Monday, July 28, 2014

Essex Happenings - August 2014

Fourth of July Holiday
We certainly hope that all of you enjoyed the festivities and such that are an important part of the Holiday.  We traveled to Cape Cod for a couple of days earlier in the holiday week and when the fireworks show was cancelled due to the weather and were rescheduled for the Fall to help celebrate a milestone anniversary of the founding of Barnstable, MA, our plans changed.  The rains came to the cape and we headed back to Essex County and were fortunate enough to view the well known Town of Danvers fireworks display that more than lived up to expectations.   If it was the fireworks, concerts or parades, we hope the celebration of the USA’s Independence was a pleasant experience for you and family.

Essex Heritage  News and Events
As I have done for a number of years, I want to offer some ideas about the work of Essex Heritage.

Essex Heritage Annual Appeal
Your financial support ensures that the tradition of regional leadership and program excellence, the hallmarks of the Essex National Heritage Commission, will continue for years to come. We are strong because of your support!  The Essex National Heritage Commission works to sustain the cultural, historic and natural resources of this region. Donate on line at

Today, we are asking for you to support our Annual Appeal so we can continue our work.  Your contributions support our mission and enable us to bring money into this region by obtaining grant funding from national organizations such as the National Park Foundation, the National Park Service, and the National Scenic Byway Program – which increasingly require evidence of private matching funds.
This region has had a profound influence on the history of this country – and it defines the unique quality of life that we enjoy on the North Shore and lower Merrimack Valley.  Our historical and cultural assets continue to be unparalleled in this nation and they remain a fundamental part of our economy and our way of life.  Essex Heritage, the foremost advocate of the entire region’s irreplaceable historical, cultural and natural resources, provides advice, guidance and technical support while working to build capacity for over 250 non-profit partners and 34 municipalities. We serve as a catalyst for collaboration between non-profits and others, establishing strategic partnerships that generate genuine impact.

This is a critical time to demonstrate your commitment to the collaborative work of Essex Heritage.  We are asking you to support us as we continue to conserve endangered historic sites, build trails for recreation and health, employ under-served youth in heritage preservation jobs, support after-school enrichment for Latino students, and lead our coastal communities in developing cultural tourism along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway.

Your gift this year to our Annual Appeal is crucial to help us fulfill our 2014 goals of increasing our Youth Jobs Corps program, continuing to offer Trails & Sails for free to more than 5,000 people, and connecting  towns and cities together to strengthen and grow partnership projects that sustain our region. With your help, Essex Heritage can continue to work to ensure that our region remains strong and vibrant. We look forward to an exciting year together; please donate online or call us at: 978-740-0444.

National Park Service’s Salem Maritime Festival
August 2, 2014 • Salem Maritime National Historic Site, 193 Derby Street, Salem, MA, 01970
Celebrate Four Centuries of Salem's Maritime Heritage! What a sensational collection of events for the enjoyment of Essex County residents.
Essex Heritage and NPS Co-Present Week-long Teacher Workshop - Park for Every Classroom
August 4, 2014 to August 8, 2014 * Park for Every Classroom is a FREE professional development program for K-12 educators of all disciplines • Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site, 244 Central Street, Saugus, MA, 01906.  The workshop is full.

Essex Heritage’s Photo Safari Featuring Olympus
August 9, 2014 • Appleton Farms, The Trustees of the Reservations, 219 County Road, Ipswich, MA, 01938 * Equipped with the latest camera gear from Olympus, capture Appleton Farms, one of the oldest continuously operating farms in the United States!

Essex Heritage’s Featured Partner Event: Ipswich River Paddle
August 24, 2014 • Riverbend Reservation, Ipswich River Watershed Association, 143 Country Road, Ipswich, MA, 01938 * Paddle the Ipswich River from Riverbend, headquarters of the Ipswich River Watershed Association.

Essex Heritage’s Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks and Water
September 19, 2014 to September 21, 2014; September 26, 2014 to September 28, 2014 • Throughout Essex County - Explore Essex County's cultural, historic and natural sites during two weekends of 150+ FREE events! Learn more at

Essex Heritage’s Featured Partner Event: Cox Reservation Archaeology Walk
October 26, 2014 • Cox Reservation, 82 Eastern Avenue, Essex, MA, 01929
Celebrate Archaeology Month by joining Greenbelt and noted Cape Ann archaeologist Mary Ellen Lepionka as we uncover the human history and material culture of our headquarters site.
Essex Heritage’s Featured Partner Event: Mutt Strut with Greenbelt
November 23, 2014 • Tompson Street Reservation, Fernald Street, Gloucester, MA, 01930
Join Greenbelt's Land Conservation Director, David Santomenna and his dog and Greenbelt mascot, Shiloh, for a dog-walk within Greenbelt's largest reservation.

Other Events
Adventures in Time Summer Day Camp: Week 2
August 4, 2014 to August 8, 2014 • North Andover Historical Society, 153 Academy Road, North Andover, MA, 0184 * This July and August the North Andover Historical Society is once again presenting its legendary summer day camp -- Adventures in Time. A summer enrichment program for boys and girls, ages 7-13

Seven Lectures at The Seven Gables: New England Powder Houses
August 20, 2014 • The House of the Seven Gables, United States, 115 Derby Street, Salem, MA, 01970
Enjoy a night of history as author Matthew Thomas takes us back to colonial days in New England when locals defended their land.

