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Check out the photo on Page 31. What Greg Quillen is using as a footrest is one of my dream cars: a 1950

MG TD. Think “Love Story.” It’s one of the most beautiful cars ever made, and I’ve always wanted one —

preferably in British Racing Green — but only guys like Greg and his brother, Mike, should own one. Greg

told me he’s been restoring the MG for decades, and you can hear the love in his voice.

I am not a car guy. I like looking at them and driving them (usually too fast), but I'm useless when it comes

to working on them.

I can only marvel at guys like Greg and Mike. My brother is one. Dana, like our father (who art in heaven),

can fix anything. It seems to come naturally to him. Me, not so much. Whenever I had a car problem, I’d call

him. But he moved to New York, and I’m . . . lost.

Between my wife and me, we have three cars. Jansi (Marblehead High '72) has a BMW convertible (her

fourth or fifth) and I a Range Rover (my sixth) plus what a friend calls my toy car. It’s gotten to the point

that I buy mine by phone. Why waste the dealer's and my time with a test drive? After having owned (leased,

actually) my third or fourth Rover for about a year, I brought it in for a scheduled check-up and mentioned to

the service manager that I didn’t like that it seemed to sit higher than the previous ones. He gave me a look

that combined pity and annoyance and pointed to a button on the dash. “Do you know what this does?” he

asked. Obviously, I didn’t. He pushed the button and the car lowered. Who knew?

So what if my mechanical skills are limited to tying a tie? Mike and Greg Quillen, on the other hand . . .

The brothers own Bartlett's Garage on Stacey Street in Old Town. They’ve been told that Bartlett's —

begun in 1913 by their grandfather — is the oldest independently-run auto service business in the country. I

won’t argue it.

The Quillen brothers acknowledge that repairing cars in 2021 is different than it was in 1913, but the one

thing that is not different is that their customers are loyal — and, like their business, multi-generational. Ally

Dunnigan has their story.

Elsewhere in 01945 . . . How is the story about a lone wolf caught in a forest fire allegorical? Cate Cole, 11,

has the answer: "If you're in a very hard situation, and everyone else is different than you — no matter how

different — you work and find common ground."

Cate turned that concept into a one-page story that won the top prize in a global writing contest for young

people ages 11-18. Steve Krause has the story.

Kimberly Grad had a unique journey to becoming Marblehead's library director. She held positions

with Penguin Young Readers Group in New York, where she coordinated author appearances, developed

marketing campaigns, and managed sales and production promotions for the publisher. But she longed for a

career change and has been doing library work for the past 13 years. Sam Minton has the story.

Minton also has a profile on Betsey Cruger, who has been an animal control officer in town since 1992, and

who has had some interesting experiences on the job.

New Police Chief Dennis King says so far, so good in his new role. "It's been really exciting and

challenging,” he says. “I have high hopes for the department. It’s a very solid department. Everybody has a

role and really does a good job and works together.” Kate Sahagian has the story.

Marblehead has always had an intimate relationship with its history, and "Mapping Marblehead:

the Nineteenth Century," is one more piece of evidence to back that up. The Marblehead Historical

Commission's new exhibit continues its project presenting the highlights of the town’s history. It is the

second in a series of three planned exhibits. Our history buff Thor Jourgensen has the story.

Lynne Krasker Schultz has big plans for SPUR after being selected as the organization's new executive

director. “I am excited to work with the board and volunteers to launch SPUR into its next stage of

development and expansion,” she says. “SPUR is about engaging people living in our community to make a

measurable impact within the community through volunteer opportunities." Tréa Lavery and Kate Sahagian

combine to bring you this story.

We have four student essays. Each essayist holds out hope and optimism that their school years in 2021-22

are a lot less hectic and disruptive than the previous year and a half.

In closing, it may seem like yesterday to some, but it was 20 years ago. I refer, of course, to 9/11, when three

Marbleheaders lost their lives in the attacks on the World Trade Center. Their profiles appear on Page 18.

Twenty years. Incredible.

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What: The Fort Sewall Donation Fund

is seeking contributions to help with the

restored historic site's maintenance.

Where: Donation checks may be made out

to "Town of Marblehead" and dropped off

at the Selectmen’s office, Abbot Hall, 188

Washington St.

When: The deadline for significant donors

($1,000 +) to be recognized on a plaque

installed at the fort is Nov. 1.

Getting wild

What: Abbot Public Library invites children

to enjoy extreme weather books and

make bookmarks to decorate the library's


Where: Library children's room, 235

Pleasant St.

When: Thursday, Sept. 30, 3:30 p.m.

Sustaining Vision

What: SPUR community roots is looking

for community garden waterers.

Where: St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 135

Lafayette St.

When: Go to spur.community/volunteer to

check the community garden calendar for

watering dates.

An indispensable evening

What: Author Patrick K. O'Donnell

discusses "The Indispensables," his book

about the soldier-mariners who rowed

George Washington across the Delaware.

Where: Reception sponsored by the

Marblehead Museum and Sustainable

Marblehead at The Jeremiah Lee Mansion,

161 Washington St., followed by a

presentation at Abbot Hall, 188 Washington


When: Thursday Sept. 30, reception-6 p.m.;

presentation-7:30 p.m.

Meet and greet

What: The Rotary Club of Marblehead

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Where: In-person meetings are held at the

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Police Chief Dennis

King’s office. The office,

which was once an old

detective's interrogation room, holds

a few photographs of the Marblehead

Police Department throughout the years.

King pointed out a photograph of

a color guard progression for 9/11. He

notes that while the Marblehead color

guard is in the front, the top of a City of

Salem flag can be seen. King was the one

holding that flag, all those years ago.

“This photograph was in the office

long before I was,” King said.

At the time of this interview, King

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Marblehead's police chief since July 1, Dennis King, has 26 years of experience in law enforcement, including a stint as acting chief in Salem.

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July 1 from former Police Chief Robert

Picariello. King says that the community

and the department have been more than

welcoming to him.

“It’s been really exciting and

challenging,” King said. “I have high

hopes for the department. It’s a very

solid department. Everybody has a role

and really does a good job and works


King has been in law enforcement for

26 years. He was a police officer for the

City of Salem for 21 years, a member of

the police reserves for four years and the

acting chief in Salem for nine months.

While he spent some time working

with former Chief Picariello, King said

that he hadn’t really known many people

at the Marblehead Police Department

before joining its force. He said that

there's been a steep learning curve, one

that he has been happy to take on.

“I’d say that’s been challenging when

you go from a community where you

know everyone and every street and you

have relationships with everyone, to go

to a situation where you don’t have those

relationships that are established,” King

said. “It takes a little bit of extra work, in

terms of getting up to speed and relying

on people for institutional knowledge.”

King said that despite this being a

move from a city to a town, his role as

chief won’t be extremely different.

“I’m still the face and spokesman for

the department. I handle administrative

and budget things,” King said.

He said that he wants to have the

officers be more interactive with the

people they serve and create a more

inclusive culture.

“I’ve found that there are certain

things around community engagement

that the department is ready for that I

did in Salem," King said.

A month after King came into office,

an investigation into a swastika carved

into a police officer’s car was reaching

its conclusion. That incident, which

happened in July 2019, was caused by

another officer making a "joke."

King said that this incident, along

with national concerns about police

policy, has made members of the

Marblehead community skeptical

towards the department. He said that

through education with the Anti-

Defamation League and community

outreach, he feels the department is

headed in the right direction.

