News from our members

Oktoberfest “The 2020 Party” at the Gardner Ale House & Moon Hill Brewing Co.

Oktoberfest beerOktoberfest “The 2020 Party” Gardner Ale House & Moon Hill Brewing Co. 74 Parker St., Downtown Gardner, MA


Oktoberfest 2020 Lager Release in Cans & Draft; German Food on the Deck, In The House and Takeout; Traditional German Music. All weekend long and then some…

We will remember 2020, right? “I predict that soon there will be a word to replace ‘surreal’,” said Ale House owner Rick Walton, “‘Cause ‘surreal’ just doesn’t cut it for what we are experiencing right now.” Nevertheless, people are starting to feel giddy in an Oktoberfest kind of way, with the cold crisp air and the energy that goes with it. “I’m feeling a little spunky myself.” Walton says, as he plans his indoor/deck/takeout Oktoberfest party. “This 2020 party will punctuate the first 15 Oktoberfests with an exclamation point and from here we move on to phase two of Moon Hill Brewing and more Gardner greatness. We may not party in the street this year, but we will party.”

The Ale House will open her doors at 11AM with oompah music playing and staff dressed as you expect, in traditional Oktoberfest sartorial splender. Our menu will have brats and sauerkraut, wiener schnitzel, pretzels and the bell of the ball, Moon Hill Brewing Co.’s 2020 OKTOBERFEST LAGER. Come, eat and drink and solve the world’s problems over a draft. For We shall never pass this way again.

Workers Credit Union members provide $41,000 to local non-profits through annual GiveBack

FITCHBURG, Ma., September 14, 2020Workers Credit Union announces it has donated more than $41,000 to two area nonprofit organizations as part of its annual GiveBack program. Earlier in September, executives presented checks to each of the organizations.  Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts received $17,300 and Worcester County Food Bank received $23,600.


“The Worcester County Food Bank and North Central Massachusetts Habitat for Humanity represent a broad range of services that support Workers Credit Union members from across the community,” said Doug Petersen, president and CEO of Workers Credit Union. “In times like these, the services and programs of these organizations are essential for community members.  We’re inspired by our members’ generosity and look forward to continuing to support the Food Bank and Habitat.”


The two nonprofit organizations were chosen by Workers Credit Union and members were given the opportunity to donate a portion, all, or more than their GiveBack funds to the organization of their choice. In addition to the gifted funds, all unclaimed GiveBack funds were included in the donation as well.


The Workers Credit Union GiveBack program is a cash award system to share profits with the financial institution’s members. Members receive GiveBack funds annually based on account and loan balances. Workers Credit Union has given back more than $3.1 million this year and over $17 million since the inception of the GiveBack program in 2014.


Workers Credit Union, headquartered in Fitchburg, MA, is a member-owned financial institution with full banking services to meet a lifetime of financial needs including the $3 million GiveBack program. With 16 branches in Athol, Chelmsford, Fitchburg, Gardner, Groton, Hudson, Lancaster, Leominster, Lunenburg, Orange, Townsend, Westford and Worcester, Workers is proud to offer traditional banking channels as well as the latest technologies to more than 104,000 members.

Fitchburg Public Library Presents Remote Learning in the Kitchen (Virtual Event)

Remote Learning in the Kitchen (Virtual Event)

Monday, October 5, 2020, at 7:00pm

If your school-aged children are learning from home this Fall, this webinar is for you! On Monday, October 5, 2020 at 7:00 PM, Minna Scholten, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in partnership with Hannaford Supermarkets, will give you practical ideas and projects for incorporating academic learning into easy and fun kitchen projects, adaptable for a wide variety of ages and skill levels. Participants will be entered for a drawing to win a prize basket from Hannaford! All attendees will receive electronic copies of recipes, fun kitchen science projects, and resources. Please register here:

A link to the meeting will be emailed to you prior to the event.

This is a free program. For information about this or other Library programs call 978-829-1780 or visit our website:

The Arc of Opportunity Announces 2020 Charity Auction Now Online

The impact of COVID-19 necessitated The Arc of Opportunity to transition a highly successful in-person charity auction to an online format. The Annual Charity Auction has a long history of raising essential funds for The Arc’s Family Supports and Recreation Program, which receives little to no government funding. During COVID-19, The Arc continues provide supports to families by creating connections to community resources, offering healthy relationship guidance, and developing meaningful bonds absent during social isolation.

