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Friday, July 4

Fourth of July: 7:30 a.m., The Great Harvard Fourth of July Road Race; 10:30 a.m., bicycle judging on the common; 11 a.m. parade from Depot Road to the new library; noon to 3 p.m., field events; 3 p.m., pond events at town beach.

Tuesday, July 8

School Committee: 7 p.m., Bromfield Media Center.

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

Having a senior moment? 1 p.m., Hildreth House; Miranda Heibel from Minuteman Senior Services will offer a “caring conversation” to help people understand the difference between normal memory loss that occurs with aging and memory loss that is due to dementia or an illness such as Alzheimer’s disease. At least 10 people must be signed up to bring this speaker to our community. Please R.S.V.P. as soon as possible by calling (978) 456-4120.

Wednesday, July 9

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

Heat and Energy Advisory Committee: 7:30 p.m., Hildreth House.

Water Commission: 8 a.m., Town Barn.

Town government meetings posted on Town Hall notice board as of June 30.

Wellness/Podiatry

HILDRETH HOUSE — The next monthly Wellness Clinic will be held on Tuesday, July 15, 1-2 p.m. A nurse from Nashoba Nursing will be available to do blood pressure screenings and answer questions.

The next podiatry clinic will also be held on Tuesday, July 15. Appointments will be scheduled in advance. There is a $25 fee payable to Dr. Gregorian at the time of the visit. Call the office at (978) 456-4120 for an appointment. Both clinics will be held at the Hildreth House.

Briefs

Seniors helping Seniors

The Council On Aging has announced that Will Gunner (brother of Georgia Gunner, who did this program last year) has agreed to continue the Seniors Helping Seniors project for the next school year. Will is willing to start some work this summer. He can be reached at (978) 456-8618 (home), (978) 424-3321 (cell) or at 09wgunner@gmail.com.

Historical Society

preservation effort

The Historical Society’s current project — preserving and painting the Still River Meeting House, a historic landmark in Still River and the society’s headquarters — is getting underway.

The beautiful former Baptist Church houses the society’s collections and is the site of exhibits and events, free to the public, celebrating Harvard’s history. The Historical Society is privately funded by the membership and is not supported by any tax dollars.

Restored by the Historical Society several years ago, the building needs painting and exterior work to complete the preservation effort.

Following an appeal to the membership, many generous donations have given a good start to funding the work. To help the society preserve this beautiful building, add your donation to the fund. Mail a check in any amount to Harvard Historical Society, P.O. Box 542, Harvard, MA 01451.

Weed-pullers needed

Residents are invited to help in the annual water chestnut weed pull on Bare Hill Pond.

Water chestnut is a non-native species of plant that threatens swimming, boating and fishing by crowding the shorelines with an invasive mass of weeds. The weeds can easily be pulled from the shallow water by volunteers and water enthusiasts willing to help out.

The Bare Hill Pond Committee held the first of three weed pulls on June 21, removing as many of the weeds as possible.

Focus will be on two areas of the pond — Great South Bay and Clapps Brook — which have a significant amount of weed growth. Last year, the efforts of volunteers were successful in clearing several invaded areas, but continued work is needed to keep the pond free of the invasive species.

Bring your canoe, boat or kayak to the town beach. You will be provided with buckets and instructions on how to help remove the weeds. Don’t have a boat? Some town canoes are typically available.

Additional weed pulls are scheduled for July 19 and Aug. 2.

State law requires all boaters to have mandatory safety gear, which includes life jackets and a whistle or other auditory warning device. Free ice cream gift certificates will be given to the children of parents participating in the weed pull on a first-come, first-served basis.

CoA dates to

remember: July

Friday, July 4: CoA office closed.

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, July 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30: Aerobics at 9 a.m. at Congregational Church.

Tuesdays, July 8, 15, 22, 29: Hildreth Café at noon.

Thursdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31: Mixed Bridge, 1 p.m. and Men Only, 7:45 p.m.

Thursdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31: Brown bag lunch at noon, Hildreth House.

Tuesday, July 8: “Having a Senior Moment” presentation 1 p.m. at Hildreth House.

Wednesday, July 9: Cape Ann trip, leaves Hildreth House at 8:30 a.m.

Tuesday, July 15: Wellness clinic, 1-2 p.m. and podiatry clinic by appointment.

Wednesday, July 16: Sixty-Plus Club, luncheon and meeting, 11:30 a.m.

Monday, July 21: Board of directors meeting, 7 p.m., Hildreth House.

Thursday, July 24: Block Island trip, leaves Hildreth House at 6:30 a.m.

Thursday, July 31: Sunny Skates ice skating exhibition, trip leaves Hildreth House at 2:15 p.m.

Summer pot luck

On Monday, July 28, the Council on Aging will host a pot luck dinner. If cooking is not your forté, make something simple or even purchase something ready-made.

The CoA will provide the paper goods and beverages; those attending will provide the nourishment and good company. We will start gathering at 5 p.m. and plan to eat at 5:30 p.m. It is important that you call the office at (978) 456-4120 to tell us that you are coming and what you are planning to bring so we can try to keep the meal reasonably balanced.

Senior housing

As many of you know, the Housing Authority is looking into the possibility of building senior housing on town land surrounding Hildreth House.

Before the consultants present ideas to the authority, they would like to hear from seniors about what features they would like to see.

A meeting to hear this views will be held on Monday, July 14 at 2 p.m. at the Hildreth House.

If you cannot attend but have thoughts you wish to share, please send us your comments at P. O. Box 615, Harvard MA 01451 or by e-mail to coa@harvard.ma.us. If you do plan to attend, an R.S.V.P. would be appreciated.

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