Seniors forum in Salisbury

SALISBURY — The Salisbury Hilton Senior Center will host a public forum Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 1 p.m. to explain Medicare open enrollment, the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program and fuel assistance. 

Open enrollment is Tuesday, Oct. 15, through Saturday, Dec. 7. A SHINE counselor will explain how the changes for 2020 could affect Medicare and Medicaid payments. The center’s outreach coordinator can help explain how to save on medical premiums, prescriptions and other costs.

SNAP is a good way to supplement food budget costs and fuel assistance can supplement one’s income. The money saved through these programs can be used toward medical costs.

Call 978-462-2412 to register for the forum.

Costume sale slated Thursday

NEWBURY — Theater Workshop hosts a costume sale Thursday, Oct. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Newbury Elementary School, 63 Hanover St.

The sale will be on the school stage, with all types of costumes for Halloween. Cash and check only, and all sales are final.

Sales benefit the Bonnie Langendorfer Student Actor Fund.

For more about Theater Workshop:

Book sale in West Newbury

WEST NEWBURY — The Friends of the Library annual book sale is from Tuesday, Oct. 8, to Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Old Town Hall on Main Street.

The sale features 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.

Book sale hours are: Oct. 8, West Newbury Night, residents only from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Oct. 9-10, general public, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Oct. 11, general public, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Oct. 12, Fill a bag for $5, 9 a.m. to noon.

The Friends seek volunteers to help at the book sale. Sign up for a time slot at the library.

Civil War group meets  

SALISBURY — The Civil War Roundtable of the Merrimack gathers Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Hilton Senior Center, 42 Lafayette Road. 

The meeting will feature a roundtable discussion of which Civil War battles would have been the most and least affected by the use of the Union Army Balloon Corps’ reconnaissance balloons.

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.

Democrats meet in West Newbury 

WEST NEWBURY — The West Newbury Democratic Town Committee meets Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. at the Town Annex, 379 Main St. 

All are welcome as the committee plans its work for the election year.

Flu clinic set in Newbury 

NEWBURY — A flu clinic will be offered Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 2 to 5:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Municipal Offices, 12 Kent Way.

Vaccines are available for flu and pneumonia, which Medicare covers completely for people 65 and older and tetanus/whooping cough and shingles for age 50 and older, which are partly covered by most insurance plans.

Medicare and/or drug insurance cards are required. 

Harvest Fest slated Oct. 19

BYFIELD – The Friends of the Newbury Town Library will host its Harvest Fest on Saturday, Oct. 19. 

Harvest Fest will be at Newbury Town Library, 0 Lunt St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will include a best soup competition, children’s activities, literary pumpkin contests and a raffle.

For more information, including registering for the soup competition, email

Fundraising walk set for Oct. 19 

HAVERHILL – A Walk to Remember will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. to benefit bereaved individuals and families in the region.

The walk takes place at Winnekenni Lower Park (the lower grass area) on Shore Drive.

The entry fee is $20 per person or $10 for children under age 12. T-shirts will be given to registered walkers.

Proceeds will benefit the Travis M. Yell Scholarship Funds, The Compassionate Friends of Greater Newburyport and A Butterfly’s Journey.

For more information, contact Mel Yell at  978-764-2547 or

On the web: and

Debate party in Byfield 

BYFIELD — The House 2nd Essex Democratic town committees will host a debate watch party and fundraiser Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Danner Barn, 163 Elm St.

There is a requested donation of $20 per person. Beer, wine, soda and assorted desserts included.

Pay in advance, at the door or donate using this link:

The town committees represent Boxford, Georgetown, Groveland, Merrimac, Newbury and West Newbury.

West Newbury sends water bills

WEST NEWBURY – The semiannual bills were sent by the town Water Department on Wednesday, Oct. 2, and are due Monday, Dec. 2. 

Anyone who does not receive a bill should contact the department at 978-363-1100, ext.127. Water payments are collected in the Finance Department in the 1910 Town Office Building.

Payments can also be mailed to the Water Department or placed in the payment dropbox in the Town Offices lobby. Department hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

Cultural grants now available

NEWBURY – The Newbury Cultural Council has set a deadline of Tuesday, Oct. 15, for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for grants for cultural activities in the community.

These grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Newbury, including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops and lectures.

The Newbury Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 local councils serving all 351 communities in the state and will distribute about $4,000 in grants this year. Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at

Open house in Merrimac

MERRIMAC – The Merrimac Town Improvement Society holds its annual fall open house Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Old Sawyer House, 20 E. Main St.  

The event, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., features a look at Colonial life and architecture. In addition to tours of the home (circa 1735), mulled cider and light refreshments will be served around the main fireplace.

The house retains much of its original paneling, upstairs windows and a fireplace on the second floor. The two downstairs fireplaces were renovated in the mid-19th century. Furnishings and artifacts located in the home reflect the house’s First Period Colonial status.

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 Oct. 14, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9.

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.

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.

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.

Brocklebank Museum open 

GEORGETOWN — Brocklebank Museum, 108 E. Main Street, is open through Columbus Day.

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

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

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.

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.

Church fair in Amesbury

AMESBURY — Market Street Baptist Church hosts a fair Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of Amesbury’s Village of Church Fairs Day.

“Attic Treasures” in the church gym will feature tables filled with used and new items. These include household, kitchen and decorative items; collectibles and toys.

There are no prices and people pay what they can afford, with proceeds going directly to the church.

A luncheon will feature homemade soup, chowder, stew, chili, hot dogs and beverages. There will be a gift table with special holiday items created by designer Tim Coffey and the Cookie Carnival Table where homemade cookies will be sold.

The fair also features several craft tables of unique items and a candy and baked goods. The church is at 37 Market St. 

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.

Drumming at Newbury library

BYFIELD – Kristine Malpica of Imagine Studios will offer 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.

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.

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:

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