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Selectboard Meeting Jan. 23|
The Selectboard will meet at 6:30 p.m.Tuesday to discuss whether the town needs a "Right to Farm" bylaw and with the town treasurer to discuss upcoming borrowing needs. Also on the agenda, details of the proposed town budget and an update on proposals received from developers interested in the Nichewaug property on the common,
THE Annual Winter Tea
The Memorial Library will hold its annual Winter Library Tea on Sunday, afternoon, February 11, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The snow date is on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at the Library. All are welcome.
Earth Day and Farming
The Village Lyceum at the Unitarian Church is planning an “Earthday Celebration of Local Farms” for Sunday, April 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The purpose of the day-long event is to examine the importance of local farming. Interested farmers and sponsors should contact, Genevieve Fraser at FraserGenevieve@gmail.com or phone (978) 544-1872.
Celebrating a Good Neighbor
There was a day of celebration for Alan Bachrach, local veterinarian, at the Memorial Library from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday January 14. Alan has retired from his veterinary practice on East Street. He and his wife Deb, our local Animal Control Officer, have been key to our annual rabies clinics, to setting up the Petersham Animal Welfare System and to getting a modern animal shelter built at the highway barn.Art Center Winter Classes
Petersham Art Center will host two classes starting in January 2018 to chase away the winter blues.
Alice Zanga will return with her popular rug braiding class, held on Wednesday evenings, January 24th through February 28th, from 6:30-8:30PM. Ms. Zanga is an acclaimed textile artist who has been teaching this fun and friendly class in Petersham for many years. Participants will learn to design and braid their own hand-created rug from start to finish. The class fills quickly so students are urged to call the Art Center soon to reserve their spot. The cost of the class is $50 for members and $70 for nonmembers.
Karen Healey of The Dappled Ewe in Rutland will bring her talents to teach a class on traditional rug hooking on Saturdays, January 27th through February 24th, from 9AM-12 Noon. Healey has been teaching about and creating hand-hooked rugs for over 20 years. Students will create a 12” primitive sheep and star mat from woolen fabric. Each class includes information about the tools and techniques used to make traditional folk-art hooked rugs and hands-on instruction as you work on your own. The cost of the class is $75 for members/$95 for nonmembers with a $25 materials fee.
Call the Petersham Art Center at 978-724-3415 for more information and to sign up for classes.
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Today’s Pests & Parasites
Sunday, March 25, 2:00 p.m. Petersham Town Hall Free Will the ticks survive the polar weather? Are the gypsy moths returning this year? What can we do to combat Lyme disease in ourselves How do we identify and manage parasites in livestock? These questions and more will be addressed in this program reviewing the growing season ahead and what resources & tools are available. After the program enjoy refreshments, and piano & singing.
\The Fruits of Our Labor
Saturday," April 21, 2:00 p.m. Petersham Town Hall Free. Orchardist Michael Phillips' latest research reveals how fungi and plants work together to create healthy soils. Michael draws connections between home orchards and perma-culture. He stresses the importance of native pollinators and beneficial allies and sees the apple as the final frontier of organics. After the program enjoy potluck supper and piano & singing.
Citizens' Legislative Seminar
Established in 1976 by the Massachusetts Senate and the UMass Boston, the two-day seminar features presentations by Senators and staff on the day-to-day experience of state legislators.Topics will include the history and process of the Legislature, the State Budget, the parliamentary role of the Clerk of the Senate, the future of the Legislature and the legislative process.
Residents are invited to contact Derek Silver at 617-722-1540 by Friday, Jan. 12th to be nominated on a first come, first served basis.