North Quabbin Notebook: Jan. 17, 2020

  • An exhibit called “Birds Bring Peace,” with drawings by Lynne Stopen, is on display at the Wendell Free Library throughout January and February. Contributed photo

Published: 1/16/2020 5:32:13 PM
Modified: 1/16/2020 5:31:21 PM
Transfer Station to be closed

ORANGE — The Recycling Center/Transfer Station at 25 Jones St. will be closed Tuesday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The station will be open Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

New Salem library to hold ‘Sip and Journal’ workshop

NEW SALEM — A workshop offering creative journaling and wine is coming to the New Salem Public Library, 23 South Main St., on Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

“Sip and Journal” features local author and teacher Emily Neuburger in the new community room, and attendees will get the chance to experiment creatively.

There are no particular art or writing skills needed and anyone is invited to participate. Materials and refreshments will be provided and the event is free. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available.

Neuberger has received several awards for her work, and is the author of “Show Me a Story” and “Journal Sparks,” which teach creative journaling and storytelling. She is the art teacher at Swift River School.

No registration is required. For more information on Neuberger and her books, visit

Comerford coming to Orange library

ORANGE — State Sen. Jo Comerford, D-Northampton, will continue her “People’s Office Library Tour” by coming to Orange’s Wheeler Memorial Library, 49 East Main St., on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m.

The tour, being held to celebrate the role of libraries in democracy, will run through May 2, visiting all of Comerford’s 24 constituent municipalities in Franklin, Hampshire and Worcester counties.

Those who attend will have the chance to talk with Comerford about issues in their communities, ask questions and learn more about the senator’s legislative work.

‘Birds Bring Peace’ art exhibit featured in Wendell

WENDELL — A series of drawings of birds is being displayed at the Wendell Free Library at 7 Wendell Depot Road throughout January and February.

An opening reception for “Birds Bring Peace” will be held at the library on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

“Birds Bring Peace” is a collection of graphite and colored pencil drawings by Lynne Stopen, depicting a variety of birds, from penguins to peacocks.

Stopen was a science teacher at Athol High School until 2017, when she was diagnosed with cancer, according to Wendell Art Committee member Heather Willey.

“Drawing birds provided a sense of purpose and peace in the otherwise depressing and isolating recovery time,” Willey said.

The Wendell Free Library is open on Tuesdays from noon to 7 p.m.; Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m.; Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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