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Calendar….Jan. 15, 2014

Randall Library Programs
Author Michael Tougias will appear at the Randall Library  on January 16th at 7:00pm to give a slide presentation on his new book A Storm Too Soon: A True Story of Disaster, Survival and Incredible Rescue. This dramatic and inspiring program is free and suitable for all ages. A Storm Too Soon has been featured on ABC Television’s 20/20, and chronicles the 2007 Gulf Stream disaster that prompted one of the largest and most intense rescue endeavors in Coast Guard history. Refreshments will be provided.

Board Games at the Library, Saturday, January 18th at 1pm, and Wednesday, January 22nd at 3:30pm – Warm up at the library playing board games and drinking hot chocolate. Play ours or bring yours from home! We have Apples to Apples, Jenga, Mancala and more.

Representative Kate Hogan- Office Hours at the Randall Library. Do you have a question or concern that you would like to speak to your State Representative about? Now is your chance to meet up with Kate Hogan on Thursday, January 21 at 5:30pm when she will be at the library for open office hours to meet up with her constituents.

Ed Mascari Duo featuring Rebecca Wellons Tuesday, January 21st at 7pm. Come celebrate the New Year in style and enjoy some great music when the Ed Mascari Duo featuring Rebecca Wellons comes to play at the Randall Library. The duo will play songs from the American Songbook including well-loved standards from Rodgers & Hart and Cole Porter among others. Meet up with friends and family for an evening of wonderful music. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information on library programs, visit our new website at http://www.

Ann’s Friendship Community Supper
Friday January 17, 2013 – 5:00 to 6:00PM. Our monthly free suppers are continuing with a slight change to the name.  Out of admiration for Ann Dowen, chef and founder, we are re-naming the suppers in her honor.  Menus change monthly. We promise that the meal will always be nutritious, delicious & include tempting desserts. There’s no reason to eat alone when you can join us for friendly company. Whether you are new in town or have been here a while, you are invited. Come alone or bring your family. Although there is no charge, donations are accepted. The Union Church with the blue doors is at 317 Great Rd (Rt 117), Stow. To learn more please visit us at

Girl Scout Cookie Sales at Shaw’s 
Girl Scout cookies will be available from Stow Girl Scouts at Shaw’s this Saturday & Sunday, January 18 & 19,  9-5. Stop by and get Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Shortbread, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Lemonades, Thanks-A-Lot, and a new cookie this year, Cranberry Citrus Crisps. America’s favorite cookies are still only $4 per box.  The Girl Scouts can also accept donated boxes of cookies to be sent to overseas troops or to a local food pantry.

Stow Lions Club Monthly Dinner Meeting
This month the Stow Lions will hold our monthly dinner meeting on Wednesday, January 22 at 7:30.  We will be meeting at Emma’s Café in the Stow Shopping Center (117 Great Road).  Our District Governor and Secretary-Treasurer will be joining us to share some important Lions news and in addition, we welcome Dr. Brian Lisse as our guest speaker.   Dr. Lisse visits our club every year to talk about his project, Bridges to Malawi. He will share pictures from his recent trip, which The Stow Lions helped sponsor, and give us some details on his plans for 2014.  (

Would you like to learn more about the Lions?  Give some thought to joining us for dinner. We can promise you it does not take a lot of time to be a member, but the rewards are immeasurable. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. and usually ends by 9:00 p.m.  Join us!

We are all very busy with families, jobs, and personal commitments, and somehow as Lions, we find time to make a difference in our community.  Think about it!  Give a call and let us know that you are coming.  Need more information, you may contact Dick Mortenson @ 617-281-9163, or send an email to [email protected], or look for us on Facebook.

Assabet River Rail Trail Meets
The Assabet River Rail Trail (ARRT) starts 2014 with a meeting on Thursday, January 23 at the Randall Public Library, 19 Crescent St in Stow. Monthly ARRT meetings are open to the public and anyone interested in trail activities is invited to attend. Agenda items will include a town-by-town update. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. The Assabet River Rail Trail, Inc. (ARRT) is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of promoting the creation of a 12.5-mile paved, multi-use, non-motorized trail that will connect Marlborough, Hudson, Stow, Maynard, and Acton. Volunteers organize trail clean-ups and trail count days as well as other activities. The Marlborough-Hudson portion of the trail officially opened in September 2005. ARRT encourages all trail users to be good stewards of the trail by not leaving any litter behind. For more information visit:

Rotary Clubs Sponsor Meal Packaging Event
The Rotary Clubs of Nashoba Valley, Clinton, and Littleton are sponsoring a Stop Hunger Now food packaging event on January 25 from 10-1 in the cafeteria of Nashoba Regional High School in Bolton, MA. The goal is to package 10,000 meals in a couple of hours. Interested participants can register with [email protected]. Walk-in volunteers are also welcome.

