Solar company clear-cuts trees by mistake

People jogged on a trail where Solect Energy, a solar company building a solar field near the rail trail in Holliston, has clear-cut about 100 mature pine trees.

Rose Lincoln for The Boston Globe

Holliston officials are seeking restitution from a solar energy company that clear-cut about 100 trees on town-controlled land.


Governor, legislators differ over buffer zone bill

Patrick vetoed the bill, saying it effectively sought to block an affordable housing development.

St. George Condominiums at 36 St. George Ave. in Norwood, a 15-unit condo development in the former church, rectory, and convent.


Housing projects sprout where local parishes closed

Three former churches — St. Mary in Marlborough, St. George in Norwood, and St. Joseph in Salem — have been recently reborn.

Sue-Ellen Szymanski, left, and her husband, Bob, donated an Orion Starblast telescope to the Milford Public Library.

Milford library users can now glimpse the universe

The Milford library is among 10 in the state that now have a telescope available for patrons to check out, just like a book.

The re-branded ACT III Restaurant.

New address, new name for the former Acton Jazz Cafe

When it opens next month, the Acton Jazz Café will be re-branded as ACT III Restaurant.

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See the number of concussions reported by area high schools with a sortable table.

Globe West Briefs


Contribute to the town memory book

As part of the town’s tercentennial celebration, the Reuben Hoar Library is creating a compilation of memories and reminiscences about the community. Residents and visitors of all ages are welcome to contribute, and may write as individuals or as a group. Stop by the main circulation desk at the library until Sept. 28 to record your thoughts. The memory book will be placed with Littleton 300 memorabilia for future generations.


Classes offer chicken-keeping tips

Local poultry expert Terry Golson, author of “The Farmstead Egg Guide & Cookbook’’ and mentor to many backyard chicken-keepers, has scheduled two workshops on raising chickens next weekend at her home. Her popular beginner’s class, “Chicken Keeping Workshop,” is scheduled for Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. Participants will learn the basics of how to start and maintain a backyard flock, including housing, feed, health, behavior, manure management, parasites, illness, and the handling and storage of fresh eggs. On Sunday, from 1 to 3 p.m., she will hold a session for more experienced owners, “Advanced Chicken Care Workshop,” which will explore issues such as aging chickens, hatching chicks, behavior problems within the flock, and care in severe weather. Tuition for each of the classes is $40. To sign up or for more information, go to www.hencam.com.


Vacancy on Shawsheen Tech school board

The recent resignation of Debbie Kostas from the Shawsheen Valley Technical High School Committee has left a vacancy that selectmen, working in conjunction with the school board and its other Bedford representative, hope to fill next month. The interim appointee would serve until the annual town election in March. Candidates should submit a letter of interest along with a resume or statement of qualifications to the town manager’s office in Town Hall no later than 4 p.m. Sept. 19. Call 781-275-1111 for more information.


Trail race will boost land trust

The fifth annual “Run for the Hills” 5K trail race benefiting the Harvard Conservation Trust will be held Sept. 7 starting at 10 a.m. at the McCurdy outdoor track on Lancaster County Road. The run will be through forests and over fields and will end back at the track. The event is open to individuals of all ages; fees for advance registrations range from $10 to $20, depending on age and conservation trust membership. The prices increase to $15 to $25 after Monday. All of the proceeds will be earmarked for the land trust’s activities. To register or for more information, go to www.harvardconservationtrust.org.