Fast News for April 4

Q&A session: The Wilton Community Center is pleased to host a free but information-packed Q & A discussion between the police departments chiefs of both Wilton and Lyndeborough and their respective town citizens – of all ages! The event will take place on Wednesday, April 10 from 7-8:30 pm at the Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative High School. Both Eric Olesen (Wilton Chief) and Rance Deware (Lyndeborough Chief) will be on hand to introduce new faces in the departments, answer questions on the opioid and other drug crisis, offer personal safety tips for home and (especially) women, current information townsfolk need to know, programs sponsored by, or offered by local or regional police commissions and more! Conversely – the police want to listen to local citizens about their concerns on personal safety, the crime rate in the area, questions, issues and suggestions. The discussions promise to be lively and a reminder that the Police Forces ARE With You! Refreshments will be provided by members of the Wilton Community Center. The Center is currently seeking new members to get involved with community events and to propose creative cultural, educational, recreational ideas that can bring members of all ages together. For more information on auditing one of the monthly meetings, contact Donna Crane, President at 654-6219. For questions on the event, contact Stasia Millett at 654-2186. We are a tax exempt organization under Section 501c (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions which support the Wilton Community Center’s charitable purposes may be tax-deductible by the donor.

Exhibit set

MILFORD – The New Hampshire Antique Co-op will present The New England Landscape: Works from the 19th-21st Centuries, an exhibit and sale of paintings spanning more than 200 years of artists’ interpretations of the timeless and iconic views unique to New England. From fields and forests to lakes and mountains, the region has long been an inspiration to painters, poets and artists of all kinds.

The exhibit will open with a wine and cheese reception from 1-3 p.m. on April 13 in the Upstairs Gallery at New Hampshire Antique Co-op. All are welcome to attend and enjoy scenic New England landscape paintings as envisioned by the varied artists in the show.

Featured artists from the 19th and 20th centuries include, William Sonntag, Willard Leroy Metcalf, Robert Vonnoh, Aldro Hibbard, Henry Ward Ranger, Ben Foster, Eric Sloane, William Hart and more, William Jurian Kaula, Paul Sample, Frank Vincent Dumond and William Preston Phelps. Also included in the exhibit are contemporary New England artists Erik Koeppel, Dave Dodge and William Davis.

A prominent work in the exhibit is a Vermont landscape by Willard Leroy Metcalf (1858-1925). Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, and brought up on a farm in Maine, Metcalf’s knowledge of the picturesque New England countryside came early. He studied with landscape masters in Boston and then in France. His interest in Impressionism led him in 1898 to become one of the founders of The Ten, a group of Boston and New York painters pioneering and promoting their work and the Impressionist style. In 1904, Metcalf sought a retreat in rural Maine. Inspired by the scenery, he went on to paint the diverse New England landscapes for which he became best known. In 1925, Metcalf was named the “poet laureate of the New England hills.” He also was influential in the Cornish Art Colony in Cornish, New Hampshire, which was founded in 1885 by the notable sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

The exhibit is on view through Sept. 10.

The New Hampshire Antique Co-op is a destination shop for fine art, period furniture, porcelain, silver, collectibles, jewelry and more. NHAC is one of the largest group antique shops in the state. Established in 1983 by the Hackler family, the shop features more than 200 dealers and has been named “Best of New England” in 2018 and 2019 by Yankee Magazine. The shop is located at 323 Elm St. in Milford.

For more information, call 603-673-8499 or visit www.nhantiquecoop.com or www.facebook.com/nhantiquecoop. The shop is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hospitality firm expands

WILTON – Roedel Companies and the Massachusetts-based developer Riverbridge North LLC officially opened Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston-Marlborough on March 20. The 105-room, all-suite hotel, is located off Interstate 495 in Berlin, and is the first extended suite hotel in the Roedel portfolio, and is part of the new Riverbridge Mixed Village.

Business Development Officer David Roedel said, “The growing volume of business and recreational travelers in the Boston-Marlborough market, combined with limited lodging accommodations, was a clear opportunity to introduce an upscale, suite-style product to the region.”

The hotel offers a mix of studios and one-bedroom suites ideal for business travelers for more than a one-or two-night stay, the many long-distance corporate travelers. The hotel in near the New England Sports Center, one of the largest indoor skating facilities in the country, Solomon Pond Mall, the International and Juni courses. It is about 45 minutes from Logan International Airport and 30 minutes from Worcester Regional airport.

Each suite has separate living and sleeping areas, a fully-equipped kitchen. Complimentary Wi-fi and a large desk allow for working remotely, plus phone-voicemail capabilities, newspaper delivery and a high definition TV in the living area.

Guests may also enjoy a 24-hour business center located in the lobby which offers high-speed desk tops, complimentary printing and photo-copying services, plus additional meeting spaces with screen and projector. During off-time guests may use outdoor half-court basketball court, outdoor kitchen and grill, and indoor swimming pool. The gym provides Next Gen treadmills, elliptical trainers, recumbent bikes, functional glide trainers, super bench and dumbbell rack.

In addition, there is a full hot breakfast every morning, evening socials on select weekend, 24-hour laundry, and a shuttle to nearby business and shopping.

Reservations can be made online by visiting bostonmarlborough.homewoodsuitesbyhilton.com, or by calling 978-838-9940.

May the Police Force be with you

WILTON – On Wednesday, April 10, 7-8:30 p.m., at Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative High School, the Wilton Community Center will sponsor a question-and-answer discussion featuring Wilton Police Chief Eric Olesen and Lyndeborough Police Chief Rance Deware.

What do Wilton and Lyndeborough residents want to know, and what do the police departments need townspeople to be aware of?

The program will include who’s who in the departments, new faces, new programs offered by local and regional commissions, and current information.

Discussion topics can include, among others, personal safety, security and protection concerns, crime prevention, automobile safety, and what the police need from the towns.

The program is free, and refreshments will be served.

For information contact Stasia Millet at smillett@tds.net, or wiltoncommunitycenter@gmail.com.


The photo with the story headlined “Milford’s Harley Sanford VFW Post bounces back” on page 3 of the March 28 Cabinet shows the Milford American Legion Color Guard, not the VFW Color Guard.