News from our members

The Fitchburg Public Library Teen Center will be having an “Outsiders Night” on Saturday, March 11

The Fitchburg Public Library Teen Center will be having an “Outsiders Night” on Saturday, March 11, from 5-8 p.m. This free event is open to all teens 13-18. We will have Southwestern-inspired food, a movie, and a giant Jenga game. Teens are welcome to dress like one of the “Greasers,” “Socs,” or any other 60’s character. Because the Library will be closed, teens should enter through the Youth Library door.
The Teen Center is also adding more Teen activities: a Book Club, and Friday Night Craft Nights. The Book Club will be on Wednesday, March 29, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. to discuss John Green’s Paper Towns. Our first Craft Night will be a Henna Tattoo Night on Friday, March 31, from 5-7 p.m. For more information, or to register for the craft night, call the Library at 978-829-1783.

Leominster Credit Union Announces Promotions

 Leominster Credit Union recently announced the promotion of Ellen Coughlin, Joanne Lattanzi and Nicole Legere

At the December meeting, the Board of Directors of Leominster Credit Union approved the promotions of Ellen Coughlin, to AVP, HR; Joanne
Lattanzi, to AVP, Marketing and Nicole Legere, to AVP, Compliance.

Ellen Coughlin was originally hired as a teller in the Worcester office.   She was promoted to the loan servicing area before moving into Human Resources in April of 2004. Coughlin is responsible for policy administration, performance management programs, recruiting initiatives, compensation/salary administration and employee relations. Coughlin received a BA from Worcester State College in Spanish and a minor in Health Sciences. She went on to receive her master’s degree from Emmanuel College, with a concentration in Human Resources.  She has also received her PHR, Professional Human Resources designation from the HR Certification Institute.  Coughlin resides in Sterling with her husband and daughter.

Joanne Lattanzi joined LCU in 2011 as Marketing Associate. She was promoted to Marketing Manager and Officer in 2013.  Prior to joining LCU
in 2011, Lattanzi was the Director of Marketing and Public Relations at The First National Bank of Ipswich. Lattanzi is involved with numerous committees within the LCU organization and responsible for various community events such as Shred Days.  Lattanzi is currently responsible for managing media relations, event coordination, website and social media content. She is a graduate of the ABA School of Bank Marketing and Management and resides in Melrose with her husband.

Nicole Legere started at LCU as a consultant through a partnership with the
Cooperative Credit Union Association in April of 2014.  Legere is responsible for the compliance department. She has developed and administered a comprehensive Compliance Program.  Legere earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Massachusetts at Amherst in Political Science and her Juris Doctor from Roger Williams University School of Law.  She has been admitted to both the Massachusetts and New York Bar.  Legere resides in Clinton.

“These promotions are the result of the exceptional performance of these individuals within their respective departments,” commented John O’Brien, President and CEO.  “Ellen, Joanne and Nicole display exemplary behavior and discipline in getting the job done and we are pleased that they are part of the LCU Team.”

Founded in 1954, Leominster Credit Union (LCU) is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative with a full range of deposit, lending and other financial services. Headquartered in Leominster, Massachusetts, LCU is proud to claim nearly 50,000 members and more than $600 million in assets. LCU has seven branch locations in Leominster, Worcester, Clinton, Holden, Sterling and North Leominster with ATM services at all branch locations. LCU also provides 24 hour banking via Mobile and Online services. Visit leominstercu.com or call 800-649-4646.

Leominster Credit Union Participates in United Way of North Central Mass Meal Packing Event

 

A Leominster Credit Union team of volunteers participated in one of the largest single meal packing events for the United Way of North Central Massachusetts.  The event was held at the Double Tree by Hilton in Leominster and the volunteers packaged more than 100,000 meals for 20 local food pantries.

The event was organized by United Way of North Central Massachusetts, in an effort to ensure that local families won’t go hungry, according to Phil Grzewinski, president of the local nonprofit organization that focuses on health, education and income initiatives.

Approximately 400 volunteers worked in teams of 14 to assemble, package, seal and box nutritious meals of rice and beans, macaroni and cheese and other meals.

The meals were distributed to food pantries in Athol, Leominster, Fitchburg, Gardner, Devens, Pepperell, Templeton, Winchendon and Westminster.

Saint Patrick’s Day Beer Dinner at Great Wolf Lodge New England

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Saint Patrick’s Day Beer Dinner

Featuring Wachusett Brewery
Friday, March 17, 2017
6:00 p.m. Registration • 6:30 p.m. Reception • 7:00 p.m. Dinner
Irish background music and demonstration by local Irish step dancers.

