North Quabbin Notebook: Oct. 9, 2020

  • Voters check in to vote at Ralph C. Mahar Regional School in Orange during the June election. In-person early voting for the Nov. 3 general election will start Oct. 17 and continue through Oct. 29 Staff File Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Published: 10/8/2020 7:16:39 PM
Modified: 10/8/2020 7:16:35 PM
Cultural Council accepting applications

WENDELL — Applications for Wendell Cultural Council grants that support cultural activities in the arts, humanities and sciences are being accepted until Nov. 15.

Due to delays in state budgets, the submission deadline has been pushed to mid-November, according to a Wendell Cultural Council press release. The exact amount of grant money to be awarded is not yet known.

Cultural Council grants can support a variety of programs and activities such as workshops, performances, children’s programs and field trips, presentations, exhibits and remote online projects.

Applications are submitted online. The forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available at

Paper application forms are also available at the Wendell Post Office and Town Offices, and must be submitted (with postmarked date if mailed) to Phyllis Lawrence, P.O. Box 81, Wendell, MA 01079 by the deadline date. If applying with a paper application, supply the Wendell Cultural Council with three copies.

For questions or additional information about the Wendell Cultural Council, contact Lawrence at 413-367-2175 or

Three options for submitting ballot in Wendell

WENDELL — Town Clerk Gretchen Smith advises registered voters that there are three options — mail-in voting, early voting and voting on election day — regarding how to submit a ballot for the Nov. 3 general election.

The first option is to vote by mail. Those voting by mail must first fill out an application. Voters can then expect to receive their ballots in mid-October, according to Smith.

In addition to the ballot, each voter receives an instruction sheet, a ballot envelope and a postage-paid ballot-return envelope to mail back the ballot. Voters must sign off on the sealed ballot envelope for it to be accepted.

Smith encourages residents to use the dropbox in the parking area of the Town Offices to deposit completed applications and/or ballots. To be counted, completed ballots must be received in the dropbox by 8 p.m. on election day.

According to Smith, he deadline to request a mail-in ballot application is Wednesday, Oct. 28.

The second option is to vote early and in person at the Town Offices over a two-week period that begins Saturday, Oct. 17, and ends Friday, Oct. 30. On most days, people can vote at their convenience between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. On Wednesdays, the two-hour slot is 6 to 8 p.m. There is no need to fill out an application to vote in person.

The third option is to vote in person at the Town Offices on election day. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The deadline for voter registration is Saturday, Oct. 24, and the Town Clerk’s Office will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. to accommodate these voters, according to Smith. All in-person voters must wear masks and maintain social distancing while in the Town Offices. Gloves, hand sanitizer and masks are available for voters to use.

For more information, contact Smith at 978-544-3395, ext. 2 or

In-person early voting hours announced

ORANGE — In-person early voting for the Nov. 3 general election will be held at Town Hall starting Saturday, Oct. 17 and will run through Thursday, Oct. 29. The hours are as follows:

■Saturdays, Oct. 17 and 24, and Sundays, Oct. 18 and 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

■Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 19 to 22 and Oct. 26 to 29, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1 to 4 p.m.

Town Clerk Nancy Blackmer advises voters to enter Town Hall through the door for the town clerk, stop at the Town Clerk’s Office to check in and receive their ballot, and proceed to the Meeting Room where they will complete their ballot and envelope, and hand it to the person at the table. The envelope will be placed in a box for the correct precinct. Voters are encouraged to bring their own black or blue ink pen for marking the ballot.

Blackmer noted that Town Hall will be open for early voting only; no other offices will be open or accessible to the public. No requests for birth, marriage or death certificates, dog licenses, business certificates, etc. will be processed during this time.

The last day to register to vote for the Nov. 3 election is Saturday, Oct. 24. Anyone wishing to check their voter registration or wanting to register to vote can visit Voter registration cards are also available outside Town Hall.

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