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Collateral damage

The Catholic Church from the beginning did an amazingly poor job handling what has become known

as The Crisis. Tone-deaf church leadership acted as if the problem would just go away. It didn’t.

And all our sympathies and prayers should go to the victims. Obviously.

But something else about this mess also bothers me: The vast majority of priests had nothing to do with

the problem yet because of their collars are being looked at in a suspicious — if not accusatory — manner.

And that’s unfair.

I’m a product of Catholic education. At St. Joseph’s grammar and St. Mary’s High schools in Lynn, and

Boston College, I encountered and greatly admired scores of priests. I grew up with a guy who became

a priest (the late Fr. Dick Mehm, who when we were kids taught me to be an altar boy), and became

friendly with many others — the late Monsignors John Carroll of St. John’s in Swampscott and John

Dillon Day; Fr. Nick Sannella of the Lowell collaborative, Fr. Brian Flynn and Msgr. Paul Garrity of St.

Mary’s in Lynn, and Fr. Tom Conway, O.F.M., of St. Anthony Shrine on Arch Street in Boston.

Good men and great guys, all.

As is Fr. Mike Steele, whom Steve Krause writes about in this edition of 01945.

Fr. Steele a few weeks ago departed Star of the Sea, where he served as pastor for 14 years, for St.

Margaret Mary parish in Westwood. I met him nearly seven years ago. I had just moved from the Back Bay

back to Marblehead and was coming off double knee replacement. (I thought running 3 ½ miles nearly

every day compensated for a diet that consisted primarily of cheeseburgers and cookies. I thought wrong.)

Because I couldn’t drive, my pal Shanahan (that’s him in the upper-left corner of this page) would pick

me up on Saturdays for 4 o’clock Mass at Star of the Sea (making me presumably the only guy on earth

with a Harvard Business School grad as a chauffeur). I couldn’t kneel, either, so Shanahan would get

a couple of folding chairs from behind the altar and set them up for us in a corner of the church. One

Saturday, Shanahan couldn’t make it, so I was sitting on a radiator when Fr. Steele spotted me. He actually

stopped his procession to the altar to retrieve the chair for me. As a thanks, Shanahan and I took Fr. Steele

to dinner on occasion, and over time I learned that his mother and two uncles went to St. Mary’s, that he

grew up in Saugus, and that he is related to the McGees (the late Speaker of the House Tom and Mayor

Tom, in whose inauguration he took part).

So from my pew, priests such as Fr. Steele, Msgr. Carroll, Msgr. Day, Msgr. Garrity, Fr. Conway, Fr.

Flynn, Fr. Sannella (who told me in no uncertain terms of his contempt for those who brought on The

Crisis), and every Jesuit who taught me at BC, are to be viewed with nothing but respect.

Meanwhile . . . What’s in a name? Everything.

When Jack Tatelman and Paul Mazonson decided to start a rowing club, Tatelman launched into a

lecture about water access safety and insurance. Mazonson cut him off. Mazonson was more concerned

with giving their endeavor a "cool name."

Thus was born RocknRow — Marblehead's very own rowing club with more than 60 members and a

fleet of salt-water "single shells" — 21-foot-long dagger-like boats powered by twin 8 ½-foot-long oars.

Thor Jourgensen has the details.

One day, Hayley Reardon picked up the guitar that other family wouldn't learn. Today, she is making

waves as a singer-songwriter. See Bill Brotherton's story. And Gayla Cawley writes about Amy Bucher, who

started in the photography business more than two decades ago when it was a male-dominated industry.

When Marjorie Roberts and her husband bought their house 47 years ago, she figured they'd fix it up

and move on. They're still there, and she says instead of flipping the house, the house has flipped them.

And, if you're over 50 and looking for a healthy activity, pickleball may be just the thing for you.

For these, House Money, fashion, style, and more, check out this edition of 01945.

INSIDE

04 What's up?

06 Lessons from an old house

10 Style

12 House Money

14 Marlehead's rockstars

18 Female entrepreneurs

20 Melancholy masterpiece

22 Local flavor

24 Holding the fort

26 Our Father Steele

28 Festival of Cod

30 Rewriting history

31 Pickleball

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RocknRow co-founder

Jack Tatelman rows

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What's Up for Summer?

WHAT'S UP

Talking about race

WHAT: Abbot Public Library and the

Marblehead Racial Justice Team host "Continuing

Conversations on Race" aimed at exploring

privilege, bias and questions in a safe and

welcoming conversation.

WHERE: Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St.

WHEN: June 24, 7 p.m.

Pop the bubbly

WHAT: For a summertime soiree where the

tinkling glasses are counterpoint to crashing

waves, mark The Marblehead Festival of Arts

champagne reception on your calendar.

WHERE: Fort Sewall, 8 Fort Sewall Lane.

WHEN: June 30, 5-7 p.m.

Hit the road

WHAT: The Firecracker 5K road race

celebrates summer's start with a jaunt through

Marblehead's neighborhoods followed by

awards, music, free kids club and more.

WHERE: Lynn van Otterloo YMCA, 40 Leggs

Hill Road.

WHEN: June 30, 9 a.m.-noon

Arts on the town

WHAT: The Marblehead Festival of Arts

celebrates its 57th year with a wide range of

exhibits, outdoor music, a film festival, street

festival, marketplace and children's activities.

WHERE: Various locations, visit

www.marbleheadfestival.org.

WHEN: July 4-7

Halifax Ho!

WHAT: The 38th biennial Marblehead-to-

Halifax Ocean Race is a 363-mile international

competition with support from the Boston Yacht

Club and Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron.

WHERE: Water off Marblehead.

WHEN: July 7

Get your Glover on

WHAT: Marblehead's own Glover's Regiment of

Revolutionary War reenactors pack musket ballmaking,

marlinspike work, sea chantey singing,

candle making and 18th century snacks into a

two-day encampment.

WHERE: Fort Sewall, 8 Fort Sewall Lane.

WHEN: July 13-14

Time to tee up

WHAT: What's better than golf, food and fun

at The Marblehead Open to raise money for the

Marblehead Chamber of Commerce.

WHERE: Tedesco Country Club, 154 Tedesco St.