“I’ve listened and I think that we have

the same interest in making changes that

need to be made and building back that

trust so everyone feels confident in the

department,” King said. “Recognizing

that we can do better when we solicit

input from the community on how

they want us to police them, is a really

important thing.”

King’s goal is to make sure the

entire department is certified under

the Massachusetts Commonwealth’s

criminal-justice reform law. So far, he

says that every officer has been certified

through the Police Officer Standards

and Training, and that the department

is currently accredited through the

Commission on Accreditation for Law

Enforcement Agencies.

Under the new law, once an officer

is certified, they must keep their

certification while working as an officer.

The program is designed to help educate

officers not only on the new policies put

in place by the state, but also educate

officers on what outdated training will be


King said he is emphasizing the

importance of community engagement,

being transparent as officers, and the

department holding itself accountable.

“I really do believe that the

community in (Marblehead) is a great

community,” King said. “It’s civic minded.

Everybody wants people to be treated

fair and equitable. Social justice is a part

of that.”

Overall, King says that he feels

incredibly welcomed to his new

community. He said that he is excited for

the next chapter of his career in a town

that cares so much about each other and

how they are treated as a whole.

“I’ve really found the town and the

civic engagement and interests of the

citizens here very uplifting,” King said.

“It’s a very close-knit — but civicminded

— community.”

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The Salem Witch Trials: Reckoning and Reclaiming is organized by the Peabody Essex Museum. Thank you to PEM supporters,

Carolyn and Peter S. Lynch and The Lynch Foundation and individuals who support the Exhibition Incubation Fund:

Jennifer and Andrew Borggaard, James B. and Mary Lou Hawkes, Kate and Ford O’Neil, and Henry and Callie Brauer.

We also recognize the generosity of the East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum.



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A map into the past

By Thor Jourgensen

"Mapping Marblehead: the

Nineteenth Century," is the Marblehead

Historical Commission's new exhibit at

the Old Town House, at the intersection

of Washington, State and Mugford


On display through late October,

"Mapping Marblehead" continues

the Historical Commission’s project

of presenting the highlights of

Marblehead’s history as the second in a

series of three planned exhibits.

It tells Marblehead's story in a way

that can be appreciated by all ages,

encouraging residents and visitors to

walk through the exhibit, and then

through the town with a greater

understanding of its past.

The interactive maps and displays

are free and funded by a grant from the

Harold B. and Elizabeth L. Shattuck

Memorial Trust.

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shoemaking, trains, yachting, and

tourism, through struggle for survival

and prosperity. It’s an inspiring story.

There is also a life-size representation

of a 19th-century view of Marblehead

Harbor from Crocker Park. Marblehead

Historical Commissioners David

Krathwohl and Pam Peterson have

collaborated to present highlights of

Marblehead’s early history through

text, artifacts, and interactive computer


Exhibit designer, and local resident,

Helen Riegle of HER Design created

an exhibit that will engage and excite

visitors of all ages. Docents from

"Mapping Marblehead: the Nineteenth Century,"

a new exhibit at the Old Town House, is now Marblehead’s Historical Commission are

open and free of charge. The exhibit includes onsite during open hours to interpret the

interpretive panels, artifacts, and interactive displays for visitors.

maps illustrating Marblehead’s growth and

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The newly-minted library director at

the Abbot Public Library hails from

the city that never sleeps, but left New

York and her former life behind to start

a new career in Marblehead.

By Sam Minton

New director Kimberly Grad envisions an expanded role for Abbot Public

Library that support local schools.

Photo: Jakob Menendez

Kimberly Grad had a unique journey

to becoming Abbot Public Library's


Grad graduated from SUNY -

Plattsburgh with a degree in English

literature and a Master of Library

Science degree from Queens College in

New York. Grad has also studied at the

University of Copenhagen.

After graduating, Grad held positions

with Penguin Young Readers Group

in New York, where she coordinated

author appearances, developed marketing

campaigns, and managed sales and

production promotions for the publisher.

But Grad wanted to make a career

change, and as of now she has been doing

library work for 13 years. Grad said

that her career change was a "wonderful


Most recently, she held a senior

leadership role with the Brooklyn

(N.Y.) Public Library’s School Age

Services Department. In this role, she

created and delivered in-person and

virtual programs and events, mentored

and trained librarians, and was an

advisor to a wide range of committees

and initiatives across Brooklyn Public

Library’s 60 branch libraries. Grad

was also instrumental in the success of

the public-private Brooklyn Heights

Library Reconstruction Project, which

constructed a new 26,620-square-foot,

state-of-the-art library.

From afar, Grad was impressed that

Marblehead wanted to invest in the

present and future state of the library,

but also was looking to move to a new

location after spending time in New

York. The Brooklyn native had lived in

New York for 25 years prior to making

her move.

"I heard so many great things about

the town and how much people love it

there," said Grad. "Everyone I talked to

recommended the town."

Now that she is library director, Grad

said that there are a lot of important

things that she needs to do. After the

COVID-19 pandemic, she is looking to

restore programs and bring back public

service hours, restoring the momentum

lost due to the pandemic.

"I would also like to develop school

outreach opportunities with the

elementary, middle and high schools, and

encourage community collaboration in

programming," she added.

The new library director said that

the library will continue to offer virtual

programming as well as expanding some

outdoor programming.

Grad stated that the library plays an

important role in the community as a

place for lifelong learning and a place to

cultivate the love of reading.

"The library serves as an oasis really

for a community: a place where we can

offer technology, classes in all sorts of

adjacent subjects, we can encourage

family literacy, (and) encourage literacy

of all types," she said. "It's important

because we are providing free access to

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A budding talent grabs a global prize

By Steve Krause

Cate Cole won the top prize in an international

writing contest.

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Imagine you're a wolf. A lone wolf.

Wolves are very social, as we all know.

They live in packs. They share everything,

up to and including the raising of pups.

Within their packs, they have a social

structure that includes an alpha — the

male who essentially runs the pack. They

have all sorts of social cues that they

follow instinctively.

But Cate Cole, 11, a Village School

student in Marblehead, only had one

page in which to tell her story about a

wolf caught in a forest fire, alone and

struggling for survival. Anything more

than one, she figured, would waste too

much space with back stories.

Cate (actually Catherine) is a rising

sixth grader who loves to write. And it

just so happened that last year — a year

in which most everyone, but especially

school children, had to learn creatively

— Book Creator and Planet Classroom

teamed up for a global writing contest

geared toward youth ages 11 through 18.

Planet Classroom is an initiative

"by youth, for youth," according to its

website, which tries to reimagine how

education is provided to school children.

Book Creator is the leading tech

platform for creative original books; it

is popular with teachers looking to help

students achieve literacy skills.

Together, the two organizations

embarked on a writing challenge for

school students in which they had just

one page — using the Book Creator app

— to write a story. They also had to read

it aloud, and provide an illustration.

Entries to this contest were submitted

by writers from 25 countries. Cate's story

about the lone wolf that escaped the

forest fire, called "As Flames Rise," won

the top prize.

Metaphysically speaking, "As Flames

Rise" tells of how one crisis, in a split

second, can change lives. The wolf must

run to safety, but he must also depend

on other forest creatures, regardless of

species, to get him through.

Cate developed her interest in writing

along several fronts. Her father, August,

is a published author.

