The Messenger

The Messenger From 2000 through 2015, the Messenger was a free monthly community newspaper supporting small, local businesses and non-profits. Submissions were accepted from in and around the Nashoba Valley of north central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.
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Mission: To bring community members closer to the roots of the community by providing both a historical and contemporary look at the region in an informative and entertaining community-based monthly newspaper. To offer free space for non-profits, churches, schools, groups and organizations and low-cost advertising to local for-profit business with an eye toward promoting doing business locally.

12/01/2018

Ft. Devens Museum Highlights a Shirley Family
Creating a Canteen for Soldiers in WWI

Fort Devens Museum’s monthly program for visitors on Saturday, December 15, at 1 p.m. focuses on one Shirley family’s efforts to create a “home away from home” for soldiers at Camp Devens training to take their place on the field of action in France during World War I.
Ayer with its railroad hub and bustling downtown drew soldiers to a number of service clubs and canteens quickly set up there to offer hospitality, a sense of home, and a boost to morale. The history of this concerted effort on behalf of servicemen has been generally made known. However, in the adjacent town of Shirley efforts were made also to create homey, friendly places for the crowds of soldiers assigned to Camp Devens with off-duty time but no way or means of getting anywhere near their own families’ homes.
Now a recent publication has brought to light the story of one family’s making a longtime commitment to provide a 24-7 informal canteen in their own home. The book Water for Soldiers: New England Villages Answer the Call in World War tells of one of Shirley’s institutions created to enhance soldiers’ wellbeing and dispel loneliness. The home offering water for soldiers marching by and much more can be seen still on Parker Road at Shirley Center, looking much as it did over 100 years ago, located quite near the common on which soldiers drilled.
Thinking to help the lot of the common soldiers were Frank Lawton and his daughter, Shirley, along with Anna, Frank’s wife and Shirley’s mother. It is Shirley who later in life wrote down her reminiscences, with a big assist from a logbook in which visitors wrote their names and unit numbers and commented on their times at the Lawton house.
In her manuscript Shirley Lawton Houde (Married after the war) gave her impressions of Camp Devens being built. She described individual visitors the family had become friends with, many over extended time periods – at first those in training or instructing the recruits (in the 76th and 12th Divisions), then those recuperating from battlefield wounds and veterans being mustered out (mainly from the 26th Yankee Division with some from other units). She described activities and entertainments at the home and local people who joined them to meet the soldiers.
Telling the Lawtons’ story on December 15th will be Paul Przybyla, a retired Fidelity Bank executive and Shirley resident active in the Shirley Historical Society. He will describe also the story of how this fascinating, many-faceted manuscript came to be dusted off and finally given a well-deserved place in print for a wide audience.
The Fort Devens Museum is located on the third floor of 94 Jackson Road, Devens, MA. The museum will be open from 10 AM to 3 PM on this day and the program is free and open to the public.

11/27/2018

December at the Ashby Free Public Library

A Wild Craft with Miss Tiffany, Saturday Dec 1, 10-11am Join Miss Tiffany and make your own “Where the Wild Things Are” puppet craft for a Storybook Tree! All ages are welcome.

Holiday Open House, Saturday Dec 8, 10-1 Enjoy a morning of holiday fun at the library! Take a picture with Mr. and Mrs. Clause, enjoy live music, a craft, snacks, and view the storybook trees!

Cookie Swap, Thursday Dec 6, 6:30pm Join us for our annual Cookie Swap! Bring at least 2 dozen cookies and the recipe to share. Don’t forget a container to bring some home with you! Please sign up at the circulation desk

Music Time with Mrs. Johnson, Tuesday Dec 4, 10:30am Sing and dance along with Mrs. Johnson and her guitar! Join Miss Jacki afterward for a story and craft. All ages are welcome, no registration required.

Books & Discovery with Miss Jana Tuesday, Dec 11 and Jan 8 & 22, 10:30am, Join Miss Jana for a story and craft. All ages welcome. No registration required.

