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Academy helps out

July 31, 2011

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The Governor’s Academy in Byfield has once again provided some assistance to the cash-strapped town. The private school recently donated $30,000 to assist in the purchase of a new dump truck for the Department of Public Works; and $2,500 for the library, which has recently scaled back on hours and services because of budget cuts. This isn’t the first time the Academy has assisted the town: In early 2008, it extended an offer that allowed the town to lease roughly 3 acres of the school’s 450-acre spread for a municipal building/police station for 99 years at $1 a year. The measure was accepted by voters in November 2008. Meanwhile, in August 2009, the academy donated a three-quarter-ton pickup truck to the Highway Department valued at $28,829. - Taryn Plumb