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The Region's Largest Weekly Distribution NEWBURYPORT – Museums can be a bit stuffy. Patrons are supposed to come to the museum during the hours it is open and walk quietly among the exhibits. The Custom House Maritime Museum is trying something new. In an effort to bring the maritime history of it’s waterfront to the community, the Newburyport Maritime Society has created the position of outreach historian. Dyke Hendrickson, journalist, author and researcher of Newburyport history, is going to schools and civic groups, senior centers and libraries to talk and answer questions about Newburyport’s colorful maritime history as a shipbuilding center and the birthplace of the Coast Happy Memorial Day from... The Town Common PRST STD. U.S. POSTAGE PAID NEWBURYPORT, MA PERMIT NO. 51 ____________ LARGEST DISTRIBUTION ACROSS THE NORTH SHORE OF MA & COASTAL NH May 23 - 29, 2018 Vol. 14, No. 30 FREE Book in a Bottle By Stewart Lytle, Reporter ––––––––––––––––– Dyke Hendrickson on the Newburyport waterfront. Photo by Stewart Lytle Guard. The give-and-take at these sessions is anything but stuffy. “Newburyport has a remarkable waterfront history, and Hendrickson will go into the community to talk about that illustrious past,” said Michael Mroz, executive director of the museum. “One of the missions of the Maritime Museum is to share the area’s past with the public, and (Dyke’s) presentations will be one way we are taking history to the people.” In addition, Hendrickson writes a weekly blog on the museum’s website Hendrickson said one of his goals is to take history to the Continued on page 3 REGIONAL – It’s almost summer and many people are thinking about trips, including some out of the U.S. They pull their passport out of the drawer, open it and to their horror realize that it’s been 10 years since it was renewed and will expire soon. Or not everyone in the family has a passport What do you do? A good place to start is in the Newburyport city council chambers on the first floor of city hall. City clerk Richard Jones has moved out of the crowded clerk’s office to establish his own office and Time to Renew Your Passport? By Stewart Lytle, Reporter ––––––––––––––––– a place to apply for a passport. For the last five years, the city has operated a passport acceptance center in city hall, working with the Boston Passport office. “People are thrilled for the service,” Jones said. The passport office is one of the most popular walk-in services. And the number of people coming for passports to city hall has grown steadily since the service was offered. In 2014, the first year the passport office was open, 1,085 people came in for help. The second Continued on page 3 U.S. Passport Rowley Grange Begins Fundraising Efforts to Restore Historic Building: Grange Hall You'll "flip" over the digital edition at Don’t let joint pain bring you to your knees. Learn about MAKO Total Knee, Partial Knee and Hip Replacements at the June 5 th FREE seminar. Register NOW at or call 978-463-1475. R o w l e y G r a n g e , n e a r i n g its 125th anniversar y of existence in 2019, has decided to take a bold step to restore its Grange Hall to its original grandeur. The original building, built in 1847, served as the town hall and school house. It was located on land where the present Town Hall annex, (Center School) now stands. In 1904, the building was sold to a private individual, who split and moved the two sections a few hundred yards east to their present locations. They were made into dwellings. In 1922, the then owner, Mr. Michael Donahue, sold the building located at 29 Central Street, to the Masconomet Lodge #49, I.O.O.F. in 1922. They converted it into a hall and lodge room. Rowley Grange purchased the hall in 1964, when the I.O.O.F. disbanded. The hall is listed on the Massachusetts Historic Register. Rowley Grange, a community service organization, offered and continues to offer the use of the hall to Rowley residents, town committees and organizations. It is the only hall of its size in Rowley with a separate dining area. Nearly 20 years ago, Rowley Grange had the building painted and all the windows replaced, all POSTAL CUSTOMER Photo by Stewart Lytle The Town Common Courtesy Photos done to historic district standards. In January of 2013, the Grange applied to the Rowley Historic District Commission seeking permission to put on vinyl siding instead of painting the building. At that same meeting, an architect came forward and offered to draw up plans for the restoration of the building. That plan included a new septic system and heating system. It would bring the hall into the 21st century, with new handicap access, and restore the building to its 1847 grandeur, complete with Continued on page 2 AJH_MAKO_5.04x2_TC_05.23.18.indd 1 5/17/18 12:12 PM

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