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Page November 22 - 28, 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). The Town Common serves the communities of the Upper North Shore of Mass. & Coastal New Hampshire and welcomes your participation. Send your Organization or Group Notices, Birth or Engagement Announcements, Photos, Articles and Letters to the Editor, by mail, phone, fax, or e-mail to: 77 Wethersfield St., Rowley, MA 01969 Phone: 978-948-8696 Fax: 978-948-2564 E-mail: The Town Common The North Thank you Shore’s all for a great Largest 70 years Independent (or maybe we should Community say 140 years). Newspaper Be Marc Maravalli, Publisher / Editor Graphic Design Services Advertising Opportunities Event and Announcement Submissions 77 Wethersfield Street Rowley, MA 01969-1713 Phone: (978) 948-8696 Fax: (978) 948-2564 The Town Common is not responsible for typographical errors or omissions, but reprint opportunities do exist for prompt notification of such errors. Advertisers should notify The Town Common of any errors in ads on the first day of issuance. No credits &/or refunds are offered or implied. All material and content cannot be duplicated without written consent of the publisher. 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) Seacoast Artist Holiday Fair Seacoast Artisans Holiday Arts & Crafts Boutique Market Annual Holiday Fair! Dec 2 & 3, 10am to 4pm, Lafayette Crossing Mall, 45 Lafayette Road, North Hampton, NH. For additional information please contact Joyce at (603) 431-8531For 18 years now, Seacoast Artisans, the promoter of the highly lauded and successful annual Portsmouth based, early November Juried Arts & Crafts Fair, is adding a new, albeit smaller but 2 day “Boutique Craft Market” December show. The Boutique Craft Market is the weekend of December 2 & 3 located just a few doors down from the LL Bean outlet. The mall is located at 45 Lafayette Road in North Massachusetts State Grange Awards were presented to long time members at the recent meeting in Milton, Mass. Grange members were present from all over the state of Massachus! etts. The meeting started on Thursday evening with a get-together and a short discussion to line up the schedule for the next few days. Everyone spent time that evening greeting friends that we have not seen in a year. Friday was spent at the regular session with several ideas and plans made for the year to come. Resolutions were made and many speakers were heard. In addition, the members were assigned their duties for the coming weekend. Saturday night was the regular banquet with a presentation by Kathleen and Robert Peterson as the main speakers. Introduced as the ‘Couple of the Year’ were Barbara and Allan Gaspar of the Rowley Grange, Rowley, MA. Allan and Barbara have had over 70 years each of service to the Mass. State Grange. They even were active in the Maine State Grange where they spent their summers. In their travels all over the country they’be always looked forward to where they could go for a Grange meeting. The Rowley Junior Grange presented “Songs from the Sound of Music” at Plymouth several years ago. The children were great, and were well appreciated by all. We are very proud of our friends at the State Grange here in Mass and in Maine. We are proud of many of the Juniors and all our brothers and sisters The of this fine organization. Town Common Allan and I want to thank all who were present at the awards ceremony for the recognition of our contributions. We ! are very proud of our friends of the Mass State Grange and thankful for the many good times we’ve shared. it as it may, thank you all for the surprise recognition. Barbara Gaspar Rowley Grange Hall, Rowley, MA Rowley Grange Hampton, NH and will be open from 10-4 both days. There will be light refreshments, a festive atmosphere and 20+ vendors with unique, local, hand made crafts at a variety of price points offering gifts for everyone on your shopping list...including you! Unlike larger juried shows there will be NO fee for entry into the event . Newburyport Memorial Art, Co. Consigli Stone Creations Memorials in granite, marble and bronze Cemetery Lettering . Monumental Cleaning Granite Countertops . Signs . Mailbox Posts . Steps Peter Consigli, Owner 96 Newburyport Tpke (Rte 1) Newbury 978-465-7772 Amesbury Soccer Stars Photos by Peter McClelland Amesbury seniors on the girls soccer team pose with Coach Adam Thibodeau and the Division 4 North title trophy that was won on Sunday (November 12th) Cookie Walk Set at Amesbury Public Library The holidays are fast approaching and who doesn’t like cookies? Assuage your sweet tooth guilt by buying cookies at the seventh annual Cookie Walk – a perfect way to support the Friends of the Amesbury Public Library. Mark your calendars. Cookie Walk 2017 will be held Thursday, Dec. 14, at 6:30 p.m., after the library closes. Just purchase a cookie tin at the Cookie Walk and fill it to the brim with your favorites. “For the past six years we have been very successful in raising money through the Cookie Walk program to go to the Friends of the Library,” said APL Director Erin Matlin. “The Friends then turn that money around and give it all back to the library. We use this money to help fund programs and purchase supplies. “It is that time of the year when we love to bake. Why not share your love of baking with the library? We need bakers to make this year’s program a success. We are looking for people to bake at least three dozen cookies. Of course if you would like to make more, please feel free.” Bakers need to drop off the cookies at the library on the day of the program, Thursday, Dec. 14, before 4:30 p.m. “Not only do we need cookies, but we also need your recipe,” Matlin said. “I plan to make recipe books of all the cookies in the Cookie Walk, which will be on sale for $3.” All proceeds from the sale will go to the Friends, whose mission is to support the library and its staff, and to enhance the resources and services of the library. The funds raised from memberships, fundraisers like the Cookie Walk, and the Book Shop pay for educational, cultural and technical programs for adults, teens and children, including museum passes subscriptions, refreshments, prizes and supplies for programs and activities, technology aids and any special requests made by the library staff. 