5th Annual Beverly Commons Trail Run
August 23, 2014 * Hosted by Essex County Greenbelt, this race offers 3.5 mile or 7 mile distances through the challenging hills of the Beverly Commons Conservation Area in Beverly Farms. The 7 mile distance is part of the 2014 North Shore Trail Series.

North Shore Elder Services  - Serving Danvers, Marblehead, Middleton, Peabody, Salem
Information on their Fundraising Concert at The North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly on September 13, 2014 at 7:30PM *  Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan in Concert * To purchase tickets:; 978 232 7000

Seven Lectures at The Seven Gables: The Schooner Fame
November 19, 2014 • The House of the Seven Gables, United States, 115 Derby Street, Salem, MA, 01970 * Capt. Mike Rutstein will share Schooner Fame’s story: its plan, the selection of trees and building in Essex.

Regional and Community News
Replacement for Danvers Town Manager underway
Several weeks ago I was called to a special meeting of the Danvers Finance Committee to approve funding for a search committee to hire a new Town Manager.  That process has begun and the Town has contracted with Municipal Resources of Meredith, New Hampshire to conduct the search.  The process will end with a vote of the Selectmen in October.   FYI - A gala Retirement party for Wayne Marquis is planned for 9/24 at the Danversport Yacht Club.
Salem Boys and Girls Club News and Activities
The Boys and Girls Club have put together a team of 12 runners who have made a commitment to take on an exciting challenge, and we are hoping for your support. On September 12 & 13, we will be participating in the Reach the Beach Relay - a 200 mile run from Cannon Mountain to Hampton Beach, NH. The runners will take turns running continuously day and night until we reach the finish line. This logistically and physically challenging race combines fitness, adventure and team building like no other sporting event. Our team is ready for the challenge and will be representing the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem, with each runner raising a minimum of $1,000 in support of this cause.  We look forward to the team camaraderie both on and off the course as we work together to complete the race, and meet our personal and team fundraising goals to support programs at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem. You can make a donation to our by going to
and making a donation to any team member. Thank you for your support!
In just a few short weeks, we’ll be right in your backyard with our Limb Loss Education Day series! Did you save the date? Just a month out, now is the perfect time to register for the Limb Loss Education Day near you!
Event: Limb Loss Education Day – Boston
When: Saturday, August 16, 2014, 9am-4pm
Where: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Boston, 300 First Avenue, Charlestown, MA 02129
Register today at
Our goal is to reach all amputees with our programs and services. By bringing one-day programs to specific regions of the country, we hope to reach more amputees faster, and bring meaningful educational programs and adaptive recreation to their communities.

The Limb Loss Education Day is a great opportunity to network with other amputees and professionals in the area, learn about what’s going on in the community, and even meet some manufacturers that exhibit at the event! The LLED will also be featuring the Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation’s (OPAF’s) First Dance!

Registration is only $15* and lunch is included
*Children 10 and under may register on-site for free
*On-site registration is available, but to ensure we have enough lunches for all attendees, please register in advance

The Amputee Coalition’s LLED series is brought to youby our National Sponsors:
Platinum: Hanger
Gold: Endolite, Ă–ssur, Ottobock and UNYQ
Silver: Ability Dynamics and Fillauer Companies
Bronze: The Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC), College Park Industries,Purdue Pharma, Rusk Rehabilitation at NYU Langone Medical Centerand Scheck & Siress
The LLED series also receives partial funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC #5U59DD000904-03).

For more information, please visit our Web site or call 888/267-5669 to find out more information about the Limb Loss Education Day event in your area.

Summer Reading;
American Spring 1775; By Stephen Moore
Pacific Payback 1942; By Walter Borneman

I do not intend to go into great detail about the two most entertaining books that I have recently read except to say that they were both wonderful volumes on the history of war in the past.  The American Spring outlined the events in the spring of 1775 that led up to the events at Lexington and Concord.  In this presentation there were numerous references to patriots from Salem and Danvers that played a role in that period of our history.   The second book, called Pacific Payback outlined the bravery and courage of the aviators flying off the Pacific Aircraft Carriers as they sought to get even for the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor        

The World Cup in Soccer is over, and many are looking forward to four years from now when the USA is expected to be more competitive.   The Red Sox 2014 experience seems to be coming to an end with losses in Toronto and in Florida.

 We can now look forward to American Football.  Just recently as a New England Patriots Season Ticket holder, the tickets for eight regular season home games, two practice games and the season cannot start soon enough. 

Personal Matters
My granddaughter
I try to stay away from too much personal material in this Blog, but this item is important to me.   At the end of July, my granddaughter competed in the Bay State games in the girls Javelin throw and won the event over a dozen girls with a throw of 110 feet and change.   She has advanced quickly over the last year and with two more years to go at Algonquin Regional High School she has a chance to improve even more in the years ahead.

Local Community Food Pantries

Do not forget the Local Food Pantries in this region just because it is summer.  At this time of year, the demand for food and other services for the poor and marginalized in this region remain high.  Your continuing support for these organizations is critical.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


I am pleased to continue to offer information on the activities and events of the valuable Essex Heritage organization and the work that they do for the region.

Essex National Heritage Area Activities

Event Calendar
July 7, 2014 to July 11, 2014 • North Andover Historical Society, 153 Academy Road, North Andover, MA -This summer, send your children on an historic journey!