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"I remember when I was younger,

seeing him write at the dining-room

table," she recalls.

"Finally, he said 'why don't you try

writing?'" Cate said. "I love the freedom

and the way you can express yourself in


She also developed a relationship

with Liz Pruett, her library teacher at the

Village School.

"I have her to thank for this (the

award)," Cate said. "She told us a little

bit about the contest, but said it wasn't

mandatory that we do it. But I decided

to enter it; it just seemed like a great


The trick was to keep the story to

one page, because it had to fit into a

specially-designed portfolio. There wasn't

a word count per se, as long as the type

was readable ("I presume if you made the

type too small to read, you'd have points

taken off"), and it fit on a page, anything


There was also no category.

"I call it 'realistic fiction,'" she said

about her story. "You could write about

whatever you wanted. It just had to fit

the criteria of one page."

Easier said than done, Cate said.

"I originally had it at two pages, and

I asked Ms. Pruett, and she said it had

to be one," Cate said. "You use a lot of

action verbs."

As you can imagine, Cate loves

animals. Her family has a rescue dog

— "Tuukka," named for the Boston

Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask "that's

a combination German Shepherd and

Husky mix, we think. He can be a bit

stubborn at times, but he's usually a

pretty mellow dog. And he's gentle, too."

She was inspired to write about a

wolf by reading another book about one

which, like her tale, presents the story

from the animal's point of view.

"I found that fascinating," she said.

So, when she set the parameters of her

story, she chose the same path.

"We humans perceive the world much

differently than animals," she said. "In

this case, the wolf was just living by

himself in the forest and doing well."

She wasn't trying to make any kind of

social statement about her animal being

a lone wolf. Practicality entered into the

picture, too.

"I didn't have enough room for more

than one character, or to make any kind

of a backstory," she said. "I only had one


"He'd gotten used to his way of life,"

she said, "but he sensed something was

wrong. He could smell that horrible,

'burnt toast' smell.

"All animals have an instinct to

survive. And that's what they bonded

over as they were running away from the

fire," she said.

While she knew, also instinctively,

some animals would not survive, "I

didn't write about that. The wolf survives,


And, of course, so did her story.

"When Ms. Pruett came into my

room in the middle of math class

and told me my story had won, I was

shocked," Cate said.

Her prize was a $100 Amazon gift

certificate, which she used to buy a

Garmin fitness watch.

"You can track any sport on it," she

said. "I rock climb, so it was helpful. I

like the woods and all of nature."

So is there a lesson in all of this?

"I would probably want the lesson to

be that if you're in a very hard situation,

and everyone else is different than you —

no matter how different — you work and

find common ground."

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Three who will never be forgotten

9/11 Twenty Years Later

On the morning of

Sept. 11, the town’s

fire and police

departments hosted

an event at Memorial

Park to commemorate

the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001

attacks. The well-attended event was part

of a nationwide salute to fallen firefighters,

police officers and civilians who responded

during the attacks on the World Trade

Center, the Pentagon and Flight 93 in


Twenty years later, Marblehead still

mourns the death of several members of

the community who died in the terror

attacks. Recent social media posts from

friends and family members indicate how

much these individuals are missed and

loved to this very day.

They are remembered here, using

information published in their Legacy


Dr. Frederick Rimmele III

From The New York Times: The first

time Kimberly Trudel met Frederick

Rimmele III, he was far ahead on a hiking

trail in New Hampshire, a dot in the

distance. Gradually, he kept dropping back

to others in the group, until, walking with

his shirt off, he found himself chatting

with Ms. Trudel. "Those hiking boots look

awfully small," he said, using a pickup line

straight out of an L.L. Bean catalog. She

responded, "If you want to check out my

feet, you could give me a foot massage at

the end of this hike."

He did, and a romance blossomed.

That was the summer of 1994. A year

later, they became engaged on the side of

a mountain in Maine. In June 1997, they

married, settling in Marblehead. At 32, Dr.

Rimmele was a physician who directed a

residency program affiliated with Beverly

Hospital. He was popular with his patients,

who, when they could not remember his

name, asked for the doctor with the beard

and the ponytail.

"He recognized that life was a precious

gift and he never took it for granted," Ms.

Trudel said of Dr. Rimmele, who was a

passenger on United Airlines Flight 175,

en route to a medical conference. From

a profile published in the Lynn Daily

Evening Item: Dr. Rimmele was born

and raised in Clifton, N.J. and attended

Montclair Kimberley Academy.

In 1994, he completed his studies at

Duke University School of Medicine.

An Eagle Scout, amateur naturalist, avid

Scrabble player, and dabbler in the stock

market, Dr. Rimmele had a disposition that

was naturally curious and inventive, said his

family and friends.

He spent time with his wife hiking the

Swiss Alps, touring the Irish countryside,

bird watching in the rain forests of Belize,

and canoeing the backwaters of Maine.

A memorial service was held at the

Church of St. Andrew in Marblehead.

A monument commemorating those who died in

the September 11 terrorist attacks and fighting

the War on Terror stands at Memorial Park in


Photo: Spenser Hasak

William Weems

William M. Weems paid attention to

the small things in life, right down to the

white tennis shoes he always wore. Gifts

were more than presents, they were always

a little part of himself: A lighter used in the

film "Blood Simple" he gave to his movie

buddy, or the steel theme he built — down

to the antique steel pens used to write the

menu — to celebrate his marriage to his

wife, Lisa.

"His life was really based on what he

could do to enhance the lives of others,"

said friend Cynthia Gardner. "Most

importantly, his wife and daughter Zoe."

Weems was headed from Boston to Los

Angeles aboard United Flight 175 when it

crashed into the south tower of the World

Trade Center.

"Love my girls," he said as he headed

out a day earlier than necessary to

accompany clients to Los Angeles and

see relatives. A 46-year-old freelance

producer of TV commercials who lived in

Marblehead, he went against type.

"He always did things with kindness,"

said Dan Lincoln, the movie buddy who

worked with him since 1986, "and a nice


Erik Isbrandtsen

Erik Isbrandtsen, son of Marblehead

residents Dirk and Diana Isbrandtsen,

was working on the 104th floor of the

North Tower as a securities trader when

the planes hit. He was 30 and the couple’s

only child. Ten years ago, Dirk Isbrandtsen

visited the site of the new Trade Center in

Manhattan, along with his wife, to attend a

special ceremony where he read the names

of his son and his son’s boss, who was Dirk

Isbrandtsen’s best friend.

Erik Hans Isbrandtsen ("Izzy")

attended Marblehead schools from "the

Glover School all the way to the high

school" his father said. He graduated from

Marblehead High School in 1990.

On Sept. 11, 2001, Erik had already

been at work for several hours. Prior to

his employment at Cantor Fitzgerald, he

worked for six years at State Street Bank

and Teton Partners in Boston.

Erik was loved by everyone who knew

him. Scott Foster, a close friend said:

"Whether it was working, working out,

playing basketball, golf, soccer or going out

at night, he gave it his all. Erik's approach

to life was: 'Do it 150 percent or don't do

it at all.'"

Erik graduated from Babson College,

where he also played on the soccer team.

He always wanted to move back to his

Boston roots, but he stayed in New York,

Mr. Foster said, because in his industry, the

greatest success could be achieved there.

At the time of his death, his father

recalled that he was "absolutely loved by so

many people. It was amazing for a young

man." Many friends remembered Erik for

his caring, his beautiful smile and his zeal

for life.

