James “Jim” Duncan, who served as Organist at First Church in Marlborough, Congregational, from 1998 to 2000 and as Principal Organist from 2007 to 2019, has retired. The 14 years of inspiring organ and piano music prompted parishioners to present a reception to thank Jim for his many achievements and for the time he’s spent with them.
During his tenure at First Church, Jim worked alongside other musicians, notably the Chancel Choir, Handbells, and Children’s Choir, forming bonds of friendship and encouragement in the creation of beautiful sacred music.
Jim Duncan was educated at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Penn. with a Bachelors Degree in Electronic Engineering. Following college, he served two years in the United States Army as a Lieutenant where he was assigned to the National Security Agency developing computer circuitry. Later, he attended the Florida Institute of Technology where he received a Masters of Scientific Management. Jim retired from the Defense Systems business in 2000.
Jim has been an avid musician since the age of 9 when he started with piano lessons and later added classical organ lessons. His 50-plus years of musical talent and experience include serving as organist at a number of churches including St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Marlborough.
Jim will remain active, frequently accompanied by his wife Linda, in the local music scene, performing theater, organ and piano duet shows. They have held weekly sing-alongs at the Beaumont Nursing Home in Westborough. Jim also organized the Southborough Senior Songsters that meet weekly and present shows at senior centers and retirement homes.
Jim’s organ and piano accompaniment have filled the lives of First Church parishioners through each season of the church year, through times of joy and sorrow. He has played during weddings, baptisms, and funerals, from the joyful heights of Advent and Christmas to the somber depths of Holy Week.
“We send you off with love, thanks, and unending respect for who you are, Jim!” We have been truly blessed to have so much time with Jim over 14 years. We wish Jim and Linda all the best as they enjoy their retirement together! God Bless!”
This is a shortened version of an article compiled by Patricia Kennedy and Trenton Vartabedian.

THE FALL 2019 BOOK & BAKE SALE with Teresa’s Bake Shop and Coffee Shop will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Marlborough Public Library, 35 West Main St., with parking in the back on Witherbee Street. This is a Friends major fund raising event. Proceeds go towards the funding of the Friends’ programs. Jean Peters is the Book Sale chairman. Admission to the event is free. Hardback and paperback books are sorted by subject matter. The costs are: adult hardcover - $1 and adult paperback – 50 cents; hardcover young adult - $1; children’s hardcover – 50 cents and children’s softcover – 25 cents.

NOT QUITE FINISHED READING your book from the Marlborough Public Library? Don’t worry, your library book will now automatically renew. Library items that are eligible for renewal will be automatically renewed. If you have provided the library with your email address, a renewal status email will be sent to you on the date due. This applies to all renewable items within the CW MARS network.

THE FRIENDS OF THE MARLBOROUGH PUBLIC LIBRARY met recently and elected a new president, vice president and treasurer. The new president is Sandra Austin, an attorney in Marlborough; the new vice president is Jean Peters who also is the Friends Book and Bake sale chairperson; the new treasurer is Judith Bell, a branch manager at Main Street Bank in Marlborough; and
Peggy Schwarz Ayers will continue as secretary.

SEPT. 27 BIRTHDAY GREETINGS go to former City Councilor Natalie Lashmit ... Greetings go to Nena Bloomquist and James Farrell who celebrate their wedding anniversary on Sept. 29 ... Sept. 28 birthday greetings go to Janice Hynes and to Christopher Shea ... Sept. 30 birthday greetings go to Nena Bloomquist … Have a happy Sept. 30 birthday Charlie Downey … Congratulations go to Kim and Todd Beauchemin who celebrate their wedding aniversary on Oct. 3 … Best wishes go to Ken Blomquist who celebrates his birthday on Oct. 1.