The assembly process combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables, and a flavoring mix, including 21 essential vitamins and minerals, into small meal packages. These meal packages are shipped around the world to support school feeding programs and crisis relief. The food stores easily, transports quickly, and has a shelf-life of two years.

“Stop Hunger Now is a great way to provide healthy, cost-effective meals,” said Laura Spear, President of the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley. “The Rotary Clubs are funding the 25 cents cost per meal. Now we need help from anyone and everyone to reach our packaging goal and help us combat hunger here in the United States and around the world.”

Established in 1998, Stop Hunger Now coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid to crisis-burdened areas around the world. For more information, visit

For more information about the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, contact [email protected] or visit and

Publishing Networking Group
Meets Saturday, February 1, 10:30 a.m., Randall Library, 19 Crescent St., Stow. Anyone interested in publishing is welcome to attend this networking and planning meeting. For more information, please email Eileen Kramer ([email protected]).
Pre-registration Open/Volunteers Needed for SCT Run for the Woods
Mark your calendars for Stow Conservation Trust’s Run for the Woods on May 18.  The 1 mile Kids’ Fun Run starts at 9 and the adult Run/Walk starts at 10 from Hale Middle School.  All ages and paces welcome at this community event supporting the preservation of open space in Stow. Discounted preregistration for the 2014 Run for the Woods on May 18th is now open.  For electronic registration connect to and enter Stow Run for the Woods in the search window. For a mail-in form see
   Want to help SCT Run for the Woods be a success?  The organizing committee is looking for volunteers to help with the preparation of the run and on the day of the Run.  High School students welcome.  Please contact Janet Moffat at 978-897-2976 to be part of the event.

Local Author Talks Bees in Bolton
Bedford beekeeper Birgit deWeerd, author of “Let Me Tell You About My Bees,” will be on hand at the Bolton Public Library Thursday, January 16, at 7 p.m., to talk about a year in the life of a honeybee colony—and its beekeeper. In this engaging program sponsored by Bolton Local, deWeerd will present a slide show illustrating the activities involved in managing a bee hive, starting in January and ending with a fall honey harvest. Birgit deWeerd has been a beekeeper for 25 years and has been committed to educating people about the importance of honeybees in the environment. For more information visit

Deathtrap At Theatre III
Theatre III in Acton begins the new year with Ira Levin’s Deathtrap, a skillful blending of two priceless theatrical ingredients: gasp-inducing thrills and spontaneous laughter.  Meet Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of thrillers with a recent string of flops, who sees an opportunity to create a new hit in “collaboration” with a young student – and will go to any lengths to achieve it.  Deathtrap provides twists, turns and sudden shocks in such abundance that audiences will be held spellbound until the very last moment.  Deathtrap will run January 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 8:00 p.m. with Matinees on the 19th and 26th at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets are $20 for Adults and $17 for Students (through high school) and Seniors (age 65+).  Tickets are available by calling the box office at 978-263-9070, or online at for a convenience fee of $1.75 per ticket.  Theatre III is located at 250 Central Street, West Acton, next to the West Acton fire station.
Bear Talk in Sterling
As part of the Sterling Land Trust’s annual membership meeting, a talk on “Black Bears in Central Massachusetts” will be featured on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 2:30 PM in the First Church Parish Hall on 6 Meetinghouse Hill Road (on the common) in Sterling. The talk will be given by Susan Ingalls, Wildlife Technician with the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. Find out why there have been more bear sightings in Sterling and the surrounding communities, learn about the habits of bears and the Division’s research efforts, and come away with some useful tips that will help homeowners, farmers, beekeepers, and food-related businesses learn how to be good neigh-BEARS!  This program is free to the public and the Parish Hall is handicapped accessible. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Marion Larson at the Sterling Land Trust at (978) 422-5162 or email [email protected].