WHEN: July 15, registration and lunch buffet

at 11:30 a.m. Shotgun start at 1 p.m. followed by

barbecue and cocktails.

A high seas classic

WHAT: The Corinthian Classic Yacht Regatta

celebrates classic yachts and characters and is

hosted by the Corinthian Yacht Club.

WHERE: Water off Marblehead.

WHEN: August 10-11

Hit the bricks

WHAT: Town-wide sidewalk sales offer a day of

shopping in Marblehead stores and dining locally

while enjoying great bargains.

WHERE: Atlantic Avenue and Pleasant Street.

WHEN: September 14

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Lessons from

an old house

BY MARJORIE ROBERTS

W

hen my husband

and I bought our

home 47 years ago,

we thought that we

would renovate the

house and move on after a few years.

Now, after 47 years in our same house,

we realize that instead of changing the

house, the house has changed us.

Yes, we have made revisions, like

updating bathrooms and the kitchen.

Many of the changes have involved

peeling back the layers of time to expose

old beams and to remove layers of

paint from wide pine floors, beautiful

wainscoting, and other trim. Some of this

wood we believe are the "spite boards"

or wood of a certain width that was

required to be sent back to England, but

rebellious settlers resisted. An unexpected

occurrence of living in this 17th century,

or a lesson is my love and appreciation of

wood, the building material of the house.

As we have removed layers of paint and

sometimes walls, we have found notes

from previous builders, and left a few of

our own in the walls.

As best we can determine, our house

was built in 1670. Initially, it was a twostory

dwelling that remains attached

to another house by a common wall,

and now a single chimney that serves

five fireplaces in the two houses. The

history is a bit unclear as to whether the

two houses were built simultaneously,

or whether our house was added on to

the smaller house just behind, which is

not visible from the street. All of this

history is a bit confusing, but adds to the

intrigue and story of our house.

Also intriguing is a trapdoor section

of our living room floor, which gives

access to a crawl space and dirt basement

under the house. In this area are the

brick arches of an old cistern. We have

found discarded animal bones, metal

objects, a porcelain doll's head and bits

of clay pipes. Recently, a young woman

and former neighbor reported that as a

child, she discovered a tunnel under the

other house that led into a shed in the

backyard. Are the secret trapdoor and the

Marjorie and Tom Roberts live in a home that was

built in 1670.

PHOTOS: SPENSER HASAK


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Rory, 8, and Brendan Gurtler,

12 explore a secret crawl

space hidden under a trap

door in the living room

floor of their grandparents'

Marblehead home.

The wrapping staircase leading up to the second floor.

Rory and Brendan Gurtler

roast hot dogs in the large

living room fireplace.

tunnel related to earlier times of Indian

raids or the Underground Railroad?

Again, the house holds secrets.

One of the lessons from the house

is an important one of perspective. Our

home has hosted many families and

other guests since at one time it was also

an inn. As an inn, it was a mere four

rooms on two floors, with two fireplaces

on the first level and one on the second.

One has to imagine guests sleeping on

mats on the floor around the fireplaces

with some kind of a meal prepared

from the large cooking fireplace and its

beehive oven.

As I think of the other people who

have lived and died in the house, it

comforts me to know that there is a

community of others who shared my

dwelling and weathered many storms of

a physical, political, and personal nature,

and this simple house has held us all for

nearly 350 years. With this awareness,

comes the responsibility of care and

preservation of the house, since others in

the future will also call it home.

Another aspect of this lesson of

perspective is personal. In looking at my

life as part of the history of the house,

I have learned humility; my life events

have great significance to me but they

are just a part of a much larger collage,

which spreads out from the house's

history to the larger world.

Our house is attached to another,

and a walk down my street and through

the historic part of Marblehead shows

homes in close proximity to one another

like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that make

a charming landscape. When I first

visited Marblehead and drove down

the street where I now live, I remember

commenting, "Who lives here?"

I have learned another important

lesson, which is to love, like, or tolerate

my neighbors since they are part of the

fabric of my life. A feud among neighbors

changes the dynamics of the whole

neighborhood since this is a place where

one can borrow a teaspoon of cinnamon, a

hedge clipper or a snow shovel.

A highlight in our neighborhood is

the Lee Street annual holiday party in

mid-December. The location of the party

is rotated between several homes that

are considered to have more room for

a party than other smaller homes, even

though all are small. The party consists of

a potluck dinner at one home and dessert

and a Yankee swap at another. My home

has often been the setting for the Yankee

swap. Going back to the days of being


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an inn, my home bulges at the seams to

accommodate 40-plus guests with their

gifts and desserts. While it has evolved,

the Lee Street holiday party is now in its

42nd year.

I have mentioned the small scale

of my home, which originally had four

rooms, two on each floor with perhaps a

lean-to shed–like structure for housing

a farm animal or storing provisions. The

lean-to was ultimately expanded to create

a kitchen. In the 1920s a fire burned

through the roof of the house, and

subsequently a third story was added to

include a deck. Some people refer to our

deck as a "widow's walk" (a term from

Marblehead's fishing days when women

would watch for their husbands' return

with the fishing fleet from decks atop

roofs). From my widow's walk, I have

another reminder of perspective, which

is to embrace the local and also look

beyond.

Despite the expansion, the house

has little more storage than it may have

had in the 17th century, and certainly

nothing like could be expected in the

21st century. The limited storage space

has taught us another lesson to minimize

our possessions, avoid clutter and recycle

what is no longer needed. I have often

said, "Living in the house is like living

in a boat;" everything must have a place.

My comparison to living aboard a boat

comes easily since fishermen and shipbuilders

designed our house, given that

the local industry was fishing.

I have learned many lessons from

living in my house, neighborhood

and community. I try to remember to

preserve the traditions that have been

established as well as the historic home.

I am inspired by those who have lived

here before me, who surely struggled for

survival without central heat, plumbing,

or electricity, and possible raids from

Indians and pirates. The lessons that I

have learned are lasting for me. I hope

that others who will call this house

"home" will learn similar "lessons."

I am grateful to "01945" for giving

my story a home. My husband Tom and I

have lived in our house for 47 years. Our

children, Bronwyn and Daniel also called

it home until they found their own homes.

