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Leominster Marriage License Now $30

April 10, 2019 GMT

LEOMINSTER -- Beginning July 1, couples seeking a marriage intention license application will pay $30.

The increase, which doubles the existing fee, was adopted by the City Council on Monday.

The primary reason for the increase, which was requested by City Clerk Kaitlyn Huffman, was the amount of time her staff needs to complete an application.

In late March Huffman said it takes between 30 minutes and an hour to process each application.

Between 350 and 450 couples apply for marriage licenses each year.

The City Council also on Monday approved eliminating the dog license fee, which is $10 to $15, for service pets.

Journalist talks ‘Women on the Hill’

FITCHBURG -- Boston Globe Associate Editor and Columnist Renée Graham will deliver the annual Nancy Kelly Memorial Lecture at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, in Fitchburg State University’s Presidents’ Hall in the Mazzaferro Center, 291 Highland Ave. Admission is free and open to the public.

“Women on the Hill: 2018 and Beyond” is co-sponsored by the university’s Economics, History and Political Science Department; the English Studies Department; Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies; and Feminist Conversations.

The event is part of the university’s observance of Women’s History Month.

Barrett Park Fishing Derby April 13

LEOMINSTER -- The annual Barrett Park Fishing Derby will be held at 7 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, rain or shine, at the Barrett Park Pond.

The derby is for children 14-years-old or younger and 12-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult.

The fishing continues until 11 a.m. and prizes will be awarded at 11:15 a.m.

Parks Department Director Judith Sumner said those who participate should expect to catch some fish -- the pond has been stocked with over 400 trout.

Admission is free.

For more information contact the Recreation Department at 978-534-7529

The derby is sponsored by the Leominster Recreation Department, local businesses and contractors, and the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.