August 2, 2014 • Salem Maritime National Historic Site, 193 Derby Street, Salem, MA
Celebrate Four Centuries of Salem's Maritime Heritage!

August 4, 2014 to August 8, 2014 • Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site, 244 Central Street, Saugus, MA.  Space is now full for summer 2014. Park for Every Classroom is a FREE professional development program for K-12 educators of all disciplines.

August 4, 2014 to August 8, 2014 • North Andover Historical Society, 153 Academy Road, North Andover, MA. This July and August the North Andover Historical Society will once again present its legendary summer day camp -- Adventures in Time. A summer enrichment program for boys and girls, ages 7-13 (suggested).

August 9, 2014 • Appleton Farms, The Trustees of the Reservations, 219 County Road, Ipswich, MA. With a state-of-the-art digital camera in hand, capture Appleton Farms, considered to be the oldest continuously operating farm in the United States. 

August 20, 2014 • The House of the Seven Gables, United States, 115 Derby Street, Salem, MA. Enjoy a night of history as author Matthew Thomas takes us back to colonial days in New England when locals defended their land.

Essex Heritage News

New Essex Heritage Commissioners Elected
At the Annual Spring Meeting of the Essex National Heritage Commission on April 30, eleven community representatives were elected to serve on the Commission, each for a three year term.  These regional leaders serve as “the eyes and ears” of their communities, organizations or businesses and act a sounding board to test and create new initiatives at Essex Heritage.

The Essex National Heritage Commission is supported by a volunteer 150-member Board of Commissioners.  Commissioners live and/or work within the boundaries of Essex County, and they represent the communities, businesses, organizations, educational institutions, and resources of the region. “Commissioners are ambassadors and advocates for this region,” said CEO Annie C. Harris, “Essex Heritage is pleased to welcome the slate of 11 new Commissioners, and we’re grateful for their volunteer support and leadership in promoting regional cooperation among the Area’s resources and organizations.”
The following individuals were elected to serve as Commissioners:
        George Carey, Founder and Owner of FINZ Seafood & Grill, Salem
        Ann Marie Casey, Executive Director of the North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, Salisbury
        Susan Gould Coviello, Executive Director at North Shore Health Project, Gloucester
        Thomas Dexter, Financial Advisor at Wells Fargo Advisors, Beverly
        Laura Dow, Owner and Manager at the Vista Motel, Gloucester
        Angela Ippolito, Chair of the Swampscott Planning Board, Swampscott
        Thomas MacDonald, Director of Sales at the Hawthorne Hotel, Salem
        Posie Mansfield, Administrator of COP Amputee Association, Wenham
        Dr. Paul J. Maurer, Senior Vice President of External Relations at Gordon College, Wenham
        Kevin Rourke, Senior Vice President and Team Leader of Corporate Banking at Salem Five, Salem
        Pamela Yameen, Family Business, Butcher Boy Markets, North Andover

Happy Holidays - Memorial Day, Anniversary of D Day and Independence Day
We certainly hope that during the last couple of weeks that you were able to enjoy three patriotic holidays and used the time to remember the numerous members of the military services who have given their lives to support the freedoms we enjoy.  These are three very special days - Memorial Day, the 70th Anniversary of the Invasion of Fortress Europe, and the date we celebrates the Independence we chose from England in 1776.

Regional News
Retirement of Danvers Town Manger
At the regularly scheduled Selectman’s meeting of the Danvers Selectmen’s on June 3, 2014, Town Manager Wayne Marquis shocked the numbers of the board and the residents watching on TV with the announcement of his retirement on or about 10/3/2014.  His departure will complete a 35 year term as the Town Manager after an apprentice as the Assistant Town Manager for five years. 
There is very little doubt that under his leadership, he left the Town much better off than he found it four decades ago.   I will not attempt to list the numerous accomplishments that Wayne has presided over during his term.  The town as second to none in the Commonwealth as far as management is concerned. Throughout his long association with the town and despite all of the numerous improvements that have been made, the community has never had to call for a budget override.  All of the projects were completed on time and under budget.  It is clear that the task of finding a replacement for Wayne will be a daunting task.
 It has been a pleasure to know him and to serve under him as a volunteer both with the seniors in Town and as a member of the Finance Committee.  Good luck and pleasant days in the next phase of your life.
Community Preservation Act
Several years ago, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts enacted legislation that allowed communities in the state to adopt a tax connected to real estate taxes on property in the community.  This new tax that was between 1 and 3% could be collected and then allocated to make grants to local organizations that were focusing on the preservation of property with historic overtones, affordable housing and open space acquisition. These funds are enhanced by a similar fund by the State, but the funds are not always available to be used for the stated purposes.   Several communities in this region have adopted the act and in 2014 a number those communities are currently entertaining grant proposals to act towards the approved projects. 
At this point, the Town of Danvers is not a participant and I have long felt that the Town of Danvers should be a participant.  I suspect that adding a new tax is holding back their participation.   That participation would be a boon to a number of potential projects in the town.  I have recently let my thoughts be known in a message to the town but extra efforts on my part to a wider base might be needed to convince the decision makers in that community.
Salem Power Station - Footprint Power Station in Salem to begin its modifications
One day in late May the iconic Power Station on the Salem Harbor shut down to begin its conversion to natural gas. After a 63 year life, the station began a new life on its road to continuing to be provider of energy services to the region. I should note that my association with this site predates the building of the Power Station.  The power plant replaced an excellent baseball park on Fort Avenue, on the way to Salem Willows, where I played baseball as a youth growing up in Salem.
Starting in July, the existing plant and its well known smoke stack towers will be torn down, and one of the best known sites on the coast of the North Shore will be no longer visible from the water.  The plants towers are well known by boaters in this region as they are visible from south of Boston to Gloucester.   The towers will be soon gone, but the life of the Salem Power Station will go on in the future as a benefit to the region.

