News from our members


Craft Brewer Launches “Mass Soul” and “Wally JR”, Two New Year-Round IPAs in New England Market

As the craft beer market continues to evolve, Massachusetts-based Wachusett Brewing Company is introducing two new year-round beers to complement their existing portfolio.

The first new entry, Mass Soul, is a modern, tropical style IPA.  Featuring Galaxy, Citra & Centennial hops, Mass Soul is a luscious and delicious IPA with a ripe blend of passion fruit, pineapple and other tropical fruit notes that compliments the soft mouthfeel and unique vibrancy of this medium bodied brew.

“Mass Soul was originally concepted to express the personality of the Wachusett brand. The name says it all”. said Christian McMahan, President of Wachusett Brewing Company.  “Our brewers then created a beer that took things to another level, and the result is an IPA that we think tastes amazing”

The second new entry, Wally Junior, is a New England Session IPA. Wally Junior has all the citrus character and hop backbone of the highly rated New England IPA Wally, with a more sessionable ABV of 4.5%.

“A session version of Wally was a natural progression for us” said McMahan. “We have seen great success in Wally and also Wally Juice, our blood orange rendition of Wally. We love brewing and drinking New England IPAs and wanted to give our fans a more approachable option in the category, especially in time for summer”.

“Mass Soul” will be released on draft, 6-pack cans and in a new IPA Mix Pack mid-April. “Mass Soul” is 6.5% ABV and 60 IBU. “Wally JR” will be released on draft and in 6-pack cans. “Wally JR” is 4.5% ABV and 50 IBU.

For more information about Wachusett Brewing Company, visit

About Wachusett Brewing Company

The company produces a diverse, award-winning line of beers ranging from their best-selling Blueberry Ale to their highly-rated New England IPA Wally. WBC is the largest brewer in Central Massachusetts and was one of the top 50 largest craft breweries in the US in 2017.

There’s Still Time to Get Your Tickets To Habitat for Humanity NCM’s Dueling Pianos Event

Step right up for “Dueling Pianos”  – an interactive musical event to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity North Central MA and support the  upcoming building projects as well as its critical home repair program.  The event will be held on Friday, April 6th at the Devens Common Center.

Tickets are $70 per person for Dinner and the Show -OR- $40 per person for the show only.  The Dinner and Show package includes a three-course plated dinner with choice of Baked Jumbo Gulf Shrimp, Marinated Beef Tips, or a Vegetarian selection.  A cash bar will also be available.  Dinner will be served at 6:00pm.  A Cocktail Hour with complimentary light appetizers and desserts along with the cash bar for “Show Only Patrons” will begin at 7:00pm. The show starts at 7:30pm.

Highlighting the event is a Silent Auction which will be held before the show and during intermission. Gift cards and certificates from several local area restaurants and businesses will be featured including Wachusett Mountain Ski Resort, Great Wolf Lodge, Rye & Thyme, The Natural Café, Lucia’s, Columbia Tavern, and the Habitat Restore in Leominster. Red Sox tickets, a week at a beautiful vacation home in South Carolina, lovely hand-painted bird houses, and many original art pieces will also be on tap for the bidding and more items are being added to the auction daily.  Auction winners will be announced during the show’s intermission.

Special thanks to this year’s Event Sponsors: Digital Federal Credit Union, Leominster Credit Union, Mitrano Removal Service LLC, Village Mortgage and Phoenix Park Business Center.

To purchase tickets, please visit  Tickets and sponsorship information are also available by calling the Habitat for Humanity NCM office at 978-348-2749.  The Devens Common Center is located at 31 Andrews Parkway in Devens, MA.


Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts

Habitat for Humanity NCM offers a hand up, not a hand out, to hard-working, low-income central Massachusetts families seeking affordable homeownership.  Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat NCM builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses alongside our homeowner partner families.

Goodrich Academy Life Science Lab Ribbon Cutting

Goodrich Academy Life Science Lab Ribbon Cutting

STEM equipment and supplies grant was awarded by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center to Goodrich Academy during the 2016-17 school year. The awarded amount was $105, 345 ($95,795 equipment, $9,550 professional development).

