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Go Fund Me for the Friday Market

You can help. Planning and fund raising for the 2023 Petersham Friday Market has begun. The 20-week market season  will begin at the end of May, 2023. The market is supported by grants, a town meeting appropriation, private foundations and a grant from the local Cultural Council. The majority of our annual spending is for live music performances from acoustic folk to klezmer to zydeco.

You can help with a donation in any amount. Just click here to reach our Go Fund Me page.o

 Local Historian to Speak Oct. 14

J.R. Greene will be at the Davis Hall behind the Unitarian church on Friday October 14 at 6:00 p.m.   He will be doing his talk on the rabbit run railroad with a slide presentation. All are welcome with a suggested donation of $5.00 - $10.00    People will also have the opportunity to donate to the church's Building Fund. This talk will be sponsored by the Nichewaug Historical Society.

LWV to Hold Candidates' Night

The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts will hold a Candidate Forum at Petersham Town Hall on October 19, 2022, from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. for the candidates for State Representative, 7th Hampden District.  The event is open to the public.   

Annual Petersham Library Book Sale

The library will hold its annual sale of books on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Petersham residents can preview the books on offer from 7 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 7 at the library. 

Petersham Library: A Busy Place

Six hundred seventy-five Petersham residents were library cardholders in Fiscal Year 2022. Petersham Memorial Library’s total circulation of materials was 11,630 items, which included 7,276 books, print periodicals, audiobooks, and DVDs. We checked out 4,354 audio and Ebooks via Overdrive and the Libby smartphone app. Digital materials circulation more than doubled for the second year in a row! It is becoming one of the most important and necessary services we provide.

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2,396 Inter-Library Loans were received for Petersham residents from surrounding libraries. The library provided 1,143 Inter-Library Loans to patrons of other libraries in the CW Mars system. People came into the library building close to 3,000 times last year. Community members used library computers or wifi more than 300 times through the year.
 

The library held curbside services during the height of the Omicron surge in January and February, when COVID numbers were high. It was open for in-person browsing for 804 hours and answered more than 615 reference questions via phone, email, and in-person interactions.

 

The shelves currently hold 15,404 items: 8,779 books for adults, 1,067 books for young adults, and 5,558 books for children. Our community has access to 190,000 digital ebooks and audiobooks through our Libby app.

 

Programs and events during the 2022 Fiscal Year included 8 programs for adults, 22 programs for children, and 3 young adult programs, with a total of 360 attendees. These were a mix of virtual and in-person programs.  pro vThe Town of Petersham for providing three air purifiers for the library this summer from their covid CARES grant money.

Cultural Council Seeking Grant Applications

Massachusetts Cultural Council is now accepting Local Cultural Council grant applications for 2023. go to https://massculturalcouncil.smartsimple.com for all grant information If you need help please email petershamculturalcouncil@gmail.com or feel free to call the chair at 978-790-7107

A Day to Bless the Animals

The Orthodox Congregational Church of Petersham will hold a Blessing of the Animals ceremony in the tradition of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals, on October 2 at 2 p.m. on the North Common.. All types of animals, big or small, are invited and will be accommodated! Anyone with questions should call the Church at 724-8808, message the Church via the Facebook page, or comment on the event page on Facebook.

Transfer Station Permits on Sale Now

Effective October 1, residents are required to have 2022-23 
Permit stickers on their vehicles for transfer station use.
Click here for Procedures & Form for purchasing your sticker.
Stickers can be purchased at the transfer station on Sept. Wednesdays and Saturdays. 

Garlic and Arts Festival Returns Oct. 1 and 2

Event Name: 24th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival
Event Date: Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.  Shine or Rain
Location:  Outdoor fields, Forster ALPACA TEAFarm, 60 Chestnut Hill Rd. Orange, MA. No pets allowed on site or in parking lots. On-site parking for accessible tags and carpools of three or more. Free nearby shuttle lot for all others.
Travel, shuttle, parking info, schedules of entertainment, activities, and exhibitors  are at:
www.garlicandarts.org


Meals on Wheels Volunteer Drivers Needed


Make a big difference in someone's day by delivering a hot noontime meal and a wellness check in your own community. Stipend and mileage reimbursement available. We are looking for volunteer drivers in many communities and especially Greenfield, Athol, and Orange.  Call 413-773-5555 or 978-544-2259, Ext. 2216, or visit LifePathMA.org/volunteer
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Fall Classes at the Art Center

Camera Kids (ages 8 - 12) ~ Instructor Geoff Smith
Saturday mornings, 9:00am - 10:00am on September 24, October 1, 8, 15
This class will help kids spark their inner artist and encourage creativity.  Each concept will be followed by putting it into practice.  Students bring their own cameras or cell phones. 
Cost:  $20 members / $40 non-members.market

Taking Better Photos (Teen - Adult) ~ Instructor Geoff Smith
Sunday afternoons, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. on September 25, October 2, 9
Photography is more than “point and shoot.”  With some simple instructions, practice, and constructive critiques, amazing photos can be produced! The workshop will start with introductory practical lessons, followed with a variety of concepts that allow the participant to choose their own way.  Bring a camera or phone.
Cost:  $30 members / $50 non-members 

How to Build a Stone Wall (Teen - Adult) ~ Instructor Chris Jenkins
Saturday mornings, 8:30am - 12:30am on October 1 and 15
Learn how to build a garden retaining wall, start to finish.  We will be going over how to design, prep the area, and build with field stone.  Please bring a shovel, gloves if desired, and safety glasses. 
Cost:  $40 members / $60 non-members

Basket Weaving (Age 16  - Adult) ~ Instructor Sue Morello
Saturday morning, 9:00am - 12:00am on October 15
Sue will guide you through all the steps in creating your own basket, perfect for a trip to Friday Market, or carrying your own garden harvest. Cost: $15 members / $35 non-members  +  $16 Materials

Nature Journaling (Teen - Adult) ~  Instructor Katrina Walton
Saturday morning:  9:00am - 11:00am on October 22
This class will be an introduction to Nature Journaling, the practice of drawing and/or writing in response to Nature.  We’ll be using a variety of media to illustrate and write about your memory of that moment.   The instructor will provide art supplies and journals. 
Class Cost:  $10 members / $30 non-members  +  $10 Materials Fee

Coming up in November ~ Painting with Artist Jeannette Martin. To register for classes:  Email Chris Eaton at chrisoutdoors71@gmail.com     

            

Old Stone Church Fall Event

Saturday October 8, 2022 between 11:00 and 2:00 the Stone Church Community Center. 280 Main Street,Gilbertville. Free for children of all ages

Local artists and crafters will instruct and encourage participants in pumpkin painting and carving, haunted stories, photography, spirited ghosts, and mask construction.  Instructors include published author Lisa Cohen, knitting mavin Pamela Hinckley, artists Judy Kohn and Cheryl Wolfe, photo-journalist Kim Mongeau, and art and dance instructor Kathy McCrohon.

Lemonade and popcorn will be available.

To have enough supplies for all participants, we ask that you, preregister at: https://bit.ly/ArtDayFOSC or call Kathy McCrohon at 508-404-7552 before October 5, 2022. Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  

The transfer station is now open on Wednesdays from 1:30 to 4 p.m. as well as Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Become a Local Volunteer
It Is Often said ...

That there is a shortage of people who are willing to accept positions - to make a   contribution - to small town governments like ours. It may be easy to believe that.

But here are the facts. Three people stepped up to run for a single seat on our Selectboard recently. Not one or two but three. And if you look a bit  more closely at the numbers, there are 25 municipal committees at the helm of our town government. We have a Board of Health, Zoning Board, Planning Board and more.

Together, those committees have a combined membership of 85 residents all willing to serve, to attend meetings and deliberate important town issues. That is almost one in ten of us. Nearly 200 residents attended a recent special town meeting.

And the numbers do not include churches and fraternal groups like the Lions Club and the Petersham Grange or trustees of the library and the craft center.

So the next time someone tells you that nobody is willing to serve, feel free  to correct them.

Heywood Hospital and Barre Covid Testing

Heywood Hospital Damon Building. ** Appointment required **

Call 978-630-6186

Testing available Monday-Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm.
Closed on Sundays. Physician order/referral is not required.

The Heywood Hospital Damon Building (234 Green Street, Gardner, MA) is located across from Heywood Hospital (242 Green St. Gardner, MA).Enter through Matthews Street.

Also:

Barre Family Health Center, Rte. 122 in Barre.  Call 978-355-6321.

Info for Residents Seeking Help With Heating Bills

A website that answers frequent questions is right here

Handy Transfer Station Recycling Guide

Mike Seitz, transfer station assistant, provides this short guide to recycling.

These items should go in the regular trash bin: plastic bags, styrofoam, black plastic, glass and ceramic kitchenware, plastic or combination coat hangars, all medical devices. Any other items not marked for recycling. Questions? Ask          Paul or Mike.curling

Single-use household batteries go in the trash bin. Give rechargeable batteries to the transfer station monitors along with laptop batteries and button batteries. Auto batteries and the like can often be returned to auto parts stores or scrap yards for store credit or cash.

 

Switch to Amazon Prime and the Petersham Friday Market can get a small donation for our music program from each purchase.

 


 

 
 

Food Pantries Serving Petersham Residents

Orange, MA Food Pantry
118 East Main Street (across from the Armory)
Open Thursdays 10-3

Evan Manning - coordinator
978-544-2149

Salvation Army Athol
Food Pantry 107 Ridge Ave.
Open Tuesday,  Friday | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
This food pantry is available twice a month or on an emergency basis.
Please call 978.249.8111 for details.
Take out meal program Tuesday nights.


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Selectboard Signs Nichewaug Demolition Loan

Selectboard members inked a $621,000 loan agreement. Town Treasurer  Dana Robinson said the loan will cost the town some $776,589 over 10 years. That brings the cost of demolishing the Nichewaug property to $976,000 when $200,000 of Covid money that was allocated to the project is taken into account.

Robinson declined to estimate the impact of recent Federal Reserve Board interest rate hikes that likely more than doubled the interest rate on the borrowing to 4 5/8 percent after the town's first attempt at  borrowing last January was denied because chair Nancy Allen failed to seek required approval from the Capital Improvement Committee as required by town bylaws. 

At its September 22 meeting, the board appointed Deb Poodry of South Main Street as an alternate member of the Zoning Board of Appeals and named Sara Deponte and Jeanette Martin to the  Cultural Council. 

How Shall We Honor the Flag?

You can find Bill Berry on the common each day around dusk.  He is there to lower the American flag that graces our town common as he has done almost every day for the past  34 years. Unless a flag is illuminated, the rules say it should be raised at the start and     lowered at the end of each day.ELDREDGE

Now Berry and Bill Purple, a long-serving former selectman, are proposing to light the flagpole with a solar lighting system.  They presented their proposal to the Selectboard on Oct. 22.

Board member Becky Legare asked whether the proposed system would change the amount of light in the center of town at night. Chair Nancy Allen suggested that forming a   volunteer group to take care of raising and lowering the flag might be a better solution and said the board  members would spend the next several days informally seeking public opinion and possibly visiting some lit-up flagpole sites in other towns. "I like the ritual of raising and lowering the flag," she said.

Purple said the lighting would be beautiful. "This is not going to be a blast of light at the top of the flagpole. Lights would be pointed downward, he said. "This is not going to cost the town anything. I am going to pay for it. It will allow the flag to fly 24 hours a day." he said.
The board will revisit the issue at their October 6 meeting.

How Petersham Is Spending Its Covid Aid Money

When President Biden announced the $4.3 trillion federal Covid assistance plan, he said the money would "... put food on people's tables." Guidelines directed assistance to "disadvantaged families, small businesses and non-profits" with subordinate beneficiaries. The same guidelines then offered cities and towns "broad discretion" in allocating the money.

Permitted uses include "Health and safety of the public and town staff... Upgrades improving remote access to Town business and Upgrades and support for recreational activities for healthy living." The guidelines then offered cities and towns "broad discretion" in dispersing those funds.computer

Like many other communities, the Petersham Selectboard is taking full advantage of that additional language.

The town has so far received $376.632 in Covid relief according to an official review of its own ARPA spending plan. It has not announced the availability of any funds for families, small businesses or non-profits. There is no mention of aid to families, businesses or local charities in the end of July overview. Only one 501c3 charity has directly applied for funds and that application has not been discussed by the board.

