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Tree Care Workshop on Tap
Registration is now open for an October 15 workshop in Petersham to help community members build skills in pruning trees and shrubs for long-term health and vitality. The workshop, which runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with a short break for lunch, is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required.
This hands-on workshop, geared towards homeowners and gardeners, will be taught by Melissa LeVangie, Petersham Tree Warden and certified arborist. No prior pruning experience is necessary.
The program will begin at the Center School. Equipment will be provided, although participants should bring their own tools if they have them. Participants should also bring water, lunch, snacks, and work gloves. The workshop is limited to 30 participants, with preference given to Petersham residents. To register, contact Jordan O’Connor by October 6, at joconnor@JOAarchitects.com or 978-724-3475.
Petersham Jams Sept. 30
The next open mike Petersham Jam will be held starting at 7 p.m. in the Davis Hall behind the Unitarian Church.
New Dump Stickers Oct. 1
The town is now selling new transfer station stickers. Residents can buy stickers at the town offices Monday – Thursdays 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Fridays 8 a.m. – noon.
The cost is $25 cash or check made out to Town of Petersham for 2 stickers.
Stickers can be purchased by mail by printing our and filing the application form found at www.townofpetersham.org and sending in a $25 check with a self-addressed stamped return envelope.
Stickers will be sold at the transfer station on Saturday Sept. 16th from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Saturday Sept. 30th, Oct. 7th (to be confirmed). Contact Administrative Coordinator Steven Boudreau with any questions at 978-724-3353 or email@example.com
October Art Center Classes
Karen Healey will teach a Traditional Rug Hooking class on five Saturdays, from October 7, 14, 21, 28, to November 4, from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants will learn basic dying, cutting, and hooking techniques for a folk-art star and sheep motif on a 12” hand-hooked round rug. Students need to bring their own 14” hoop and embroidery scissors.
Quilt-a-Runner returns with Diana Cooley on Sunday, October 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendees will bring their own materials, thread, and sewing machines. Mrs. Cooley will teach about selecting patterns, designing the runner, and how to sew the quilting pieces. This class will be held in the town hall to allow room for tables and sewing machines.
Jeannette Martin will teach Oil Painting 101. The class will take place on consecutive Wednesday evenings, October 18, 25, and November 1, 8, and 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.. Both beginners and intermediates will be taught how to refine techniques for a still life oil painting, then be guided in their work on their own creations. Students will bring their own oil paints, brushes, and canvases. A list of supplies may be obtained by calling Petersham Art Center.
Call the Petersham Art Center at 978-724-3415 for more information on these classes. Each class involves a student fee and may have charges for material fees.
Vanishing Hemlock Forests
Harvard Forest will present Hemlock Hospice, an outdoor site-specific sculpture installation and an exhibition of prints,
drawings, and sculptures in the Fisher Museum created by Harvard Forest Bullard Fellow David Buckley Borden
. The opening reception for Hemlock Hospice will be Saturday, October 7,
from 12 noon until 4 p.m.
Eastern hemlock, a foundation tree in eastern forests, is slowly vanishing from North America as it is weakened and killed by a small insect, the hemlock woolly adelgid. Scientists project that the
hemlock forests in Massachusetts will functionally disappear by 2025. The exhibition will address issues of
climate change and the future of New England forests. The exhibit communicates the latest scientific research at Harvard ’s center for forest research and features 13 new
sculptures installed along an interpretative trail through the hemlocks on the forest’s
Prospect Hill Tract.
Catch a Ride to the Big E
The Petersham Council on Aging is sponsoring a bus trip to the Big E on Thursday, Sept. 21st. The bus will be leaving the Petersham Town Hall at 10 a.m. and the return trip will leave the Big E at 5 p.m. The cost is $12 for admission tickets. Reservations can be made by calling Janice Olson at 978-724-3362. Anyone is welcome to come.
Military Family Support Group
First Wednesday of every month from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Dining Room B, Heywood Hospital
The Military Family Support Group offers a safe place for family members of active and former military members to share their experiences that affect the entire family unit.The group coaches and supports military family members to find healing, balance, and strategies for positive re-integration for military members with their families and society. We also connect families with local resources. For more information, please contact Crystal Bean at (978) 320-9804. This group is made possible by the support of the Montachusett Suicide Prevention Task Force.
