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    Poll Question 0425
    Do you think towns and their citizens should be more involved in honoring the contributions and sacrifices of town veterans?
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     No, I think vets' groups should do it
    Military collectors tell tales of discovery

    DEVENS -- Come Saturday, April 19, at 1 p.m. to the Fort Devens Museum to hear four collectors of military paraphernalia astound you with what things they have found to bring home. Full Story
    AYER NEWS
    Sewer rates to rise

    Benson: State attitude toward school regionalization has changed
    AYER -- Selectmen passed fiscal 2015 water and sewer rates, with water rates remaining the same and sewer rates increasing about 3 percent. Full Story
    PEPPERELL NEWS
    He got the call, his heart sank

    As marathon nears, MIT officer recalls fallen friend
    PEPPERELL -- On the night of April 18, 2013, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Police Officer Ken Spooner told his friend, Officer Sean Collier, to come up and say hello at the end of his shift. Full Story
    GROTON NEWS
    Phragmites kill all in their path

    GROTON -- Department of Public Works director Tom Delaney met with the Conservation Commission to discuss phragmites, an invasive plant species that threatens to swallow every shallow wetland and swamp in town if nothing is done to stop it. Full Story
    SHIRLEY NEWS
    Maxant Industries moving out of Ayer into Devens

    AYER -- The local honey processing equipment company Maxant Industries is moving its operations out of Ayer and into Devens. Full Story
    TOWNSEND NEWS
    BOS, CPC at odds over bylaw change

    TOWNSEND -- Selectmen and some members of the Capital Planning Committee are in dispute over a proposal to change the wording of the bylaw governing the Capital Planning Committee. Full Story
    SPORTS
    WB's seven-run first dooms Ayer Shirley

    AYER -- West Boylston used a seven-run first inning to skirt past host Ayer Shirley, 13-6, on a blustery afternoon. Full Story
    HARVARD NEWS
    'Our message is yes, you can'

    Father and son duo prepare for final Boston Marathon
    TOWNSEND -- The 2013 Boston Marathon was supposed to be the last for father-and-son team Dick and Rick Hoyt. Full Story
    (Spencer Platt)
    Vinyl or vinyls? On eve of Record Store Day, collectors can't seem to agree

    Step into a record store any other day of the year, and you'll probably witness something like this: A whippersnapper comes bouncing in, asking if there are any Rolling Stones "vinyls" for sale. The clerk cringes. Older customers roll their eyeballs skyward and skullward. Those beautiful black circles are called records. Or LPs. "Vinyl" is acceptable, but never "vinyls." Full Story