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Ayer Shirley pair gets chance to make All-Star appearance

03/25/2016 12:52 AM EDT
By Ed Niser eniser@nashobavalleyvoice.com AYER -- High school football did not come to a close on Thanksgiving day for two Ayer Shirley seniors. 
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10 Questions with... Paul Pampinella of Five O'Clock Shadow
03/17/2016 12:49 PM EDT - SHIRLEY -- Five O'Clock Shadow is billed as an a capella group, but longtime FOS member Paul Pampinella says the term -- which means without accompaniment --might be a misnomer, technically. Full Story

Road-rage suspect from Ayer held on bail

AYER -- One man says he was reporting an erratic driver to his company and to police. The other man says he was being approached by a man who had flashed an obscene gesture at him, and drew his gun to protect himself. Full Story
Ayer Rotary Club readying for rubber ducky race

HARVARD (AP) -- A rotary club in a small Massachusetts town of 6,000 residents is gearing up for its annual rubber ducky race where the winner's prize is a free dinner for two anywhere in the world. Full Story
Nutter wins seat on Pepperell Board of Selectmen

By Anne O'Connor aoconnor@nashobavalleyvoice.com PEPPERELL -- Only one seat was contested in the spring town election. Full Story
Shirley health board: Trash-collection numbers add up

04/26/2016 09:49 AM EDT
SHIRLEY -- The Board of Health at its monthly meeting Monday night addressed a couple of questions that resident Tim Hatch had raised at annual Town Meeting on Saturday when the board's budget was being discussed. 
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Shirley plows through Town Meeting, OKs $13.4M budget
04/25/2016 01:09 PM EDT - SHIRLEY -- Saturday's annual Town Meeting, with a small turnout of 139 voters, began on an upbeat note as Town Administrator Patrice Garvin described a good deed she was able to perform for the Ayer Shirley Regional High School Robotics Team last week. Full Story

Ayer Shirley teacher closes the book on Jane Austen mystery
04/25/2016 11:06 AM EDT - AYER -- Thanks to the kindness of strangers and a re-told tale that piqued their interest, a literary mystery has been solved, albeit with tantalizing threads yet to be unraveled. Full Story

Assault charges against guard at Shirley prison dismissed
04/20/2016 07:39 AM EDT - WORCESTER (AP) -- Charges alleging that a Massachusetts corrections officer threatened his girlfriend by holding a gun to her head during a domestic dispute in February 2015 have been dismissed. Full Story

First edition Jane Austen novel mailed to Ayer Shirley is a literary mystery
04/15/2016 07:54 AM EDT - AYER -- On May 17, 1900, Lillian M. Flood, an Ayer High School student, won a first edition of the novel "Persuasion" by Jane Austen as a "Prize Speaker" award, according to the inscription on the flyleaf of that book, which has now made its way back home -- or close to it -- and is in the custody of someone who appreciates it, as an artifact and Full Story

Cappucci takes on Swain for selectman in Shirley election
04/11/2016 08:37 AM EDT - SHIRLEY -- If nothing else, the two men vying for a three-year Board of Selectmen seat -- incumbent David Swain and challenger Enrico Cappucci -- share at least one piece of common ground. Full Story

Ayer Shirley students lobby to give acting principal the job
04/06/2016 11:32 AM EDT - By Anne O'Connor aoconnor@nashobavalleyvoice.com AYER -- In a show of support for the acting principal, more than half the student body signed a petition to hire him for the permanent position. Full Story

Colleagues, students remember Sawyer as dreamer and fighter
04/06/2016 11:17 AM EDT - By Chris Lisinski clisinski@nashobavalleyvoice.com Betsy Sawyer was a "dreamer" and a "fighter," in the words of former student Ben Chilcoat. Full Story

Nashoba Valley bands together to fight opioid abuse
04/01/2016 10:06 AM EDT - It took less than two weeks for seven towns to agree to work together to fight opioid addiction. Full Story

Salad Bowl Farms brings guardrails for Shirley roads
03/25/2016 08:35 AM EDT - SHIRLEY -- Shiny steel guardrails extending from the corner of Front Street by the Ice House Dam to the railroad crossing on Walker Road might seem to have cropped up overnight. Full Story