AYER -- Many gave their time and labor to install the lights, but several donors were recognized at the Dec. 18 Board of Selectmen's meeting for donating money towards a newly-created municipal Holiday Lights fund.

Town Administrator Robert Pontbriand noted that $836.50 had been received to that point, and that the monies would be set aside in a separate account for the purpose of holiday lights.

In addition to receipt of a cash donation, it was noted that there were two donations for $250 each made by Gervais Ford and Traffic Circle Liquors, there was one donation for $100 from Crabtree Development LLC, there were two donations for $50 each made by Michele & Scott Granger and Mike Hawes, and four donations of $25 each made by Jonathan & Stacey Clifton, Stephanie Gintner, Janet Lewis and Mary Spinner.

Selectman Pauline Conley hoped the raised funds could also be used for holiday lights at other sites in town. "We have no lights on this building at all," said Conley of Ayer Town Hall. "Is there any reason why this money can't be used downtown?"

"In my opinion, these were advertised for the rotary," said Pontbriand of the fund received to date. "However, they have gone into this holiday light fund. Now this body determines the disbursement."

Pontbriand said there were already outstanding expenses for the rotary lighting this holiday season but added that the "balance of that money can be used how this board feels fit."

While Pontbriand noted the account cannot be named a "Christmas" fund, selectman Frank Maxant suggested the account be labeled a "Winter Solstice Light Fund.


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"How about 'Holiday Decoration?" suggested Gintner. "Just a suggestion."

But the board let the account name stand at Holiday Light Fund. Donations may be sent to the Town of Ayer Holiday Light Fund, care of the Ayer Board of Selectmen's Office, One Main Street, Ayer, MA 01432.

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