Selection of New England Cheese and Fruit Display with
Chef ’s Selection of House Hors D’oeuvres • Bella Czech Pilsner
Onion Stout Soup Gratinee • Milk Stout
Candied Beets, Aged Cheddar, Sweet Peppers and Carrots
over Bib Lettuce with Bacon Vinaigrette • Country Ale
Pan Seared Arctic Char with Potato Crisps finished with Brown Ale • Nut Brown Ale
Traditional Corned Beef and Fingerling Potatoes served over Cabbage Braised in
Quinn’s Amber Ale and finished with Beer Mustard Sauce • Quinn’s Amber Ale
Rich Chocolate and Coffee Beer Cake • Black Shack Porter, Freshly Brewed Coffee and Assorted Teas

$55.00 Per Person • $100.00 Per Couple • $450.00 Per Table of Ten
Prices included tax and service. Limited number of overnight rooms available at a discounted rate.

Fitchburg Historical Society Receives Cultural Council Funding to Attract New Audiences to its 125th Anniversary Programs

The Fitchburg Historical Society announced on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 that it received over $2,000 in funding from the Fitchburg Cultural Council in support of its public history programs and the 125th Anniversary Campaign for Community Engagement. The money will help to support new history exhibitions and programs during its 125th Anniversary year, which began on February 3, 2017. The Fitchburg Historical Society was founded in 1892 to preserve, protect and interpret the history of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, a city known for its leadership in manufacturing, innovation and such progressive ideas as the five-day work week and the abolition of slavery.
In honor of its 125th Anniversary, the Historical Society is organizing history exhibitions and lectures that are based on its extensive collections. Upcoming exhibitions will include “If These Walls Could Talk: the History of the Fitchburg Fire Department,” which will run from March through June 2017, the annual exhibition of historic Iver Johnson bicycles made in Fitchburg in June and July, and an exhibition on Immigration and the city’s neighborhoods beginning September 2017.
Special lectures on Fitchburg History will include “Where Did It Go? Tracing the Wealth of Fitchburg’s Industrial Families” a presentation by Christine Tree on Thursday, February 16, at 5:30 p.m., and “A new look at the Famed Fitchburg-Leominster Football Rivalry”, a talk by Leominster-based historian and author Mark Bodanza, on Thursday, March 30, at 5:30 p.m.
To celebrate the landmark anniversary, the Fitchburg Historical Society has created logo merchandise that allows city residents to flaunt their local pride. Its gift shop also offers books on such topics as local photographers, the Hoosac Tunnel and the Italian immigration to central Massachusetts.
The Fitchburg Cultural Council funding will help the Historical Society expand membership outreach, print additional local history newsletter and provide additional conservation and display for its collections. The Fitchburg Cultural Council is a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For more information, visit http://www.fitchburghistoricalsociety.org/ or www.massculturalcouncil.org.
The Fitchburg Historical Society is located at 781 Main Street, Fitchburg in the Phoenix Building. It is open Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. All programs other than fundraisers are free and open to the public. For more information, call 978-345-1157.

4th Annual LUK Kids at Heart Mentoring Gala Postponed to February 16th!

Cold Hands, Warm Heart
Our wicked weather may have changed our plans, but not our hearts!

We want you to get to the Gala safely and have fun while you’re there!
So, we are postponing the Kids at Heart Mentoring Gala to:
Thursday, February 16th
5:30 – 10pm
Great Wolf Lodge, Fitchburg, MA
• Online bidding in the silent auction is open now at http://501Auctions.com/LUKGala.
• Tickets are still available for purchase online
• Donations of any amount are always welcome!

Please contact LUKGala@LUK.org with any questions.

Dueling Pianos Event Supports Mission of Habitat for Humanity North Central MA

 

An evening of fun and laughter is on tap with the musical antics of Rob Steen and Company at Habitat for Humanity’s “Dueling Pianos” event on Saturday, April 1st at the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley.  With two sharp-witted, incredibly talented musicians and two grand pianos, the evening is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a night of entertainment while supporting a great cause.  All proceeds from the event will benefit the work of Habitat for Humanity North Central MA, bringing affordable housing to those in need throughout the organization’s 25 towns and cities in the region. Last year’s event was sold out, so we encourage patrons to purchase tickets soon.

 

Tickets to the event are $70 per person for Dinner and the Show -OR- $35 per person for the Show Only.  Dinner and Show package includes a three-course plated dinner with choice of Yankee pot roast, baked Atlantic salmon or a vegetarian selection and premium seating for the show.  A cash bar will also be available.

 

Sponsorship opportunities for the event are also available in a variety of support levels and offer many recognition benefits for local businesses, corporate groups and individual donors.

 

Schedule:

  • 6:00 pm: Dinner will be served for those who buy Dinner and a Show tickets, cash bar opens.
  • 7:00 pm: A cocktail hour with complimentary table snacks and cash bar for Show Only patrons
  • 7:30: Show starts!

 

A Silent Auction will be offered at the start of the evening and winners will be announced during the show’s intermission.