North Shore Elder Services News

A letter from their director gives their new address as 300 Rosewood Drive, Suite 200, Danvers, Ma 01923.

Dear Friends,
While June will be a busy month for us, only our address is changing! Our phone numbers and our email addresses will remain the same as will our commitment to our consumers. For information about our move, feel free to leave us a message at 978-624-2298.
As always, we are dedicated to Life Made Easier.

NSES will be offering a concert at the North Shore Music Theatre on 9/13/2014 to benefit the support of the numerous programs offered by NSES to make life easier for seniors on the North Shore of Boston.  For more information on how to purchase tickets for the event SEE BELOW

Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan in Concert
Benefitting North Shore Elder Services
Saturday, September 13, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
North Shore Music Theater
To purchase tickets:; 978 232 7000
Right of passage for the elderly
Reprinted From the Pages of the Boston Globe provided by the executive Director of North Shore Elder Services. By Farah Stockman
Boston Globe Staff   May 28, 2014
My 98-year-old great aunt points to the antique clock. “Pat gave me that for my birthday,” she says, referring to her late husband. “It has always kept perfect time.”

Of course, she can’t see it any more. Her eyesight dimmed years ago. Nor can she hear it, even with her bionic ear. Yet, the clock has stayed put, until now, along with everything else: The doll that won first place at the Topsfield fair, standing at attention under a plastic shroud. The once-white baby shoes, turning gray. The dusty martini glasses, forgotten in a cabinet, inscribed with the initials of a long-dead groom. These are the objects that make up a life; the things which make her home her home. Who will she be once she has left them for a room in an assisted-living facility hundreds of miles away?
It’s a human instinct to hang on to what we have, even after we’re gone. There’s a certain immortality that comes from our possessions living on in libraries or museums or in the homes of our children. These days, people even try to cling to their own dead bodies, and their pets, by freezing them in cryogenic tombs. They must be driven by the same feelings that prompted ancient Egyptian kings to be embalmed and buried with piles of gold.
But for most us, the end of life means surrendering what we own. We spend our youth and middle age acquiring things that define us — houses, clothes, paintings, books — only to give them up, one by one, in old age. When the eyesight goes, so does the car. When the hearing goes, the stereo. When memory goes, and the pot is left burning on the stove, we are forced to give up the kitchen. We cling to our things as long as we can. By the time we relinquish them, so many are out of fashion.
Still, the relinquishing must go on. Being elderly is about taking stock of life, and keeping only what’s absolutely necessary.
“You want to take that clock?” I ask.
She shakes her head. The clock radio with the big red numbers is far more important.
My great aunt — the daughter of Italian immigrants, who worked in a dress factory and married a World War II veteran — never bought herself expensive things. Yet today she frets about what will become of her treasures: her menagerie of porcelain animals, her flock of angels, her Christmas village.
As she grew frail — so frail that too hard a hug might have snapped her like a chicken wing — she sent me home with an old brooch fished out of a jewelry box.
But her apartment is still full of items she couldn’t give away fast enough: a candle her grandmother bought so as not to give birth in the dark, to be mailed to her daughter. A gang of dolls for Melissa, the dear soul who took her out to lunch every Wednesday for the last eight years. A folder with my father’s name on it, full of photographs. My dad’s sister, who spent a week here sorting and clearing, has already collected her inheritance: an impressive stack of Tupperware.
Standing in the clutter of her cast-off possessions, I have a new appreciation for the Viking kings, whose weapons and ships were set ablaze on their funeral pyres, to cement their social standing in Valhalla. It strikes me as odd that, in a culture as materialistic as ours, we go meet our maker empty handed.
It is amazing to discover, in the end, that all that is truly essential fits into a single hot pink suitcase.
I wonder if, deep down inside, my aunt feels liberated by the lightness of so few possessions. “You all set?” Melissa asks, tears in her eyes.
But I recognize that my aunt is mourning the loss of her things as deeply as one mourns a death. The giving up of one’s own house, of one’s own place in the world, is a rite of passage; a ritual with no name that each American family performs its own way. Tomorrow, Melissa will drive her to the airport, where a six-seater plane co-piloted by a grand-nephew will fly her into the clouds, toward an unknown place.
On her last day in the apartment she knows by heart, she nods bravely: “I think I’m ready.”
Farah Stockman can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @fstockman

Community Activities
Summer Dinners return at Appleton Farm in Ipswich

Community Award in Beverly

Ground Broken for Veterans Memorial in Wenham

During the last few months, I have been actively involved in a new not for profit organization that focuses on providing networking opportunities, information and support to people that have experienced the loss of a limb.    The organization named COPAA (Cornell Orthopedic Prosthetic Amputee Association) meets monthly in Beverly and is welcoming new members from the North Shore to Lower Merrimack Valley at no charge.   If you or someone you know anyone that has lost a limb, we welcome participation and COPAA welcomes new members that are seeking material that provides data on how life can be more comfortable.  COPAA focuses on possibilities rather than disabilities.  We are in the process of developing a web site that will provide substantial information, but in the short term any questions can be answered by contacting our President “Posie” Mansfield at

