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Want to make a video?

Ayer Town Administrator, Robert Pontbriand is featured in a video about how to make a video on the Ayer Public Access Corporation website.

Pontbriand took time out from his busy schedule recently to narrate a short video for, the website of the public access organization. The video explains the preparations that aspiring videographers and video editors should follow in making their own videos.

Residents can view the video, entitled, “So you want to make a video,” by browsing to the APAC site and pulling down the “Making a Video” link on the topline menu. The video is one of a number of enhancements to the site, which was re-launched last year.

Well adult clinics

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:

Friday, Nov. 1, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Carlin’s Restaurant, 48 Main St., Ayer. No appointment is necessary.

Friday, Nov. 15, from 11 a.m. to noon, at the Senior Center, 18 Pond St., Ayer. No appointment is necessary.

Fridays at the Town Nurses office, 51 Cambridge St., Ayer, by appointment only.

Drop in for blood sugar and blood pressure teaching.

For information, contact Nashoba Associated Boards of Health at 978-772-3335 or 1-800-427-9762 ext. 333.

Rededication of Camp Stevens Nov. 2

The Ayer Historical Commission will be re-dedicating the Camp Stevens memorial at 111 Fitchburg Road on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 11 a.m. Camp Stevens was a Civil War camp located in Groton Junction in 1862. The initial dedication was in 1915.

Over the years the memorial grounds had become overgrown and had almost completely covered the memorial. Ayer had received a 50/50 grant from the Massachusetts Sesquicentennial Commission in July to rehab the grounds around the memorial. The layout was designed and the work completed by Pinard’s Landscaping, Inc. in August.

The memorial is located on the property now owned by David E. Ross Associates, Inc., which was very supportive of the Historic Commissions request to improve the memorial grounds.

The public is cordially invited to this free event.

Special Election Tuesday, Nov. 5, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Town Hall

On Thursday, Aug. 22, upon the recommendation of the Town Moderator and the Town Clerk, the Ayer Board of Selectmen voted to declare a Special Election on Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for “An Act establishing a 3-member Board of Selectmen in the Town of Ayer.” (The last day to register to vote in this special election was Oct. 16.)

Veterans agent office hours

Tuesdays, 5-7 p.m., Town Hall; Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon, Town Hall.

Veterans Service Officer Michael Detillion can be reached at 978-772-8212.

Website for information:


Are you ready to yard sale?

The Downtown Ayer Fall Yard Sale and Flea Market will be held Saturday, Oct. 26, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Depot Square.

Activities include local business giveaways, hayrides around town at 11:30 a.m., doggie costume contest at noon and trick-or-treating for the kids starting at 12:30 p.m.

Tell your friends!


At the Library

The book “Just say boo” will be read in the children’s room at 10:30 a.m. Children are encouraged to wear their costumes!


Neighborhood Trick-or-Treating is Thursday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.

Ayer Fire Dept. Combination Company No. 1 Annual Turkey Party

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m. at the Ayer Fire Station.

30 rounds of quarter spins all night long.

Door prize, raffles prizes, and turkeys!!!!

Any questions or for donations contact the Ayer Fire Department at 978-772-8231.

Thanksgiving Day 5K Road Race

9th Annual Ayer Fire Department Thanksgiving Day 5K Road Race Nov. 28.

Age Groups: Running Divisions: 10 and under*, 11-15, 16 -19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+. (No walkers.) *(10 and under runners must run with an adult 18 or older.)


Individual awards: First male and female firefighter/EMS; First male and female overall. Top three males and females in each division.


Marshals will be posted throughout the course, and a water station provided.

Pre and post race refreshment will be provided at the fire station, across from the start/finish line.


9th Annual Race T-shirt to the first 500 registered.

Additional Information:

Note: No bicycles, pets, skateboards, scooters, baby joggers, strollers, roller blades/skates, or headsets are allowed in this race. No walking division.

A special race T-shirt has been designed for this year’s theme, and is available to the first 475 registered runners.

For the ninth year, as the presenting sponsor, we are again please to have the North Middlesex Saving Bank. Through North Middlesex Saving Bank’s support, and the support of all of our sponsors, we look forward to another great race experience for runners, spectators and the town of Ayer.


North Middlesex Saving Bank, Carlin’s Tavern

Nashoba Valley Medical Center, G.W. Archer’s Mobil

Moore Lumber and Hardware, H. M. Flagg Tree Service, Critical Knowledge, Silpro, Party Pottys, Harvard Chiropractic, P.C., Marx Running & Fitness Center, Red Brick Clothing Co., Nashoba Valley Fitness Center, Fuel Belt, Seeley Automotive Services, Road I.D.

The day of race events begin with registration starting at 6:45 a.m., start of the race at 8 a.m. sharp and awards at 9 a.m.

Registration is available on line at , pre-registration is $20, and day of race registration is $25.

Remember: Run early, eat a lot, no guilt!