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Page October 11 - 17, 2017 How to Submit Letters to the Editor Marc Maravalli, B.S., R.Ph. Publisher/Editor, The Town Common Letters to the Editor provide a useful way of communicating concerns, issues, or suggestions to all members of the community. The Town Common encourages all citizens to submit letters concerning issues of interest and concern to the local community. Letters selected for publication may be edited for length and clarity. Some letters may serve as a catalyst for other articles or coverage, and community leaders and agencies will be offered an opportunity to respond to letters concerning their areas of responsibility. All letters must be signed and include a daytime telephone number. Letters may be submitted to: The Editor c/o The Town Common 77 Wethersfield St. Rowley, MA 01969 or preferably via e-mail to: The Town Common deadline is 5pm Wednesday (except when a federal holiday necessitates an earlier deadline). 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The right is reserved to reject, omit, or edit any copy offered for publication. Copyright 2004-2017 The Town Common © - All Rights Reserved In loving memory of Liz Ichizawa, Reporter (1956 - 2005) Letters To The Editor One Hot Night! Community Announcements Dear Community, On behalf of the Friends Community of the Rowley Public Connections Library, we wish to extend a sincere thank-you to our generous sponsors, chefs and the many people who contributed their time, energy and talent to make the 13th Annual Chili Cookoff a huge success. We all had a blast. The cook-off, which was Business held on Saturday, Sept. Spotlight 30, 2017 at St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Rowley, raised about $5,000, after expenses (final numbers to Forbe communicated shortly on the library website), all to Sale benefit programs at our Real Rowley Estate Public Library. • We For owe a Sale huge thanks to St. Mary’s for allowing us to hold the event in their hall despite very short notice. Our apologies again to the parishioners of St. Mary’s who were inconvenienced Sports by parking • Sports issue and noise. • Sports Without you, we would have had to cancel our event since the weather was simply too awful for an outdoor event. Volunteers contributed in every aspect, including planning and Pets, Animals, Plus organizing, publicity, ticket sales, decorating, baking, vegetable platter donations, judging, cashiering, score keeping, and of course, cooking and serving chili. In a move toward “greening up” the cook-off, most Health & Fitness of the trash generated was sorted and recycled after the event. Special thanks go to the youth bands Blue Crush, Half Built Death Star and Bliss of BeImagine Music Studio and Orville Giddings Acoustic Trio who kept the crowd entertained; to Ipswich Ale our beer and soda sponsor; to perennial sponsors Institution for Savings, First Ipswich Bank, Rowley Family Dental, Rowley Realty, Choice Graphics, Flagship Harbor Advisors and the Village Pancake House as well as new sponsors Iron Tree Service and Mountain One Bank. We thank the American BBQ and Spuds for donating delicious corn bread and chili for the hungry crowd and Country Gardens who supplied us with beautiful fall plant decorations. Thanks also to Doug at Old Town Bread Co., First Ipswich Bank and our librarians for pre-selling tickets. Special awards were given to Karen Herrick, past treasurer and Tim Young, past president of the Friends for their many years of service. Karen and Tim received gorgeous mugs with a beautiful library drawing designed by Priscilla Serafin. Those mugs are also for sale at the library and make a wonderful gift. Come get your very own in time for a nice hot beverage. Many thanks also to the committee members who organized the dozens of volunteers to make the event run smoothly: Sara Bourque, Stephen Markarian, Keith Harris, Laura DiPersia, Alex Hanscom, Olivia McDonald, Pamela Jacobson, Maggie Lemelin and Janet Peabody. Thank you esteemed judges: Police Chief Scott Dumas, Triton Superintendent of Schools Brian Forget, PGS Principal Christine Kneeland, Town Common Editor Marc Maravalli and Selectman Bob Snow. And here are the winners. In the category of Red Chili, congratulations go to: 1st Prize Kevin Moriarty, 2nd Prize Mary Rooney, 3rd Prize Bill Wright. For the Vegetarian Category: 1st Prize James Heise, 2nd Prize Coco Crooks and the winner for People’s Choice Mary Rooney. Enjoy your prizes and fame! See you in two years! Sieglinde Aigner-Crooks and Sara Bourque, Chili Cookoff cochairs, Friends of the Rowley Public Library Cycles of Change and Women’s Health Improve Your Health in 2017 By Chi Sun, Lic. Ac., Dipl O.M. It is common knowledge these Internal Arts Acupuncture days that our health changes with the and seasons Herbal and Medicine that people