Congratulations to everyone involved in the beautiful groundbreaking ceremony of the new Ayer-Shirley Regional High School. It was an honor to be part of this historic event and to hear first-hand the front-line stories of those who are daily creating Ayer's educational future.

Real achievement does not happen without real effort. Ultimate success takes vision, hard work, perseverance and compromise. Ayer has those virtues in spades as exemplified by the Ayer-Shirley Regional School District leaders and committees, school, town and state officials, contractors, parents, students and voters who are turning today's ideas into tomorrow's opportunities.

JOHN CANNEY

Ayer Town Clerk and Tax Collector