AYER NEWS
Ayer police on case of church vandalism

AYER -- Police are seeking the public's help in finding out who broke into a church, damaged several items and lit all of the candles on a shrine Wednesday morning. Full Story
PEPPERELL NEWS
Officers raise big money to benefit charity

BOSTON -- The Pepperell Police Department received a certificate of appreciation on Friday, Jan. 4, for the department's fundraising efforts during the 2018 First Responder No-Shave fundraiser benefiting Home Base, a Red Sox foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital program. Full Story
GROTON NEWS
Senior Center gets a lift from bank's $15,000 grant

GROTON -- The construction of a new senior center is still rolling along with the help of a recent $15,000 gift from the Middlesex Savings Bank. Full Story
SHIRLEY NEWS
Selectmen violated Open Meeting Law

SHIRLEY -- An Open Meeting Law complaint by former town volunteer Bryan Dumont against the Shirley Board of Selectmen recently was resolved, and mostly in Dumont's favor. Full Story
TOWNSEND NEWS
Triple-murderer's appeal for early parole in front of state's highest court Tuesday

BOSTON -- Priscilla Gustafson's relatives and friends yet again found themselves in court Tuesday, reliving the horror of the 1987 triple murder that destroyed the Townsend family as convicted killer Daniel LaPlante once more sought an earlier Full Story
LIFESTYLES
Pluck of the IrishAs a recent Townsend show displayed, Chadbourne puts all her harp in music

Kate Chadbourne entertains her audiences with the sounds of harp, piano, tin whistle, Irish flute and melodeon, as well as a deep love and knowledge of traditional Irish story, a warm and welcoming presence, and a voice often described as that of an angel. Full Story
BUSINESS
This downtown has a 'flair for Italy'

LEOMINSTER -- Describing her store as a "flair of Italy" in the center of the city, Rosemarie Dowey recently welcomed shoppers downtown at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Italian Treasures and Interior. Full Story

 
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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