(Julia Malakie)
By day, Ayer man waits for a kidney. At night, a machine takes over.

AYER -- Less than a year ago, Bill Blocher felt nauseous, weak, and found it difficult to walk. Full Story
New sergeant is a friend

The Pepperell Police Department has promoted Detective Jay Friend sergeant. Sgt. Friend recently participated in a four-part promotional process in which he compiled the highest aggregate score. 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
Clement works behind the scenes to craft Townsend's Earth Day

TOWNSEND -- Susan Clement is retired, but sometimes it is hard to tell from her schedule. As a volunteer, the Ashby resident is helping put together last minute plans for Townsend's annual Earth Day, which is scheduled for Saturday on the common. Full Story
STAYING THE COURSEEmily Nash puts controversy behind her to just play golf -- she's headed to USGA tournament

LUNENBURG -- It's been quite a junior year for Lunenburg Middle High School's Emily Nash. The outstanding golfer found herself in the middle of controversy that garnered national attention at the end of the fall athletics season, and witnessed an outpouring of support from all over the country. Full Story
Raw brownie truffle bites: A healthy chocolate fix

Craving a decadent, rich chocolate snack without added sugar, fats and calories? Try these homemade plant-based brownie bites that are nutritious, low-fat, vegan and paleo --sugar-free, gluten-free and cholesterol-free (dairy and egg free). 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