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The Special Town Caucus, convened at Town Hall on Saturday, Sept.27, to nominate two candidates for the office of selectman, ended almost as soon as it began.


A proposed amendment to existing zoning bylaws that restrict grocery store size was met mainly with opposition at a public forum on Monday night, Sept. 22.

Planning Board member Tim Schmoyer resigned last week on the heels of a contentious exchange with Planning Board Chairwoman Kara Minar on Nextdoor Harvard, an online community and forum for town residents.

Harvard’s long-standing practice of automatically increasing the town’s property tax levy by at least 2.5 percent each year in order to fund town operations could threaten the long-term residential character of the town, the chair of the town’s Finance Committee contends.

In a move that surprised many local news organizations, police departments throughout the state began removing reports of domestic violence from their public daily logs this month.

Are your medicine cabinets overflowing with expired prescriptions or over-the-counter medications?

Lap joints. Hemmed kickers. Chimney crickets. Those were just a few of the terms that peppered builder John Holland’s two-hour presentation of his assessment of the Town Hall building envelope last week.

To some, the barriers marking the entrance to Harvard Plaza on Ayer Road appear to be a symbol of commercial development gone wrong, To others, the concrete barriers are just an eyesore. But can the town compel their replacement?

The selectmen voted unanimously Tuesday night, Sept. 23, to call a Special Town Meeting in October and to return Annual Town Meeting to a Saturday morning start next spring.

On Monday, the School Committee agreed to contribute $1,000 toward resurfacing the McCurdy Track.

“Once more into the fray” came to mind as five members of the Hildreth House Improvement Committee (HHIC) pulled their chairs up to the table at the Board of Selectmen meeting on September 23.

The Harvard Historical Commission has announced a new program whereby any historical house or site in town can purchase and display a customized marker.



Resting in peace

Resting in peace

Sharon McCarthy, portraying Aruthusa Sawyer Atherton, waits for a tour group to arrive during the Harvard Historical Society’s living history tour by moonlight, Sept. 20 in the town center cemetery. (Photo by Lisa Aciukewicz)  SEE STORY

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As dusk began to set, visitors gathered at the town center cemetery with lanterns in hand to embark on a historical journey through the cemetery into Harvard’s past.

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