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Have you noticed something missing from the stories of municipalities’ financial woes — layoffs, reduced services, wage freezes, overrides needed to avert the end of Earth? I’ve noticed the name “Ayer” missing from these stories. Have reporters lost interest in Ayer? I’ll act as reporter sans portfolio to write why Ayer isn’t prominent in these stories.

I entered Ayer Town Hall Wednesday morning around 8:45, just as a meeting was concluding. This was a meeting of the Ayer Tri-Board Executive Committee, consisting of town employees and volunteer office-holders taking time from their paying jobs. They were wrestling with the extraordinary challenges all are facing now, managing our towns’ affairs. (I saw no reporter writing the good news of this effective, laborious work.)

Since my days in Ayer High School, I’ve realized that Ayer is the best-run town around. This meeting shows that is no mistake or mere luck. Generation after generation, Ayer has had the right people stepping up to maintain our status as the leading town in our neighborhood. That tradition is alive and well today.

Our public employees and their unions are committed to this sense of community. Besides providing us with exemplary service, they are working toward sharing more reasonably the outrageous cost of health care insurance, agreeing to increase their share from approximately 5 percent, up to 25 percent. The agreements are structured so Ayer’s budget will benefit in future fiscal years, helping keep us afloat when finances will almost certainly continue to be tight.

We who are fortunate enough to be Ayer residents and taxpayers owe a huge debt of gratitude to these people and to our business leaders who work so diligently to make Ayer a community that works so well!

FRANK FREDERICK MAXANT

Ayer

P.S.: Remember to Meet & Greet at New Neighbors’ Day, Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ayer Town Hall