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Police Warn About Bogus Fundraisers

September 19, 2018

LUNENBURG -- Police are cautioning residents about a group that is calling itself a police association soliciting donations.

On Monday afternoon, the department received a call from the group asking to support “your local law enforcement,” police wrote on their Facebook page.

That group is not affiliated with Lunenburg police, the department wrote in its post.

Police were also not able to verify whether the association is legitimate.

Westminster Oktoberfest dinner Oct. 6 WESTMINSTER -- An Oktoberfest dinner will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6, at St. Edward the Confessor Church Hall, 10 Church St., Westminster. The event runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and features a pot roast dinner with vegetables, salad, rolls and dessert. The cost is $10 per adult, $5 for children under 12. Kids under 6 eat free. Tickets are available at the door. For more information, call Wendy Provencial at 978-874-0767.

Suicide Prevention Month event set

LEOMINSTER -- As a part of National Suicide Prevention Month, state Rep. Natalie Higgins is hosting a Community QPR, which stands for “Question, Persuade and Refer,” Training with the Montachusett Suicide Prevention Taskforce from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Monday Sept. 24 at the Public Library’s Community Room.

Those three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying “Yes” to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor.

The mission of the Montachusett Suicide Prevention Task Force is to prevent suicide, and to provide education and resources to help those who struggle with depression, survivors of suicide, and those who have lost loved ones to suicide.

Comedy show to aid Fathers 4 Justice

LEOMINSTER -- A comedy show benefiting the parental rights nonprofit Fathers 4 Justice will be held at the Leominster Elk’s lodge Saturday night.

The show will feature local comedians Dennis Wirth, Anthony Brooks, and Bryan Keith as well as former Howard Stern Show staff member John Melendez.

“Melendez worked with Stern and Jay Leno for a while. He has a podcast now,” said Wirth, who is organizing the event. “A couple weeks ago he called the White House pretending to be a senator and got put through to Donald Trump. I was worried he’d get arrested and miss this.”

The event will begin at 9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $25 or in advance for $20 by calling 978-660-9946.

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