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Friday, Jan. 11

School discussion: 7:45 a.m., The Bromfield School cafeteria. Superintendent of Schools Thomas Jefferson and The Bromfield School Principal James O’Shea will host this open informational discussion on the current and future elective course offerings at Bromfield and the fiscal year 2009 proposed school budget. There will also be opportunity for questions and discussion on other topics of interest. Coffee and refreshments will be served.

Cribbage: 10 a.m., Hildreth House. Let the Council on Aging know if you plan to join.

Saturday, Jan. 12

School Committee meeting: 8:30 a.m., Town Hall.

Finance and Committee meeting: 9 a.m., Town Hall.

Volunteer Fair: Noon to 3 p.m., Harvard Public Library’s Volunteers Hall. Don’t miss the town’s first Volunteer Fair! Have you ever wondered about the town’s approximately 100 local clubs, associations and municipal organizations? At the Volunteer Fair, representatives from many of these town groups will be gathered for interested residents to learn what organizations exist and what they do. For information, please e-mail Marie Sobalvarro at, Tim Clark at or Virginia Justicz at

Sunday, Jan. 13

Photography exhibit: 1 to 4 p.m., Still River Meeting House, 215 Still River Road. Harvard 2007: A Photo History will feature over 160 photographs taken by 35 talented Harvard photographers. It celebrates Harvard’s events, people and scenery from 2007. Framed giclee prints of outstanding photographs will be for sale, with proceeds to benefit the Historical Society’s activities. As a special celebration, Harvard harpist Maria Rindenello Parker, a New England Conservatory student, will perform at this opening event. For information contact (978) 456-8285 or

Chic Boutique: 1 to 4 p.m., 25 Blanchard Road. The Chic Boutique offers gently used gowns and cocktail dresses for $25 each. If you donate a dress, you only pay $15 for your purchase. For information, or to have a dress picked up or dropped off, call Brooke at (978) 456-3703 or Karen at (978) 772-6062 or e-mail The Chic Boutique is an annual fund-raiser sponsored by The Bromfield School swim team.

Monday, Jan. 14

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

Council on Aging meeting: 7 p.m., Town Hall.

Transfer Station Committee meeting: 7:30 p.m., Town Hall.

Tuesday, Jan. 15

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

Podiatry Clinic: 1 to 4 p.m., Hildreth House. Dr. Ayleen Gregorian will offer 20-minute appointments that must be scheduled in advance. There’s a $25 charge that can be paid to Gregorian at the time of the visit. Call the Council on Aging to make an appointment.

Wednesday, Jan. 16

Finance Committee meeting: 7:30 p.m., Town Hall.

Special Education Audit Committee meeting: 7:30 p.m., The Bromfield School teachers lounge.

Emergency Management Committee meeting: 9:30 a.m., Town Hall.

Blood drive: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., The Bromfield School. Bromfield seniors will coordinate this Red Cross blood drive. Each donor will receive a free pound of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. Appointments can be made, but walk-ins are also welcome. For information or to make an appointment call Grace Karon at (978) 456-3470 or Brent Duoba at (978) 875-0432.

Last day to register to vote in Presidential Primary!

Thursday, Jan. 17

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

Special Education Task Force meeting: 7:30 p.m., The Bromfield House.

“Bach’s Lunch” concert: Noon to 1 p.m. Indian Hill Music School presents a concert by piano duo Diana Shapiro and Stanislava Varshavsky. The concert is free and open to the public. Tea and cookies will be served after the performance.

Friday, Jan. 18

Cribbage: 10 a.m., Hildreth House. Let the Council on Aging know if you plan to join.

Saturday, Jan. 19

Finance and School committees meeting: 9 a.m., Town Hall.

Chamber concert: 7:30 p.m., Harvard United Universalist Church. This concert will feature Suzzane Reine on harpsichord and Emily Rideout on viola. Reine is the director of music at the Stow-Acton United Universalist Church and working on her music degree in harpsichord and historical performance at Boston University. She’s done recitals in Kings Chapel, for the Boston Early Music festival and Boston University Baroque Orchestra. This spring she will be featured in the New Orleans Trinity Artist Series “Bach Around the Clock.” The concert will benefit the church’s piano fund, with a suggested donation of $10. Refreshments will be served following the concert. For information call Eleanor Toth at (978) 779-2876 or visit


2008 Presidential Primary scheduled for Feb. 5

The deadline to register to vote or change your party enrollment for the Presidential Primary is Jan. 16 at 8 p.m.

