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    More docs, more services at new medical center

    PEPPERELL -- "The enthusiasm that's happening in downtown Pepperell is unbelievable." "The medical center has a lot to do with that enthusiasm," said Derek Ten Broeck, the president of the Pepperell Business Association. Full Story
    AYER NEWS
    Ayer hero feline featured in '365 Cats' calendar

    By Jon Bishop jbishop@nashobapub.com AYER -- Consider it the culmination of a wonderful life. Full Story
    PEPPERELL NEWS
    Town meeting okays use of unexpected cash

    PEPPERELL -- Since the last town meeting in May, Pepperell grew a little bit more than was foreseen and has some free cash to use. Full Story
    GROTON NEWS
    SHEILA HARRINGTON - Children, mental health, veterans among key issues

    GROTON -- After two terms in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Sheila Harrington feels as though she's only getting started. Full Story
    SHIRLEY NEWS
    The evolution of Fredonian Park

    Part 2 in a series By M.E. Jones Correspondent SHIRLEY -- In the early 1970s, the Conservation Commission acquired 7 acres of land on Fredonian Street from McElroy Electronics Co. Full Story
    TOWNSEND NEWS
    Townsend woman is PCA of the Year

    By Anne O'Connor aoconnor@nashobapub.com TOWNSEND -- Wendy Whelan loves her job. The personal care attendant does it so well and with such enthusiasm that one of her clients, Conor Healy, and his mother nominated her for the Paul Kahn Award for PCA Service. Full Story
    SPORTS
    Pats maul Marlboro

    TOWNSEND -- All is Boutwell in Townsend. North Middlesex (4-2, 3-1 Midland B) senior quarterback John Boutwell rushed for three touchdowns to push the Patriots past Marlboro (3-3, 3-1 Midland B), 21-7, setting up a date for the Midland B league title next Friday night at home against Hudson. Full Story
    HARVARD NEWS
    Blair proposes major voting change for STM

    By Jon Bishop jbishop@nashobapub.com SHIRLEY -- A proposal brought to the Joint Boards of Selectmen would change the way in which the towns of Ayer, Harvard and Shirley vote at Super Town Meetings. Full Story
    LIFESTYLES
    IN GOOD TASTE - Scary good bars

    By Dianne Bunis Nix the candy because there's no trick to concocting a batch of homemade treats that will satisfy goblins, witches and Spidermen, too. Full Story
    (Tina Fineberg/AP)
    Superheroes, hazmat suits in NY Halloween parade

    NEW YORK (AP) — Bloody zombies lumbered alongside superheroes, cowboys shared the road with villains and marchers in hazardous-materials garb evoked the Ebola crisis as the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade made its freewheeling way through downtown Manhattan on Friday. Full Story
    (Carrie Antlfinger/AP)
    Creator of Operation couldn't afford own operation

    BLOOMINGDALE, Ill. (AP) — The creator of the board game Operation needed his own operation, and it turned out he couldn't afford to pay for it. Full Story