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TOWNSEND — Summer Recreation programs start at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 5, at the Hawthorne Brook Middle School (rear entrance). Program openings are still available, although a $15 late fee will be assessed. Registration forms may be obtained at the town library.

The five-week program, either 9 a.m. to noon or 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., is offered for age 6 (or completed kindergarten) up to and including age 13. Sports and arts-and-crafts are offered daily.

This year there are special activities for those entering the sixth to eighth grades.

Additional fees will be required for the following field trips: to Cinema World to see “Cars,” to North Shore Music Theater to see the Russian-American Kids Circus, bowling at Mason’s, and skating at Roll-On. Special theme days and the bike safety rodeo continue to be recreation program traditions.

There are a few openings left for the Parent/Preschool Program, to be held at the Kid’s Kountry Playground, located at the corner of Eastman and Turnpike roads. Any child under kindergarten age is welcome to attend with a parent or guardian. The program is eight sessions long at a cost of $20 total and takes place on July 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 and Aug. 1 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Counselors will oversee free play, story time, craft time, snack time and games, with parents’ help. Parents are responsible for their own child’s morning snack.

All sign-up forms are available at the library or by calling Karen Clement at (978) 597-5914 or sending e-mail to

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