North Quabbin Notebook: Aug. 30, 2022

  • Stephanie Parker, conductor of the Orange Community Band, prepares for a concert. The Orange Community Band expects to perform a bonus Friday evening concert at the Butterfield Park bandstand on Sept. 2, at 7 p.m. Contributed photo

  • Members of Ralph C. Mahar Regional School classes of 1966 and 1967 use a trampoline during gym class more than 50 years ago. The Mahar Class of 1967 plans to hold its 55th reunion on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Orange Gun Club. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Published: 8/29/2022 3:29:33 PM
Modified: 8/29/2022 3:29:19 PM
Three elections coming in New Salem

NEW SALEM — The town has three elections — a local special election, a statewide primary and the statewide general election — before the end of the year.

Selectboard vacancies

The special town election is slated to be held at Town Hall from 11:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 25. There are two available Selectboard positions — one to fill a seat that expires in 2023 and one to fill a seat that expires in 2024.

Anyone interested in being elected to the Selectboard should pick up nomination papers from Town Clerk Stacy Senflug. The required number of signatures to be an official candidate included on the ballot is 20; however, it is advised to have a few extras, in case there is difficulty verifying any signatures.

The final day to obtain nomination papers is Sept. 2 and the last day to submit nomination papers to the registrar of voters for certification is Sept. 6. The final day to register to vote in this election is Oct. 14.

Senflug advises that if you submitted an early/absentee ballot application for the state primary and checked the box to receive a ballot for all elections this year, you will be sent a ballot for this special election, too. There is no need to submit another application.

State elections

Polls for the state primary will be open at Town Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 6, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Subsequently, polls for the general election will be open at Town Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 8, during the same hours.

The last day to register to vote in the general election is Oct. 28. The final day to request an absentee/early ballot is Nov. 1. Vote-by-mail ballots were sent to all registered voters and are available at the Town Clerk’s Office and at

Senflug’s office hours are on Mondays from 5 to 7 p.m. and by appointment. She can be reached at

Orange Community Band performing bonus Friday evening concert

ORANGE — The Orange Community Band will perform a bonus Friday evening concert at the Butterfield Park bandstand on Sept. 2, at 7 p.m.

This program will be an extension of the Orange Lions Club-sponsored “Back to School” event at 6 p.m., involving the Orange Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), Salvation Army, the Pioneer Junior Women’s Club, Country Styles by Amanda, the Boy Scouts and the Orange Soccer Association.

In addition to music, there will be free food, free school supplies and haircuts, according to an event press release.

Stephanie Parker will conduct the Orange Community Band, and the program will include the national anthem, several marches and selections including “Moonlight Serenade,” “Under the Sea,” and “Accidentally in Love” and Broadway showstoppers.

Parking temporarily prohibited along South Main Street

ORANGE — Starting Aug. 29, no parking is allowed on South Main Street from the East River and West River-street intersection to East and West Myrtle streets between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. to accommodate a construction project.

For access to the Post Office, all vehicles will need to park on West River Street, according to a Facebook post from the Orange Police Department. Construction will begin to take place starting Aug. 29 and traffic will be reduced to one lane for most of the day. Motorists are asked to seek an alternate route during that time, if possible.

The project is expected to be completed by Nov. 1.

Mahar Class of 1967 planning reunion

ORANGE — The Ralph C. Mahar Regional School Class of 1967 will hold its 55th reunion at the Orange Gun Club on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 2 p.m.

The $20 ticket per person includes a full-meal chicken barbecue in the club’s outdoor pavilion. Checks, made payable to Mahar Class of 1967, should be mailed by Thursday, Sept. 1, to Maureen Riendeau at 820 Carpenter Road, Athol, MA 01331.

Riendeau will also accept donations to the Orange Scholarship Foundation made out to the Mahar 50+ Club. Last year, the club donated more than $5,000 for scholarships for Mahar graduates.

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