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New Dump Stickers Available in September

New resident stickers for the transfer station will be available at the Selectboard office in September and for purchase at the transfer station on Sept. 15, 22,29 and Oct. 6. The new stickers are yellow.mallett

Golf Brings in Cash for Hospital

Athol Hospital's Golf Classic, on August 8 at the Ellinwood Country Club, raised $40,000 to help fund the ongoing construction of a new Emergency Department and Medical Office Building


Icky Bugs Amongst the Books

Caterpillar Lab from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, August 15 at the Memorial Library, on the Common.  Find caterpillars displayed on branches of their native New England food plants, for people to observe in open air, with no barrier between the audience and the livestock. Visitors explore thecomputer repairdisplays freely. Some stop by for a few minutes, and some stay for hours. At our technology station, we offer a close-up look at real-time footage of caterpillar behaviors (such as molting) through a digital microscope, as well as a chance to view pre-recorded The Caterpillar Lab videos. For more information you can visit The Caterpillar Lab at http://www.thecaterpillarlab.org .

North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival

The North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival will celebrate its 20th birthday on Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30, 2018. The festival is held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, rain or shine.althea The festival is held at Forster's Farm, 60 Chestnut Hill Rd. Orange. No pets allowed. Admission is $5 per day or $8 for a weekend pass. Find travel and parking info; schedule of entertainment, activities, and exhibitors: www.garlicandarts.org or on Facebook: facebook.com/NorthQuabbinGarlicAndArtsFestival/

Regional School Planning Committee to Form

Petersham is seeking a resident to serve on a new Regional Amendment Planning Committee being formed by the Mahar RSD Committee after a review of recent school regionalization experiences statewide.The new group will explore the benefits of regionalizing the towns at the elementary level. The first meeting is hardwick coop scheduled for Thursday, August 2, 6:30 p.m.at Mahar Regional. Each town will have three representatives: School Committee member, Selectboard member (or Finance Comm. member in towns where allowed), and one community member. The community member needs to be a Petersham resident, but does not need to have a child in the Center School. For questions or if interested in being on the committee, please contact Center School Committee Chair Lynn Peredina at lperedina@petershamcenterschool.org or the Selectboard Office at stevenboudreau391@gmail.com  
A list of those interested will be submitted to the Selectboard.

Cell Tower Permit Extended

The town Zoning Board of Appeals July 24 voted to extend a previously granted permit to construct a cell phone tower at the Hall Farm on Quaker Drive for another two years to May of 2020. No work to build the tower has yet begun. mann lumber

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New Friday Market Totes Are Here

Sturdy and stylish, reusable Friday Market shopping tote bags that can be used on any shopping trip are now available at The Country Store, at Quabbin Woods and at the Memorial Library. Or request a bag by e-mail to fridaymarket@petershamcommon.com.

These commodious totes are available for a donation of $10 or more to support the 20-week Friday Market music program on the common. The market opens again on June 8 and each Friday through October.small tote

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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.

2017 Selectboard Office Hours

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 Meeting  Dates

JULY 2018
Tuesday July 10 6:30 PM
Tuesday July 24 6:30 PM
Tuesday August 14 6:30 PM
Tuesday August 28 6:30 PM
Tuesday September 11 6:30 PM
Tuesday September 25 6:30 PM

Sen. Anne Gobi

Tuesday, June 12th
Petersham Town Offices, 10:30 to 11:30 AM

Rep. Susannah Whipps

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Committee meeting notices are posted at  www.mytowngovernment.org

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If only the river were this blue...
Photos from Petersham, Surrey, England


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Harvard Forest - Fisher Museum

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Nichewaug Proposal Withdrawn for Revisions

Proponents of a plan to renovate the Nichewaug property withdrew their proposal to Selectmen on August 14. Speaking for the group, resident Stephanie Selden of Phillips Drive said, "We will try to collect more information, to resolve issues that have been raised ..." about the proposal for a mixed use complex that includes condominiums and senior residences. There is a hope that we can find a compromise, that we can actually do something with that property."godin

Eighteen residents attended the Selectboard meeting, many of who had signed a four page letter asking why the current proposal was not being treated in the same way as previous plans and why it should be evaluated when it did not include financial and other detailed information. More than 60 residents signed that letter

Resident Ellen Anderson said, "Demolition needs to be an option from now on. Anything that would fill that space would destroy the center of our town." Lynn Shaw of West Road asked that a committee be formed to evaluate demolition and find grants to help pay the estimated half million dollar cost. The town has already spent a similar amount to remove asbestos floor and ceiling tiles. Resident Marie Erie said creating such a committee would be premature - that no single solution should be considered. 

Vice chair Henry Woolsey heard several residents say they favor a dialog that would lead to resolving the future of the town-owned property. He said 10 residents answered the board's call seeking members for a proposal evaluation committee. No committee was appointed as the proposal was withdrawn. Woolsey agreed that it will be difficult to find common ground between those who would demolish and those who would renovate as the two ideas -- demolition and renovation -- are mutually exclusive. quabbin woods

Larry Buell and other residents said the debate over disposition of the property is divisive. "We have got to work together to solve this," Buell said.

In other business, the Selectboard closed out accounts from Fiscal 2018 with the Finance Committee and town accountant. The Board will set a meeting with Highway boss Greg Waide to discuss the impact of severed weather on the town's paved and dirt roads. Recent heavy rains have caused washouts.

