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Friday, July 10

Superintendent Sharing Subcommittee, 7:30 a.m., white house

Monday, July 13

Water Department, 5:30 p.m., water department

Board of Health, 6:30 p.m., Meeting Room 2

Planning Board, 7 p.m., Selectmen’s chambers

Council on Aging, 7 p.m. Senior Center

Tuesday, July 14

West Townsend Reading Room, 10 a.m., Memorial Hall Room 1

Wednesday, July 15

Library Trustees, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall Room 1

Zoning Board of Appeals, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall Room 2

Thursday, July 16

The Lunenburg-Townsend Rotary Club and the Townsend Women’s Club will each have concessions on the Townsend Common during the Townsend Military Band’s July 16 , concert. Rotary Club members will be grilling hot dogs, hamburgers, and cheeseburger to sell to hungry concertgoers. They will also be offering popcorn, chips, and cold sodas and bottled water. Townsend Women’s Club members will be selling their “Our Town” afghans. Concertgoers will be able to purchase a variety of homemade food items at the Women’s Club’s dessert and bake table which they may either eat during the concert or take home to enjoy later. The Women’s Club will also be selling cotton candy and balloons. Children attending the concert may test their skills at the bean bag toss, fishing, and horseshoe games being run by member of the Women’s Club on the Common that evening. Patriotic music will be featured in the Townsend Military Band’s July 16 concert on the Townsend Common. The Band will open its program at 7:30 p.m. by playing a fanfare and “America”. Goldman’s “On Guard” march, Fillmore’s

“Americans We” march, and Olivadoti’s “Old Glorious Land” march will be performed. Grafulla’s “Washington Greys” march, the “American Overture” by Jenkins, and Bilik’s American Variations” will be played. The “American Civil War Fantasy” by Bilik, “Buglers’ Holiday” by Anderson, and Copeland’s “Variations on A Shaker Melody” will be presented. Gilmore’s “Johnny Comes Marching Home”, Cohan’s “Star Spangled Spectacular” and “Victory at Sea” by Rodgers will be played. Following the performance of “Stars and Stripes” and God Bless America” the band will conclude its concert a 9:30 p.m. by playing the “Star Spangled Banner”.


Children’s Exhibit: ’24 Hours: 150 years ago’

The Townsend Historical Society is sponsoring “24 Hours: 150 years ago,” an interactive exhibit for children, at the Harbor Church (80 Main St.). It’ s continuing on Sunday afternoons July 12, 19, and 26, 1-4 p.m.

Hands-on activities encourage children to explore the daily life of a 19th-century child, from sunup to sundown. Young visitors can experience firsthand what it was like to get ready in the morning, go to school, do chores, play, and eat dinner, before climbing onto a rope bed at the end of the day. Whether trying on clothes, practicing penmanship with chalk and slate or ink, carding wool or playing with 19th-century toys and games, children can discover for themselves the similarities and differences in life then and now.

“24 Hours: 150 years ago” offers a fun, engaging afternoon for children and families. The exhibit is open to the public and free of charge. For further information, call the Townsend Historical Society at 978-597-2106.

TEO Summer

Penny Drive begins

Have you heard of TEO? TEO stands for Townsend Ecumenical Outreach. It grew out of the need to reach out to members of the Townsend community through its affiliated churches to provide a network that offers residents help and aid in an emergency.

One of the ways the Townsend community responds to TEO fundraising efforts is through the annual penny drive. Through mid-September the familiar cannisters will be in most local businesses. If you have pennies, nickels, dimes or quarters collected at home please consider donating them to TEO. Your small change or dollars will make a big difference to someone in need.

You may also donate nonperishable food, paper products and “gently used” clothing directly to TEO at 82 Bayberry Hill Road, West Townsend, MA 01474. For more information about TEO, the monthly food bank, and the Clothes Closet, please call 978-597-2549.

Methodist Churches

combine schedule

Townsend United Methodist Church and Pepperell’s Lawrence Memorial United Methodist Church have planned combined 10 a.m. summer worship services again this year. July worship will be at Townsend UMC (July 5 -26 ). The church is located at 265 Main St., at the corner of routes 13 and 119, in Townsend Center. The Aug. 10 a.m. worship service (Aug. 2-30) will be held at Pepperell’s Lawrence Memorial UMC at 1 Chapel Hill — off Main Street, one block in from Pepperell’s Dunkin’ Donuts.

Nursery care for the younger children will be provided during the summer services. If you are interested in singing with the summer choirs, please know you will be welcomed to join on one Sunday, or all Sundays. For more information, please call Rev. Joan-Anne Westfall, pastor for both churches, at 978-433-2185.

Townsend United Methodist Church to host Vacation Bible School

The Townsend United Methodist Church is hosting a Vacation Bible School on Monday, Aug. 3, through Friday, Aug. 7, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. It promises to be a high-flying adventure. The curriculum,Camp E.D.G.E. — Experience and Discover God Everywhere — will give children an extraordinary adventure filled with fun, excitement and creative Bible-based activities. The planned VBS decorations, activities, crafts, skits, games, music and snacks are all part of the week long program.

Townsend United Methodist Church VBS is open to all children of the area ages 4 -12. The cost is $5 for the entire week and preregistration is requested. The church is located at 265 Main St., at the corner of routes 13 and 119 in Townsend Center. For further information and to signup, please call 978-597-2486.

Looking for LEGOS!

Townsend Public Library needs LEGOS! We are looking to start a LEGO Club and would love to receive donations of unwanted LEGOS. At this time we only need standard sized LEGOS brand LEGOS. No Duplo or Baby LEGOS, please. Please bring donations to the children’s room. If you have any questions, please contact Stacy or Molly at the Townsend Public Library at 978-597-1714 or email

Save the Date

Ashby Library events

* Summer reading: The “Starship Adventure” summer reading program starts on July 7 and ends on Aug. 19. Come in to the library to sign up and find out how to win prizes. We can help you find a book to get you started. We have books that are out of this world and fun prizes for all who participate!

* Clay sculpting: Wednesday, July 8, at 2 p.m. make a clay “Alien Sculpture” with the ever-popular ROOTED IN CLAY. Best for ages 5 and up. Pre-registration required.

* Humorous songs: Thursday, July 23 ,at 2 p.m. “Howl at the Moon … with a Wild Thing Tune!” Humorous songs about our natural world with singer and guitarist Tom Sieling. A very participatory family program for all ages that also promotes reading and library visits!

* Live animals: Thursday, Aug.13, at 2 p.m., “Frogs and Friends.” An engaging live animal program presented by the Creature Teachers.

* Starship Adventure wraps up: Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 2 p.m. Starship Adventure concludes with a production of “Sir George and the Dragon,” performed by the Pumpernickel Puppets. Afterwards, indulge in the traditional ice cream social. Open to all summer reading participants and their parents.

* Ongoing Programs:

Preschool Story and Craft, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Drop in and enjoy stories and a related craft activity: Open to 3-, 4-, and 5-year- olds with their caregiver.

* Dropped-stitch Club. The drop-in knitting group will continue to meet throughout the summer on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Summer programs are funded by the Friends of the Library and the Ashby Cultural Council.

Contact: 978-386-5377.