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Page October 18 - 24, 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) October Fun Saturday October 7th the staff at the Essex Sports Center located on 15 Manning Avenue in Middleton MA, held a completely free event for families and friends of the community to enjoy. It started with a figure skating exhibition that included regional competitors, 2 free public skating sessions with a DJ and Masco Youth Hockey held a hockey jamboree. The tenants in the building who include, Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning, Eat Klean, Sports Rehabilitation Unlimited, Essex Sports Nutrition, Total Sports Repair and Aztec Soccer held a trick or treat throughout the building. Additionally, there were several games such as, a donut eating contest, a scavenger hunt and a costume contest! The event was supported by the Essex Tech Foundation and the Essex Technical High School hockey team and members of the student body. The First Congregational Church of Georgetown FALL HARVEST FAIR Fri. Oct. 20th 10:00-5:00pm & Sat. Oct. 21nd 9:00-3:00pm Chili & chowder! Delicious Turkey Dinner with all the fixings! Saturday night 5:00pm Adults $11.00 - Kids 10 and under $6.00 Over 40 Prizes! Raffle Tickets $1.00 Lobster Roll & Chicken Salad Roll Friday 11:30am - 1:00pm ORDER 4 or more and get free delivery! CALL 978-352-8443 Looking for that Special Outfit? Stop by our Boutique we have beautiful gently used clothing for women, and children! Jump start the Holiday Season and start shopping this weekend! Featuring unique creations & products from over 20 vendors! FUN FOR THE KIDS!! Come jump around in the moon house on Saturday! The Town Common Courtesy Photos Cookie walk! TAG SALE- Rummage Sale! Doors open promptly at 10:00am on Friday! Don’t miss out on all the great deals! Fall Workshops at the Museum of Old Newbury Newburyport - This fall, two workshops at the Museum of Old Newbury will highlight the value of local history from both creative and academic perspectives. The first, a combination walking tour and photography lesson taking place on October 21st, pairs historic places with opportunities for artistic photography. The second workshop, an educators’ seminar on November 3rd, aims to help middle and high school teachers take advantage of local historical resources to guide their students through compelling primary research projects. October 21’s “Photo Walking Tour: Architectural Styles and Historic Homes of Newburyport” will be led by Dan Fionte and Bob Watts, both local photographers and history buffs. The three-hour tour will begin at 2pm and meander down some of the most historic and picturesque streets in Newburyport, starting from the Museum of Old Newbury at 98 High Street. Designed for beginning to intermediate level photographers, the class will teach architectural photography techniques and give attendees the chance to experiment with specialty equipment provided by the instructors. The group’s leaders will highlight several notable buildings on the twomile walk through the heart of Newburyport’s historic district, including both homes and public buildings to offer a variety of architectural styles and subjects for creative photography. The workshop’s instructors have strong backgrounds in both history and the arts. Dan Fionte is an artist and teacher of photography and mixed media at the high school level and holds a BFA in Studio Art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Tufts University, and an MA in Teaching, concentrating in Fine Art Education, from Tufts University. Dan Fionte serves on the Museum of Old Newbury’s Board of Directors. Bob Watts holds a BFA in Photography and Ceramics from Alfred University and is a District Account Manager for Nikon. Bob Watts is a member of the Executive Board of the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges. November 3’s “Historical Research and Writing Seminar” takes an academic approach to local history, offering valuable resources to Essex Home made PIES! TEA TIME reservations are now being accepted for Friday! Come have TEA with your favorite girl & her doll! 3:00 & 3:45pm available $5.00 each CALL 978-375-1036 County teachers. The ½-day event includes three sessions and runs from 9am-1pm, with optional tours of the museum following. The seminar is designed to highlight the unique learning opportunities of studying local subjects for grades 6-12, both for putting primary sources in students’ hands, and for giving these students the chance to create truly original papers about fresh, little-known subjects. The seminar will examine the academic benefits of these projects and provide practical tips for teachers to implement research projects in their classrooms. The seminar will feature keynote speaker Will Fitzhugh, founding publisher of The Concord Review, a prestigious quarterly journal and the only publication worldwide to publish high school research. Fitzhugh will explain the intrinsic value he sees in student research, and how this led him to found the journal 30 years ago. Current Harvard University students who were once published in The Concord Review will offer their own perspectives about the value of these projects. Seminar speakers also include Bill Quigley, history teacher and director of the Writing Center at The Governor’s Academy; Susan C.S. Edwards, Executive Director of the Museum of Old Newbury; and Sharon Spieldenner, archivist at the Newburyport Public Library and at the museum. Quigley will discuss his own experience teaching research skills during his 30- year career, sharing some of his students’ exemplary papers on local history. Edwards and Spieldenner will outline the wealth of local history repositories available to teachers and students, and share their experiences in exposing young researchers to these resources. For more information or to register for either event, visit or call 978- 462-2681. The Photo Walking Tour incurs a $25 fee for museum members, $35 for non-members. The Educators’ Seminar has a $75 registration fee that includes a catered luncheon.

