Saturday, December 7, 2013
Heritage Hero Award Presented to Joanne Holbrook Patton and the Patton Family
A Most Successful and Popular Regional Event
The recent event to honor Joanne Patton and the entire Patton Family was a wonderful success and the honor was most justified. The event was held on October 16 at the Danversport Yacht Club which accommodated a sellout crowd attended by over 420 people from all over the region. This event and the award were a wonderful testament to the commitment of the preservation of the heritage of this region by the Patton family. Because of the strong military history of the Patton tradition, many of the attendees came dressed in military uniforms and this added to the festive nature of the evening along with the substantial number of supporting congratulatory toasts, messages and tributes. In these days of reduced federal financial support for many organizations including Essex Heritage, the proceeds from this event will be used to underwrite the work of the Commission.
Partial list of Essex Heritage Programs & Initiatives
The mission of the Essex National Heritage Commission is to preserved and enhance the historic, cultural, and natural resources of Essex County, MA. Since 1996, the Essex National Heritage Commission (Essex Heritage) has championed the heritage development of Essex County by fostering public-private partnerships that enhance and promote significant aspects of the region’s history, cultural heritage and character. A few of the most significant initiatives and accomplishments include:
Essex Heritage Grants Programs
The Commission directly invests in the Area though its grant programs. To date, Essex Heritage has made 381 grants totaling $1,815,245 to non-profit organizations and municipalities within the National Heritage Area. One hundred percent of the Area’s communities have received a grant; most have received several grants. The Essex Heritage Partnership Grants initiative is the largest of the Commission’s grant programs, and it provides funding for heritage education, interpretation, historic preservation, historical records and trail development. Acting as seed money, these grants have leveraged an additional $20,944,657 in matching investment in the Area, serving to drive economic development along with heritage preservation.
Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks and Water
Trails & Sails is Essex Heritage’s premier partnership activity. The free event expands cultural tourism by bringing new audiences to dozens of historic sites and open spaces, and stimulating new business in the local economy. Held in late September, residents and visitors alike experience the region’s best from a wide array of events – guided walks, on-water tours, open houses – organized by the front line stewards of the Area’s historic, cultural and natural resources.
Essex Coastal Scenic Byway
Essex Heritage is leading the planning effort for the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway, a 85-mile route linking 13 coastal communities between Lynn and Newburyport featuring scenic views, period architecture, historic sites and recreational opportunities. With the twin goals of preserving the byway’s intrinsic qualities and spurring investment in its infrastructure, attractions and amenities, Essex Heritage worked to secure state byway designation and federal funding for a comprehensive management plan that will help community and regional leaders increase cultural tourism. Learn more about the Coastal Scenic Byway.
Youth Jobs Corps
Essex Heritage has built a strong summer youth employment and training program through a unique partnership with the National Park Service. The program is directed towards youth ages 14-18 years. The teens are hired to work at the two national park sites in Salem and Saugus and this year the program was expanded to include Appleton Farms in Ipswich - a working farm owned and operated by The Trustees of Reservations. Essex Heritage hires the teens for 8 -12 weeks and they work under the careful guidance and supervision of NPS staff. At the parks, they acquire skills in historic preservation, building maintenance, natural resource management, interpretation and visitor operations. For many of these students this is their first job experience, so they are also given assistance on how to prepare for work, work place expectations, resume preparation, and career development. The impact on these students’ lives has been substantial, and several have returned to work at the park during the fall and also in subsequent summers. “The program has taught me responsibility, appreciation for the city and its history, and opened new doors for my future,” Daniel Mondragon.
Border to Boston Trail
Working to expedite development of the 28-mile Border to Boston Trail, Essex Heritage provides leadership and staff support to a regional partnership composed of local officials, the Massachusetts Highway Department, Merrimack Valley Planning Commission, Metropolitan Area Planning Council, and National Grid. With portions already under construction, the non-motorized, multi-use rail-trail will provide alternative transportation links to town centers, schools, businesses, and public parklands in eight communities from Salisbury to Danvers. When completed, the trail will be one of the region’s most outstanding assets, facilitating safe, scenic and healthy transportation and recreation for all. Read more about the Border to Boston.
