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The Region's Largest Weekly Distribution The Pettengill House Annual Winter Coat Drive The Pettengill House will be collecting new and gently used items in excellent condition, including warm winter coats, parkas, snowsuits, heavy winter hoodies, ski jackets, and waterproof gloves in all sizes from infant to XXXL. Larger sizes are especially needed. All donations are tax-deductible, stay local, and have an immediate impact on those in need. Collection Site: Millennium Engineering at 62 Elm Street (rte. 110) Salisbury, MA at the rear of the building. Building is handicap accessible. Drop-Off Dates and Times: October 30th, November 1st, & November 2nd from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Continued on page 2 Happy Halloween from... PRST STD. U.S. POSTAGE PAID NEWBURYPORT, MA PERMIT NO. 51 ____________ The Town Common LARGEST DISTRIBUTION ACROSS THE NORTH SHORE OF MA & COASTAL NH October 25 - November 1, 2017 Vol. 13, No. 52 FREE REGIONAL – For years Joanne Cassia, who owns the Olde Ipswich Shop & Gallery, would help her customers, who did not find what they were looking for in her shop, by referring them to friends who sold different items. “If I didn’t have what they wanted, I would send them to one of the other shops that might have it,” Cassia said. “I like sharing my customers.” She wrote the name of the shop on a scrap piece of paper, and using her skills as an artist, drew maps for her customers. In turn, other customers stopped in her shop, sometimes carrying another scrap of paper directing them to her shop. It was an informal networking system among women-owned businesses on the North Shore, but Cassia said it was time consuming and disorganized. Then the Essex Heritage Photo by Stewart Lytle Sue Nakanishi with a copy of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. By Stewart Lytle, reporter ––––––––––––––––– By Stewart Lytle, reporter ––––––––––––––––– author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born has its own walking tour. And here on the North Shore, the Langley-Adams Public Library in Groveland has scheduled Sherlockian expert Dr. Ann McClellan to give a lecture on Holmes, entitled “(Not So) Elementary My Dear Watson: The Popularity of Sherlock Holmes.” Sue Nakanishi, the library’s adult services and outreach coordinator, invited McClellan, the chair of the English You'll "flip" over the digital edition at Trick–or–Treat at Anna Jaques! 25 Highland Avenue, Newburyport, MA 01950 Essex Coastal Byway Helps ‘Woman’ Owned Shops Photo courtesy of Essex Heritage From left, Ann Thomas, Georgeanne Richards, Katrina Haskell, Ann Orcutt, Pauline Bresnahan, and Johanne Cassia. Not shown are Lauren Hesse, Shelly Nicastro and Susan Lufkin. GROVELAND – Sherlock Holmes’ fans worldwide are celebrating the famous fictional detective’s 125th birthday this month, tracing his origins to the publication in 1892 of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Libraries and bookstores from London to obscure places around the globe are celebrating with talks by experts on Holmes and his biographer sidekick, Dr. Watson. London, of course, has walking tours along Baker Street where Holmes was said to live. Edinburgh, Scotland, where Sherlock Holmes Turns 125 The Town Common Newspaper You Now Shouldn’t Your Ad Be In Here Too? Call today • 978-948-8696 • POSTAL CUSTOMER Commission had what she called “a brilliant idea.” The commission, a non-profit organization, created a 90-mile Essex Coastal Scenic Byway, which includes 14 cities and towns along state Routes 1, 1A, 133 and 127. Beautiful signs were erected directing visitors and residents from Lynn in the south to Salisbury in the north. “There was such a buzz when the signs went up,” said Pauline Bresnahan, who owns Pauline’s Gifts in Gloucester. “It gave us a tool to use.” The byway not only promoted North Shore recreational and historic sites, it also increased the visibility of businesses along the route. Last spring, Cassia and Bresnahan talked with Georgeanne Richards, who owns Sea Meadows Gifts and Gardens in Essex, and Katrina Haskell, Continued on page 3 Department for Plymouth State university, to discuss Holmes’ enduring popularity and impact on pop culture. Her presentation will be at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 30. But it should be noted that in the Holmes’ tradition of seeking the truth, Holmes may be a little older, more like 130. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was published in 1892, but Doyle first introduced Holmes and Watson in the novel, A Study in Scarlet, which was published five Continued on page 3 AJH_Halloween_FtPgAd_10.16.indd 1 10/13/16 10:57 AM