News from our members

Leominster Credit Union Holding Two Free Homebuyers Seminars this Fall

Leominster Credit Union is holding two free homebuyers’ seminars this fall.  Mortgage seminars will be held Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at the 910 West Boylston Street, Worcester branch and Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at LCU headquarters, 18 Adams Street, Leominster.  Both seminars are scheduled from 6:00pm – 7:30pm.

LCU Homebuyers Seminars will address the specific needs of most homebuyers including first time buyers, buyers moving after owning for several years, or buyers entering the market after having credit issues in the past.  A team of real estate experts including a realtor, attorney and financing professionals will present the program.  Topics will include:  Are you ready to buy a home; Finding Your Dream Home; Obtaining Financing; and the Closing Process.  Attendees will learn about the costs associated with homeownership; how your credit affects your options; making an offer and negotiating the price; the inspection process; and closing.

“The process of buying a home can be daunting.  Making the right choices can help set you up for the rest of your life,” said Lydia Vazquez, Assistant Vice President, Real Estate Lending. “The seminars will help break down the entire process.  Our goal is to enable the attendees to be well prepared; to have realistic expectations and to avoid costly mistakes.”

Matt Dufault, AVP Retail Lending added, “We’d like to encourage people re-entering the home-buying market after having some credit difficulties to attend.  Situations such as a job loss, divorce, illness, bankruptcy or foreclosure can hurt your credit and affect your ability to buy a home.  We’ve seen a number of applicants who once had excellent credit now finding themselves in the unfamiliar position of struggling to get approved for a mortgage loan due to an unusual circumstance or one-time event.  This seminar will not only give you the basics of buying a home, but also the opportunity to establish a plan with one of our lenders for home ownership based on your personal situation.”

LCU has programs available for not only for first time home buyers, but for any buyer who needs help getting mortgage-ready.  Borrowers may be able to qualify for a mortgage much sooner than they expected.

Seating is limited and registration is required. Register online: West Boylston Street-10.24.18 event –; Leominster-11.07.18 event – or visit

Lisa Zorn Promoted to Indirect Lending Manager

Leominster Credit Union announces that Lisa Zorn has been promoted to Manager of Indirect Lending.  Zorn will be responsible for the management of all aspects of the Indirect Lending Department.

Zorn who has more than 15 years of experience in the financial industry, joined the Credit Union in 2015 as Indirect Lending Underwriter.  Most recently Zorn worked for GFA as an Underwriter of Indirect and Direct Lending.  She brings with her extensive knowledge and expertise in the lending, loan servicing and the mortgage arenas. Lisa currently resides with her family in Fitchburg, MA.

Save the Date! Or, Save the Whole Weekend (Oct. 27 & 28) for “Fitchburg Open Studios”

An “art tour” is a sort of voyage of discovery for art lovers. The idea is for patrons to be able to see what the arts have to offer in a particular city or region. Artists and art gallery owners come together for a day (or two) to show off the artwork being created in that area, sometimes to witness even the very act of creation itself. Such will be the exciting goings-on over the weekend of October 27 and 28 in Fitchburg, Mass., and vicinity.

“Fitchburg Open Studios” was organized by four stars of the Fitchburg art scene: gallery owner Tamar Russell Brown, pastel painter Lisa Regopoulos, and gallery owners Peter and Ann Capodagli. More than 20 artists responded to a call for artwork to be shown over the big weekend at many different sites, including the Fitchburg Art Museum and the various studios of participating artists. The 40,000 or so residents of the city of Fitchburg are about to find out just how much artistic talent the area has to offer.

Art lovers may need a full tank of gas or the equivalent energy on a bicycle for the entire weekend. The epicenter of the activities will be Fitchburg, of course, but the surrounding communities of Gardner, Leominster, Princeton and Townsend will be sites of studios where artists will be exhibiting.

“I had a dream to do this gallery,” says Tamar Russell Brown of Gallery Sitka at 454 Main Street in Fitchburg. The dream became a reality in May 2014 when Ms. Russell Brown started up a gallery at the Phoenix Park Mill in Shirley, and culminated with the grand opening of Gallery Sitka in downtown Fitchburg in July 2016. Some 40 area artists are represented by Sitka, and that gallery has an email list of over 100.

