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Congregational Services Have Resumed
Sunday services have resumed at the Congregational church at 10 a.m. each week. Members are wearing masks and only every other row of pews is to be occupied.
Unitarian Church Fall Services
Below are the services scheduled for the next several months. Those members attending the recent service in the Church Garden agreed to continue services twice a month, led by Rev. Inanna Arthen. The services will be held in the Sanctuary with music but no singing. Enjoy the sounds of organ or guitar in the peaceful setting of the Sanctuary, thanks to the talents of Cathy Tyng and Marc Erwin.
During a service, everyone is required to wear a mask and be seated at least 6 feet away from any other attendee who is not your family member. The current Health Department guidance limits the number of people in the Sanctuary to 21 based on square footage. And of course there will be no coffee hour.
All services are at 10:30:
October 11 - Confronting the Past/Indigenous Peoples Day
October 25 - Ancestors/Facing the Dark (Samhain)
November 8 - Sacrifice/Veterans Day
November 22 - Gratitude/Thanksgiving
December 13 - The Four Freedoms: Freedom from Fear (Pearl Harbor Day observance)
Bag a Book or Two for Those Stay at Home Days
The Memorial Library is offering curbside pickup of books, audios, and movies. Look for specific titles by viewing the online card catalog by clicking here. Please be sure to select Petersham Memorial Library as items are only available from our town's collection.
If you would like some suggestions, feel free ask us to put together a selection of titles you might like based upon your reading preferences -- we would be glad to assist. When you find books you want, email your request to PetershamLibraryRequests@gmail.com or call 978-724-3405 and we will process them in the order they are received.
In your message, please provide your name, phone number, book title, author, and, if possible, the item's call number. This will make our turn-around time much faster. Once your materials are pulled and processed, we will call you to let you know when you can pick up. Materials are available for pick up on Tuesdays and Fridays from 2-5pm. Petersham Library is now also accepting interlibrary loan requests, as well as items from its own collection. Delivery may be slow as the system is handling backlogs.
Covid Testing Available Fridays in Orange
The Community Health Center of Franklin County has opened a COVID-19 testing site in Orange where anyone throughout the county and beyond who wants a test for the disease can get one, even if they don’t have insurance or symptoms. Testing is done in the center’s 450 West River Street parking lot every Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Advance registration is required. For more information and to register, call 413-325-8501.
Orange, MA Food Pantry
118 East Main Street (across from the Armory)
Open Thursdays 10-3
Evan Manning - coordinator
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.
Covid Updates from Heywood Hospital
Heywood Hospital president Win Brown is providing video updates on Covid-19 Click HERE to see the updates on YouTube.
2020 Census Continues and You Can File Online
Census door knockers are working in the area or you can fill out a census form online at https://my2020census.gov/ The form is simple and can be completed in less than 10 minutes. Nearly 75 percent of US residents have already filed online.
Quabbin Woods Open for Takeout Orders
Beginning Wednesday April 29, 2020, Quabbin Woods is open for take-out service from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Call 978-724-3288 to order and pay. Look HERE for menu and specials. Pay by debit or credit card or pick up and pay at the front door.
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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.
February Selectboard Office Hours
Monday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuesday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sen. Anne Gobi
Rep. Susannah Whipps
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Pumpkin Carving, Scarecrow Contest at the Library
The scarecrows have arrived and you can get into the Halloween spirit by carving or decorating a free pumpkin and returning it to the library. Free pumpkins will be available Tuesday, October 20 from 12-6 p.m. during our curbside pickup.