Snow Fort--Wednesday, December 29, 2010

James Babinski, 9, of Lebanon, CT, builds a snow fort off of Forest Street in Fitchburg while visiting his uncle, Bill Colonis of Fitchburg.

Sledding by Cherry Hill Ice Cream--Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Wind blows gusts of snow while locals sled.

From top to bottom, Leominster residents Aidan Chartrand, 12, Cam Donahue, 13, and Chris Petkewich, 12, near the end of their sled ride.

Wachusett Mountain Ski Area--Monday, December 27, 2010

Sledding--Monday, December 27, 2010

Nahuel Viera, 13, of Leominster sleds down a hill by Southeast Elementary School in Leominster.

Joe Scott of Leominster waits with his back to the wind while his children sled at a hill by Southeast Elementary School in Leominster.

Animals outdoors in the cold

Wednesday, December 22, 2010--Cows feed on hay off of Leominster Road in Lunenburg during a light snow storm, Wednesday afternoon. 

Tuesday, December 21, 2010--Sheep huddle close to each other to keep warm on a cold day at Laurel Ridge Farm in Ashby.

Ice Rescue Training--Monday, December 20, 2010

Firefighter Kristy Pappas (top) motions to the shore that she is ready to be pulled in after rescuing firefighter Dean Osgood from a hole in the ice during Fitchburg Fire Department's ice rescue training at Greene's Pond in Fitchburg.

Leominster vs. North Middlesex--Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Leominster's Ryan Terrell's breakaway shot is blocked by North Middlesex's goalie J.P. Dineen.

Wachusett Mountain Open for Skiing/Snowboarding--Tuesday, December 15, 2010

Kayla Bacon, 22, of Fitchburg gets some early season riding in on the Conifer Connection trail at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area in Princeton.

Atlantic Union College Music Program--Monday, December 13, 2010

AUC student William Byas, 23, of Jamaica Plain practices on a piano at Atlantic Union College in Lancaster which just re-introduced their music program as a major.

Wreaths Across America--Friday, December 10, 2010

WWII U.S. Marine Corps veteran Arnie Rill of Lunenburg views the wreaths placed by headstones in Winchendon's Veterans’ Cemetary for the Wreaths Across America program, Friday morning.

Chair for Santa--Thursday, December 9, 2010

A chair reserved for Santa sits next to a decorated tree at Leominster Credit Union's Christmas party.

Rein in a Dream--Thursday, December 9, 2010

Perkins School student Joseph Mangual-Torres grooms a horse with a brush at Rein in a Dream Horsemanship Program in Lancaster.

Free Meal--Monday, December 6, 2010

From left, Employee Homar Ahmed looks on as Santa Claus is fed a meatball by owner Mike Mohamed during the annual free Christmas meal for the needy and local elderly residents at Il Forno Restaurant on Airport Road in Fitchburg.

Santa Claus Visits Fitchburg on Thursday, December 2, 2010

 Santa waves from the roof of the Fitchburg Public Library.

 Locals wave as Santa appears on the roof of the Fitchburg Public Library.

 Santa greets locals as the Fitchburg High School band performs Christmas music.

Play Time

Wednesday, December 1, 2010--Zachary Richard, 3, of Fitchburg plays the Great Escape Playcafé located at 21 Sack Blvd. in Leominster during the grand opening of the business, which sports a hip café on one side for adults and an enclosed play area for children 10 and under on the other side.

Fitchburg High School's last practice before playoffs

Monday, November 29, 2010--The team runs a play during practice.

Fitchburg vs. Leominster Thanksgiving Day Game

The 127th Thanksgiving Day game between long-time rivals Fitchburg High School and Leominster High School was held on Thursday, November 25, 2010 at Doyle Field in Leominster. The two teams battled all the way into double-overtime with Leominster coming out on top 24-18.

Leominster's Kyle Sanders gives high fives to teammates while arriving on Doyle Field.

Fitchburg runs onto the field.

Leominster's Cortez Ludden gets air born while being tackled by Fitchburg's defense during a running play. Cortez was also the player to run the ball in for the game winning touchdown in double overtime.

Leominster's Rocco Daigneault gains extra yards after making an over-the-head catch for a first down on a 4th-down play as Fitchburg's Steph'fon Teague (top left) and Anthony Figueroa (bottom left) try to bring him down.

Fitchburg's Quinton Perkins (#1) laterals the ball to Tyrie Osby before getting tackled by Leominster's Nicholas Wilford.

The Leominster High School band performs at half time.

Leominster High School fans celebrate after a play.

Fitchburg High School fans root for their team.

Leominster High School Pep Rally

Tuesday, November 23, 2010--The senior class sits in the stands, applauding during the recognition of the senior football players.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010--The varsity cheerleaders perform.

Leominster High School Cheerleading

Friday, November 19, 2010--Freshman Megan Gendron performs an aerial maneuver during practice.

Fall Brook Elementary School Participates in Sport Stacking

Thursday, November 18, 2010--Fall Brook Elementary School 3rd-grader Daniel Boulet, 8, stacks cups in a relay while participating in helping to break the Guinness World Record in sport stacking.

Logging--Monday, November 15, 2010

A Timberjack feller buncher cuts standing red pine trees and puts them into a pile. The red pine trees, which were planted in the Leominster Water Department Land on Wachusett Street many years ago, were damaged by the 2008 ice storm.

A Caterpillar grapple scrapper pulls logs to the lot.

Gary Gouldrup of Pepperell, a consulting forester for New England Forestry Consultants, Inc., views a managed forest area near a lot where damaged red pines from the 2008 ice storm are being logged in the Leominster Water Department Land.

Veterans Day

Thursday, November 11, 2010--WWII veteran Chaplain Donald Christian provides an opening prayer in city hall for Leominster's Veterans Day exercises.

Nashoba Regional High School Girls Soccer Practice, Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Goalie Lusan Dellagrotte makes a diving save. The team will be playing in the semi-finals on Thursday.

Jesslyn Joseph volleys the ball during practice.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010--A net is fired out to capture ring-billed gulls in the parking lot at The Mall at Whitney Field in Leominster as the Department of Conservation and Recreation were doing research to help combat overpopulation of the birds in the parking lot at The Mall at Whitney Field in Leominster.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010--Officials from the Department of Conservation and Recreation, from left, Dan Clark, Director of Natural Resources, Ken MacKenzie, Senior Wildlife Biologist, Jillian Pereira, Wildlife Technician, and Kiana Koenen, Wildlife Biologist, put hoods (small socks) to cover the heads of ring-billed gulls to calm them down after they were captured temporarily for research.

Wednesday, October 3, 2010: Bulfinch Church clock winder / views from the cupola

70-year-old John Spencer, the clock winder for the town of Lancaster, shows how he winds the clock made by the Seth Thomas Clock Co. in 1895 that is in the tower of the First Church of Christ Unitarian (Bulfinch Church) on the Lancaster Town Green.

Views from the cupola:

John stands in the cupola by the Paul Revere bell that is rung every hour, triggered by the clock he winds: