The Region's Largest Weekly Distribution REGIONAL – On the Newburyport Commons Facebook page last week Christine King posted a photo of a teenager swimming in a large, water-filled pot hole. The caption read: “Who Needs A Pool When You Live in Massachusetts.” Kevin Aurilio asked, “When did Newburyport start on the tunnel construction?? OH WAIT THOSE ARE POT HOLES. PAVE THE STREETS!!!!” It’s spring in New England and that means it’s time for those rim-bending, tire-flattening craters that pop overnight. We call them potholes. “It’s tough. There’s some nasty ones out there,” said Robert Desmarais, director of Amesbury’s Department of Public Works. “It’s bad. It’s winter in New England.” Potholes, he said, are “part of being a tough New Englander.” Now that the threat of snow and ice is abating, cities and towns throughout the North Shore were dispatching crews to patch the worst potholes. Paul Swindlehurst on the Newburyport Commons Facebook praised “the hard working pothole repair crews (and the police details that keep them safe) I saw Local infor mation... The Town Common PRST STD. U.S. POSTAGE PAID NEWBURYPORT, MA PERMIT NO. 51 ____________ LARGEST DISTRIBUTION ACROSS THE NORTH SHORE OF MA & COASTAL NH www.thetowncommon.com April 4 - 10, 2018 Vol. 14, No. 23 FREE Pot Holes: Part of Being a Tough New Englander Advocating for the Kids By Stewart Lytle, Reporter ––––––––––––––––– REGIONAL —The mother of two Salisbury Elementary School students, Jenn Roketenetz, founded a group of concerned Triton Regional School District parents earlier this month to advocate for the district’s proposed budget, whatever that amount might be. The School Committee unanimously approved a $41.3 million budget Wednesday. While the budget would avoid layoffs of as many as 51 school employees, many believe it will require adopting a Proposition 2 1/2 override in each of the district’s three towns — Rowley, Newbury and Salisbury — to be fully funded. The Newbury Board of Selectmen is expected to Pothole patching crews By Stewart Lytle, Reporter ––––––––––––––––– discuss the Triton budget Thursday night, and Salisbury and Rowley selectmen are scheduled to do the same Monday. Once her group has the potential override numbers in hand, Roketenetz said they will begin their campaign under “We Are Triton”. “We tossed around a few different things but we felt like We Are Triton is symbolic of unifying the three towns,” Roketenetz said. “That is simply what it is. We are Triton and we are the faces of Triton.” Continued on page 3 Photo by Stewart Lytle this morning on Merrimac and High streets!!” Tony Furnari, director of the Newburyport highway division, said his crews have been out for several days patching the biggest potholes on the more heavily traveled streets. “It’s worst this year. Winter killed the roads. Worse than usual. We had a stretch of cold weather, then snow and rain. It made the asphalt pop.” Lisa DeMeo, in her first year as director of Salisbury’s public works, said she has found the pothole challenge to be about the same. Her contacts in public works departments around Essex County tell her the number of Triton Photo by Stewart Lytle potholes is picking up, but not worse than last year. The bigger challenge for her department, DeMeo said, is cleaning up the tree debris. Potholes, named for their round and deep pot-like appearance, have plagued vehicles and those responsible for fixing them as far back as roads have been paved. The name pothole is traced to the early 20th century. The irritating road hazards are caused by the freezethaw cycle. Water gets in cracks in the asphalt and bubbles up under roads. When the water freezes often at night, it expands, stretching the asphalt. When it thaws with the morning sun, the pavement weakens just in time for a car or truck tire to roll over it. In winter, crews do what Desmarais called “triage,” patching the worst of the potholes. Starting this month with warmer weather, the public works departments can repair larger stretches of roads. The reason is again the weather. In the winter, the asphalt manufacturers close down in nearby Merrimack. In the winter, Desmarais said his crews drive a “hot box” two hours roundtrip to Dracut to pick up asphalt. By the time they get back to the pothole in Amesbury, Rowley Girl Scout Pinewood Derby You'll "flip" over the digital edition at TheTownCommon.com POSTAL CUSTOMER Continued on page 3 Photos Courtesy Jane Koopman White Rowley Girl Scouts were all smiles at the end of the fi rst ever Girl Scout Pinewood Derby. See more pictures and results on page 2.