May is Lancaster History Month

LANCASTER -- Whether you're a longtime resident of Lancaster or another local community, a newcomer to the area who wants to learn about the history of your new town, or just interested in history for the love of it, you won't be disappointed in the wide range of programs offered as Thayer Memorial Library, 717 Main St., designates May as Lancaster History Month.

Battle of Ball's Bluff Virginia, October 21, 1861: "Lancastrians Take the Lead" will be presented Tuesday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m., by Col. Kevin Doyle, USMC (Ret.), who will recount the day of the battle and give an overview of the role that the 181 Lancastrian volunteers played in the Civil War, with special attention to the 39 men who are honored on the Civil War Memorial plaque in the Reference Room at Thayer.

Dashed Hopes: "The Story of the Lancaster Industrial School for Girls from 1856-1905" will be presented Tuesday, May 14, at 6:30 p.m., by Karen Silverthorn, Thayer's assistant director and a member of the Lancaster Historical Commission. This program is based on the book "Daughters of the State: A Social Portrait of the First Reform School for Girls in North America, 1856-1905" by Barbara M. Brenzel, late professor of Wellesley College.

If These Trees Could Talk: "How Lancaster Has Shaped and Been Shaped by Its Trees & Forests" will be presented Tuesday, May 21, at 6:30 p.m., by local historian Timothy Castner. This program will place the history of Lancaster's "Blood" Town Forest in the context of the larger history of forests in New England and evolving ideas about forest conservation and preservation.


All programs are free. For more information, call 978-368-8928, ext. 4, or visit www.thayermemorial

Straighten up in Leominster

LEOMINSTER -- Leominster Public Library will offer a workshop on spinal health featuring the "Straighten Up America" program, presented by local chiropractor Dr. Robin Drury Mekas of Road to Wellness Chiropractic & Reiki in Leominster.

The program will be held Wednesday, May 8, at 7 p.m., in the library's Community Room, 610 Main St. No registration is required.

"Straighten Up America" is a program designed by health educator and chiropractor Ron Kirk. It aims to put health back in the hands of everyone, regardless of age or socioeconomic standing. The exercises taught help everyone to learn what good posture is, and how it helps individuals to stay healthy. It focuses on teaching the principles of healthy breathing, gentle movement, and a strong and mobile core. Exercises are safe and appropriate for all skill levels and can be easily modified to attend to a wide variety of abilities.

Dr. Mekas stresses that the program is designed to be simple enough to do daily, in a short amount of time, which helps maintain a strong immune system, good balance and positive outlook on life. She uses more than 15 years of experience of teaching yoga, life coaching and private practice as a chiropractor to tailor each patient's wellness program to his or her needs, based on the Four Pillars of Health principle.

For more information, call 978-534-7522.