The following correction was published in the Telegram & Gazette on May 20, 2009:
NORTHBORO - George E. Pember, with 903 votes, and Leslie Harrison, with 87 write-in votes, were both elected to the Planning Board in the May 11 town election. Because of a reporter's error, a story in Friday's Telegram & Gazette incorrectly stated Ms. Harrison had lost to Mr. Pember.
COLUMN: FROM THE REGION
2 write-in candidates fall short, clerk says
NORTHBORO - Write-in campaigns for two positions fell short in the annual town election Monday, according to information from Town Clerk Andrew T. Dowd.
Howard Stone received 374 votes in a three-way contest for two seats on the Board of Selectmen. Incumbent William J. Pantazis led the pack with 754 votes, while incumbent Kenneth Jeff Amberson was re-elected with 723.
Planning Board member George E. Pember was returned for another term with 903 votes, while write-in challenger Leslie Harrison received 87. (SEE PUBLISHED CORRECTION)
$2.5M for vet school in Senate budget
BOSTON - State Sen. Michael O. Moore, D-Millbury, said yesterday that he secured a $2.5 million line item in the Senate's proposed 2010 budget that would continue state funding for the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in Grafton.
Virtually all local project earmarks were eliminated from the budget because of a dramatic drop in state revenues. However, Mr. Moore said he made his case to include a line item for the school funds to members of the Senate Ways and Means Committee.
The school had received funding as high as $5.5 million in past years, but Gov. Deval L. Patrick included no funds for the school in his budget proposal in January. The House restored $500,000 for the school in its version of the budget last month.
Differences in the Senate and House budget will be worked out in a conference committee before a final budget is agreed on and sent to the governor.
Mr. Moore said he will continue efforts to keep the funding in the final state budget.
Pay-as-you-throw gets town meeting OK
TEMPLETON - Voters approved two major items during the long second session of the annual town meeting on Wednesday. The meeting will reconvene at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
They gave the go-ahead vote for the Board of Health and selectmen to enter into a contract with Hubbardston and Princeton for a voluntary five-year curbside solid waste program. This will include a...