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Friday, May 9

Voter registration: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Town Hall. This is the deadline to register to vote at the May 21 Special Town Meeting.

Parent-child dance: 7 to 9 p.m., Congregational Church. The Girl Scout cadettes are sponsoring this dance.

Saturday, May 10

Apple Blossom Festival: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Harvard Town Common.

Sunday, May 11

Charlanne Van Wormer memorial service: 2 p.m., Harvard Unitarian Universalist Church. A reception will follow in the Fellowship Building. Van Wormer’s volunteers work spanned four decades in Harvard and the surrounding communities. It included her founding the Harvard Good Friday Walk for Hunger and co-founding Loaves & Fishes, a food pantry in Devens. In recognition of her service, the Charlanne Van Wormer Memorial Fund of Loaves & Fishes has been established.

Monday, May 12

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

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

Residents’ meeting with MassDevelopment: 7 p.m., 33 Andrews Parkway. The agency is also requesting a list of issues residents wish to discuss. Suggestions may be e-mailed to Kathy O’Connor at Residents may also call (978) 784-2933.

Tuesday, May 13

Board of Health meeting: 7 p.m., Town Hall.

Artist workshop: All day, The Bromfield School. Sharon Chandler’s middle-schoolers will meet Frank Casazza, who is well-known for his artistic renderings for skateboards and album covers.

Wednesday, May 14

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

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

Thursday, May 15

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

Devens Restoration Advisory Board meeting: 7 to 9 p.m., Devens Commerce Center, 33 Andrews Parkway, Devens. The Army invites the community to discuss topics relating to the Superfund Cleanup at the former military base. For information call Robert Simeone at (978) 796-2205.

Earth Day Fair: 6 to 8 p.m., in the Harvard Elementary School gymnasium. The theme of the fair is Go Green. For information visit

Saturday, May 17

Walk and Talk: Shaker South Stone Barn: 2 p.m., 101 South Shaker Road. This event is hosted by the Harvard Conservation Trust. Attendees are asked to park at the roadside. The rain date is May 18.

Plant Sale: 9 a.m. to noon, Harvard Town Common. The Garden Club of Harvard will hold its 47th annual Plant Sale rain or shine. The sale features a wide selection of perennial plants from Harvard gardens and a large assortment of annuals, vegetables and herbs. Proceeds from the sale support the Garden Club and its civic work, which includes various horticultural, educational and civic beautification projects.

Sunday, May 18

13th annual Parker Road Race, Springfest: 9 a.m., Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School, 49 Antietam St., Devens. See briefs for details.

* Meetings were as posted at Harvard Town Hall as of Monday, May 5.


Celebration 2008 Open House

The community is invited to an Open House May 23, from 9 to 10 p.m., at The Bromfield School, to view the transformation of the school for Celebration 2008, the all-night, alcohol- and drug-free party for juniors and seniors that follows prom.

Games, activities and decorations all have a special theme, kept secret until the night of the event. Attendees at the Open House are welcome to try the games and other activities that will later be available only to students from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Volunteers are still welcome to help with setup and clean-up. To help contact Pat Wenger at (978) 456-9075 or; Lois Krutz at (978) 456-3061 or; or Debbie MacKenzie at (978) 456-8698 or

Parker Road Race, Springfest slated for May 18

DEVENS — The 13th annual Parker Road Race and Springfest, featuring two- and five-mile courses certified and sanctioned by U.S. Track and Field (USATF), is scheduled for May 18.

All runners and walkers are welcome. The event is hosted by the Parker Essential Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the educational experience of students at Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School, a public school for students in grades seven to 12.

Trophies will be awarded to the three fastest male and female runners in each of the following age divisions: under 14, 15 to 19, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59 and over 60. Trophies will also be awarded for the two fastest teams registered under the Coaches Challenge. Yankee Timing will provide timing services.

A Tot Trot for children aged 5 and under begins at 9:30 a.m. The two-mile run and two-mile walk begin at 10 a.m. The five-mile run will kick-off at 11 a.m. All events will take place at the Parker School, 49 Antietam St.

Racers can pick up bibs and racer packets at the Parker School May 17, from noon to 3 p.m., or on race day, from 9 a.m. until 15 minutes before the start of each race.

Register online at For information visit

Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School was founded in 1995 as one of the state’s first charter schools. A six-year, public secondary school, Parker currently educates 360 students from more than 40 communities throughout Massachusetts.

Adopt-A-Duck, win dinner anywhere in the world

Want to win dinner for two anywhere in the world?

Adopt a duck — or a flock of ducks — for the 18th annual Ducky Wucky River Race, and that dream could come true.

The Ducky Wucky River Race, sponsored by the Ayer-Harvard-Shirley-Devens Rotary Club, will be held during the May 10 Harvard Apple Blossom Festival. You can adopt one duck for $5, a flock of five ducks for $20 or a flock of 13 ducks for $40 to qualify for over 50 prizes, including dinner for two plus airfare and hotel accommodations for two nights anywhere in the world.

All tickets sold by Loaves & Fishes will benefit the pantry. To get your duck adoption papers stop by the pantry during regular pantry hours — listed at — or call Judy Grande at (978) 486-1090. Make checks payable to the Rotary Club. For information, you can also e-mail

Sarah Watson Scholarship information

The Board of Selectmen will again offer financial assistance to second- and third-year college students from trust funds left to the town by Sarah Watson. Applications are available at the Selectmen’s office and need to be returned to the trustee by July 1.

Attorney David Taylor, the sole trustee of the Sarah Watson Trust, will be making final decisions on scholarship awards by early summer.

Ginny Thurston Scholarship available

HARVARD — The Board of Selectmen will again offer financial assistance to The Bromfield School seniors through the Ginny Thurston Scholarship fund.

Interested students should write to the selectmen’s office at 13 Ayer Road, Harvard, MA 01451, and list their community activities, including extracurricular, and where they are headed after graduation. Interested individuals should contact the selectmen’s office no later than May 22.

Range Noise Bulletin

DEVENS — The following is a noise bulletin for U.S. Army Garrison Fort Devens:

May 9, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., MK19 familiarization fire, D MK-19; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., mortar live fire, RG O.

May 10, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., MK19 familiarization fire, D MK-19; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., mortar live fire, RG O.

May 11, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., MK19 familiarization fire, D MK-19; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., mortar live fire, RG O.

May 14, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., demolitions training, RG Z1.

May 16 to 18, 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., MK19 familiarization fire, D MK-19.

May 20, 21 and 29, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., demolitions training, RG Z1.

May 30, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., MK19 familiarization fire, D MK-19.

May 31, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., MK19 familiarization fire, D MK-19; 8 a.m. to 5:59 p.m., hand grenade live fam, RG Z2.

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