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Rep. Hargraves

office hours

Rep. Bob Hargraves announces regular 7 p.m. office hours at the 1st Middlesex District’s town halls through the month of June, 2009:

Ayer: Jan 6, Feb. 17, March 17, April 7, May 5, June 16.

Dunstable: Jan. 19, Feb. 2, March 16, April 6, May 18, June 1.

Groton: Jan. 5, Feb. 9, March 2, April 13, May 4, June 8.

Pepperell: Dec. 22, Jan. 12, Feb. 23, March 9, April 27, May 11, June 22.

Townsend: Jan. 13, Feb. 3, March 3, April 14, May 12, June 9.

The meetings provide convenient access for constituents and town officials to talk over issues at home and on Beacon Hill.

To avoid disappointment due to potential schedule changes, residents should feel free to phone Rep. Hargraves’ office at 617-722-2305 before coming to town hall.

Gift matching

at Indian Hill

LITTLETON — Indian Hill Music of Littleton has announced that an anonymous donor will match — dollar for dollar — all new and increased Annual Appeal contributions received or pledged to the organization by Dec. 31, up to $25,000.

“All nonprofit organizations are struggling to achieve contributed revenue targets this year,” said Susan Randazzo, Indian Hill Music executive director. “This generous challenge match of $25,000 can have a deep impact on helping us reach our Annual Appeal goal because the match will allow our supporters to double their gifts to us.”

Indian Hill’s Annual Appeal helps support the operating budget for the Music School, professional performance series, and community outreach programs.

Contributions to Indian Hill Music may be made by check or credit card via mail or online through the Web site at Gifts are also accepted in the form of appreciated stock. For more information, contact Mary Leahy in the IHM Development Office at 978-486-9524.

To learn more, call (978) 486-9524 or visit

Online auction


GROTON — Severe winter weather conditions that caused widespread power outages and loss of Internet services throughout much of the area has prompted the Nashua River Watershed Association to extend its online auction.

The end of the bidding period for all items, due to expire on Sunday, Dec. 14, has been extended to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 21.

Please continue to bid! If you would like to have quick resolution on an item you may use the “Buy It Now” option, or if there is no Buy It Now button, simply make the highest bid.

Items can be picked up Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main St. (Route 119), Groton, or by special arrangement if needed. Items can be sent by FedEx for an additional charge. Please call Pam Gill at 978-448-0299 if you have any questions.

We hope this does not inconvenience you. We thank you for your support and hope you have not been severely impacted by the storm.

Visit then follow the links to Holiday Online Auction. Call 978-448-0299 for more information.

Senior pool

sharks needed

AYER — The Billiards Café, 39 Main Street in Ayer, is starting the “Great White Shark Pool League” for men and women 55 years and above from Groton and surrounding towns. We need to know who is interested in playing pool or would like to learn to play pool.

The Billiards Café has 13 regulation Brunswick tables and is the best and cleanest billiards parlor anywhere. Lessons are available for those that want to learn the game and/or improve their skills. First night of the session is Feb. 5. Match play is every Thursday. Match starts at 3 p.m. at a cost of $4 per match for those that play in the match.

Team members that do not play in a particular match can practice for free. Yearly APA (American Pool Association) membership dues of $25 includes patches and APA magazine.

All skill levels are welcomed and this is a great way to learn the game and to meet new friends. For more information call the Senior Center at 978-448-1170 or The Billiards Café at 978-772-7665.



FITCHBURG — The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts elected three new trustees and officers at its annual meeting.

John B. Barrett, law office of John Barrett, of Townsend; Peter K. Hazel, vice president of the Winchendon branch of Monadnock Community Bank; and Henri L. Sans, LeBlanc & Sans, attorneys, of Gardner, were elected trustees to three-year terms ending in 2011.

Deborah C. Phillips, law firm of Nickless and Phillips, Fitchburg, was elected as chairman for a one-year term ending in 2009 and will serve with Richard W. Nobile of Holden, vice chairman; Steven L. Stone, Sterilite Corp., Townsend, treasurer; William E. Aubuchon III, W.E. Aubuchon Company Inc., Westminster, clerk; and Philip M. Grzewinski, president and recording secretary, Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts, Fitchburg.

The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts serves the charitable interest of donors in Ashburnham, Ashby, Athol, Ayer, Barre, Bolton, Clinton, Devens, Erving, Fitchburg, Gardner, Groton, Harvard, Hubbardston, Lancaster, Leominster, Littleton, Lunenburg, New Salem, Orange, Pepperell, Petersham, Phillipston, Princeton, Royalston, Shirley, Sterling, Templeton, Townsend, Warwick, Wendell, Westminster and Winchendon.