Great bird count involves local birder with global trends

02/26/2015 10:36 AM EST
Four days each year, citizen-scientists across the globe grab their binoculars and cameras to count birds. 
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North Middlesex draft budget up 5.8 percent
02/26/2015 10:38 AM EST - TOWNSEND -- The proposed school district budget for the next fiscal year comes in at $48.6 million, a 5. Full Story

AYER NEWS
ConsCom violated Open Meeting Law, says AG

By Jon Bishop jbishop@nashobapub.com AYER -- The Conservation Commission violated open meeting law, the Office of the Attorney General, then under Martha Coakley, has found. Full Story
HARVARD NEWS
50 articles and counting on ATM

HARVARD -- When the selectmen wrapped up their review of the March 28 Annual Town Meeting warrant Tuesday night, with plans to close it on Saturday, one of the original 47 articles had been scratched and four more were queued up for later entry. Full Story
PEPPERELL NEWS
North Middlesex draft budget up 5.8 percent

TOWNSEND -- The proposed school district budget for the next fiscal year comes in at $48.6 million, a 5. Full Story
 
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North Middlesex draft budget up 5.8 percent

02/26/2015 10:38 AM EST
TOWNSEND -- The proposed school district budget for the next fiscal year comes in at $48.6 million, a 5. 
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Public safety log
02/26/2015 10:38 AM EST - MONDAY, Jan. 26 P.M. 12:25, Gilchrist Road, larceny; 3:41, Main Street East, suspicious activity; 8:59, Warren Road, motor-vehicle accident no injury; 9:56, Maplewood Drive, disturbance; 10:35, Tamarack Lane, motor-vehicle complaint; 10:52, Main Street East, motor-vehicle stop. Full Story

Different opinions on when to audit the collector's office
02/26/2015 10:24 AM EST - TOWNSEND -- Townsend hired a new tax collector this February. Kate Stacy was working as treasurer and now holds the combined collector/treasurer position. Full Story

Hiring process challenged in Townsend
02/24/2015 10:02 PM EST - TOWNSEND -- Selectmen unanimously approved hiring a new department assistant in the accountant's office, but not before much discussion about the process used to hire Lee Traversa O'Brien for the five-hour per week position. Full Story

20 seats on April ballot
02/20/2015 07:32 AM EST - TOWNSEND -- Successful town government takes lots of work. From the volunteers who sit on boards to the employees tasked with the day-to-day running of the town, it is a group effort. Full Story

Would policy lessen or aid transparency?
02/20/2015 07:32 AM EST - TOWNSEND -- A discussion of a proposed policy regarding requests for information and requests for agenda items by selectmen stirred debate on a recent Tuesday. Full Story

Earth Day in Townsend April 25
02/20/2015 07:32 AM EST - The 10th Annual Earth Day Celebration in Townsend, will be held at the Townsend Common, routes 119 and 13 on Saturday, April 25, 10 a. Full Story

Fighting fires a family tradition
02/20/2015 07:31 AM EST - TOWNSEND -- From dress uniforms to bagpipers, firefighting involves tradition. The traditions are handed down through the departments and through families. Full Story

Ice-dams, icicles cause for worry
02/20/2015 07:31 AM EST - TOWNSEND/PEPPERELL -- The recent snow storms presented problems for highway crews and shovelers alike as people began to go about their daily business, but the snow that accumulated on roofs meant another level of headache. Full Story

Public safety log
02/20/2015 07:31 AM EST - SUNDAY, Feb. 1 A.M. 5:07, Main Street East, motor-vehicle stop; 10:21, South Street, disabled motor-vehicle. Full Story

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Fog machine in art installation prompts false fire alarms

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Where there's smoke, there's fire. But fog signals art, as Pittsburgh firefighters are quickly learning. Full Story
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Madonna: Hit her head, got whiplash in Brits stage tumble

LONDON (AP) — Madonna says she hit her head and suffered whiplash when she was yanked backward down some steps while performing live at the Brit Awards. Full Story