Prisoner who attacked Townsend officer during escape pleads guilty

LOWELL -- Ian Bardwell suffers from bipolar disorder and wasn't thinking clearly when he attacked a Townsend police officer while escaping from police lockup in October, but the "horrifying" details of the attack cannot not be ignored, a judge said Tuesday. Full Story
AYER NEWS
Ayer Shirley mock trial team argues its way to the top

By Anne O'Connor aoconnor@nashobavalleyvoice.com AYER -- Forget about Judge Judy. The Mock Trial Team rocks both sides of an argument. Full Story
PEPPERELL NEWS
Upset in Pepperell: Ferolito wins in write-in campaign

By Anne O'Connor aoconnor@nashobavalleyvoice.com PEPPERELL -- In a stunning upset, Lisa Ferolito, who resigned as town clerk earlier this month, won a seat on the Board of Selectmen on a write-in campaign. Full Story
GROTON NEWS
Groton voters approve senior center design funds

By Anne O'Connor aoconnor@nashobavalleyvoice.com GROTON -- Where to build was the question. The answer would determine what a new Senior Center would look like. Full Story
SHIRLEY NEWS
Home tour examines Shirley history

SHIRLEY -- Each of the nine houses the Shirley Historical Society has lined up for its upcoming Historical House Tour on Sunday, April 29 from 1 to 4 p. Full Story
TOWNSEND NEWS
Prisoner who attacked Townsend officer during escape pleads guilty

LOWELL -- Ian Bardwell suffers from bipolar disorder and wasn't thinking clearly when he attacked a Townsend police officer while escaping from police lockup in October, but the "horrifying" details of the attack cannot not be ignored, a judge said Tuesday. Full Story
SPORTS
Defense carries North Middlesex past Lunenburg

LUNENBURG -- Rainy conditions made offense hard to come by, but both defenses were more than happy to steal the spotlight in Tuesday night's contest. Full Story
LIFESTYLES
Internet pet: Website helps folks adopt dog that's best for them

BOSTON - People looking for the perfect family pet tend to choose a dog based on appearance or breed - but that's barking up the wrong tree. "If you think they're cute, you bring them home," said Jodi Andersen, a dog trainer and author. Full Story

BUSINESS
New shuttle connects Devens to surrounding towns

DEVENS -- A new regional shuttle service connecting Devens, Ayer, Fitchburg, Leominster, and Shirley began Monday morning to supplement the region's existing transportation offerings and provide the nearly 5,000 people who work in Devens with more convenient and affordable transportation to and from their workplaces. 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