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New crime tip line in Shirley

SHIRLEY — The Shirley Police Department on Wednesday announced a new crime information tip line for members of the public to anonymously report information about crime in the Town of Shirley. The new tip line is 978-425-2642 ext. 30 and is available 24 hours a day; calls will be electronically recorded, then provided to the appropriate police personnel.

Harvard Lions Volksfest features bed races

HARVARD — Want to participate in a race — without having to leave your bed?

The Harvard Lions are holding their inaugural Volksfest on Sept. 17, featuring Harvard’s take on the traditional German festival. While family fun, live music, craft exhibitors, food, drink and children’s games are all on the menu, the bed races are likely what will get people talking.

Participants are asked to create a team, build a bed and race at 3 p.m. Information on how to join in can be found at

The festival will take place in front of the Harvard Library, 4 Pond Road, 3 to 10 p.m. Live music starts at 4 p.m. Massachusetts breweries, local hard cider and wine will be available in a biergarten.

New traffic flow for Pepperell voters

PEPPERELL — The State Primary Election is on Thursday, Sept. 8 from 7a.m. to 8 p.m. and voting takes place at the Varnum Brook Elementary School Gymnasium, 10 Hollis Street. Voters should use Tucker Avenue to enter the Varnum Brook rear lot. The school driveway will be used solely for school traffic.

Please note that this will be the traffic flow for all elections.

Electronics, appliances recycled in Harvard

HARVARD — An electronic and appliance recycle day will be held Aug. 13, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Congregational Church of Harvard parking lot, 5 Still River Road.

Accepting all electronics which have a plug and more. Bring any electronic items to the parking lot. There will be a small cost for items, ranging from $5 for small electronics and stereo equipment to $30 for large televisions.

There will also be a bicycle recycle, for which there is no fee. All types will be accepted.

NWRA plans Heart Healthy Trail walks

TOWNSEND — All are invited to join the Nashua River Watershed Association for a free Heart Healthy Trails walk on Aug. 10, beginning at 6 p.m., exploring trails in Townsend and Pepperell. The tour begins at Howard Park in Townsend, then moves to the dirt road portion of Ball Road in Townsend, and ends at Day Woods in Pepperell.

The Day Woods portion of the walk is being co-sponsored by Nashoba Conservation Trust, owners of that property. At each property, there is a short, approximately 20-minute, guided walk, on trails that are appropriate for easy or moderate activity levels.

The meeting location to start at Howard Park will be in the Squannacook Elementary parking lot, off Brookline Street. A Google map and directions are available at Directions to Ball Road and Day Woods will be provided that evening. This trail tour is free, open to all ages and all communities.

This walk will take place rain or shine, but will be postponed in the event of severe storms; postponement will be posted online by 4 p.m. on the day of the walk. For the comfort of all, no dogs are allowed. Pre-registration is not required, but appreciated for planning purposes. To pre-register, contact Al Futterman, NRWA Land Programs and Outreach Director, at (978) 448-0299, or email

Protect family, pets from ticks

BOLTON — The Nashua River Watershed Association is presenting a free “Tick Talk” on Aug. 23 at 6 p.m., at the Bolton Public Library, 738 Main Street in Bolton. Come learn the latest information from two experts, Dr. Katie Brown, MA Dept. of Public Health, and Dr. Michelle Bianco, DVM, Mid-State Mobile Veterinary Clinic. Their presentations will cover the life cycle of local ticks, local tick-borne diseases, disease transmission and symptoms in humans and pets, best practices to avoid tick bites, as well as efforts to control tick populations. There will also be a time for audience questions.

“Tick Talk” is free and open to the public, made possible by a grant from the Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund, managed by the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts and the Greater Lowell Community Foundation. Pre-registration is requested for planning purposes. To pre-register, or for more information, please contact Al Futterman, NRWA Land Programs Director, at (978) 448-0299, or email