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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
Autistic Pepperell teen finds confidence with Littleton High cheerleading squad

LITTLETON -- Cheerleading practice always starts with a mile run. Well, almost always.  Full Story
GROTON NEWS
Grotonfest highlights the best of Groton

GROTON - There were alpacas and tiny turtles. Dancers, singers and fiddlers. And if all the food booths, local business offerings and Boy Scout root beer didn't mellow you out, you could always dunk a Groton cop. 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 VALLEY VOICE/ED NISER)
NM overpowers Hudson

Patriots 6, Hawks 0
TOWNSEND - North Middlesex erupted for four second-half goals to top Hudson, 6-0, in the Mid Wach C league opener for both teams. 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