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Donnie Jarvis The Region's Largest Weekly Distribution Ever ybody wants to read... The Town Common A Tax Cut for Needy Veterans By Stewart Lytle, reporter ––––––––––––––––– reGIoNAL – A soldier, who serves his country, is eligible to receive government benefits when he returns home as a veteran. why then can’t a veteran get a reduction in property taxes from the municipality he or she lives in if the veteran volunteers to work a few hours a year for that city or town? That is the question that Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran Donnie Jarvis is asking the members of the Newbury town Meeting, which is scheduled for next tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Newbury elementary School. Article 8 on the Newbury town Meeting warrant proposes that a veteran or the spouse of a veteran PRST STD. U.S. POSTAGE PAID NEWBURYPORT, MA PERMIT NO. 51 ____________ LARGEST DISTRIBUTION ACROSS THE NORTH SHORE OF MA & COASTAL NH October 18 - 24, 2017 Vol. 13, No. 51 FREE photo by Stewart Lytle Peter Pratt Worries About the Future of Antique Coins By Stewart Lytle, reporter ––––––––––––––––– GeorGetowN – peter pratt is worried that the growing influx of counterfeit coins, coming mostly from China and Japan, may threaten the future of antique coin collecting. “It scares me,” said pratt, who is a North Shore institution, owning the pratt Hobby Shop on Main Street here for the last 43 years. “we are getting so many counterfeit stamps and coins.” He also sees more antique furniture, “anything that will make a buck,” he said. prominent in his locked display case is a Confederate States of America twenty dollar bill. He is asking $125 for it, but readily admits it is “a fake.” “The first question I get from customers (about the coins and bills) is, ‘Is it real?’” he said. The 77-year-old dealer sells hundreds of thousands of dollars in antique coins each year, plus memorabilia and a variety of hobby products, especially model cars. but the problem of counterfeiting has become so acute he is considering getting out of the high-end coin business. but don’t worry. As he told his wife on his 77th birthday, pratt cannot imagine leaving the small shop, packed with such a variety of fascinating items. He does wax poetic, however, about riding all-terrain vehicles on a 125-acre tract he owns in Maine. The counterfeit coins are so well made, it is getting hard for even the experienced dealer like himself to spot the fakes. He now consults with other experts before rendering his appraisal. pratt was brought a coin recently that was so perfect he knew it was counterfeit only because the weight was wrong. The Chinese manufacturer had used a different metal, he said. “In 43 years, things have changed,” he said. “Not really for the good.” In making his appraisals, he primarily trusts himself, a few reliable coin experts and ultimately the professional Coin Grading Service (pCGS), the gold standard in independent certification. Continued on page 3 You'll "flip" over the digital edition at Trick–or–Treat at Anna Jaques! Continued on page 3 25 Highland Avenue, Newburyport, MA 01950 St. John’s Prep Golf Team Accepts the 2017 Byron Bowl N e w b u r y p o r t — St. John’s prep golf team members trent Han and Cole english accepted the 2017 “byron bowl” from Former Mayor byron Matthews, along with a check for $500 to the St. John’s prep Athletic Department. Han and english won the “High School Challenge” sponsored by SpS New england, Inc. during the 27th annual Anna Jaques Hospital “Fore your Health” Golf tournament on August 14th at renaissance Golf Club. Sat. 9/2: Opening Day Sun. 9/3: Military Appreciation Day - free w\ valid military ID Sat. 9/9, 4p: Cleavage Contest Sat. 9/16, 4p: Vow Renewal Ceremony - Romance Is In The Faire The Town Common Courtesy photo L to R: Cole English, Byron Matthews, Mark Goldstein, President & CEO of Anna Jaques Hospital, and Trent Han. St. Johns competed against players from Amesbury, Hamilton-wenham, Ipswich, Masconomet, Newburyport, pentucket and triton. Peter Pratt in his store with his coins Sat. 9/23, 4p: Game of Thrones costume and trivia contest Sat. 9/30, 4p: Clash of the Tartans: Highland Hunks, Men/Kilts Contest Sat. 10/7, 4p: Harry Potter Trivia & Costume Contest (ages 12+) POSTAL CUSTOMER photo by Stewart Lytle Sat. 10/14, 4p: Wee Ones Parade for Princes, Princesses, Fairies & Pirates Costume Contest (ages 11 and younger only) Sat. 10/24, 4p: Fantasy Finale Weekend: Adult Costume Contest AJH_Halloween_FtPgAd_10.16.indd 1 10/13/16 10:57 AM