, Newburyport, MA

November 2, 2012

Merrimac News in Brief

Newburyport Daily News

---- — Yard waste site open

The Merrimac yard waste site on Broad Street between the intersection of East Main Street and Dunkin’ Donuts will remain open every Saturday through Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The site will be accepting leaves and grass clippings. Brush will be accepted only on the following days: Nov. 10 and 24.

The yard waste site is for Merrimac residents only and is not for commercial use; a town sticker is required to use the facility. Residents can purchase annual town stickers at the selectman’s office for $10 per vehicle. A valid vehicle registration showing a Merrimac address must be presented at the time of purchase. For more information, go to or call 978-346-8862.

A town-wide, curb-side leaf pickup will be conducted on Thursday, Dec. 6. Residents should have their leaves stored in paper bags and at the curb by 7 a.m.

COA SHINE councilor hours

Marcia Miller is the new SHINE counselor for the Merrimac Senior Center. She will be available to answer Medicare questions every Wednesday by appointment from 9 a.m. to noon. To make an appointment, call the office at 978-346-9549. Each confidential meeting will be geared to helping answer specific questions about Medicare and unraveling the mysteries surrounding the program. Open enrollment for Medicare runs through Dec. 7.

Tree trimming

The Town of Merrimac Highway Department will be doing town-wide tree and brush trimming until December. Workers will be trimming back limbs and brush overhanging roads and sidewalks. For more information, call 978-346-8939.

Boards need new members

Selectmen are still looking for local residents to help out on two committees. The Planning Board is looking for one additional member and the Parks and Recreation Commission is looking for two new members. The Planning Board meets twice a month, on the first and third Tuesday, at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall. Meetings for the Parks and Recreation Commission vary.

All three positions are appointments by the Board of Selectmen, and continue from the date of appointment until the next town election, but appointees can run for the position at the next election as well if they would like to continue. Residents interested in either position should send a letter of interest to the Board of Selectmen, or turn it in to the selectmen’s office in Town Hall.

Anyone interested in more information can contact Chairman Jay Soucy through the Merrimac website,

Sign board for nonprofit use

The Merrimac Lions Club has announced that the Lions Club Community Service Sign Board, in front of the Merrimac police-fire station, is available to Merrimac nonprofit organizations to highlight public service events. A minimum two weeks’ notice is required. For details, write to Merrimac Lions Club, P.O. Box 5, Merrimac 01860.