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AYER — The Greenway Committee plans to make a presentation to the Parks Department for a cardboard boat race and sandcastle-building competition on Sandy Pond. The event would be a fund-raiser to help pay for trail signage.

Planning for the event includes the rules, safety precautions and cleanup.

“The reason we need to start talking about it now is to work out all these questions,” said Hughes. The activities could be good fund-raisers and help bring the community together, he said.

Another long-term plan for fund-raising is selling hats and T-shirts with the Greenway Committee logo on them at the Fourth of July celebration.

Committee member David Bodurtha has looked into the cost of doing so. He said shirts would cost them $7 to $8 a piece, and hats would cost about $9.

Other ideas brought up during the meeting include using a more generic logo, either shirts that just say “Ayer” on them or that have a nature logo or tag line. Ideas for other products include magnets and canvas bags.

Hughes also reminded the committee about the Adult Education Program hikes being run for the committee as another fund-raiser with the help of Harry Zane.

Hikes are scheduled for April 7 on the Pine Meadow Pond Habitat Trail, April 21 on the Nashua River Rail Trail, a May 2 bird hike at Long Pond, an Oxbow hike on May 19 and a June 10 hike along the newly-planned Pine Meadow Trail.

“If you know Harry Zane, thank him,” said Hughes.

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