Tis the season! Lots of fun and FREE family events in downtown Ayer coming up!

Sponsored by the Ayer Business Alliance, this holiday weekend is sure to be a lot of fun for all ages! Don’t miss it!

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Have you checked out our gorgeous NEW Farmhouse III plan? We’ve finished up the first one  so you can take a walk through of this beautiful home and see everything that it has to offer!

4 Bedrooms, tons of closets, a quaint farmer’s porch and over 2,000SF of living space make this home a fantastic size for your family. Open first floor plan is wonderful for entertaining, family holiday dinners or watching the football game with friends!

Come on over and check out this lovely home! You’ll LOVE this house!

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The 30 year fixed mortgage rate on Zillow Mortgages dropped eight percentage points from this time last week, landing at 3.97 percent. The 30 year fixed mortgage rate hovered between 3.96 percent and 4.08 percent for the majority of the week, before settling at the current rate on Tuesday.

“Rates dropped below 4 percent on Thursday amid the uncertainty and turmoil following the MH17 flight disaster and ongoing military activity in the Middle East,” says Erin Lantz, vice president of mortgages at Zillow. “This week, despite a fair amount of domestic economic data slated for release, we expect events in the Middle East and Ukraine will continue to put a damper on rates.”

Zillow’s real-time mortgage rates are based on thousands of custom mortgage quotes submitted daily to anonymous borrowers on the Zillow Mortgages site, and reflect the most recent changes in the market. These are not marketing rates, or a weekly survey.

The rate for a 15 year fixed home loan is currently 3.01 percent, while the rate fora  5-1 adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) is 2.77 percent.

For more information, visit http://www.zillow.com/mortgage-rates.

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We’re coming up on one of our most patriotic days all year: Memorial Day. After watching your local parade or thanking a veteran, it’ll be time to start the kick off to summer. And we’ve found some great ideas to get the party started:

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Not only does The Cake Blog have some incredibly patriotic ideas, but also some terrific decorating and recipes as well.

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AYER — Local Girl Scout Katrina Kidder has a way with cookies.

The 11-year-old Ayer resident sold 501 boxes in just about four months, earning membership to the “500 Club” for Girl Scouts who sell more than 500 boxes during the annual cookie sale.

“I had a lot of opportunities to sell,” she said. “If I was driving around the neighborhood, then I could just stop at houses because I had the boxes in the back of my mom’s car.”

Kidder went to all seven of the cookie booths around town, including in Groton and Ayer. She also got help from her brother, who sold them to his friends at school.

She braved an average temperature of 29.9 degrees throughout the “cookie season,” according to a Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts press release. This year’s season also had 56.4 inches of snowfall.

Kidder is one of 227 girls in the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts who gained membership to the 500 Club. GSEM celebrated club members during ceremonies at a Girl Scout camp in Plymouth and Camp Cedar Hill in Waltham.

The money helps fund Girl Scout trips, including one Kidder’s troop took to Rocking Horse Ranch in New York. Because she sold so many boxes, she was able to fund her own trip.

Kidder, who has been a Scout for six years, said she decided to join because her mother was a Girl Scout.

“She told me how much fun the camping is and how many activities you can do,” she said.

Kidder’s favorite part of selling cookies was standing at the booth, singing songs that she made up with her friends about how delicious Girl Scout cookies are.

“It went well,” she said. “It got a lot of customers.”

Kidder’s favorite Girl Scout activity is camping.

“It’s been really fun because we’ve been doing a lot of campouts and arts and crafts,” she said of her time in Girl Scouts. “They switch it up so they can do different things.”

 

Read more: http://www.nashobapublishing.com/community_news/ci_25775767/local-girl-scout-sells-more-than-500-cookie#ixzz32BU61dTt