HUDSON -- Granite Subaru has donated $38,750 to the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter as part of the 11th national Subaru Share the Love event.

The Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter is dedicated to advocating for, creating, and operating programs and services that promote dignity and self-sufficiency for those they serve in the community.

"Thanks to our loyal customers and to Subaru of America, Inc, we were able to contribute to this worthy organization and our dealership group has raised over $452,000 for charities in the last decade," said Jim Angotti, dealership managing executive and owner.

-- SUN STAFF

Ayer flushing water mains

The Water Division of the Ayer Department of Public Works will begin flushing the town's water mains on Tuesday, April 16. The semi-annual procedure will take place between 3 p.m. and 11 p.m. though it will be temporarily discontinued between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to ensure pressure loss for residents is at a minimum. Residents still may experience reduced pressure and discoloration of their water during the flushing, though the discoloration should subside within 24 hours.

Ayer is the latest town in the Nashoba Valley to perform water flushing. Groton and Pepperell are both set to flush its water supply this month.

-- JON WINKLER

'Eyes on Owls' in Billerica

BILLERICA -- The Shawsheen River Watershed Association presents the "Eyes on Owls" Program at the Billerica Public Library on Thursday, April 25, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.


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Join naturalist Marcia Wilson and photographer Mark Wilson in sharing their passion for owls. They are a charismatic team who teach, study, photograph and share their passion for the natural world. They will share the field marks, signs and naturalist's skills that you can use to find wild owls without disturbing them. Everyone is treated to a hooting lesson, as well as tips on how to attract and protect owls near you. Mark will bring his new book, "Owling."

This free event is limited to the first 75 people who register and age limited to 7 years old and up. To register: E-mail: robertmarsh800@gmail.com, or phone 978-470-3363. To learn more about the SRWA: shawsheenriver.net. To learn more about Eyes on Owls: www.eyesonowls.com

-- SUN STAFF

Road closures in Billerica

BILLERICA -- Sections of Middlesex Turnpike, Lexington Road and Manning Road will be closed beginning Tuesday, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

The lanes will close between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. Overnight lane closures between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. will occur April 22 through April 27.

Lexington Road eastbound will be detoured to Manning Road during off-peak hours, according to MassDOT. Drivers should expect delays.

Construction plans may change without noticed depending on weather, according to the state.

The road work is part of a $35 million project in Bedford and Billerica scheduled for completion in 2023.

-- ELIZABETH DOBBINS