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I resolve not to resolve; New Year's resolution improves on itself.

Byline: Anna L. Griffin

With the New Year right around the corner, it's time to break out the resolutions. And this year, I am resolving not to make any, just to try to do a little bit better each day.

Oh wait, that is a resolution isn't it?

OK. I have one resolution then. The aforementioned trying to do a little bit better each day.

I'll let you know how I did with it ...

The watercolor paintings by Sharon Carloni will be exhibited at "The Art On Rotation Gallery" at the Thayer Memorial Library, Lancaster, through January. Come see the magic of watercolor of Ms. Carloni's paintings. Ms. Carloni is a well-known artist and art teacher. She teaches at the Farley Elementary School, Hudson, and was honored in 2007 as the Elementary Art Teacher of the Year in Massachusetts. She is the identical twin of Sheryll Collins.

She makes her home in Norfolk, with her husband, Vernon, and two college-age children.

Her work displays wonderful color and light. Don't miss this exhibit. A portion of the sales benefits the library.

A charitable fund to honor the work of Carol and Norman Boudreau of Fitchburg has been established at The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts.

"This fund is a wonderful way to recognize all the work that Norman and Carol have done organizing countless fundraising efforts over the years," noted Thomas F. Bagley III, chair of the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts.

Anyone can make a contribution to the fund, which was launched when several friends of the Boudreaus wanted a way to remember their years of charitable community service. "This fund will honor in perpetuity five decades of giving back to the community," Mr. Bagley said.

The Carol and Norman Boudreau Fund is part of the foundation's general endowment, which supports a wide range of community programs, including the arts, culture, environment and health and human services.

Each year, the foundation's board awards grants from its general endowment to a variety of community programs in its service territory. "The income from the Carol and Norman Boudreau Fund will be invested in important programs," Mr. Bagley said.

For more information on making a contribution to the Carol and Norman Boudreau Fund, visit or call the foundation at (978) 345-8383.

The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts, with more than $16 million in charitable assets, was created in 2001 to serve the charitable interests 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.

A free Candidate Development Workshop will be held at Fitchburg Public Library, 610 Main St., Fitchburg, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, with keynote speaker Fitchburg Mayor-elect Lisa Wong, Mayor Dan H. Mylott and other elected and appointed city officials. Topics to discuss include the steps involved with running for public office.

For more information, call organizers Sally Cragin at (978) 407-6482 or Shaun Cormier at (978) 340-7660.

North Central Charter Essential School eighth grade students wrapped up a multi-disciplinary study of the Middle Ages with a re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings at Parkhill Park in Fitchburg.

In October of 1066, during the original Battle of Hastings, William the Conqueror and his Norman army defeated King Harold of Wessex and reorganized Britain in what is called the Norman Conquest. The battle is significant in that this was the last time England was invaded.

To prepare for the re-enactment, students read about the battle, performed a reader's theater about the events leading to it, and watched a DVD depicting the battle. Students made shields and banners with the symbols of the two leaders: leopards for William and dragons for Harold. Students used "flags" from flag football instead of weapons, and plastic golf balls instead of arrows. The three parts of the battle were re-enacted, including priests blessing the wounded. Student photographers and reporters covered the events and FATV student apprentices filmed the battle.

Anthony Guanieri of Gardner portrayed William the Conqueror while Edward Kelly of Leominster played King Harold, David Nott of Hubbardston was Bishop Odo and Max Lopes of Fitchburg was the head archer. Queen Matilda, the wife of William, was portrayed by Desiree Rodriquez of Fitchburg. Chris Milko of Hubbardston was the photographer, and Justin Badia of Leominster and Ryan Decarolis of Fitchburg filmed the battle.

The re-enactment was the brainchild of the Brooklyn Bridge Advisory led by Max Lopes, an avid outdoorsman, who read "Decisive Battles" and realized that the topographies of the battlefield and of Parkhill Park were a match. As an academic follow-up, students are preparing a map project where each assumes the role of a cartographer for William or Harold, analyzing five maps of the areas involved in the conflict.

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CUTLINE: Workers' Credit Union recently coordinated a collection of hats and mittens. From left, Michelle Losurdo of Workers' Credit Union; Susan Smith and Cheryl Trant, both with Children's Aid & Family Services, the agency that will be distributing the items, and Cheryl Conner, of Workers' Credit Union.
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