North Quabbin Notes, April 25

One of the vendors from the 2022 Junk in the Trunk sale, run by the Friends of the Athol Public Library.

One of the vendors from the 2022 Junk in the Trunk sale, run by the Friends of the Athol Public Library. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO—

Former Light Keeper Sally Snowman will discuss her time as the last light keeper at the Boston Lighthouse on Thursday, May 9.

Former Light Keeper Sally Snowman will discuss her time as the last light keeper at the Boston Lighthouse on Thursday, May 9. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Published: 04-25-2024 10:15 AM

Modified: 04-29-2024 3:14 PM


Boston Lighthouse presentation with former Light Keeper Sally Snowman

ATHOL – Join the Athol Public Library at 568 Main St., Athol, on Thursday, May 9, from 6–7 p.m., when retired Light Keeper Sally Snowman for her one-hour historic slideshow lecture on Boston’s Lighthouse. Snowman, the 70th and last keeper of the lighthouse, will share images and stories from its 307 years of history.

Boston Light-the first established light station in colonial America-began lighting the way for safe navigation into the fledgling maritime port of Boston in 1716. Known in the maritime community as the “last manned Coast Guard Light Station,” Boston Light no longer requires a keeper as a result of automation. The Fresnel Lens in the lantern room and fog signal apparatus situated on Little Brewster Island at the entrance to Boston Harbor continues as an active aid to navigation.

Sally Snowman, Ph. D., Keeper of Boston Light 2003-2023, is an educator, author, and USCG Boston Light historian. Snowman has co-authored books with her husband Jay Thompson: “Boston Light- A Historic Perspective” and “Boston Light- Arcadia Images of America.” She is also the author of “Sammy the Boston Light House Dog.” This program is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Register online with the library calendar at https://athol.librarycalendar.com or by calling 978-249-9515. Registrants will receive an email confirmation and a reminder of the event 24 hours before the program. Questions? Please call the library at 978-249-9515.

Vendors wanted for Friends of the Athol Public Library’s Junk in the Trunk sale

ATHOL – The Friends of the Library Junk in the Trunk community rummage sale will be held on Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with a rain date of May 18. Vendors set up at 9:30 a.m.

Vendors can sign up for a spot in the library parking lot for a fee of $10 – Pull into the spot, pop open the car trunk and greet the customers. Please note that vendors must sell out of the trunks of their cars. Please do not set up outside.

Proceeds from the parking space fees will support the Friends of the Athol Public Library, but all vendors get to keep 100% of their sales.

Those who would like to sell at Junk in the Trunk, please submit a completed application by May 6. Pick up a paper copy at the library or print one at https://tinyurl.com/yjyvxe7s. Bring the completed application to the library during regular hours – Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m., and Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more information, call 978-249-9515 and ask for Jean or Robin S.

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ATHOL – The Athol Town Clerk’s Office is now taking orders for the 2024 street list. The cost is $15 per book and must be prepaid in advance. The deadline to place an order is May 30. Order forms are available at the town clerk’s office and www.athol-ma.gov. Office hours for the Athol Town Clerk are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Tuesday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Town Hall is closed on Friday. For further information, please call the town clerk at 978-721-8445.