Internships provided at Mount Wachusett

GARDNER — Police and criminal justice officials throughout the region recently provided internship opportunities for a number of Mount Wachusett Community College students majoring in criminal justice.

Student interns completed a minimum of 120 hours over a 15-week fall semester at different sites throughout the region including the Gardner, Clinton, Shirley and Winchendon police departments and the North Central Correctional Institution in Gardner.

“The internships are a great way for students to gain experience while making connections that can lead to jobs,” said department chair Reed Hillman, former commander of the Massachusetts State Police.

Three local senior centers receive donations

Arts and crafts are among the many popular activities offered at local senior centers. Participants enjoy the satisfaction of creating something with their own hands, the camaraderie of working together and showcasing their finished products. Some crafts are gifts, and others may be sold to raise funds for programs.

The owners of Nashoba Real Estate, a local firm, recently visited the senior centers in Groton, Pepperell and Townsend. Ursula Graf and David Boyle enjoyed a tour of the centers, meeting with the directors and seeing activities take place.

“We are impressed by how robust and extensive the program offerings are. The centers we visited are well-attended; people enjoy meeting their friends and making new friends in a warm, welcoming environment,” said Graf.

Boyle added, “We were delighted to meet with Kathy Shelp in Groton, Susan McCarthy in Pepperell and Karin Canfield Moore in Townsend. They are the directors of their respective senior centers, and with the assistance of many volunteers, are doing a phenomenal job on a limited budget.”

Nashoba Real Estate made separate donations to be used to fund supplies for the arts and crafts classes offered at the three senior centers. At the end of each calendar year, the company likes to express its gratitude for business it was privileged to conduct by making donations to worthy causes.

At the end of 2014, Nashoba Real Estate donated to local conservation groups, in gratitude for their valuable and effective efforts.