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Life on the ‘home front’ topic of Fort Devens Museum talk

DEVENS — What were people doing and thinking on the “home front” as the Second World War raged in Europe and the Pacific with Americans fully involved from late 1941 well into 1945? A panel of individuals who grew up in that at-war era will reminisce at Fort Devens Museum on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 1 p.m. about how their lives were affected by it all.

If you have vivid memories of growing up then too or if you learned about the war from older relatives or if you’re growing up now several decades after it happened, come to hear what home life was like during this pivotal time period, the better to understand the times and where we are in the world today.

Each speaker will offer his or her own perspective: One talking about growing up quite near Fort Devens, others speaking of their lives lived closer to Boston, and still another sharing memories of the West Coast. Hopefully women as well as men will be telling their story. And for contrast, expect to hear from one who grew up in an occupied country, Belgium, during the war.

The Fort Devens Museum is located at 94 Jackson Road, Devens, on the third floor and is wheelchair accessible. This program is free and open to the public with donations appreciated. For more information please call 978-772-1286 or email

Boy Scouts plan gift wrapping fundraiser

TOWNSEND — Eight Troop 81 Boy Scouts accepted to The Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico for a July 2016 trek are planning fundraisers to offset the $2,500 each must raise for the trip.

Bring holiday gifts to Father Mealy Hall, 1 School St., on Dec. 20, noon to 5 p.m. for gift wrapping in exchange for a donation.

If you have no gifts to wrap and would like to make a donation you may send them to Troop 81 Townsend, Philmont Crew, 1 School Street, Townsend, Mass. 01469. For more information contact

Festival of Lessons and Carols planned for Christmas Eve

AYER — The year, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Ayer, will present the traditional Anglican Festival of Lessons and Carols as its Christmas Eve service at 10 p.m.

The public is invited. Visitors and newcomers are welcome. This service tells of the fall of humanity, the promise of a Messiah, and the birth of Jesus through nine Scripture readings. Each reading is followed by a choir anthem and congregational carol. Choir anthems will include: “O Magnum Mysterium;” John Rutter’s, “All Bells In Paradise,” and “Whence Is That Goodly Fragrance Flowing;” the congregation will join the choir in all the great Christmas carols. Organ and piano will be joined by a heavenly ensemble of violin, cello, flute, and harp

Most Americans know of this uplifting musical tradition via the annual broadcast of the King’s College Choir in Cambridge England broadcast all over the world by the BBC. Come and experience it in person.

St. Andrew’s Choir is directed by Daesik Cha. Daesik a PhD candidate in Musicology at Brandeis College has studied organ at The Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and piano at The Netherlands Royal School of Music. In addition to serving at organist and choirmaster at St. Andrew’s, Daesik is a music instructor at MIT.

Holy Communion will be also offered as part of the service. All are welcome to receive this Sacrament. Please join us at St. Andrew’s in this wonderful tradition.

St. Andrew’s is a welcoming community of faith located at 7 Faulkner, Ayer. More information at or

Townsend Rod and Gun Club plans archery leagues

TOWNSEND — The Townsend Rod and Gun Club is sponsoring two archery leagues this winter. They will be held at the club’s indoor archery range, at 46 Emery Road, Townsend, off Rt. 13. Pre-registration is necessary.The slots fill up quickly, so don’t delay!

The Friday night 7 p.m. archery league begins Jan. 8, and runs through March 11. The cost is $60. To sign up, or if you have questions, call Ron at 978-764-6941.

The Saturday morning, 9 a.m. archery league begins Jan. 9, and runs through March 26. The cost is $72. To sign up, or if you have questions, call Jon at 978-597-2440.

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