Greg Der Bogosian, Project Manager Page www.TheTownCommon.com April 25 - May 1, 2018 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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 2004-2018 The Town Common © - All Rights Reserved In loving memory of Liz Ichizawa, Reporter (1956 - 2005) Dear Editor, Letters To The Editor Correction Community Announcements Community Connections I just read Stewart Lytle’s article on the Toothpick needing a paint job and in it he refers to Andrew Johnson as the Confederate President when in Business fact Andrew Johnson Spotlight was the Vice President of the United States under President Lincoln and Jefferson Davis was the Confederate President. The loss of history being taught For Sale in schools is bad enough, Real let’s Estate not mess it up • For any worse Sale than it is already. George Gallant Rowley Sports • Sports • Sports Pets, Animals, Plus Note: The Town Common apologizes for this oversight and thanks George for pointing it out to us. To the editor: Health & Fitness This year’s volunteer recognition theme of Volunteers are the Heart of Our Team! reflects both the national recognition of the impact and power of volunteerism as well as the research that surrounds the benefits of volunteerism for the individual. According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, by incorporating service into their lives, volunteers make a significant impact on society as they solve problems, strengthen their communities, connect and improve the lives of others, and enrich their own lives. Between 2008 – 2010, the Corporation for National and Community Service found that 18.7 million older adults provided more than three billion hours of service in their communities. Along with working to foster healthier communities, research shows that volunteers receive significant health and social benefits from their acts of service. Studies show that volunteers live longer, and experience fewer physical limitations and lower rates of depression. Providing a sense of purpose and greater life satisfaction, volunteer activities help to protect the volunteer from social isolation during stressful periods of time while the physical activity of volunteering supports a healthy lifestyle. Last year, volunteers with the Georgetown Council on Aging (COA) assisted in the office, or at programs and parties, answered critical health insurance and legal questions, completed 105 income tax returns, folded 10,000 newsletters, sewed 123 dolls for children living with need, called 50 bingo games and drove 650 miles in order to provide elders with vital transportation to medical appointments. Representing a value of $63,000 (based on a rate of $20.85 per hour), 103 volunteers gave more than 3,000 hours of time to support the Georgetown COA, enriching the lives of elders as well as all who live within our community. Last week’s Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast gave the Georgetown COA an opportunity to thank many of our volunteers, but we wish to extend our thanks to all of the volunteers who support our work within the community. We also thank Ashland Farm at North Andover and Nunan’s Plants and Greenhouses of Georgetown for their sponsorship of the Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast. By sharing their gifts of time and self, volunteers provide the Georgetown COA with invaluable support. Not only are they a resource and valuable asset to our community, they truly are the heart of our team. We could not do the work that we do without their care, compassion and steadfast support. They have made our world a better place and we thank them with deep appreciation. Sincerely, Volunteers are the Heart of Our Team! Colleen Ranshaw-Fiorello, Director Georgetown Council on Aging Georgetown Senior Community Center 51 North Street Georgetown, MA 01833 978-352-5726 The Tower Clocks of Newburyport: Program at the Museum of Old Newbury NEWBURYPORT - In London, Big Ben is down for repairs. In Newburyport, we have eleven of our own “Big Bens” – some just as old, and most still working! On Thursday, April 26, join local historian Jack Santos at the Museum of Old Newbury to learn more about these tower clocks of Newburyport. The program will begin at 7:00pm, preceded by a reception at 6:30. In an era of the Internet, smart phones, and digital watches, we take “time” for granted. Yet, historically, our tower clocks were key to shipping and industry – critical for Newburyport ship captains to calibrate their navigation, and the reference for factory schedules, because “time is money”. Hear the fascinating stories of the clocks themselves and the people that made them possible, from an era when, literally and figuratively, time was at the center of our community. Jack Santos is a Newburyport history aficionado. He has done extensive research on Newburyport’s Wheelwright family, and started the popular “If This House Could Talk” Yankee Homecoming event. Jack believes (until proven wrong) that Newburyport, for a city its The Town Common size, holds the world record for number of tower and street clocks in a one-mile radius. Largest Independent “The Newspaper Tower Clocks of Serving Newburyport” North is free Shore and open of to the Mas public, but reservations are recommended due to limited seating; contact 978-462-2681 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This program Complete Effective Community Outreach is sponsored in part by a grant from the Institution for Savings. Join us for the 23rd Annual Equine Expo! Essex County Trail Association is hosting the23rdannual Equine EXPO to be held on Saturday, April28, 2018 from 9am-3pm in the Arena Building at the Topsfield F a i r g r o u n d s on Route 1, Topsfield, MA. This popular event draws over 800 people each year. Individuals, groups and businesses make up over 80 booths offering goods and services – selling anything new or used for the horse, rider or driver. To outfit everyone for the show and trail season, find a massage therapist, trainer, saddle fitter or a new saddle, upgrade all your equipment, build a barn, purchase supplements, books, herbal products, home decor or gifts this is the place to be! We also have a large information table with pamphlets on trails, land organizations, businesses, etc. A demonstration ring will be running all day with a number of great demos scheduled including different horse breeds, training, trailer loading & western dressage. A silent auction offers a wide variety of items for bid. There will be a food vendor serving lunch. Plenty of free parking and the building is accessible to everyone. An admission fee of $5 (kids under 10 are free) goes toward one of our goals of maintaining trails in our member Towns of Hamilton, Wenham, Topsfield, Ipswich, Essex and West Newbury for all types of passive recreation. Drop by for a day of one stop shopping. For more information,please call Kay at 978-768-6275 or Sue at 978-468- 7715 or email@example.com.
April 25 - May 1, 2018 www.TheTownCommon.com Page Amesbury Aims at 20 Percent Energy Reduction The Town Common comfortable and more efficient. Come in for a visit and compare! The balance of the grants was used to upgrade the decorative Sea View Retreat -Since 1954 (978)-948-2552 lighting downtown to LED lights, buy an electric car for the water •Private & Semi-Private Rooms department, and install solardriven trash compactors and Complete an Effective Community Outreach! An extended Care Community with Baths and Beautiful Views • Medicare/ Medicaid certified • Social Services-Speech, Physical, Occupational, & Massage Therapies • Full Activity Program • and much more... Continued from page 1 the cobra-head style lights and LED bulbs. The total cost of that project is $400,000. Once implemented the new lighting system will save the city $100,000 every year, he said. And Barrasso estimates that it would reduce the overall city’s energy consumption by 12 percent. “Continuing to investing in LED streetlight conversions will lead to more reduced energy costs and better road safety for motorists and pedestrians across Massachusetts,” Gov. Baker said. “The strong partnership between the Commonwealth and our regional planning authorities and municipal light plants helps maximize the positive benefits of this grant funding.” Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said, “Converting municipally owned streetlights into energy efficient LEDs helps cities and towns across the Commonwealth realize thousands of dollars in annual energy savings while reducing emissions. LED streetlights reduce energy usage during peak demand times, lessening the burden on our regional electric grid and reducing costs for all ratepayers.” Pelican Fund Celebrates Hope for Recovery Continued from page 1 cargo between the two banks of the Merrimack. The toothpick has been left in place by the Coast Guard, which still owns it. But the years of wind and salt spray are taking their toll. The red paint on the wooden slats is fading and the wood is probably rotting. Paul, who lives in Amesbury, has taken a keen interest in the toothpick since he saw it on an ecology tour of the river. In the years since first seeing it, Paul has gathered as much information as he can find on the toothpick and its namesake, Ben Butler, a colorful 19th century soldier, businessman, governor, member of Congress and America’s Cup yacht owner. He is working with the Salisbury Historical Commission to find some organization to take responsibility for maintaining and possibly restoring the toothpick. Commission Chairman Paul Turner and Larry Paul are planning to