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


Essex Heritage Matters

On the last day of May, Gordon College in Wenham was the host for the Essex National Heritage National Commission’s semi-annual spring public meeting at the college in the Ken Olson Science Building. It was too bad that it was raining that morning as a walk around the beautiful campus by the attendees would have opened a number of eyes to the beauty of another gem of an Essex County location.  I have been most aware of the campus and its assets, as I have been using the Balance and Wellness Center for Therapy and using the excellent gymnasium at that location.  I was pleased to be able to attend the meeting attended by about 200 Commissioners and other local residents many of them had never previously ever visited the college. 

The mission and the programs of ENHC are still most relevant, and I am most proud of my continuing association.  I am also proud that my wife, who has been accompanying me to events for the last three years, was provided a day off from tending to me.  I was accompanied to the meeting by my son Mark Leonard, a banking executive at one of our most generous corporate sponsors Eastern Bank.  A couple of years ago Mark was elected a Commissioner and he is looking forward to helping the Commission in its work in the years ahead.

One of the most important features of this meeting has been the announcement of current grant recipients.  The following represents a list and a very brief explanation of their funded
In addition, several new commissioners were elected, and Annie Harris CEO of Essex Heritage provided an update on the current state of Essex Heritage and the Heritage Area movement in general.   Treasurer John Farmer presented a report on an audit performed by an independent firm.  President Jack Good, who did a wonderful job in keeping the program on time, called for an adjournment of the meeting with a reminder that the Commission will offer its next public meeting in October at a time and place to be named and publicized.

A list of the thirteen community Essex Heritage Grant winners and two regional awards and  a brief explanation of their of their program follows:

  • Amesbury High School

In response to the age-old question, "When will we ever use this?," Amesbury High School has formed an educational partnership with Lowell's Boat Shop to offer “Math on the Merrimack.”

  • General Israel Putnam Chapter of the DAR

On property formerly owned by one of Danvers most illustrious citizen - patriot, physician and Judge Samuel Holten – sits an important First Period house as well as rare, surviving double privy to be restored.
  •  Danvers Historical Society

As part of its 125th anniversary celebration, the Danvers Historical Society will enhance its popular 29-year old history education.

  •  Gloucester Adventure

Having undergone a major overhaul of its hull, decking and rigging, the Schooner Adventure, a National Historic Landmark, sailed last summer for the first time in over 20 years.

  • Ipswich Historical Commission

The Old North Burying Ground in Ipswich dates to 1634 and as one of the oldest cemeteries in the country provides an enduring record of the region’s earliest settlers and important historical figures.

  • Lynn Museum

The Lynn Museum will create Spanish and Russian translations of its permanent exhibits and promotional materials, thereby providing a growing segment of its visitor base with a meaningful experience and greater understanding of Lynn’s rich history.
  • The Highlands Coalition

With the goal of inspiring community pride and changing perceptions, the project entails production of a film about the Highlands neighborhood of Lynn as seen through the eyes and experiences of its older and immigrant


  • Marblehead Museum

Untrained yet passionate, more historian than an artist, J.O.J. Frost began painting at the age of 70 and used house paint, wall board and any available material to tell stories about daily life in a small New England fishing village.

  • Town of Merrimac 

The Town of Merrimac will utilize Essex Heritage grant funding to nominate its town hall to the National Register of Historic Places, the nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation.

  • City of Newburyport
The new city-wide mobile tour will help explorers experience approximately 50 locations situated outside of the city’s popular downtown.

     North Andover
  • Friends of North Andover Trails

In addition to leading guided hikes and coordinating monthly work days on town trails, the all-volunteer friends group will produce a comprehensive guide to North Andover's trails and open spaces.

  • Salem Sound Coastwatch

Through its School to Sea program, a Salem Sound Coastwatch educator will use place-based, experiential activities to help underserved youth increase their knowledge and appreciation of the natural resources of Salem Sound

  • Saugus Historical Commission

The Round Hill historic site, located 150 feet above the Saugus River and in close proximity to the Saugus Iron Works, is part of a highly significant Native American archeological cluster.

  • Merrimack Valley Planning Commission

With the goal of increasing public awareness of the Great Marsh's ecological vulnerability, the Great Marsh Ecology Tour (GMET) will provide a greater understanding of the marsh's history, its critically important environmental significance and the very real threats it faces..
  •     Towns of Wenham, Topsfield and Danvers   

Working in close collaboration, the three contiguous communities will develop and install an informational kiosk and signage along the recently completed segments of the regional Border to Boston Trail.

Essex Heritage offers a membership program that is like a preview of the signature event of the commission called Trails and Sails offered on two fall weekends in September.  For more information on the Membership Program or Trails and Sails visit  for information about either of these programs, and details about costs and reservations.