We are delighted when our grandchildren

come to visit, explore the secret space under

our living room floor, and visit neighbors

and their pets in this cozy section of

Marblehead. I enjoy the process of writing

and incorporate it in my clinical work as a

psychologist.

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STYLE

LET'S GO

BY BELLA diGRAZIA

PHOTOS BY SPENSER HASAK

TO THE BEACH!

The best part about living on the waterfront is the unlimited access

to the ocean. If you are going to spend your summer with

your toes in the sand and getting your tan on, you'll

need the essentials. Grab your beach blanket, sunglasses and

a hat, and don't forget to do it with some style. Thankfully, the

boutiques that line the streets of Marblehead and Swampscott have

just what you need.


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E) Top it Off rainbow tassel

sunhat, $28

F) Lilly Pulitzer "Lexy" gold and

pink sunglasses, $48

G) Top it Off rainbow pom pom white

scarf, $28


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PHOTOS COURTESY OF BLAKE SHERWOOD, COMPASS.


SUMMER 2019 | 13

A peek inside

13 Goldwait Road

SALE PRICE: $2,063,785

SALE DATE: January 31, 2019

LIST PRICE: $2,995,000

TIME ON MARKET: 526 days,

June, 2017

LISTING BROKER:

Blake Sherwood, Compass,

Chestnut Hill

SELLING BROKER:

Jane Maurer, Coldwell Banker

Residential Brokerage, Marblehead

LATEST ASSESSED

VALUE: $2,544,400

PREVIOUS SALE PRICE:

$2,500,000, May, 2008

PROPERTY TAXES: $27,130

YEAR BUILT: 1958

LOT SIZE: 0.44 acres

LIVING AREA: 4,000 square feet

ROOMS: 9

BEDROOMS: 4

BATHROOMS: 4 plus 1 half

SPECIAL FEATURES:

This oceanfront front home with

stunning views from nearly every

room was meticulously renovated

and restored in 2015. Additions

include a chef's kitchen with a floorto-ceiling

wine refrigerator, spacious

pantry and 9-foot island, perennial

gardens, irrigation system, and a twocar

attached garage.

Source: MLS Property Information Network.


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Top left: RocknRow co-founder Jack Tatelman carries a boat down to the dock with the help of fellow member Chris Leake. Top right: RocknRow member John Rogers rows

through the water around Crowninshield Island in Marblehead. Center right: Paddles belonging to the RocknRow club line the wall where they store their gear. Bottom

left: RocknRow boats are housed in the Marblehead Trading Company. Bottom right: RocknRow co-founder Jack Tatelman, left, speaks about the rowing season with John

Rogers, center, and Chris Leake.

PHOTOS: SPENSER HASAK


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Marblehead's

Rock

Stars

BY THOR JOURGENSEN

When Jack Tatelman and Paul

Mazonson decided to start a rowing club,

Tatelman launched into a lecture about

water access safety and insurance until

Mazonson cut him off.

"Paul said, 'Screw it. What we need is

a cool name.'"

Thus was born RocknRow —

Marblehead's very own rowing club

with more than 60 members and a fleet

of salt-water "single shells" — 21-footlong

dagger-like boats powered by twin

8 1/2-foot-long oars.

With membership spanning all

ages and split about evenly by gender,

RocknRow take to the water on rowing

excursions ranging from easy-going forays

to fierce 21-mile competitions.

Current club President Terrie Leake

said rowing is only half of RocknRow's

mission. The other half is devoted to

friendship and a love of Marblehead.

"My favorite thing is that we've

developed into such a nice community of

friends," she said.

The way Leake tells the story,

Tatelman and Mazonson were sitting


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on Tatelman's lawn in 2007 when

they hit on a way to combine a love of

Marblehead community life with a love

of rowing.

Leake said the club's first boats were

stored on the roof of the Marblehead

Yacht Club pool house and the first

attempts at rowing resulted in members

snagging their crafts on Marblehead

Harbor mooring lines.

Marblehead Trading Company owner

Ralph Anderson and yard manager

Tom LeBouf reserve a corner of their

cavernous boat barn for RocknRow's

shells and wall space covered with

maps lining out rowing paths around

Marblehead Harbor.

The water is the limit when it comes

to rowing excursions ranging from

Marblehead rock and Tinker's Island

— a relatively easy hour-long row — to

the Blackburn Challenge: A 21-mile

slog around Cape Ann. Club members

have taken trips to Michigan, Maine and

Canada to row.

"Being in the water makes you feel

better about being alive," said Tatelman.

Practice and patient instruction from

RocknRow member and coach Jigger

Herman has helped members master

the shells, which feature sliding seats

mounted less than a foot off the water's

surface. Velcro straps hold feet in place

and oars are mounted in locks on each

side of the shell provide propulsion.

"Feeling comfortable in the boat

is the first hurdle to get over," said

RocknRow member John Rogers.

Rowing backwards is also an

adjustment and learning the proper

stroke takes time. But Christopher

Leake, Terrie's husband, said the learning

curve leads to a very pleasant place on

the water.

"It's serene and peaceful. It's almost

like yoga when you're rowing," he said.

RocknRow membership comes with a

$475 annual fee and there is currently a

membership waiting list. Some members

own boats while the club also purchases

shells for members' use.

Getting out on the water with

RocknRow means knowing how to swim

and learning to rig and launch a shell

off the dock near Marblehead Trading

Company.

"The big deal is to go around Brown's

Island," said Terrie Leake.

The club does have one hard and fast

rule: No rowing alone.

In its devotion to Marblehead,

Tatelman conservatively estimates the


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club has raised $100,000 for local causes.

The late summer Misery Island cleanup

is an annual club event.

Members socialize throughout the

winter on ski trips and in a book club

and start-of-the-rowing-season boat

preparation in May and the season's

September end are reasons to have

fun and take part in the 14-mile Lake

Sunapee row.

"It's the members that make the club

special. It's the spirit of the members,"

Tatelman said.

RocknRow even hosts an early June

"blessing of the fleet" to inaugurate the

rowing season complete with a pancake

breakfast. On a sadder note, club

members name shells after members who

have died.

The collage adorning a wall in

RocknRow's corner in the Marblehead

Trading Company includes a list of

commandments, including, "Thou shalt

pee before launching."

