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MONDAY, JAN. 3

“Women at the Waltham Watch Company”: Harvard Woman’s Club. Tom McIntyre, treasurer of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, will speak about the history of the Waltham Watch Company and the generations of women who worked there.

If anyone has a watch and would like more information or value estimates, Mr. McIntyre would be happy to help. His talk will begin at 12:15 p.m. following an 11:30 a.m. lunch at St. Theresa’s parish hall at 15 Still River Road in Harvard. Featured guests will be the Bromfield scholarship recipients. Members are encouraged to bring a guest and the meeting is open to all who wish to attend. For information on membership, contact Sue Guswa at 978-456-8580.

Cemetery Commission: 3 p.m., Cemetery Office

Library Trustees: 7 p.m., Public Library

Planning Board: 7:30 p.m., Town Hall

Park & Recreation Commission: 7:30 p.m., Old Library, fireplace room

TUESDAY, JAN. 4

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

Historical Commission: 7:30 p.m., Old Library

Bare Hill Pond Watershed Management Committee: 7:30 p.m., Hildreth House livingroom

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 5

Finance Committee: 7 p.m., Town Hall

THURSDAY, JAN. 6

Devens Enterprise Commission: 7:30 a.m., Andrews Parkway, Devens

Capital Planning & Investment Committee: 8 a.m., Town hall

Municipal Buildings Committee: 9:30 a.m., Town hall

Conservation Commission: 7 p.m., Town Hall

BRIEFS

What’s all this about the winter bet & ca$h ba$h?

There’s no doubt that Winter has arrived…and your Harvard P.T.O. is excited to introduce a fresh approach to our largest annual fundraiser…the Winter Bet!

The Winter Bet is a 100 club raffle contest with chances to win $2,000, $500 or $250. There are only 100 tickets to be sold and your luckiest number may go fast so act soon and secure your raffle entry today by visiting www.harvardpto.org .

The Winter Bet drawing will take place at the CA$H BA$H…a free party open to all adults to be held at Ayer Billiard’s Café on Saturday, February 5. This may be the party of the season that you won’t want to miss so we invite you to mark your calendars, gather up some friends and plan on having some fun.

We tip our P.T.O. hats to the early adopters of this new idea. Thanks for your support!!

Possible shuttle

The town of Boxborough is surveying Harvard and Bolton residents who currently use the MBTA commuter rail train or would use the train if free parking and a shuttle service were available from a designated parking area at the Boxborough Holiday Inn. The survey is ONLY three questions and is available on-line. Click on this link to take the survey: www.town.boxborough.ma.us/Harvardshuttleform.pdf.

Holiday Hours for Harvard Transfer Station

Saturday, Jan. 1 (New Year’s Day): CLOSED

Monday, Jan. 3: Open 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 5: Open 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

HES playground update

A new playground is coming to HES and the Harvard community in June/July 2011. The playground website is officially online! Please check it out and show your children! It’s chock full of information; background info, plans, pictures, and easy ways to donate to the Playground Fund. We are looking for community-wide support for this once in twenty years project. Link to the website; http://web.me.com/deb.barton

Questions: e-mail Mary Traphagen, trapday54@msn.com or Deb Barton, deb.barton@mac.com.

Heating Assistance Application for 2010-2011

HARVARD ENERGY ASSISTANCE TEAM

LOW-INCOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE GUIDELINES

A. ELIGIBILITY

The fund has been established to provide energy assistance for low-income Harvard residents.

Applicants must provide documentation of income earnings in order to be eligible to participate in this program. Income shall include all income such as pensions, interest from savings accounts, IRAs, stocks or bonds, etc. Submit copy of utility bill to be considered as well.

Extraordinary circumstances (e.g. an unusual expense burden) will be considered.

B. APPLICATION PROCESS

A copy of documentation demonstrating participation in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (if eligible) or other earnings records must accompany the application. Applications will be accepted November 1, 2010 through March 1, 2011.

All information received will be held in the strictest confidence.

C. DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS

Funds will be disbursed on a rolling basis. Since funds are derived from volunteer contributions, no set dollar amount can be established.

The funds that are granted to applicants will be paid directly to the energy source provider: Natural gas, heating oil, or electric company.

For further information, contact Council on Aging Director Ginger Quarles at 978-456-4120, Town Administrator Tim Bragan at 978-456-4100, ext. 13, or Executive Assistant Julie Doucet, at 978-456-4100, ext. 12 (you can download the application online at harvard.ma.us/Pages/HarvardMA_News/01620915-000F8513).

SAVE THE DATE

Race to Nowhere

The film “Race to Nowhere” has been attracting a great deal of attention from parents and community groups nation-wide and the feedback has been very positive,” said Molly Cutler, Harvard Schools Trust co-President and Emerson Hospital corporator.

The award-winning documentary is about “the pressures faced by American schoolchildren and their teachers in a system and culture obsessed with the illusion of achievement, competition and the pressure to perform.”

“Seeing this as an off-shoot of our overall mission, we jumped at the opportunity to provide a service to the community by bringing the film to Harvard,” said Cutler. “We are grateful to Emerson Hospital, Bromfield School Principal Jim O’Shea and the Bromfield School Council for their support of this event.”

The film will be shown Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. at Cronin Auditorium and is free and open to the public. Following the documentary, there will be a half-hour questions and answers period where audience members may voice concerns and ask questions of two leading, local experts.

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