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AYER NEWS
(NASHOBA VALLEY VOICE/ANNE O'CONNOR)
Army seeks to halt Devens arsenic cleanup

DEVENS -- When the military base closed in 1996, the Army left behind an unwanted legacy of toxic waste, enough to earn a Superfund designation. Full Story
PEPPERELL NEWS
("Julia Malakie")
Small town, big bang -- with lots of help

By Anne O'Connor aoconnor@nashobavalleyvoice.com PEPPERELL -- Since sometime in the 1980s, the fireworks over the Town Field have thrilled Fourth of July celebrators, thanks to the hard work of volunteers. Full Story
GROTON NEWS
Groton-Dunstable schools unveil bell in memory of Pages for Peace founder

GROTON -- More than five months after she died following a long illness, dozens of members of the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District community -- and a former United Nations Full Story
SHIRLEY NEWS
Day of Caring volunteers clean up Page Hilltop Elementary

AYER -- Dozens of volunteers came to Ayer Shirley Regional School District's Page Hilltop Elementary School last Friday morning to take on assignments that ranged from painting to snack-packing to weed-pulling. Full Story
TOWNSEND NEWS
NMRHS New Orleans Service Learning Fund Fest is Sept. 24, 25

TOWNSEND -- Following the devastating destruction of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans Service Learning was established by students and faculty at North Middlesex Regional High School. Full Story
SPORTS
Nashoba tops Groton-Dunstable in league opener

GROTON -- With both teams holding high hopes of getting off to a good start in league action, it was Nashoba Regional that did just that on Friday night. Full Story
LIFESTYLES
A trip back in time, under the Tuscan sun

'In Good Taste' columnist finds inspiration in a medieval ruin
GAVILLE, Italy -- Sometimes a little trip is just enough to escape from the grind of daily life ... especially if you find yourself, like I recently did, in a corner of Tuscany, Italy. Full Story
BUSINESS
(SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE / JOHN LOVE)
Thieves like 'em orchard-freshFor Leominster-area farms, apple season brings poachers with an appetite

LEOMINSTER -- It's the season for apple picking, but it's also the season for apple poaching. While thousands flock to farms throughout September and early October to pick apples, the ripened fruit also attract who don't want to pay for what they Full Story