Preschool Story Hour Tuesday Dec 18 and Jan 15 & 29, 10:30am Join Miss Jacki for a story, craft, and activities. No registration required. All ages welcome.

Lego Club Tuesday Dec 11, Jan 8 & 22, 3:30-4:30 Calling all imaginative boys and girls! Join Miss Jacki every 2nd and 4th Tuesday after school to build and create with Legos! A snack will be provided. Ages 5+ Please sign up at the circulation desk.

Adult Book Group Wednesday Dec 12, 6:30pm Join us for our monthly book group. We will be reading and discussing “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

St. Andrew’s to Host 18th Annual “In A Manger” Display Ayer, MA: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Ayer, will host its annu...
11/27/2018
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

St. Andrew’s to Host 18th Annual “In A Manger” Display

Ayer, MA: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Ayer, will host its annual “In A Manger” event on Saturday, December 8, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and on Sunday, December 9, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Begun in 2001 with 75 manger scenes, this year’s display will feature close to 500 crèches from around the world. Founder Carolyn Smith is committed to providing this opportunity to take a break from the franticness of the season to wonder and marvel at how the birth of Jesus is depicted in different cultures through varied artistic expressions.

Nativity scenes will be set up in St. Andrew’s newly-renovated Parish Hall and in the sanctuary which dates from 1892. This event is free and open to the public. Homemade cookies and apple cider will be available at no charge.

St. Andrew’s is located at 7 Faulkner Street in Ayer and is an open and affirming church. The Sunday Celebration of Holy Communion is at 9:30 am. Child care is available for infants and toddlers beginning at 9:15 am. Sunday School for preschool-aged children and older also starts at 9:15. The Forum is held in the Parish Hall at 11:00 am. All are welcome. For more information, please visit www.standrewsayer.org

St. Andrew's is a welcoming congregation serving Ayer, Devens, Groton, Harvard, Littleton, and Shirley, Massachusetts. Saint Andrews is a Protestant Episcopal Church within the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.

11/24/2018

A Celtic Holiday Celebration Concert with Kate Chadbourne at the Lunenburg Public Library
On Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 3 to 5pm, Lunenburg Public Library will celebrate the winter holiday season with singer, harper, storyteller, and poet Kate Chadbourne in concert. Her “Celtic Holiday Celebration” will have you reveling and writhing with the spirit of the season.
This concert will deliver a warm and festive program of songs and stories drawn from Irish and Celtic tradition. All are invited to come to sing and laugh, to feel the wonder of winter, and to encounter a rather mysterious special guest.
Ms. Chadbourne is an award-winning songwriter and poet, a scholar and teacher of Irish language and folklore with a PhD from Harvard, and a beloved performer at venues throughout New England. She brings to her audiences the sounds of the harp, piano, tin whistle, Irish flute, and melodeon, a deep love and knowledge of traditional Irish story, a warm and welcoming presence, and a voice often described as “the voice of an angel.”
This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited and registration is required. Participants responsible for bringing their own materials. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lunenburg Public Library.

About Kate Chadbourne
Kate Chadbourne is an award-winning songwriter and poet, a scholar and teacher of Irish language and folklore with a PhD from Harvard, and a beloved performer at venues throughout New England. She has been honored as a “tradition bearer” in the Revels Salon series and in the Gaelic Roots Concert Series at Boston College, and her music has been featured on NPR’s programs, “Cartalk” and “All Songs Considered.” She has released four solo CD’s, three collections of poetry, and has collaborated on recordings and live performances with Tim Janis, Lauren Passarelli, The Chanticleers, The Celtic Kates, and many others. Named as one of “The Most Fascinating People” in Central Massachusetts by the Sentinel and Enterprise Newspaper, Kate is also the founder of The Bardic Academy, a school for writers, musicians, singers, and young scholars. She brings to her audiences the sounds of the harp, piano, tin whistle, Irish flute, and melodeon, a deep love and knowledge of traditional Irish story, a warm and welcoming presence, and a voice often described as “the voice of an angel.”
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If you would like more information, please contact Muir Haman at 978-582-4140 x11 or email at [email protected].

