Pingry Hill Homes presents the "Crabtree".

Pingry Hill Homes presents the “Crabtree”.

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Ready to fall in love- Wait ‘til you see the Crabapple. Awesome layout- whether you’re an empty nester, retiree or young family, this plan fits all wish lists. Open spacious plan with Kitchen/ Dining area open to spacious Family Room with cathedral ceilings, gas fireplace & sliders to deck. First floor Master Bedroom Suite and a 1st floor Study, what else could you ask for. Second level with 2 spacious bedrooms, full bath and 353 sf Bonus Room. You’ll love this plan.

By Jon Bishop

AYER — The Ayer Cultural Council has awarded $5,100 to various organizations throughout the region, according to a press release from the group.

Sheila Schwabe, the chairwoman, said that one of the criteria in selecting the 15 organizations is that they either had to be near Ayer or affordable in price. That way, the maximum number of people in the community could benefit. Each organization sent in an application requesting a certain amount of money, and in some places, like the Ayer Library, aren’t getting funding from anywhere else — and so they take that into consideration.

“In a lot of cases, if we don’t fund the program, the program won’t go on,” she said. “In most cases, we were able to fund the full amount request.”

She said that the organizations they’ve worked with are a mix of new and old.

Grant-giving is important, she said, because, when budgets are tight, “the first things that get cut are the arts.” And arts and culture are important, because exposure to them “makes us well-rounded people.”

Amy Leonard, the children’s librarian at the Ayer Library, said that “it’s nice that they support the community through the library.”

“They were very generous to us, and we appreciate the support,” she added.

The library received $640 for the summer reading “Every Hero has a Story” project.

“We’re very excited,” said Samantha Benoit, the young adult librarian.

Another local organization, the Harvard-based Fruitlands Museum, received $300 to fund its Open Gates Initiative, which was its centennial celebration.

“This is the second year that they have funded Open Gates Initiative,” said Suzanne Smith, director of development at Fruitlands. Last year, on the museum’s 100th birthday, they had a free admission day, which they will be doing again this June.

“Cultural councils support organizations that benefit their town, and even though we’re in Harvard, we still have quite a few people who come here from Ayer,” she said.

Other organizations that received grant money include ArtsNashoba ($250), the Fitchburg Art Museum ($200), and the Nashoba Valley Chorale ($350).

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Another day, another gorgeous front door that has totally wowed us. Look at this fabulous one! Gorgeous ribbons in green, red and white with some beautiful candy cane stripes. What a pretty entryway to help celebrate the season!


Camellia web

We’re starting to build our newest plan, Camellia on Hickory Way in the Pingry Hill neighborhood. Have you checked out the fabulous first floor master bedroom in this plan? Gorgeous curb appeal and a true New England charmer!

Stop by this week and take a tour of this lovely home to see if it’s the perfect fit for your family.


Bead Board WALLPAPER!!! Once it’s up, trimmed with a chair rail, and painted, you’d never know it was wallpaper! Would look neat on a ceiling, too!

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