DEVENS -- The Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry will hold its 30th annual Good Friday Walk from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 18, beginning at the Harvard Congregational Church on Route 110 at Harvard Common. The walk follows a scenic 5-mile loop; walkers can register at any time and walk as far as they like. The walk also supports Sharing, Inc., which helps impoverished youth in the rural South.

Sponsor sheets are available at local churches and libraries and can be downloaded at at Each walker is asked to raise a minimum of $25 to participate. Contributions and sponsor sheets must be submitted at the registration desk on the day of the walk; walkers will receive a number and a map.

No one under the age of 18 can walk without a parent's or guardian's signature; walkers under age12 must have adult supervision. No bicycles, roller blades, scooters or skateboards are allowed. For information or to volunteer, contact Jeanie Colony at 978-456-1239, or Becca Day-Newsham 978-456-8717,

Littleton High class of 2015 to hold auction

LITTLETON -- The Littleton High School Class of 2015 is hosting the annual Silent Auction from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Littleton High School cafeteria at 56 King St. Items will include a pair of wills, handmade Adirondack chair, local handcrafted items, and autographed New England sports memorabilia.


Veterans Fund holds open members meetings

LOWELL -- Helpful Hand Veterans Fund holds an open monthly members meeting at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month at the East End Club, 15 West Fourth St. Please visit for more information.

Franco American School to hold auction

LOWELL -- Franco American School will hold its spring auction at 7 p.m. Friday, March 28, at Mount Pleasant Golf Club, 99 Staples St.. The event will consist of a live auction, hors d'oeuvres, raffles, games and a cash bar. Admission is $25 per person. For information, call the school at 978-458-1251.

Religious order to honor Lowell funeral director

WELLESLEY -- The Sisters of Charity of Halifax will host the 14th annual Elizabeth Ann Seton Awards on Thursday, April 10, at the Lantana in Randolph. Among the honorees is John McDonough, director of the McDonough Funeral Home in Lowell, who will receive the Community Leadership Award.

McDonough is being recognized for his involvement with community organizations throughout Lowell and his embrace of modern communications systems as valuable tools in the funeral service industry. He hosts "City Life," a local cable access program broadcast by Lowell Telecommunications Corp. He has supported the work of the Sisters of Charity since his days as a student at St. Peter's School in Lowell.

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Pepperell farmer's idea published in journal

Jim Friend, who farms near Pepperell, has been published in the Farm Journal's $100 Ideas Contest. His idea for a plow edge for uneven surfaces was featured in the Mid-February issue of Farm Journal. In recognition of the win, Friend will receive a $200 check, special $100 Ideas hat, and a coupon for up to $5,000 on new equipment from his local New Holland dealership. In 2014, New Holland, a manufacturer of farm machinery, partnered with Farm Journal to bring more awareness to the contest. Friend was featured on "AgriTalk" radio and "AgDay" television, describing how his idea was a smart innovation for his farm.