Several of the first-promised allocations are being reworked to provide a second round of Covid money for the Nichewaug demolition. The largest appropriation from the Covid funds ( now $200,000) will pay part of the cost of demolishing the Nichewaug complex. Other spending is being reduced as a result, including a planed $63,500 for the fire department including a commercial drying system for protective gear, $35,638 for police department equipment, $18,000 for new elementary school playground equipment, $32,000 for fire department building painting and upgrades. $13,000 to upgrade assessors' software, $11,000 for a walk-in freezer at the school, $6,000 for a nature program at the school $9,500 for a transfer station roll off container and $5,000 for the Memorial Library.

Occasional Area News

200 Tanks of Oil for Athol Residents

By GREG VINE  For The Athol Daily News

Published: 9/16/2022 1:22:35 PM

ATHOL — Rebecca Bialecki, vice chair of the Athol Selectboard, announced at the board’s meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 13, that the committee that oversees the use of ARPA (American Recovery Plan Act) funds was recommending the use of those federal funds to help Athol residents heat their homes this coming winter. The advisory committee consists of Bialecki, board member Stephen Raymond, Town Manager Shaun Suhoski, Finance and Warrant Advisory Committee Chair Ken Duffy, and several department heads.

“We had a substantial amount of money still available that was unused in our ARPA monies, which is federal dollars that came to the town that had to meet specific criteria, and we have two recommendations for the board’s consideration this evening,” Bialecki began. “One is to support the local fuel assistance program for $200,000. That would allow for a one time, up to $1,000 for fuel oil or propane to low- and moderate-income families. That would include seniors, for the most part.

“The program,” she continued, “would be run through the Salvation Army...

At current prices, the program could deliver 200 full tanks of heating oil.

Quabbin Retreat Property Changes Hands

The Worcester Business Journal reports that the Petersham location of Gardner-based Heywood Healthcare’s addiction treatment facility The Quabbin Retreat has been sold to development company, Waterstone Properties Group, Inc. of Needham for $3.3 million, according to the Worcester District Registry of Deeds.

A hospital spokesperson said, "... monetizing Quabbin Retreat helps us to fund the (new) surgical pavilion work. ... we remain the managing tenant. No services will change and we have partnered with GAAMHA who is building sober housing for women and young children on the right hand side of the building. To the patient and community, no changes should be felt."  

Opened in 2017, the facility houses multiple programs including Heywood’s Dana Day Treatment Center and Belmont-based McLean Hospital’s Addiction Treatment Center at Naukeag.

Nichewaug Complex Falls to Demolition Crew

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Nichewaug Demolition Costs Rising Past Budget Amount

Demolition machinery toppled the cupola and large cross atop the former Maria Assumpta school building Aug. 4, smashing a large copper-clad cross that once graced the former school. Nearly a dozen residents looked on and recorded the event as the cross tumbled to the ground and broke into pieces.  See Curtis Upshaw's video.  And Jim Dowd's North Side video.

Equipment and a crew from Stamford Wrecking are nearly done demolishing buildings on the site and will begin removing rubble in the next several days. The state Department of Environmental Protection said it will continue observation to make certain that proper disposal rules are followed.

Originally planned to cost $721,000, the total actual cost will not be known until  loan interest rates are announced, A first attempt to borrow for the project was rejected by the town's bank as paperwork procedures were not followed. The delay in re-filing will be impacted by recent federal interest rate hikes. Select board chair Nancy Allen said because    paperwork rules were not followed, the town's bankers declined to issue a loan. "In March, we had to retake the vote. Unfortunately (by then) Russia had invaded  Ukraine setting off a worldwide financial crisis." and higher interest rates, Allen said the final loan has not issued yet so the impact of newly higher loan rates is not known.

Also, the cost of hauling away refuse has climbed during the delay partly  due to higher  fuel costs. "We don't have the leverage to fight (the contractor) on that." The increase could run up and was left open ended in the contract and could be affected by new and inflated fuel prices. A portion of the cost is to be paid using $100,000 of Covid relief money. Allen said even without calculating higher interest, the $721,000 project is now projected to come in at $851,000. "We are in a $100,000 hole," she said as she asked the board to approve taking a second $100,000 bite from Covid relief funds to cover the shortfall.

