Civil War group gathers today

SALISBURY – The Civil War Roundtable of the Merrimack meets Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Hilton Senior Center, 42 Lafayette Road.

The meeting will include a presentation by Bill Hallet, an author, historian, re-enactor and member of the group as well as its webmaster. Hallet is also a member of the Civil War Roundtable of New Hampshire.

Hallet will give a presentation, “John Brown’s Raid at Harper’s Ferry.” Free admission. Anyone with an interest in the Civil War is invited to attend.

For more information, visit or call Gail Stuart at 978-376-6509.

Monthly dinner at Merrimac church

MERRIMAC — An Italian buffet dinner featuring homemade dishes will be served Saturday, Feb. 15, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 27 Church St.

The dinner includes salads, desserts, drinks and a variety of choices. Dine in or take out.

Admission is $8, free for children under 5. For more information, call 978-346-8400.

Primary deadline set for today

NEWBURY — The last day to register to vote in the presidential primary is Wednesday, Feb. 12.

The primary is Tuesday, March 3. For more information, contact the town clerk’s office at 978-465-0862, ext 315, or go to the town website at

Book chat at senior center

SALISBURY — A casual book chat and refreshments will be offered Thursday, Feb. 13, at noon at the Salisbury Hilton Senior Center, 43 Lafayette Road.

The book chat will feature Cara from Salisbury Public Library. Seniors can share what they are reading, hear about new titles and get ideas on what to read.

The group will discuss starting a book club at the senior center. Call 978-462-2412 to sign up.

COA offering tax preparers

GEORGETOWN — Three AARP Tax Aide preparers will be available Thursday, Feb. 13, through Thursday, April 9, to help elders and other moderate-income individuals with income tax preparations on Thursdays.

The tax preparers will be available from 9 a.m. to noon at the Georgetown Council on Aging office, 1 Library St.

Information on income tax preparation and the criteria for the Massachusetts Circuit Breaker income tax credit program is available at the COA office.

Appointments for income tax preparation are required. To schedule an appointment, call the COA office at 978-352-5726.

Sit, Sip & Soup in Salisbury

SALISBURY — Sit, Sip & Soup will be held Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 11:30 a.m. at the Salisbury Hilton Senior Center, 43 Lafayette Road.

Seniors can enjoy soup and discuss ideas with the center’s new activities coordinator. Space is limited, so make reservations at 978-462-2412.

Group offering scholarship

WEST NEWBURY — The West Newbury Democratic Town Committee seeks applicants for the Kathy Pasquina Civic Engagement Scholarship.

The scholarship awards $1,000 to a graduating senior from West Newbury attending Pentucket Regional High School, Whittier Technical High School or Essex Agricultural and Technical High School.

The recipient must be planning to attend an accredited two- or four-year college. The scholarship was established to honor Pasquina’s 35-year commitment to the committee.

Students are encouraged to apply online via a Gmail account at or by emailing the application form, essay, letter of recommendation and transcript to

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, April 15.

For more information, contact Elena Bachrach at or 978-387-0707.

Pentucket budget hearing Feb. 25

WEST NEWBURY – The Pentucket School Committee has scheduled a public hearing on the fiscal 2021 school budget for Tuesday, Feb. 25., at 6:15 p.m.

The hearing will be in the Pentucket Regional High School cafeteria at 24 Main St.

Credit union offers college scholarships

Students can apply for one of 15 $1,000 college scholarships through Merrimack Valley Credit Union and Bridgewater Credit Union, a division of Merrimack Valley Credit Union.

Students from Amesbury, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Salisbury, Tewksbury and West Newbury are eligible.

Two scholarships will be awarded to credit union members, while the other 13 will be available to high school seniors attending a school within the field of membership.

Applications must be postmarked by Sunday, March 1, and are available for download at

In addition to the application, students must submit a transcript of their grades and letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, coach, Scout leader or religious leader. Students will also be asked to write a 500-word essay finishing the sentence, “If I ran the credit union, I would ... .”

Send the completed application and required materials to: Marketing Department, Merrimack Valley Credit Union, 500 Merrimack St., Lawrence, MA 01843.

Valentine lunch at senior center

SALISBURY — The Council on Aging offers a valentine lunch Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 11:15 a.m. at the Salisbury Hilton Senior Center, 43 Lafayette Road.

The lunch will feature roast turkey, butternut squash, baked potatoes, various desserts, candy and musical entertainment. Tickets are $5.

For more information, call 978-462-2412.

Tech Help days at town 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.

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.

For more information on library events, go to

Amesbury club meets Mondays

AMESBURY – The Amesbury Duplicate Bridge Club now meets at 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 978-407-8006.

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