As an overview of the upcoming quarter from May through August 2014, the following is a brief outline of scheduled events in the membership program. The schedule of events for this upcoming Quarter is as follows:
·      Hit the trails with Essex County Trail Association
·      Talking walls of the City of Gloucester
·      Adventures in Time Summer Camp with North Andover Historical Society
·      Seven Lectures at the House of 7 Gables in Salem
·      Photo Safaris in Ipswich
·      In the following quarter look for the Salem Maritime Festival and Endicott Pear Tree Celebration in Danvers

Essex Heritage Fundraising effort
Speaking of sensational locations in this region that you might want to visit and is not usually open for visitation is the magnificent country estate of Waldingfield in Ipswich.  Essex Heritage is gratified by the generosity of owners and hosts Donald Curial and Arthur Finklestein who have agreed to open their special home for a cocktail reception on June 22, 2014 from 5-7.  This Summer Soiree will be the only fundraising event for the Commission this year. 

If you have any interest in offering a contribution and offering your support of the mission of the commission and attending this event contact Essex Heritage at 978 740 0444


Danvers Finance Committee
After a lengthy series of meetings during the last part of April and the beginning of May, the residents of the Danvers community on the committee considered all of the numerous department financial budgets.  Also a substantial number of requests for town capital improvements were all approved and recorded for a formal series of recommendations in their report to the Towns Annual Meeting members on May 19, 2014.  As in the past, the work was tedious but most needed and served the purpose as a watch dog group to insure good town management.  A number of recommended borrowings that included changes to the athletic fields at the new High School, the replacement of the heating system at the Library and other needs including a new 911 center and improvements to the public works facility.

St. John’s Preparatory School Matters
As is usually the case as a Trustee Emeritus of the all Boys Catholic school in Danvers, there are a number of particular events held in addition to the actual graduation. As a graduate of the school in 1954, I attend the Golden Eagle Breakfast on graduation morning to welcome the class of 1964 into the ranks of fifty-year graduates.  The event is always a great time to reconnect with old friends.

This year in place of presenting the Distinguished Alumni Award at graduation, it was presented as a separate event.  The award was presented this year to Doctor David Monahan, class of 1962, for his exemplary work in the medical field in a number of under developed countries.  As a former winner of the award several years ago, I was proud and pleased to attend the event and offer my congratulation to Dr. Monahan.

May WAS Older American's Month!
Older Americans Month 2014
Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow.
Older adults have made countless contributions and sacrifices to ensure a better life for future generations. Since 1963, communities across the country have shown their gratitude by celebrating Older Americans Month each May. This celebration recognizes older Americans for their contributions and demonstrates our nation's commitment to helping them stay healthy and active.

This year's theme for Older Americans Month is "Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow." The theme focuses on injury prevention and safety to encourage older adults to protect themselves and remain active and independent for as long as possible.

Unintentional injuries to this population result in at least 6 million medically treated injuries and more than 30,000 deaths every year. With an emphasis on safety during Older Americans Month, we encourage older adults to learn about the variety of ways they can avoid the leading causes of injury, like falls.

While North Shore Elder Services provides services, support, and resources to older adults year-round, Older Americans Month offers an opportunity for us to provide specialized information and services around the important topic of injury prevention. This information will help older adults take control of their safety and live longer, healthier lives.

Throughout the next month, NSES will be providing tips on how to avoid the leading causes of injury. To learn more about Older Americans Month and how you can participate, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and keep up to date on our latest news!

Spring  Reading
With the cool Damp weather, and being indoors a bit more than normal, I have had a lot of time to read.

Over the years, one of my favorite films derived from a book titled “The Long Grey Line”.  The movie starring Tyrone Power and Maureen O’Hara has been viewed by me a number of times.  The story revolves around the life of an Irish Immigrant Martin Maher, who came to this country.  After a couple of years in the Point’s mess hall, he then joined the Army, was stationed at West Point and worked with the Corps of Cadets for over five decades as a physical conditioning instructor.  The story focused on his personal relationship with a number of famous military members of the Corp of Cadets.

I recently discovered another book by Rick Atkinson also called “The Long Grey Line”.  The author is one of my personal favorites, and I have read a number of books written by him, primarily about the military.  This book focuses on the West Point Class of 1966, and follows a selected few of those class members and then continues reporting about those same class members through their early days in their regular army.  In many cases their difficult decisions relative to their “coming to grips” with the way the Vietnam War was being conducted, and whether or not to make a career in the army that they had first felt certain about.   Those decisions focused on the way the country was dealing with the War.   Both the decisions on how Army officials and how Washington were managing the war and running the army at that time and public sentiment that had turned almost completely against our effort in Southeast Asia. The book was well chronicled and most enjoyable.  It presented the controversial war and the vision from the minds of young men being asked to fight a war that many thought should never have never been conducted. The loss of life in the effort was incredible, and a large number of the Class of 1963 were killed in the war.  A substantial percentage of the class of 450 cadets later resigned and pursued other careers as soon as their official term of enlistment was over.  Graduate school and the law became choices for many.  This large number of defections had an impact on how the “Point” would be managed in future years.

The book continued to view the members of the 1963 class as they moved through life with a particular emphasis on the work of several classmates as they created an idea, raised the funds needed to build and dedicate a sensational memorial in the form of a wall on Mall in Washington DC. 

The book spent a fair amount of time outlining the cheating scandal and the arrival of female cadets, but also pointed out that the “POINT” had changed in keeping with the dramatic demographic changes that matched the dramatic changes and the demographic changes in the American population.

Local Professional Sports

The community baseball team, the old town team Red Sox, did not start out as effective as they did in 2013 when they were the World Champs, but it is very early in the season and maybe they will hopefully improve their performance before the summer arrives.  Baseball in the spring with unforgiving tricky weather can be difficult at best.

