CALENDAR

FRIDAY, MARCH 1

Poker fundraiser: Townsend VFW, 6:30 p.m. Please see below for details.

SATURDAY, MARCH 2

Veterans Breakfast: 8:30 a.m., Pepperell VFW.

Dems to caucus: Registered Democrats in Pepperell will be holding a caucus at the Charles F. Lawrence Library located at 15 Main St. at 2 p.m. to elect six delegates and three alternates to the 2013 Massachusetts Democratic Convention. Delegates will be divided equally between men and women. The convention date has been changed to July 13 and will be held at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell. The purpose is to discuss and ratify the party platform. The caucus is open to all registered Democrats in Pepperell as of Dec. 31, 2012. Those not elected and who meet the qualifications may apply to be add-on delegates as youth, minority and disabled. Discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, color, national origin, religion, ethnic identity, sexual orientation or economic status in the conduct of the caucus is strictly prohibited. For information contact Chairman Tom McGrath at 978-433-0092.

MONDAY, MARCH 4

Board of Fire Engineers: 6:45 p.m., Public Safety Complex

Board of Selectmen: 7 p.m., Town Hall.

TUESDAY, MARCH 5

Board of Health: 7 p.m., Town Hall.

Conservation Commission: 7 p.m., Town Hall.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6

Board of Assessors: 11:30 a.m., Town Hall.

Board of Library Trustees: 4:30 p.m., Lawrence Library.


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THURSDAY, MARCH 7

Agricultural Advisory Commission: 6 p.m., Town Hall.

Board of Public Works: 7 p.m., Town Hall.

FRIDAY, MARCH 8

Big game: The schoolhouse tradition of students versus teachers is once again making an appearance at Hawthorne Brook Middle School -- not in the classrooms, of course, but on the basketball courts. The annual student/faculty basketball game, which will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the high school gym, has been the parent-teacher organization's biggest fundraiser for years, said PTO President Heidi Stadler.

BRIEFS

Pepperell Army Community Covenant current list of sponsors for the 2013 Veterans Breakfast:

March 2: Pepperell Department of Public Works

April 6: Masy Systems

May 4: Groton/Pepperell Rotary Club

June 1: Pepperell Business Association

July 13: C&S Pizza

Aug. 3: Pepperell Family Pharmacy

Sept. 7: 1A Auto Parts

Oct. 5: MA State Senator Eileen M. Donoghue

Reminder that all breakfasts are on Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. at the Pepperell VFW Post 3291 (55 Leighton St.).

We welcome all our past and present warriors: our veterans, active duty military and reservist, spouses, family and friends.

-- Stephen Themelis

Accepting applications for fuel assistance

This program provides financial assistance to low income households to help with heating bills throughout the winter season. When you book your appointment, be sure to ask what you need for documentation prior to your appointment. The Senior Center's front desk has the list and will be glad to assist you. Reach the center at 978-433-0326.

For more Council On Aging news and events, go to www.town.pepperell.ma.us/coa.

SAVE THE DATE

Athletic Boosters holding two fundraisers

The North Middlesex Athletics Boosters will be hosting a poker tournament on March 1 at the Townsend VFW. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and event starts promptly at 7 p.m. Great food, raffles and a cash bar. There is a $40 buy-in and unlimited buyback in the first hour. This event will raise funds to supplement the athletic department budget.

Through our ongoing fundraising efforts, we've been able to purchase new uniforms for several teams, additional equipment for several of the programs and made a contribution to purchase The Huddle (a video system primarily used to review events to continue to improve team performance). All of these items and several more on the athletic department "wish list" unfortunately are not included in the budget. We also award scholarships and sponsor the Senior Athletics Awards Banquet at the end of the school year. Please assist us in continuing to provide these additional services through these fundraising efforts and community support.

We have been promoting another great program since November that will continue throughout the school year. Shoebox Recycling is a way to help raise funds without having to take money out of your own pocket. It just takes a moment of your time. Go through your closets and gather all the old, unused but wearable shoes (no flip flops) and drop them off in the North Middlesex High School lobby in our donation boxes. We are also looking for public drop-off centers. If anyone is interested in placing a donation box at their business, please let us know. We will gladly advertise, drop off and pick up the boxes as needed.

For information on our efforts or to join our group, like us on Facebook at North Middlesex Regional High School Booster Club. Email us at NMboosters@gmail.com

Kindergarten registration

Varnum Brook Elementary School

Registration for 2013-2014 kindergarten at Varnum Brook Elementary School, 10 Hollis Street, will take place on.

Monday, March 11, from 9-10:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 12, from 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 9-10:30 a.m.

Registration packets are available from the school office. Please have all your paperwork completed and supporting documentation with you when you come to registration.

**Students must be 5 years old as of August 31, 2013 to be eligible for kindergarten.

Please call the school at (978) 433-6722 for more information.

The Katrina Project

NMRHS and the New Orleans Service Learning Group present "The Katrina Project: Hell and High Water," a short play by Michael Marks and Mackenzie Westmoreland.

Thursday, March 21, at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Friday, March 22, at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at North Middlesex Regional High School.