often Chi catch Sun, Lic. cold Ac., or get Dipl. sick O.M. when the seasons Route change 1, Ipswich suddenly. But did you also know that over 2200 years ago medical writers recognized that people’s health changes in cycles of 7 or 8 years? In the Chinese Medical text “Yellow Emperor’s Canon of Internal Medicine”, written sometime around 200 BCE it states, “Women 7 and men 8”. What does it mean and what are its implications for women’s health? It means that for women, their health changes in 7 year life cycles, and for men it changes every 8 years. The ancient medical text goes on to describe each cycle of 7 years and the normal and expected changes that women should see in their lives. The first 7 years are about childhood growth and development. By the end of the second 7 years (14 years old), puberty and menstruation is expected and natural. This happens a little earlier nowadays for some girls, mostly because of modern nutrition. At the end of the third cycle of 7 years (at 21 years of age) the woman has stopped growing and her fertility is very strong. It is between the 3rd and 4th cycle of seven (ages 21 to 28) that the ancients said women were at peak fertility and this was recommended as the best time to have children. Unfortunately, modern life is much more • complex Wellness than and it was Vitality 2200 years • ago. Women’s Many couples Healthgo to college and get married and establish • their Fertility careers and before Menopause having children in their 30’s and beyond. • Luckily Acupressure for most, for according Kids to • the Anxiety Chinese and view, Stress it is not until the end of the 5th cycle of 7 (35 • years Insomnia of age) and that Fatigue the woman’s • fertility Headaches begins to and decline. PainShe can still have children, but it isn’t as easy, and by 42, the end of the 6th cycle, it is difficult to conceive. Call us! We can help! 978-412-8272 As the age of first time mothers has increased here in the US, so has the use of fertility treatments. Since 2003 there has been a 65% increase in the use of in vitro fertilization (IVF) for women struggling to conceive. In a recent study acupuncture was added to standard IVF fertility treatments. The IVF alone group got a 26% success rate resulting in pregnancy. The IVF plus acupuncture group got a 42% success rate, a dramatic improvement. Researchers suspect the IVF with acupuncture group did so much better because acupuncture can calm and relax the body and also improve blood Greg Der Bogosian flow. Acupuncturists and herbalists have helped women regulate their cycles and improve fertility using these observations of 7 year cycles and health for thousands of years. If you are experiencing abnormal signs or symptoms related to these cycles of 7 or difficulty conceiving, a qualified acupuncturist may be able to able. Chi Sun is an acupuncturist at Internal Arts Acupuncture in Ipswich who specializes in Women’s Health. She had her first child at 38 and used Chinese herbal medicine and nutrition throughout her pregnancy to have a healthy daughter. To learn more or to schedule an appointment visit the website: is your Advertising Consultant 77 Wethersfield St. Rowley, MA 01969 Telephone: 978-948-8696 Fax: 978-948-2564 “Maudslay is Haunted” October 21 & 22 (Rain Date October 28) A Halloween Treat that is Not to Be Missed! Newburyport - It’s time once again for Theater in the Open’s Maudslay is Haunted, our annual celebration of all things spooky. This event is a Fall favorite for area residents, and also for Theater in the Open. Maudslay is Haunted is about so much more than taking a eerie afternoon walk through the woods. It’s also one of Theater in the Open’s biggest fundraisers, and a lot of fun for everyone involved. Maudslay is Haunted is a one-hour walk through eerie vignettes, spooky sketches and haunting scenes, all set against the spectacular autumn beauty of Maudslay State Park. It’s a tradition that is not to be missed. Artistic Director, Edward Speck, notes, “This event is a wonderful tradition that always draws a big, festive crowd, but it’s also an important fundraiser for our organization, helping to support free theater we perform at Maudslay State Park. Participating as a volunteer is a great way to get involved with the Company, and also a way for this community to show their support for our productions and our youth education programs. It’s amazing to be part of all the creative energy that everyone brings.” Maudslay is Haunted is a family event intended for all ages. Gates are open from 2-4PM on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21-22. Rain date is Oct. 28. Admission is $7.00 per person, children 3 and under are admitted free of charge. Please follow the Frankenstein signs and allow time for a brief walk from the main parking lot ($5 parking fee for MA residents; $10 for out of state vehicles).

