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Fall Art Center Classes

Petersham Art Center is starting up the Fall season with two classes by Karen Healey of the Dappled Ewe Studio. Ms Healey is a juried fiber artist who has created and taught about wool fabric artwork for decades. These classes are suitable for ages 16 and up.

FELTED PUMPKINS AND ACORNS – Karen Healey Sept. 7th, Saturday 9am – 11am. Use a felting needle to create a patchwork pumpkin and a trio of acorns from wool fabric and wool roving. A wonderful fall table decoration! Cost: $10. Members/ $30. Nonmembers

HOOKED WOOL INDIAN CORN DECORATION – Karen Healey October 19, Saturday 9am. – 1pm. Use traditional rug hooking techniques and wool fabric strips to create a 3-dimensional ear of Indian corn. Great front door decoration! Cost. $20 members/ $40. Nonmembers/$7 materials fee. Additional kits available for $10. Students should plan to bring a 10" embroidery hoop, fabric scissors, heavy duty thread and needle, and a rug hook, if able.

Call the Art Center at 978-724-3415 for more information and to register.

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Cell Tower Hearing Re-Scheduled

The ZBA continued its hearing on the a proposal to raise a  proposed 90-foot cell tower to 160 feet to September 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the lower town hall.OVERLOOK Proponents are saying that a taller tower at the Hall Road site will allow better coverage and allow up to four cell companies to use the planned "monopine"  tower. The company needs extra time to decide where to locate an access road. Nine residents attended the August 1 zoning board session.

Conservation Comm Hears Solar Plan

The Petersham Conservation Commission took no action at a public hearing on Tuesday, August 6, in the Lower Town Hall. on the Notice of Intent by Sunpin Solar Development, LLC for construction ofgodin a 4.568-megawatt ground-mounted solar development project on property owned by Ralph Lapinskas on New Athol Road.

Members asked for more information on potential runoff problems and continued the hearing to 7:30 p.m. on September 3 in the Lower Town Hall.

A cleared and fenced area of 14.4 acres for the ground-mounted solar photovoltaic will require building of a 20-foot wide and approximately 1,150 feet long gravel access road with a wetland crossing and a replication wetland of 3,335 square feet. A copy of the Request can be inspected in the Selectboard office at 3 South Main Street. All interested persons are invited to attend..

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T.S. Mann Now Accepts UPS packages

T.S. Mann Lumber now accepts packages for shipment via UPS during its regular business hours..

Petersham Brass Band Dates

The Band Concert Schedule is as follows: Sunday June 30, July 7, 14, 21,28 and August 4. All Concerts start at 7:30 p.m. and will move inside to the Town Hall in the event of rain. Weekly food sales to benefit: atholhospital
June 30 - Band
July 7 -    Congregational Church
July 14 -  Frontier Girls
July 21 -  St Peter's Church
July 28 -  Band
Aug 4 -    Unitarian Church

Dump Stickers Available

Resident stickers for the transfer stationwitty funeral home are available at the Selectboard office. The cost is $25.00 cash or check made out to Town of Petersham for 2 stickers only. The new stickers are yellow.

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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 Quabbinwell domes 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 7, 2019 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 Petershamquabbin retreat 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.

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Selectboard Meeting Dates 2019

Petersham Selectboard Regular Meeting Dates
Regular start time at 6:30 p.m. unless determined otherwise. Additional meetings may be scheduled as the need arises.

August 27

Sen. Anne Gobi
August 28
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. – Petersham Town Offices

Rep. Susannah Whipps

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Selectmen Close the Books on Fiscal 2019 Budget

The Selectboard met with the Advisory Finance Committee and town accountant to close out the Fiscal 2019 town budget on August 13. Accountant Jean Joel said there were few accounts either over budget or with surplus funds. Any shortfall would be covered by an inter-departmental fund transfer from money set aside for a recent audit of the books. Joel said only a treasurer's expense, an elections account and a health insurance account were in deficit and the total was just $9200.

Appropriations not yet spent included money to pay part of the cost of a town hall handicap lift ($15,000) Spending for broadband ($29,650) for repairing the bandstand ($4,900 and for repairing and reseeding the edges of the town common ($4,950) were moved ahead into the fiscal 2020 budget.

The board approved a low bid contract for $30,930 to install an accessible composting bathroom at the library. Town meeting voters appropriated $15,000 to support the project in the privately held library.

Selectman Henry Woolsey reported that the town's liability insurance policy covering thehardwick coop Nichewaug property will be cancelled within 45 to 60 days after an inspection found the roof to be in poor shape and part of the basement flooded with groundwater unless repairs are made.

Chair Nancy Allen reported that the board plans to file a second application for a grant from the Massachusetts Office on Disability to pay for installing a handicap lift system in the town hall. The filing deadline is October 8.

The Massachusetts Office on Disability opened a 2020 round of grant funding for a town hall accessibility project August 1. A town hall handicap access committee and the Selectboard applied for and was awarded a grant in fiscal 2019 but was not able to complete the project in time to meet state deadlines.

A local Handicapped Access Committee had planned to install a lift system in the southwest corner of the building that would allow connecting the upper and lower halls and provide an accessible entrance from the outdoors as well. Presently, the lower town hall is accessible and the upper hall is served by a temporary outside ramp but the two halls are not connected for disabled individuals. The plan was approved by the Historic District Commission and would not have altered the outside of the building in any significant way. 

Special Vote August 26 for Fire Truck Borrowing

will be asked to cast ballots August 26 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on a measure to exempt borrowing for a new fire truck from Proposition 2 1/2 requirements. Purchase of the $280,000 quick attack pumper truck was approved at the June 3 town meeting.

Dogs, Cats a Loose Cow and a Bear Seeking a Chicken for Dinner

June 2019

6/1@7:15a Two calls for a loose dog on Hardwick Rd and West Street area
@8a Loose dog seen at Historical Society, caller unable to coax dog over; went to area
@8:10a Subject dog picked up at Country Store and returned to owneroriginal tire
@8:30a Resident call to report dog missing from their yard (not above dog)
@5p Above dog found on Sunset Lane and returned to owner

6/2@12:45p Resident stopped in to say a couple on Old East flagged her down to say there is a loose dog in area. To area, secured dog, and dog transported to shelter. Message and note left for a possible owner
@4:30p Contact from owner of above; met at shelter for release

6/3@2p Call from resident about bear on 32A standing in middle of road

6/4@6a Resident call for a bear at their chicken coop on 32A
@6:10a Resident call a bear ripped the door of chicken coop during the night and several birds killed, Nichewaug area
@6:45a Resident call regarding loose dog in the New Athol Road areacaledonia
thru 8:30a Addressed above situation with neighbors, able to contact owner at work, discussed how dog got out since fencing not disturbed
@8:45p Resident call to state bear lifted a crowbar off chicken coop and just ran off with a bird
@8:50p Met with owner of loose dog from earlier in day

@9-10p Several calls from southern and eastern areas of town to report bear sightings

6/5@6a Caller reports additional bear damage in Nichewaug area
@7a Caller near Hardwick line reports birds killed and llama loose from farm
@8a Conference call with MA State bear biologist; suggestions given for coop protection

6/7@9:15p Dispatch call for loose cow on Route 32. Owner identified/notified

6/9@7-10a Multiple calls for bear sightings jeromy

6/11@6p Set trap for feral cat at local farm

6/13@6a Picked up trapped cat at local farm and transported to shelter

6/17@11:15a Met with Athol ACO to assist with situation involving a Petersham dog

6/19@9p Resident call regarding an injured pigeon, possibly a homing pigeon. Call placed to Tufts wildlife; instructions for care for the evening given

6/20@6a Met resident at shelter for transfer of injured pigeon. Obtained additional information from local breeders and Tufts for care

6/24@11a Call from dispatch and owner regarding missing dogalthea bramhall
@12p Able to secure above dog and returned to owner

6/25@6:30a Transport cat in shelter to Second Chance for procedure and vaccinations
@3:30p Pick up cat from Second Chance and transport back to shelter
@6:30p Contact from local resident regarding lost cat. FB notifications and local alerts sent. Produced flyers for owner to hang in area

6/26@8a Assist above owner with hanging flyers

6/27@9p Set feeding station and camera for above cat

Notes: Daily care of cat in shelter beginning 6/13-6/30

Petersham Friday Market Opened June 7 for 20 Fridays


The Petersham Friday Market returned to the town common from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on June 7 featuring local produce, meat and eggs, craft items and healthcare information.

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More than a dozen local vendors offer organic and other produce from local farms and within the Pioneer Valley. Offerings include started plants of many kinds, locally raised meat, chickens, mann lumberlocal eggs, baked goods, home-baked dog cookies, local honey, handmade soaps and other craft items. Friday Market vendors vary weekly and include Petersham's  Sweetwater Farm (organic produce, meat), The Little Chicken Factory (mobile chicken coops), Bob Hayward's local garlic, Pick and Shovel Farm (plants and produce), Kiwi Meadows Farm (organic produce), Rick Wilkey (Valley produce) and other local growers. Dry Brook Garden offers tubers and cut flowers. Starfire Bakery and Sweet Cottage Farm bring baked goods.   Elzire’s Acre brings goat milk soap. Other vendors offer greeting cards and wood carvings. Mindful Garden farm also provides organic vegetables.

The market is open without charge to both regular and occasional vendors and to information booths staffed by health care agencies and social services who share information about their programs. The market relies on donations and grants to cover expenses.

Petersham Friday Market music is offered with support from town meeting voters, Heywoodrobinson lumber Healthcare, the Wild Geese Foundation, Petersham Cultural Council, Petersham Grange 95 and from local donors. The town common is handicap accessible.

For information, contact Roy Nilson (978-724-6662) or by e-mail:
fridaymarket@petershamcommon.com or visit www.petershamcommon.com.

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Center School fifth-grader Annabella DiMartino earned first place in the 2019 Massachusetts Arbor Day poster contest, topping submissions by dozens of schools across the commonwealth. On June 11, Center School students were treated to a visit by leaders of the Mass. Dept of Conservation and Recreation’s Urban and Community Forestry Program, to honor the win. The ceremony, led by DCR Urban and Community Forestry Program team leaders Julie Coop and Mollie Freilicher, included  reading  tree-themed poetry, a discussion of the benefits of trees, and sharing other top poster designs from around the state.

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