Book sale inWest Newbury 

WEST NEWBURY — The Friends of the West Newbury Library annual book sale continues this week at the Old Town Hall on Main Street.

The sale is open to the general public Thursday, Oct. 18, and Friday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon. The sale includes used books for adults, teens and children as well as audio books, DVDs and puzzles.

Proceeds benefit GAR Memorial Library, which sponsors numerous library programs, including museum passes. For more information about the Friends of the West Newbury Library, contact Jeanne Pucci at 978-363-8425.

First Amendmentforum in Byfield

BYFIELD — The New England First Amendment Coalition presents a panel discussion on the First Amendment and freedom of the press Saturday, Oct. 20, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Newbury Town Library, 0 Lunt St.

The discussion, part of the coalition’s Featured Speaker Program, features several media and legal experts. Register at

Speakers include Peter Caruso Sr., a member of NEFAC’s board of directors and a North Andover-based attorney representing professionals in a vast spectrum of media litigation, and Dan Kennedy, a journalism professor at Northeastern University and media commentator for He is also a regular panelist on “Beat the Press” on WGBH-TV. 

Other speakers are Naomi Schalit, a senior editor at The Conversation who previously worked at the San Jose Mecury News and Maine Public Radio and co-founded the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, and event moderator Sheldon Toplitt. He is an Ashland-based attorney and real estate agent who previously taught media and social media law, business law and journalism in addition to being an award-winning newspaper reporter and magazine editor.  

Harvest supper

set in Seabrook

SEABROOK — Trinity United Church, 29 Main St., hosts its annual harvest supper Saturday, Oct. 20, from 5 to 7 p.m.

It will be a buffet-style turkey dinner with all the fixings and homemade desserts. Cost is $10 for adults and $4 for children.  

Planning panel

meets Thursday

WEST NEWBURY — The Merrimack Valley Planning Commission meets Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Town Hall Annex, 379 Main St.

Among the agenda items are a focus on West Newbury and discussion of local and regional issues. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

The commission’s mission is “to foster a cooperative effort among its communities in resolving common, regional problems; to allow its communities to plan jointly; and to promote with the greatest efficiency and economy the coordinated and orderly development of the region and the general welfare of its residents.”

Doctor speaks

in Georgetown

GEORGETOWN — Dr. Seth Gale, an associate neurologist at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, speaks on “Cognitive Aging, Alzheimer’s and Maximizing Brain Health” on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 2 p.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center, 51 North St. 

Gale is a study physician and investigator at the Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment at Brigham & Women’s and an instructor of neurology at Harvard Medical School.

As the key note speakers for the Georgetown Council on Aging’s Health’s Education Week, Gale and Hope Schwartz, a program coordinator at the Center for Brain/Mind Medicine, will provide an overview of cognitive aging and Alzheimer’s disease, focusing on risk factors for dementia that can be modified through healthy behavior.

The program will review research in diet, mindfulness, sleep, exercise, social and cognitive activities, and lifestyle changes that can maximize brain health.

Refreshments provided. For more information and reservations, call the COA at 978-352-5726.

Recycle Day 

helps museum 

AMESBURY — The Appliance & Electronics Recycle Day fundraiser is Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Bartlett Museum, 270 Main St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Proceeds from recycled items help support the museum. For more information, contact Dennis Wood at 508-277-7513 or

Bean supper

in Groveland

GROVELAND — A baked bean supper will be served Saturday, Oct. 20, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the parish hall at St. James Episcopal Church, 119 Washington St.

The menu also includes hot dogs, potato salad, macaroni and cheese, other kid-friendly food, coleslaw and homemade desserts. Cost is $10 and free or children under 10. Credit cards accepted.

For more information, go to

Amesbury library

offers storytime 

AMESBURY — Amesbury Public Library, 149 Main St., presents “Mother Goose on the Loose: Baby and Toddler Time” on Saturdays at 9:45 a.m. through Oct. 20.

This interactive and fast-paced storytime is for children up to 23 months old and their caregivers. The program features puppets, songs, rhymes, knee bounces and musical instruments. It ends with a social playtime.

Registration is not required but space is limited.  

West Newbury lifts

water restriction

WEST NEWBURY — The town advises municipal water customers that a MassDEP calendar year water restriction in place from May 1 to Sept. 30, along with the elevated level of the restriction Aug. 9, has been lifted by the Board of Water Commissioners.

Church fairs

in Amesbury

AMESBURY — The 23rd annual Village of Church Fairs at seven local churches is Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Traditional offerings include crafts, baked goods, Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations, raffles and a variety of food. Maps and menus will be available at every church, which are within walking distance.

For more information, contact Chair Linda Reiber at 978-388-0683.  

Early voting

in Merrimac

MERRIMAC –  Early voting will be held at Town Hall, 2 School St., on the following dates, according to the town’s registrars of voters:

Monday, Oct. 22, and Monday, Oct. 29: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Oct. 23-26 and Oct. 30 through Nov. 2: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 27: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Early voting in

West Newbury

WEST NEWBURY – The town will hold early voting for the state election at the 1910 Office Building, 381 Main St., Monday through Thursday, starting Oct. 22 and ending Nov. 2.

The voting booths will be open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon.

Early voting hours will also be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Fashion show

benefits center

SALISBURY — The fifth annual Celebrating Survival Couture for a Cure Marketplace & Fashion Show is Thursday, Oct. 25, from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. at Blue Ocean Event Center.

North of Boston Media Group Regional Publisher Karen Andreas will be master of ceremonies for the event, which begins with the Look Good, Feel Good Marketplace, where local boutiques, salons and shops display their products and services and offer samples and discount coupons.

After lunch, the fashion show will feature the latest fall styles from local shops, including J. McLaughlin, The Elephant’s Trunk, Bobbles & Lace, Meraki, Dani Kaye, Smitten and Farley’s of Newburyport. Models will include cancer survivors as well as local “heroes” and possibly a surprise celebrity model or two. 

The event is organized and sponsored by Anna Jaques Hospital and Institution for Savings.

Tickets are $50 with all proceeds going to the Gerrish Breast Care Center at Anna Jaques. Sponsorships and table vendor spots are still available. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to or contact Mary Anne Clancy at 978-225-1324.



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