Democrats plan meet and greet

SALISBURY – There will be a meet and greet for Amber Hewitt and Matt Burton, Democratic candidates for the First Essex District in the House of Representatives for the November 2020 election.

The event will take place at Atlantic Breeze Clubhouse,188 Beach Road, on Thursday, Jan. 9, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Anyone interested in attending is asked to RSVP by Wednesday, Jan. 8, to The event is sponsored by the Salisbury Democratic Town Committee, Nancy Peace and Monique Greilich.

Civil War group meets Wednesday

SALISBURY – The Civil War Roundtable of the Merrimack will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at the Hilton Senior Center, 42 Lafayette Road.

(The meeting will include a presentation by Harold Shellehamer on Gen. Jubal Early’s march from east of Chambersburg to the Susquehanna River, June 26-30, 1863.

Admission is free, and anyone with an interest in the Civil War is invited to attend. For more information, visit or call Gail Stuart at 978-376-6509.

Coats wanted for annual drive

AMESBURY — The Amesbury Lions Club seeks coats for Anton’s Cleaners’ Coats for Kids winter coat collection drive.

The Lions are collecting gently used winter coats of all sizes (infants to adults) through Friday, Jan. 10. Coats may be dropped off in the receptacle in the main foyer at Amesbury City Hall, 62 Friend St.

The coats will be delivered to Anton’s Cleaners to be cleaned and distributed through the Coats for Kids Distribution Partners network, which includes organizations such as Massachusetts Community Action Program, Salvation Army, Women’s Lunch Place, DCF and Catholic Charities.

Info nights at Triton schools

BYFIELD — The Triton Regional School District has scheduled preschool and kindergarten information nights at local schools.

Preschool information nights: Thursday, Jan. 23, 5:30 p.m. at Salisbury Elementary School; Tuesday, Jan. 28, 6 p.m. at Pine Grove Elementary School, Rowley; Thursday, Jan. 30, 6:30 p.m. at Newbury Elementary School.

Kindergarten information nights: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 6 to 7 p.m. at Pine Grove Elementary School; Thursday, Jan. 30, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Salisbury Elementary School; Thursday, Feb. 6, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Newbury Elementary School.

For more information: Newbury Elementary School, 978-465-5353; Pine Grove Elementary School, 978-948-2520; Salisbury Elementary School, 978-463-5852.

More information on the district:

Amesbury club meets Mondays

AMESBURY – Jane Siebecker has taken over as director-manager of the Amesbury Duplicate Bridge Club, which now meets in the Main Street Congregational Church parish house, 145 Main St.

Open stratified games are Monday at 7 p.m. The club welcomes players of all levels and the games are ACBL sanctioned.

Games are played in an accessible first-floor room. Treats provided.

For more information, go to or call Siebecker at 978-407-8006.

Tech Help days at library

BYFIELD — Newbury Town Library will offer help with electronic devices and other technology during its Tech Help Wednesdays.

Mike Olson will provide one-on-one assistance every Wednesday from 12 to 2 p.m., including help with word processing and spreadsheets, internet browsing, email, and safely storing documents, photos and music.

No registration is required. The library is at 0 Lunt St.

Newbury GOP will gather

NEWBURY – The Newbury Republican Town Committee will hold its regular meeting Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Byfield Community Arts Center, 7 Central St., Byfield.

All are welcome.

Blood drives in Seabrook

SEABROOK — Trinity United Church is hosting blood drives Monday, Jan. 13, and Monday, Feb. 10, at the Parish House, 29 Main St.

The blood drives are from 1 to 6 p.m.

Steppe Up In thrift shop

AMESBURY — Steppe Up In thrift shop at Main Street Congregational Church, 145 Main St., offers used clothing and housewares. Donations are welcome.

The shop is open from 3 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. For more information, call 978-388-0982.

Reiki, meditation at Groveland COA

GROVELAND — Reiki and meditation is offered on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. at the Council on Aging, 183 Main St.

The class is led by Sue Cullen. Cost is $5. Council on Aging programs are not limited to Groveland residents.

For more information, call Nisha at 978-372-1101.

Book Club to gather

BYFIELD – The Newbury Library Book Club meets the first Thursday of the month from 6 to 7 p.m.

The club gathers at the library at 0 Lunt St. No registration and new members welcome.

For more information on library activities:

Overeaters Anonymous

AMESBURY — Overeaters Anonymous meets each Tuesday from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. at Amesbury Health Center, 24 Morrill Place.

Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-step support group for people dealing with eating disorders that reflects physical, emotional and spiritual changes in living. There are no fees, scales or diets.

For more information: 978-387-8188 or

Newbury library items delivered

NEWBURY — The Newbury Council on Aging and Newbury Town Library are delivering library materials, including books and DVDs, to patrons physically unable to visit the library.

Residents may inquire about eligibility and how to apply by calling 978-465-0539.

Items needed for food pantry

WEST NEWBURY — The town food pantry needs donations.

Residents who can are asked to consider donating some of the following most-needed items to help alleviate hunger and other needs in the community: paper products such as paper towels, tissues and plates; snacks such as cookies, chips, granola bars and crackers; pasta sauce; jelly and jam; Pull-ups (size 2t-3t-4t); and bladder control pads.

Anyone who can help should contact Council on Aging Director Theresa Woodbury at or 978-363-1104.

Drumming at Newbury library

BYFIELD – Kristine Malpica of Imagine Studios offers a community drumming circle at the Newbury Town Library on the third Wednesday of the month from 6 to 7 p.m.

This drum circle is free and open to all.

All are invited to gather and share in the ancient practice of group rhythm making and song. Feel free to bring drums and percussion instruments or play those provided. All ages welcome and no experience needed.

Contact the library to register at

Our Neighbors' Table, The Market

AMESBURY — Our Neighbors’ Table offers meals, open to everyone, from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays at Main Street Congregational Church, 145 Main St., as well as hours for The Market pantry four days each week.

The Market, 194 Main St., is open from noon to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays; 3 to 6 p.m. Thursdays; and 9 a.m. to noon on Fridays and Saturdays. Another market is offered Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Community Service of Newburyport/St. Paul’s Annex, 35 Summer St., Newburyport.

The Market is open to residents of Amesbury, Boxford, Byfield, Georgetown, Groveland, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury, South Hampton and West Newbury.

The Merrimac Mobile Food Pantry, for Merrimac residents, visits the Merrimac Senior Center, 100 E. Main St. on the first and third Saturdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Friday knitting sessions offered

BYFIELD — Opportunities to knit will be available from 1 to 2 p.m. on Fridays at Newbury Town Library, 0 Lunt St.

Knitters can bring their latest project. All levels welcome. Registration is not required.

Mapping tool now available

NEWBURY — Residents can now view, print and select information from the Board of Assessors, Conservation Commission, Inspectional Services Department, Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals.

This can done through The Interactive Mapping Tool (MIMAP 2.0) Tool — an online geographic information system view of Newbury’s data and maps.

To learn more about using this tool, see the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission’s interactive mapping tool tutorial on YouTube.

Genealogy Club meets at library

BYFIELD — The Genealogy Club gathers the first Thursday of the month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Newbury Town Library, 0 Lunt St.

The club is open to anyone interested in discovering who they are and from where they came. The club provides ideas, resources and motivation to help uncover the life stories of ancestors.

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