October 11 - 17, 2017 Page 3 Toxic Soil To Be Tested, Removed From Rail Trail Continued from page 1 PCBs, would idle there. Oil from the equipment would leak into the rail bed, said Robert Nicoloro, the city’s consultant with Stantec. “All railroad corridors are assumed to have some level of contaminants,” the city’s announcement stated, “it is not uncommon to find more contaminants during development of rail trails. The source of the PCBs is presumed to be old railroad operations.” Nicoloro said the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) routinely find contaminated soil where railroad operations have occurred in the past. About 1.5 billion PCBs were manufactured to reduce friction in machinery such as microscope oils, electrical insulators, capacitors and electric appliances like televisions or refrigerators. PCBs were also sprayed on dirt roads to keep the dust down. This week, a small machine Continued from page 1 more he wanted to be one of the brotherhood, he said. “I fell in love with firefighting,” he said. “I wanted not just to talk the talk, but walk the walk.” Admitting he is an adrenalinejunkie, Hagopian said he would never risk his life for a thrill. But he discovered that he was willing to and has faced danger to save someone else. He credits his love for firefighting to his friendship with the late Captain Ray Emery, who died of leukemia. Hagopian and Emery’s son, Mark, followed in the elder Emery’s footsteps. “I learned what it means to serve those who serve,” he said. Trained to be a full-fledged firefighter at the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy, Hagopian remembers being called to fires, including one near the Ipswich Choate Bridge, that took all day and night on a Saturday to extinguish, only to preach at church the next morning. After the Nov. 5th service, Hagopian will be “decommissioned” as the church minister. A church committee will be formed to select an interim minister, while a separate committee interviews and selects Hagopian’s successor. “The challenge for the church is to go forward. I’m the past,” he said. will begin digging about 500 samples of the soil along a 400- foot section. It will take samples throughout the 30-foot wide corridor, Nicoloro said. Once the soil samples are tested, the Licensed Site Planners for the city, state and the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission (MVPC) will design a remediation plan. That plan could require the city and state to dig out the soil from a small contaminated section or the entire area behind the wastewater treatment plant. Depending on the level of contamination, the dig could be a few inches or as much as four feet. The site will then be capped, probably with asphalt, Nicoloro and Vining said. The contaminated soil will be trucked to a disposal plant in Indiana, Nicoloro said. Vining, who has been working on the city’s popular rail trails for 17 years, expects that the testing and remediation will not delay the trail’s completion in time for warm weather next year. In the Congregational Church, “It takes a long time to get a new minister,” he said, estimating that this church may not select what is called a “settled minister” for two years. But that is not all bad, he said. Churches need time, so memories fade. When he succeeded Harry Myers, he often heard he was not doing things like Harry did. He expects his successor will have to tell parishioners often that he is not Reverend Bob. He and his wife, Anne, will move from the churchowned parsonage to a duplex in Peabody. They plan to keep their membership in the church in Rowley, where she has been as active as he in raising money and providing leadership for the 180- member congregation. “The church got two for one with Anne and me,” he said. Hagopian came to the ministry late. Born in Boston and raised in an Armenian family in Hamilton, he graduated from Salem State College and became a banker. When the bank was sold, he lost his job and went to work for a cable television company. There he learned video production, which he has used in his ministry. He grew up attending the Armenian Apostolic Church with his mother. When she joined the Jehovah Witness Church, he went with her, causing a rift with his An extended Care Community Come in for a visit and compare! The contractor “is itching to get this project done,” he said. So ET&L has agreed to forego The its Sea View Town Retreat -Since 1954 Common (978)-948-2552 usual winter break during January and February. •Private & Semi-Private Rooms “If all goes well, (the remediation of the contaminated soil) will be occurring this winter,” Vining told a public hearing last week. “We would all like to get this done as quickly as possible.” The city is paying for its consultant’s work, which Vining estimated would be about $75,000. But the sampling and remediation expenses, which may total between $215,000 and $260,000, will be paid by the MVPC out of an EPA grant and by MassDOT, the city’s partner in building the trail. The MVPC has agreed to pay up to $100,000 of the project. MassDOT, which has a 10 percent contingency account on the almost $5 million trail expansion, will pay the balance of the sampling and remediation. This section will remain fenced off to the public until remediation is complete. Reverend Bob Leaving Ezekiel Rogers’ Church father, a World War II veteran, attorney and community leader. As a young man, the future minister grew disenchanted with organized religion. Then he went to a Congregational Church with Anne, who sang in the choir. He fell in love with the church. “It felt like family,” he said. He enrolled in the Andover Newton Theological Seminary. When he graduated, he applied for several ministerial jobs, including the one at the church in Rowley. It was the first time the church, founded by Ezekiel Rogers, the leader of the Rowley settlers, had ever selected a minister straight out of seminary. He succeeded in part because he had already had numerous life experiences, and according to Anne, “always gives 125 percent at whatever he is doing.” Throughout his ministry, Hagopian has had oral cancer, diagnosed shortly before he came to Rowley. Joking that it was “God’s sense of humor,” he said the cancer has never kept him from speaking. 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