Using Essex History
Using Essex History has been a highly successful program aimed at training middle school and high school teachers in ways to improve the relevancy of American history for their students by providing developmental seminars and instruction on creating curricula based on local historical assets. Using Essex History was supported by a Teaching American History grant and 130 Essex County teachers participated in the program. Although the grant has run its course, the information remains live and updated by Salem State College’s History Department. Learn more about Using Essex History.
Essex LINCs (Local History in a National Context)
Essex Heritage was part of a team guiding a three-year heritage education initiative designed to connect Essex County elementary teachers with local primary source material. During visits to historical sites throughout Essex County and beyond teachers learn how to infuse their social studies lessons with stories, places, and artifacts that make history relevant for the future stewards of the heritage area. Other core partners include Beverly Public Schools, Salem State College, and the National Archives, Northeast Region. The project was funded with a Teaching American History grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more about LINCs.
Essex National Heritage Area Visitor Centers
Essex Heritage coordinates a network of ten visitor centers that provide information on the heritage resources throughout Essex County. The associated centers includes the National Park Service’s Regional Visitor Center in Salem, the Hall Haskell House and Visitor Center in Ipswich, and the NBC&VB’s Maria Miles Visitor Center in Salisbury. Essex Heritage works cooperatively with these centers to promote regional tourist visitation. By providing consistent and knowledgeable assistance about the Area’s myriad of natural, historic and cultural attractions, the visitor centers, most run by volunteers, are a key to competing well in the growing and lucrative cultural tourism market. Learn more about the ENHA Visitor Centers.
Essex Heritage Membership Program
Through the Commission’s signature membership program, area residents are encouraged to take an active role in supporting the organization’s stewardship mission while exploring the region’s unparalleled historic, cultural and natural assets. Members enjoy “behind the scenes” excursions to heritage area sites for guided tours, educational lectures and interpretive demonstrations
Essex Heritage Photo Safaris
The photo safaris program connects new audiences with the region’s heritage resources. Through a unique partnership with Hunt's Photo and Video, major camera companies provide safari participants with the latest in digital camera equipment and expertise as they learn photography tips using some of the Area’s most extraordinary natural, cultural and historic landscapes as a backdrop. Learn more about the Photo Safaris.
Coastal Trails Coalition
The Coastal Trails Coalition, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to assist in the development of the Coastal Trails Network, a 30-mile system of interconnected foot trails and bikeways throughout the lower Merrimack River Valley communities of Amesbury, Newbury, Newburyport and Salisbury. Launched in 2003, Essex Heritage, with early assistance from the National Park Service Rivers and Trails Program and Merrimack Valley Planning Commission, provides leadership and technical support in the areas of visioning, outreach, and project development and implementation. Visit the Coastal Trails Coalition website.
Heritage Landscape Inventory
Twenty-four communities participated in a unique, year-long program that brought together those interested in preserving the built environment with those working to protect land. Through a local developed inventory process, information and recommendations pertaining to threatened or unprotected heritage landscapes such as farms, cemeteries, rail corridors and "water's edge" properties are being incorporated into local and regional smart growth plans.
Affiliation with the National Park Service
One of the most unique benefits that Essex Heritage provides to this region is the ability to partner with the National Park Service. This special public-private relationship allows Essex Heritage to develop educational and interpretive programs with Park Service staff and resources that bring history and environmental stewardship to life for people of all ages and backgrounds. Essex Heritage is particularly excited about current pilot programs that are designed to engage underserved, urban youth in natural resource and ocean stewardship within and beyond the Park boundaries. Read more about our successful partnership with the National Park Service in youth engagement initiatives such as First Bloom, F1rst Jobs and America’s Best Idea.
Alliance of National Heritage Areas
The Essex National Heritage Commission has successfully built a thriving network of partnerships and collaborations, which have become an important catalyst for regionalism amid the independent interests of the 34 cities and town we support. The ENHC is at the table or leading the discussion on all issues of significance to the heritage resources in Essex County.
To accomplish our mission the Essex Heritage is committed to building:
• Public awareness of these heritage resources through public events and activities;
• The capacity of non-profit and public organizations who own or manage these resources;
• Connections to the next generation and to more diverse audience;
• Partnerships to develop new resources and assets for the region to embrace.
