North Quabbin Notebook, Dec. 15, 2017

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Christmas Vespers programs planned

ORANGE — The First Universalist Parish of North Dana is sponsoring free, public Christmas Vespers Programs at Central Congregational Church of Orange 4 p.m. on Saturday and at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Greenfield at on Sunday.

The programs will be traditional and modern music for Brass Quintet, performed by the Pioneer Valley Brass. The funds for the concert come from a trust established when the First Universalist Parish of North Dana was forced to leave North Dana for the creation of the Quabbin Reservoir in the 1930s. To honor its commitment to foster the memory of the parish, descendants and friends meet annually to administer the trust funds and to arrange for concerts throughout the North Quabbin area. This will be the 779th and 780th such programs in the memorial series.

Sunday’s program concert will be followed by a baked ziti dinner with salad, bread and dessert included. The cost is $10. Reservations can be made by calling 978-939-8608. There will also be pans of ziti available to order and take home for an easy meal. An 8-by-8-inch pan is $15 and a 9-by-13-inch pan is $20. Orders must be in by today.

Property auction earns $439,500 for town

ATHOL — The Dec. 7 tax title property auction yielded $439,500 for the town.

According to Town Manager Shaun Suhoski, nearly 100 people attended and there were 14 successful bids. Closing on all properties is due on or before Jan. 10, 2018, after which a full accounting will be made, including all costs.