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Dogs2Vets Festival April 29, 11:00 a.m. at the Willard Field, Devens, MA. Proceeds to provide service dogs to veterans. The Ayer Rotary Club has partnered with Clear Path for Veterans and the Nashoba Valley Rotary Club to bring this dog-loving fun to the area. Admission is $10; leashed dogs welcome. Sponsorship opportunities are available. 
 
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The Ayer, Harvard, Shirley, Devens Rotary Club will hold its first annual Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, February 24, from 11 to 4 p.m. at the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley. Space is limited to 32 two-person teams. Cash prizes for first, second and third place! Reserve your spot today! Call 978-487-1613 or 978-448-6881 for more information. 
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The Ayer Rotary Club will build wheelchair ramps for people in our community who need a ramp but are unable to afford one on their own. The Club is currently accepting applications from area residents. For more information, or to apply, please contact Patricia Thorpe at 978-339-3419, or via email pattythorpe@live.com.  
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The date for the famous Ducky Wucky River Race is set for May 7 and one lucky duck will win the grand prize of dinner for two anywhere in the world.  Tickets are now available from Ayer Rotary Club members and participating ticket sellers.
 
 
Rotarians pick up the rubber duckies after the race is finished.  
 
The race will kick off at 4:30 p.m. - rain or shine - with up to 5,000 rubber ducks racing down the Nashua River in Harvard.  The bib number on the winning duck will determine which ticket holder wins the grand prize.  Past prize winners have traveled to Venice, Paris, Tokyo, Cape Town, Sydney, and Jakarta.
 
Tickets will also be available on race day at the annual Apple Blossom Festival on Harvard Common.  The festival is a popular family attraction featuring live music, shopping, food,children’s games and fire truck rides.  The festival is held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
 
 
 
 
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This is the time of year when most families plan holiday gatherings. But for some area residents, attending a holiday dinner with family simply isn’t possible because they physically can’t leave their homes.  On November 14 and 15, the Ayer, Harvard, Shirley, Devens Rotary Club changed that situation for one Shirley couple. The Club built a wheelchair ramp for two elderly residents who had been virtually housebound for several years.
 
“This is wonderful,” the ramp recipient, a 92 year old man, said, “I can’t thank you people enough. Now we can go to our daughter’s for Thanksgiving. It will be the first time in years that we’re able to go.” The man’s wife has severe rheumatoid arthritis and was not able to go up and down the three stairs to her front door. In order to leave her home, she had to be physically carried out by two people.
 
 
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 Ayer Rotary Club President Melissa Fetterhoff, Dr. Steve Beckman of the Harvard Ambulance Service, and Ayer Rotarian Bill Spacciapoli
The Ayer Rotary Club presented a $1,300 check to the Harvard Ambulance Service for the purchase of four two-way radios for use by EMTs responding to emergencies.  President Melissa presented the donation to Dr. Steve Beckman, director of the Ambulance Service at last week's meeting.

Dr. Beckman was the evening's speaker and told about the efforts of the ambulance service to have round-the-clock staffing and to reduce response times to emergencies.  He particularly stressed the uniqueness of having Bromfield High School students as trained EMTS who are able to leave school and respond to daytime calls.  The busiest period of the day is between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., when they have 43 percent of their calls.

Beckman said they are using a strategy of sending a responding EMT directly to the scene of the call, while another retrieves the ambulance.  This allows the on-scene EMT to assess the situation and begin treatment.  However, he said a lack of two-way radios was impeding the service's efforts to effectively communicate.  

The Harvard Ambulance Service is funded entirely from insurance billing and donations, and it receives no taxpayer support from the town.  However, Beckman said the service's revenues just keep up with expenses, leaving little extra for equipment purchases.

 
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Chip Guercio assumed the presidency of the Ayer Rotary Club for the 2012-13 year at a ceremony June 21, 2012 at The Bull Run Restaurant, owned by the Guercio family and the weekly meeting place for the club.  Joining Chip in the club leadership will be Linda Guinard, Vice President; John Gervais, Treasurer; Earl Hasz, Secretary; Bryan Sawyer, Sergeant at Arms; Jimmy Pinard, Director; Karen Strickland-Sampson, Director; and Melissa Fetterhoff, Immediate Past President.

While Chip typically performs the installation of new officers, the club advisor, Peter Burk, ably and poignantly performed the duties of swearing in all the new officers.  In a speech to the club, Chip urged the members to continue their hard work toward raising money for charitable causes and pursuing service projects both locally and internationally.

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Please join the Ayer and Groton-Pepperell Rotary Clubs for a Night of Comedy on Friday, November 11, 2011 at the Bull Run Restaurant

Cocktails/Cash Bar @ 730pm, Show at 830pm

Tickets $20 each

Tickets Available for Purchase by Calling:

Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce (978-772-6976)

Pinards Florist (978-772-3883)

Gervais Ford (978-772-6600) 

 Special thanks to the Event Sponsors:

     Senate Construction Corp
     Catalano Companies
     NorthStar Construction Services
     North Middlesex Savings Bank
 

 

 

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Photo (L to R):  Ed Manzi (Fidelity Bank) and Bill Marshall (North Middlesex Savings Bank)

 

 

A powerhouse foursome from West Groton handily rolled into first place at the Rotary Golf Tournament at Red Tail Golf Course on September 15th.  The tournament raised funds for charities supported by the Rotary clubs of Ayer Harvard, Shirley and Devens, as well as Groton and Pepperell.

 

The winning foursome included West Groton’s Jane Barrett, Fran Dillon, Toni Marhefka, and James Creasia and finished six under par in the best-ball tournament, ahead of the other 55 groups of golfers.  The winners won gift certificates to the pro shop at Red Tail.

 

“This year’s tournament was a huge success for both clubs because of the generous support of our golfers and our corporate sponsors, those local companies who give so much to help us help our communities,” said Melissa Fetterhoff, President of the Ayer Rotary Club, which serves Ayer, Harvard, Shirley and Devens.

 

Corporate sponsors for this year’s tournament included top sponsors Alexander Wealth Advisors LLC, The Bull Run Restaurant, North Middlesex Savings Bank, Gervais Ford, Middlesex Savings Bank, and Ten Broeck Insurance Group.  The supporting sponsors included Ayer Oil Co., Conway Chevrolet, Cynthia S. Thomas, CPA, Donelan’s Supermarket, Evans on the Common, Groton Market, Groton Wellness Center, Kauppi Communications Inc., L.F. Robbins Insurance Agency, Melissa M. Tzanoudakis, LLP, Niklaus Painting and Construction, Nikopolous Insurance, Pinard’s Florist and Landscaping Inc., Pepperell Family Pharmacy, Noyes Insurance, Senate Construction Corp., Transition Liquidation Services, Valley Eye Physicians and Surgeons, Wilson Brothers HVAC, Workers Credit Union, golfbagplace.com, Riphaven Inc. and Our Lady of Grace.

 

Examples of charities that benefit from Rotary donations include Loaves and Fishes, Habitat for Humanity, high school scholarships, senior citizen meals, school book bag project, and Rotary Youth Leadership Alliance grants.  Internationally, the Ayer and Groton clubs contribute to a Honduran medical clinic; PolioPlus, Rotary International's campaign to eradicate polio; clean water projects in Africa and Asia; and various other charities.

 

The Ayer Rotary Club, serving Ayer, Harvard, Shirley and Devens, meets every Thursday at 6 p.m., at the Bull Run Restaurant, Route 2A, in Shirley, and invites area professionals who are interested in learning more about Rotary.

 

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