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Marching Band is recruiting

GROTON — The Groton Marching Band and Chowder Society will be playing in the Groton Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 29. Director emeritus Pete Guernsey and his vintage trombone will be returning to the brass section.

The society welcomes new and returning members in all instrumental parts and players from neighboring towns are welcome. Additional chowder will be provided to piccolo and sousaphone players. Rehearsals will be held on Tuesday nights — May 9, 16, and 23 — in Legion Hall on Legion Common in Groton center from 7:30 to 9 p.m. under new director Leslie Lathrop. Sheet music will be provided.

Musicians who haven’t played since high school, but who want to see if they’ve still got it, may attend the rehearsals and find out. Attempts will be made to find instruments for those without them.

To participate or for additional information, please contact Joan Reynolds at (978) 448-2095.

Although rehearsals are important, veteran musicans may still march with the band without attending them. Please contact Joan to make marching arrangements.

State Forest hike

Arbor Day observance

GROTON –The Friends of the Trees and The Groton Garden Club will celebrate Arbor Day on Saturday, May 6, starting at 11 a.m. This year’s event will be held at the Middle School North off Route 119, Main Street, Groton.

Included in the observance will be the planting of a Tupelo tree (nyssa sylvatica), a native tree very appropriate for this part of Massachusetts and Groton. Tupelo tree seedlings will be distributed so that everyone may plant a legacy at home for the next generation.

The Batraxoi Singers, directed by Bob Griffin, will again deliver some “tree” songs, ending with the favorite, “The Ashgrove.”

Friends of the Trees, founded in 1982, is a citizen’s group committed to the planting of trees in Groton. The group works closely with Groton Tree Warden Tom Delaney and the Highway Department.

Restoring Mass. Rivers

GROTON — The Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) invites the public to join a discussion on “Restoring Massachusetts Rivers: Habitat and Fluvial Fish” on Tuesday, April 25, at 7 p.m., at the NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main Street (Route 119), in Groton. Todd Richards, fisheries biologist with the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MDFW) and a leading authority on Massachusetts fisheries, will present an outline of what MDFW is doing to identify issues and set goals for the restoration of state waters.

Richards has been working with the MDFW for 14 years with responsibilities ranging from small-stream fisheries assessments to large reservoir management. He has a Masters degree in fisheries science from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maine in wildlife management.

The program is free and open to the public. For additional information call Al Futterman, NRWA Land Programs and Outreach Director, at (978) 448-0299, or visit

Fishing derby

AYER — Ayer Gun & Sportsmen’s Club will host the annual Louis Collins Fishing Derby on the club grounds, Snake Hill Road in Ayer, on Saturday, April 22, and Sunday, April 23, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost of entry is $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12 and seniors. One pole per admission.

Job Fair

DEVENS — The North Central Career Centers of Leominster and Gardner will hold a Job Fair on Tuesday, May 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Devens Commons Center, 31 Andrews Parkway, Devens, Mass.

For a fee of $25, employers may reserve a booth to recruit qualified candidates. For more information visit or call Judy Evans, Business Services Rep., at (978) 534-1481, ext. 109.

Art Fest

ACTON — Thirty local and regional artists will join together for an exhibit and sale of original professional art on Saturday, May 13. Admission is free to the Parker Damon School building, 11 Charter Road, Acton.

The artists will offer original, handmade work in a variety of media including oil, acrylic and pastels; ceramics; wood, wood sculpture and rustic furniture; photography; mixed media; jewelry and glass. In addition, several artists will be on hand to talk about inspiration, methods and materials, for a behind-the-scenes look at the artistic process.

Visit for directions and links to artists’ Web sites.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Pre-Race Pasta

GROTON — On the night before the big road race in Groton, all are invited to a spaghetti dinner on Saturday, April 29, from 5 to 8 p.m., hosted by Union Congregational Church of Groton. Live Italian music will highlight the event, which costs $7 for adults and $3.50 for children 5 and under, with tickets available at the door. The Union Congregational Church is located at 218 Main Street on the corner of Willowdale.

Save The Train

AYER — In honor of Earth Day, the Save the Ayer Train Citizens Action Group is sponsoring “Save the Train, Save the Earth” at The Mango Grill, Route 110 in Ayer, on Friday, April 21, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. The public is welcome to attend, especially proponents of the MBTA train system or folks who just want to celebrate Earth Day together.

Any organization wishing to set up an informational table about environmental issues may contact Carol Bousquet at (978) 429-4033.

Earth Day is observed in 140 countries and is an annual celebration of the environment where pressing problems are recognized or addressed.

Support for Pan-Mass. Challenge

PEPPERELL — The bicycle team known as the Team Road Warriors of Pepperell will take part in the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge in August, riding 192 miles from Sturbridge to Provincetown. The ride will raise money for cancer research through The Jimmy Fund program at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

But the Road Warriors can’t wait that long.

On Saturday, May 20, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., the Road Warriors will host an ‘Italian Night’ dinner at the Pepperell VFW Post, with all proceeds going directly to Dana-Farber. Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 7 p.m., with a program of entertainment, raffles and an auction from 7 to 9 p.m.

This year the Road Warriors will again dedicate their ride to Connie Marinilli, a 5-year-old diagnosed with leukemia in September 2004 who continues her battle against cancer. Paul Marinilli, Connie’s father, will join Team Road Warriors in the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge ride.

Tickets for the dinner are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. To purchase tickets call Lisa Ferolito at (978) 433-8536 or send checks payable to ‘PMC/Jimmy Fund’ and sent to Lisa at P.O. Box 991, Pepperell, MA 01463 indicating the number of tickets you wish to purchase.

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