Saturday, May 31
Rummage Sale: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ayer Playspace Covered Walkway. This event is sponsored by the Family Partnership. There is table space for rent if you’d like to sell your own goods. There is a $5 fee to rent a spot, and you must bring your own table.
Sunday, June 1
Ringing of the bell: 10 a.m., Federated Church of Ayer. The church invites everyone to hear the ringing of the historic bell for the first time in over a year. Church services will follow. For information call (978) 772-2044.
Monday, June 2
Board of Health meeting: 5 p.m., Town Hall.
Cultural Commission meeting: 7 p.m., Town Hall.
Tuesday, June 3
Board of Selectmen meeting: 7 p.m., Town Hall.
Wednesday, June 4
Community Preservation Committee meeting: 7 p.m., Town Hall.
MassDevelopment public information meeting: 7 p.m., 33 Andrews Parkway. This meeting is to update all interested parties on the status of the agency’s ongoing planning for the Devens North Post.
* Meetings were as posted at Ayer Town Hall as of Wednesday, May 28.
Compost bins for sale
Now that gardening season is here, you should know the Ayer Recycling Committee sells compost bins for $30.
Two styles are available. For descriptions visit www.mass.gov/dep/recycle/reduce/compgnt.htm.
This offer is open to residents of Ayer and any surrounding towns.
For information e-mail Laurie Sabol at Laurie.firstname.lastname@example.org. Bins are available for pickup.
Finance Committee vacancy
There is a vacancy on the Ayer Finance Committee due to the resignation of Richard Gilles, who was elected as a selectman April 28.
Town bylaws prohibit members of the Finance Committee from holding any other elected office in town.
Anyone interested in serving on the volunteer Finance Committee are asked to submit a letter of interest and qualifications to the Board of Selectmen’s office, c/o town administrator, 1 Main St., by June 13. You can also e-mail applications to email@example.com.
The successful candidate will serve a term that expires June 30, 2010.
In preparation for Flag Day area residents are urged to dispose of their unserviceable — torn, frayed or faded — U.S. flags by placing them in the container outside the post office in Ayer on Central Avenue.
These unserviceable flags will be disposed of properly June 14, at 10 a.m., at a ceremony hosted by the Ayer American Legion at the Ayer Gun and Sportsman Club, 255 Snake Hill Road. The public is invited to attend this ceremony.
A flag etiquette booklet is available in the foyer of the Ayer library, which is provided by Ayer American Legion Post 139.
Bicycle Safety Week
The Ayer Police Department and Ayer public schools are promoting Bicycle Safety Week, slated for June 1 to 7.
The program features Page Hilltop School health teacher Shari Matthews teaching roughly 600 students the importance of wearing helmets to prevent head and brain injuries.
Many Police Department staffers will be in the school June 4 to teach students the rules of the road as they pertain to bicyclists. They will also discuss proper equipment to be worn and used on the bicycles. There will also be a demonstration and police patrol mountain bikes on display.
The program will end June 7 with a rodeo at Page Hilltop from 9 a.m. to noon. The event is sponsored and will be staffed by the Police and School departments. There will be a bicycle registration table, bicycle safety inspection and the opportunity to participate in an obstable course.
At 11 a.m., there will be a bicycle-decorating contest with certificates given to all participants.
Return our books
Often Ayer Playspace lends books to little ones who ask to borrow. Currently missing are “Big Wide Mouth” and “Frogs.” If you have them at home, please return them as soon as possible.
St. Mary’s 150th anniversary show
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.
Range Noise Bulletin
DEVENS — The following is a noise bulletin for U.S. Army Garrison Fort Devens:
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.
Compliance stings will be conducted over the next three months
The Ayer Police Department will be conducting compliance testing stings on businesses in town that are licensed to sell and serve alcoholic beverages.
During these stings, a minor, who looks and is under 21, will attempt to purchase alcohol at every restaurant, bar and package store in town. Officers will also be checking the IDs of patrons in these businesses to ensure they are of legal drinking age. They will also be targeting adults who are procuring alcohol for minors.
These stings, and other prevention efforts, will occur at various times within the next three months.
Attention AHS alumni
The Ayer High School (AHS) Class of 1973, currently planning its 35th Class Reunion invites all AHS alumni to join in the establishment of the Ayer High School Alumni Association and participate in the first annual Alumni Reunion Weekend and fund-raiser planned for October.
The purpose of this event is to establish the alumni association and create a perpetual endowment to benefit the Ayer public schools.
To gauge community interest in this endeavor, alumni are asked to contact one of the Class of 1973 alumni by June 15. Alumni are asked to indicate their interest in helping to plan this event and whether they’d prefer to attend this event over Homecoming weekend — Oct. 4 to 5 — or the Columbus Day weekend — Oct. 10 to 13.
The Class of 1973 contacts are: Joanne Forest Poirier, (978) 660-7774, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Francine Larimore Duncan, email@example.com; William Noeth, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Deborah Sullivan, (917) 445-1178, email@example.com.
Save the date
Saturday, June 14
Flag disposal: 10 a.m., Ayer Gun and Sportsman Club, 255 Snake Hill Road. The Ayer American Legion will host this ceremony to dispose of unserviceable — torn, frayed or faded — U.S. flags.
Ham and bean supper: 5 to 8 p.m., Ayer Gun and Sportsmen’s Club. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the club.
Sunday, June 15
Father’s Day fishing derby: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ayer Gun and Sportsmen’s Club, 255 Snake Hill Road. This event is open to all. No fishing license is required. The cost is 12 per pole for general admission and $6 for children aged 12 and younger. The limit is three fish per pole. There will also be a raffle and prizes. The kitchen will be open for breakfast and lunch. Fathers eat free.