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NRWA Guided Walks in September

The Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) will be leading hikes monthly throughout the fall to introduce people to properties in their area where they can walk for exercise. This series of eleven free guided hikes in eleven different communities is part of NRWA’s Outdoor Wellness Walking Program. Al Futterman, NRWA’s Land Programs Director, will be leading the hikes and providing “naturalist observations” about what can be seen at each property. Trails have been selected for level grade and ease of walking for general public. Hikes are approximately one hour long and cover roughly one mile. For the comfort of all, no dogs please.

Hikes for September:

Willard Brook State Forest in Ashby

Saturday, Sept. 8, from 4 to 5 p.m.

Pine Meadow Conservation Land in Ayer

Sunday, Sept. 23, from 1 to 2 p.m.

These hikes are free and open to the public, funded in part by a grant from the Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund. Pre-registration is encouraged for planning purposes. For more details, visit Upcoming Programs and Events at www.NashuaRiverWatershed.org. To register, please contact Al Futterman, NRWA Land Programs Director, at 978-448-0299, or email AlF@NashuaRiverWatershed.org. The NRWA is a non-profit environmental organization that depends on memberships and donations for support.

Calling all artists!

The Bromfield Art Club is looking for three more visiting artists for the upcoming school year. Three local artists have already committed to visiting art club and sharing their talents. Last year, art club was honored to have Bruce Davidson, Donald Verger, Harding Mudge Bush, Lisa Aciukewicz, and Edie Hettinger! Call me at 978-302-1198 or email hjcreigton@gmail.com if you would like to share your talent!

Apple Pie Contest at Hollis Old Home Days!

The Hollis Woman’s Club will be sponsoring the annual apple pie baking contest on Saturday, Sept. 15, as part of the Hollis Old Home Days celebration on Depot Road in Hollis.

There will be three entry divisions: children ages 12 and under, students ages 13 to 21, adults ages 22 and over.

The entry rules are as follows:

1. Only one entry per person.

2. No entry fee.

3. Entry must be a home-prepared, traditional two-crust apple pie – no mixes.

4. All entries must be submitted to the Hollis Woman’s Club table by 11 am on Saturday, Sept. 15.

Judging will occur at 11:30 a.m.

5. A recipe should accompany each entry, specifying the variety/varieties of apples used.

6. Decision of judges will be final.

7. All pies become property of the Hollis Woman’s Club and will be cut and sold by the piece following judging.

8. Ribbons will be awarded for the top three entries in each division.

After the judging, drop by the Hollis Woman’s Club tent and buy yourself a piece of home-baked apple pie!

Questions? Contact Noreen Polus, Woman’s Club president: norpolus@yahoo.com.

Third Annual Forge Pond Fun Regatta

On Forge Pond, Westford, Sept. 15, 9 a.m., instruction begins for rowers, grill opens 11 a.m.

Come ROW in the Forge Pond 500M fun sprint race. For ages 12 and up — you’re never too old to try rowing. No experience necessary. Rowing is a nonweight bearing sport that exercises every muscle in your body. $15 per rower — register by Sept. 1 and receive a Forge Pond Fun Regatta T-shirt.

A fun team building event for corporations, civic groups, families, friends! Bring along your cheering squad to watch you race in the regatta!

Crew team members and coaches will explain and demonstrate how to row and provide participants with an opportunity to practice and fine-tune their rowing technique on ergs (dry land rowing exercise machines) prior to the launch and race of their eight-person shells. Two experienced crew members and coxswain will be part of each eight-person rowing shell and provide on-the-water guidance to help each boat’s six participants during their adventure. Rowers please arrive by 8:30 a.m. for check-in!

For registration and wristband purchase, visit the Recreation Dept. at 35 Town Farm Road, Westford. For additional information, visit our website at www.WestfordLittletonCrew.org, email westfordcrew@gmail.com or call the Westford Recreation Dept. at 978-692-5532.

Support Westford – Littleton Community Crew!

NRWA monitors report low stream levels

Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) water monitors reported river and stream levels as low or very low in late July.

Low flows have left the edges of streambeds exposed. The lack of rain is always a concern for both stream and groundwater levels. Dry stream beds or trickles of water where cool flowing water should run are not good for fish and the creatures they eat.

More than 30 volunteers have been collecting samples and reporting observations each month at 42 sites on the Nashua River and its tributaries. Funding for the 2012 monitoring season has been provided in part by the Greater Lowell Community Foundation.

If you would like to become an NRWA water monitor, you can join a team or be a back-up. Contact Kathryn Nelson, NRWA water monitoring coordinator, at KathrynN@NashuaRiverWatershed.org. Check out the NRWA’s new website at www.NashuaRiverWatershed.org.