Squannacook River

Rail Trail

TOWNSEND — The Squannacook River Rail Trail Committee is hosting an open public information meeting on the proposed Rail Trail. The purpose is to present preliminary findings of the Rail Trail Environmental & Engineering Assessment study, done by Fay, Spofford & Thorndike LLC, and to solicit input from Townsend and Groton residents.

The public meeting will be held Thursday, June 12 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of North Middlesex Regional High School in Townsend.

The proposed Rail Trail is a shared-use path along a 3.7-mile segment of the former “Greenville Branch” of the Boston & Maine Railroad. The 3.7-mile corridor begins on Depot Street in Townsend Center and extends to the Bertozzi Conservation Area off Townsend Road in Groton. Approximately 2.8 miles of the trail is located in Townsend and 0.9 miles in Groton.

Residents of Townsend and Groton and anyone who is interested in the proposed Rail Trail should attend. The study results and proposed solutions will help Townsend and Groton make future decisions about the rail trail. There will be an opportunity to ask questions following the presentation.

For more information and a map of the trail, please visit

Ayer High alumni

AYER — The Ayer High School Class of 1973, currently planning its 35th class reunion, invites all AHS alumni to join in the establishment of the Ayer High Alumni Association, and to participate in the inaugural Alumni Reunion Weekend and Fund-raiser, currently being planned for October 2008.

In order to gauge community interest in this endeavor, you are asked to please contact one of the following ’73 alumni by June 15. Please indicate your interest in helping to plan this worthwhile event and whether you would prefer to attend this event over the Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 10-13, or Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 4-5.

Please contact any one of the following: Joanne Forest Poirier, or (978) 660-7774; Francine Larimore Duncan,; William Noeth,; or Deborah Sullivan, or (917) 445-1178.

Spaghetti supper

AYER — The Ayer-Shirley Lions Club, part of Lions Clubs International, the largest charitable organization in the world, will hold a spaghetti supper at Dan’s Place, 200 West Main St., Ayer, on Wednesday, June 18, 4-8:30 p.m.

Tickets are only $9 per person for an all-you-can-eat dinner. Beer and wine will be available.

Tickets are available at Moore Lumber, Billiards Café, Dan’s Place, North Middlesex Savings Bank in Ayer, Shirley and Groton, and M&M Convenience. For information e-mail Lion Tracy at

Bird walk

HARVARD — Fruitlands Museum invites the public to a morning bird walk on Saturday, June 7, led by local birder Pat White. The expedition will be looking for resident species including Indigo Bunting, Scarlet Tanager, Veery, Wood Thrush, Wild Turkey and a variety of warblers. Expect to walk about two miles on trails through meadows and woods, with some steep sections. Bring your own binoculars, field guide and tick repellent. Meet at 6:30 a.m. in the first parking lot at Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard. Directions may be found at

Call Pat White at (978) 456-8127 for more information.

NRWA grants

LOWELL — The Greater Lowell Community Foundation (GLCF) announced its 12th annual round of funding, granting the Nashua River Watershed of Groton $5,460. In total, the GLCF will grant $122,000 on June 3 to 49 local charitable organizations and community activities working to meet the needs of Northern Middlesex County across a broad range of issues including capacity building, protecting area water resources, serving elderly needs and other social service or supporting activities for youth.

Founded in 1969, the Nashua River Watershed Association’s mission is to work for a healthy ecosystem with clean water and open spaces for human and wildlife communities, where people work together to sustain mutual economic and environmental well-being in the Nashua River watershed. The association received $3,400 for their new “Healthy Farms; Healthy Water” project and a $2,060 grant for their new “Electronic Solutions” project.

The June 3 “Celebrate Giving! Philanthropy Day” breakfast is open to the public. The event begins at 7:45 a.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel on 50 Warren St. in Lowell. Tickets are $35 and include a full buffet breakfast, refreshments and conference materials. The GLCF invites people to register at or call 978-970-1600.

Red Cross

swim lessons

BROOKLINE, N.H. — The Max Cohen Memorial Grove in Brookline, N.H., is offering Red Cross swimming lessons.

Classes are Monday to Thursday for three weeks. The classes are 40 minutes long and the cost is $40 unless you have three or more children in the same family, then the cost is $30 per child.

There are two sessions. The first session runs Monday, July 8 to Thursday, July 24. The second session begins Monday, July 28 and runs until Thursday, Aug. 14. Classes are available to children ages 5 and up.

These swimming lessons are open to all surrounding area children; you need not live in Brookline to participate.

For any additional info or to sign your children up, please call Carol Anderson-Farwell at (603) 673-7772.