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LANCASTER - The Lancaster Agway Farm and Garden Center, burned out of its former site on Mill Street in 2006, has reopened at 1340 Lunenburg Road (Route 70). Because of an editor's error, a headline in Wednesday's Telegram & Gazette incorrectly said the store was reopening at its old site.

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Motorcyclist critically injured

LUNENBURG - A motorcycle rider was critically injured after losing control and crashing the bike into a utility pole while heading north on Leominster Road about 3 p.m. yesterday.

The victim's identity was not released last night. The victim was treated at the scene and taken to UMass Memorial- HealthAlliance Leominster Campus.

Police indicated speed might have been a factor in the crash. It is still under investigation.

Warrant issued in bank holdup

FITCHBURG - Police have a warrant for the arrest of a 25-year-old Worcester woman in connection with the Friday afternoon holdup of the Fitchburg Savings Bank, according to a news release.

Kathryn M. Mcauliffe of 38 Bedford St., Worcester, is wanted for the robbery of the bank in Parkhill Plaza at 529 Electric Ave., the release said.

Charges on the warrant application included conspiracy to commit armed robbery while masked; accessory before the fact (armed robbery while masked) and accessory after the fact (armed robbery while masked).

Investigation of a silver 2002 Honda Civic coupe with the Massachusetts license plate of 24FX62 led police to identify Ms. Mcauliffe, the release said.

Police Officer Jude Chabot described Ms. Mcauliffe's accomplice as a man of unknown race who was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt tied very tightly around his face.

Witnesses to the holdup told police he had a gray and black handgun and wore black gloves.

Police are asking that anyone with information about Ms. Mcauliffe or her accomplice call them at (978) 345-4355, a 24-hour line.

Farm center opens on fire site (SEE CORRECTION)

LANCASTER - The new Lancaster Agway Farm and Garden center has opened at 1340 Lunenburg Road (Route 70) beside the Lancaster Flea Market. The former Agway, on Mill Street, was destroyed in a June 2006 fire.

The fire, one of two that night that were both determined to be arson, also damaged the nearby Michael's Bridge Diner on Main Street, and the adjacent Jon-Michael hair salon. The diner also has relocated across the street from the previous locale, in a larger building.

The salon, which received much less damage, reopened the day after the fire.

No arrests have been made.

More info sought

LEOMINSTER - City councilors delayed a vote Monday night on a $212,500 appropriation sought by the School Department for work at Southeast School, with councilors saying they did not have time to view the proposed work.

Two weeks ago, the council voted 6-3 to table the appropriation. Most councilors said they were unclear what the money was going to be used for.

The money is earmarked for renovations at the school, which will go from a middle school to an elementary school under the newly adopted reconfiguration plan.

The move to delay the vote passed 8-0. Councilor David E. Rowlands was absent from the meeting, and Mr. Rosa said Mr. Rowlands has also had some concerns about the expenditure.

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