Council seeks formal wear

SALISBURY — The Council on Aging is looking for donations of gently used formal wear for men and women of all sizes.

The clothing will be made available to seniors for the Salisbury Days senior prom Friday, Sept. 27. Donations may be dropped off at the Hilton Senior Center, 43 Lafayette Road, during regular business hours by Thursday, Sept. 19.

For more information, call 978-462-2412.

Watercolor demo this weekend

AMESBURY — Local artist Joan Gessner is giving a demonstration called “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Watercolor” on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 1 p.m. in her studio at 30 E. Greenwood St.

Gessner has been painting with watercolors for more than 30 years. She has won numerous awards across the country, including Best of Show at the New Orleans World’s Fair in 1984.

A question-and-answer session will follow the demonstration.

Those planning to attend are asked to call 978-388-3348 or email

Blood pressure clinic scheduled

GEORGETOWN — The Council on Aging offers a blood pressure clinic Wednesday, Sept. 4, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center.

Public health nurse Pam Lara will take blood pressure, provide heart assessments and discuss medication information with elders.

For more information, call the COA office at 978-352-5726.

Democrats will meet in Salisbury 

SALISBURY — The Salisbury Democratic Town Committee will meet Thursday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m. in the police station meeting room.

Speakers will be Lisa Peterson, a candidate for the 6th Congressional District seat, and Elizabeth Kilcoyne from the Newburyport committee of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus.

The public is welcome. For more information, contact Mary Whitmore at

Genealogy Club meets at library

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

Author speaks on witch trials

GROVELAND — Author and playwright Michael Cormier speaks about the widespread impact and legacy of the Salem witch trials on Monday, Sept. 23, at 6:30 p.m. at Langley-Adams Library, 185 Main St.

For more information and reservations, visit:

Bean cook-off in Salisbury

SALISBURY — A cookout and baked bean cook-off will be held Thursday, Sept. 5, at noon at the Salisbury Hilton Senior Center, 43 Lafayette Road.

People can enter their favorite bean recipe or just taste and vote for their favorite entry. There also will be hamburgers, hotdogs, dessert and chances to win gift cards. Tickets are $6 and available at the senior center.

For more information: 978-462-2412.

Raffle to benefit Pettengill House

SALISBURY — A boat slip in Boston Harbor is being raffled to help The Pettengill House, a nonprofit social service organization at 13 Lafayette Road that serves many area communities.

The winter wet storage slip, raffled by Kevin and Leslie Saba and worth up to $2,700, is at The Marina at Admiral’s Hill. The slip is for a boat up to 45 feet long and amenities at the marina include a co-working space with free internet, shower rooms and a laundry room.

This allows for boating to be extended well into the fall and begin earlier in the spring. The marina is 1.7 miles away from Encore Casino and 2.3 miles from the center of Boston.

This raffle grand prize is offered through the digital platform, using text-to-give as an option to purchase. Ten chances to win can be purchased for $10. The winner will be chosen Friday, Sept. 27. 

To obtain raffle tickets, go to

Town photo now for sale 

WEST NEWBURY — Copies of the town photo taken during Bicentennial Week in July are now available for purchase.

A 9-inch-by-20-inch print costs $60; or $100 for a 14-inch-by-32-inch print. Contact Chiller Photography at or stop by the shop in the town square.

The bicentennial committee arranged for RFR Framing, located next door to Chiller Photography at 290 Main St, to provide a discount on framing. The committee plans to present a framed photo to the town at an upcoming Board of Selectmen meeting.

Book Club to gather

BYFIELD – The Newbury Library Book Club meets the first Thursday of the month, including Sept. 5, from 6 to 7 p.m.

The club, which gathers at the library at 0 Lunt St., will discuss “The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander Newfoundland” by JIm DeFede. A copy of the book is available at the circulation desk or visit to get a copy as an eBook or eAudiobook. 

No registration and new members welcome.

For more information on library activities:

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.

Civil War group meets

SALISBURY — The Civil War Roundtable of the Merrimack meets Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Hilton Senior Center, 42 Lafayette Road.   

Gary Dyson will present a discussion, “The Ambush of the Isaac P. Smith.” Admission is free and anyone interested in the Civil War is invited to attend.

For more information: or call Gail Stuart at 978-376-6509

Brocklebank Museum opens 

GEORGETOWN — Brocklebank Museum, 108 E. Main Street, is open for the season.

The museum presents its new Business and Industries Room, and offers a look at the ice-cutting industry, the trains that ran through Georgetown, and much more.

The Georgetown Historical Society has planted a series of gardens at the museum. There is also a special educational exhibit in the Tavern Room.

The latest acquisition is a rare 42-star American flag that hung on the U.S.S. Kearsarge in 1890. For more information: or e-mail

Amesbury High class reunion

AMESBURY — The Amesbury High School Class of 1969 will hold its 50th reunion Saturday, Sept. 14, at Amesbury Golf and Country Club, 3 Country Club Road.

Payments of $55 per person can be sent to Patti Mooers, 1 Jacqueline Drive, Amesbury MA, 01913. For more information, contact her at

Library presents history program

AMESBURY — Author Bethany Groff Dorau visits Amesbury Public Library, 149 Main St., on Monday, Sept. 30, at 5:30 p.m. to read from and discuss her latest book, “A Newburyport Marine in World War I: The Life and Legacy of Eben Bradbury.”

The program is presented by the Amesbury Genealogy Club and funded by Friends of the Amesbury Public Library.  

Dorau is the North Shore regional site manager for Historic New England, based at the Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury, and a recipient of the Essex National Heritage Commission’s Pioneer in Preservation Award and the North of Boston CVB Leadership Award.

She is the author of “A Brief History of Ould Newbury” and a primary contributor to the “Defining Documents in American History Series.” Dorau has published articles in the New England Quarterly, the Encyclopedia of American History and Historic New England Magazine.

Registration is required since space is limited. For more information, contact Margie Walker at 978-388-8148 or

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.

Blood drives in Seabrook 

SEABROOK — Trinity United Church is hosting numerous blood drives this year at the Parish House, 29 Main St.

 The blood drives are scheduled for Mondays from 1 to 6 p.m. on Sept. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9.

Overeaters Anonymous 

AMESBURY — Overeaters Anonymous meets each Tuesday from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. in the Carriage Room of Amesbury Health Center, Highland Street.

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: call 978-388-2552 or go to the Overeaters Anonymous website. 

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 is in need of donations to restock the shelves.

The food pantry seeks donations of small containers of peanut butter, jelly, canned fruit and pasta sauce, and boxes of pasta.

Donations can be dropped off at West Newbury Town Hall, 381 Main St., or the central fire station, 401 Main St.

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.

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.

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.

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