"I never envisioned the club would

last this long," Tatelman said, "We all

have a common love for the town and

the water."

For more information on RocknRow,

visit info@rocknrow.org

From left, RocknRow members John Rogers, Terrie Leake, co-founder Jack Tatelman, and Chris Leake

stand on a dock overlooking Crowninshield Island before launching their boats.


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Amy Bucher, owner

of Amy Bucher

Photographic,

edits a photo in her

second-floor studio

in Marblehead.

PHOTOS:

SPENSER HASAK

Female entrepreneurs are making

their mark in Marblehead, but to become

successful on their own, they've had to

overcome challenges along the way.

When Amy Bucher started in the

photography business more than two

decades ago, she found herself in a maledominated

industry. Most of her mentors

were men, she said.

Being in a field dominated by men

was challenging, Bucher recalls, but she

believes the transition to seeing more

women in photography, with some

owning their own businesses, has to do

with them having a knack for personal

interaction.

"You have to be able to relate to

people and women are able to do that,"

Bucher said. "I think it's important to be

able to communicate and work well with

other people and have an empathy and

understanding, and almost a motherly,

caring aspect."

A Midwest native, Bucher relocated

to Marblehead a few years ago. By that

time, she was an experienced business

owner, having started Amy Bucher

BY GAYLA CAWLEY

Photographic in 2001. Following the

move, she opened up a studio in Old

Town on Pleasant Street.

Bucher said she's been interested in the

field since she was a kid. Her first job was

as a photographer at a theme park when

she was 15 years old. She got her degree in

photography and made it into a career.

"I've always wanted to have my own

business," Bucher said. "I always wanted

to be able to create my own business and

organize it in a way I found interesting

and fun and fit into my schedule."

Making the decision to become selfemployed

was both nerve-wracking and

exciting, Bucher said, because there's a

lot of risk involved. She made sure to

give herself a safety net, setting aside a

cash reserve and saving up for equipment.

For other female entrepreneurs

looking to start their own business,

Bucher said she would advise them to

get involved with something they're

passionate about.

"Especially in a creative industry,

it's really important to be able to enjoy

the work you do so you can give more

of yourself to it and therefore, be more

successful and have more fun doing it,"

Bucher said.

Before Noelle LeBlanc started

Work Loft, a co-working space that

opened downtown in 2017 and provides

professionals an environment to work

remotely, she had to deal with a lot of

negative feedback from people doubting

she could become successful on her own.

Before opening her own space,

LeBlanc, 48, had worked in the high tech

industry for two decades and found that

none of her jobs were based anywhere

near her hometown.

When LeBlanc moved to Marblehead

eight years ago, she was working in an

international sales

role and found

that her days

were either

spent on

an airplane

or working

remotely

from her

kitchen.

Work Loft's Noelle LeBlanc.

PHOTO: OWEN O'ROURKE


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"I just got so bummed out by being

alone all day honestly," LeBlanc said. "At

first, it was really cool to be able to wear

sweatpants and then it was a bummer to

wear sweatpants all day. I wanted to go

out (so I) would go to the coffee shop

and I always guilted myself into buying

way more coffee than I needed just so I

could stay there."

LeBlanc learned there were lots of

professionals like her, which prompted

her to decide to open up a co-working

space to give them an option to work

remotely without being isolated from

other people.

Members can come and go as they

please, with LeBlanc comparing it to

having a gym membership.

Business is good. Work Loft is

undergoing a $55,000 expansion.

LeBlanc said there's been more of a

demand for private offices, so members

can duck into rooms to make phone calls

without disturbing others. There are five

private rooms right now and eight more

will be added this summer.

Starting out was difficult, LeBlanc

said, but not because of her own selfdoubt,

but rather negative feedback from

others that she had to learn to drown

out. She said lots of people around her

were terrified that she was leaving a

steady job and paycheck to open her own

business, telling her she might fail.

"Maybe this is unique to female

entrepreneurs — I kept hearing you can't

do it," LeBlanc said. "Would you say this to

a man? Maybe, but it doesn't seem typical

to me. It was always coming from women."

But LeBlanc said that wasn't how

she wanted to view the world and her

life. She advises other female

entrepreneurs to silence

negative comments that

stem from others' fear and

anxiety and only listen to

like-minded people.

"We all want to feel

secure," LeBlanc said. "I

understand that. What I don't

understand is defining our

lives and our choices by fear

instead of inspiration. When

people said you can't do this,

it's going to go wrong, I looked at those

people and I thought you're someone who

lets your choices be defined by fear instead

of opportunity and inspiration."

Nancy Mantilla has loved flowers

since she was a child.

She grew up on a farm in South America

where her parents had lots of gardens.

Her mother always made sure she was

responsible for taking care of the plants at

home, something that developed her passion.

Mantilla, 57, came to the United

States in 1982, where she attended

school in Boston and lived in nearby

Newton with an unrelated family. Money

was tight. At school, she studied English

and political science, but was still

drawn to flowers and started working at

Winston Flowers in Boston a

few years later.

She later moved on to

work in floral design at the

Ritz-Charlton, a luxury

hotel in Boston, which

included a stint as a pastry

chef. There, she learned the

ins and outs of the business

and struck out on her own

Flores Mantilla's Nancy Mantilla in 2000, opening Flores

PHOTO: OWEN O'ROURKE Mantilla in downtown

Marblehead.

"I was very excited," Mantilla said. "I

wake up every day and am blessed that

I'm still here and can do what I love."

Mantilla said her passion is gardening

and design and can't imagine her life

without flowers. In November 2017,

her 18-year dream came true when she

opened up her second location in South

End, Boston. She splits her time between

the two stores.

She'd advise other female

entrepreneurs to work hard, believe in

themselves and never give up.

"Nothing has been given to people

who don't work hard," Mantilla said.

"You always learn. I think the day you

stop learning is the day you die. So, I'm

alive. I'm learning every day."

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E L A N C H O L Y

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BY BILL BROTHERTON

Hayley Reardon said when her

parents were newlyweds, her dad, Pete,

bought her mom, Meredith, an Epiphone

guitar.

"My mom spent half a day trying to

learn 'Pancho and Lefty' and then gave

up," said Reardon, with a smile.