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having solo shows and Karen Hosking,

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By Tréa Lavery and

Katelyn Sahagian

SPUR Executive Director Lynne Krasker Schultz enjoys the volunteer organization's community garden

with 6-year old daughter, Savannah.

Photos: Jakob Menendez

Lynne Krasker Schultz has big plans

for the Marblehead-based community

nonprofit SPUR after being selected as

the organization's new executive director.

Krasker Schultz joined the team

in early August. Founder and current

Executive Director Jocelyn Cook will

remain with the organization as a

member of the Board of Directors and

will lead development and fundraising


“I am excited to work with the

board and volunteers to launch SPUR

into its next stage of development and

expansion,” Krasker Schultz said. “SPUR

is about engaging people living in our

community to make a measurable impact

within the community through volunteer

opportunities. In addition to mobilizing

volunteers, we are going to think about

how to be a convener and collaborator,

as well as deepen people’s connection to

each other.”

SPUR describes its mission as

creating a “community of doers”

by providing diverse, flexible and

accessible volunteer opportunities for

community members of all ages in Lynn,

Marblehead, Salem and Swampscott.

Krasker Schultz said she is excited to

bring SPUR to the next level, by creating

more opportunities across all of the

communities SPUR helps.

The Swampscott resident wants to

expand SPUR to do more community

outreach beyond the annual Backpack

Drive and the Holiday Cheer Drive,

potentially seeking to include programs

in the high, middle, and elementary

schools of the communities SPUR

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Krasker Schultz has 16 years of

experience working with nonprofits,

including programming, marketing and

fundraising. Before joining SPUR, she

served for six years as the director of

public programming and community

engagement at The Vilna Shul, Boston’s

Center for Jewish Culture. She also

founded and directed Prism, the young

adult initiative of the New Center for

Arts and Culture, now JArts.

“Lynne’s experience scaling nonprofit

programs and her energetic, positive

leadership style will help SPUR continue

to strengthen and expand the ways that

we support our community,” said SPUR

Board Chair Jackie Mongiello. “The

Board of Directors and I are excited to

have Lynne on board and help SPUR

continue to grow to the next level.”

As Krasker Schultz’s first month as

executive director comes to an end, she

said she feels hopeful for the future of


“We’re off to really great things and

it’s really exciting,” Krasker Schultz said.

“We’re going to be bigger and better.

We want everyone to know about us and

want to get involved.”

SPUR's community garden at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church is one of several volunteer opportunities

offered by the Marblehead organization.

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Jeff Marquis, left, and Rob Dunn, have been friends since they met at school in Marblehead. They own

and operate Granite Coast Brewing, 77B Main St. in Peabody. Photos: Spenser Hasak

Pour boys:

By Alena Kuzub

Whether you are a craft-beer maniac

or a novice, the Granite Coast Brewing

(GCB) guys will guide you to the right


Jeff Marquis and Rob Dunn, cofounders

and owners of the Peabody-based

brewery, built their business model on

a variety of beers they personally make


The brewery opened to the public in

May 2019. However, the two Marblehead

High School graduates became friends and

discovered their love for beer much earlier.

Marquis lived in Marblehead his whole

life, where both his grandfather and uncle

served on the town's police force. Dunn’s

family moved to the town when he was in

eighth grade.

“We always liked a good beer,” said


The key question they ask hesitant

customers is, “What do you normally

drink?” and beer might not be your only

answer. Whether you prefer an apple cider

or a whiskey, this information helps them

guide you to the most enjoyable option.

They didn’t drink as many microbrews

at that time, but they enjoyed beers from

the first big craft breweries like Harpoon,

Sam Adams and Sierra Nevada, while

people around them were still drinking big

American brewery options, they said. The

two frequented beer festivals, learned about

smaller-batch brews; this is when the duo

became intrigued with the idea of making

their own beer. The friends tried brewing

beer for the first time around 2005, when a

friend gave them a lesson at a local brewery

in Lawrence.

In 2012, a “good coincidence in life”

happened: Marquis and Dunne's friend

Amy Luckiewicz bought and split with

them a four-pack Groupon to a local

homebrew shop. She was more interested

in learning about wine and meads, while

Marquis and Dunn got two classes on

beer-making out of it.

After that, they started to brew a

very hoppy IPA more regularly in small,

5-gallon batches in Dunn’s kitchen until

his wife kicked them out because of the

smell. The friends got propane burners

and started to brew outside, where they

could use large vessels. They improved their

timing, too. While their first brew took

eight hours, they were able to eventually

get it to three.

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How two Marblehead guys opened a brewery in Peabody

Granite Coast Brewing co-owner Rob Dunn pours their product from more than a dozen taps.

By 2018, Dunn and Marquis were

finally ready to shift to a professional level.

They started looking for an industrial

space that would allow their business to

grow. It was hard to find a large space in

Marblehead for the right price.

“There is not a lot of industrial space in

Marblehead and there wasn’t legislation set

up to make it easy to access the laws that

we needed to apply to,” said Marquis.

In Peabody, they went first to the mayor,

before talking to a landlord. Mayor Edward

A. Bettencourt Jr. reassured them that the

city would do whatever they needed. They

found a "completely gutted" space on Main

Street, and the landlords were even open to

putting money into making it suitable for

a brewery.

Anything that didn’t need to be done by

a licensed contractor, Marquis and Dunn

did with the help from friends and family:

tile work, flooring, painting, and even

building furniture. A friend came up with

the interior design of the taproom. It has a

minimalistic yet cozy feel with ample light

from the front windows during the day,

wooden tables and benches, a few darkgrey

accent walls and a copper-plated bar.

In August 2018, Marquis quit his job

to start the beer production. At that time,

he had been working at a “beer and wine

hobby” for a few years, which is in Danvers


“It was a stepping platform for

information, individual education,

ingredients and industry contacts,” said


Marquis and Dunn now share all the

responsibilities. Their first days were spent

mostly behind the bar, but now, Marquis

focuses more on brewing beer, distribution

and bookkeeping in the back, while Dunn

works with Luckiewicz on marketing,

setting up events, and staffing. They don’t

have any employees at the moment, which

is why they contract with Dunn’s wife and

three or four friends to help out at events

or with testing recipes and brewing test


“A lot of brewers got their start in

the brewing community, knowing other

brewers from some place, going to different

beer festivals or even just being regulars

at different beer halls,” said Dunn. So

there is a lot of comraderie. There is also

competition. You want your friends to do

well but you want to do better than them.”

GCB occasionally borrows from or

lends malt, hops or equipment to other


Marquis said he doesn’t consider local

brewers to be his competitors. Another

brewery in Peabody does the opposite of

what they are doing: They have flagship

brews, mostly IPAs, while GCB has a

variety of brews. Consumers go from there

to here and vice versa, Marquis said.

To get people to come back, GCB

counts on enjoyable experience and variety,

Dunn said.

Currently, you can try at GCB on

tap such ales as Belgian-style witbier,

American cream ale, Scottish-style

ale, London porter, ordinary bitter and

Belgian-style tripel. They also carry a

few lagers like German helles and New

England IPAs, as well as lemonade and

cranberry or grapefruit shandies.

One of Marquis’ favorites is a hybrid

beer between an ale and a lager called


“It is the beer that we brew the

most of and I don’t know why, but I am

romantically in love with the concept of it,”

said Marquis.

