week for Ages 11 to 14 from June 27 – June 30, 2016 (Mon -Thu), from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Challenge yourself in nature with four adventurous, action-packed days of hiking Groton trails through numerous conservation properties, paddling the Squannacook River, developing summer survival skills, and exploring the inner world of our local river, woodlands and fields while making new friends. Outdoor adventure at its best with River Classroom Director Stacey Chilcoat. Program fees are $200 for NRWA members or $230 for non-members.
    Animal Adventures: Discover Forest, Field and Wetland Creatures for Ages 9 to 11 from July 18 – July 21, 2016 (Mon – Thu), from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Calling all animal lovers and nature explorers! From reptiles to mammals, this program focuses on the amazing lives of our local wildlife. Collect fascinating insects, practice summer tracking skills, hike local trails and play animal camouflage games. Discover how our local wildlife has adapted to live and thrive in these three distinct habitats. Program fees are $190 for NRWA members or $220 for non-members.
    Wild World of Water Week for Ages 6 to 8 from July 25– July 28, 2016 (Mon – Thu), from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Escape the heat of summer with a fun-filled four days all about water!! Collect aquatic critters from the Nashua River, make a fresh water aquarium, do water experiments, make mini-boats to race on mini streams, and stay cool each day with lots of water games. Perfect for nature & water loving kids! Program fees are $180 for NRWA members or $210 for non-members.
    To register, or for more information about NRWA Summer Eco-Adventures, please contact Stacey Chilcoat, NRWA River Classroom Director, at (978) 448-0299, or email The NRWA is a non-profit environmental organization providing land and water protection and environmental education programs to 32 communities in north central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.
  • Calling All Teachers Grades 5 to 8! NRWA Offers FSU Grad Course this Summer
    The Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) will be leading a graduate credit course for teachers this summer through Fitchburg State University. “NRWA Watershed Investigations Course: Connecting Watersheds and 2016 MA Science & Technology/ Engineering Standards” will allow graduate level and/or in-service teachers grades 5-8 to dissect and apply the new Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Draft Revised Standards. This course is being offered through Fitchburg State University/Summer II 2016. The course will run from July 11 through July 15, 2016, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., based at the NRWA’s River Resource Center located at 592 Main Street (Rt. 119) in Groton, MA. Successful completion of the course will earn 3 Graduate Credits from Fitchburg State University. The course costs $285.
    Candidates will practice using the publication Nashua River Watershed Investigations for Grades 5-8: Connecting Watersheds to the 2016 MA Science and Technology/Engineering Standards, including 12 lessons ready for classroom use. They will learn through hands-on outdoor science lessons, presentations from NRWA scientists, and collaboration with peers. Candidates will also design a science unit including a self-designed research project with measurable data collection. Outdoor excursions will include a short canoe trip, walks through several forested areas, and explorations in a schoolyard.
    Space is limited; be sure to register today to reserve your spot. The deadline for registration is June 30, 2015. To register, email Mary Marro, NRWA Environmental Education Director at This program is supported in part by a grant from the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts.
  • Townsend Friends of the Seniors Seeking Nominations for Annual William E. May Award

    The Friends of the Townsend Seniors are looking for that outstanding individual in the Townsend community who has given of himself or herself to the growth and betterment of the town of Townsend. Friends’ President Peter Buxton says the deadline for nominations is fast approaching (June 3rd) and added that candidates will be well-respected and will have demonstrated through actions and deeds a keen interest in the affairs and needs of the Town of Townsend and the Town’s Senior Citizens.

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    Townsend Recreation Summer Counselors Needed

    • Summer Recreation Counselor
    • Summer Recreation Lead Counselor
    • Positions available: July- Aug 2016
    • Applications being accepted May 20- June 5, 2016
    • All former employees of Summer Rec that wish to work at Summer Rec 2016 are required to fill out a new application for consideration.
    • Job Descriptions can be picked up at the Town Clerks Office or be seen online at
    • Applications can be found at Townsend Town Hall (272 Main St, Townsend MA), Tax Collectors office.
    • Please return applications by June 5, 2016 4PM. By mail: Townsend Recreation, 272 Main St. Townsend MA 01469 (must be postmarked by June 5) or in person to the Tax Collectors office at Town Hall.

    Nashoba Tech Career Night/Open House

    WESTFORD — Nashoba Valley Technical High School will hold its annual Career Night and Open House on Wednesday, May 25, from 5 to 8 p.m.
    Prospective students can tour Nashoba Tech’s 20 technical areas, including Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing; Automotive Technology; Banking/Marketing/Retail; Carpentry/Cabinetmaking; Cosmetology; Culinary Arts; Dental Assisting; Design & Visual Communications; Early Childhood; Electrical Technology; Engineering Academy (which encompasses Biotechnology, Engineering, and Electronics & Robotics); Health Assisting; Hotel & Restaurant Management; Machine Tool Technology; Plumbing & Heating; Programming & Web Development; TV & Media Production/Theatre Arts; and Veterinary Assisting.
    Information will also be available on Nashoba Tech’s Postgraduate, School to Career and Dual Enrollment programs, and academic and technical instructors will be on hand.
    Nashoba Tech is at 100 Littleton Road (Route 110) in Westford. The district includes Ayer, Chelmsford, Groton, Littleton, Pepperell, Shirley, Townsend and Westford.For more information, call 978-692-4711, ext. 1115, or visit

    Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast in Groton MA

    Its that time of year again!
    What do blueberries, bananas, and chocolate chips have in common?