Please help us continue this tradition of excellence and leadership. Your financial investment will enable you to:
• Increase local stewardship of the Area's important historical, cultural and natural resources;
• Encourage efficiencies and effectiveness in local non-profit organizations by supporting the training programs and partnership offerings;
• Enhance and expand program offerings run in partnership with the National Park Service that promote the region’s rich Maritime Heritage.
North Shore Medical Center in Salem has announced a plan to enhance their Salem campus
The local Salem medical facility that has served the Witch City for a number of years is improving its campus with a new state of the art Emergency Room and 90 patient rooms in a new tower building. The Hospital that has an affiliation with the Partners Medical Group is a major contributor to the medical programs in this region.
Danvers Council on Aging and the most active Senior Center on Stone Street to Offer new much desired program
The Danvers Council on Aging is in the final stages of establishing an Adult Day Care Program on two days each week for 15 people. For more information or to reserve a spot that are filling fast contact the Town of Danvers Council on Aging at firstname.lastname@example.org , the director of the Center and the new program.
New Communication Sources
The Danvers Rail Trail has created a new program. We have recently learned of a new communication program in the region created for smart phones and tablets that outline all of the features of the Danvers Rail Trail. The program points out rest areas and travel directions.
Federal Shutdown ends just in time to help Salem as it Celebrates Halloween
The government shutdown ended just in time to be most beneficial to the thousands of Halloween visitors to the Witch City. That was a blessing to a community so financially dependent on this time of the year.
Holiday Concerts Scheduled
In December there are a number of concerts planed in the region. Watch for local publications for complete schedules to make your plans. Two events and details are as follows:
St Richard’s of Danvers will hold its annual Sounds of the Season on December 8, 2013 featuring the North Shore Philharmonic at a FREE concert at the church at 4:00 PM. The only contribution to attend is a gift of non-perishable food that will be presented to the Danvers People to People Food Pantry. The event is sponsored by the Living Legacy Financial Group and C.R. Lyons Funeral Directors. The event is chaired for the church by John Call who can be reached at 978-739-900 The second event scheduled is a series of dinners and concerts priced most fairly at Peabody City Hall on December 7 and 8.
HAPPY YEAR END HOLIDAY GREETINGS
We certainly do not want to let one of the most festive of the Holiday Periods in this country pass by without offering our best wishes to all of our readers as they celebrate the end of the Year Holidays.
White House Disability Issues
As a person challenged with a disability, I present the following from the Federal Government for your information:
On November 1, disability, veterans, civil rights and business leaders joined Vice President Joe Biden and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett at the White House for conversation regarding the Administration’s strong support for ratification of the Disabilities. During the meeting, the Vice President pointed out that the United States has long been a global leader in promoting equality and dignity for people with disabilities. He reinforced the Administration’s commitment to carrying forward that important legacy by urging Senate approval of the Treaty. He also noted that ratifying the Treaty would help ensure that Americans with disabilities, including our veterans and wounded warriors, have the same opportunities to work, study, and travel in other countries as any other American. Click here for the readout of Vice President Biden's Meeting on the Disabilities Treaty.
For more on Vice President Joe Biden and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett Disabilities Treaty meeting please check out White House blog post by Stephen Pomper with the White House National Security Staff. In addition, Judith Heumann, Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the State Department also published a blog post yesterday.
Anniversary of the Death of President Kennedy
During the week before Thanksgiving 2013, the world paused and commemorated the 50th assignation of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas Texas. The reminders and the services and pictures presented were most moving. The memories of that fateful day brought back numerous reminders of the moving ceremonies and the events that marked that tragic times of that slain president. For adults of my age the assignation of the president was a stark reminder of a most chilling time and the numerous accomplishments of President Kennedy were brought back to the top of mind awareness and many of the actions of that elected official were remembered. The entire commemoration recalled President Kennedy’s call for more public service efforts by the citizens of this country. His famous call to service that called for us all not to ask what our country can do for us but rather what we can do for our country was recalled and featured.
