Gold AwardA safe space for bats

Diana Mendel of Groton creates living boxes in Girl Scout project.
GROTON —The local bat population could soon have a few summer homes in town thanks to the service of Diana Mendel. Full Story
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Weekly VolunteerFeeding the needy, no matter what

Cyndi Lavin keeps Ayer fed, even without a kitchen
AYER —It's 4 p.m. on a blazing-hot Friday afternoon and Cyndi Lavin is setting up dinner at the Living Water Fellowship. Full Story
One dead, three firefighters hurt in Pepperell fire

Multiple town emergency officials called to extinguish four-alarm fire
PEPPERELL — One adult female was killed in a blaze that damaged three floors of a five-unit apartment building on Main Street on a hot Tuesday morning. Full Story
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Four new Rotary Club sitesDonate unused crutches at drop-off centers

Responding to enthusiasm from the community, the Rotary Club has expanded its Crutches Recycling Project by adding four drop-off locations to collect unwanted crutches, folding walkers, and canes. Full Story
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SHIRLEYPolice department fills two positions

SHIRLEY — With family, friends and uniformed fellow police officers in attendance at the selectmen's meeting last week, Police Chief Samuel Santiago introduced his picks for two positions. Full Story
Townsend Military Band'Friends' support Aug. 8 concert

TOWNSEND — The Friends of the Townsend Seniors and the Friends of the Townsend Library will co-host the lawn party at the Townsend Military Band's concert on the Townsend Common on Aug. Full Story
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Fish FinderTen years later, Herring numbers are steadily rising

The Division of Marine Fisheries has announced they will finally get around to counting the river herring the went up the Mystic and Charles River. Full Story
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stuffed, a la swedenHasselbacking tomatoes is not much of a hassle

Named for the hotel where it was invented in Sweden, Hasselbacking is a technique where a vegetable (traditionally a potato) is partially sliced, accordion style, brushed with butter, sprinkled with bread crumbs and baked. Full Story
ShirleyFarmers Market back by popular demand

Popular program returns in Shirley
SHIRLEY — The Farmers Market is back by popular demand and looking like a winner on the Municipal Green, where a happening scene was in progress on opening day last week under under sunny skies. Full Story

TOWNSEND -- More than 100 residents lined Main Street Saturday morning in support of Police Chief Robert Eaton, who was placed on leave Friday night after blasting a town investigation into Police Department employees.   Full Story