Their newest beer that most customers

haven’t heard of is Dampfbier. It is a

historical German beer from a region in

Bavaria that borders the Czech Republic.

Marquis described it as subtly smelling of

banana and warming spices.

The co-owners said their business

model was to serve the beer face to face in

the taproom. The COVID-19 pandemic

destroyed that. They came up with a to-go

or delivery option, pouring 32-ounce

growlers, but it didn’t generate particularly

high demand, as some beers can go flat

quickly if not taken care of.

During quarantine, they started to

run online events like trivia nights and

Dungeons & Dragons campaigns. These

events raised money for causes like Last

Hope K9 Rescue and Newhall Fields

Community Farm.

“The online events were never about

making money,” Marquis said. “It was

about maintaining clientele and helping

them maintain their sanity.”

When the quarantine restrictions

were eased, GCB started hosting prepaid

game nights with strict COVID-19

protocols. To fulfill state requirements for

restaurants, they partnered up with new

creative restaurateurs and clients of local

commercial kitchens to provide different

food options.

“These relationships worked out really

well during the pandemic,” Dunn said.

They even had a Fenway Park hot-dog

salesman come to feed their customers.

Nowadays, GCB holds private events

on Thursdays and is open to the public on

Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Some of these

days they have pre-planned events like

trivia, but they welcome walk-ins if there is

still space.

Even though they didn’t set up their

business in Marblehead, Dunn and

Marquis still love their shared hometown

for its beautiful scenery and amazing

history. They grew up going to friends’

houses made of old ships and hitting their

heads on a lot of low stairwells, the friends


“I guess the real reason I stayed in

Marblehead is because it’s home,” said

Marquis. “Will I stay there forever?

Probably not.”

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Having worked for animal control since

1992, Betsey Cruger has had to deal with

some interesting situations.

She remembers one story where a

woman called animal control from atop her

kitchen countertop because she thought

she heard a mouse squeaking. Even when

Cruger arrived on the scene the woman

still wouldn't get down from the counter.

"She had a (computer) tower, and so I

moved the tower and it was the tower that

was squeaking," Cruger explained.

Cruger has also had some run-ins with

some interesting animals. She once came

across a beaver building a dam off West

Shore Drive in Marblehead.

There are a lot of tasks that fall under

the animal control umbrella, leaving

Cruger quite busy. On the enforcement

side of things, Animal Control is tasked

with monitoring local parks and beaches,

writing tickets for off-leash dogs and

owners who don't pick up after their pets.

One of the more disappointing parts

of the job for Cruger is when she has to

help an animal who has been hit by a car.

They work with local veterinarians but

sometimes there is nothing that Kruger or

a vet can do.

While some might think that pets

and domestic animals are more likely to

be eaten by other animals while outside,

Cruger said that it's much more likely that

an animal is hit by a vehicle.

Cruger has also had to deal with some

personal issues. She was diagnosed with

breast cancer prior to the pandemic; even

while she got chemotherapy treatment she

still was working for the animal control

office. Colleen Kelly, who has been a

volunteer at the Marblehead Animal

Shelter for over 10 years, said that Cruger

didn't miss a day.

The shelter had more than 40

volunteers prior to the COVID-19

pandemic, which cut that number down

significantly. Cruger said that the animal

shelter is still looking for volunteers to

return to their pre-COVID staff size.

Besides Kelly, Cruger also has another

partner in crime: a cat named Party Girl,

who has been at the shelter for 10 years.

Cruger estimates that her feline friend is

about 20 years old and said she will stay at

the shelter for the rest of her life. While

there are some old and young animals that

live at the shelter, Cruger said that the

kittens are the ones who get adopted most


Cruger has four cats of her own with

her husband Chris, as well as a German


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30 | 01945

Mike and Greg Quillen

own and operate

Bartlett's Garage

–– one of the oldest

family businesses

in the area –– servicing cars for more

than 100 years. Opened in 1913 by their

grandfather, the duo have spent their entire

lives at the shop and in the neighborhood

surrounding it on Stacey Street.

Mike said a town historian told him

years ago that Bartlett's Garage is the

oldest independent, operational auto-repair

business in the country.

Mike added that he and his brother

used to spend a lot of their time in the

shop as children, helping out their father,

who owned it after their grandfather.

They recalled memories of them

running around the shop, playing in the

cars, helping their dad out, and racing toy

race cars around the garage.

One of Mike's earliest memories of

the shop was when he and his best friend

were in the back of his grandfather's truck,

throwing around what they thought was

water, but turned out to be battery acid.

"I can always remember that," Mike

said. "Fortunately we didn't get any in our

eyes. I can't remember whether we got in

trouble or not, but I always remember that


Back when they used to provide

inspection stickers, Greg said he

remembered a car once drove right

through the building. He added that

he had many interesting stories and

experiences like this over the years.

The brothers recalled that in their

youth, the phone for the garage would

constantly ring at their house.

"This is like our second home," Mike

said. "My dad would run out to the garage

when we would get a call, so it was in our

lives every day."

Mike said he didn't originally think

he would take over the business with his

brother, and that he would only work there

temporarily. After a few years, he realized

it was destined for him.

Their specialty is servicing mostly

American and Japanese cars, but they

will work on any model and make that a

customer brings in.

The pair said they have worked on too

many cars to count, serving some loyal

customers for over 20 years.

One of the most rewarding parts

about being at the shop for so long, the

brothers said, is their relationships with the

customers and watching their kids grow


Greg mentioned they have a few

customers who had babies when they

started servicing their cars, and now those

babies are all grown up with cars of their


Greg said that after the pandemic they

saw a drop in business, as many people

were working from home and not needing

their cars.

The brothers tended to see about 15 to

20 people per day, working on cars and also

checking lights and attending to minor

issues, but that number drastically dropped

during the lockdown.

"We stay busy all the time," Greg said.

"But like every business, we saw a change

in the last year."

They saw a lack of business up until the

spring, and added that they were happy to

have more cars and customers returning.

In addition to the pandemic affecting

business, Greg said the evolution of

technology and the advancement of cars

have affected their work as well.

Many European cars nowadays have

their own software and programs, so Greg

said with the thousands of dollars needed

to purchase this kind of equipment and

software, they have to start picking and

choosing what to invest in.

In the long run, Greg said they are not

going to be there long enough to make

their money back from purchasing all of

that new equipment.

Bartlett's Garage will soon close, said owners Mike and Greg Quillen.

New pieces of equipment, including

updated air-conditioning systems, can cost

around $70,000, so getting your money's

worth for that isn't in their future.

"That's what's hurting a lot of the

smaller businesses," Greg said.

The brothers are planning on closing

the shop soon, saying it is a weird feeling

but something they feel they need to do as

they are getting older.

"Our whole lives have been here," Greg


Greg said although his son used to

always come down to the shop to help and

hang out, taking over the shop is not in the

cards for him. The brothers don't want to

continue to pass the shop down because

of the lack of security regarding success

and finances. Although they know how

to operate all of the new technology that

accompanies the most recent car models,

the brothers said the costs alone are just

too much for a small, family-run business

to take on.

Although there have been technological

updates and renovations to the shop,

Mike said not much has changed since he

remembers it as a kid.

The front and back rooms are still filled

with cars, old and new.