Danvers Historical Society to Offer Designer Showcase at Glen Magna in Danvers
To celebrate a half century of the stewardship of the Glen Magna Mansion the Danvers Historical Society will offer a designers showcase at the historic Glen Magna Estate from December 1, 2013 until December 15, 2013 from 10 am until 4 pm. The event is sponsored by Designer Bath, Landry and Arcaro, Fireside Catering, North East Community Bank, and North Shore Magazine. The event will feature designs and decorations from over a dozen or so nationally known designers and artists. Tickets to the event are priced moderately considering the quality of the show and what the society will do with the proceeds to further its mission. To purchase tickets or for more information call 978-777-1666 or contact the Society at www. DHS a@ Danvers History.org. Volunteers are still needed to help with their showings. E-mail Laura at email@example.com for available time slots. Many hands make light work.
Also new to the Museum Store in the Page House: the 2014 calendar “Celebrating 50 years of Stewardship at Glen LOCAL sports Magna Farms” and the 2013 ornament “Days Potato Chips”
Keep informed through the Danvers Historical Society blog at http://danvershistoricalsociety.blogspot.com/
Local Sports and Other Personal Observations
Several local area high Schools did very well in the 2013 in the State Playoffs specifically Masconomet and Bishop Fenwick High Schools. Both schools can win a division title at the super bowls.
The Danvers Falcon Field Hockey team won more games than they lost, but they did not do that well in the playoffs We were very pleased to learn that our granddaughter Katherine Leonard was named both a Salem News and a Northeastern Conference All Star for her team play and a most productive nineteen goal regular season. CONGRATULATIONS KATE.
The Red Sox World series win was sensational for the region and the many fans of the team. They clearly outperformed their potential. The Patriots had several recent wins in a slightly weakened NFL and they will have a chance to shine in the playoffs if they do not slip at the end of their season. The Winter sports teams representing Boston are off to a reasonable and expected start, but the Bruins will get it together as the season continued, but the Celtics have much work to do,
I am currently reading a book written by Chris Mathews, from the staff of Speaker of the House Tip O’Neil , titled “Tip and the Gipper” (President Reagan). It is about the period when politics worked in Washington DC. It should be read and emulated by every current Washington elected official. This is a book about how two stubborn Irishmen could put aside their differences to work together for the good of the citizens of the country.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
I AM PARTICULARLY PLEASED TO BE PROVIDING A MONTHLY PRESENTATON OF ESSEX HAPPENING. I AM HAPPY TO BE ONCE AGAIN PROVIDING MY OPINIONS ON HAPPENINGS IN THIS REGION. IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT MY THOUGHTS AS PRESENTED DO NOT REFLECT THE PRESENTATION OF AN EMPLOYEE OR A MANAGER OF ANY OF THE ORGANIZATIONS COMMENTED ON IN THESE REPORTS. I INTEND TO CONTINUE REPORTS ON THE SUCCESSES AND THE MISSION OF ESSEX HERITAGE THAT I HELPED TO CREATE AND LABORED AT FOR OVER TWO DECADES. I WILL HOWEVER REPORT ON OTHER ORGANIZATIONS WHERE I AM I ALSO INVOLVED AS A BOARD MEMBER.
HERITAGE HERO EVENT
Last month Essex Heritage faced a very pleasant problem with their annual Heritage Hero Event. The tribute scheduled to honor Joanne Patton and the federal, state and local commitments made by the entire Patton Family of Wenham was scheduled to be held at the Willowdale banquet facility in Topsfield. It had to be transferred to a more spacious local facility due to an overwhelming demand for tickets to the event. For the event, over 450 area participants have signed up to come to the new location at Danversport Yacht Club for the dinner to honor the famous military and philanthropic family from the center of this great region. In addition to the strong attendance, sponsorships are also quite high and that will be most beneficial for ENHC.
My Personal Tribute since I am unable to attend offered to the most admired Joanne Patton during her event:
I want to offer my heartiest congratulations on the presentation of the annual Heritage Hero Award to you and your entire family. The work and the importance of the Patton family to this region and to the entire country have been extraordinary for many decades. This award is a result of substantial discussion by the leadership of both Essex Heritage and the National Park Service. This is a wonderful reflection of the importance of the Patton Family and particularly you Joanne to the 35 communities that make up the Essex National Heritage Area. You have joined a most distinguished group of previous winners including past and present community Mayors and Managers, College Presidents and regional committed activists.