 

To purchase tickets or for more information about becoming a sponsor for the event, please visit our website. Tickets are also available through the Bull Run Restaurant’s website or by calling the Habitat office at 978-348-2749.  The Bull Run Restaurant is located on 215 Great Road, Route 2A in Shirley.

Feb. 11 Marston Clough — Solo Show of All New Works from Martha’s Vineyard Seascape Painter

Solo Show of All New Works from Martha’s Vineyard Seascape Painter
to Premiere at Gallery Sitka in Fitchburg
 
FITCHBURG, Mass. — Marston Clough loves the ocean and loves to paint it. But the other the side of the coin in every seascape is the sky. Mr. Clough is fascinated by the sea, the sky, and their continual interaction. The light changes, the color changes, and a change in the sea is reflected in the sky, and vice versa. His upcoming solo exhibition at Gallery Sitka in Fitchburg is appropriately entitled, “I Went to the Ocean to Look at the Sky.”
 
The artist, a native of the little town of Vineyard Haven on Martha’s Vineyard, couldn’t have chosen a better place from which to observe the sea and the sky and their meeting at the horizon. The sometimes foggy sky pressing down on the ocean obscures that horizon and intensifies that feeling of the two areas melding into each other.
 
The colors Mr. Clough uses are sometimes very familiar to all of us, as in a stormy sky he represents as a sort of struggle between an “angry” dark grey and a somewhat surprising purple. Also familiar in an almost comforting way is a sky of bright pink.
 
Yet then there are other pictures in which the lower plane is an impossible eggshell white — unless that area is the sandy beach. But how can that be, when there seems to be no ocean intervening between it and the boiling, wine-colored sky above? More startling still is a sky that is mostly magenta. This is a color that really could never occur in nature — not this brightly and intensely, at any rate — and yet somehow communicates a feeling that seems very genuine and may remind any one of us of a sky we’ve seen sometime in our lives.
 
A longtime devotee of oils, Mr. Clough paints occasionally in acrylic. He loves to experiment in many media and explore the challenges they represent.
 
Mr. Clough often paints “en plein air” (in the open air), but ordinarily does most of his work at his studio at home. He works on several paintings at a time, often allowing each one to “take its own direction.” He lets himself experiment and occasionally makes major changes in a painting, perhaps setting it aside many times before he is satisfied with the results. He maintains very high standards and sometimes abandons a picture altogether. “My wife gives me a critique,” he says, providing the well-trusted extra pair of eyes that helps him decide what the final fate of a painting will be. He has a rather stark way of expressing how he might choose to continue with a picture — or not: “I need to kill a lot of ’em.”
 
Not long ago, Marston’s brother asked him why he paints. No pat answer came to mind. Not surprisingly for a person working in a visual medium, Mr. Clough often finds, regarding his thoughts and feelings about his art, that he “can’t put it into words.” He is often working on impulse rather than from formal plans, but continually makes sketches as he travels on the ferry. He seeks out subject matter and methods that intrigue him and does not intellectualize the process too much. He has found that many other artists have the same difficulty expressing their ideas about their art in words. That impression is confirmed by reading the attempts of other artists to write about their own artwork, which Mr. Clough often finds incomprehensible!
 
Mr. Clough began studying art at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, and later took printmaking classes at the Worcester Art Museum.
 
This event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2 – 4 p.m., at Gallery Sitka, 454 Main St., Fitchburg, Mass. Art lovers can go to marstonclough.com  and gallerysitka.com for more information.

A Call to Action: Fitchburg is Welcoming to All

UNF, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, North Central Massachusetts Minority Coalition and others to hold press conference in support of immigrant and Muslim communities in Fitchburg
WHAT: Community leaders in Fitchburg will be holding a press conference to condemn Trump administration executive orders against immigrants and refugees and call on allies to support the Safe Communities Act (SD.1596 and HD.3052), an act that would ensure local police resources for fighting crime, not enforcing federal immigration law and pledge no state support for a Muslim registry.

WHO:  Speakers confirmed include:

  • State Representative Stephen Hay
  • Ijaz Ahmed, President of the Fitchburg Chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA;
  • Adrian Ford, Chief Administrator and CEO of Three Pyramids, Inc./ North Central Massachusetts Minority Coalition;
  • Kimatra Maxwell, former candidate for state representative and Founder of Fitchburg Naturals;
  • Pastor Thomas Hughes;
  • UNF Executive Director Joana Dos Santos
  • Other speakers are being confirmed.

WHEN: Friday, February 3rd at 12:00pm

WHERE: In front of Immigrant statute, on corner of Prichard and Main St, Fitchburg, MA.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please contact Eric Rodriguez, Director of Organizing at 774-573-3459 or by email at eric_r@cleghorncenter.org.