“Now more than ever, The Arc relies on the generosity of our loyal sponsors, donors, and supporters to deliver critical supports in innovative ways. This year’s Charity Auction will be an opportunity to connect both with new people and those who have traditionally attended the auction each year. A special thank you to The Arc’s Corporate Sponsor Workers Credit Union and the many other sponsors for their commitment during a time of change,” says Mary Heafy, President and CEO.

Colby O’Brien, Director of Development at The Arc, said, “This decision was difficult but in an abundance of caution, we made the right call. The 2020 Annual Charity Auction has an incredible committee and dedicated donors. One silver lining of moving the auction online is that it presents an opportunity to involve those who have never participated before. In the weeks ahead, the community will find more information posted on The Arc’s Facebook page and the event’s website”

Those who want to support The Arc’s Charity Auction with in-kind or monetary donations can contact Colby by email at or by phone at 978-343-6662.


Leominster, MA – The Montachusett Home Care Corporation is pleased to announce the selection of David Ginisi to its executive leadership staff in the position of Chief Marketing Officer.

In this position, Mr. Ginisi will oversee the organization’s awareness across all digital platforms, help provide impactful and innovative messaging and increase outreach to the 21 communities in North Central Massachusetts that the agency serves.

“We are excited to welcome David to our leadership team,” said Lori Richardson, Chief Executive Officer of Montachusett Home Care Corporation. “David will be a tremendous asset to our agency with his drive for community engagement and his extensive proven marketing and outreach experience.  Dave is vital in ensuring that our community knows our mission is to provide comprehensive information and quality services so that older people, individuals with disabilities and their families are empowered to make personalized choices to ensure a life of dignity, safety and respect.”

David joins Montachusett Home Care from the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce, and its affiliates: Visit North Central Massachusetts and the North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation, where he worked as the Marketing and Communications Manager for several years. He played a pivotal role in helping advance the North Central Massachusetts economy by developing many key marketing campaigns and initiatives while working hand-in-hand with business and community leaders across the entire region. David holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications Media from Fitchburg State University, class of 2016. He is also a graduate of the Community Leadership Institute class of 2020. David is a resident of Fitchburg and is extremely active in his community, including serving on the Board of Directors for Fitchburg Access Television, the Advisory Board for Fitchburg State University’s Center for Italian Culture, and several committees including: The Young Professionals of North Central Massachusetts and Fitchburg Civic Days.

Montachusett Home Care Corporation (MHCC) is a non-profit agency incorporated in 1974 that is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors from the community it serves.  MHCC serves Ashburnham, Ashby, Ayer, Berlin, Bolton, Clinton, Fitchburg, Gardner, Groton, Hubbardston, Lancaster, Leominster, Lunenburg, Pepperell, Princeton, Shirley, Sterling, Templeton, Townsend, Westminster and Winchendon.

MHCC’s trained professional staff of nurses and case managers, work one-on-one with older adults (60+) and adults of all ages living with disabilities to connect them to services such as homemaking, personal care, home delivered meals, chore services, adult day health, caregiver support or information on public benefits and information of community based services. Assessments, care management, service coordination and services delivered are all based upon quality assurance protocols and regulatory compliance standards.   Many of the services are free or low-cost, depending upon income.

Business or community members interested in learning more about MHCC’s dynamic line of work should contact David at (978) 466-1571 or via email at

Fitchburg Public Library Presents Preparing Your Garden for Winter A Virtual Workshop presented by Ingrid Wheeler

Learn how to get your garden ready for the colder weather with Ingrid Wheeler, local gardener and landscape designer, on Thursday, September 17, 2020, at 7:00 PM in a special Virtual Workshop!

Whether you are an experienced gardener, or this is your first year with a quarantine garden, there is lots to learn! Topics discussed may include:

  • Storing crops
  • Seed saving
  • What to cut & what to pull
  • What to leave for winter interest & wildlife
  • Tool care
  • Storing pots and bird baths
  • Cold frames and row covers for longer harvest

Please register at
This is a free program. For information about this or other Library programs call 978-829-1780 or visit our website:

NEADS Presents Dog Days of Summer Sale

PRINCETON, MA, August 17, 2020 – NEADS World Class Service Dogs invites the public to join us in person on Saturday, August 22 from 10am-2pm for the Dog Days of Summer Shop Sale. We’re taking everything outside for a safe, socially distanced shopping experience.