The ice hockey team drew a difficult task by drawing the Detroit Red Wings in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoff, but after losing the first game of the series they then won four straight games.

Then they faced their archrival Montreal Canadians in round two.  In the past those efforts that rise to great emotions whenever the Bruins and Canadians get together, matches the efforts of the Red Sox and the Yankees. Those emotions made the next round certainly more competitive and the Bruins season ended with a loss to their arch enemy from Montreal.


The 2014 season schedule for the New England Patriots was recently released and as a long time season ticket holder that schedule is most important to me.  It seems that each year the schedule becomes more and more focused on what the television networks want rather than what the fans want.  In 2014 the team will play five evening games and two late afternoon contests that certainly lend themselves to TV scheduling. I expect that kind of schedule is what must be expected for a team with a projected winning record.  The annual player draft result included the selection of a quarterback that might be the replacement for long-time fan favorite Tom Brady.  If the draft continues the rebuilding of the 2014 team that started with an aggressive plan during free agency that will give the fans some hope for the future.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014



I continue to follow and applaud the work and the activities of the Essex National Heritage Commission. As a result of my many years of association with the organization, the objectives of this organization remain high on my list of valuable resources.  I have come to realize the importance of Essex Heritage’s association with the National Park Service and the daily value that is offered by them to the three quarters of a million residents of the region and the hundreds of thousands of visitors to this area.  The regional nature of this organization and the numerous collaborative activities that Essex Heritage fosters as part of their charge is so important to the cooperation that improves the quality of life and the economy in the region and makes Essex County such as national treasure.  I continue to serve as President Emeritus, Board of Trustee member and a most interested supporter of ENHC activities.

Essex Heritage assists numerous not-for-profit organizations in this region who count on this support and that provided by residents and businesses of the area.  I am proud to be serving in some small capacity a number of those local organizations, and I point out the following initiatives of some of those groups worthy of your support.  The organizations are North Shore Elder Services, The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem, All Local Historic Societies, and many other groups.  I would like to highlight the support needed at Essex Heritage and to outline how becoming a member of this regional effort can benefit them and in the long run bring help to the residents of this region.

About Essex Heritage
The Essex National Heritage Area encompasses the 34 cities and towns of Essex County, a 500 square mile region just north of Boston, Massachusetts. The county was officially designated a National Heritage Area by an Act of the U.S. Congress in 1996, in recognition of the important role that the county played in American history and the significant heritage resources that still exist in the region.

The Act also authorized the establishment of the Essex National Heritage Commission as the non-profit steward of the Area. Our mission is to preserve and enhance the historic, cultural and natural resources of Essex County for the benefit of all who live, work and visit the Area. To achieve this, we work collaboratively with community leaders and organizations throughout the Area to ensure that the authentic story of Essex County has meaning and value for current and future generations.

The Commission develops public/private partnerships that support the hundreds of heritage organizations and sites in the 34 communities within the Heritage Area. Bringing together organizations diverse in size, budget, mission and experience, Essex Heritage provides a structure that respects, promotes and sustains regional resources and works to make those resources integral to residents’ lives.

The Annual Spring Meeting of the Essex Heritage Commission was held at Gordon College in Wenham 
The Essex Heritage Commission held its annual SPRING MEETING at Gordon College in Wenham in the middle of the month..


As is the usual process, the Town of Danvers has scheduled a number of sessions for the purpose of having the Town’s Finance Committee meet and review the budgets established by the various Town Departments.  It is the responsibility of the finance group to seek meaningful answers relative the departments’ calculations of their needs and to reduce the commitments when appropriate.  In addition to annual budget reviews the Finance Committee also reviews, adjusts and approves a series of Warrant Articles that offers programs of capital spending offered by both Town Management and town residents that have options offered for consideration.  The number and level of warrant articles being considered by senior management Finance Committee includes about one and one half dozen public meetings over a three week period which provides a valuable oversight on town expenditures. The work is tedious but I am pleased to be a part of the process, which is so valuable to the health of the community.


The recently completed Danvers Rail Trail is about to experience an adjustment to one end of the trail at the Wenham Street crossing.  An elevated pathway over some wetlands will be built and trees and picnic tables will be added.  The end of the trail that ends near the Agway facility on Wenham Street will be moved to an adjacent park that is owned by the Town and is not presently heavily used.  The trail adjustment will be rebuilt by a contingent of fifty employees of the Timberland Company that takes great pride to be involved in recreational projects.  The Danvers Trail correction meets all of the criteria established many years ago by the Company.  Timberland will also contribute $4,000 in cash to the rework.

More Tail Trail Information from George Saluto and his Swamp Walk Project 
The Danvers Rail Trail & the Danvers-Wenham SwampWalk continue to add extraordinary features for visitor enjoyment and wildlife enhancement, even during this past winter. A couple of weeks ago, while the ice was still 1-foot thick, Thomas Arsenault, Troop 155, completed his Eagle Scout Service Project which was the installation of four bat houses on 2 sixteen-foot poles in the middle of the swamp. The SwampWalk is an integral component of the Ipswich River watershed and is contiguous to the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. Undisturbed wildlife abounds both in the wetlands and the upland islands. Robert is aware of this habitat, and it became the theme of his bat house effort.  The swamp was iced-over during this past chilly winter.