When her uncle, John Reardon,

would visit he'd play a bit. Her big sister

Chelsea, six years older, tried it for a

while but lost interest. Otherwise, the

guitar sat unused.

"The summer before sixth grade, I was

sitting around the house, bored one day.

My dad bought this guitar for my mom,

which she didn't play. I picked it up."

Today, Hayley, a 2015 graduate of

Marblehead High School, is making

serious waves as a singer-songwriter. Her

new EP, "Where I Know You," which

came out in March, is getting rapturous

reviews from fans and the nation's music

critics.

Performer Magazine described her

music as "brilliantly moving folk pop

with a lyrical depth and soul." American

Songwriter called her song "Numb and

Blue" a "melancholy little masterpiece."

No Depression magazine said "With

a contagious glow and maturity well

beyond her years, Hayley’s definitely a

talent worth tracking." Her music has

been compared to that of Patty Griffin,

Lucinda Williams and Tracy Chapman

rather than most of today's young singersongwriters.

And she's doing it on her own terms.

Record companies be damned!

Reardon has toured Germany and the

United Kingdom, and recently played

two high-profile shows: headlining at

Club Passim, the esteemed folk music

club in Cambridge, and opening for

Rodney Crowell, Brandy Clark and

the North Mississippi All-Stars at the

Shubert Theatre in Boston.

"The show ended with all of us on

stage performing 'Leaving Louisiana

in the Broad Daylight,' and I sang

Emmylou Harris' part," said Reardon,

with a broad smile.

Hayley's played Passim often, the first

time when she was 14 and opened for Don

White, the Lynn-based singer-songwriterhumorist

whom she calls her mentor.

"Hayley is my pal," said White, who

has served as Reardon's teacher/adviser

since she was 12.

White said her talent was undeniable,

even then. "My mother was dying, and I

thought of my mom while Hayley played

a new song, 'Good Morning Beautiful,'

in my house. She was 13 or 14, and it got

to me, and it was a song she threw away.

I covered it on one of my albums.

"Hayley is an excellent example of

how to have a career on your own terms,

as an independent musician, without a

record label telling her she has to wear

hot pants and do this or that," added

White. "Record deals are not always in

an artist's best interest.

She has a loyal fan base in England


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and Germany, because of those tours.

Many successful artists, like Jimi Hendrix

and Mary Gauthier, made a name for

themselves over there before coming

home.

"Hayley is instinctively smart and

fiercely independent," White said.

"When she was 16 or 17, she said to

me 'I'm already thinking about what

I'm going to do at the end of my music

career.' That's unusual for a young person.

I think she's interested in doing good

work and making a living in music. I

wonder if fame matters at all to her."

When Reardon was 12, her dad

brought her to an open mic at the King

Hooper Mansion "just to watch. But I

decided to play." The crowd applauded,

and Hayley was hooked. Before long, her

dad was driving her to open mics all over

New England.

"I was only 12. I couldn't play in

bars, but wanted to sing my songs. I was

pleased there was a network for that.

"At the start, I was so nervous. I was

terrified. I used to sit on a stool and put

my feet on the bar of the stool, because

they were shaking so bad."

Her first proper gig arrived the next

year at a King Hooper open mic when

she was invited to perform a 30-minute

showcase. A hat was passed after her set,

guests tossed in a buck or two, and at age

13 Reardon was making money doing what

she loved.

"It was pretty cool," she said. "I've

always been drawn to writing. In place

of learning other people's songs, I wrote

my own."

Marblehead is home to the me&thee

coffeehouse, one of America's premier

acoustic music spots, and Kathy Sands-

Boehmer, the me&thee's booking

manager, remembers the first time she

heard Reardon sing.

"Jeanie Stahl (a Marblehead singersingwriter

of note) brought her to a Bill

Staines show at the me&thee when she

was 12. Jeanie asked Hayley to play a

couple of songs for Bill and sat him down

in the Holyoke Room after the show.

Hayley played two songs and I will never

ever forget that moment. I was so taken

with one song that she sang called 'She's

Falling.' This song was about a young girl

who had been bullied at school and later

committed suicide. I knew immediately

that this young woman was someone who

was an old soul and who understood the

power of song. I've been so proud of the

part that the me&thee has played in her

career and thrilled that she'll be part of

our 50th-anniversary celebration next

season."

Reardon has performed at the

me&thee numerous times since.

Two albums of original songs came

out while she was still in high school.

But music fans really started paying

attention when "Good," a fan-funded

album, arrived in 2016.

Lorne Entress, who has worked with

Lori McKenna, Catie Curtis and Erin

McKeown, produced the album with

beautiful arrangements that highlight

the powerful messages in her songs.

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PHOTOS BY SPENSER HASAK

It's hot, the sun is shining, and you need

something sweet to cool you down. Drink a glass

of red sangria, the perfect daytime adult beverage

that anyone can make. The best thing about this

recipe is you can customize it to your own taste.

Sip it on your couch or on your deck.


Here are our six steps to making sangria:

1) Fill a gallon-sized pitcher halfway with Sprite.

2) 5 cups of Carlo Rossi Cabernet Sauvignon

3) 1 cup of Mathilde Pêche liqueur

4) 1 cup of Stoli Razberi

5) 1 cup of Bacardi Limon

6) Blackberries, oranges, peaches, apples and limes roughly cut

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Holding the fort

PHOTO: OWEN O'ROURKE

Fort Sewall helped ensure the town's

survival in its earliest years four centuries

ago and Marblehead is returning the

favor by paying for a major revival of the

historical site.

Roughly the size of a football field

and flanked by rocky inclines battered by

ocean waves, Fort Sewall is a testament

to Marblehead's endurance and the

town's love of history.

Town residents and history lovers

beyond Marblehead's borders put

together a $1 million-plus plan to fix up

the fort. With more than $250,000 in

grant proposals to help pay for the work,

organizations led by the Fort Sewall

Oversight Committee won initial Town

Meeting backing this spring to pass a

Proposition 2 ½ debt exclusion override

to pay for $750,000 worth of restoration

work.

The override breaks down to a $16.69

annual contribution by each town

property owner for five years. Support

through the town's tax base is only one

source of money for the fort's revival,

said Larry Sands, a Glover's Regiment

member with 20 years Oversight

Committee experience.

