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Teacher's life-saving gift spotlights need for organ donors

AYER -- When Kaitlin O'Connell offered to donate one of her kidneys to a local man with late-stage polycystic kidney disease who is in urgent need of a transplant, she had never met Richard Finlay, his wife Karen or their three children. Full Story
AYER NEWS
Habitat funding, Planning Board terms on STM warrant

By Jon Bishop jbishop@nashobapub.com AYER -- The Board of Selectmen met briefly Monday night to address three things: motion protocol at Town Meeting, a Fire Department Reserve Fund transfer of $12,195, and an alcohol license for New England Flat Bread Company. Full Story
PEPPERELL NEWS
Highway director is

hoping for mild winter Salt costs, budget constraints squeezing department
PEPPERELL -- Peter Shattuck is hoping for a mild winter. It will take two trucks to do the job the wing plow did last winter. Full Story
GROTON NEWS
Prescott sale falls short of two-thirds vote

GROTON -- For the second time since the spring, residents at town meeting again voted against support of a plan by the town's administration to sell the former Prescott Elementary School building to a private developer. Full Story
SHIRLEY NEWS
Mixed-use

zoning hearing draws a crowd
SHIRLEY -- A Planning Board hearing drew quite a crowd, filling the Town Offices main meeting room. The subject of the Oct. Full Story
TOWNSEND NEWS
Rec. looking for a home

TOWNSEND -- The Recreation Department is looking for a place to call home, or at least a place to store supplies. Full Story
SPORTS
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Heartbreak strikes again for Groton-Dunstable

FINAL: Algonquin 27, Groton-Dunstable 24
NORTHBORO - Groton-Dunstable tied its game against Algonquin 24-24 with 44 seconds remaining on an 18-yard field goal from Eric Yanchenko. Full Story
HARVARD NEWS
Chef Paul's soup

By Jon Bishop jbishop@nashobapub.com HARVARD -- Soup should be thick, meaty, filled with ingredients: the watery stuff you see in some stores is a cheap knock-off of the real thing. Full Story
LIFESTYLES
Tordella, EMIT pushing for prison reform

Sen. James Eldridge pushing for expanse of restorative justice program
AYER -- Susan Tordella has spent a good amount of time volunteering in prison. But when she read Michelle Alexander's book about mass incarceration, she said, she became an activist. Full Story
Bank robber who bummed cigarette gets 10 years

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A bank robber who stopped during his escape to bum a cigarette off a construction worker has been sentenced to 10 years in prison by a federal judge in Pittsburgh. Full Story