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November 22 - 28, 2017 Page 3 The Boston Post Cane: The Tradition Continues Continued from page 1 head with the inscription: “Presented by The Boston Post To Oldest Citizen Of (Town Name). To be Transmitted.” Many of the black canes have gone missing, were stolen, accidently destroyed, sold on eBay or not returned to the town when the recipient passed away. To protect their cane, some towns now store the original in a vault or in a display cabinet and award the recipient a replica. Last week, the Newbury Board of Selectmen and the Council on Aging awarded its Boston Post cane appropriately to a venerable journalist, Bill Plante, Jr., the former editor of the Newburyport Daily News. Plante, a feisty 96, took the moment of his being recognized to warn the dozens who gathered at the Fireman’s Memorial Hall against attacks on a free press in the current political climate. “There is nothing more important than being a citizen of this country and maintaining our freedoms,” Plante said. Plante was the 14th recipient in a long line of oldest residents in Newbury that began in 1912 with B.C. Welch, age 77. Newbury took a hiatus in awarding the canes after giving one to Lewis Continued from page 1 the Inn Street Barber Shop. Elaborate table centerpieces are designed and produced by the Newburyport Horticultural Society. Serving the dinner will be volunteers from the Newburyport Rotary Club and the Newburyport Exchange Club, Our Neighbors’ Table, Yankee Homecoming and employees of Market Basket. To make sure the turkeys arrive hot, the meals scheduled for delivery to homes will be packed in thermal isolated bags provided by The Institution for Savings. Roseann Robillard, director of the city’s Council on Aging, said the Lions Club luncheon is a great event. It is also an event that attracts a wide range of volunteers. “The phone rings all weeks. Woodman, age 90, in 1963. The next recipient was Sarah Gowdey, age 98, in 1983. Georgetown for years kept its original cane locked in a vault. In 2015, it moved the cane to a custom display case with two separate keyed locks on the second floor of their Town Hall. Ken Nunan, Georgetown’s current recipient, was honored with the presentation of the cane two years ago when he was 100. Amesbury last awarded a cane in 2008 to Florence Ruth Wilson, who died at 106 in 2010. The cane was returned to the clerk’s office, but disappeared until it was found behind a file cabinet. Unfamiliar with the cane tradition, town employees stuck the city’s cane in an umbrella stand. That is where new city councilor Nick Wheeler found it. He and Susan Grant, two members of the committee planning the city’s 350th anniversary celebration, learned about the Boston Post cane tradition and have begun reviving it. Grant purchased a replica of the cane from the town clerk at Petersborough, NH, and had the town’s name added to the engraving on the handle. It cost her $150 for the cane and $20 for People ask how they can get involved,” Robillard said. Families come to help, often bringing their children, she said. Jarvis, known for his work with veterans, said he became passionate about the Thanksgiving event because it is a chance for the community to help those less fortunate and those who are alone on the most family oriented day. “I want them to be part of this family.” But Jarvis admits “it is a lot of work.” The menu for the singleseating lunch, served at 12:30 p.m., is turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes, peas with pearl onion, cranberry sauce, rolls and assorted desserts. The Thanksgiving Day luncheon was one of the first events held in the senior, community center. the engraving. Wheeler is working with the Whittier Technical High School to build Amesbury a display case that will showcase the cane in the city hall lobby. They are researching town records to identify the oldest resident, who will be awarded the replica of the cane in January at the inauguration of Mayor Ken Gray Sea View Retreat -Since 1954 An extended Care Community Come in for a visit and compare! (978)-948-2552 •Private & Semi-Private Rooms with Baths and Beautiful Views • Medicare/ Medicaid certified The Town • Social Comm Services-Speech, Physical, Occupational, & Massage Therapies • Full Activity Program • and much more... and the council members. Doreen Brothers, director of the Amesbury Council on Aging, is backing the revival of the cane tradition in the city. She believes it shows older people they are MANSION DRIVE • ROWLEY, MA • JUST OFF ROUTE 1A appreciated and important to the city. The cane tradition shows its OMNI Security Team The Town elderly citizens that “they do Residential & Commercial Security matter,” she said. Fire & Access Systems to Video Surveillance In some towns people grew Big enough to serve you - Small enough to know you afraid to receive the cane. It was perceived as the kiss of death. In Plaistow, NH and in Nantucket, several recipients of the cane died shortly after being honored for being the oldest resident. Some local officials abandoned the tradition because it became too controversial to determine who is the town’s oldest person. A few eligible recipients simply did not want to be honored for being old. As one said, “This proves you are a geezer.” Thanksgiving – A Time for Good Food, Fellowship The doors to the new building were barely open two years ago this month when the Lions brought their annual lunch. The senior/community center is at 331 High Street in front of the Bresnahan Elementary School. 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