Shoppers can get the best deals of the summer on apparel, gifts, and goodies from the NEADS Shop (

We’re planning a safe, socially distanced shopping experience with virus prevention protocols in place including: mandatory masks worn by staff and customers; spaced out tables and tents; Service Dogs and Service Dogs in Training only (no pets).

About NEADS Inc.   

NEADS Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Princeton, Massachusetts. Established in 1976, NEADS offers the widest array of Service Dog programs in the industry, including Service Dogs for adults and children with a physical disability, Service Dogs for veterans, Service Dogs for Hearing, and Service Dogs for children with autism or other developmental disabilities. NEADS dogs are also partnered with professionals in classroom, therapy, hospital, ministry, and courthouse settings. For more information, please visit

Wachusett Mountain Welcomes New Food and Beverage Manager; Executive Chef

PRINCETON, Ma. – Wachusett Mountain Ski Area is pleased to announce that Charles Adams, former assistant general manager at Boston’s TD Garden, has joined the resort management team as new Food & Beverage Director.


Adams brings more than 15 years of experience and leadership in a variety of food service operations at major sporting venues.  He helped lead TD Garden through the completion of its recent $100m expansion and renovation project.  Working for the Delaware North Company, Adams assisted in the overall leadership of all food, beverage and retail sales at The Garden.  Prior to moving to Massachusetts, he served in a variety of key food service management roles for Levy Restaurants at several iconic sports stadiums and arenas and major sporting events in the south.  His background includes Director of Operations for the University of Alabama; Assistant Director of Operations at Mercedes Benz Stadium; Assistant Director of Operations at The Georgia Dome; and Catering Supervisor at Turner Field.


At Wachusett, Adams will oversee all Food & Beverage operations including the Main Food Court Cafeteria; Coppertop Lounge & T-Bar; Black Diamond Restaurant; Balance Rock Coffee Company; and O’Brien’s Deck Bar & Grill.  He will also manage all of Wachusett’s private event catering including weddings, corporate outings, private functions, meetings and sales of Wachusett’s private Mountain Suite Slope Skyboxes.


“We are very happy to have Charles join our team,” said Wachusett President Jeff Crowley.  “With his extensive background managing food & beverage operations at such major venues, we’re very excited about the new opportunities this will create here at Wachusett.  We have had a wonderful F&B Operation for years, we hoping he can help us maintain or take the food service to yet another level.”  Wachusett is already well known for its quality food service, often recognized in the SKI Magazine annual reader survey for providing some of the best “on-mountain” food among all Eastern US Ski Resorts.


Currently, Adams is overseeing the new summer operations of O’Brien’s Deck Bar & Grill outdoor restaurant open weekends and select Thursdays and Fridays through September 27.   “Charles has been instrumental in reopening O’Brien’s outdoor restaurant this summer while complying with the COVID protocol standards set by CDC & Westminster Board of Health,” added Crowley.  “He looks forward to working with the local and state governing bodies and will be very helpful in us managing the new COVID 19 protocols we will be implementing this winter.”


Wachusett Also Promotes New Executive Chef

PRINCETON, Ma. – Charles Adams, Wachusett Mountain’s new food and beverage director, is also pleased to announce the promotion of Cassandra Koranda as the resort’s new Executive Chef.


“Cassie has long been part of the Wachusett family,” said Wachusett vice president Carolyn Stimpson.  “She started working here along with her mother at age 15 and we’re thrilled to see her bring her culinary skills to a new level for our team.”


Koranda has been working as Wachusett Mountain’s Sous Chef for the past two years and previously as Kitchen Manager at the Blueprint American Bar & Grill in Westminster. A top graduate of the Bay Path Regional Vocational School Culinary Arts Program, she found her love for cooking at an early age working for her parent’s restaurant in Worcester.   Prior to returning to her roots in central Massachusetts, she managed two restaurants on the Camp Pendleton Marine Base in California where she fed thousands of Marines daily.


As Executive Chef, she will supervise kitchen operations and oversee the menus for Wachusett’s Main Food Court Cafeteria; Black Diamond Restaurant; Balance Rock Coffee Company; and O’Brien’s Deck Bar & Grill.  She will also be responsible for all of Wachusett’s private event catering.  You can see her cooking up some Wachusett specialties at