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

04/19/2018 11:17 AM EDT
AYER -- Less than a year ago, Bill Blocher felt nauseous, weak, and found it difficult to walk. 
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Magic of the rails comes alive at Shirley model train show
04/17/2018 08:04 AM EDT - 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

Hearing on Shirley marijuana zoning set for Wednesday
04/16/2018 12:13 PM EDT - SHIRLEY -- When voters considered marijuana-related articles at Special Town Meeting last month, they rejected the first two, which would have banned recreational marijuana facilities in town. Full Story

Kreidler: cop's wife spread rumors via school email
04/12/2018 03:25 PM EDT - TOWNSEND -- Town Administrator James Kreidler filed a formal complaint against the North Middlesex Regional School District alleging that employees spread defamatory statements about him using school email addresses. Full Story

Insanity plea called likely in Groton slayings
04/12/2018 11:43 AM EDT - WOBURN -- The attorney for Orion Krause, the 22-year-old Maine man accused of using a baseball bat to kill his mother, maternal grandparents, and a home health-care worker in Groton last year, said Wednesday he will likely pursue an insanity defense. Full Story

Another Lowell mayor joins the state Senate race
04/11/2018 11:10 PM EDT - LOWELL -- Another former Lowell mayor has jumped into the race to succeed Eileen Donoghue as senator from the 1st Middlesex District: Bill Martin "Throughout my public and professional careers I have worked to improve Full Story

Attorney: Insanity defense expected in Groton quadruple homicide case
04/11/2018 02:26 PM EDT - WOBURN -- The attorney for Orion Krause, the 22-year-old Maine man accused of using a baseball bat to kill his mother, maternal grandparents, and a home healthcare worker in Groton last year, said Wednesday he will likely pursue an insanity defense. Full Story

Shirley joins federal opioid lawsuit
04/13/2018 01:48 PM EDT - SHIRLEY -- The Selectmen on Monday night agreed to join 80 other municipalities across the Commonwealth in a Federal lawsuit versus three major pharmaceutical firms that seeks damages related to the opioid epidemic, including the cost of increased medical and emergency services and the drug Narcan, administered to reverse the effects of an Full Story

Morgan named N. Middlesex schools superintendent
04/13/2018 01:29 PM EDT - TOWNSEND -- Brad Morgan is the North Middlesex Regional School Committee's pick for superintendent. Full Story

State's top court KOs Townsend recall effort
04/09/2018 03:28 PM EDT - TOWNSEND -- More than a year after residents began seeking her removal, Selectman Cindy King no longer faces recall after the state's highest court ruled in her favor Monday. Full Story