meet with Salisbury Town Manager Neil Harrington to discuss the future of the toothpick. Turner told his commission members last month that Harrington wants the town involved in any discussion about the future of the toothpick. Negotiations between the city and National Grid to buy the street lights are on-going. The city has already completed a survey of lights and found it is being charged by the utility for lights that don’t exist. Once it buys the lights, the city will take over the maintenance, which Barrasso estimates will cost about $10,000 a year. It may partner with a town like Merrimack that has its own public power company and could share the cost of trucks to maintain the lighting system. Barrasso believes that the city can hit the Green Communities’ goal of 20 percent goal by reducing the energy consumption at the city’s water treatment plant, which uses a lot of electricity. A field beside the plant could have solar panels to reduce the plant’s energy use. Since Amesbury was named a Green Community in 2014, it has received four grants from the state for a total of $750,000. Of that $658,000 have gone to retrofitting the heating systems in the schools, including installing an energy monitoring system that is designed to make the middle school and high school more Larry Paul, an engineer, has been creating drawings of the toothpick with hopes of someday restoring the beacon to its original condition. He envisions replacing the wooden structure with something that would survive the weather better and enlarge it to its full 35-foot height. If taller, some observers believe the beacon might look even more like a toothpick. No one left alive knows why the beacon is called Ben Butler’s Toothpick. Paul said the speculation has always been that the wooden structure was given that moniker because Butler, a well-known loud mouth, built it. “I was told it was because Butler had a big mouth,” Paul said. According to his research, Butler admitted he often put his foot in his mouth. And during one speech, he reportedly refused the offer of water, saying “Windmills don’t run on water.” Born in Deerfield, NH in 1818, Butler grew up in Lowell, where he developed an empathy for the local mill workers. When he served in the state legislature, Congress and as governor of Massachusetts, he championed the 10-hour workday. He became a very successful manufacturer in Lowell, producing the first American Largest Independent Newspaper Serving North Shore of Mass & electric car charging station. Barrasso, who has more than 30 years working in the public and private energy business, described the last year as head of the new department “as a wild ride.” In addition, he is also heading up the city’s two major solar farms on South Hunt Road. One, owned by Waste Management, is in operation, generating 6 megawatts of power. Operated by Citizens Energy Corp., it pays the city about $90,000 a year in lieu of taxes. The second solar field has been delayed because the contractor, Sun Edison, went bankrupt and now the state is developing a new solar incentive program. The city has replaced Sun Edison with a new contractor, Kearsage Energy, which will erect a solar field on the old Titcomb Landfill that will www.seaviewretreat.com MANSION DRIVE • ROWLEY, MA • JUST OFF ROUTE 1A The Town Commo generate 4 megawatts of power. Together the two solar fields www.thenortheastseaglassexpo.com will be one of the largest in the Northeast, Barrasso said. wool bunting used in making flags. Butler presented President Abraham Lincoln the first American flag made of bunting made in the U.S. During the Civil War, he was named a general and became an important player in the fight against slavery. At one post, he used his legal knowledge to declare that captured slaves were contraband, seized by the northern army. In that way, he circumvented the law that required Yankee soldiers to return any escaped slaves to their southern owners. For his efforts, Confederate President Andrew Johnson ordered Butler executed if he were ever captured. As governor from 1883 to 1884, Butler appointed the first black judge, the first Irish Catholic to the judiciary and Clara Barton, who founded the American Red Cross, as the first women to serve in an executive office. Butler also owned a marble quarry in Rockport. The original stones that formed the base for the toothpick reportedly came from his quarry. The current beacon was destroyed in a storm in 1947 and rebuilt a few years later. And for 20 years Butler owned the yacht America and entered it 28 times in races, winning five. 603-275-5191 Greg Der Bogosian, Project Manager Phone: (978) 948-8696 Cell: (978) 618-9453 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org For almost 95 years, Arthur S. 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