    They can all be found in the different varieties of pancakes that will be cooked up at the Annual Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast held at Historic Groton Grange #7 on Monday, May 30, from 7:30 – 10:30 AM, before the Memorial Day Parade. Stop by and say hello to your friends at Historic Groton Grange, at 80 Champney St., just steps away from the parade route, Enjoy a hearty breakfast of pancakes, sausage, orange juice, coffee or tea. $6.00 per person, all you can eat, under three years old, free!

    This Breakfast is the annual fundraiser for the Groton Grange Scholarship Fund.

    Groton Grange is a non-profit organization, dedicated to ensuring the sustainability of Historic Groton Grange Hall, raising awareness of agricultural and farming issues, and providing green programs to our community. Please join us!

    Deadline Approaches: Own a Piece of Ayer Shirley Regional High School

    As Ayer Shirley Regional High School approaches the close of its first year of school in its brand new facility, it’s opening up ways for the community to be a part of it by OWNING a part of it!

    Each of the 575 plush, burgundy seats in our auditorium is up for ADOPTION! Don’t worry if the color doesn’t match your home décor – once adopted, seats stay where they are… with one important change… YOUR business, inscription, name, or personal dedication in memory of someone is engraved on a lovely brass plate there for people to see every time they enjoy an event in the auditorium! Now, this doesn’t mean your seat will be YOUR seat every time you attend an event in the auditorium, but it does mean you own it!

    Each plate measures ~4″ x 1.5″, offering three lines of text, up to 25 characters per line. You can note your name or your family name and the year. You can promote your business. You can list the alphabet backwards – it’s your seat, write what you wish (within reason). Once your seat is adopted, it will not be re-adopted. One seat – one sponsor, securely attached to the back of the chair.

    The cost to adopt is just $150 each for individuals (students, friends and their families). Up to three families can be noted as sponsors per plate, so consider combining your adoptions! Seats promoting businesses are just $300 each and can include your company name, address, contact information and/or website. All adoptions are tax deductible, but the 10% discount deadline is fast approaching! Order your seat before May 31, 2016 and take 10% off your total!

    Become an ongoing part of Ayer history by adopting one or more of ASRHS’ auditorium seats with a one-time investment and be thanked and recognized every time your seat is seen! ALL proceeds will be split equally amongst ASRHS Music, ASRHS Drama Club and the District, to help provide additional opportunities for the students in our region!

    To request an adoption form or more information, please contact ASRHS Drama Director JulieAnn Govang at (978) 772-2545, or email Adoption forms are also available for download via the ASRHS Drama Club website at

    What is our Opiod Crisis?

    It’s in our communities. It’s in our schools. It’s in our homes. It is the Opiod Crisis and it is killing our neighbors and our neighbors’ children. To learn more about what is happening and what you can do, come to a Community Forum at Trinity Chapel, #188 Center Road in Shirley, Wednesday, May 18th at 7:30 pm.

    In both 2014 and 2015, over 1,000 people in Massachusetts died from addiction to and misuse of opiod pain relievers. How does this happen? How can the trend be reversed? The guest speaker at the forum will be a pharmacist who has had personal experience dealing with this crisis. He is Dr. Vahrij Manoukian, owner of the Hollis Pharmacy and president of the New Hampshire Board of Pharmacy. Also on hand will be Shirley Police Chief Thomas Goulden and a representative from the New Hampshire State Police to answer questions from their points of view.

    Come at 7:00 pm to enjoy light refreshments and meet the guests, or come at 7:30 pm to hear the presentation. Bring your questions and your concerns.

    For more information about the forum, call the chapel at 978-425-9041.

    Bolton Repair Café – Saturday, May 14

    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 next Bolton Repair Café on Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will be held in the cafeteria at the Florence Sawyer School, 100 Mechanic Street in Bolton. The school is located behind the Emerson School, which is on the same driveway/street. 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, clothing, and outdoor power equipment — 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.

    Volunteers at the Repair Café will look at all items brought in and try to repair them. 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.

    Repair Cafés are springing up in the local area. The Westborough Public Library and the Westborough Rotary Club held their first Repair Café on March 19. The Stow Council on Aging held their second Repair Café on April 16. The Ayer Recycling Committee and the Littleton Common Makers will be holding their first Repair Café in Ayer on June 18.

    For more information, contact Ray Pfau at 978-779-5545 or, or visit

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