Roy Nilson, owner and publisher of this website, is an abutter to the Nichewaug property.

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Old Home Day August 25

Petersham Old Home Day Saturday August 25 events all day on Petersham Common and in the Town Hall  with live music from the Definitely Maybes provided by the Friday Market and starting at 11 a.m. millers river

Farm Fresh Tastings from area farmers.
- Agronomy Farm Vineyard, Oakham
- Pease Orchard, Templeton
- Rice's Roots Farm, Petersham
- Robinson's Farm, Hardwick
- Ruby Ranch Beef, Hardwick
- Side Hill Farm, Hawley
- Walker Farms at Whortleberry Hill, New Braintree
- Whitesfield Farm, Hardwick

Enjoy tastings under the tents of many fresh farm flavors -- take some home for your own kitchen.
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Horticultural Fair and Auction under the blue tent and inside at Town Hall. Square Dance with Caller on the Common. Historical Society Programs under the blue community tent. Historical Museum open. Dunk Tank. Field Games on the Common - Bocci, Badminton, Ping Pong, & more.

Highway Department rigs, Lions Chuck Wagon, Lions Sight Mobile and more community booths

 6th Annual ‘Ride of Your Life’ Event

The Montachusett Suicide Prevention Task Force is hosting its 6th Annual ‘Ride of Your Life’, a fundraiser to support suicide prevention and education, on Sunday, August 19.
The ‘Ride of Your Life’ features a three-hour motorcycle ride through North Central Massachusetts with stops at local motorcycle shops along the way. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Monty Tech High School, 1050 Westminster Street in Fitchburg (Route 2A).

The ride starts at 9:30 a.m. There is a $25 fee for motorcycle riders and a $15 fee for passengers, which includes lunch, maps, entertainment, and on-route refreshments. A BBQ lunch will be held at 11:30 am at Monty Tech and is open to the public. Lunch tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids under 12.

This year’s event includes a job fair hosted by the North Central Mass Career Center. More than 30 local employers will be on-site to take applications from 10 a.m. until noon.
Proceeds support suicide prevention initiatives. For more information, please visit www.suicidepreventiontaskforce.org or call Barbara Nealon, Director of Social Service & Multicultural Services for Heywood Hospital, at 978-630-6386. This event is rain or shine.

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ACO Call Log
July 2018

There were several calls  regarding bears in yards. Residents are advised to take in bird feeders and suet blocks.

02 July@7:15p Report of loose cows on East Street. Owner notified. Out with owner on East, Shaw, and North Main. Cows contained at 10:50p

03 July@10:30a Loose cows on East. Owner to move cows back to original location at farm until fencing can be repaired. Cows contained at 11:30a.

04 July@6a Deceased porcupine in middle of Hardwick Road. Body removed.earthlands

07 July@2:30p Call from dispatch regarding Petersham resident in medical distress in Hardwick. Puppy is in car. Met officer on duty, puppy transferred to ACO for safe keeping until owner able to care for dog.

10 July@9a Call from Old East St resident regarding bear in yard. Info given

12 July@10a Visit with animal inspector to farm on North Main. Record review, animal care plan review. Agreement to follow up on concerns in several weeks.

12 July@4:15p Two dogs lost from Old Waite Road. Info given to owner. FB and PAWS alerts posted. Dogs located and safe at approximately 2a on 7/13.

12 July@5p Lost elderly dog from Shaw Road, dog was visiting and wandered. FB and PAWS alerts posted. Food set for dog. Dog returned to yard at approximately 10p

18 July@6:30a Homeowner off East Street reports a found bat in sink. Advised, owner feels he can safely move. Precautions reviewed.

19 July@8p Resident call to state two dogs are in a neighbor yard and not recognized as being from the area. One dog picked up and returned to owner, owner came back to yard to retrieve second dog.

19July@9:40p Cat that has been seen wandering a portion of East Street successfully trapped. FB and PAWS alerts posted seeking info regarding owner. Cat transported for sheltering and care.

21 July@10p Loose goats off Nichewaug. (Finder reports this is the second time in a day.) Goats returned to area.

23 July@2p Report received from resident of a coyote attack on goat. The coyote dropped the young goat when two people visiting area shouted and threw stick. Goat examined, attempt to locate owner and caregiver, both away from property. Goat stable. Call to local veterinarian for asap rabies booster. Owner will have regular vet exam early on 7/24.

24 July@1p Quarantine report given to owner of above. Confinement requirement reviewed.

25 July@8p Resident reports a young heron has been in yard on Doe Valley all afternoon. Heron appeared healthy.

26 July@7:30a Observed heron from above. Does not appear to fly, is eating insects and small frogs.

27July Several calls made regarding above (MA Wildlife, Tufts Wildlife, Local Rehab People). Plan t introduce live bait to swamp area where heron is staying. Consideration given to moving bird to Tufts.

There has been an increase in the number of what appear to be semi feral cats
on the Barre side of East Street. Some of these cats have been trapped and vetted, though no owners have been identified. After an extended hold period, the cats are re-homed. If residents are seeing unfamiliar cats in their area, please call animal control. Currently there is one cat in the shelter receiving daily care.

Watch Out for Those Ugly Little Bugs

Reducing exposure to ticks is the best defense against Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and other tick-borne infections. You and your family can take several steps to prevent and control Lyme disease. Here is a Publication from the Mass Dept. of Public Health on Preventing Diseases Spread by Ticks. Click on the link below to access it.

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