Become a Friend of the Ayer Library

AYER -- The Friends of the Ayer Library has launched a 2018 Membership Campaign. Dues for the calendar year are $10 for anyone interested in supporting the group which helps fund the library's programs and projects. Pay at the front desk or mail checks payable to The Friends of The Ayer Library, 26 East Main Street, Ayer MA 01432.

The group's current funding comes from the ongoing Book Sale, always open in the library's basement. Donations of gently used books and DVDs for resale are accepted.

A fall sale fund-raiser is planned for September 8. Native pollinator plants, tulip bulbs, donated arts & crafts, and themed harvest basket raffles will be sold. Anyone who would like to help or donate an item for this event may contact friendsoftheayerlibrary@gmail.com.

The public is invited to share ideas at open meetings, January 17, April 18, July 18, and October 17, 6-8 p.m. at the library.

Have lunch daily at Senior Center

PEPPERELL -- Did you know that the Pepperell Senior Center offers a hot lunch each week day?

Lunch is served at noon until 12:15 p.m. so don't be late. The delicious, well-balanced meal is $3 and, of course dessert, is included. All meals are prepared daily at the center by chef Dennis. Swedish meatballs, beef stroganoff, baked chicken, ravioli, soups and sandwiches are just a few of the different choices offered during the month.


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On Friday, enjoy a smorgasbord of the week's lunches. Sit and enjoy good conversation with others. If you have extra time partake in the activities in the morning or afternoon. The van is available for those who can not drive. For info: call the PSC at 978-433-0326.

Yellow Dot helps first responders

PEPPERELL -- Have you noticed a yellow dot in the rear window of cars on the driver's side?

What is the Yellow DOT? The young and "young-at-heart" can benefit from the Yellow Dot Program. If you were in a car accident and unresponsive, what would you want first responders to know? Do you or a loved one have a medical condition? Or do you take a medication that can't be mixed with other meds?

Fortunately, there is a way to share your medical history with first responders without saying a word. Participants in the Yellow Dot Program place the yellow sticker on the bottom left corner of their vehicle's rear window. This sticker alerts emergency response crews to check the vehicle's glove compartment for important medical information about the driver and/or passengers.

While it is especially important for seniors and those with chronic illness or disabilities, and any life-threatening allergy, this program is for anyone. If emergency professionals are aware of your condition, they are in a better position to correctly treat you, which could make the difference between life and death. The program is a cooperative effort between the Pepperell Council on Aging, Pepperell Police Department, Pepperell Fire Department and Southern New Hampshire Immediate Care/ Pepperell Family Practice. Sign up at the Pepperell Senior Center, 978-433-0326.

St. Mary's Church opens thrift shop

AYER -- The grand opening of St. Mary's Catholic Church Thrift Shop, located in the basement of the former St. Mary's School, is Saturday, Jan. 13, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and every Saturday (weather permitting).

All items are deeply discounted, proceeds help support the programs and services of the parish. Drop off items will be accepted Saturdays at shop location.

For more info contact Mr. Knight, 978-425- 5420, or email tak@comcast.net.

The thrift shop is located at 33 Shirley Street, Ayer, and is not wheel chair accessible.