North Quabbin Notebook: May 10, 2021

  • American Legion Post 172 at 40 Daniel Shays Highway in Orange. Staff File Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Published: 5/9/2021 4:00:22 PM
‘Let’s Talk About Race’ program continues Tuesday

NEW SALEM — The New Salem Public Library’s two-part Zoom program, “Let’s Talk About Race,” will continue on Tuesday, May 11, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. with a discussion of Layla Saad’s book, “Me and White Supremacy.” The program will be led by local racial justice activists Jade Barker and Cate Woolner.

According to a press release from Library Trustee Judith Northup-Bennett, Barker and Woolner’s first presentation on April 20 drew 35 participants from across the North Quabbin region. Woolner, of Northfield, and Barker, of Hadley, blended presentation and small-group discussion to help people explore their own role in racism, unconscious bias, the country’s racist history and how to talk about racism.

Saad’s book is a self-reflection journey through our own experiences with racism, the release explains. New Salem Public Library has a few copies available for curbside pick-up. Community members are welcome to join the book discussion without having attended the first presentation.

These presentations were made possible by a grant from the New Salem Cultural Council. According to the release, a recent grant from the New Salem Academy Trustees will continue the “Let’s Talk About Race” programming into the fall.

Visit to sign up for Tuesday’s program, or contact the library at 978-544-6334 or

Orange Historical Society resuming activities following annual meeting

ORANGE — The Orange Historical Society will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, May 25, at St. Mary’s Parish Center, on the corner of West Myrtle and Cheney streets. Social distancing and masks are required.

According to a press release from Historical Society member Maureen Riendeau, the Historical Society will resume some of its activities this season. Tours of the society’s building, the French-Weymouth House at 41 North Main St., will be given on Wednesdays and Sundays during June and July. Tours will be held between 2 and 4 p.m. Social distancing and masks will be required.

Orange memorabilia from the Civil War era to the present is housed in the 20-room French-Weymouth House and attached three-story barns. According to the release, the collection includes three Grout steam-powered automobiles that were manufactured in Orange in the early 1900s.

The annual heating raffle fundraiser will also be held this year, with the drawing planned for the Athol-Mahar Thanksgiving Day football game. Drawings will be for wood pellets, heating oil from Orange Oil Co. and firewood, the release states. Tickets are available from Walter and Ingrid Pollard, as well as from some Historical Society members.

The Historical Society’s collection is managed by volunteers who welcome help, the release states. Much of the collection needs to be relabeled, and all of the 20 rooms and barn areas could benefit from cleaning and reorganizing. Anyone is welcome to join the society. Membership dues help to pay to heat and insure the building and collections.

Contact Kathy Schiappa for membership information at 978-544-6814. Or, for more information, visit

American Legion meeting set for Wednesday

ORANGE — The May meeting of the Orange American Legion Post 172 and the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 172 will be held on Wednesday, May 12, at 7 p.m.

According to a notice from American Legion Post 172 Commander Walter White and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 172 President Deb Barber, Wednesday’s meeting will involve the election of officers for the post and squadron. This will be the last meeting until September.

Attendees are required to practice social distancing and wear masks.

“The safety of our members is our priority,” the notice states.

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 172 and Squadron 172 will hold their next meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. A joint installation of officers is planned for Saturday, Sept. 25, at 2 p.m.

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