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

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

Hollis Arts Society Spring Events

Featured Photo: “Backyard Greening” by Nancy Frey

Hollis Arts Society Celebrates National Poetry Month

The Hollis Arts Society will host brief art-themed poetry readings by ten local authors at 6:30 pm Wednesday, April 13, at the Lawrence Barn, 28 Depot Road, Hollis. The event is in recognition of April as National Poetry Month. Light refreshments will be served; a small selection of new and used books by various published poets will also be available at small prices. The public is invited to attend at no charge.

‘Spring Is in the Air’ Art Exhibit Debuts

A new exhibit of paintings, photographs, and jewelry with the theme “Spring Is in the Air” is open at the Gallery on West Pearl, located in the Community Council Building, 100 West Pearl St., Nashua. The exhibit runs through June 19 at the Gallery, which is maintained by the Hollis Arts Society. For exact weekday hours, call the reception desk, 603-889-6147, ext 3203.

More information about the Hollis Arts Society is available at

Merrimack Valley Artisans to Exhibit Works in Various Media at The Bull Run in Shirley

SHIRLEY, Mass. — A team of artists can accomplish a lot by supporting each other with their own organization. Such is the case with the adventurous group, Merrimack Valley Artisans, whose works will be exhibited during April, beginning with a reception at The Bull Run in Shirley on April 10.

Fiber artist Tarja Cockell, a native of Finland, notes that her work has “that Scandinavian style of simplicity,” developed in her early work as a weaver but expanded into other “textile media such as quilting, appliqué and dyeing” in a variety of art forms, “from still life and nature to abstract coloration.”

Photographer Meredith Powers Ferreira excels in capturing images from the natural world that involve “unusual perspectives, vivid colors and intriguing textures,” as well as images from the outrageous poses her two young daughters always seem to be striking.

Photographer Julie Marin Grant is an “accidental equine artist” who combines her love of her art with her love of the seven horses she and her husband and three children tend to on their small family farm, creating photos from many “living history” reenactments of famous American battles.

Fine artist Janet Clingerman Hsiao works in oils and acrylic, interpreting the beauty she finds in the New England countryside and seashore, and draws on experience as a graphic designer in the commercial art field and from teaching art in private lessons and in middle and high school classrooms.

Biomedical scientist/photographer Ku-chuan Hsiao began his adventure photographing birds when shooting reference shots for his wife and fellow Artisan, Janet, and later capturing birds in flight and in close-ups that display their “faces” and individuality.

Jewelry Designer Betsy Keeney, an adjunct faculty member at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, works with metals by “twisting, weaving and shaping wire.” She also likes to forge and form silver and gold.

Mixed media artist Sue Landsman finds herself to be much too restless and creative to work in only one medium, delving into ephemera and color, paper, metal and wood, photography and image transfer, all in the service of “telling a story and bringing beauty into the world.”

Fine artist Linda Malone is an artist and teacher, producing many paintings that capture “the energy of water,” especially in waterfalls and in crashing surf at the seashore. She teaches painting to adults at Fitchburg Art Museum in Central Mass. and also teaches at the Wild Salamander in Hollis.

Fine artist and metalsmith Janice Toth has painted landscapes in settings all over New England as well as in Britain and Italy. She also designs sterling and gold jewelry embellished with gemstones and beads.

This exciting event will take place at The Bull Run, 215 Great Road in Shirley, Mass., on Sunday, April 10, 1 ̶ 3 p.m. Visit and for more information about Merrimack Valley Artisans.

Town Wide Cleanups in Groton & Ayer, MA

April 17 – Groton
Celebrate Earth Day with Groton Grange at the annual Town Wide Litter Clean Up (TLC).

This year’s TLC will take place on Saturday, April 16, 9:00-4:00 and Sunday, April 17, 11:00-4:00


Stop by the booth at Prescott School for trash bags and road assignments then return and deposit your trash in the dumpsters provided by Roy MacGregor Trash Service and the Town of Groton Highway Department.

We are pleased to announce the organization Bikes not Bombs will be at the TLC on Saturday, April 16 from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM ONLY)! If you have any bikes collecting dust in your garage or basement, please bring them along,(ONLY SATURDAY IS BIKE DAY), with a suggested $10 donation. For more information about this terrific organization,

Friends of the Trees will be handing out tree seedlings.

Please tell your friends and bring your bikes to the Groton Grange Annual TLC! More info at

April 30 – Ayer

Join your friends and neighbors to Keep Ayer Beautiful! This year’s cleanup weekend will be held on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1, from 9am-1pm. Stop by Depot Square to register and to pick up trash bags and gloves.

If you would like to place a yard sign at your house, let us know.

Students will receive community service hours for volunteering. We also welcome scout groups, houses of worship and local businesses to get involved. Contact or call 978 496 4839 for more information.

Coming up at Beaver Brook

Coming up at Beaver Brook Nature Center, Hollis NH

117 Ridge Road, Hollis NH 03409

For more info call 603-465-7787 or visit

and check out the Calendar of Events.

April Vacation Camp
Guided Wildflower Walks
Meditation & Mindfulness in Nature
Intro to Birdwatching
Nature Journaling
Earth Day Barn Sale
Organic Home Gardening Workshops

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