A Harvard resident whose 18 chickens were killed by a neighbor's dogs was surprised at the number of people who reached out to support her.

In a public hearing held on the incident, the Harvard Board of Selectmen ordered that the dogs be permanently confined/controlled by their owner.

The next step for Harvard is to decide whether to consider a change in its dog bylaw that would require that dogs be under their owners' control at all times.

Dogs are curious creatures and left to their own devices, they can do all sorts of things -- on other people's property. Dogs are also dangerous, well able to maul anyone weaker than they.

The two Harvard dogs did not look dangerous and their owner insisted they weren't.

But tell that to the chickens.

As was said in the wake of this incident that this time the victims were chickens. What will it be next time.

Overrides

It's budget time again and use of the word override is becoming as frequent as predictions of one-foot snowfall.

What is often absent from these discussions is an outline of the overrides already passed and the purposes for which they were approved.

For instance, Pepperell taxpayers passed an override to fund the Library and Senior Center, yet these two departments are once again on the budget block.

It seems disingenuous to ask for and receive money to fund something one year, then add that money to the general fund and again threaten the same departments with budget cuts the next or subsequent years.

Library and Senior Center proponents in Pepperell might take a page from the Townsend override book. More than once, Townsend officials tried to use override funds intended for curbside trash pickup for something else.

Townsend voters made their thoughts on that matter very clear. The answer was a resounding no.