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Friday, March 9

Voter registration: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., in the town clerk’s office. This is the last day to register for the town meeting and election.

“Living with Wildlife”: 8 p.m., at the Harvard Unitarian Church. MassWildlife biologist Marion Largos will present the lecture as part of the Warner Free Lecture Series.

Saturday, March 10

Finance Committee: 9 a.m., at Town Hall.

Seasonal walk and talk: Noon to 2 p.m., at Fruitlands. This is the walk postponed from New Year’s Day. Fruitlands’ Laurie Butler and Little Conservation Trust geologist Art Lazarus will lead the event. For information visit

Monday, March 12

Library trustee meeting: 7:30 p.m., at the Harvard Public Library.

School Committee: 7 p.m., at Town Hall.

Land Stewardship Committee: 7:30 a.m., at Town Hall.

Master Plan Committee: 7:30 p.m., at Hildreth House.

Community Workshop: 7 to 9 p.m., Bromfield Auditorium. “Educating our Children for the Information Age and a Global Environment. The Harvard PTA will sponsor a workshop for parents, high school students and community members, at no cost, be hosted by The Bromfield and HES school councils. The focus of the presentation is to highlight the significant global changes in the world our children will enter. This evening is also designed to provide reflection on how our schools need to adapt and change in order to prepare our students for this changed global environment. For additional background on this topic, please reference the December 2006, Time Magazine article, “How to Bring Our Schools Out of the 20th Century,” which can be found at the following web address:,9171,1568480,00.html. Our presenter is Jonathan P. Costa Sr., an educational and organizational consultant and frequent speaker at both state and national conferences. Jonathan will give a formal presentation from 7 to 8 p.m. and then move to a more informal question and answer session from 8 to 9 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

Tuesday, March 13

Board of Assessors: 9:30 a.m., at Town Hall.

Board of Health: 7:30 p.m., at Town Hall.

Finance Committee: 7:30 p.m., at the Harvard Public Library.

Board of Selectmen: 7:30 p.m., at Town Hall.

Wednesday, March 14

Cable Committee: 7:30 p.m., at Hildreth House.

Zoning Board of Appeals: 7 p.m., at Town Hall.

The Bromfield School Science Fair: 6 to 7:30 p.m., The Bromfield School cafeteria.

Thursday, March 15

Conservation Commission: 7 p.m., at Town Hall.

Rambling Boys: 7 to 10 p.m., at The Devens Grill, Devens. Live traditional Irish music.

“Bach’s” Lunch: Noon, at Indian Hill Music. This event is free.

Mixed bridge: 1 p.m., at Hildreth House. Bridge for men will meet at 7:45 p.m.

Poker for men and women: 1 p.m., at Hildreth House.

Candidate forum: 9:30 a.m., Town Hall Meeting Room. Get to know the candidates running for local office. This year there are contests for the positions of moderator, School Committee and Board of Selectmen. This event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters.


Last day to register to vote

HARVARD — The last day to register to vote for the Annual Town Meeting and Election is Friday, March 9. The town clerk’s office will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Harvard Ridge announces swim pass changes

BOXBOROUGH — The Council on Aging has maintained a “punch card” at the Harvard Ridge pool in Boxborough for the last couple of years so seniors from Harvard can swim for free once a week.

Effective April 1, there will now be a $5 charge to use the facility. The usual charge is $10. Additionally, there will no longer be a once a week limit. Seniors may go as often as they like for $5 per visit. Fees will be paid directly to Harvard Ridge. All other Council on Aging exercise programs are financially self-supporting. This change in policy is consistent with other programs offered.

Elderly and Disabled Taxation Aid Committee seeking donations

HARVARD — Solicitation for donations for the Elderly and Disabled Taxation Aid Committee have begun. The goal for fiscal year 2008 is to increase the percentage of participation from 10 to 20 percent. For information visit The aid has ranged from 10 to 100 percent of applicants’ requests. Applications for assistance in fiscal year 2008 are due April 30.

Selectmen collecting mercury thermometers

HARVARD — The Board of Selectmen’s office is collecting old mercury thermometers. Bring your old thermometer, and you will receive a new digital thermometer. For information call the selectmen’s office at (978) 456-4100, ext. 12.

Transfer stickers available

HARVARD — Transfer station stickers are now available at Town Hall. For information call (978) 456-4100.

Dinner Theater Gala to be held March 24

HARVARD — The Harvard Schools Trust will hold its annual Dinner Theater Gala on March 24. Hors d’oeuvres and a full-course dinner will be catered by Chef Paul Correnty and served at individual homes.

After dinner, guests will leave their host homes and gather at The Bromfield School’s Cronin Auditorium to enjoy a theater presentation by the Bromfield Drama Society. Following the play, coffee, tea and desserts will be served.

The cost of the event is $35 for those aged 65 or older. For information call Terry Symula at (978) 456-3641.

The results are in

HARVARD — The Council on Aging has completed the tabulation of the survey sent to all seniors last fall. Results are now available to the public and have been posted on the town Web site.

Tax assistance offered by Council on Aging

HARVARD — American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) tax volunteers will offer free assistance with tax preparation for elderly individuals with low to moderate incomes. Volunteers are trained and certified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). For a list of available sites, contact the Council on Aging office.

Lions’ fruit is here

HARVARD — The Lions Club’s fruit order has arrived from Florida. Those who placed orders can pick them up at the following times:

* Saturday, March 10, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Department of Public Works.

* Sunday, March 11, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the Town Common.

Enjoy a brown bag lunch time

HARVARD — The council on Aging will hold a brown bag lunch time at noon on Thursdays, at noon, at Hildreth House.

Need a refresher course?

HARVARD — A computer refresher class, sponsored by the Council on Aging, runs Fridays, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at Hildreth House.

Join the Walking Club

HARVARD — The Council on Aging Walking Club will meet Tuesdays, at 9 a.m., at Harvard Park.

COA offers aerobics course

HARVARD — The Council on Aging holds an aerobics course every Wednesday, at 4 p.m., and Friday, at 3 p.m., at the Congregational Church. All are welcome to attend.

Rotary’s poker tournament offers $2,500 prize

SHIRLEY — The Devens-Harvard-Ayer-Shirley Rotary Club will host its third annual No-Limit Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament on Sunday, March 11, at noon, at the Bull Run Restaurant.

The guest speaker and moderator of the event will be Ashley Adams, the author of “Transforming Home Poker Chumps into Casino Killers.”

Tickets for the event cost $100 in advance or $120 at the door. Those who are eliminated in the first two hours will be entered into a single table tournament for no additional fee.

The prize for first place is $2,500 based on 100 participants. Additional prizes will be awarded for runners up.

The event will benefit various Rotary charities including Loaves & Fishes, the Rotary Foundation, Rotary Youth Leadership Award, World Affairs Whitewater Seminar, Ayer Athletic Booster Club and other organizations. Funds also go toward scholarships, senior-citizen chicken barbecues and the maintenance of Carlton Circle.

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