Even after all these years, the duo

still enjoys what they do. Like every job,

there are some bad days, but overall, they

credit their customers for giving them the

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Greg Quillen drove this 1950 MG TD around Marblehead when he was a teenager and, along with his brother Mike, is an expert in vintage car repair.

pleasure of enjoying their work.

"The people are very important," Greg

said. "We deal with a lot of professional

people, all nice people who pay their bills

and are great."

"It seems to have always worked out,"

Mike said. "We're very lucky on that part

of it."

As the town has changed, the brothers

said they have seen companies come in and

out, including businesses to order parts

from and gas stations, neither of which are

located in Marblehead anymore.

One of the things they said they miss

about the town from when they grew up is

the longtime characters that had been here

for years.

But, working on eight to 10 cars per

day, they said they are grateful for all the

business they receive from the regulars and

the new customers.

As they look to retire, they will, at

some point be selling the property that the

garage is on.

"We love it here and we have so many

great memories and experiences from

spending our lives here," Greg said. "It has

been a great ride so far."

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Looking fourward

Essays by Marblehead High School students

Nourin Ghobashy

My name is Nourin. I'm 14, and I'm a

freshman at Marblehead High School. It's

crazy to believe that I'm in ninth grade

and that I've passed two years in middle

school. When I was young I will always

see these students going to middle and

high school and wishing that I could be

like them one day. I didn't have the best

time in middle school because of COVID.

My grades weren't the best, either my

mental health. I was always afraid that I

won't pass 8th grade. COVID had a lot

of effect on school/life. I wasn't having

fun at all. Even school lunch had to be

ordered online. And we had to use Zoom,

Google classroom, gmail and many other

apps that I wasn't used to. Sometimes

the internet connection would be terrible

which leads you to miss the online class

which gets you bad grades. I used to

always be stressed and worried about


But since I'm in a new school now

and that COVID doesn't have a big effect

anymore, I'm not as worried or stressed

about going to school, I'm promised

myself to love school because I really want

to graduate with good grades and go to

college. My parents have always wanted

to see me as a doctor which I will try

my best to make that dream come true.

When school is fun I get motivated to

all my work and be happy while doing

it, so I will sign up for sports, be friends

with teachers, and try new things to make

school interesting and fun. My hopes for

this year are to make new friends, play

sports and get good grades all quarters of

each year.

However I have a lot of fears due to

my experience with COVID and how it

affects life. Some of my fears is having a

lot of homework and get overwhelmed.

I’m also afraid to start online school again.

It sucked. I'm usually the type of person

who gets motivated to do things if it's fun

so I'm gonna try making these four years

of high school fun and interesting and

also get all my work done because

it makes me happy having good


Some of the things that stops

me from doing work is probably

being overwhelmed with work,

it makes me so stressed that I

don't know where to begin. I've

only gone to the high school

three times and surprisingly it

was great! My teachers are so

nice and kind, my principal is the

coolest, even the students there

are awesome.

I did get lost a lot of times

though, but teachers/students

always help when I feel lost.

I wanted to sign up for sports

this year and they gave us a lot

of options I could choose from

which is great. I've always heard

from people that high school

would be one of the hardest

school years, which actually made me

scared or became one of my fears because

I do want to graduate and be successful

in the future but when I went to school it

didn't seem like that.

It actually seemed really cool and

interesting. I do have fears but I also do

have hopes. I always trust the positive side

of life, and make the positive side become

reality. I wanted to learn Spanish so I can

speak three languages (I speak English

and Arabic) so now I'm learning Spanish

which I think is pretty cool.

I also love to draw and sketch and I

take a drawing class and it's so fun and I

love it. I just think art is my place, these

are two things that will make high school

fun. I also have really cool teachers and I

think they are really kind, which also will

make school easier and more fun. I didn't

really volunteer for a lot of things last

year which I didn't really like so now I'm

trying to take every chance to volunteer

for new things and try more things in life

no matter if I lose or win, get choosed or

Marblehead High School freshman Nourin Ghobashy.

Photo Courtesy: Nourin Ghobashy

not. I will just do it for fun.

So I will volunteer/sign up for

volleyball and track and join art clubs or

any clubs that seem fun so I could have a

great time and make friends.

Sometimes my phone gets all my

attention and I get lazy to do work or play

sports but I will stop that by giving myself

rewards every time I get away from things

that gets in my way, maybe by getting

myself an ice cream or something. I'm

also really shy sometimes even though

I'm not shy at all when I get used to

people. I'm trying to be more social this

year. I feel like this year would just be me

doing new things and achieving my goals,

however next year which is 10th grade

would be so cool because I know I will be

one of the best students with good grades

because I'm not going to give up about

some of the things I said about this year.

So I hope high school is fun and I will do

everything I expect myself to do.

Nourin Ghobashy is a Marblehead High

School freshman.

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Ben Khan

As students return to Marblehead

High School for what will hopefully be

the first “full” year of school since the

2018-19 school year, a palpable sense of

excitement exists in the classrooms, on

the athletic fields, and in every interaction

with one another.

Considering that, at this time last

year, we were all preparing to start online

school and a year of constant changes, the

2021-22 school year offers an opportunity

to be excited about school again. With a

newfound appreciation for full classrooms,

time spent away from a computer, and

even something as simple as eating

lunch at school, Marblehead High

School (MHS) students are ready for a

memorable school year.

While MHS welcomes the freshman

class and finally gives the sophomores

and juniors a taste of what a “real year” is

like, my grade, the Class of 2022, is ready

to leave a lasting impact on our school


This includes taking challenging

classes, leading clubs and volunteer

programs, competing at the highest level

of athletic competition, and much more.

Further, my classmates and I are eager to

celebrate being seniors through traditional

events like the senior show, powderpuff

football, prom, and of course, graduation.

While we cannot make up for missing

important opportunities last year, what we

can do is make the most out of the year

ahead. Opportunities to learn, continue

lasting friendships, and show school spirit

gives us hope for a fun and special year.

Each student has goals for this school

year and the ability to be back in person

enables those goals to be achieved. We can

all be thankful for the work that members

of our community, especially our principal,

Mr. Daniel Bauer, did to make this year


Despite the excitement for returning to

school, there is also a considerable amount

of trepidation about what’s to come.

For some, this is their first time back in

the building in more than 500 days. For

others, the readjustment to full, in-person

learning is overwhelming.

Among students, there have been

many discussions about how teachers will

compensate for less learning time last

year. Will classes be harder than normal?

What happens if I don’t remember what

we learned while online? Was I truly

challenged last year? All of these questions

will soon be answered, but the most

predominant fear among MHS students

seems to be the uncertainty surrounding

the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

Although Marblehead has a very

high vaccination rate, some of last year’s

protocols remain in place, most notably

the wearing of masks. Moreover, the

question has arisen about what would

happen if cases increased in the school

community. Would we return to online

school? For many, this scenario would be

considered the worst possible outcome.

As we experienced last year, changing

schedules and remote school is far from

pleasing. While we are very hopeful that

this situation is far from reality, students

will remain mindful of the recent past to

ensure a healthy future.

No matter what happens, challenges

will certainly arise during this school

year. This could come in the form

of COVID-19 protocols, or even

something such as struggling in a class.

However, I know that Marblehead High

School students have demonstrated

their resilience and will address these

challenges. What makes our school

so special is a collective sense of

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responsibility and pride.

This year, I know that I can count on

my classmates for help when I need it and

underclassmen can depend on their older

peers to help navigate their earlier years of

high school. For myself and all students,

having a positive mindset, an openness

to new opportunities, and not taking our

time at MHS for granted will lead to a

great year for all.