Cultural Council  Funds Area Arts Projects

Name Project Title Amount
Petersham Friday Market, Inc. Petersham Friday Market music program $800
Jordan O'Connor Petersham JAMS $800
The Athol Historical Society, Inc. Uniquely Quabbin magazine $250
Friends of the Stone Church, Inc. Concerts at the Stone Church Despite Hard Times $250
Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary Birds - What Amazing Creatures! $450
Petersham AntiRacism Coalition Nipmuc History, Culture, and Living Presence in Petersham $750
Andrew Bain Spring awakening shakedown! $400
Kaitlin Walsh Petersham Monthly Art Program $400
Petersham Historical Society, Inc. THe Rabbit Run Rail: A Quabbin History and Art Project $150
Haley Bain "When The Roots Grew Shoots" Book Project $750


A Plan to Cover $437K Budget Gap

The Advisory Finance Committee  recommended steps to cover a $437,000 budget gap created when the last town meeting failed to include state reimbursements in a vote to appropriate money for the Center School budget.

The Committee plans to use money ordinarily set aside for property tax abatements ($73,923) and draw down the town stabilization fund to 2.4 percent of the total budget from its customary 8 percent level ($276,041) and also apply $87,559 from free cash to fix the problem.  Selectboard chair Nancy Allen said the budget "glitch" occurred when she neglected to include state money with the $1.2 million in the local taxation vote that pays for the Center School budget, creating a deficit for the school.

The committee said other effects of the mistake will be dropping a request for a new police cruiser ($89,000) from consideration and cutting $10,000 for  preservation of town documents. The committee also asked Selectboard for assurance that a proposed Nichewaug Inn demolition - also delayed when bond counsel  rejected the town's borrowing due to procedural errors - will not create principal or interest charges in fiscal year 2023 which begins in July.

A Bat in the House, a Bear on the Porch and Two Turtles
Animal Control Call Log Summary - June 2022

6/1 @2p Motorist call for 2 loose dogs running south on Hardwick Road, to area, dogs picked up, owner notified

6/2 @3:30p Call from resident regarding a bite cat received while outdoors, contacted veterinary facility that rendered services for paperwork, cat placed on quarantine

6/4 @6p Resident call regarding HBC large snapping turtle, to area, found to be deceased, removed

6/5 @8a Motorist call for HBC turtle at Harvard Pond, to area, transported to rehabber

6/6 @11:15a Resident call regarding how to file an official barking dog noise compliant, information given

@1:45p Resident call regarding goats and noise concern from large equipment operating near farm, information given

6/7 @9:30a Resident call for 2 loose dogs in yard that don’t look familiar, to area, while dogs being loaded to transport to shelter owner arrived looking for dogs

@8:30p Resident call regarding bear seen repeatedly in yard, advice given

6/11 @10a Barking dog compliant and general loud noise compliant

@3p Resident call for HBC turtle, to area to pick up, Tufts Wildlife unable to admit until next morning, advice given for care

@3:15p Discussion with resident regarding dog under foster care at home, contact made with rescue organization regarding the need for pickup and relocation of the dog currently under foster care in town

6/12 @7-11a Round trip-Tufts Wildlife Clinic, above turtle dropped with staff member

@12:30p Follow up meeting with resident of foster dog from above

6/13 @8:30p Follow up with North Quabbin Regional AC regarding possible dog bite situation and the location of owner and dog

@9:15p Barking dog compliant

6/17 @11a Resident call regarding lost elderly dog, suggested starting a gas grilling and cooking something with BBQ sauce, dog back in the yard 20 minutes later

@8:15-10:45p To home with foster dog from above, regarding an additional incident, rescue called to come pick up the dog immediately, option given for long term quarantine, rescue to area @10:30p

6/19 @2:30p Call for loose cows, to area, owner called

@3:30p Dispatch call for porcupine on the walkway of a home, homeowner states the animal has been there for an extended period and seems unable to move, to area, PPD also on way, animal appears healthy, with the assistance of PPD officer animal gently escorted into the woods

