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Music benefit to be held for Brazil flood victims
06-11-2024 3:40 PM

PETERSHAM – Ricardo Frota, a resident of Petersham and native of southern Brazil, whose home village of Porto-Alegre has been inundated with high flood waters, has arranged a night of live music to help his home.Frota, an internationally-known...

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Final forum to be held for Petersham’s proposed open space plan
06-23-2024 5:01 PM

By GREG VINE

PETERSHAM – Residents have one final chance to weigh in on the proposed Open Space & Recreation Plan (OSRP) put together by students from the Conway School at a forum to be held on Tuesday.The public forum will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the lower...


Orange, Petersham schools receive state grants to bolster reading skills
06-10-2024 11:44 AM

By DOMENIC POLI and MAX BOWEN

Orange and Petersham will receive a combined $134,530 in state money to implement a package of materials for teaching foundational reading skills in kindergarten through second grade.The two North Quabbin towns are among the 18 school districts and...


Petersham Town Meeting quorum decrease approved
06-04-2024 2:48 PM

By GREG VINE

PETERSHAM – Voters at Monday’s Annual Town Meeting determined that the required 10% quorum to conduct business was just a bit too stringent.Residents who showed up for the 7 p.m. start time ended up on their cell phones, reaching out to friends,...


Nipmucs hold event in Petersham to mark their contributions to North Quabbin
05-29-2024 5:03 PM

By GREG VINE

PETERSHAM – The first recorded contact between the Nipmucs and English settlers occurred in 1630, but the existence of the tribe likely predates written history.On Sunday, the Nipmuc Cultural Celebration was held to commemorate their centuries-long...


Rice’s Roots Farm owner plans for community involvement for land’s future
05-06-2024 4:20 PM

By GREG VINE

PETERSHAM – Lin Chen, the new owner of what was known locally as Rice’s Roots Farm, displays a wide smile when discussing his plans for the 228-acre site in Petersham.Doing business under the name Global Roots Farm, LLC, he hopes to serve the North...


PHOTOS: Enchanted Orchard Renaissance Faire at Red Apple Farm
05-06-2024 2:49 PM


Historical society presents history of Nichewaug
04-14-2024 5:00 PM

PETERSHAM – The Petersham Historical Society presents Kimberly Toney – member of the Hassanamisco Band of Nipmuc and the inaugural coordinating curator of Native American and Indigenous studies at Brown University – as guest speaker at the society’s...


Environmental expo to be held Saturday on climate change and emergency preparation
04-04-2024 5:00 PM

PETERSHAM – The town of Petersham and North Hatfield-based Conservation Works are co-hosting the Petersham Environmental Expo this Saturday, April 6, from noon-4 p.m. at Petersham Town Hall, 1 South Main St. According to the organization’s web site,...


Franklin County lodging managers say a lack of rooms is impacting tourist trade
03-31-2024 5:00 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

When Brolin Winning owned Smokey Bro’s BBQ on the Mohawk Trail several years ago, tons of tourists who stopped at his Shelburne establishment for a bite to eat had the same question for him.“Every single weekend, people would ask us if there was a...


New faces eye Selectboard seats in Petersham Town Election
03-15-2024 3:56 PM

By GREG VINE

PETERSHAM – While there won’t be any heated contests or controversial ballot questions, Monday’s annual Town Election in Petersham does feature two political newcomers seeking office for the first time. Joshua Cayea is the sole candidate for a...


A Page From North Quabbin History: Mystery mechanism identified
02-19-2024 3:49 PM

By Carla CharterThe mystery mechanism highlighted in the Dec. 28 “A Page From North Quabbin History” has been identified as a 10-inch salesman’s model of a fulling machine.“A salesman often had miniature models of what they had to promote. A real...


Athol, Phillipston among departments to receive state grant funding
02-09-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

Fire departments in Athol, Petersham, Phillipston and Royalston are among the 321 statewide to share in a $5 million Firefighter Safety Equipment Grants.Gov. Maura Healey recently awarded the grant monies, saying, “Every single day, firefighters...


Lions Clubs hosts blood drive, others planned in March, May
02-09-2024 5:00 PM

Staff Report

PETERSHAM — The Petersham Lions Club, in partnership with the Grafton MA Lions Club, sponsored the recent Massachusetts General Hospital Blood Drive, and more are planned in the near future.In response to a nationwide shortage and a constant need for...


Petersham officials seek input from residents on new Open Space Plan
01-31-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

PETERSHAM – Officials are eager to hear from residents at a Saturday forum on what priorities they think should be included in an updated Open Space and Recreation Plan.The meeting will take place on Feb. 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the lower level of Town...


Petersham Fun-to-Fund Auction to benefit nonprofits
01-17-2024 5:00 PM

PETERSHAM — A community-wide Fun-to-Fund Silent Auction to benefit Petersham nonprofit organizations is planned for next week to help non-profits to thrive and offer a way to join communities together to help others.Everyone, from any town in the...


Petersham resident recounts unusual story of a bear and her horses
12-31-2023 9:16 AM

By MAX BOWEN

PETERSHAM—Andi Balser is no stranger to bears on her property.The Petersham resident encounters them fairly often, and most times, they’re scared off by her 80-pound dog, Colby. But on Oct. 24, she said a bear walked into her yard and could not be...


Petersham Montessori School celebrates Christmas, community
12-20-2023 4:59 PM

PETERSHAM—Christmas traditions and community gatherings enriched the Petersham Montessori School’s celebrations on Friday, Dec. 15 and Monday, Dec. 18, at Petersham Orthodox Congregational Church.Students took turns at the center stage at the annual...


Nomination papers now available for Petersham Town Election
12-06-2023 5:00 PM

Staff Report

PETERSHAM — Nomination papers for the Annual Town Election, to be held on March 18, 2024, are now available. They may be obtained at the Town Clerk or Selectmen’s office until Monday, Jan. 29, at 5 p.m., and must be returned by Jan. 29, 5 p.m. The...


Petersham Police seek public’s help in larceny case
12-05-2023 5:00 PM

By MAX BOWEN

PETERSHAM — The Petersham Police are seeking the public’s help with an investigation into a larceny from a home earlier this week.In a statement, Police Chief Peter Buck said that the larceny occurred at a residence on North Main Street. The...


Buyer found for Rice’s Roots Farm in Petersham
12-01-2023 12:04 PM

By GREG VINE

PETERSHAM — Larry Buell, founder and co-director of University of the Wild, has announced that a buyer has been found for Rice’s Roots Farm, a 228-acre parcel located on East Street in Petersham.Buell has identified the buyer as Michael Cook of North...

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