There are several opportunities coming up in the next week to exercise your affiliation with the Peabody community. Come on, you know you want to be a part of things! Loosen up a bit and join in.
As I write this on Monday night, the weather still looks great for trick or treating downtown from 5 to 7 p.m. on Halloween night at the annual “Trunk or Treat.” Included in the festivities this year will be a haunted house and pumpkin-carving contest sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary during the same hours in the Legion Hall. Admission to each is a container of non-perishable food that will be donated to the Peabody Food Bank.
I have no idea what kind of ghoulish car trunks and pickup beds might appear for kids to visit and get their treats, but the turnout is usually good, with a wide variety of Peabody folks taking part and enjoying seeing the youngsters in their Halloween costumes. The evening has been a great success every year. One of the most popular “trunks” has consistently been that of the Peabody Township Library, giving away some of the older books from the children’s section. The children who select a book are wide-eyed with pleasure and excitement.
This year our firefighters are giving free smoke alarms to adults during Trunk or Treat hours, while the supply lasts. What a great way to take advantage of having parents in the same place as the kids and giving them something to protect the whole family. To get yours go to the fire station at the corner of First and Sycamore Sts. Limit one per household.
Come on out Friday night and enjoy being in a small town! Join Peabody kids, parents, business owners, and people who just like being where they are and sharing an evening of fun and celebration with their neighbors and friends.
On Tuesday you all need to go the Methodist Church and vote. Yes, the venue has changed for Peabody voters. We no longer are going to be marking an X in the box in the Peabody Senior Center. However, we still should all be on hand to cast our ballots. The polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Be an informed voter and go do it.
And finally, the Peabody-Burns football field at City Park will be the site Tuesday evening for the next play-off game. The undefeated Warriors will begin post-season play, but their opponent has not yet been determined. The buzz on the social media is that there will be an effort to paint the town blue from downtown west to the park.
A text request to the mayor at Monday’s city council meeting asked for permission to paint the streets in washable paint down that very route. The council members said yes. It sounds to me like there is some community enthusiasm for our students and coaches.
Good stuff is good stuff – and you should be a part of it. It is fun to be involved in supporting our children, school system, and communities. Warrior signs are welcome all over town. You have about a week to think of some way to express your Warrior Pride and join in the fun. Bring it!
— SUSAN MARSHALL