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The Region's Largest Weekly Distribution NEWBURYPORT - Mary Ann Abbott, President of the Aid Association, presented a check to President & CEO Mark Goldstein, and Chair of the Anna Jaques Community Health Foundation Board Trey Burns in the amount of $165,000 at the Aid Association Annual Meeting on October 19th. Funds will directly support patient care and hospital Happy 14 th Birthday to... 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 1 - 7, 2017 Vol. 14, No. 01 FREE Vermont Farmers Bring Fresh Food To You By stewart Lytle, reporter ––––––––––––––––– Anthony and Rachel Percoco and the Farmers To You bags of food. REGIONAL – When Tim Sirois moved his family from Somerville to Ipswich, he was thrilled to learn that there was a Farmers To You drop off site nearby in Rowley. Each Wednesday afternoon, Sirois and other North Shore customers visit Rachel and Anthony Percoco at their Aid Association Presents $165,000 Check to AJH at Annual Meeting Continued on page 2 Patricia Mansfi eld and Mary Ann Abbott present the check to Trey Burns, Chair of the Anna Jaques Community Health Foundation, and Mark Goldstein, President & CEO, with Aid Association board members. By stewart Lytle, reporter ––––––––––––––––– You'll "flip" over the digital edition at Providers You Know & Trust… The Town Common Newspaper In a Place You Call Home Photo by Stewart Lytle home and pick up their bags of fresh Vermont-grown fruits, vegetables, meats, milk in glass bottles, cheeses, juices, nuts and even egg rolls. “The food is fantastic,” Sirois said. Farmers To You is a relatively new concept in delivering fresh food directly from farmers to the consumer. Launched by George Georgaklis, a veteran of farming and the retail food industry in Massachusetts, Farmers to You partners with several dozen Vermont growers to bring fresh, high quality food to Boston and North Shore consumers. Georgaklis said his customers not only want high quality, freshly grown food, but they also want to know where and how their food was produced. And they are willing to pay a little more for that food. “You get what you pay for,” Sirois said. Georgaklis said quality farming costs more. “We charge what it costs to grow the food.” But he argues that his food is actually a bargain since his customers throw away less food. They also eat less because quality food fills the stomach better. And ultimately his customers tell him they cook more at home with his food rather than spending more money eating in restaurants. He said his annual retention rate of customers is 77 percent. Farmers to You is not a community Continued on page 3 The Town Common Courtesy Photo Cell Towers Stir Passions You POSTAL CUSTOMER Photo by Stewart Lytle A cell tower near State Rte. 110 in Salisbury SALISBURY – Seven years ago, tablets in use, but they burn through about 65 million Smart Phones were far more capacity than previous in use. Today, estimates are that we generations of cell phones. A Smart are sending voice and data over 225 Phone generates 50 times more cell million of the hand-held computers. traffic than an ordinary cell phone. And in five years, the projection A tablet requires 120 times as much is there will be 270 million Smart capacity. Phones in use. Keeping up with this growing “The world is going wireless,” demand requires an ever-increasing Frances Parisi, an attorney for Varsity number of cell towers. There are about Wireless, a cell tower developer, told 215,000 cell towers in the country the Salisbury Planning Board last today, as compared to only 900 in week. Half of all American homes are 1985. now wireless, he said. That is the focal point of the fight in According to a telecommunications local communities between the need engineer Varsity hired, there are not for more capacity for wireless devices only a lot more Smart Phones and Continued on page 3 Newburyport, MA • 978-465-0635 Now Shouldn’t Your Ad Be In Here Too? Call today • 978-948-8696 • AJH_CMA_FtPg_09.17.indd 1 9/20/17 9:42 AM

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