By Emilie Hackett, Special to the Record – The hundred-some students at Ayer’s Cliff Elementary School (ACES) have enjoyed playing in a brand-new playground since the beginning of the school year. Principal Tracey Harding inaugurated the playground on Nov. 19 in the presence of staff, students, Ayer’s Cliff mayor Vincent Gérin, school commissioner Claire Beaubien, community members, and donors such as resident Stanley Holmes. The playground had not been updated in at least 25 years. Requiring an investment of nearly $50,000 for the first phase, ACES hopes to raise another $50,000 for its second phase of the playground, which will cater to the older students. They hope to inaugurate the second phase in the spring. See full story in the Tuesday, Nov. 20 edition of The Record.