11/08/2017

Family Movie Night at SOV

After the success of our first movie night, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church will host another "Family Movie Night: on Friday, November 10th at the Groton Grange, 80 Champney Street in Groton, Ma. The movie offered will be the classic, "Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." A meal of hot dogs, chips, carrot sticks and drinks will be served at 6 PM with the movie starting at 7 PM. Popcorn will be served during the intermission. There is no charge for this event, but good will offerings are accepted. To RSVP (not required) please call 978-540-0768. Come join us for an evening of fun!

11/08/2017

Groton Grange #7 invites you to celebrate Veteran's Day at our traditional New England Contra Dance on Saturday, November 11th, from 7:30 - 10:00 PM at Historic Groton Grange Hall, 80 Champney Street. This will be an evening of live music and dancing with Groton's own Contra Banditos along with caller Dudley Laufman,who will teach traditional New England style contra, square, and line dances to the beat of old time fiddle tunes. Beginners are welcome, no experience or partner is necessary. Donation at the door is $5.00 per person, children under 3 years old are free, and family maximum is $20. Veterans are admitted free. Refreshments are provided

11/07/2017

Local Holiday Fairs

Nov. 18 - Townsend - 16th annual indoor Holiday Craft & Greens Fair on from 10 am to 3 pm at the Townsend Congregational Church, 3 Brookline St., Townsend. Gifted independent artisans’ wares, freshly made greens baskets for Thanksgiving and Christmas, home-made apple pies & other baked goods. 50/50 cash raffle and a wide variety of themed gift baskets. Children’s craft area. Lunch: savory soup, chili and more at the Jingle Bell Bistro. Visit Kathleen Avison Massage Therapy for a free chair massage and stop by and say hello to Santa between 11am and 2pm.

Nov. 18 - Ayer, MA: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 7 Faulkner St., Ayer beginning at 9 a.m. The Fair features local vendors who make jewelry, soaps, and notecards, as well as parish offerings of crafts, gift baskets, books, and gently used toys. In addition to the celebrated Pie Table, “Cookies by the Pound” will certainly become a new favorite. The kitchen will offer lunch treats of Beef Stew, Vegetable Soup, Chicken Salad, and Fresh Apple Crisp.

Nov. 18 - WESTFORD — The Friends of Nashoba Valley Technical High School’s sixth annual Craft Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with more than 100 vendors selling unique items, holiday gifts, toys, art, clothing, jewelry, home decor, handmade items, wood products and exciting merchandise not found in local stores. There will also be raffles, a bake sale, and a chance for children to have “Breakfast with Ariel & Friends,” as students in Nashoba Tech’s Drama Club prepare for their upcoming production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.”

Nov. 25 - Shirley - A Christmas Craft Fair will be held at St. Anthony of Padua Parish Hall, 14 Phoenix Street in Shirley from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This year we have a wonderful selection of juried crafters offering a wide variety of handmade items such as jewelry, Christmas decorations, candles, soap, wooden toys, mittens, quilted items and much more. We have expanded the number of crafters for a much greater variety of beautiful gifts. We also have new games, books, dolls, trucks and other toys for children of all ages. We will have our Annual Cookie Walk along with a theme basket raffle and the ever popular grab bags. Lunch options include homemade turkey soup, sandwiches and yummy desserts.

Dec 2 - Townsend Annual Holiday Fair and Festival of Trees at the Townsend Public Library and Senior Center, 12 Dudley Road on Route 13 behind the police station
10 am - 3 pm Snow or Shine
Shop with over 65 crafters and vendors, enjoy lunch, desserts, prizes, and special guests.
We have a great Kid's shopping room just for them, games, prizes and more. Great family day. Bring your camera.

