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  1. 'Honk' if you want to see new ShirleyArts! musicalRead the original story

    Jul 19, 2018 | Shirley Oracle

    This summer's ShirleyArts! youth musical is "Honk Jr.," by George Stiles and Anthony Drew, and will be performed at Ayer Shirley Regional Middle School, 1 Hospital Road, on Friday, July 20, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, July 21, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, July 22, at 2 p.m. The show stars Emily Youtt of Leominster as the bullied Ugly Duckling. Sofia Santoro of Groton plays the sneaky cat.

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  2. Townsend woman weaves a web of inspiring volunteer activitiesRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 16, 2018 | Shirley Oracle

    The grandmother of seven is a tempest of productivity on a schedule that changes by the day and along a route that includes stops at a dozen places. She is, among many other things, the receptionist at the Townsend Senior Center, docent for the Historical Society, chairwoman of the Capital Planning Committee, member of and former president of Townsend Business Association, and the chairwoman of the Fall Bazaar, an annual event sponsored by St. John the Evangelist Parish Farmer's Market.

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  3. Groton honors WWI end at Memorial DayRead the original story

    May 11, 2018 | Nashoba Publishing Online

    Groton's annual Memorial Day observance will be held on May 28 and will consist of a parade with ceremonies at the Main Street Common, Old Burying Ground, Groton Cemetery, and Sawyer Common. As always the parade honors veterans of ALL wars, but this year's special theme will be the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I. We would like to invite ALL veterans to join us, whether in uniform or not.

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  4. Groton police chief finalists revealedRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 11, 2018 | Ayer Public Spirit

    Deputy Chief James Cullen, who is currently serving as the interim chief, Hudson New Hampshire Chief Jason Lavoie, and Lunenburg Lt. Michael Luth were chosen from a pool of 40 candidates from around New England.

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  5. With Palma retired, Cullen is interim chief in GrotonRead the original story w/Photo

    May 29, 2018 | Groton Landmark

    Deputy Police Chief James Cullen began Tuesday as the head of the department during the search for a new police chief. Former chief Donald Palma, who lead the department more than a decade, retired Monday.

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  6. Regional CalendarRead the original story

    Apr 6, 2018 | Nashoba Publishing Online

    The group's 30 singers includes Ayer resident Bob Williams. They will be accompanied by percussionist Bertram Lehmann and pianist Trevor Berens.

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  7. Regional CalendarRead the original story

    Mar 30, 2018 | Harvard Hillside

    Stations of the Cross: St. Andrew's Episcopal Church and Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church will join together to offer a Community Stations of the Cross, a devotion that follows Jesus' path to his crucifixion. The public is invited to gather at St. Andrew's at noon for the Good Friday Liturgy.

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  8. Now on the air: Girl ScoutsRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 2, 2018 | Shirley Oracle

    Shirley Girl Scout Troop 73497 teamed up with the Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club to host the 2nd Annual World Thinking Day on the Air. Internationally celebrated, World Thinking Day honors sister Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the globe.

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  9. Sudden retirement plans for Groton police chiefRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 15, 2018 | Groton Landmark

    Palma had been eligible to retire for a few years, but officials were surprised to learn Tuesday that he delivered his retirement papers in the midst of his current contract. "He was the best police chief I have ever worked with," Town Manager Mark Haddad said Wednesday.

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  10. Rescued Murals Will Move to New Groton InnRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 8, 2018 | Groton Landmark

    A large 19-century mural shows a person donning a top hat guiding a single-sailed boat through a calm New England lake framed by trees. Another shows a stately white home lined with windows overlooking a garden.

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  11. Cure cabin fever over February vacationRead the original story

    Feb 2, 2018 | Groton Landmark

    Children need outdoor time in nature more than ever during the long winter months. Come explore the exciting winter world with the Nashua River Watershed Association Eco-Adventures team this February vacation! Children ages 6 to 9 from all communities are invited to "Cure Cabin Fever," on February 21, 22, and 23. Daily treks, snow play, winter animal and plant investigations, snow experiments, winter detective skill building including tracking animals, fun games, and homemade hot chocolate.