Art is a family affair for Tamar. “My father is an artist,” she reports, and her great aunt and great uncle were both painters. Though her father tried to warn her about the difficulty of making a living in the arts, she followed that dream anyway. The story goes all the way back to her teens, growing up in Tennessee. “I was collecting art at 15,” she recalls. Apparently she was destined for this calling in the art world from an early age.

Lisa Regopoulos paints pastels and considers herself an impressionistic artist. “I’m often trying to catch an image as if you had just caught a glimpse of it,” she says of her working methods. “You put more of yourself into the work,” she says, if you are working under that urgency of catching not just the visual fireworks of the images she paints en plein air (in the great outdoors) but also the mood, the feeling created while observing her subject matter. She’s out to capture, of course, an impression, and to communicate the excitement of a fleeting moment of beauty. The pastels are pigments held together by binders that allow tremendously vibrant colors to live on the paper surface, perhaps more strikingly than is possible with other materials.

Lisa will be opening her entire house to art lovers, hanging many recent paintings and working at the easel on a picture while her visitors look on. Some of the other artists who answered the call will be doing the same kind of demonstrations.

Ann and Peter Capodaglia made their own dreams come true in 2008 when they opened the Boulder Art Gallery at 960 Main Street, in the shadow of the Rollstone Boulder, one of Fitchburg’s proudest landmarks and the inspiration for the name of the gallery. The lovely Upper Common area is the backdrop for the gallery, which also serves as Ann’s studio.

The Capodaglias were both teachers. Ann enjoyed 36 years as a Visual Arts instructor at Fitchburg High School, while Peter is a retired middle school science teacher who worked for 35 years in the Shirley school system. Ann is a watercolorist. Along with her watercolors, Ann will also be offering giclee prints and note cards at Boulder on both days of the art tour. Peter has been a collector of vintage art for many years. They are both dedicated to promoting and supporting local and regional artists.

Most of Boulder’s art is representational, Ms. Russell Brown says, with beautiful landscapes predominating. Sitka focuses more on abstract works that provide exciting interactions of pure color and texture.

Among the artists participating will be Doreen M. LaScola of Gardner, Ellen Schneeflock of Ashburnham, Pam Short of Lancaster, Linda Williams of Ashby, Leonard A. Haug of Princeton, Therese R. Blood of Westminster, as well as Brian G. Beaudoin, Randy LeSage, Christopher Di Nunzio, Kathryn Swantee, Iphigenia Burg, Jennifer Jones, Jen Hemenway, Gail Bloom, Sally Sargent, Kate Shaffer, Priscilla Mavrikis Walker, Keven McCarthy and Wil Darcangelo.

Ms. Russell Brown has created a special map to guide art lovers to all the participating studios and galleries. Go to for the map and more information about the big weekend.


Interior Effects: Furniture in Contemporary Art

September 23, 2018 – January 13, 2019

Interior Effects: Furniture in Contemporary Art pays tribute to New England’s history of furniture manufacturing
through an exploration of the unique capacity of interior furnishings to embody cultural traditions and to shape
the spaces within which we live and work. From studio furniture to artworks ranging from sculpture to video,
Interior Effects centers on furniture and its design as psychologically charged metaphors.

The exhibition combines the work of 10 New England artists who collectively explore themes including tradition,
community, gender, and the emotional impact of design. Tracie Pouliot’s oral histories and Liz Shepherd’s new
installation directly link to two furniture companies that were based in Gardner, Massachusetts—The Chair City.
Pouliot’s books record the stories of former Nichols & Stone employees, while Shepherd’s installation uses midcentury
designs produced by Heywood-Wakefield to examine these objects as iconic, regional, and gendered.

The furniture of Judy Kensley McKie, Yuri Kobayashi, and Leah K. Woods exemplify the booming studio furniture
movement in New England, which has applied extremely high technical and aesthetic standards to the creation of
one-of-a-kind furnishings. The designs of these three female furniture makers each distinctly play with traditions
and the symbolic potential of form.

