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The Region's Largest Weekly Distribution Don't miss this edition... The Town Common PRST STD. U.S. POSTAGE PAID NEWBURYPORT, MA PERMIT NO. 51 ____________ LARGEST DISTRIBUTION ACROSS THE NORTH SHORE OF MA & COASTAL NH January 17 - 23, 2018 Vol. 14, No. 12 FREE Meet Veronica Lewis, a Budding Blues and Boogie Woogie Star By Stewart Lytle, Reporter REGIONAL – For the third time in three years, Veronica Lewis is representing the state of New Hampshire this week at the International Blues Competition in Memphis’ Beale Street Historic District. While in Tennessee, Lewis has been invited to perform on a webcast with one of her idols, legendary rockabilly singer Jerry Lee Lewis. During the performance she will play one of her songs, Ode to Jerry Lee. Having the same last name as the 82-year star is only a coincidence. Last year, she used her trip to Memphis to visit the Mississippi Delta where she studied with awardwinning blues musician Victor Wainwright and played at film star Morgan Freeman’s bar, the Ground Zero Blues Club, in Clarksville. When the Haverhill resident returns, she plans to ––––––––––––––––– Rowley Wins PEM’s Phillips Collection You'll "flip" over the digital edition at Don't miss what's going on in your community! Sign up for The Town Common's weekly e-mail! Visit and sign up today! POSTAL CUSTOMER Continued on page 3 By Stewart Lytle, Reporter ––––––––––––––––– ROWLEY – Judging from the reaction of the crowd of angry Salem residents who filled the cavernous atrium of the Peabody Essex Museum last week, Rowley is about to get a very coveted prize – the Phillips Library. The library, described as one of New England’s major research libraries, traces its origins to artifacts brought back by the early Salem merchants from around the world. It is a world-class collection of several hundred thousand books, manuscripts, maps and other documents about the art, culture and history of New England and Essex County. It is also one of the largest depositories of Salem’s witchcraft history. PEM, in the midst of a 40,000-square-foot expansion and renovation, is moving the collection from Salem up Route 1 to the museum’s new state-of-the-art collections center in the former Schylling Toy Co. headquarters at 306 Turnpike Rd. The move was required because the PEM building, which houses the collection, is out of code and could no longer protect its precious contents, the museum said in its announcement. “(The building) cannot be retrofitted and must be taken down.” Since 2011, the collection has been stored in Peabody. PEM director and CEO Dan Monroe faced the crowd of about 250 angry Salem history buffs, saying no one at the museum is happy about moving the Phillips collection to Rowley. But he said the move was necessary to protect and preserve it, particularly the 30 percent of the collection, which is unique and could not be replaced if damaged. If the collection remained at the museum and was damaged by flood, fire or theft, Monroe said, “the judgement of history would not be generous.” He conceded that the museum had not handled well the disclosure of its plans to move the collection. “In hindsight, we could have done this better,” he said. When local researcher Margo Burns held up a tablet PC with the words, I DON’T TRUST YOU written on the screen for Monroe to see while at the podium, he said, “I’m actually quite confident that I could win the title tonight of least popular guy in Salem.” The prize of winning the Phillips Collection will mean much to Rowley, but not as much as Salemites are feeling in the loss. When opened next month, the relocation of the collection will fill an empty 121,000-square-foot building that the museum Photo by Stewart Lytle bought and renovated for $15 million. A core of librarians will come to town, And it will bring researchers worldwide to PEM Director and CEO Dan Monroe at the public forum The boardwalk isn’t the only thing expanding in Salisbury Dr. William Jackson proudly welcomes Dr. Kenneth McWha to the Salisbury practice. Now accepting new patients, 978-462-3009 Veronica Lewis Dr. William Jackson Dr. Kenneth McWha Coastal Medical Salisbury, 46 Toll Road, Salisbury, MA 01952 Photo provided by Nancy Leotta record her first album of blues and boogie woogie songs, many of them originals, written and performed by herself. So what makes these accomplishments special? Lewis is a 14-year-old Georgetown High School student, who loves math and science and the original Star Trek television series. Mostly self-taught, Veronica is a budding star in the music world. Her high-energy performances have been described as having “the power of a thunder storm in the Delta.” She performs as a solo artist on the piano and sings in the style of her idols, Katie Webster, Marcia Ball, Otis Span and Jerry Lee Lewis. It has been said of the young woman that “Her original songs are exuberant, filled with humor, imagery and Continued on page 3 AJH_McWha ad_5.04x2_11.17.indd 1 11/20/17 1:51 PM

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