"We've raised $360,000 from 100

donors," said Sands.

Built in 1644 as an "earthwork fort,"

it is armed with two cannons aimed and

ready to fire across Marblehead Harbor's

narrow entrance. Economics spawned

the fort's construction: According to one

of the plaques at Fort Sewall's entrance

detailing its history, Marblehead's status

BY THOR JOURGENSEN

as "' ...the greatest towne for fishing in

England'" meant it needed protection

from pirates and French or Dutch

warships.

The fort's history inscribed on the

plaque explains how the French and

Indian War triggered coastal defense

construction. One hundred men worked

for seven days to bulk up the fort's walls

and add 10 more guns to its defenses.

The 1700s saw Marblehead become

a strategic defensive stronghold with six

forts bristling with guns in what is now

modern-day Fountain Park, Seaside Park

and other locations.

Glover's Regiment's formation as a

fighting force aiding in the war against

Britain sent Marblehead's men off to war.

"Women and the elderly manned

the fort," according to the history

summarized on one of the fort's plaques.

Their diligence paid off when a

British warship approached Marblehead

intent on burning down the town. The

sight of workers busily bulking up Fort

Sewall's ramparts sent the British into

retreat.

Named for Samuel Sewall, a

Revolutionary War-era town resident

who later became a judge, Fort Sewall

was enshrined in history on April 3, 1814

when British warships chased the USS

Constitution into Marblehead Harbor.

The sight of the fort's guns discouraged

the pursuers from pressing their luck.

"People underestimate the importance

Marblehead played in the American

Revolution. It is important not to lose

sight of history," Sands said.

Sands said 2019 is a fitting year

to kick off fort restoration efforts

celebrating Fort Sewall's 375th

anniversary. The work list is long and

builds, Sands said, on work started five

years ago on a master plan for restoring

the fort. In 2017, the fort's brick facade

received much-needed repointing

and prioritized future repairs include

"parging," or recoating the fort's interior

brick wall; repointing and repairing

upper-level doorways; replacing stairway

railings and refurbishing pathways

ringing the fort and leading in and out

of it.

Sands said the work will span the

next three years culminating in 2022

- the 100th anniversary of the federal

government's decision to return the fort

to town oversight.

Marblehead residents Slaid and

Julie Jones couldn't be happier to see

their favorite strolling spot slotted for a

spruce up. The couple walk the ramparts

overlooking the harbor even in chilly and

wet weather.

"It's one of our favorite parts of

town," Slaid Jones said.

"The views are great and it's quiet,"

added Julie Jones.

A Marblehead resident since 1980,

Sands said Fort Sewall is overseen by the

town Parks and Recreation Department.

He hopes money can be allocated

eventually to pay a town ranger to guide

tours around the fort.


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REARDON continued from Pg. 21

A band of respected, locally-bred

musicians backed her up during the

recording: guitar heroes Duke Levine

and Kevin Barry, who are in the current

J. Geils Band and Peter Wolf's band

the Midnight Travelers; bassist Richard

Gates, who's played with Paula Cole,

Suzanne Vega and a who's who of folk

artists; and drummer Marco Giovino,

who was in Robert Plant's Band of Joy.

How did Reardon end up in the

recording studio with such heavyweights?

She said Entress called unexpectedly and

said "I have this band. Come on down."

Their fee had been paid and the project

completed, so she went in for a oneday

session. "I liked how it sounded,"

she said, so, thanks to the kickstarter

campaign that raised money to make

"Good," a year later she was able to bring

Entress and the band back.

The Handwritten Sessions tour in

2017 was an epic road trip around the

United Kingdom. She intentionally

played only in people's living rooms

and backyards. London-based Webb

Street Studios documented the tour, and

Reardon released a candid live video

series and tour documentary.

That tour led to her most recent EP,

which was recorded in rural Vermont with

longtime musical friend Ryan Hommel.

She describes its five songs as "vivid story

snapshots of people in my life." One song,

"200 Years Old," is a standout. It's about

her late grandmother, Rebecca Atkins of

Marblehead, and her dementia.

"I loved hearing her stories about

getting all dolled up for YMCA teenage

dances. My grandmother liked Patsy

Cline, and would show up early to ask

the DJ to play 'I Fall to Pieces,' which

she played for me when I was about 10.

I’ve always cherished that image of my

young grandmother dressed to the nines

in a big empty ballroom, arriving before

everyone else just to request her favorite

song," said Reardon.

"Years later, I ended up helping to

take care of her when she had severe

dementia. … The only thing that would

bring her back to the present was when

I put on Patsy Cline. ... and for a second

she was with us again.”

She recorded a version of "America

the Beautiful" last July, partly as a tribute

to her grandfather Stan Atkins, who was

a fire captain in Marblehead. He would

sing patriotic songs with the Reardon

girls after school.

Reardon attended Belmont University

in Nashville, the place to be for a rising

musician who writes and performs

her own

songs. She

continued

to write,

but didn't

perform

much. "There

was so much

opportunity

there, I

suffered a bit

of paralysis,"

she said.

"Plus, I

missed home.

My creativity

was reset at home." After two years, she

transferred to Salem State, where she

studied English and continued to write

songs.

She said her parents grew up in

Marblehead, and there are a bunch of

relatives in town.

"I see Marblehead so differently now

that I left and came back. People get

behind you in Marblehead and support

you. It's a very special place. … It's a big

part of who I am.'"

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26 | 01945

Our Father

Steele,

who art in

Westwood

BY STEVE KRAUSE

PHOTO: SPENSER HASAK

How does a priest know if he's

been effective in a parish?

It's easy to look back on 14

years at a church like Star of the Sea in

Marblehead and come up with honest

self-assessment. It's better, though, to

hear it from others.

Father Michael Steele is departing

after 14 years as pastor of Star of the Sea

Church. As of June, he'll be off to St.

Margaret Mary's in Westwood, where

part of his assignment will be to oversee

the collaborative merger with St. Denis

in the same town.

Those who know him, and have

worked with him, know Fr. Steele will do

a fabulous job in Westwood.

"This is a great opportunity for him,"

said Ray McNulty, a member of the Star

of the Sea parish council and a religious

education teacher and lector. "He'll be

great for that situation."

