Friday, Sept. 18

National POW/MIA Recognition Day will be observed on Friday, Sept. 18. Townsend VFW Post 6538 and its Ladies Auxiliary will conduct a POW/MIA candlelight ceremony on Townsend Common beginning at 6:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend. The purpose of the ceremony is to honor all Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action and to remind area residents that we must continue to push for a complete accounting of all those still missing in action and those held against their will. The Forty Massachusetts residents still unaccounted for in Indochina following the Vietnam Conflict will be especially remembered.

The Townsend VFW Post and its Ladies Auxiliary ask all area residents to join them in honoring and remembering all prisoners of war and those missing in action by wearing a red ribbon to show your concern for the more than 1,800 American servicemen and civilians who are still missing and unaccounted for in Indochina following the Vietnam Conflict plus the more that 3,300 Word War I POW/MIAs, and the more than 78,000 World War II POW/MIAs, the more than 15,000 Korean Conflict POW/MIA’s and the POW/MIAs from the most recent conflicts.

By displaying a red ribbon, wearing a POW/MIA bracelet, or flying a black POW/MIA flag beneath an American flag, citizens show they will not be satisfied until all Americans being held are released, the fullest possible accounting is made of the missing, and the remains of those who died serving this nation are returned. VFW Post and its Ladies Auxiliary feel that these Americans and there families deserve nothing less.

Saturday, Sept. 19

28th Annual Fall Fair: Sept. 19 and 20 — A tradition lives on! The Townsend Historical Society is sponsoring the 28th annual Arts and Crafts Fair Saturday, Sept. 19, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fair is a very popular event and traditionally attracts artists and crafters from all over New England. The location of the fair is on highly visible Townsend Common, 263 Main St., at the junction of routes 13 and 119. There will be a food court, plenty of free parking and restroom facilities available. It is a “rain or shine” event. Please visit the society’s Web site,, for artist and crafter information and to download an application, or call the society office at 978-597-2106. The Townsend Historical Society, 72 Main St., Townsend, has office hours Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 20

28th Annual Fall Fair: Sept. 19 and 20. Please see Sept. 19 posting.

Monday, Sept. 21

Tuesday, Sept., 22

Board of Assessors: 6 p.m.,, Memorial Hall

Board of Health: 6:30 p.m., Memorial Hall

Wednesday, Sept. 23

Conservation Commission: 7 p.m., Selectmen’s chambers, Memorial Hall

Library Trustees: 7 p.m., Memorial Hall


Reeves Memorial Run

The fifth annual Gregory E. Reeves Memorial Scholarship Run will be held Saturday, Oct. 10, starting at 10:30 a.m., rain or shine. Lunch will be provided to all entrants.

Last year’s race raised approximately $10,000, which was awarded to North Middlesex seniors in May. To take part in this event, go to For more information, call 978-597-5859 or go to

Seniors collecting for those who serve

The Townsend Senior Center is continuing to collect items to fill a care package for military personnel serving in Iraq. There is a basket at the Senior Center to drop off donations. Items in need include Crystal Light, ice tea mix, nonperishable snacks and toilet tissue. Monetary donations to pay for postage have been received, including a generous donation from the Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 6538. We can send a very large box so keep the donations coming.

Senior citizen lunches to resume

The Senior Lunch Program at Hawthorne Brook Middle School will begin again on Oct. 5, the exact time to be determined.

Save the Date

Townsend Methodist Church Fall Yard Sale: Townsend United Methodist Church’s fall Yard Sale is Saturday, Sept. 26, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be something for everyone. Household items, books, toys, and some older ‘antique’ items. The sale is an indoor event so it will be held rain or shine. The church is located at 265 Main St., at the corner of routes 13 and 119, in Townsend Center.

This is the time of the year for seasonal cleaning and to think about recycling your no longer needed items. Chairman Marcia MacMaster invites area residents to call the church if you have clean and working items to donate. Call the church office at 978-597-2486 for information and donation drop-off times.

Ladies Auxiliary craft fair

Ladies Auxiliary Craft Fair: Nov. 7, area craft people are invited to participate in the Townsend VFW Post 6538 Ladies Auxiliary Craft Fair, which will be held in the 491 Main St., West Townsend, VFW Function Hall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Townsend VFW Ladies feels that by opening its fair to area craftspeople it will serve the community in two ways. It can provide area craftspeople with a place to sell and display their handiwork, while giving area residents the opportunity to see and purchase a variety of locally made crafts before the holiday season. The Auxiliary hopes to be joined by a variety of craftspeople at the fair. Hopefully, woodcarvers, jewelry makers, knitters, crocheters, toymakers, potters, painters and Christmas tree ornament makers will be among the people who participate. Craft space must be reserved in advance by calling Carol Beauchamp at 978-597-6425 or Avis Roy at 978-597-6829. Tables space will be available for $20 each on a first requested-first served basis. The Auxiliary, therefore, recommends that interested craftspeople reserve a space immediately.