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Blood Drive: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Ayer Community Blood Drive, sponsored by Nashoba Valley Medical Center (NVMC), will be held in the NVMC’s Founders Room at 200 Groton Road in Ayer. Call 800-733-2767 to schedule an appointment to donate. Walk-ins also welcome. You must be at least 17, or 16 with parental consent, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health. Please bring ID. Also, enter to win a spring basket!

Well adult clinic: Nashoba Associated Boards of Health, in conjunction with the Ayer Board of Health, announces that a well adult clinic will be held free of charge for the general public on Friday, April 2, from 4-5 p.m. at Carlin’s Restaurant, 48 Main St., Ayer. Drop in for blood pressure, pulse screening and diet tteaching. No appointment is necessary. For further information, please contact Nashoba Nursing Service & Hospice at 978-425-6675 or 1-800-698-3307 or visit us at


Sunday breakfast: Ayer Gun & Sportsmen’s Club, 255 Snake Hill Road, Ayer, serving Sunday breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. until Mother’s Day. Breakfasts start at $3.50. All meals include coffee and juice.


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Board of Selectmen: 7 p.m., Town Hall


Personnel Board: 7 p.m., Town Hall


Conservation Commission: 7 p.m., Town Hall


A Cleaner Ayer and Shirley Day: 9 a.m. to noon. Join us to help pick up roadside litter with your friends and neighbors! In Ayer, pick up supplies at Depot Square. Wear bright colors. Volunteers needed for sorting recyclables picked up during the morning in Ayer at Ayer Transfer Station from 1 to 2 p.m.

To register or for more information, contact: AYER: Laurie Sabol: at 978-772-7858, or e-mail SHIRLEY: Dawn McCall at 978-425-6132 or e-mail

Dance Party! and dessert potluck following Ayer & Shirley clean-up day — 7 to 10 p.m. at Ayer Town Hall. All ages welcome; supervised crafts for kids. Entertainment provided by Donna Shea & Michael Quigley along with the staff of DL Dance Enterprises.

Electronic and appliance recycle day — to be held at Saint Marys Parish, 31 Shirley St., Ayer, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the parking lot of the church. All towns welcome to recycle any electronics to include monitors, computers, fax and copy machines, toys and games, phones, stereo systems, DVD players etc will be accepted as well as any and all appliances in include refrigerators, washers, dryers, stoves, ac units, microwaves etc as well as bikes, any small engine items lawns and snow blowers with gas removed as well as exercise equipment, grills etc. This is a fund raiser for the church with receipts provided. Small fee of $5 per electronic item, $10 per appliance, $15 for TV and $20 for large wood console TVs. Cell phones, keyboard any car or truck batteries are free. Any questions

Community Supper: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The next Community Second Saturday Supper at the Federated Church of Ayer will feature pot roast, potato, carrots, rolls and butter and a beverage. Free desserts and a free movie will follow the supper. These homemade meals have been eagerly anticipated and we hope you will join us. All are welcome. The cost for the dinner will be $8 for adults, $4 for ages 5 -12, and free for those under 5 years of age. The church is located at 21 Washington St. in Ayer. The supper will be served in the Fellowship Hall. The church is handicapped accessible in the back of the building.


Car wash and interior detailing for the American Cancer Society: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Sovereign Bank, 1 Park St., Ayer, presented by the Friends Who Care Relay for Life team. Most of us have cars and most of us need to give our vehicles a wash every now and then. But, NO ONE WILL CLEAN YOUR CAR IN & OUT FOR ONLY $40! All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. Exterior Car Wash: $15. PROFESSIONAL Custom Auto Interior Detailing: $25 (usually a $65+ charge!).

Interior Services Include:

* Door vinyl, door jambs cleaned & polished

* Dashboard, center console & instrument panel dusted & cleaned to a shine

* Windows cleaned In & out

* Mats, trunk, seats & floors vacuumed

Tire shine $5 extra

****JC Auto Detailing is a professional company. The owner will donate $300 out of his own pocket if he cleans 100 interiors!! ****

A special “Thanks” to Sovereign Bank & JC Auto Detailing and the for all their support!

Unable to attend this event? Please visit the following Web site to make a online donation TODAY:

***RAIN DATE: April 18. Same time. Same Place. ***


Candidates Forum

The Communications Committee in conjunction with Ayer Public Access Corporation (APAC), produces the candidates forum. This year’s forum will be held on April 8 starting at 7 p.m. in Town Hall. The forum provides an opportunity for candidates running for town offices or committees to answer questions from the public and express their views. The forum is video taped in front of a live audience (all are welcome) for broadcast on Comcast Ch. 8.

