Daylong hunt for bull on the run ends with dusk in Ayer (VIDEO)

AYER -- Michele Clements has seen a moose walk through her back yard on Mulberry Circle, and even a black bear. Full Story
Water weeds, you've met your match

Rick Dickson patrols to keep Harvard pond clear
Editor's note: This is the latest in The Sun's "Be a Volunteer" series, focusing on people who join community nonprofits. Full Story
Pepperell resident will walk for the Jimmy Fund

PEPPERELL -- One resident from Pepperell will walk up to 26.2 miles along the historic Boston Marathon course this September in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai, which raises the most money of any single day walk in the nation. Full Story
Shirley firefighters hop on motorcycles Saturday to help military, veterans

08/16/2017 10:36 AM EDT
SHIRLEY -- Hose Co. #1, a private fundraising association within the fire department that counts all the town's firefighters as members, will host its 8th annual Motorcycle Ride on Saturday morning. 
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Fired Shirley officer returns as lieutenant
08/15/2017 10:44 AM EDT - SHIRLEY -- Alfreda Cromwell, fired from the police department in November, returned to the department today. Full Story

Ayer Shirley Lit Camp students create 'Recycled Rodeo'
08/11/2017 12:20 PM EDT - AYER -- The eye-catching pop-up decorating the front lawn at Page Hilltop Elementary School looks like a huge, mulch-colored balloon creature, perhaps a dragon or sea serpent, its puffy plastic skin glinting in the sun. Full Story

Months after winning seat, Shirley selectman resigns
08/11/2017 11:44 AM EDT - SHIRLEY -- James Wilson resigned from the Board of Selectmen, sending a letter to the town clerk. Full Story

08/11/2017 11:40 AM EDT - SHIRLEY -- The new police chief plans to continue to do what he has done for the past 14 years: serve the community. Full Story

Parish Mission targets Ayer and Shirley
08/06/2017 01:26 PM EDT - On July 11, 12 and 13, 17 youth and 10 adults from the parishes of St. Mary and St. Anthony went out into the communities of Ayer and Shirley and did work for the elderly and those unable to do it themselves. Full Story

Shirley receives $795K grant for housing repairs, fuel aid
08/04/2017 11:52 AM EDT - SHIRLEY -- State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) and State Representative Jennifer Benson (D-Lunenburg) announced that the Town of Shirley has been awarded a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in the amount of $795,953 from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Economic Development. Full Story

Register for special town election by Aug. 23
08/04/2017 11:52 AM EDT - SHIRLEY -- A Special Town Election will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 12. at the Shirley Town Offices from 7 a. Full Story

Ayer Shirley Regional High seeks to up AP course enrollment
07/28/2017 02:35 PM EDT - AYER - Ayer Shirley Regional High School Principal Al Varga this week rolled out the latest Advanced Placement test results, proud to share what he considers "big news... for a number of reasons." Full Story

Santiago named police chief in Shirley
07/28/2017 11:41 AM EDT - SHIRLEY -- With little discussion except praise, selectmen unanimously appointed a new police chief Monday night. Full Story