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Like a stubborn Yankee, Harvard’s Town Hall has stood tall in the face of this harsh winter, and if it can hold on until spring, it may finally get the facelift and structural repairs it so badly needs.

With the retirement of long-time Hildreth Elementary School Associate Principal Gretchen Henry only a few months away, a search committee has narrowed a field of more than 60 applicants to four finalists, one of whom will step into Henry’s shoes.

The Finance Committee last week voted to recommend that some of the projected surplus funds for the fiscal 2016 budget be used to reduce the cost to taxpayers of planned renovations to the Bromfield School science labs.

How many recreational events can a small town host without inconveniencing residents and threatening its rural, residential character? That issue puzzled selectmen as they worked on a “large-scale event” policy.

Consultants hired to create Harvard’s Master Plan have partially met a February deadline. To date, RKG Associates of Dover, N.H., has delivered three of the Master Plan’s four chapters but has yet to produce a much-anticipated section on Devens.

Only a handful of residents attended the Planning Board’s Feb. 23 public hearing to discuss potential amendments to the town’s protective bylaw, but the small turnout did not prevent a lengthy conversation regarding the proposed new definitions of “building area” and “grocery store.”

Selectmen responded with mock shock at their Tuesday meeting when Town Administrator Tim Bragan informed them that snow removal was costing more than expected this year.

 

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Still on schedule

Still on schedule

Sharon Correnty (left) and Dale Parda greet students as they return to school Monday morning. Despite a five-day vacation and five snow days in the past month, Harvard's schools are still on track to end June 19 as planned … that is, if no more snow days are used this season. (Photo by Lisa Aciukewicz)

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February 20, 2015
Volume 9, Number 14
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