11/01/2017

MIDDLE-SCHOOLERS, PARENTS, COMMUNITY INVITED TO NASHOBA TECH OPEN HOUSE NOV. 5

WESTFORD — Nashoba Valley Technical High School will host its annual Open House on Sunday, Nov. 5, from noon to 3 p.m. The event is open to all seventh- and eighth-graders in the school’s district and their parents, as well as all community members. It will feature guided tours and an opportunity to meet with academic teachers and technical instructors.
Also, students and parents can tour Nashoba Tech’s 20 technical programs, which include: Advanced Manufacturing; Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing; Automotive Technology; Biotechnology; Carpentry & Cabinetmaking; Cosmetology; Culinary Arts; Dental Assisting; Design & Visual Communications; Early Childhood; Electrical Technology; Electronics/Robotics; Engineering Technology; Health Assisting; Hospitality Management; Marketing; Plumbing & Heating; Programming & Web Development; TV & Media Production/Theatre Arts; and Veterinary Assisting.
The public is also invited to see the recent renovations and upgrades to several of the school’s programs, including the Engineering Academy (which comprises Biotechnology, Electronics/Robotics and Engineering Technology) and Advanced Manufacturing, both of which were upgraded with grants from the state’s Workforce Skills Capital Grant program, and both the Automotive Technology and Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing programs, for which improvements were paid through the school’s capital budget.
Nashoba Tech is at 100 Littleton Road (Route 110), Westford. For more information about Open House, call 978-692-4711 or visitnashobatech.net

11/01/2017

Groton Grange #7 invites you to celebrate Veteran's Day at our traditional New England Contra Dance on Saturday, November 11th, from 7:30 - 10:00 PM at Historic Groton Grange Hall, 80 Champney Street. This will be an evening of live music and dancing with Groton's own Contra Banditos along with caller Dudley Laufman, who will teach traditional New England style contra, square, and line dances to the beat of old time fiddle tunes. Beginners are welcome, no experience or partner is necessary. Donation at the door is $5.00 per person, children under 3 years old are free, and family maximum is $20. Veterans are admitted free. Refreshments are provided

Nashoba Symphonic Band, under the direction of David W.Bailey, will present the opening  concert of its eagerly anticipa...
10/26/2017
Nashoba Friends of Music

Nashoba Symphonic Band, under the direction of David W.Bailey, will present the opening concert of its eagerly anticipated season on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 3pm in the Nashoba Regional High School Auditorium, (12 Green Rd, Bolton; Rte 117 West of Town Center). Billed as a “Musical Masquerade,” the concert features music appropriate to the season, evoking darkness, danger, and the stranger side. Among the musical selections are the “Bacchanale” from Samson and Delilah, highlights from the Broadway hit “Wicked,” Percy Grainger’s “Children’s March,” and Richard Rodgers’ “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.”
Pianist Susan Minor will be featured on “Children’s March” and “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.” Ms. Minor has had a long career as a collaborative pianist and accompanist. She has been the Rehearsal Accompanist for The Concord Chorus, the New England Conservatory Chorus, the New England Conservatory Youth Chorale, the Handel and Haydn Children’s Chorus. In addition, Ms. Minor has been Music Director and Pianist for many community theater productions. She currently plays with the Carlisle Chamber Orchestra, The Harvard Pro Musica, and is the Pianist at Edwards Church in Framingham. Susan received her undergraduate degree from Syracuse University, an M.Ed. from Boston University, and an M.M. in Piano Performance from the New England Conservatory. Before her retirement Ms. Minor was the Upper School Music Teacher at Nashoba Brooks School in Concord.
The concert is free and open to the public (although goodwill donations are gratefully accepted at the door). Families with children are encouraged to attend, and children of all ages are welcome to wear their Hallowe’en costumes.
Nashoba Symphonic Band, under the auspices of Nashoba Friends of Music, is a one hundred piece instrumental ensemble of musicians of all ages from more than thirty towns in Central Massachusetts and the Greater Boston area. We welcome new members for our second concert at an open rehearsal on November 2, 2017. For more information, please go to www.nashobamusic.com and click on the Nashoba Symphonic Band tab.

Stop by today (Saturday Sept 23rd) at NRHS from 9-1 get your car washed and buy some baked goods while you wait! Support the NRHS music department! These talented kids will certainly appreciate you!

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