La Leche League meetings

PEPPERELL — The next seminar by La Leche League of Townsend will be held Tuesday, April 4, on the subject of “Nutrition and Weaning.” The discussion will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lawrence Library, 15 Main Street (Route 113), Pepperell.

La Leche League is a non-profit organization that provides breastfeeding information and support.

Meetings are open to all women with an interest in breastfeeding, and babies are always welcome.

For more information call Daryl at (978) 589-0901 or Jen at (603) 878-3192 or visit

Rummage sale to benefit Red Cross

AYER — The Family Partnership Center of Ayer, Shirley and Devens is sponsoring a Rummage Sale at St. Andrew’s Church in Ayer on Saturday, April 8. The sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A special sale will take place from 12:30 to 1 p.m., where shoppers will be invited to fill a bag of clothing for a buck.

The rummage sale will feature a bake sale table, a book sale, and bargains on clothing of all sizes and seasons, including a large assortment of infant and toddler clothing.

All sale proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross.

The Family Partnership provides free programming specifically designed for young children and their families in Ayer, Shirley and Devens. The center provides family resource materials, parenting education, playgroups in three locations, literacy activities and music classes, funded through a grant program by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. For information or to be put on the mailing list, call (978) 772-8600, ext. 452.

Blood drive in Groton

GROTON — The Groton community blood drive will be held on Monday, April 17.

The drive will be held at the Union Congregational Church, 220 Main Street, from 1 to 7 p.m. The public is welcome.

Anyone age 17 or older, in good health, weighing 110 pounds or more, and who has not given blood in the last 56 days is eligible to donate.

The American Red Cross requires positive identification of donors.

For more information, or to make a reservation which is not required but will speed up the process, call (800) GIVE LIFE, or (800) 448-3543. Walk-in donors are welcome.

WellAdult clinics

AYER — Nashoba Nursing Service & Hospice, in conjunction with the Ayer Board of Health, announces that a Well Adult Clinic will be held free of charge for the general public on Wednesday, April 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Senior Center, 18 Pond Street, Ayer. Blood Pressure screening will be available at this time.

GROTON — Nashoba Nursing Service & Hospice, in conjunction with the Groton Board of Health, announces that announces that a Well Adult Clinic will be held free of charge for the general public on Wednesday, April 26, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Senior Center, 163 West Main Street, Groton. Blood Pressure screening will be available at this time. No appointment is necessary.

SHIRLEY — Nashoba Nursing Service & Hospice, in conjunction with the Shirley Board of Health, announces that a Well Adult Clinic will be held free of charge for the general public on Tuesday, April 18, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Shaker Meadows community room, Harvard Road, Shirley. Blood Pressure screening will be available at this time. No appointment is necessary.

For further information contact Nashoba Nursing Service & Hospice at (978) 425-6675 or (800) 698-3307.

Red Cross blood drive

AYER — The Red Cross will hold a Blood Drive on Tuesday, April 11, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the grand ballroom of Ayer Town Hall, 1 Main Street.

Appointments are preferred, and help speed up the process, but walk-in donors will be accepted. Reservations may be made by calling (800) GIVE-LIFE. (800) 448-3543.

Donors are reminded to bring identification.

Quit smoking class at NVMC

AYER — Nashoba Valley Medical Center is offering a “Quit Smoking” class for six consecutive Thursdays beginning April 27, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Classes will take place in Conference Room B and the cost is $150 for the series. Light refreshments will be served.

The classes will address “Learning how to become a non-smoker,” “Preparation for quitting,” “Remaining a non-smoker,” “Developing a personal action plan for staying quit,” and “Your future as a non-smoker.”

Space is limited and early registration is suggested by calling (978) 784-4632. Payment in full is expected at the first session.

Emerson names HR vice president

CONCORD, Mass. — Waltham resident Eric Stastny has been named vice president of human resources at Emerson Hospital.

“In this newly-created position, Eric will lead the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of Emerson’s comprehensive services in human resources,” said Dana Diggins, senior vice president of finance and administration at Emerson Hospital. “He will seek out opportunities for providing contemporary, progressive human resources practices and strategies. Eric will provide leadership in all aspects of human resources management, including employee recruitment and retention, employee relations, compensation and benefits, training and organizational development. He will also be responsible for overseeing the employee health program.”

Stastny has a broad range of experience in human resources (HR) in both hospital settings and physician practices. He has experience in recruitment, labor relations, compensation and benefits and HR information systems implementation.

Most recently, Stastny was a senior HR official for Caritas St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston, serving as associate vice president for human resources. Prior to joining St. Elizabeth’s, Stastny worked for Group Health Associates in Cincinnati, Ohio, managing the human resources operations for a multi-specialty physician practice with 14 locations. He also served as a senior human resources consultant for two of the member hospitals of Mercy Health Partners in Cincinnati.

Stastny graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Resilience talk at Emerson Hospital

LEOMINSTER — Find out about people who have shown resilience in various settings and how they acquired the ability to endure difficult situations. This talk will benefit anyone who has faced struggles in life.

Keith Obert (LMHC) and JoAnn McCluskey of Obert Associates will present “Resilience, How It Happens and How to Get It” on Thursday, April 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Leominster Library’s temporary location at Crossroads Office Park, 690 Mechanic St., Leominster. A question-and-answer session will follow.

For more information contact Maureen at or by calling (978) 772-4243.