In other works, furniture is used to explore institutional ethos or personal character. Celeste Roberge’s Miniature Stacks
are mini-chair monuments to artists such as Joseph Beuys and Meret Oppenheim. Katarina Burin pays homage to Fran
Hosken—one of the first women to graduate from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design—and her furniture designs.
The color saturated scenes in Sarah Malakoff’s photographs of interior spaces make the viewer aware of furniture as far
more than a benign, functional object in a domestic setting. Sandra Erbacher’s pairings of office furniture examine the
way design reflects a corporate philosophy. And Samantha

Fields’s cast porcelain chair legs animate stitched sculptures

that humorously invite feminist consideration of class, the female body, and domesticity.
Interior Effects is the second in a series of FAM exhibitions that link contemporary art practice to our region’s industrial
heritage. In 2016, FAM presented Plastic Imagination, and in 2020, will organize a show on the theme of paper.
This exhibition will be organized by Curator Lisa Crossman and Terrana Curatorial Fellow Candice Bancheri. It will be
accompanied by a Learning Lounge that will provide historical examples of furniture produced in Gardner thanks to the
Gardner Museum.

Opening Reception
Sunday, September 23, 2–4pm

Lost Manufacturing, Found Art
Saturday, November 3, 1:30–2:45 pm

A panel discussion on the effects of deindustrialization, as it relates to the region’s rich history of furniture making.
Panelists include UMass Lowell Professor Robert Forrant, artist Tracie Pouliot, and former Nichols & Stone employees,
followed by a talk by artist Liz Shepherd.

Behind the Scenes: A Closing Tour with Terrana Curatorial Fellow, Candice Bancheri
Sunday, January 13, 2pm

All events are free with museum admission.


HealthAlliance Guild Fall Social

Please join us and bring a new, unwrapped toy or stuffed animal
for our annual toy box raffle!
Thursday, October 25, 2018
110 Grill
207 Mill Street, Leominster, MA
Light appetizers provided
$25 per person
Guild members bring a friend and they can join the Guild for free!
Proceeds from this event will go toward the purchase of exercise
pedals for our Home Health & Hospice patients.
Please RSVP to Kathy Boudreau, 978-466-4516 by Oct. 19


Today Simonds International and US Blades announced the merger of the companies in a transaction that will create the leading producer and marketer of cutting tools and the leading cutting tool service company in the primary wood fiber industry. The combined entity, Simonds International Inc., will continue to operate in the United States and Canada with 17 facilities located in the major wood fiber regions of North America. All products and customers segments currently served by Simonds and US Blades will continue uninterrupted during the integration process and thereafter.
Ray Martino, President and Chief Executive Officer of Simonds said: “This merger will combine two of the leading companies in our industry with a deep history of product innovation, quality products and customer focused organizations providing value added services to our customers. The cultures of the two companies are similar and will strengthen our service to the industry. The Simonds and US Blades brands are prominent in the industry and will remain a core part of the combined company in the future.”
John Tyner, President & CEO of US Blades said: “Over the last 14 years, US Blades has become the largest service provider in the industry and with the Simonds merger we will now have the infrastructure to reach our goal of “total customer commitment”. The merging of manufacturing and service together will allow our customers to have the latest technologies.”
About Simonds International
Simonds International, founded in 1832, is a leading supplier and marketer of cutting tools and related products to the wood, pulp, paper and tree care industries. For more information, call (800) 426-6226 or visit
About US Blades
US Blades was founded in 2004 as a cutting tool service company servicing the southeastern United States wood fiber markets. Since its founding, the company has expanded to cover the entire eastern U.S. market. For more information visit our website


for Nashoba Valley Medical Center’s
2018 Hunger Run 5K
to benefit Loaves and Fishes.
Activities, food and fun for the whole family. Register at
Saturday, October 13, 2018
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Nashoba Valley Medical Center
200 Groton Road, Ayer, MA

Hunger Run – Sponsorship Form 2018