Both McNulty and fellow parishioner

Kate Daily speak highly of Fr. Steele's

ability to relate to the youth of the parish.

"I think he's fabulous with the children,"

said Daily, a CCD teacher and eucharistic

minister. "He brings an energy to the

room ... I never really imagined being a

CCD teacher and a minister, and all of a

sudden, I was. It's been great."

McNulty goes one better.

"He dominates a room with the power

of his personality," he said.

Fr. Steele, 67, comes from an

educational background, and both

McNulty and Daily point to that as a

stepping-off point for his effectiveness

in the parish. Fr. Steele, before becoming

pastor at St. Joseph's Parish in Wakefield

26 years ago, was the superintendent

for Catholic schools in the Archdiocese

of Boston. And he's always made it his

mission to nurture young people and their

families as the backbone of the parish.

"Pope Francis says that the youth and

the family are the heart of every parish,"

Fr. Steele said.

To that end, the parish has a

standing-room-only children's Mass at

9 a.m. every Sunday that, according to

McNulty, attracts Catholics from other

communities.

"There's often a homily aimed at the

level of young people, and there may be

a program — depending on the time of

the year — where there may be a pageant

around the altar. And there may be dialogue

between the priest and young people."

Fr. Steele says what spurs him on is

"a zest for the gospel, and a calling for

others to give reach to the gospel. I have

a desire for family liturgy.

"We have to ask ourselves 'how are we

doing the work of God?' he said. "One

thing I did when I came here was to


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make it a point to listen to what people

had to say. It takes three years, I think,

to take the direction you've identified as

a goal. Before I came here, there were

no goals or objectives written down. I've

changed them three times since then.

Goal-setting is so important."

Fr. Steele takes a lot of pride in

how he has restructured the Catholic

education program in the parish, a source

of accomplishment shared by those he

works with in the parish.

"There are more than 1,200 people in

the program," McNulty said. And, said

Daily, he's made a difference.

"He's built a real sense of community,"

she said. "There are so many things to do

here, and he is willing to educate anyone

who comes through the door. He'll take

you any way you are. If you walk into

Mass late, he'll welcome you."

Fr. Steele, a 1968 Saugus High

graduate, has had varied life and

educational experiences. In 1969, he

was among the many at the Woodstock

rock festival in Bethel, N.Y. (he is

quick to point out, however, that he

refrained from partaking in the many

"refreshments" the festival had to offer).

He received degrees in philosophy

and sociology from Merrimack College

in 1972, and worked for a spell with

the Department of Health, Education

and Welfare in the Social Security

department.

He said he thought he might want to

be a priest as he was leaving college, but

a friend told him to experience life before

making a decision. What changed his

life, he said, was working with the poor

in Appalachia.

"You don't know how blessed you are

until you see what life is like for some of

those people."

By the time he went into the

seminary, he was sure. He had studied

at both Northeastern and the Boston

College School of Social Work, and

received his Master's Degree in Divinity

from St. John's Seminary in 1977 — the

same year he was ordained by Cardinal

Humberto Medeiros — and Pastoral

Theology a year later.

Even after being ordained, he continued

studying — this time at the University of

San Francisco Jesuit Graduate School to

receive an advanced degree in religious

education. He also attended the Institute

of Catholic Educational Leadership, and

the Sabbatical Program at the Pontifical

North American College's Institute for

Continuing Theological Education in

Rome.

His experience at Star of the Sea was

not his first in the area. He served as

a deacon at St. John the Evangelist in

Swampscott, and remembers Msgr. John

P. Carroll as a friend and mentor.

While in Wakefield, Fr. Steele was on

duty in 2001 when Michael McDermott

burst into Edgewater Technology and

killed five employees in a shooting spree.

For his response and counsel to fellow

employees and families of victims, he

received the Sen. Paul Tsongas Award for

Exemplary Community Service.

Perhaps as a result of all his

experiences, he's encouraged and

motivated young people in his parish

to commit to service. And, high school

seniors who attend the religious

education program, and who complete

four years of service, will receive $1,000

scholarships.

He loves what he does, and where he's

done it, but embraces the challenges the

new assignment will bring.

"I think there's always time for a

change in parish community," he said.


28 | 01945

1 2

3

Festival of Cod

4 5

1. Dawn Jenkins and the cod she created for the Marblehead Festival of Cod-VIP Launch party.

2. From left, Pam Duncan, Jocelyne Poisson, Betty Spellios, Karen McManon,

and Carol Moore look at some of the cods.

3. Kiki Taron Kinney with the hand woven brass cod she created.

4. Lis Horowitz and Pinar Gokce enjoy the cods on display.

5. Ann Arata played bass in a trio at the party.

PHOTOS: OWEN O'ROURKE


Rewriting

history

BY BRIDGET TURCOTTE

I

nspired by the rich history of

Marblehead and the roots of her

ancestors, New York Times bestselling

author Katherine Howe has penned

another bewitching story.

Howe grew up in Houston, but family

roots led her to Marblehead as an adult.

Being in the town and touching materials

that existed when her ancestors were

accused of witchcraft brought history to

life for the writer.

"One thing that makes Marblehead

so special is that it's not a museum," said

Howe. "It's a living, breathing colony

that has always been there. The house I

was living in was built in 1705. To think

that someone's foot was on this same

floorboard, who almost certainly saw the

hangings happen because people went

from miles around to see it — it was that

kind of proximity that inspired me."

Howe was a teenager when she

learned of her relationship

to Elizabeth Howe and

Elizabeth Proctor, both

accused of witchcraft

during the Salem

Witch Trials in

1692.

It wasn't until

after Howe wrote

"The Physick Book

of Deliverance

Dane" that she

learned she was

also related to the

woman on whom

she chose to base

the main character

of her story.

"I found out

on a fluke," said

Howe. "I was

messing around

on Ancestry(.com)

a couple of years

ago and found

that Deliverance

Dane, the woman

who I wrote my

book about, was

my eighth greatgrandmother."

Howe chose

Dane as her main character because, in

real life, she played a marginal role in

the witch trials. She wanted the freedom

to create a more fictionalized character

without readers already having a mental

image attached to who she was. It

didn't hurt that she found Dane's name

striking.