Residents who will be 18 years old by Feb. 5 may register to vote before their 18th birthdays, but they must do so by Jan. 16. The town clerk’s office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. that day.

Mail-in voter registration forms must be postmarked by Jan. 16.

Absentee ballots for the Presidential Primary will be available no later than Jan. 15. Any voter who will be out of town during polling hours on the day of the primary, or who will be unable to vote in person due to physical disability or religious belief, may request an absentee ballot.

If you’re already registered to vote in Harvard, you don’t need to re-register, but if you have moved within town, you do need to file a signed address change if you have not yet done so.

For information call Town Clerk Janet Vellante at (978) 456-4100.

A Camera in the Woods

Ron McAdow, executive director of the Sudbury Valley trustees, will present photographs of wildlife taken by an automatic, motion-triggered camera on conservation lands in Harvard and surrounding areas Jan. 25, at 8 p.m., at Harvard Public Library. The event, titled A Camera in the Woods, is sponsored by the Harvard Conservation Trust & the Warner Free Lecture Society.

Want cookies?

Harvard Girl Scouts enjoyed line dancing, led by Donna Shea, of D.L. Dance Enterprises, during the group’s recent Cookie Kick-off event. Other activities they enjoyed included crafts, singing and Scout-led skits.

For information or to order some cookies call Liz Hawkes at (978) 456-8358.

Enthusiasts needed to judge fair

HARVARD — Twenty science and engineering enthusiasts are needed to serve as judges at The Bromfield School’s Science Fair Feb. 8, from 3 to 5 p.m. No prior judging experience is needed.

The Science Department is recruiting a large number of judges so that every participant has ample time to present to interested and informed adults. An evaluation rubric and time for group discussion among judges will be provided.

The fair will be open to the public from 7 to 7:30 p.m. An awards ceremony will follow in Cronin Auditorium.

For information or to sign up contact Cyndy Karon at (978) 456-3470 or by Jan. 17.

Harvard part of four-town grant application

The towns of Harvard, Lancaster, Shirley and Westminster are applying for a four-town regional housing rehabilitation grant.

The grant application will be submitted in February 2008 to the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The Montachusett Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) is assisting the towns with the preparation of the grant application.

If awarded, these funds will be used to assist low- and moderate-income households to correct health- and safety-code violations in their homes. This can include roof repairs or replacements; door and window replacements; upgrades to heating, plumbing and electrical systems; septic repairs or replacements; structural repairs; and lead and asbestos removal.

The program is open to single-family homeowners and multi-units where the owner lives in one of the units. Up to $30,000 can be used for each home.

A 15-year decreasing lien is placed on the property. It is a no-interest loan, and there are no monthly payments. If you sell the property within those 15 years, you will pay a portion of the loan amount back to the town, which will be used to assist another homeowner.

One of the requirements of the grant application is that each town must choose a target area for the program, based on a census tract or block group. Once the town has chosen an area, letters will be mailed to residents explaining the program. Included in this mailing will be a brochure describing the program as well as a pre-application form.

Those interested in the program should return the pre-application form as soon as possible. MRPC is creating a waiting list with the applications to document the need for this program.

For information call Shelly Hatch at (978) 345-7376, ext. 305, or Ann Carabba, ext. 306.

Save the date

Thursday, Jan. 24

“Flora in Winter”: 10:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., leave from Hildreth House. The guided tour will be given at the Worcester Art Museum. The cost is $12 plus lunch. Call the Council on Aging to reserve a spot.

Saturday, Jan. 26

Circle of Songs with Hugh Hanley: 11 a.m., Harvard Public Library. For infants to 7-year-olds. Back by popular demand, Hugh Hanley has been singing with young children for over 20 years in his work as an early childhood educator, music specialist and entertainer. Preregistration is required, and enrollment is limited to 75 participants.

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