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  12. iCan Bike returns to Lawrence AcademyRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 2, 2018 | Groton Landmark

    Emerson Hospital's Center for Rehabilitative and Sports Therapies is hosting its fourth annual bike camp for children and adults with disabilities during April school vacation week, April 16-20. Held in conjunction with Lawrence Academy, the camp is open to those who are at least eight years old, have a disability and are able to walk without an assistive device.

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  13. Ayer Man Goes from Fan to VolunteerRead the original story

    Jan 12, 2018 | Nashoba Publishing Online

    Ed Bloom had long been a fan of Indian Hill Music before he became the organization's "volunteer extraordinaire." He and his wife had gone to events at the school for years, enjoying their weekly Bach's Lunch Concert Series and regularly attending performances.

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  14. Groton's McGaffigan honored by New England PatriotsRead the original story

    Jan 3, 2018 | Ayer Public Spirit

    Molly McGaffigan of Groton was among several "Patriots Difference Makers of the Week" honored Sunday by the Kraft family and the New England Patriots Foundation in a special halftime ceremony during the Patriots' regular season finale versus the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium. As part of their commitment to celebrating volunteers, the Foundation presented the "Patriots Difference Maker of the Week" award each week during the season, which aims to recognize deserving volunteers who go above and beyond to give back to their community.

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  15. Kornacki will discuss journalism at Groton forumRead the original story

    Jan 3, 2018 | Ayer Public Spirit

    The national political correspondent for NBC news and MSNBC will be the guest of the Groton History Center on Jan. 25, 7 p.m. at Lawrence Academy Performing Arts Center, Kornacki will speak on "Journalism and politics: an updated history." Newspapers used to be a major source of information for many who wanted to be kept up-to-date with current events.

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  16. An evening of adult storytelling planned in GrotonRead the original story

    Jan 3, 2018 | Ayer Public Spirit

    An evening of true stories told live at First Parish Church of Groton Unitarian Universalist will be held January 27 at 7 p.m. Storytellers will share tales fantastical, funny, intriguing and provocative in the "Moth" tradition with famed storyteller Rose Saia featured as a special guest. A true storyteller, Saia has told stories on WGBH's "Stories from the Stage," The Life is Good Kids Foundation, the International Institute of New England's Suitcase Stories and at the legendary Brother Blue StorySpace.

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  17. Tense Groton talks end in fee concessions for Indian Hill music centerRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 27, 2017 | Townsend Times

    Negotiations between leaders of Indian Hill Music and selectmen over a building permit fee for the school's new facility were, by all accounts, challenging. Selectmen called them "heated."

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  18. Williams' Barn will host Holiday Market SaturdayRead the original story

    Nov 14, 2017 | Nashoba Publishing Online

    Take advantage of the Holiday Market held at Williams' Barn at 160 Chicopee Row in Groton. If you haven't seen the Williams' Barn, it is worth the trip.

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  19. Groton's Beth Lindstrom formally announces U.S. Senate run against Elizabeth WarrenRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 14, 2017 | Nashoba Publishing Online

    Groton resident Beth Lindstrom, who has a long history within the state's Republican Party, formally announced her candidacy for U.S. Senate Saturday, pitching herself as a newcomer to campaigning who is not afraid to take on Sen. Elizabeth Warren -- or President Trump, if necessary. Standing and speaking on a stage without a podium at District Hall in the Seaport District, Lindstrom railed against Warren and told supporters about her plans to reform the tax code and oppose so-called "sanctuary cities" for immigrants.

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  20. Learn more about veterans' aid at workshopRead the original story

    Oct 10, 2017 | Ayer Public Spirit

    River Court Residences is hosting a free educational workshop about the VA Aid and Attendance benefit on Saturday, October 28, at 11 a.m. There are 9.2 million veterans still living that served in World War II, Korea, or Vietnam. These soldiers and their surviving spouses may be eligible for the Department of Veterans Affairs' Aid and Attendance Pension, which offers a monthly tax-free benefit, ranging from $1,153 to $2,127 per month toward the cost of senior care.

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