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The Region's Largest Weekly Distribution IPSWICH – Wouldn’t it be great if there was a library of recordings by our ancestors, telling stories about their lives, dreams and travails? Obviously it is not possible to go back in time carrying a tape recorder to talk with those who helped build this country. But it is not too late to record stories from parents and grandparents that can be preserved for future generations. That was the award-winning, widely recognized idea Dave Isay had when he founded StoryCorps. He set up a recording booth in Grand Central Station in New York City, NY and began recording personal stories. Those stories are being captured for future generations to enjoy and historians to study at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. For Ipswich’s annual First Period Homes celebration, Kerrie Bates, director of the town’s Recreation and Culture Department, has brought Isay’s idea to this town. She is setting up a recording booth at the Hall Haskell House REGIONAL – Since August, outdoor watering has been banned throughout the North Shore as every city and town in northeast Massachusetts ordered no outdoor watering and urged residents to conserve water in any way possible. With recent rains, the drought has eased slightly, and the city of Amesbury last week lifted the ban entirely. Other towns and cities say they will probably not end the ban until January when the state is expected to declare that the current drought has ended. The Ipswich Water Department issued a stern warning in August: “It is imperative that demand drop to winter levels immediately in order to ensure the Water Department can continue to meet basic domestic and firefighting needs. Please help reduce townwide water use by 200,000 gallons per day. All outdoor watering must stop and customers should limit non-essential indoor Looks who's 13 now... Prst Std. U.S. Postage Paid Newburyport, MA Permit No. 51 ____________ The Town Common Largest DISTRIBUTION ACROSS the NORTH SHORE of ma & Coastal NH November 9 - 15, 2016 Vol. 13, No. 2 FREE Telling Tales at Thanksgiving You'll "flip" over the digital edition at General Surgeons Specializing in You! General Surgeons David J. Swierzewski, MD, and Jeffrey P. Thurlow, MD, have joined forces to offer comprehensive surgical care in Newburyport. Now accepting new patients, 978-572-1149 By Stewart Lytle, Reporter ––––––––––––––––– A First Period Home, The Hall Haskell House and Gallery Rains May Soon Lift Watering Ban A sign beside Haverhill’s water supply By Stewart Lytle, Reporter ––––––––––––––––– Photo by Stewart Lytle Photo by Stewart Lytle Gallery to record first-hand stories. Between Nov. 15 and 27, residents of Ipswich and surrounding North Shore communities are invited to record their stories in a real studio erected inside the Hall Haskell House Gallery, the town’s visitor center. The studio will be staffed with volunteers to assist with the recordings. Bates offered the opportunity for families to record stories last year during the celebration of First Period homes. This year, she is expanding the program as part of the national StoryCorps initiative, called the Great Thanksgiving Listen. “The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a national education project that empowers high school students to create an oral history of the contemporary U.S. by recording an interview with an elder over Thanksgiving weekend,” StoryCore’s web site states. The Town Common Newspaper You Postal Customer Continued on page 3 water use.” The Newburyport Department of Public Services’ water division banned automatic sprinklers and filling pools. The city has not watered parks or allowed any non-essential use of fire hydrants. The fines range from $50 to $100, and there is a threat that if these restrictions don’t work, “more restrictive measures may be imposed.” The town of Rowley web site asked “for your continued effort with conserving water.” Amesbury Mayor Ken Gray ordered the outdoor watering ban lifted because, “The recent rains have restored Tuxbury Pond and the Powow River to normal condition. This alleviates the need for water use restrictions.” The town of Ipswich made a contest out of the drought, asking town employees and Continued on page 3 21 Highland Avenue, Suite A, Newburyport, MA • 978-572-1149 Now Shouldn’t Your Ad Be In Here Too? Call today • 978-948-8696 • AJH_SS_FtPg Ad_08.16.indd 1 10/27/16 3:27 PM

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