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Thursday, October 14, 2021

2021 Annual Town Meeting, Fall Session —Warrant in Plain English

At the upcoming Fall Town Meeting, Saturday, Oct. 16, voters will be asked to approve 19 articles put forward by the Select Board and other town committees. The meeting is the second of two sessions, its agenda devoted primarily to proposed changes in the town’s bylaws, as well as two pressing capital requests.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Article 2: New firetruck would be funded by excluded debt

Article 2 on the Fall Town Meeting warrant asks residents to approve borrowing $965,096 for a new combination aerial/pumper firetruck.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Article 19: Town votes on Bromfield House again

The future of Bromfield House—the century-old white house with wide porches that stands where Route 111 curves toward town center—is once again coming up for a vote at Town Meeting this Saturday.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Article 1: Purchase and renovate building for senior center

After multiple attempts over the past decade to create a larger senior center at the Hildreth House, the Council on Aging has come up with another option—purchasing the building at 16 Lancaster County Road and renovating it to create a new senior center. 

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Article 18: Climate resolution would commit town to cut greenhouse gas emissions

The Harvard Energy Advisory Committee and Community Resiliency Working Group have proposed a town climate resolution that would commit Harvard to help achieve the state’s greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Articles 10 and 11: Select Board proposes speed limits

When Select Board members hear from constituents, their messages frequently concern speeding on Harvard’s scenic roads, urging the board to lower speed limits and enforce them. Articles 10 and 11 offer solutions, though neither provides immediate relief.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Spotted lanternfly sighting in Fitchburg alerts public to be on the lookout

Approximately 15 miles northwest of Harvard’s apple orchards and farms, a small population of the invasive spotted lanternfly was discovered a few weeks ago, prompting the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources to alert the public.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

By the Numbers: COVID-19 update, 10/15/21

The state reported two new COVID-19 cases in Harvard for the week ending Oct. 7, bringing the town’s cumulative number of confirmed cases to 188.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Speed limits, money for new senior center, and bylaw revisions top warrant

Attendees at next weekend’s Town Meeting will be presented with an eye-popping smorgasbord of appropriations and town legislation, ranging from purchase of an alternative senior center and new speed limits throughout town to revisions to several multipage bylaws.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

FinCom and CPIC endorse climate resolution; Parks and Rec balks

This past week, the town’s two financial committees voted unanimously to endorse a town resolution addressing climate change that will appear as a warrant article at the Oct. 16 Fall Town Meeting. Parks and Recreation Commission members however, stuck to their decision to not endorse it.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Building Committee scrambles to finalize estimate for renovation of new senior center

As Fall Town Meeting draws near, the Council on Aging and the Permanent Building Committee are working furiously to complete a cost estimate for the work it will take to transform the building at 16 Lancaster County Road into the town’s new senior center. 

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Vandals target two local conservation areas

People go to Harvard’s conservation lands for many reasons—relaxation, birdwatching, exercise, identifying wildflowers. But recently, people have gone to two conservation areas to do damage.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Halloween in town center is a go: Candy donations needed

Last Halloween, the center of Harvard was a ghost town. This year, ghosts, goblins, and mini-Marvel characters will once again fill the streets around the Common in search of tasty treats

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Local organizations prepare to help Afghan refugees

The Harvard community is forming a neighborhood support team to help resettle Afghan refugees arriving in Massachusetts.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Anonymous gift will outfit elementary and middle school classrooms with air filters

An anonymous donor, communicating through a Boston financial firm, offered the Harvard schools $26,000 to be used to buy air purifiers.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

By the Numbers: COVID-19 update, 10/8/21

The state reported no new COVID-19 cases in Harvard for the week ending Sept. 30. The town’s cumulative number of confirmed cases remains at 186.

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Town officials won’t rule out override as fiscal 2023 budgeting begins

After three years of witheringly tight budgets, town leaders say they hope to open Harvard’s spending spigot just enough next fiscal year to invigorate the departments and committees that struggled to provide the services residents expect as a pandemic raged and costs rose.

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Committees seek additional money to protect Prospect Hill orchard

The Open Space Committee is continuing the quest to protect 70 acres of apple orchards and farmland on Prospect Hill Road from being broken up into house lots. 

Thursday, September 30, 2021

No bids received on town well project

The town’s request for proposals to install a temporary fix to one of the wells that feeds its public water supply brought no responses.

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Parks and Rec rejects endorsement of warrant article addressing climate change

Despite a unanimous vote by the Select Board for the town to embrace and commit to the state’s ambitious climate goals, a proposed resolution to that effect is running into rough weather.



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