While total state aid to Harvard has been cut by more than 10 percent in the past five years, additional cuts that were announced last week by the Patrick administration are not expected to have a significant additional impact on the town.

Last week's meeting to get community feedback on the 166 Littleton Road property under consideration for an affordable housing project sparked objections from abutters who attended the session.

While it seems likely that the towns of Ayer, Shirley, and Harvard will agree to a Super Town Meeting this spring to decide land use changes at Devens, the differing expectations of the stakeholders suggest that getting there won’t be fast or easy.

Harvard’s unfunded liability for paying health care benefits to retired town employees will triple over the next 30 years, but that increase will be about 7 percent less than originally projected.

Legislation that exempts community-owned solar installations in Harvard from local taxes for up to 20 years after installation is now state law.

At their meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 4, the selectmen voted 3-1 to recommend that the town’s Capital Planning and Investment Committee consider the Council on Aging’s request to begin renovations for Hildreth House.

The director of the Harvard Ambulance Service told the Board of Selectmen last week that he wanted to broaden the decision-making power within the organization by naming a co-director.


What are you thankful for?

What are you thankful for?

Third-grade students at Hildreth Elementary School make placemats about what they are thankful for. The Thanksgiving placemats are destined for the Loaves & Fishes food pantry in Devens. Clockwise from left: Amanda Smith, Ryan Stoffregen, Andrew Su, Cormac Pinney, and Finlay Piekos. (Photo by Lisa Aciukewicz)

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