As a former much honored winner of this valued and prestigious award, I am incredibly disappointed that I cannot be with you this evening in spite of my almost three year old disability. We were planning to be at the event to share your excitement about being identified as an outstanding community leader, but a fractured ankle suffered by my wife Marge a couple of weeks ago made our presence and participation impossible and has rendered us house bound. Once again our congratulations on the most well deserved award as the Essex Heritage, National Park Service Heritage Hero for 2013.
I am particularly pleased to welcome you as a fellow Heritage Hero in this region that we know means so much to you and your family. Your participation as a valued business member of this region and your continuation as a committed activist of Essex County are welcomed. We look forward to visiting with you in the future as you continue your ongoing participation in the affairs of this spectacular section of this country that you love and have served so well.
Thomas M Leonard
Essex Heritage Commission
Election Results in the City of Boston
After a two decade period of leadership in the states capital city by Mayor Tom Menino, he is retiring due to health issues and has decided to step down from this role in 2013. A wide variety of a dozen candidates stepped forward to run in a special election to choose a successor CEO for Boston on the first Tuesday in November and the field was prospective mayors was reduced to two final candidates. City councilor John Connelly and State representative and labor advocate Martin Walsh were the winners of the run off election and will square off on the first Tuesday of this month. After two decades of leadership by an most committed Italian American, the Mayor’s post in the short term future will be held once again by a Boston Irishman.
More Local Election Results
Even with all of the troubles and innuendo that are flying around in the community of Lawrence, the incumbent Mayor of the City William Lantiqua topped the primary election in that community and will stand for re-election as the City of Lawrence Chief Executive in November 2013 against three others. If he wins that race, Mayor Lantiqua will confirm that he has as many lives as a cat.
More Walking Trails Open - in and around this region
In a previous edition of this presentation, I outlined many of the recreational assets in this region and their importance to both Essex Heritage and to me personally. I presented a number of locations that can be easily accessed and enjoyed. Following are a number of additional area recreational the assets both within Essex county and adjacent to this region.
The City of Gloucester’s Newell Stadium: Gloucester has unveiled a $5 million dollar rehabilitation of Newell Stadium in that coastal community. The New Balance Corporation contributed a fee for the naming right for a ten year period. The stadium seats 2,500 people and has many scholastic as well as recreational uses.
City of Medford Opens Walking Trail: Medford has completed a 1.7 mile walking trail called “Over the Mystic.” It has been open and is well signed.
Oceanfront Trail Opened in Revere: The City of Revere has invited residents and neighbors to use the new Beachmont Urban Trail. The two mile trail starts and ends at the N School and runs through the neighborhood and is well marked with signage. Some of the urban landscape runs along the ocean.
Bishop Fenwick High School Names New Principal
The Peabody Catholic co-educational High School where I spent some time as a Trustee recently named Brother Thomas Zoppo as its ninth Principal. Brother Zoppo is originally from this region and until just recently served as the President of a High School in Baltimore. He has replaced a sister of Notre Dame order that has led the school in recent years.
I certainly hope that during the first two weeks of last month that many of you had the opportunity to visit the world famous Topsfield Fair. The fall is the period of New England Country Fairs but none the offerings rivals the offering in Topsfield. The event is held near the geographic center of Essex County and is managed by Jim O’Brien and his staff. Essex Heritage is proud of the long and cooperative partnership between the two organizations. For my wife and I this event truly means the end of the summer season but due to an injury suffered by Marge we were unable to attend the 2013 edition of the Fair, but we are looking forward to next year as we renew our participation.
Even though the most American of all holidays has yet to be celebrated as this entry is being prepared, I want to offer all in this region, a most pleasant THANKSGING DAY. It is a day for family, football and pleasant times. With Marge now having more capacity to move around more easily and our oldest grandson, home from college in North Carolina, and the rest of our family home for dinner, all is good with our family, and we hope that the day will be as enjoyable for all of you as well.
Medical Changes in Danvers
The naming of the medical facilities in Danvers are changing names as the locations are so convenient. The Beverly Hospital facility on the old State Hospital site has changed names in keeping with the Beverly Hospital connection with the Lahey group.