The grant award was announced last February and provided Goodrich with new furniture, lab equipment and technology, which is being used to promote STEM education in the Life Sciences and prepare Goodrich students with skills they can apply in a career in the Life Sciences.

“The life sciences and STEM+ education are a major focus of the Fitchburg Public Schools in all grades as we prepare students for college and careers,” FPS Superintendent Andre Ravenelle said. “This addition to the Goodrich Academy Campus is a good example of a collaboration to enhance this work.”

WHO: Fitchburg Public Schools, Goodrich Academy

WHAT: Goodrich Academy Life Science Lab Ribbon Cutting

WHEN: Friday, March 16 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Goodrich Academy, 111 Goodrich Street, Fitchburg.

Expected speakers:

Andre Ravenelle (Fitchburg Public Schools Superintendent)

Stephen DiNatale (Mayor of Fitchburg)

Ryan Mudawar (Massachusetts Life Sciences Center)

ARC of opportunity/North Central Career Center April 17th job fair

The North Central Career Center and the Arc of Opportunity have partnered to organize a job fair on April 17, 2018, 4:30pm-6pm.  The event is open to the public but will include job applicants with developmental disabilities.   We recognize the benefits to businesses and to our economy of utilizing their talent, experience and skills.

Hiring employees with developmental disabilities has many advantages for the individuals, including:  increased independence, the opportunity to contribute & achieve, develop skills & abilities and provide dignity & self-respect.  In addition, the advantages to employers include high work attendance, dedication to their work, loyalty and hiring them can help you achieve your business objectives by investing in the local community and realizing corporate social responsibility goals.

We hope you can join us for the April 17th job fair at the Arc of Opportunity in Fitchburg.  Job seekers with a wide range of experience and talent will be attending.  The attached flyer has details on the date, time and cost to participate.

Getting or Renewing a Driver’s License, ID Card or Learner’s Permit?

Getting or Renewing a Driver’s License, ID Card or Learner’s Permit?

Massachusetts RMV Announces New Requirements:

Lawful Presence and REAL ID


BOSTON – The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles is reminding the public that on March 26, 2018, to get or renew any driver’s license, ID card, or learner’s permit, customers will need documentation showing United States citizenship or lawful presence as required by federal and state law.

Lawful presence means that a person is legally living in the United States according to federal immigration laws. All United States citizens and lawfully permanent residents have permanent lawful presence in the U.S. Non-U.S. individuals who are studying, working, or living temporarily in the U.S. may have temporary lawful presence that may vary in length.

On March 26, customers will have the choice between a REAL ID Driver’s License or ID Card or a Standard Massachusetts Driver’s License or ID Card. REAL ID is a Federal Security Standard for IDs that was created in 2005 as a result of increased federal security measures after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

REAL ID will be available on March 26, 2018; however, people will not need a REAL ID until October of 2020. And if they have an active passport and don’t mind carrying it, they will never need a REAL ID. After October of 2020, citizens will need either a passport or REAL ID Massachusetts Driver’s License to fly in the United States, or to enter restricted areas of federal buildings.  The Standard Massachusetts License or ID card will not be valid as a federal ID after October 2020.

“We encourage the public to review information on our website at to learn what documents they must provide for the credential they seek,” said Registrar Erin Deveney. “In most cases, people will have the required documents on hand as these documents are regularly requested when a child starts school, when someone travels outside the country, or in order to get married.”


On March 26, 2018, individuals applying for Registry credentials are encouraged to start their applications online at and answer a few questions to determine if they should choose a REAL ID driver’s license or ID or a Standard Driver’s license or ID, and exactly what identification documents are necessary for each. Customers who visit the RMV’s website will be able to print online applications or have an application that can be displayed on a mobile phone. The website tells customers exactly what to bring to complete the transaction and also directs AAA members to closest AAA offices for renewals. The online application includes a bar code that will be scanned to retrieve the customer’s information in the system to save time in line. Renewal customers requesting a standard card may be able to perform their renewal successfully online, without coming in person.


Before March 26, 2018: Customers can process renewals as usual: online or in person at an RMV Service Center or AAA Location (if they are a member). We encourage the public to renew early.

