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At its July 18 meeting the School Building Committee learned that Shawmut, the school building project’s construction manager at risk, had proposed a guaranteed maximum price of $42,995,738 to construct the new Hildreth Elementary School. That amount is about $3,000 less than the construction budget specified in the agreement between the town and the Massachusetts School Building Authority.

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Seventy-seven-year-old Albert Flick was convicted July 17 in Androscoggin County Superior Court in Auburn, Maine, for the murder of 48-year-old Kimberly Dobbie, a former Harvard resident.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Search suspended for possible missing swimmer in Bare Hill Pond

Lifeguards reported a possible missing swimmer at Town Beach at 1:44 p.m. Wednesday, July 10. Two lifeguards had been watching a man swim laps away from shore and back. At some point, both saw the man swim out, but a few minutes later both realized that neither saw him swim back.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

From rockets’ red glare to three-legged races, Harvard’s July 4 is a crowd pleaser

Once again, the Fourth of July Committee pulled off two of the town’s biggest events back-to- back with nary a hitch. Weather for the fireworks and concert July 3 and the parade and events July 4 was perfect, although a bit toasty with temperatures hovering near 90 degrees both days.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Despite bag shortage, SMART system makes smooth debut at dump

Wednesday, July 3, was the first day at the Transfer Station for both the new yearly stickers and the new requirement that people use specially purchased green bags for their nonrecyclable trash. A half-dozen cars were already waiting at the gate as opening time rolled around.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Alltown gas station to open at Ayer-Harvard line

A new gas station is currently under construction in Ayer just across the Ayer-Harvard town line. The new Alltown station will be located on Ayer Road, directly opposite the current Mr. Mike’s Market refueling station, and on the site of the former Maxant Industries building.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Water quality forum: Many PFAS questions, few answers

At a June 19 water quality forum held in Town Hall, the only thing that was clear was that Harvard’s PFAS story is still being written. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection officials revealed new test results on three public water supplies in Harvard that showed PFAS levels in the Ayer Road Properties water are significantly higher than those from previous tests, and two new PFAS compounds were detected.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Director of Community and Economic Development has a plan for Ayer Road

Director of Community and Economic Development Chris Ryan has unveiled an ambitious plan to increase commercial activity in the Ayer Road commercial district without disrupting Harvard’s village character. After months of fine-tuning, the Planning Board gave him the green light to make the plan publicly available.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Following delays, old library renovation nears completion

A chance measurement of the slope of the newly installed ramp at the old library last week revealed that it was over the 8.3% limit dictated by Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines. The ramp will have to be adjusted to meet code before the concrete is poured for the walkway and landings.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Second developer confirms difficulties of building senior housing

A second development firm met with the Housing at Hildreth Committee Monday, July 1, to discuss plans for a senior housing development on the town-owned land between the fire station and Hildreth House, and the firm’s conclusion had a familiar ring: The complexities of the site make the project financially impractical.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Hildreth House Phase 2 subcommittee scrambles to meet FY2021 capital deadline

The first meeting between DiGiorgio Architects (DAI) and the Hildreth House Phase 2 Subcommittee finally took place June 28, and architects gave the committee the news it hoped to hear: DAI believes it will have detailed drawings and preliminary cost estimates by Oct. 1.

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Saturday, July 6, 2019

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Movie Review: 'Yesterday'
Saturday, July 6, 2019

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Botanist says deer are biggest threat to endangered species
Saturday, July 6, 2019

Botanist says deer are biggest threat to endangered species

2019 July 4th Fun Run results
Saturday, July 6, 2019

2019 July 4th Fun Run results

2019 July 4th 5-mile race results
Saturday, July 6, 2019

2019 July 4th 5-mile race results

Harvard Recycles: Tips for Residents
Saturday, July 6, 2019

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A visit to a Hindu temple with Arm in Arm
Thursday, June 27, 2019

A visit to a Hindu temple with Arm in Arm

Movie Review: 'Men in Black, International'
Thursday, June 27, 2019

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Hopedale quashes boys' hopes for district tennis win

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Sports Roundup: June 21, 2019

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