Art on Center Closing
Art on Center’s journey started in August of 2011. Throughout the journey we were fortunate to meet many talented artists, instructors and supporters. One of our greatest joys has been watching our members grow and come into their own with their artistic endeavors. So it is with deep regret that we must inform you that Art on Center has closed permanently, as of last month.
It is always sad when something great comes to an end, but with one ending comes the chance for other great beginnings. With the people you’ve met and the experiences you’ve had with us, we hope that more great things will arise in your future. Most importantly, we hope that in our absence you will continue to create and support the arts.
Art on Center will be selling art supplies and furniture on January 18, 19 and 20 from 2 p.m.–6:30 p.m. We currently have a good selection of new art supplies for sale at cost.
Thank you for being a part of Art on Center.
Best Regards, Stacey and Nura, Art on Center, 15 Center St., Fairhaven
Pantry says “Thank you”
This letter of thanks goes out to all the generous people who contributed money and/or non-perishable food to the 13th annual Shepherd’s Pantry holiday fundraiser. With a monthly expenditure of around $6,000.00 used to purchase food that is either running low or out completely, monetary donations are necessary to keep the pantry running smoothly. According to Blanche Pepin, the pantry’s administrator, dedicated volunteers handed out thousands of food items to over 5,950 families during this past year. Broken down, that’s 18,000 individuals helped; with 33% of this total going to children and an average of over 96 families that come looking for help each Saturday between the hours of 9 and 11 AM.
A BIG thank you for this year’s success goes to the much needed and appreciated newspaper articles from The Standard-Times, The Fairhaven/ Acushnet Advocate and the Fairhaven Neighborhood News. Also, a BIG thank you to some of the area’s businesses, churches, schools and non-profit groups and organizations that have donated their time and money towards our yearly venture; including the annual Turkey Trot annual road race coordinators, as well as its participants, who made this year’s event a huge success for the Shepherd’s Pantry. I’d also like to acknowledge the donors who have visited our web site, shepherdspantry.org, and felt inspired to help our cause.
Also, this year’s success was initiated with the help of Fairhaven Stop & Shop manager Rick Fraielli and assistant manager Norine Albert by asking their compassionate customers to purchase $10.00 boxes of non-perishable food items for the pantry during this holiday season. And the response was phenomenal whereby 289 boxes of food were eventually delivered to the pantry to help fill their shelves. Also, another big thank you to the Stop & Shop Bakery Department workers, located in Fairhaven, who hand me outdated bread and pastries on Friday afternoons to be given out the next morning to the needy who frequent the pantry.
And finally, the food bins located at the Millicent Library, and Stop & Shop Supermarket, both located in Fairhaven, where generous people have dropped off thousands of pounds of non-perishable food this past year, will continue. If you have any questions about the pantry located at the Long Plain United Methodist Church at 1215 Main St. in Acushnet, please call 508-763-9289.
Sincerely, Gerry Payette, Holiday fund-raiser coordinator
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