North Quabbin Notebook: March 18, 2023

Published: 03-17-2023 5:33 PM

Report dedicated to Pamela Smith

ORANGE — The Selectboard voted to dedicate the 2023 annual town report to the late Pamela Smith.

According to her obituary, Smith died peacefully on Dec. 24, 2022, following a brief illness. She is survived by her twin sister, Pennie, of Orange.

The late Smith attended Orange schools and graduated from Ralph C. Mahar Regional School in 1969. She then attended Keene State College in New Hampshire and graduated in 1973. She taught high-school English at Mahar for 43 years and served as advisor to numerous classes and as co-advisor to the Mahar Key Club since 1976. She received the Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award in 2014. After her 2016 retirement, Smith tutored Mahar students, volunteered in a fifth grade classroom at Dexter Park Innovation School and served as a tutor for the Literacy Volunteers of Orange/Athol.

She also served on the Orange Bicentennial Committee in 2010. She was on the Town Hall Restoration Committee and was a member of the board of directors for the Orange Revitalization Partnership.

‘A Brief History of Comics’ coming to library

NEW SALEM — The New Salem Public Library will welcome the Springfield City Library’s teen librarian on March 28 as she presents her panel “Faster Than a Speeding Bullet: A Brief History of Comics.”

Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe will lead a workshop examining how sequential art has evolved throughout the years, and what influence it has had on modern popular culture in the United States and around the world. The program starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room and lasts about 1½ hours, with a question-and-answer session at the end.

Hodge-Wetherbe has been touring New England, lecturing on various aspects of pop culture for more than 10 years. To learn more about her and the programs she offers, visit her website, For more information on this event, contact the New Salem Public Library at 978-544-6334 or

‘Monday at 3’ photography exhibit at library

WENDELL — The Wendell Free Library has a new exhibit running through April.

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“Monday at 3,” an exhibition of recent photographs by Stephen Dallmus, started with an opening reception on March 10.

Call the library at 978-544-3559 for more information.

Vaccine clinic set for Orange

ORANGE — The North Quabbin Health Collaborative plans to hold a free COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Orange Council on Aging from 3 to 5 p.m. on March 27.

People can visit 62 Cheney St. and receive a free $75 gift card, while supplies last, with any vaccine or booster. Walk-ins are welcome but people are encouraged to register online at People should bring their identification, COVID-19 vaccination card and insurance card.

A single omicron-specific booster is available to anyone 5 and older who received any other COVID-19 vaccine at least two months ago. Anyone who has received a booster since October 2022 and is not immunocompromised does not need another booster.

More information is available at, by calling 978-330-0415 or by sending an email to

Selectboard considering Annual Town Meeting dates

WENDELL — Selectboard members are mulling dates for Annual Town Meeting.

The dates being considered are June 6, June 13 and June 14. A consensus was reached at a meeting last week that the first or second week of June would be best.

Chorus gets permission to use Town Hall

WENDELL — The Selectboard unanimously granted permission to the Wendell Community Chorus to use Town Hall for rehearsals.

The chorus maintains a Facebook page and more information is available by emailing to