On Endicott Street The Massachusetts General facility has opened an Urgent Care function that can be accessed during the day either by appointment or as a walk in. Both of these new name changes and functions took place during the recent month of October
We have heard that the Disney Company has changed the rules to allow handicapped move to the head of the line at their parks. There is more to that story, as unscrupulous families were compensating some with handicaps to be “USED” to move families with no need to the head of lines. They are continuing to “tinker” with their policy for families with a disabled party.
COPAA to Expand
The Cornell Orthotics and Prosthetics Amputee Association is being upgraded to encourage greater participation by the handicapped in this region that have amputee issues. The group is also creating a more efficient administrative structure and will be creating opportunities for corporate and personal contributions to support these efforts
Government Shut Down
Ill Advised and Shows Unwillingness of the Two Political Parties to Work To Achieve Success. For a most lengthy and unnecessary period last month, the two political parties in Washington were unable to come together to establish a working plan to keep this country “on track” and as a result hundreds of workers were furloughed and critical Federal Government services were discontinued. There are numerous reasons for this difficult discontinuance of services and I will not place blame on either political party but will simply urge all of the participants that can impact the resolution to sit together, act like responsible adults and craft a solution.
End of summer reading
In previous presentations I spoke of several books read this summer. All of the reading choices focused on a particular time of my life during World War ll where I had scant memories. In previous presentations I reported on books about the lives and the activities of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Both men played significant roles in the war effort and ultimately were Presidents of this Country. The final book was written by the famous historian William Manchester and completed a triumvirate of War hero books telling the tale of General of the Army Douglas Mac Arthur who was a most famous five star general and who most likely aspirated to the US Presidency but never completed that journey.
The life of Douglas Mac Arthur began as the son of a famous US General and recounted his journey through West Point where he began in 1899. The elder General Mac Arthur spent time in the American West and spent substantial time in the American managed Philippines. Later in the life of the second General, his life focused on even more attention on that chain of Islands.
I will not attempt to outline the exploits of the General as he managed and helped to win the war in the South Pacific, except to note the he was a sensational strategist and an inspirational leader. During an attack on Corregidor he escaped from the Philippines and moved his base of operations to Australia and then to fulfill a promise as part of his efforts he was driven from the Island chain but triumphantly returned to drive away the Japanese. He made the phrase “I have returned” famous.
After the end of hostilities and accepted Japan surrender on the battle ship Missouri, he was assigned to oversee the restructuring of the vanquished Japanese and was legendary in that role. When hostilities broke out in Korea, he was again brought back at war to manage that effort. He had numerous differences of opinions about how that war should be pursued and after several disagreements with the administration. He was recalled back to the USA from that position by President Truman. His return was triumphant and he was lauded with parades and great adulation in San Francisco, Washington and New York. He provided appearances before Congress and at West Point and made the comment “that old soldiers never die, they just fade away.” This became one of the most famous quotes of the war. He provided testimony to the US Senate and made a triumph tour to American cities. He died in 1964 in Walter Reed Army Hospital and lay in state in several locations. He is buried in Norfolk, Virginia and his burial location has become his final monument to his life.
The Red Sox are hopefully on the road towards participation in the World Series after a dramatic win in game two of he ALCS. The Patriots continue to surprise us with their performance. They authored a big wins in Atlanta and an improbable comeback against New Orleans, and they have positioned themselves in the League standings. The Bruins have begun playing for real and the Celtics start of the season cannot be far behind.
We are missing viewing the games of our two granddaughters. But we have seen a couple of tapes of their performances that have been very good. Kate in Danvers is on a goal scoring tear. High School sports of all kinds are winding down as we get closer to the end of November. Both girls are playing on teams that have already qualified for the State Playoffs.
Monday, October 21, 2013
I AM PARTICULARLY PLEASED TO BE PROVIDING A MONTHLY PRESENTATION OF ESSEX HAPPENING. I AM HAPPY TO BE ONCE AGAIN PROVIDING MY OPINIONS ON THIS REGION. IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT MY THOUGHTS AS PRESENTED DO NOT REFLECT THE PRESENTATION OF AN EMPLOYEE OR A MANAGER OF ANY OF THE ORGANIZATIONS COMMENTED ON IN THESE REPORTS. I INTEND TO CONTINUE REPORTS ON THE SUCCESSES AND THE MISSION OF ESSEX HERITAGE THAT I HELPED TO CREATE AND LABORED AT FOR OVER TWO DECADES. I WILL HOWEVER REPORT ON OTHER ORGANIZATIONS WHERE I AM I ALSO INVOLVED AS A BOARD MEMBER.
