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Town government: Three-member Board of Selectmen: Barbara Sheehan, Elizabeth A. Gorski, chairperson, and William Darke; administrative assistant Nancy Lewandowski, 978-556-7200, x207.

Annual town meeting is held last Monday in April and requires 100 registered voters for a quorum.

To license a dog or register to vote: Town Clerk Richard T. Sciacca, Town Hall, 183 Main St., 978-556-7200 x221. Hours: Monday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dog license for spayed or neutered, $5; otherwise, $10. Late fees apply after June 1. To register to vote obtain forms outside office. Election poll is Town Hall, 183 Main St., the first Tuesday in May.

Paying taxes: The fiscal 2006 tax rate is $9.59 per $1,000. Pay at the office of Director of Taxes in Town Hall, 978-556-7200, x204. Greg Labrecque, finance officer. Open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily plus Monday 6 to 8 p.m.

In emergencies: Call 911 for emergencies only. Police Chief Ronald C. Weeks, 978-372-8171 (business). Fire Chief John H. Clement, 978-374-1922 (business).

Health services: Merrimack Valley Hospital, 140 Lincoln Ave., Haverhill, is a five-minute drive, 978-374-2000.

Trash and Recycling: Weekly curbside trash pickup and biweekly curbside recycling for newspaper, glass, cans and plastic nos. 1 and 2. Tire disposal days are run by the health board. Contact Lori Bentsen at the Board of Health, 978-556-7200, x210.

Library: Langley Adams Library, 185 Main St., 978-372-1732. Director Marianne Burbridge. Children's librarian Carol Foster. Open Monday and Wednesday, 1 to 8 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Friday, noon to 5 p.m. During the winter, regular story hours for preschoolers. Two computer workstations for public and homework use, and book club. E-mail:

For youngsters: Pentucket Babe Ruth Baseball, Richard J. Silva, 978-373-9537. Youth Soccer, Tim Moolic, 978-373-9598. Boy Scouts, Douglas Mund, 978-373-7020. Girl Scouts, Joanne Gay, 978-465-1645.

Elder services: Council on Aging, Senior Center, Town Hall, 183 Main St., 978-372-1101. Lynne Stanton, director. Low-cost meals for residents 60+ served weekdays at 11:45 a.m. at the Central Fire Station lunch site, 181 Main St. Free monthly health maintenance clinics for seniors first Tuesday of the month, noon to 1 p.m. Board of Health clinic for all ages at River Pines Housing Complex, every third Thursday, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and free flu clinics each fall. Blood pressure checks monthly, podiatrist every third Thursday a month, monthly summer barbecues on the third Thursday of the month. Wednesday is game day, 12:30 to 3 p.m., in an air-conditioned room. COA services include monthly newsletter, information and referral, seminars, assistance with application forms and nursing home searches, home visits, health clinics, craft and exercise classes, trips, socials and parties.

Tax program offers a $500 rebate for 74.5 hours of volunteer service. Van outings, four days a week, with special trips on Thursdays. Minimal charge. Van will pick up at home if you make reservations two days ahead. NEET driver volunteer will take people to appointments. Outreach worker visits homebound. Home-delivered meals available for shut-ins. Food pantry once a month; will deliver a goody bag and more often if needed.

The River Pines housing for the elderly and handicapped has 58 units and is located on the banks of the Merrimack River, behind Town Hall, off Main Street. Groveland Housing Authority, Cathy Hoog, executive director, 978-374-0370.

Open spaces: Veasey Park (formerly Nuns' Hill), 47.5 acres of open space with pristine land, trails and meadows, adjacent to Johnson's Pond. Scouts and other town groups meet here. The space and main building are also leased out for special functions such as weddings and meetings. A 33-acre town forest is off Wood Street.

A state Department of Natural Resources Fish and Game preserve, which covers approximately one-third of the town, some 1,450 acres, is between King and Center streets and the Georgetown line. Also, the 36-acre, town-owned site at the Pines, adjacent to the Merrimack River, is used for the municipal buildings complex, sports fields, picnicking and boating, and a children's playground. Basketball moved to Pines. Other children's sports areas are soccer fields at Shanahan Field, Main Street, baseball fields off Center Street, built by the Police Association.


Preschools: Pentucket Regional Early Childhood Program, Dr. John C. Page School, 694 Main St., West Newbury, 978-363-5514. Children with special needs and the typical developing child ages 3 to 5. Early childhood coordinator is Katherine St. Peter.

Private preschools: Kids' World Preschool, 9 Elm Park, 978-521-4220.

Perry Park Preschool, 4 King St., 978-374-6678. Creative Mind Children's Center, 148 Main St., 978-372-1100; open all year, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., toddlers and preschoolers and summer programs.

Public: The town is a member, with Merrimac and West Newbury, of the preschool through grade 12 Pentucket Regional School District, 22 Main St., West Newbury. Superintendent Dr. Paul Livingston, 978-363-2280.

Dr. Elmer S. Bagnall Elementary School, 253 School St. (Route 97), 978-372-8856; Principal Elaine Champion.

Pentucket Regional Middle School, 20 Main St., West Newbury, 978-363-2957; Principal Renzo A. Binaghi. Pentucket Regional High School, 24 Main St., West Newbury, 978-363-5507; Principal Arlene C. Townes.

Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School, 115 Amesbury Line Road, Haverhill, Superintendent Karen S. Sarkisian, 978-373-4101, x225.


Catholic: St. Patrick Church, 114 Center St., 978-372-6044. Rev. Philip Conroy, pastor. Masses: Saturday, 4 p.m.; Sunday, 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. From June to Labor Day: Saturday, 4 p.m.; Sunday, 9:30 a.m.

Congregational: Groveland Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, 4 King St., 978-372-3463. Pastor is Rev. Dr. Edmond Babinsky. Sunday service, 10 a.m.

Episcopal: St. James Episcopal Church, 121 Washington St. 978-373-1270. Summer service, 9:30 a.m. Sunday school 9:15 a.m.

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