Finnish Duo at Village Lyceum
The Finnish duo of Pia Leinonen and Joni Tiala, also known as Vellamo, will play at the Village Lyceum at the Unitarian Church on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 2 p.m., followed by a wine and cheese reception. Vellamo’s music features Pia's vocals and Joni's guitar stylings. They perform original songs in English and Finnish and traditional Finnish, Celtic and Scandinavian folk ballads. Ticket price is on a sliding scale, $8 - $15, children 6 years and under are free of charge.The Village Lyceum is fundraiser to for the Church. For more information, contact Genevieve Fraser at FraserGenevieve@gmail.com or call (978) 544-1872, or or Rini Kilcoyne at (508) 735-1411.
19th Annual Garlic and Arts Festival
The 19th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival will be held at Forster's Farm, 60 Chestmnut Hill Road in Orange on September 23rd and 24th. Admission is $5 per day for adults, $8 for a weekend pass. Kids 12 and under free. More than 100 booths feature regional artists, farmers, community organizations, and healing arts. More than 80 workshops and demos, activities and performances are scheduled throughout the weekend.
Music, entertainment, and spoken word fill three stages and nearby fields. Garlic games abound, including the famous raw garlic-eating contest. Travel the garlic globe and fill your belly with farm fresh and savory cuisine in four food courts.
New Medical Group Offices
Tully Family Medicine has moved to a new office in the North Quabbin Commons Plaza in Athol. Heywood Medical Group will open an urgent care center in the same location later this year.
Church Seeking Memorabilia
The First Congregational Parish, Unitarian is seeking photos and memorabilia from the 1930s-1950s church history for an up-coming October 1st event celebrating the life and times of Rev. Earl Davis. Rev. Davis served the parish from 1933 until his death in 1953. Mark Whiting Davis, Rev. Earl Davis' grandson, will present one of his grandfather's sermons, “Thirst for a Living God,” on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 11:00 a.m. following an open house at 10:00 a.m. Visitors will be able to access the church archives, dating back to the 1700s, and other memorabilia in the Lady’s Parlor. Church-goers are invited to dress in 30s-40s outfits or wear items from that era.
If you have photos that can be scanned and put on display; would like to sing in a choir, or serve on the committee to celebrate Rev. Davis' life and times, please contact, Genevieve Fraser at Tel. (978) 544-1872 or email: FraserGenevieve@gmail.com
Village Lyceum Summer Schedule
The Village Lyceum at the Unitarian Church in Petersham has announced its calendar of Events for the summer season. Regular parish services are suspended and will resume on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 11:00 a.m. with a traditional worship service with Rev. Don Erickson and will include presentations for children focusing on the wisdom of Mr. Rogers.
Sunday Sept. 10 at 2 p.m., Vellamo, a Finnish Folk duo, will be returning to the Village Lyceum stage as they resume a world tour begun two years ago.
Sunday, Sept. 17 at 3:00 p.m., pianist Adam Bergeron will perform three step dances featuring composers: Chopin, Strauss and Brahms.
Bergeron's 5-part concert series is funded in part by a grant from the Petersham Cultural Council. All Lyceum proceeds benefit the parish building fund and are used to maintain their two historic buildings on the Town Common. Refreshments will be available for purchase. For further information, including Village Lyceum ticket prices, contact Genevieve Fraser at email: FraserGenevieve@gmail.com or call (978) 544-1872.
An Appeal to Help Monarch Butterflies
A group of volunteers from the Petersh a.m. area is working to support the local population of Monarch Butterflies. They are asking that landowners and farmers who have fields that need to be plowed or hayed, and that contain milkweed plants, to contact them several days in advance. The group will then find any Monarch caterpillars and move them to a patch of milkweed where they can live out their lifecycle. At this time, the offer extends to those towns adjacent to Petersham. Please call one of the numbers below with your contact information. Sandra Whaley 978-724-3487 or Brian Miner 978-724-6613. Thanks for your help in protecting this "King and Queen" of local butterflies.
Free Property Valuation Booklet
The Valuation and Taxes of the Town of Petersham for the Year 2016 booklet is available at the Petersham Town Offices at the Board of Assessors Office, the Selectboard Office and the Petersham Memorial Library during regular business hours. Interested Petersham taxpayers are invited to pick up a free copy.
Monday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. – 12 noon
Selectboard Meetings -
Tuesday August 8, 2017 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday August 22, 2017 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday September 12, 2017 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday September 26, 2017 6:30 p.m.
Sen. Anne Gobi
Rep. Susannah Whipps-Lee
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