ESSEX HERITAGE EVENTS
Essex Heritage Annual Meeting
Congratulations to Jack Good of People’s United on his Election as President of Essex Heritage
Seven Lectures at The Seven Gables: Brunonia Barry
November 20, 2013 • The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street, Salem, MA, 01970
Salem’s own NY Times best-selling author, Baccante award winner & Strnad Fellowship recipient presents her latest novel fresh off the press.
Monthly Essex Heritage Newsletter
One of the very best ways to keep in contact with all of the activities of the Essex National Heritage Commission is outlined every month in the newsletter that is electronically distributed to a wide groups of Friends of the Commission If you do not receive this informative presentation you can sign up to receive the monthly newsletter sign up at the address noted below. Essex Heritage"
HERITAGE HERO DINNER
On October 16, 2013 The Essex National Heritage Commission held its prestigious Heritage Hero dinner at the Danversport YC in Danvers. This year the honoree was Joanne Patton and the Patton Family. As noted this recognition event is held each year and many local prominent community leaders have been honored including the former Mayor of Newburyport, Byron Matthews, former Mayor of Amesbury, Nick Costello. Current Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll, Danvers Town Manager Wayne Marquis, North Shore Community College Retired President Wayne Burton and last year, I was the honoree. This award presentation was one of the highlights of my professional life.
This year’s event was a great success – attended by nearly 450 guests - who toasted the Pattons and Essex Heritage. The Color Guard from Norwich University presented the colors accompanied by Sargent Daniel Clark who recited a moving poem about Old Glory followed by a magnificent rendition of the National Anthem.
Regional recreational Trails
One of the primary goals of Essex Heritage, and a longtime interest of this author, is the development and implementation of recreational activities in this region. The following are details of several initiatives currently underway in the region.
Danvers Rail trail completed
With the help of a very important Commonwealth of Massachusetts Grant the two communities of Danvers and Wenham have completed valuable sections of the BORDER TO BOSTON TRAIL. As a longtime resident of the Town of Danvers I want to compliment the coalition from that community who came together to complete this important regional asset that will be used and enjoyed by many from Danvers and nearby communities into the future. The permanent crushed and rolled stone surface on the trail will serve many well into the future.
City of Lawrence Opens Greenway
The City of Lawrence recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony to signify the opening of the Spiket River Greenway. The greenway is a three and one half mile, ten million dollar project that runs from the Polartec Company to Union Square and includes green spaces, and walking paths. The greenway is now open to the general public for their use. The project was a collaboration of federal. State, and community groups.
Walking Trail in West Newbury Built by Volunteers
In West Newbury, a group of community volunteers, students and residents constructed a one mile walking trail that crosses four parcels on thirty acres of conservation land along Essex County Greenbelt property.
Other Regional Events and Activities
Two Local Bank Presidents and Community Activists to Retire
Announcements of two impending retirements have been offered to the region by local Bank leaders Both organizations in question are strong financial and moral supporters of the region and particularly that of Essex Heritage. The first of these retirements is the decision of long time leader of Rockport National Bank, Peter Anderson to step down in September.
The second of these careers coming to an end is by the long time President of Salem Five Bank Joseph Gibbons. This retirement means a great deal more to me as Joe and I worked together for a number of years when I was also employed by that Bank. Joe provided substantial support to this region and particularly to Essex Heritage where he replaced me when I retired on the Essex Heritage Board of Trustees Joe will be replaced at Salem by the institutions Chief Financial Officer, Ping Yin Chai who I also worked with for many years at the bank.. Concurrent with these changes Salem Five also named Bruce Potter of Danvers as the Executive Vice President. Bruce is another former associate of mine at Salem Five Bank. `Best of wishes to the two CEO’s in their retirements and to their replacements that I am certain will represent their Banks to the region in the future.