Since I had my leg amputated almost four years ago, I have been searching for a program where I could be helpful to others that are operating with handicaps.  I believe I have found that organization and I have become the Clerk-Treasurer of the Cornell Orthopedics and Prosthetics Amputee Association (COPAA). This organization is a not for profit corporation that will allow for deductible financial gifts from individual and corporations that wish to support COPAA efforts.  The goal of COPAA is to provide a gathering place for others with disabilities to share their experiences and benefit from those networking opportunities.   If anyone reading this message is interested in learning more about this organization or wishes to donate to support its mission, please contact them at 978-922-0277.

In addition, at monthly meetings speakers that could benefit the members of the group with valuable information about regional service resources that are available to members are provided.  The group maintains lists with details of resources and services available to members.  The organization offers athletic and social outings where networking opportunities are provided and general conditions connected to medical conditions can be discussed.  At the many athletic outings like ski trips, bike rides and other activities that are offered, cash awards to assist with amputee participation are offered based on need. 

Non Profit Application Filled with Mass Secretary of State 
Earlier this past month, we filed an application with the Secretary of State in Massachusetts for Non Profit status.  For COPAA the fee for that application was provided by a generous gift from Eastern Bank. 


Our three amazing Youth of the Year candidates Yailin Victoria, Jhonel Roberts and Coral Luna-Gil will be interviewed by Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, Peabody Essex Museum CEO Dan Munroe, North Shore Medical CEO Bob Norton and Ernst & Young partner Jacqueline Washburn this week.  They will be interviewing and making the selection for our 2014 Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year!  The winner will represent us State-wide for an opportunity to move on to National Competition!  Good Luck to the three candidates.


My wife and I have had a wonderful opportunity to join with a number of former patients and staff to discuss the many hospital programs and how they impact the patients and how they can be improved.   During my wive’s recuperation from her broken ankle we missed a couple of meetings and were pleased to attend the March meeting where we were brought up to date on the management structure by Spaulding North Shore Hospital President Maureen Banks. She also provided a valuable overview of the entire network of hospital holdings.

We were also shown a preliminary marketing campaign that will be used on hospital property in Salem. The plan is to show patients and visitors alike the great work being accomplished at this important North Shore Facility

This important community organization is planning several events to help celebrate the mission of the organization.  A brief listing of the planned events follows if you wish additional information or if you wish to participate in the planning for these events, contact the Danvers Historical Society at 978-777 -1666 or at

Join us in celebrating major upcoming 2014 Anniversaries:  
·         125th Anniversary of the Danvers Historical Society
·         100th Anniversary of saving the 1754 Page House
·         200th Anniversary of the Ingersoll Farm transformation into Glen Magna Farms


Over the last year a group of parish leaders from the Pastoral Council and the Parish Finance Committee have been hosting a number of “Conversations’ with Father Bruce Flanagan seeking a broad cross section to discuss and outline how to best address a series of challenges facing the parish. These challenges are handicapped accessibility concerns, deferred maintenance matters, energy inefficiencies and safety issues.  On the first weekend in May at all of the masses, an informative 15-minute presentation was offered to all parishioners attending those services. Those presentations outlined the plans that have been developed and the current status of the proposal was provided.  Take home material for all of the attendees was provided to help to explain the programs being considered.  Those that came to the services that weekend learned of the plans of the Parish.  The attendees were asked to consider the information provided and to contemplate offering financial support for the physical changes proposed.  For more information about the program that features access for all please contact the Parish at 978 774-7575.


The council leadership continues to develop programs and policies for the Danvers Senior Center on Stone Street.  They just completed an Annual Report that outlines the numerous successful programs offered by the Council including a new recently introduced Adult Day Care Program that is much needed and has filled quickly.  There is substantial information about the numerous feeding programs offered to senior Danvers residents.  The report that will be distributed to the elected officials in the Community concurrent with the Town’s Annual Town Meeting and is available upon request at the Senior Center.  The resources available to help underwrite the activities to serve the ever increasing elderly population of Danvers comes from a variety of sources including community funding.  Excess revenues gained from the efficient organization of the Center, Federal and State Grants, and most importantly from a most generous organization know as the Friends of the Senior Center. 

The Director of the Senior Center recently pointed out to us, “that in 2015 there will be more persons in this country over 65 than there will be persons aged 16 and under.  It is clear to all of us connected with the Danvers Senior Center that the ever increasing population of elders and the needs of senior citizens in Danvers will be under a great deal of pressure to expand.

North Shore Elder Services Information 
On or about June 30, 2014 NSES will be moving from its present location in Danvers to 300 Rosewood also in Danvers.  That site is off Route 114.  In the new location NSES will have more space that will allow for more future growth and is a much more efficient space, all located on one level.


Congratulations to all local residents that will be celebrating a Graduation
We know that in the weeks ahead, many residents of this region will be celebrating graduation from one of our local High Schools or the numerous great Colleges serving this region.  We want to take a moment to congratulate you for your achievement and to offer our best wishes as you embark on the next steps in your life.

Present reading material that I have enjoyed
Over the last couple of weeks I have read several biographical accounts on the life of General George S. Patton of World War period.  I am still lamenting my absence at the Essex Heritage Hero event celebrating the life of the Patton Family and the recent material on General Patton was most informative and I learned a great deal about the family now headed by my good friend Ms. Joanne Patton of the Hamilton-Wenham region.