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Garbage bags at the Groton transfer station are emblazoned with the town seal.

Unsealing the history behind town seals

Images of bibles, swords, and early residents tell fascinating — if not totally accurate — stories about Massachusetts cities and towns. By Lucas Phillips

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The many stamps of JFK

The Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History marks the centennial of President John F. Kennedy’s birth with an exhibit featuring hundreds of stamps picturing the 35th president.

Latest Globe West headlines

ARLINGTON

Public forum set on Mystic River restoration work

The project site is located along the river at the end of Park Street in the area impacted by oil released from an overturned tanker truck in May of 2013.

AYER

Western Mass. residents get certificates for firefighter training classes

There were 36 graduates from 23 fire departments including those from Ayer, Boylston, Carlisle, Dover, Groton, and more.

BELLINGHAM

Bellingham July 4th festivities at Memorial Middle School

The celebration will be musical performances, fireworks, food, refreshments, and more.

CONCORD

Concord library to showcase Polish polka concert

Lenny Gomulka and Chicago Push will perform on the front lawn of the Concord Free Public Library July 12

FRANKLIN

Franklin library raising funds with engraved patio bricks

Proceeds from the sales will be used to pay for new furniture and fund library programs.

LEXINGTON

Lexington Fire Department promotes four, adds new firefighter

Three firefighters were recently promoted to lieutenant, one to captain, and one new member was sworn in.

NATICK

Natick broadens recycling options with new program

The free program is run by Simple Recycling, an Ohio-based firm, in cooperation with Natick’s Department of Public Works.

SUDBURY

Sudbury offices switch to summer work hours

The change will begin July 10 and extend through Aug. 25.

Austin Street project to move forward in Newtonville

The long-delayed housing and retail development will begin construction next year, after a settlement was reached with residents who sued to block the project.

Unsealing the history behind town seals

Images of bibles, swords, and early residents tell fascinating — if not totally accurate — stories about Massachusetts cities and towns.

Sherborn’s new fire chief was once in the NFL

Erron Kinney, who played six years for the Titans, is looking forward to settling in Mass., where his wife grew up.

UP CLOSE

Choosing a different path to happiness

In “The Do-Over: A Memoir of Work and Love,” a Belmont High graduate chronicles her unexpected journey after leaving her marriage and the ministry.

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