GUEST COLUMN: Thinning to Take Place at Gage Forest this Summer

Martina Gage Forest. COURTESY IMAGE

Subscribe to our free, daily publication for all your Westford news. This summer, in accordance with the approved Forest Stewardship Plan, the Westford Town Forest Committee will be conducting a forest thinning operation within the Martina Gage town forest located along both sides of Gage Lane. The Gage Forest consists of approximately 75 acres of land bordering Heart Pond and located along both sides of Gage Lane. This forest has been owned by the Town of Westford since the 1930s.  Previously the land was owned by Daniel Gage who owned and operated the Daniel Gage Ice Company in Lowell beginning in 1869.  Daniel Gage was a prominent Lowell businessman and he became known as the Lowell Ice King.  He frequently donated to Lowell’s charitable organizations.  His daughter, Martina, continued to operate the successful business for 28 years following Daniel’s death in 1901.  After Martina’s death in 1935, and in accordance with her will, her land holdings were donated to towns throughout the Merrimack Valley in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Having been the owner/operator of an ice company, most of these lands are located adjacent to lakes and ponds. Continue Reading →

What’s Happening at the J.V. Fletcher Library

J.V. Fletcher Library (credit John Phelan)

Subscribe to our free, daily publication for all your Westford news. Cookbook Book Club: Tuesday, March 20 at 7 p.m. The Cookbook Book Club is dedicated to exploring cookbooks and sampling new recipes. Copies of this month’s choice, Barefoot Contessa: How Easy is That?, by Ina Garten are available for check out at the Main Desk. Participants who would like to bring a dish from the cookbook (not required to participate), are asked to contact Sarah Regan in the Information Services Department at 978-399-2309. The Cookbook Book Club is funded by the Friends of the Library. Continue Reading →