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SHIRLEY — The Recreation Commission has officially thanked resident and volunteer Joseph Landry for helping find a utility trailer and the flagpole that had been struck by lightning for use at Shirley’s new athletic field.

Commission Chairman Keith Begun presented a thank-you card and note for free breakfasts to Landry on the front steps of the Town Offices.

“On behalf of all the kids in Ayer and Shirley, we thank you very much and offer you 13 coffees and toasts,” said Begun, jokingly referring to Landry’s choice in breakfasts.

Landry said the commission that didn’t have to do all that, and Begun said Landry didn’t have to volunteer, but he did.

In other business, the commission took time to plan a party for the end of the Under 10 and Under 14 soccer seasons. The party is set for June 10 for all the players and will include free pizza.

The soccer jamboree is set for the same day, said Commissioner Richard Gibbons, so they may be down a few attendees.

The commission would be hard-pressed to find a weekend on which there wouldn’t be a conflict, said Begun. — Richard Breyer

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