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Town Offices Closed

Meetings held in Town Offices unless otherwise noted, subject to change with 48-hours posted notice. (Next BOS meeting is April 5, 7 p.m.)


Spring Palooza: 8 p.m. “Battle of the Bands Veterans Benefit,” Community event — Open to the public! Several live bands will play. Tickets $15 each. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the V.A. Hospital. Shirley American Legion, 8 Church St., Shirley. See you there!


Town clerk evening hours: 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Tax Collector evening hours: 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Board of Selectmen: 7 p.m.

Finance Committee: 7 p.m.

Zoning Board of Appeals: 8:30 p.m.


Veterans agent: 5:30 to 7 p.m.

PTA meeting: 8 p.m., Shirley Middle School


Town Offices Closed

Meetings held in Town Offices unless otherwise noted, subject to change with 48-hours posted notice.


A Cleaner Ayer & Shirley Day: All are invited to volunteer to pick up roadside litter between 9 a.m. and noon. In Shirley, bags may be picked up at the town Recycling Center on Leominster Road or at the town offices on Keady Way.

Dance party and dessert pot luck will take place at the Ayer Town Hall that same evening from 7 to 10 p.m. for people of all ages.

Register at: recycling This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call Dawn at 978-425-6132.


Ayer-Shirley 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 sell out event for the last two years; so get your tickets ($10) early at Billiards, Closets by Design in Shirley, North Middlesex Savings Bank in Ayer,Groton or Lunnenburg. Tickets also will be available at the door or call 978-772-8502, ext. 1111.

Well adult clinic

Nashoba Associated Boards of Health, in conjunction with the Shirley Board of Health, announces that a Well Adult Clinics will be held on Tuesday, April 20 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Shaker Meadows (community room) Harvard Road, Shirley. Drop in for Blood Pressure, Pulse Screening and Diet Teaching. 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

Shirley Hoe Down plant sale

Volunteer and Donation Opportunities!

Attention all gardeners! Are you interested in supporting Longley Acres Conservation Area while improving the health of your perennial beds?

Consider making a donation of your perennial divisions for the Shirley Hoe Down plant sale! On or before Friday, June 4, pot up and bring your extra divisions to the Longley Acres farmhouse at 27 Whitney Road in Shirley. While you are there, please feel free to look around the property.

Please include identification labels on the plants and leave your name, so we can acknowledge your donation. It is best to divide and pot plants at least a week in advance and keep them in a shady spot, so that the roots will establish and they will look good for the Shirley Hoe Down plant sale on Saturday, June 5. All proceeds from the plant sale support the Longley Acres Maintenance Fund.

We are also looking for donations of items for the silent auction at the Hoe Down booth. If you have an item you would like to contribute, this would be greatly appreciated. Recognition for all donations will be given, and donations are tax exempt.

Also, with June quickly approaching, we will soon be organizing to hay the fields at Longley Acres. We rely on an entirely volunteer effort and are fortunate to have so much community support. If you are interested in volunteering to help “bring in the hay,” let us know.

Contact Conservation administrator Chuck Katuska at 978-425-2600 ext. 245 or e-mail


Historical Society needs volunteers

The Shirley Historical Society is currently in need of volunteers to work with its collection of books and artifacts. There are a variety of jobs for people with different interests and different amounts of time available.

A one-day job is to write up bibliography cards on some newly donated books. Another one-day job is to list some newly sorted items on catalog cards. For a good typist, there are many papers that need to be transcribed and entered into our computer system, but this can be done one set at a time as we find a volunteer. For someone with more energy and a few hours to give, some boxes need to be moved and re-organized and re-labeled. For someone with several days and an interest in old farm equipment, there are tools that need to be organized and labeled. There are one-day-at-a-time Xeroxing jobs and cleaning jobs.

The Museum is open every Monday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for visitors, researchers, and volunteers. Please contact Curator Meredith Marcinkewicz at 978-425-9328 or if any of this interests you.

On Saturday, April 24 we hope to get many volunteers to help with spring cleaning. As part of that day, we hope to empty the middle of the library room, assemble and erect new metal shelves, and then put boxes of papers onto the new shelving. If we get the right kind of volunteers, we also hope to re-glue the rungs on our meeting room chairs and maybe do some raking and dusting, etc. Please contact us ahead of time so we know how many to expect and what kind of job they might be willing to do on the Spring Cleaning Day.

Serve Program

The rising cost of food is a concern for everyone. The Serve Program is a wonderful possibility; it is the smart alternative to food shopping. Save up to 50 percent and more in high-quality fresh foods by buying your meats, fruits, veggies and other staples offered through this program. Debit, credit, EFT cards and cash are accepted. Call 1-888-742-7363 for details or go online to www.servenewengland. org and follow directions to sign up.

The local chapter is New Hope Baptist Church in Ayer. Donna Snowden (Ayer) and Barbara Eubanks (Shirley) are the contacts. Come to New Hope Baptist Church and check out Serve.