Howe describes her preferred genre

as "historical fiction with a slight magic

twist."

She received the 2016 Massachusetts

Book Award for Children's Middle-

Grade/Young Adult Literature for The

Massachusetts Center for the Book.

The award is given for books published

by commonwealth residents or on

Massachusetts subjects.

Howe won the award for her young

adult novel "Conversion," published by

Penguin Books. It's a story about a senior

at an all-girl preparatory high school,

where students are under many pressures.

The girl, Colleen, becomes

unexplainably ill with a mysterious

illness, only for her close group of

friends to follow suit. The girls suffer

from seizures, violent coughing, and hair

loss.

Colleen realizes that Danvers, where

the story takes place, was once Salem

Village, where three centuries ago a

group of girls exhibited bizarre behavior

and were accused of and executed for

witchcraft.

The town searches for an explanation.

Everything from pollution to stress is

considered until the realization is made

that the girls are suffering from a hysteria

outbreak.

Howe, who was living in Ithaca,

N.Y., at the time she wrote the novel,

was fascinated by the idea of mass

psychogenic illness as she watched

the number of girls suffering from

nonepileptic seizures and other sudden

ailments grow.

Similar instances occurred in North

Carolina in 2002 and in Monroe, La.,

half a century earlier, according to The

New York Times.

"It was all over the news," said Howe.

"This looks exactly like what happened

with the afflicted girls in Salem. What is

it about being a teenage girl today that is

so intense and crazy that (it) makes you

physically sick?"

Howe will release "The Daughters of

Temperance Hobbs," a novel that returns

to the world of "The Physick Book of

Deliverance Dane," on June 25.

All of her books are either available in

store or to be ordered from the Spirit of

'76 Bookstore.

Howe has appeared on Good

Morning America, CBS This Morning,

NPR's "Weekend Edition," the BBC,

and the History Channel. In 2012, she

hosted the Expedition Week special

"Salem: Unmasking the Devil" for

National Geographic.

Howe and her husband Louis Hyman

share their time between Massachusetts

and New York, visiting their historic

home by the sea on summer vacations

and holidays.

"I just can't give up Marblehead,"

said Howe.


SUMMER 2019 | 31

Pickleball

The fastest-growing sport you've never heard of

BY BILL BROTHERTON

The day is warm and sunny, and a

group of pickleball players, many from

Marblehead, are swatting around yellow,

hard-plastic, Wiffle-like balls on the four

courts at Collins Cove in Salem.

What is pickleball, you ask? It's only

the fastest growing sport in the United

States for men and women age 50 and

older. And a group of Marblehead

pickleball enthusiasts are raising funds

to build six first-class courts at Veterans

Middle School.

Joe McKane, a leader of Marblehead

Pickleball, the group working toward

building the Marblehead courts, said he

and his fellow players are here at Collins

Cove most weekdays from 1 to 3 p.m. "if

the weather is decent, not raining, and

temps are above 50 degrees."

He's hopeful Marblehead will have its

own courts by early fall. More than 100

donors have ponied up $34,000, he said,

and bids have gone out to contractors.

The construction cost will be about

$55,000, and the courts will be open to

all, not only Marblehead residents.

Other committee members include Pat

Bibbo, Bucky Grader, and Bryce Suydam.

McKane, keeping an eye on the courts

while we chat, said he picked up the

game during winters spent in Naples, Fla.

A tennis player can do well at the game

in a couple of outings, he said.

"I've been an athlete my whole

life. Pickleball is a great, fun game. It's

challenging and competitive. And everyone

here is fun to be with," McKane said.

Bryce and Ghillie Suydam of

Marblehead have been active players

for some three years, starting while

wintering in Naples. "Pickleball is easy to

get proficient at, but difficult to get really

good at," said Bryce. "Ghillie and I really

enjoy it."

They were two of the 4,000 players

who battled it out in the US Open

Pickleball Championship, which is held

in East Naples, Fla. each year. Amazingly,

PHOTO: OWEN O'ROURKE

Ghillie Suydam and Bryce Suydam playing pickleball at the Collins Cove courts in Salem.

the tournament was started by Jim

Ludwig, a St. Mary's High grad and

Lynn native who is executive director of

Pickleball For All.

Wendy Furman, taking a short break

after a lively game at Collins Cove,

said "Pickleball is wonderful. You get

exercise and it's competitive." She picked

it up in Delray Beach, Fla., and said

new residential developments there are

pushing for pickleball courts.

Kathy Walsh of Salem joined the

Marblehead group this day. "I'm a

beginner," she said. "It's a good workout and

I've met some nice, new people. And I'm

hitting the ball more often than before."

Ron Landman, retired principal of

Swampscott Middle School, said he got

hooked about three years ago. "It's windy

here, right on the water, but it's a perfect

day. It's always a perfect day when you

can play pickleball with friends."

Rick Haigis of the USA Pickleball

Association is Salem's pickleball

ambassador. Don't laugh. He's a busy

fellow; these courts are seldom empty.

Today, he's joined this Marblehead group.

Haigis said Salem Mayor Kimberly

Driscoll, wooden paddle in hand, can be

found battling it out here most Sunday

mornings. Two years ago, a tennis court

in terrible disrepair was replaced with

these green, lined courts.

The game's rules are posted on the

USA Pickleball Association’s website, but

I'll save you a visit to Google. The game,

supposedly invented in the mid 1960s

as a children's backyard game, combines

elements of badminton, tennis, and table

tennis. Played on a court about half the

size of a tennis court, lending itself to

faster action and quicker access to the

ball, pickleball is played by two singles or

teams of two players each. They compete

to score 11 points and must win by two.

The ball is served with an underarm

stroke so that contact with the ball is

made below waist level. A game typically

takes 15 or 20 minutes.

In Marblehead there are indoor courts

at the Council on Aging, the Lynch

Van Otterloo YMCA and the Jewish

Community Center of the North Shore.

Pickleball courts are also available in

Lynn, Peabody, and Beverly.

Marblehead's Recreation and Parks

Department has been incredibly helpful, said

McKane, and will make a major donation.

Gear is for sale on the group's website

with proceeds going toward building the

courts. Donations may be made at www.

marbleheadpickleball.org.


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