Candidates running for office in 2010

Board of Selectmen — 3-year-term (one seat on five man board. Incumbent Cornelius F. Sullivan is not seeking re-election): Frank Maxant, Mary Spinner

Moderator — 3-year-term (one position): Daniel Swanfeldt (Incumbent)

Treasurer — 3-year-term (one position – Incumbent Denis Callahan to retire): M. Stephanie Gintner, Glen LaPierre, Martin D. Poutry

Assessors — 3-year-term (one seat on three-member board): Denis Callahan (Incumbent)

Town Clerk — 1 year balance of unexpired 3-year-term (Incumbent Ann Callahan to retire): David Bodurtha, John Canney II, James “Jamie” Gibbons

Tax Collector — 1 year balance of unexpired 3-year-term (Incumbent Ann Callahan to retire): David Bodurtha, John Canney II, Jamie Gibbons, Glen LaPierre

School Committee — 3-year-term (two seats on 5-member board): Cheryl Alfiere-Simmons (Incumbent), Viola Barnes (Incumbent)

Planning Board — 5-year-term (one seat on 5-member board): Glenn Garber (Incumbent)

Board of Health — 3-year-term (one seat on 3-member board): Lora A. Haines, Margaret Kidder (Incumbent)

Park Commissioner — 3-year-term (one seat on 5-member board): Sarah Gibbons

Library Trustees — 2 seats (one for 3 years, other for 2 years): Debbie Pedrazzi, seeking 3-year-term, Kathleen O’Connor, seeking 2-year-term

Commissioner of Trust Funds — 3-year-term (one seat on 3-member board): James Stephen (Incumbent)

Housing Authority — 5-year-term (one seat on 5-member board): Janet Providakes

Constable — 3-year-term (one position): Clark Paige (Incumbent), Henry L. Pare

Candidates running unopposed are invited to make a 2-minute statement at the forum.

Each candidate will have up to 2 minutes for an opening statement, up to 2 minutes for a closing statement and up to 1 minute to answer questions. There will be no direct debate between candidates; however, the moderator can at his discretion allow follow-up to clarify issues.

Residents are invited to submit questions at Town Hall on the night of the forum. Questions will be tallied, evaluated and inserted in the forum at the discretion of the committee by the moderator. The public will NOT be allowed to interject directly or ask for follow up from the floor.

As a reminder, town elections are April 26. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Please take the time to vote.

Lions Karakoke Night

The third Annual Karaoke Night sponsored by the Ayer-Shirley Lions will be held on Saturday, April 17, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Billiards Cafe, 39 Main St., Ayer. Come and join us for a fun-filled evening of singing and billiards! Free pool and appetizers from 7 to 8 p.m.

This has been a sellout event for the last two years; so get your tickets ($10) early at Billiards, Closets byDesign in Shirley, North Middlesex Savings Bank in Ayer,Groton or Lunenburg.

Family walk

Join the Ayer Greenway Committee for a Family Walk at Pine Meadow Pond Conservation Area on Saturday, April 17, at 9 a.m.

Bring water and be prepared for the weather. Meet at the trail head on Groton Harvard Road near the transfer station.

The walk will be lead by Beth Suedmeyer and Takashi Tada.

Well adult clinic

Nashoba Associated Boards of Health and D’Ambrosio Eye Care Inc. will hold a well adult clinic on Wednesday, April 21 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Senior Center, 18 Pond St., Ayer. The clinic will include a free Vision Screening. Blood Pressure and Pulse will also be taken. No appointment is necessary. For further information, please contact 978-772-3335 ext 333.


Ayer Business Alliance —

* Ayer Business Alliance is looking for artists, crafters, musicians, etc. to set up outside Main Street businesses on the fourth Thursday of every month, to demonstrate their talents, and sell their wares. For more information call Chuck at Fresh Ayer Sports 617-592-2525 or log on to

* Classic Car Cruise Nights are back at Depot Square in Downtown Ayer. The 2010 Schedule is Wednesdays April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, Sept. 15.

For more information call Chuck at Fresh Ayer Sports or log on to

Brush dump spring hours

The Ayer brush dump will be open on the following Saturdays and Sundays to accommodate spring yard cleanup: April 3, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25.

The hours on these days are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Access for the brush dump will be from Bishop Road. No paper or plastic bags can be left in the brush dump and no trash is permitted. Please keep leaves and brush separate. The brush dump is available to Ayer residents with valid vehicle stickers only.

DPW changing hours

Effective April 5, 2010 through September 10, 2010, the Department of Public Works office will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.