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Environmental expo to be held Saturday on climate change and emergency preparation
04-04-2024 5:00 PM

PETERSHAM – The town of Petersham and North Hatfield-based Conservation Works are co-hosting the Petersham Environmental Expo this Saturday, April 6, from noon-4 p.m. at Petersham Town Hall, 1 South Main St. According to the organization’s web site,...

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Franklin County lodging managers say a lack of rooms is impacting tourist trade
03-31-2024 5:00 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

When Brolin Winning owned Smokey Bro’s BBQ on the Mohawk Trail several years ago, tons of tourists who stopped at his Shelburne establishment for a bite to eat had the same question for him.“Every single weekend, people would ask us if there was a...


New faces eye Selectboard seats in Petersham Town Election
03-15-2024 3:56 PM

By GREG VINE

PETERSHAM – While there won’t be any heated contests or controversial ballot questions, Monday’s annual Town Election in Petersham does feature two political newcomers seeking office for the first time. Joshua Cayea is the sole candidate for a...


A Page From North Quabbin History: Mystery mechanism identified
02-19-2024 3:49 PM

By Carla CharterThe mystery mechanism highlighted in the Dec. 28 “A Page From North Quabbin History” has been identified as a 10-inch salesman’s model of a fulling machine.“A salesman often had miniature models of what they had to promote. A real...


Athol, Phillipston among departments to receive state grant funding
02-09-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

Fire departments in Athol, Petersham, Phillipston and Royalston are among the 321 statewide to share in a $5 million Firefighter Safety Equipment Grants.Gov. Maura Healey recently awarded the grant monies, saying, “Every single day, firefighters...


Lions Clubs hosts blood drive, others planned in March, May
02-09-2024 5:00 PM

Staff Report

PETERSHAM — The Petersham Lions Club, in partnership with the Grafton MA Lions Club, sponsored the recent Massachusetts General Hospital Blood Drive, and more are planned in the near future.In response to a nationwide shortage and a constant need for...


Petersham officials seek input from residents on new Open Space Plan
01-31-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

PETERSHAM – Officials are eager to hear from residents at a Saturday forum on what priorities they think should be included in an updated Open Space and Recreation Plan.The meeting will take place on Feb. 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the lower level of Town...


Petersham Fun-to-Fund Auction to benefit nonprofits
01-17-2024 5:00 PM

PETERSHAM — A community-wide Fun-to-Fund Silent Auction to benefit Petersham nonprofit organizations is planned for next week to help non-profits to thrive and offer a way to join communities together to help others.Everyone, from any town in the...


Petersham resident recounts unusual story of a bear and her horses
12-31-2023 9:16 AM

By MAX BOWEN

PETERSHAM—Andi Balser is no stranger to bears on her property.The Petersham resident encounters them fairly often, and most times, they’re scared off by her 80-pound dog, Colby. But on Oct. 24, she said a bear walked into her yard and could not be...


Petersham Montessori School celebrates Christmas, community
12-20-2023 4:59 PM

PETERSHAM—Christmas traditions and community gatherings enriched the Petersham Montessori School’s celebrations on Friday, Dec. 15 and Monday, Dec. 18, at Petersham Orthodox Congregational Church.Students took turns at the center stage at the annual...


Nomination papers now available for Petersham Town Election
12-06-2023 5:00 PM

Staff Report

PETERSHAM — Nomination papers for the Annual Town Election, to be held on March 18, 2024, are now available. They may be obtained at the Town Clerk or Selectmen’s office until Monday, Jan. 29, at 5 p.m., and must be returned by Jan. 29, 5 p.m. The...


Petersham Police seek public’s help in larceny case
12-05-2023 5:00 PM

By MAX BOWEN

PETERSHAM — The Petersham Police are seeking the public’s help with an investigation into a larceny from a home earlier this week.In a statement, Police Chief Peter Buck said that the larceny occurred at a residence on North Main Street. The...


Buyer found for Rice’s Roots Farm in Petersham
12-01-2023 12:04 PM

By GREG VINE

PETERSHAM — Larry Buell, founder and co-director of University of the Wild, has announced that a buyer has been found for Rice’s Roots Farm, a 228-acre parcel located on East Street in Petersham.Buell has identified the buyer as Michael Cook of North...


Residents meet to offer suggestions for Rice’s Roots Farm
11-07-2023 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

PETERSHAM – Around two dozen people offered ideas for potential uses for Rice’s Roots Farm on East Street during a meeting on Sunday.University of the Wild founder Larry Buell and local grower Andre Pierre are trying to put together a plan to purchase...


A Page From North Quabbin History: Petersham Poor Farm
11-07-2023 5:00 PM

By Carla CharterWork is being done to preserve the site of the Poor Farm in Petersham. The cellar holes of the building and barn still exist, as does the paupers cemetery and monument to the indigent buried there.“We have gone out once with the...


Athol, Petersham receive grants for land use plans
11-06-2023 4:04 PM

By MAX BOWEN

Athol and Petersham will both receive state funding to help revamp their open space and recreation plans.The grants are among $1.4 million awarded by the Healey-Driscoll Administration “to support local and regional planning agencies in developing...


Forum to be held on potential uses of 228-acre Rice’s Roots Farm
11-02-2023 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

PETERSHAM — Residents are invited to attend a meeting this Sunday to discuss food security and “brainstorm potential ideas of how to develop and use the Rice’s Roots Farm on East Street for some form of community farming,” according to a release about...


Petersham Fire Department to replace old tanker truck
11-01-2023 5:00 PM

By Greg Vine

PETERSHAM – The Fire Department will soon have a new vehicle on the road.According to Petersham Fire Chief Bob Legare, a refurbished tanker truck with a price tag of approximately $40,000 has been purchased from Bulldog Fire Apparatus of Hopkinton....


A ‘Spooktacular’ time
10-31-2023 5:00 PM

Petersham Montessori School hosted its Halloween fundraiser, Spooktacular, on Saturday, Oct. 28. The event, which helps support the school’s activities, was organized by Krysten Harty and Patty Upshaw, who serve as parent volunteers and board members...


Petersham Curling Club hosts fall kickoff
10-10-2023 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

PETERSHAM – Those interested in learning about the sport of curling will get a chance this Saturday.The Petersham Curling Club will begin its 2023-2024 season with the annual Golf & Curl Biathlon Tournament this Saturday, Oct. 14, starting at 7 a.m....


Church holds animal blessings
10-03-2023 5:04 PM

PETERSHAM – The Petersham Orthodox Congregational Church held a Blessing of the Animals on the Petersham North Common on Sunday, Oct. 1. The parts of the brief service were written by local youths and were animal-themed. Pastor Geoffrey Smith blessed...

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