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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 marketPetershamLibraryRequests@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.

Food Pantries Serving Petersham Residents

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
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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 attune up 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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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.
Please slip a note through the book drop letting us know if you've taken any. Include a name, phone number, and the age of each pumpkin artist. Also include this info on the bottom of each pumpkin. Once you've worked your jack-o-lantern magic, return them on Saturday, October 24. to the library lawn amongst the scarecrows or on the ledge leading up to the library

For more information, email PetershamLibraryRequests@gmail.com or call (978) 724-3405.

Nichewaug Inn Survey Deadline Extended

The Nichewaug Inn & Academy Committee has extended the deadline for responding to its community survey seeking town opinion on possible approaches to the future of the town-owned  property. Some 586 paper copies of the survey were distributed to homes and businesses. A Survey Monkey version is available online.

The committee hopes extra time will boost the return rate. A total of 109 surveys have been returned or filed on line for a 17.6  percent return rate. The new deadline is October 29. Posters announcing the change will be posted around town.
Paper copies can be filled out and returned to a lock box outside the town offices.

There Will Be Halloween in Petersham Oct. 31


Ghouls, goblins and others will be allowed to trick or treat in town from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on October 31. The annual Lions Club town hall party has been cancelled.

Selectboard chair Nancy Allen said the issue was discussed recently by the police chief and the Board of Health and town librarian over Covid 19 concerns.


She said residents who do not want to participate can darken their porches. Some  parents may decide to keep their children at home this year. Allen said parents may  elect to "table" their treats and observe social distancing. Allen said both Orange and Athol are also allowing trick or treating.


Town Clerk Announces Early Voting at Town Hall


Early voting is available at the town hall starting October 17. Candidate supporters must stay 150 feet away from the polling place in town hall. Hours for the November 3 national election are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at town hall.


Days and hours are

Sunday Oct. 25 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Monday Oct. 26 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday Oct. 27 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Thursday Oct. 29 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday Oct. 30 noon to 2:00 p.m.


Petersham Cultural Council Opens 2021 Grant Cycle


The Massachusetts Cultural Council has set an November 16th deadline for organizations, schools, and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community.

These grants support a variety of artistic projects and activities in the Quabbin region -- including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures. The PCC also gives grants for funding projects in the sciences and the humanities, such as historical or environmental education.

Covid Updates from the State Dept. of Public Health

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Swap Shed Closed - Transfer Station Hours Normal

 The Board of Health has closed the swap shed at the transfer station until further notice to help minimize possible exposure too possible Covid-19 contaminants.  godinThe Board also reminds residents that by state orders, residents should not bring returnable containers to the shed for redemption. Do not leave returnable cans/bottles or swap items at the shed. Returnables may be kept at home  storage or put in the town recycle bin.  These steps are aimed at minimizing exposure to possible Covid- 19 contaminants.

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