I am moved to write so that I can thank some very special volunteers who gave so much this month to more than two dozen seniors who came to the Pepperell Senior Center for Spa Day on March 18.

For just a few hours on that Monday afternoon, seniors from around town were able to pamper themselves. Lights were dimmed, candles were lit and soothing music was played as the attendees spent the afternoon in the care of local professionals who specialize in spa services. Many of the seniors don't have the time or the means to indulge in experiences like these, so the services of massage, Reiki, manicure and cosmetology were provided for them completely free of charge.

The massage therapists were Denice Costello from Groton Therapeutic Massage in Groton, Alix Sheppard of Pepperell and Sarah Bauch of Pepperell (who doubled both as massage therapist and Reiki master and who has offices in Acton). Our manicurists, Kerri-Anne Boucher and Maryanne Wilkins, were from Salon Bliss in Pepperell. Our makeup artist was Sharon Rose D'Errico from Sharon Rose Cosmetics at Mark Anthony's Salon in Nashua, N.H.

Each of our professional volunteers put in far more than an afternoon of work, some preparing more than a month in advance working creatively on how to transform the Senior Center into a high class rejuvenation experience.

Many thanks to the volunteers who made this day a resounding and, most importantly, a relaxing success!

SUSAN McCARTHY

Activities Coordinator

Pepperell Council on Aging