@4:30p Resident call for loose dog, to area, no contact

6/20 @9a Follow up with previous loose dog issue

@11a Resident call regarding bat in house (not in a sleeping area), advice given to encourage bat to exit, homeowner to call if additional suggestions needed (bat did exit home later in evening)

@11:30a Resident call for juvenile bear that is on porch, to area, loud noises made, bear left the area, owner advised to take in all bird feeders, discussed the danger of bears crossing busy roads

@12p Conference call with Tufts Wildlife Clinic

6/21 @9a Call to MA Wildlife for follow up on several previous bat situations

@12-2p MDAR/ACO Zoom meeting; changes and clarifications for kennel inspections and licenses, update on avian flu in MA, additional information regarding wildlife calls

6/22 To Charlton to transfer dog to ACO for quarantine

6/24 Met with homeowner regarding issues in neighborhood and various dog complaints

6/25 @9a Call with VESH (Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital) regarding dog bite case, requested paperwork sent, information forwarded to ACO in another town

6/30 @9:30a Resident call for loose dog, dog located, transported home

Nichewaug Demolition Project Update

The Capital Improvement Planning Committee April 21 approved sending a $721,0000 Nichewaug property demolition proposal to town meeting. The committee is the last stop to review large spending items on the way to town meeting.

The committee took no action on a request for funds to replace wooden rain gutters at the center school and a police department request to purchase one or two new police  cruisers and will get more information on those items in a week. One cruiser could cost $59,500 -- two $119,
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Committee member Jim Dowd asked Police Chief Peter Buck if the department could get along without one or two new vehicles this year since the upcoming budget could force a $200,000 Proposition 2 1/2 override due to increased regional and local school appropriations. Buck said the department could make due if necessary.

Town Treasurer Dana Robinson told the Selectboard April 13 that an error and an oversight will prevent the town from borrowing for Nichewaug demolition until the loan is approved at our next town meeting.  He said bond counsel noticed that voters were not informed about the Dec. 6 meeting as required by local bylaws and the proposal was never sent to the Capital Improvement Planning Committee - also a bylaw requirement.

Committee chair Nancy Allen said she would inform the contractor about the problem on April 13. Robinson also said any delay could raise borrowing costs as the Federal Reserve will be raising interest rates again soon.

Should Petersham Take Online Payment for Taxes?

More than 300 small and large communities across the state have easy systems to accept online payments for town fees (dog licenses and dump permits, etc.) and for tax payments (excise and property taxes). godinShould Petersham offer this convenient service to residents? Tell us what you think.

Send an email to roynilson@verizon.net with a subject line "E-Payments" stating simply Yes or No or include more thoughts.

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Monthly Foot Screening for Seniors
 

The Council on Aging now offers monthly “Foot Screening” for seniors. The treatment will be provided by Melinda Powling, owner of “Nails to Envy” in Orange. Treatments will include a 15-minutesolar installations foot soak, then clipping toenails (no polish). Melinda will then inspect your feet, and let each person know if they should consult a doctor about anything.

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will be available on the first Thursday of each month in the lower town hall. Each person will pay $5.00 directly to Melinda when the appointment occurs, with the balance of $10.00 being paid by the COA. Appointments are required. Appointments will be available from 8:15 a.m. until 10 a.m. Clients must bring their own towels. Melinda will follow Petersham Board of Health approved guidelines. For Questions or Appointments: Contact Marilyn Fisher at: 978-724-
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The Memorial Library Is Open
 
The Petersham Memorial Library welcomes patrons back for in-person browsing with no appointment necessary. The library would like to thank the community for bearing with us as staff adjusts to providing service during this complicated time. pump
Hours::
Tuesday 10-5 p.m.
Wednesday 2-7 p.m.
Friday 2-5 p.m.
Saturday 9-1 p.m.

Curbside Pickup Service is also available. Please call (978) 724-3405 or email PetershamLibraryRequests@gmail.com to make arrangements. 

The library requires everyone over the age of two to properly wear masks or face coverings in the building at all times in order to help ensure the health and safety of our patrons, community, and staff. Without vaccine coverage for our youngest patrons, a large indoor footprint for people to really spread out, or an HVAC system, masking remains a useful and important health and safety tool at the library. The staff looks forward to continuing to safely serve the Petersham community.

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