Lawful Presence Documentation

For U.S. citizens, a valid, unexpired U.S. passport is sufficient proof of lawful presence. U.S. citizens may also provide a certified copy of their U.S. birth certificate.

For permanent residents, a valid permanent resident card (green card) is sufficient proof of lawful presence.

For customers who are not U.S. citizens, valid, verifiable immigration documents as well as proof that they have been granted a legal stay in the U.S. for at least 12 months is required. Their license or ID will expire when their legal stay is over.

For Massachusetts Learner’s Permit Holders, that were issued a learner’s permit prior to March 26, 2018 and have not passed a road test by March 26th, they will need to prove U.S. citizenship or lawful presence before receiving a driver’s license.

Drivers over the age of 75 seeking a REAL ID or a Standard driver’s license or ID card, may begin their application online at, but must present official required documentation in person to complete the renewal or issuance process, and pass a vision screening if obtaining a driver’s license. AAA members, can visit a AAA office to renew their driver’s license or ID card.

What’s Good About This? – Maria Vasquez TedX Talk 

Sometimes our children surprise us with their wisdom, but we need to be prepared to listen for it. In this touching story, you’ll see the power in shifting one’s perspective and the valuable lessons we learn when we do. Maria is a speaker, author, storyteller, dancer and empowerment coach, and host of a monthly Storytelling event in Fitchburg.

Leominster Credit Union Spreads Warmth from Blanket Drive

March, 2018 – Leominster Credit Union donated 102 new blankets to area homeless shelters and charities.  Twenty Massachusetts Credit Unions along with the Cooperative Credit Union Association participated in the 2018 Blanket Drive during the month of January.  The credit unions donated a total of 838 blankets and hundreds of warm clothing items to the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless and 20 other local agencies across the state. LCU has participated in the Cooperative Credit Union Association’s initiative along with area Credit Unions since 2011.

“We are extremely pleased with the number of blankets we collected this year,” said John O’Brien, LCU President & CEO.  “The generosity from members and staff was exceptional.  A special thanks to Lorrie Brodeur and the residents from Sun Rise Senior Living Center for the blankets they made and donated to the drive. Giving back to the community is a core value of the LCU employees and one we strongly believe in. We are pleased that we are able to assist so many through this blanket drive.”

Blankets were distributed to the following area organizations: Montachusett Interfaith Hospital Network, Leominster; Our Father’s House, Fitchburg; Ginny’s Helping Hands, Leominster; Battered Women’s Shelter, Holden Senior Center; Andy’s Attic, Worcester; Wheat Community Connection/ Hidden Treasures, Clinton; Sterling Fire Department, McKay School, Fitchburg and Leominster Emergency Management to assist 15 people who were recently displaced by fire.

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.  24-hour online banking services are available at and by telephone at 800-649-4646.



Michael Hewitt, President and CEO of bankHometown, announced the bank has raised $12,800 during their Annual Giving Campaign benefiting three local chapters of the United Way.

Chapters of United Way are vital links between local non-profit organizations and the residents who live in those towns to ensure better lives for those less fortunate in our communities.  These funds have been exclusively raised by bankHometown employees over the past year.

bankHometown employees, throughout their 13 branches and Operations Center, have been participating in this bank wide Annual Giving Campaign for more than 30 years.  In addition to their monetary support, employees volunteer at a variety of events with the United Way and their partner organizations, including a bank-wide “Day of Caring” held each September.

The chapters that benefited from this year’s campaign are:
United Way of Webster and Dudley, Massachusetts
United Way of Southbridge, Sturbridge and Charlton, Massachusetts
United Way of North Central Massachusetts

Tina Puza, Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager at bankHometown’s Auburn Office, coordinated this year’s successful campaign for the bank.  She said, “I am so thankful for all bankHometown employees that have either made donations or have volunteered their time for United Way this year. The resources and dedication that the United Way provides to our communities are invaluable and we thank them for all that they do on a daily basis. I truly feel that together we are helping those in need and making a positive difference in our communities.”

bankHometown is headquartered in Oxford, Massachusetts and has $730 million in assets.  bankHometown has served its communities since 1889 and operates thirteen full service offices; eight in central Massachusetts and five located in northeastern Connecticut.