Most students are going back to school next week. As a parent, are you/were you happy when that day comes/came?
 Mixed feelings
SAFE Day to add senior focus to day's events

By Stephanie Michaud Correspondent AYER -- North Middlesex Savings Bank and the Ayer Fire Department will host SAFE Day on Saturday, Sept. Full Story
New high school construction in good shape

TOWNSEND -- "We're in good shape," said project manager Tim Willis. The Heery International employee supervises the construction of the new North Middlesex Regional High School. Full Story
Land Court nullifies Groton ZBA's Lost Lake variance

GROTON -- A contest between the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Planning Board came to an anti-climactic ending when the state's Land Court annulled the ZBA's decision to award a variance to Thomas Roche, owner of 101 Lost Lake Drive. Full Story
From the police log

Motor-vehicle v. bear accident On Saturday, Aug. 23 at 8:25 a.m., a vehicle traveling west on Great Road by Dee Bus Co. Full Story
Memories of Ashby High and Civil War at Ashby Historical Society program

ASHBY -- Author, historian and teacher Ronald G. Watson will be giving a presentation on his recollections of teaching at Ashby High School in 1951 and his insights into the Civil War diary of George A. Full Story
By Chad Garner

MediaNews Football, football, football. Not surprisingly, it's on the mind of every high school football coach 365 days a year. Full Story
Habitat for Humanity seeks sponsors for

golf tourney
By Stephanie Michaud Correspondent HARVARD -- Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts will host its second annual Building Dreams Golf Tournament on Sept. Full Story
Challenge grant launched

for local libraries
FITCHBURG -- The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts announces a $25,000 challenge grant for local libraries. Full Story