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    Informer: preservation, retirement, art, and real estate

    The Shirley Meeting House recently announced updates to its preservation project.
    Holly Haase
    The Shirley Meeting House recently announced updates to its preservation project.

    Preservation efforts at the historic Shirley Meeting House recently got a boost. The nonprofit group that tends to the property received $20,000 from the Montachusett Society for the Preservation of Historic Buildings to finish restoring its bell tower and weathervane. The group has also completed a handicap accessibility plan for the structure at 41 Brown Road, on the old town common, and will soon seek grants for it. The Meeting House’s history goes back to 1773. For more information, visit www.shirleymeetinghouse.org.

    Christy Foote-Smith has retired as director of the Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary at 208 South Great Road in Lincoln . Over her 12 years in the position, Foote-Smith oversaw substantial growth at the farm, including new exhibitions and expanded facilities, a nature preschool, and an all-accessible trail for people with disabilities. Her successor, Renata Pomponi, has served at the sanctuary for eight years. For information on the farm, visit www.massaudubon.org/drumlin.

    Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston has kicked off a monthly summer art series. “Close to Home,” on display until Aug. 2, features oil paintings of the Pioneer Valley landscape by Susan Valentine. There will be shows by illustrator Natalya Zahn and multimedia artist Danielle LaPointe starting in August and September, respectively. The exhibitions are included with the cost of admission to the garden, at 11 French Drive. For more information, visit www.towerhillbg.org.


    Burlington-based Linear Retail Properties LLC recently bought the Giroux Building at 1833-1853 Massachusetts Ave. in Lexington for nearly $10.5 million. Among the property’s nine tenants are Via Lago Restaurant, Eastern Bank, Dellaria Salon, and Yangtze River Restaurant. For details, visit www.linearretail.com.

    Christopher Gavin

    Christopher Gavin can be reached at christopher.gavin@globe.com.