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Saturday, May 10

“Ladies Night Out”: 7 p.m., Historic Meetinghouse, 41 Brown Road. This program is full of songs and performances that speak to the hearts of women — and men. For information visit

Monday, May 12

Triboard meeting: 6 p.m., Town Offices. This is a meeting of the Board of Selectmen and School and Finance committees.

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

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

Board of Assessors meeting: 6 p.m., Town Offices.

Recreation Commission meeting: 6 p.m., Town Offices.

Town clerk’s office hours: 6 to 8:30 p.m., town clerk’s office.

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

Annual Town Election: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Town Offices.

Veterans agent’s office hours: 5:30 to 7 p.m., veterans agent’s office.

Wednesday, May 14

Zoning Board of Appeals public hearing: 7:30 p.m., Town Offices.

May 15

Planning Board meeting: 7 p.m., Town Offices.

Habitat for Humanity meeting: 7 p.m., Town Offices.

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.

Morally acceptable organ transplants: 7:30 p.m., at St. Anthony’s Parish Hall, 15 Phoenix St. Dr. Paul Byrne, a neonatologist, director of neonatology and director of pediatrics at St. Charles Mercy Hospital in Oregon, will speak on this issue. Sponsored by Saint Benedict Center, this event is free. Dessert and coffee will be served. For information call (978) 456-8877.

Saturday, May 17

Book and Bake Sale: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hazen Memorial Library, 3 Keady Way. Sponsored by the Friends of the Hazen Memorial Library, this event will take place in conjunction with the town-wide yardsales to be held that day. Many books will be available at unbelievable prices. Delicious home-baked goodies will also be for sale. For information call the library at (978) 425-2620.

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 Shirley Town Offices as of Monday, May 5.


Hoe Down

Crafters and bakers are signing up to be part of the Shirley Hoe Down slated for June 7 on the Town Common.

The Shirley Historical Society will run the chicken barbecue, complete with a variety of side dishes and salads. ShirleyArts! members will grill hamburgers, and the young girls from Shirley Arts for All will steam hot dogs. Members of the United Church will be selling water and fruit juices. The Golden Agers will bake a variety of desserts to sell. The Parent-Teacher Association even hopes to sell popcorn and sno-cones.

So far, the crafts tables will include jewelry, books, woodcraft products, fleece items, pillows and handcrafted pots.

Thanks to various Youth Ventures groups, there will be a variety of children’s activities throughout the day. Thanks to the support of the Shirley Charitable Foundation, there will be a variety of entertainment as well. The schedule of events will be announced at a later date.

The first information booth to sign up for the Hoe Down is Shirley Public Access Cable Organization (SPACO).

There is room for more information booths, crafts people and nonprofit groups to sell preapproved food items. Registration forms are available at Hazen Memorial Library and

Road Race, Springfest

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.

Cemetery Committee notice

The Cemetery Committee is preparing for spring clean up and Memorial Day.

The committee asks that all seasonal items be removed by May 9 from grave sites in Village Cemetery on Harvard Road and Center Cemetery on Brown Road. All surplus materials remaining after May 9 will be removed and disposed of.

The Cemetery Committee would like to remind Shirley residents and others who may visit the cemeteries that, in accordance with the town’s rules and regulations, no artificial flowers will be allowed in the cemeteries.

Lot owners are also requested to limit the number of baskets, flower pots and articles of a similar nature placed on the lot. Cans, toys and similar articles on lots are inconsistent with the proper keeping of grounds and will be removed.

Live materials may be placed on graves, but all baskets and potted plants are to be removed by Oct. 1 each year.

The Cemetery Committee meets monthly at the Town Offices. For information call the town clerk’s office at (978) 425-2600, ext. 205.

Breakfast at Trinity Chapel

Everyone is welcome to enjoy a hot breakfast of eggs, bacon, waffles and muffins on Sundays, from 8 to 9:30 a.m., at Trinity Chapel.

The 9:30 a.m. Episcopal service is led by the Rev. Marcia Hoecker. Member John Comeau, aka The Computer Van Guy, has taken on this project as a volunteer.

A donation of $2 is requested for the breakfast.

Childcare and Sunday School are also available.

Trinity Chapel, located at 186 Center Road, is a small, welcoming church with lots of warmth to share with new members. For information call (978) 425- 9041.

Summer in Shirley

Shirley Recreation is pleased to announce the return of the “Summer in Shirley” program, a fun-filled summer experience for boys and girls that have completed any grades, prekindergarten through grade six.

Weekly activities are designed to spark creativity and smiles in a local, non-competitive setting. The program will be available during the following weeks, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.:

* Summer Get-away: June 23 to 27

* Positively Patriotic: June 30 to July 3

* Up, Up and Away: July 7 to 11

* Jammin’ in July: July 14 to 18

* Barnyard Bash: July 21 to 25

* Rockin’ Rainbows: July 28 to Aug. 1

* Wet and Wild: Aug. 4 to 8

* Sweet Endings: Aug. 11 to 15

Daily enrollment, early-morning and afternoon care are also available. Informational brochures are available at Shirley Town Offices, Hazen Memorial Library, Devens School, Lura A. White School and Shirley Middle School. For information call (978)425-2600, ext. 270.

St. Mary’s 150th anniversary

St. Mary’s Parish will hold its 150th anniversary Variety Show Nov. 8. The theme this year is The Best of Times: A Night of Nostalgic Variety.

We are seeking volunteers to fill the production staff. We need a stage manager, lighting designer, media technician, graphic designer, musician, and ticket and program committee.

Many special talents are necessary to produce a show. For information or to volunteer call Susie Michaud at (978) 772-3161 or Beth Lewis at (978) 772-9907.


HARVARD — 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

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.

Save the date

Friday, May 30

Retirement party for Meredith Marcinkewicz: 7 to 10 p.m., Bull Run Restaurant. Marcinkewicz is retiring from Lura A. White School after roughly 37 years of teaching. Musical entertainment will be provided by Ashbrook Haynes.

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