Announcing end of season sales at Bargains in the Belfry

Bargains in the Belfry will be closing for the summer on June 10, so it's time for end of season sales. From June 1 through 10, everything will be on sale at half-price. The shop will be open Tuesday, June 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, June 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Bargains in the Belfry is located in the Belfry of the Harvard UU Church on the Common in Harvard.


The Civil War comes to Harvard, Massachusetts, on June 7

(with limited activities on June 6 and 8)

Harvard Center will be host to a number of Civil War-related activities. Visitors are welcome to participate in any or all of the scheduled events. All events are free to the public. Children welcome with hands-on activities planned/

This event is a partnership between the Harvard Historical Society and Bromfield School teacher Kristin McManus with events sponsored by the Harvard Schools Trust.

Dates and times for public events are below:

* Harvard's Civil War Artifact Exhibit at the Center on the Common Friday, June 6, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, June 7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Come see Harvard's own collection of Civil War artifacts! From the Harvard Historical Society Collection -- uniforms, canteens, soldier's pictures, guns, swords, Confederate currency, letters from the battlefield and many other items relevant to Harvard's part in the war.


* Civil War Encampment on Harvard Common, Saturday, June 7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Re-enactors of the 28th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, known as the "Irish Brigade" will encamp on the Harvard Common. These "living historians" will recreate life within the regiment during their 1864 campaign. There will be drilling and other hands-on activities for children.

* Re-dedication of the Harvard Civil War Memorial Monument on the Common Saturday, June 7, 10 a.m.

Pay your respects in a rededication of the monument to honor Harvard's Civil War Veterans. The ceremony will feature re-enactors from the 28th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Kristin McManus will conduct the ceremony with Bromfield history teacher and town resident Kevin Foster as the featured speaker. Rev. Greg Schmidt of the Congregational Church will provide a blessing.

* Living History Tour at the Harvard Center Burying Ground Saturday, June 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Come to the Center Cemetery to meet citizens who took part in the war and hear their personal stories. Tours will begin at 11 am and run continuously until 1 p.m.

For more information, see:

Harvard Fire hosting Wachusett Valley Firefighters Muster June 15

The Harvard Fire Department will host the Wachusett Valley Firefighters Muster on Sunday, June 15, with teams from Harvard, Bolton, Berlin, Boylston, West Boylston, Sterling, Holden and Princeton competing in timed races and performing typical firefighting tasks with old trucks, hoses, water and targets.

The event is at noon on Sunday, June 15 (Father's Day), in the town center, and will run until approximately 4 p.m.

Food will be provided by The General Store.

Vacation Bible School at Trinity Church, Bolton, starts July 28

SonTreasure Island Vacation Bible School (VBS) is being offered July 28 to Aug. 1, at Trinity Church located at 14 Wattaquadock Hill Road in Bolton (just off Route 117). This free program runs from 9 a.m. to noon and is for children age 4 through those entering eighth-grade. Children will have fun with tropical island-themed activities as they participate in music, craft time, recreation, and snack. They will also hear Bible stories about Jesus where they will find out who He is and why they need Him. For more information or to register beginning June 15, call the church office at 978-779-5517 or visit

Bare Hill Triathlon June 29

Harvard's second annual Bare Hill Triathlon, sponsored by the Harvard Lions Club, will be taking place on Sunday, June 29, beginning at 8 a.m. with a half-mile swim, 10.5-mile bike ride and 3.2-mile run.

The staging and transition areas and finish line will be on the grounds of the Harvard Library.

This sprint triathlon is suitable for seasoned triathletes as well as those with no prior experience looking for a little challenge and fun and is open to both individual entrants as well as relay teams.

Individual registration is $70 and teams $80; since this is an official USA Triathlon-sanctioned event, there is also a $12 USAT fee for all entrants. Participants receive a 2014 Bare Hill Triathlon T-shirt and participation medal and all finishers are eligible for raffle prizes. Medals and prizes will also be awarded to top male and female finishers overall and top finishers in each age category.

To register or obtain additional information, go to

Proceeds support Lion charities and local community programs.

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