Lastly, I can’t discuss the year ahead

without touching upon the fun memories

that will be made. Beyond some of the

great senior year events that I mentioned,

the entire school will be able to celebrate

being back together and take advantage of

new opportunities.

One of these opportunities is called

the MAGIC block, alluding to our name,

the Magicians. During the MAGIC

block, which will occur each Wednesday,

students will have the chance to pick

an activity that they otherwise would

not have had time for. This ranges from

academic-related programming such as

club meetings or extra help in a class, all

the way to teacher-designed programs

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This schedule addition is already

a hot topic among students and will

certainly provide a fun aspect to our

weekly routine. Furthermore, students will

still enjoy great traditions at MHS like

watching our friends play on Piper Field

and performing in drama productions,

just to name a few. In all, there will be

no shortage of fun ways for students

to immerse ourselves in the school

Madison Lofmark

In an almost picturesque horror movie

spectacular, on March 13, 2020 (a Friday),

my parents and the rest of the families

in the Marblehead school district got a

phone call that we would take a brief twoweek

break to evaluate the extent to which

COVID-19 needed to be contained.

Five-hundred and forty-three days

later, and here I am: kicking off the senior

year with one year of finals under my

belt and an obnoxiously large hole in the

center of my high school experience.

One of my best friends graduated

last year during the chaos, and in terms

of fears for the upcoming school year

(according to her), entertaining a few

makes a bit of sense. Having already been

robbed of a sophomore semi formal and

junior prom, the fear that we will also

lose out on senior prom and graduation

is ever-present. How many “high school”

experiences have I lost to this sickness?

How many lunches surrounded by the

friends I grew up with — cheeks full to

the brim with laughter and Ritz crackers

— slipped through the cracks? When my

children ask with bright eyes about my

best high school memories, how many

more could I have had to share with


Growing up, I always looked forward

community, and I am very excited to be a

part of these great experiences.

Overall, I am confident that the

students of Marblehead High are

ready for a great year. Despite the

looming circumstances of COVID-19,

this year promises to be one full of

accomplishments and memories. I am

hopeful that when my class graduates in

June we can look back and say that we

to high school, and though I have no

siblings of my own, family photos of

cousins at dances and proms filled my

head with excitement. What kind of

person would I become?

I feel now, as we begin to crawl on our

hands and knees back to normalcy, that I

mourn the loss of who that person might

have been. Lockdown changed me in ways

I know for certain a normal year wouldn’t

have if I hadn’t been stuck alone with my

thoughts for months with nothing to stare

at but a screen. And though I know it was

necessary, and uphold that we should have

even done more, the question of who I

could have been sits at the top of my mind

like oil on water.

All of this aside, I do have hope for

this school year. So far, there have been

no troubles except for masks, which do

happen to be especially uncomfortable in

the malignant humidity of the third-floor

English classrooms. If all goes well, those

will be gone by the end of November.

One thing I noticed in particular is

that teachers are different. I feel as though

they will never really be the same, either.

This is not a bad thing. On the contrary,

I find them to be more lenient with due

dates, conscious about our mental health,

and far more willing to treat us as true

made the most of this school year. Until

then, I can’t wait to return to pencils

instead of Zoom, class meetings instead

of email reminders, and most of all, being

together again.

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senior. He is class treasurer, involved with

DECA and Spanish Honor Society, and he is

co-captain of the indoor track team.

individuals as opposed to just students.

It’s as though by dividing us for so long

through a screen, by the time we were

back in the classroom the whole school

population — teachers and students alike

— were immediately closer than ever. It’s

for these reasons that I predict a better

quality of education and overall happier

school environment this year than ever


Nevertheless, the threat of the Delta

variant shadows over our every move —

an echo on the tile and the rustle of the

trees. COVID made my friends and me

stronger, but it’s not something I think

we can weather again. The isolation

tugged down like cement blocks around

our ankles, and it will take years to untie

the rope. With the help of my teachers,

friends, and family, I really do believe in a

strong, positive school year. After all that

we’ve been through together, throwing

that black-stringed cap into the air in

the spring will be all that much more


So, how long really is two weeks? In

terms of a global pandemic, approximately

543 days.

Madison Lofmark is a Marblehead High

School senior and an aspiring writer.

Talia Schwartz

My freshman year of high school, we

got an extra two weeks of vacation at

the end of March prior to our normallyscheduled

April vacation. However, the

members of the class of ‘23 are now

juniors, which is genuinely unbelievable.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected

everyone worldwide, and many may

consider my class lucky as we didn’t miss

nearly as many milestones as some other

grades. The class of 2020 didn’t enjoy

senior prom or graduation, ‘21 received

an unpredictable last year with shifting

schedules, and ‘24 began their highschool

journey wearing masks starting in

October. Many juniors may actually argue

that they appreciated the year (or two)

spent at home, enjoying the late wake-ups

and less stress regarding school work.

Despite the lack of normalcy in the

past few years, many are hopeful for a

better year overall with fewer uncertainties

in the schedules and daily routines.

Besides the continuation of mask usage

and social distancing, the everyday class

schedule seems to have returned to

normal, due to the vaccinated majority at

the high school. This means that students

can finally look forward to enjoying

their time at MHD high. On the other

hand, the upcoming school year is still a

stress-inducing factor for many students

as assignments and tests linger over our


During the time spent in online

classes, many students managed to

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succeed by doing the absolute bare

minimum in most of their classes,

sleeping through Zoom lessons with their

camera off, copying homework from their

friends, and easily cheating on any exam.

Unfortunately, this was the reality during

the many hybrid and remote schedules we

experienced last year.

I believe that adapting to a normal

school routine of waking up at 6:30 a.m.

every day, Monday through Friday, and

balancing homework and studying with

other activities could be the greatest

challenge my class will face this year.

A full, in-person schedule will result

in lessened time in the mornings and

afternoons to manage schoolwork and

some students will inevitably struggle with

challenging classes that they mistakenly

believed they could handle. Due to the

pandemic, certain teachers decided to

adjust their classes' usual workloads to

provide their students with less anxiety in

an uncertain time. AP classes may have

reflected the work of honors classes, and

honors classes may have slowed down to

mirror the regular pace of a CP1 class.

However, with the hopes of a regular year

now a tangible promise, teachers aren’t

afraid to return to their typical syllabus.

It is evident that junior year is

considered the most difficult year at high

school, with looming college applications,

standardized tests such as the SATs and

PSATs, and demanding AP classes, which

some students take for the first time. Even

without the lingering effects of a global

pandemic, junior year is a strenuous year,

which is heightened for my grade since

last year was unprecedentedly easy. In

addition, junior year is typically the school

year that marks the beginning of pressure

from parents to decide on the future. We

are constantly asked “Where do you want

to go to college? What do you want to

study? What job do you want?” by family

members and friends. Making decisions

about your future can be difficult as the

majority of people are still unsure of what

they’re passionate about in regards to

potential career choices.

It will definitely be hard, however, the

year will speed by similarly to the first

half of my classes’ high school experience.

Despite the challenge of returning to

a normal schedule, there will be many

opportunities for fun, class-wide activities

throughout the year, starting with our

missed sophomore semi-formal dance.

Our class officers have been considering

the idea of rescheduling the missed dance

last year for a date sometime in the fall.

