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Friday, June 1

NMRHS graduation: 6 p.m. at high school field, or Fitchburg State College recreation center in case of rain.

Proj. Graduation: North Middlesex Regional High School: Doors locked at 11 p.m., remain locked until 5 a.m. Food, prizes and fun for all graduating seniors. Free of charge.

Saturday, June 2

Neat Streets: 9 a.m., Streets surrounding Pearl Hill State Park, Townsend; Join Friends of Willard Brook in a morning litter pickup. Bring water, snack and gloves, but vests and trash bags will be provided. Call Joellyn at (978) 597-8151 for details. Rain date of Sunday, June 3.

Monday, June 4

Friends of the Seniors: 4 p.m. meeting, Memorial Hall.

Tuesday, June 5

Toddler Storytime: 10:30 a.m., Townsend Public Library (Memorial Hall); Storytime for ages 2-4 but siblings are welcome. Free of charge. For more information, call (978) 597-1714.

Board of Selectmen: 7 p.m., Memorial Hall.

Wednesday, June 6

Book discussion: 7:30 p.m., Townsend Public Library, room 1; Middle school book discussion group will talk about “13 Little Blue Envelopes” by Maureen Johnson. Open to sixth, seventh and eighth graders. Refreshments served. Call (978) 597-1714.

Zoning Board of Appeals: 7 p.m., Memorial Hall.

Thursday, June 7

Band concert: 7:30 p.m., Townsend Common; Free summer concerts by the Townsend Military Band resume, with Scout groups running the lawn party.

Friday, June 8

275th Weekend: 3-11 p.m., North Middlesex Regional High School, Route 119; Concerts with numerous bands, amusement rides and more. Tickets $8 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for students.

Saturday, June 9

275th Weekend: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., NMRHS, Route 119; Concerts, chicken barbecue, amusement rides, fireworks by the Atwood Cuties, and more. U.S. Air Force Band, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 10

275th Weekend: All day, NMRHS, Route 119.


Call for crafters

The Townsend Historical Society is sponsoring the 26th annual Arts & Crafts Fair on Sept. 15-16. Applications from artists and crafters are now being accepted. The fee for the two-day event is $55 if paid by Sept. 1, or $60 after that date.

The location of the fair, on highly-visible Townsend common at the junction of Routes 13 and 119, makes this a very popular and busy New England fall event. There will be a food court, plenty of free parking and rest room facilities available.

The Townsend Historical Society is located at 72 Main Street in Townsend, with office hours Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information or to download an application, visit the Society’s Web site and click on “What’s New” or call the society office at (978) 597-2106.

“Best deal in town”

Townsend Rec. offers sports and craft activities daily for a five-week period at the Hawthorne Brook Middle School on Brookline Street. Programs run weekdays, beginning July 9 and ending on Aug. 10, with two options.

The 9 a.m. to noon program cost is $100 for Townsend residents, $130 for Ashby residents and $155 for other out-of-towners.

The 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. program requires participants to bring their own lunch and costs $175 for Townsend residents, $205 for Ashby residents and $230 for others. These prices are for the full five-week program.

The program is for children age 6 (or completed kindergarten) up to and including age 13. There are field trips and in-house presentations weekly, for an additional fee.

Forms may be obtained from the Town of Townsend Web site ( or at the town library. To avoid a $25 late fee, payment must be received by Thursday, June 14.

For more information call Karen Clement (978) 597-5914 or by e-mail to

Book award winners

Salem State College has announced the results of the voting for the 2007 Massachusetts Children’s Book Award. Fourth, fifth and sixth grade students from participating classrooms and libraries in Massachusetts voted for their favorite book from the master list of nominees.

The winner is “The Tale of Despereaux” by Kate DiCamillo. Honors books are “Al Capone Does My Shirts” by Gennifer Choldenko, “Among the Betrayed” by Margaret Peterson Haddix, “City of Ember” by Jeanne Duprau and “Thunder from the Sea” by Joan Hiatt Harlow.

Thanks to all students who participated.

Anyone who hasn’t had a chance to read these books, but would like to, can check them out at the Townsend library.

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