Printer Friendly

There's plenty of time for winter to arrive.

Byline: Anna L. Griffin

Can you imagine how cold it is? After all, it's only mid-January.

Eight more weeks and it will be spring. And it will probably still be about 30 degrees out and snowing to beat the band.

We could be doing a lot worse. This winter has been mild by most measures, but there's still February to go through, and that's generally when we get our snowiest weather. Remember the Blizzard of '78? How about the April Fool's Day Blizzard.

With this crazy weather, we'll probably be getting a blizzard on the Fourth of July. Who knows? That's what makes living in New England so interesting.

During December, the employees at Enterprise Bank in Leominster organized a raffle to help support Beacon of Hope, which is a nonprofit agency based in Leominster that works to help enhance the lives of adults with disabilities.

"Our customers were extremely generous this year and as a result of their contributions, we are pleased to present the Beacon of Hope with a check in the amount of $2,100," stated Donna LaPointe, fundraiser chairwoman. The money will help to support such programs as recreational programs, advocacy and supportive services for caregivers. The Beacon of Hope was founded in 1983 by caregivers and parents with a common goal.

The Friends of the Lunenburg Public Library are pleased to announce the inaugural presentation of "The Friday Night Flicks," a monthly film series. The flicks provide an opportunity to view first-run, award-winning films that are not available at the local multiplexes. The themes are universal and will appeal to adult audiences.

The first film in the series is "A Simple Curve," filmed in the mountains of British Columbia. The story concerns a father and son and the clash of their very different values.

This film won two Leo Awards, and the director, Aubrey Nealon, was named Best Writer/Director at the Nantucket Film Festival. The only local showing will be at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, in the Wallace Room at the Lunenburg Public Library, 1023 Massachusetts Ave., Lunenburg.

Take a chance to win a Honda Civic Hybrid.

To raise awareness of the Nashua River Watershed Association and raise funds for its environmental programs, the NRWA is raffling a 2007 Honda Civic Hybrid - with mileage estimates of 50 miles per gallon. Tickets are $20 (less than a tank of gas), and a maximum of 2,500 tickets will be sold.

The NRWA is a nonprofit environmental organization that protects the region's natural resources with land stewardship, water protection, and environmental education programs. The NRWA watershed consists of 31 towns in north central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.

For more information on the car, the organization and to purchase a ticket, visit the Web site,

The annual Healthy Habits Health Fair and the January Business After Hours event sponsored by Heywood Hospital will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, in the Heywood Hospital Dining Room, 242 Green St., Gardner.

The cost to attend is $5 for chamber members; $7 for nonmembers. Hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine will be served.

The health fair will offer a variety of health screenings, including cholesterol, blood pressure, body mass index, blood sugar and oxygen levels and an array of informational displays on health-related issues, health insurance options and health reform.

Reservations are requested and can be obtained by calling the Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce at (978) 632-1780.

Additionally, Heywood Hospital's Diabetes Education & Support Group will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, in Dining Room B of the hospital. The program will be repeated from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, also at the same location. These programs will be presented by Rose Davis, registered nurse and a diabetes educator. The program is free of charge to all those who wish to participate, but preregistration is required. To register, call Heywood Hospital at (978) 630-5719.

The new Faculty Center for Teacher and Learning at Fitchburg State College will officially open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening celebration at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25. After the ceremony, the staff will be on hand until 6 p.m. to give welcome tours and offer technology demonstrations to visitors. The public is invited to attend.

The center, completed during the fall semester, is on the first floor of the Amelia V. Gallucci-Ciro Library. It hosts a variety of professional development opportunities, including a faculty speakers series, mentorship positions, innovation grants to encourage the use of new methods and technologies in the classroom, demonstrations of the latest educational technology and instructional technology workshops.

In addition, the center also has all the technology currently found in the college's "smart" classrooms. There is also workspace with equipment for producing podcasts, multimedia presentations or other classroom materials.

Know someone special? Planning a special event? We'd like to hear from you. Send items to: Montachusett People, c/o The Montachusett T&G, 27 Monument Square, Leominster, MA., 01453 or give us a call at (978) 840-0071. Items can also be sent via fax to (978) 840-0669 or by e-mail to


CUTLINE: From left, Donna LaPointe of Enterprise Bank, chairwoman of the Beacon of Hope fundraising raffle; Vicki Briggs, executive director of Beacon of Hope; and Cathy Altobelli, Enterprise Bank employee.
COPYRIGHT 2007 Worcester Telegram & Gazette
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2007 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Jan 21, 2007
Previous Article:Dudley library expansion will `make vision a reality'.
Next Article:A day to enjoy among friends.

Related Articles
Chilly blast puts ski areas back in business.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2022 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters |