, Newburyport, MA

April 8, 2014

Georgetown news in brief

Newburyport Daily News

---- — Kindergarten screening May 1

For those with a child who will turn 5 years of age by Aug. 31, he or she is eligible to attend kindergarten at the Perley Elementary School in the 2014-2015 school year. There will be an evening parent orientation on Thursday, May 1, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Parents will also be able to sign up for a screening appointment at that time. Screening dates will be May 14 and 15 between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The screening will take place at the Perley Elementary School. Children attending kindergarten at the Perley Elementary School must be screened.

Gardening group offer scholarship

The Country Gardeners Georgetown is offering a scholarship to one graduating senior from either Georgetown High School or a graduating senior who resides in Georgetown. The applicant is expected to continue their education in the fields of: horticulture, floraculture, landscape design, forestry or environmental sciences.

To obtain an application, applicants may contact their Guidance Office or the Country Gardeners Georgetown Scholarship Committee, c/o Nancy Zapf, 126 Elm St., Georgetown, MA 01833. Applications are due May 1.

Tax bills due May 1

The fourth quarter real estate and personal property bills are due by May 1. Payments can be made online via the Town of Georgetown website,, by mail or in person. The Tax Collector’s Office hours are Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Fridays.

Gardening program at Georgetown library

A program on Organic Vegetable Gardening will be presented on Wednesday, April 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Georgetown Peabody Library, 2 Maple St. Backyard gardening offers an economical way to have nutritious, safe, local food, and make positive contributions to the environment. Join Rita Wollmering, founder of The HERB FARMacy, as she covers basic organic growing principles as well as practical steps to build soil, fight diseases and manage pests. Learn the growing requirements (soil, sunlight, water) of different types of vegetables as well as tips for planting, harvesting and preserving. Ideas are applicable at any scale — from patio containers to large garden plots.

All are welcome to attend; no registration is required. For more information, contact the library at 978-352-5728.