October 18 - 24, 2017 Page 3 Continued from page 1 can volunteer to work for the town for up to 125 hours a year. If approved by the town Meeting, the veteran would be compensated by a reduction in property taxes at the minimum wage rate of $11, or $1,375 a year. This program would be similar to one offered to seniors who are property owners. That program reduces seniors’ property tax bill for up to 100 hours. In 2012, the Massachusetts Legislature authorized municipalities in the Commonwealth to adopt this tax program as a benefit for veterans. “I think it is fantastic,” said Karen tyler, the veterans’ agent for eight North Shore towns from Newbury to essex. Jarvis, calling the measure “a small gesture to our veterans,” said it would give former soldiers who are financially strapped “some breathing room.” Last week, he wrote in an email, “The veteran tax program I feel is very beneficial as it serves all veterans who own property in town. This by-law will allow disabled veterans with physical limitations to have a relative work for them in their place when they cannot perform the task. Continued from page 1 And it is not just coins. pratt pulled out a box from under the counter that contained counterfeit military medals. one, which would be very valuable if real, purports to be a Nazi German tank officer’s medal. Another claims to be a French Army good conduct medal. He is offering them, with full disclosure that they are fakes, for a few dollars. The coin business is still good and generates great excitement. two customers recently got into a fistfight in the store over who would get to buy a high-grade, 1804 big copper penny. The penny had come to pratt from an elderly man in rowley. passed down through several generations, the penny sold for $10,200. when the fight in his shop broke out, pratt told both men to A Tax Cut for Needy Veterans “This I feel is most important as there are veterans with physical restrictions who may solely rely on their VA disability check and have limited income.” tyler said she supports anything that brings benefits to veterans. “They have served their country and now they can serve their communities. It will benefit everyone in town,” she said. Three of the towns she represents – rowley, wenham and Hamilton – offer this program to their veterans. The city of Amesbury also offers the program to veterans, veterans’ agent Kevin Hunt said. other North Shore municipalities are also considering adopting the program. rowley and wenham have two veterans in each who participate in the program. Hamilton has none, she said. tyler said she knows of no opposition to the measure, but Jarvis is prepared to speak at town Meeting “if I need to.” He was stopped last week by a resident, who worried that it would reduce Newbury’s already tight municipal budget. “It is not going to break the budget,” tyler said. what it shows is that if a veteran or a spouse of a deceased get out. If they wanted the penny, they could get a cashier’s check at the bank next door. one of the fighters came back with a check. The other man left, he said. Silver dollars continue to be his best sellers, pratt said. They are historic. Many of them hark back to the American cowboy era. The silver dollars appreciate annually about 3 to 5 percent, which is better than any bank savings account, he said. And he promises to buy any of the silver dollars he sells back so he can sell them again. pratt is also an avid treasure hunter. He admits the millions of hours he has spent searching for gold has collected more good stories than valuable coins. He once found a loaded world war II pistol buried in the dirt. He traced it to a home invasion in Lowell 20 years before. The most valuable coin was or disabled veteran signs up for the program, “they really need it,” tyler said. There are 340 veterans who live in Newbury. It is unknown how many veterans own property, on which they pay taxes. If the number of seniors who participate in the program is an indication of how many veterans will use it, it should be a handful at most. of the 1,502 seniors living in Newbury, only a dozen signed up this year to work off a portion of their property taxes. The state law gives each town flexibility in implementing the program. The board of Selectmen could cap the tax reduction benefit at $1,000, as it does with the senior property tax work-off program. The selectmen can also prohibit veterans from also volunteering under the senior program. to be eligible for senior tax work-off the program, applicants must be 60 years of age or older at the time of application, reside in the municipality and occupy the property for which the taxes are to be paid. They also cannot have a household income of $65,981 or less. The state law did not impose an income qualification on the veterans program. Peter Pratt Worries About the Future of Antique Coins found behind Haverhill Stadium by a 15-year-old boy. The coin was issued in the late 17th century as part of George washington’s presidential campaign. only 31 of the coins were made. two went to Massachusetts. The one found had the initials Gw on the front and the year 1677 on the back pratt got an estimate for the coin between $8,000 and $10,000. It was sold at auction for $18,200. The young man used the money to buy his first car before he had a driver’s license, pratt said. 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