TOWNSEND -- Town Clerk Sue Funaiole has announced that 2013 dog licenses are now available. Neutered dogs tags are $6 and $11 for unaltered dogs.

The $5 late fees begin March 1 and the $25 fines begin May 1. In these economically depressed times, it is to dog owners' advantage to come early to avoid incurring any additional costs.

Again we will have a contest and the winner will at least receive a no-sew blanket and if local businesses wish to donate a small coupon to their business, that would be wonderful and also announced at future selectmen's meetings. The blankets and gift certificates will be awarded to the winner mid-February, depending on selectmen's meeting schedule.

We will also be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 11 from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., for our Middlesex Town Clerk's Association meeting. We will be open from 1:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.