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Houde ousts Luca from Ayer Board of Selectmen

By M.E. Jones, Correspondent AYER -- With three candidates vying for a 3-year seat on the Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee Chairman Scott Houde won the day over incumbent Gary Luca and opponent Michael Pattenden. Full Story
Greathead bests Themelis for Pepperell selectman

PEPPERELL -- Preliminary election results showed longtime Pepperell police officer William Greathead will fill the open seat on the Board of Selectmen. Full Story
GDRHS Chamber Choir fills Carnegie Hall with music

GROTON -- The award-winning Groton-Dunstable Regional High School Chamber Choir returned recently from New York City, where they joined with about 200 other singers from around the world to perform the music of renowned composer Eric Whitacre, under Whitacre's direction. Full Story
Magic of the rails comes alive at Shirley model train show (SLIDESHOW)

SHIRLEY -- Spend any amount of time at the Nashua Valley Model Railroad Association's open house and you'll hear the gasps and any number of adjectives, spoken with gusto. Full Story
Townsend write-in winner admitted stealing from clients in 2009

TOWNSEND -- The chair of the Housing Authority said Tuesday she welcomes the commitment and passion of a woman elected to the board as a write-in candidate on Tuesday, who pleaded guilty in 2009 of stealing $65,000 from real-estate clients. Full Story
G-D earns a DH split

Groton-Dunstable scored a pair of runs in the third and sixth innings while topping North Middlesex, 4-1, in the second game of a Midland-Wachusett League baseball doubleheader on Saturday. Full Story
FSU answers the call to keep Stratton Players on the stage

FITCHBURG -- The Stratton Players theater group was about to have the first dress rehearsal for its new play last Tuesday when Joshua Weidenhamer got a call saying Applewild School's theater had water leaking through its roof due to recent storms. Full Story
NVTHS restaurant joins effort to better serve the disabled

WESTFORD -- Nashoba Valley Technical High School's in-school restaurant, The Elegant Chef, is joining a local effort to better serve patrons with physical or cognitive conditions that make it difficult for them to dine out. 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