Even if it is impossible to reschedule

sophomore semi, juniors can look forward

to the junior prom in the spring, which

will hopefully be similar to previous

years. In addition to these organized

dances, students will be able to return to

spectating Friday night football games,

which are always attended by the majority

of the school.

Besides the inescapable fear of a

tough, new year of school, I have hopes

for a great year as students are provided

with the chance to get a fresh start. This

is a year for discovery and questioning

as many students are able to figure out

what they want to choose as a career in

a society with limitless options. With

school-organized events and sports

to break up the difficulty of physics,

AP U.S. history, and AP language and

composition, I’m sure that this year will be

a positive experience for all involved.

Talia Schwartz is a Marblehead High

School Class of 2023 member. She is the

technology editor of the school newspaper, the

Headlight, and spends the majority of her

time in ballet classes at Northeast School of

Ballet in Reading.

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By Tréa Lavery



Fall 2021 | 37

Almost 130 miles

away from

Marblehead, in

Brownfield, Maine,

Mark Panagakis

has headquartered

a growing venture

in which his budding entrepreneurial

skills are making him plenty of green.

The small town on the New

Hampshire border is where the North

Shore native and his good friend Peter

Slattery, originally from Salem, started

ZOVA Craft Cannabis, their marijuanacultivation


"Having a goal to work toward and the

ability to make a mark in this community

and in our lives, it's really liberating for

us," Panagakis said.

The two men first met as kids, when

they attended Marblehead Community

Charter Public School together, and

became close in fourth grade.

Panagakis became interested in

the marijuana industry when a friend,

Christian-Olivier Lalonde, died in a car

accident. Together with more of Lalonde's

friends and family, Panagakis helped

set up Platinum Jane, Lalonde's vision

of a hemp and CBD company (hemp

and marijuana are both derived from

the cannabis plant, but only marijuana

contains THC, the compound that creates

the "high.")

Later, he partnered with another group

of friends, working in wholesale hemp and

CBD from their property in Rutland, Vt.

for AGR Hemp Solutions.

"I got a hands-on experience with

them," he said. "I saw all my buddies up

in Vermont and what they're doing with

so little."

Panagakis began growing marijuana

plants in his own apartment, getting

the hang of the complicated growing

cycle with specialized grow lights and

environmental controls. Eventually,

though, he decided he was ready to


He explained that his grandfather had

purchased the Brownfield property in

1999, but that for two decades it had sat

there without being used.

Working in a team with friends and

family, Panagakis and Slattery spent the

fall of 2020 clearing and grading a portion

of that property, getting it ready for use.

They purchased a greenhouse and built

it over the course of about a month, and

ZOVA was born.

"I'm not anticipating anything big at

the start, but we want to get our brand

on the maps and at local dispensaries,"

Panagakis said. "I know it's not going

to happen overnight, so we have to stay

resilient and keep at it."

Panagakis and Slattery explained that

while weed grown in Maine can legally

only be sold within that state, being there

makes it much easier to get started in

the industry. Licensing fees are much

lower than those in Massachusetts, and

the market is more friendly to small

businesses as opposed to corporate


"The market around Maine is very

consumer-driven. If your stuff isn't good,

you'll know it," Panagakis said.

Slattery agreed, saying that he had

seen that many of the players in the local

industry began as consumers, so they

know what they want from the market.

Many of those small players also work

together to lobby the government for

laws that work in their interests, not

the interests of the bigger, multi-state


"It's nice to know the guy who grows

your pot," he said. "Whereas, when you go

to a dispensary, it's very commercial."

The 2,800-square-foot greenhouse is

half covered by the canopy of the cannabis

plants. Panagakis and Slattery are licensed

for 24 mature plants each at a time, or 48

total. Those 48 plants come from plenty

of different strains, including "Master

Kush," "Northern Lights," "Blue Dream,"

"Gorilla Glue" and more.

Panagakis said his favorite strain is one

he developed himself, which he named

"Horchata" for its cinnamony scent.

He and Slattery hope to work on

developing more of their own strains in

the future, once their first growing season

gives them an idea of which plants they

like best. In addition to their standard

marijuana plants and a few "auto-flower"

plants that grow flowers within about 70

days, they have a handful of hemp plants.

If the quality of these plants turns out to

be on par with the THC flower, Panagakis

said, they'll eventually start breeding them

to develop a 50-50 THC and CBD strain.

Before that, though, they need to get

through the growing season –– something

that is easier said than done. Unlike

house plants, cannabis plants have very

specific growing needs. After they get

clones (cuttings from mature plants) in

June, they need a strict light cycle, which

gives the plants 14 to 16 hours of light a

day. The plants grow with a trellis net and

are "trained" through pruning to grow

in a wider canopy, as opposed to straight

up, to produce more leaves and flowers.

They use a strategy called "integrated pest

management" to keep gnats and other

bugs at bay.

When the light cycle is lowered to

under 12 hours a day, the plants begin

to flower. At this point, Panagakis and

Slattery switch to a different nutrient

fertilizer blend, with more phosphorus

and less nitrogen. They also release

ladybugs into the greenhouse to eat the

smaller bugs so that they don't have to

spray pesticides onto flowers that will

eventually be smoked.

While each strain has a different

growing time, ZOVA's plants have

an anticipated harvest date during

the week of Oct. 10. Once the crop is

harvested, they will trim the buds of their

larger leaves, dry them in a 60-degree

environment at 60 percent humidity for

about a week, or until the stems snap

easily, and then cure them by storing them

in airtight barrels for around a month.

After that, the product will finally be

ready to be sold.

"At this point, we don't know how

much weed we're going to get," Panagakis

said. "Everything's kind of up in the air at

Peter Slattery of Salem, left, and Mark Panagakis of Marblehead are the owners of ZOVA, a cannabis-cultivation company in Brownfield, Maine.

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this point."

Despite the uncertainty, the pair

behind ZOVA are sure about their

vision for the company. Slattery,

who manages most of the building

for the company, said that they

think very carefully about how

they source their building materials

and agricultural products, buying

from local businesses and using

sustainable building practices.

"We like to be really intentional

with how we build and create our

business, so sourcing from local

sawyers is really important to us,"

Slattery said. "We're really excited

about the way this greenhouse came

out. It was important to build it

ourselves and be in control of our


After their first season, ZOVA

hopes to expand its growing

operation, including by clearing

more of the property and using it to

grow food, then offering it to local

co-ops as a form of community


"With the amount of space we

have, it's crazy not to be growing

our own food," Slattery said.

With all of their plans, though,

the pair still remain connected

to their roots. Panagakis said

that recently, while they were

out working in the greenhouse, a

neighbor walked by and said hello.

In the conversation, they learned

that he, too, originally hailed from


"We take pride in being from the

North Shore," Panagakis said. "The

more I meet people, the more I see

that it's such a small world."

Currently, Slattery works fulltime

as a carpenter and Panagakis

still works at AGR Hemp Solutions.

They put all of their spare time into

ZOVA with the hope that, next year,

it can become their full-time gig.

"We're going to make mistakes,

and that's okay. We have the ability

to be our own bosses and the

freedom to be out in the woods

and not in the hustle and bustle,"

Slattery said. "It's a lot of work, but

it's very rewarding."

ZOVA co-owner Mark Panagakis trims a

freshly-cut stem from an autoflowering

cannabis plant as he prepares the buds to

be tried and sold to a dispensary.

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