St. Richard’s of Danvers Golden anniversary Events
My wife Marge and I are exceptionally pleased to be serving as the honorary chairpersons of the celebrations being offered by the Danvers Catholic parish. There have been concerts, social events, celebratory liturgical events and plans are underway to make improvements to the church facility including accessibility conditions.
The next planned parish function scheduled is participation in a Road Race/Walk on October 6th at 1:30 followed by a parish cookout for the runners and parishioners that will be there to welcome the runners participation. The race will start and finish at the Town’s sensational recreational venue at Endicott Park adjacent to the church. After the race all will be invited to participate in a Parish Picnic, with a cookout, games and baked goods at noon. The race entry fee door the run will be $20, but the picnic will be priced at $5 or $20 for a family to all other parish attendees.
North Shore Elder Services (Longevity Connection)
We all know what is means to get old, right?
by Eileen Lubas, Manager, The Longevity Connection; Click here to read it now!: http://longevityconnect.org/we-all-know-what-is-means-to-get-old-right/
Fall Arrives Along with Football and other Autumn sports
There are many in the region that laments when the summer passes, but the fall can be such a pleasant time as temperatures moderate and the humidity usually drops. For those that enjoy the fall season, with numerous family activities like apple picking, leaf viewing and from my standpoint football returns to the region. We are so blessed in this region to have a most competitive professional team and there are a plentiful group of college, high schools and youth programs for viewing pleasure. This is not to demean the numerous regional participants in soccer and Field Hockey, and I am a very vocal supporter of those two sports as I have granddaughters participating in Varsity efforts at both Danvers and Algonquin Regional High School, and my wife and I were regular viewers of school sports. Those interests will be impacted be personal changes to our personal activities outlined later in this Blog.
The New England Patriots experienced a bump in the road with a very slow and uneven start of the season, bit sill stand an 2 and 0, but the outlook for the success of that team is still most optimistic. Now if Boston College, that has started two and 1 UMass and the other local colleges plus your favorite community HIGH school team can be reasonably successful then the fall will be enjoyed.
Now that Labor Day has come and gone and the local schools have reopened, it is once again time for me to offer some observations on one of my favorite subjects, my Grandchildren and their connections to school sports. My oldest is away at the University of North Carolina where he serves as one of the leaders of a Dance Marathon event to benefit a children’s hospital on his University Campus. The next oldest is a girl, Katherine that is serving as one of the captains of the field, hockey team at Danvers high school, that is looking forward to a successful season. The other young lady, Caroline, after a successful Junior Varsity season last year is one of only three sophomores’ that have been picked to play on the Varsity Soccer Team at Algonquin Regional High School. We planned to take a number of trips to the west of the North Shore to watch her perform this seas,. But those plans are now in a state of flux. Our last grandchild Casey is still at the Jr. High Level, but in the fall and winter of 2013, he will participate on an AAU Baseball team based in Sutton. That experience should help him as he progresses in youth baseball on the future..
On a Sunday in the middle of the last month, Marge and I feel very sorry that we were unable to join my sister and her family as they celebrated the golden wedding anniversary. Nancy and her husband Neil Savianio celebrated at the Historic Hawthorne Hotel In Salem.
Woodman’s Celebrate in unusual manner
A long time friend and occasional business associate Jon Woodman and his wife Betsy recently celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary by offering a free jazz convert for their community for their friends and associates. It was a great way to celebrate a milestone date.
Golden Anniversary of the Organization of Father John O’Donnell of Salem
We are most disappointed that late last month we were unable due to the injury noted below, unable to attend a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the ordination of Father John O’Donnell to the priesthood. The event was commemorated with a mass in Salem followed by a luncheon at the Historic Hawthorne Hotel. Fifty years ago, Marge and I attended John’s Ordination in Gloucester, and his first mass in Salem. John was a boyhood friend growing up, and he baptized both of our sons.
Situation in Syria
The ongoing situation in Syria when coupled with the Anniversary of 9/11 leaves many questions about the proposed actions of this government. It will be a most difficult time with possible cyber attacks and other problems being considered as a offshoot. It does appear that the Secretary of State Kerry is close to a nonmilitary solution to address these issues both in other countries and here in the USA. There has been a long period of conflicts in this world. and it appears that the majority of the American citizens do not want another military conflict, and that certainly impacts the decisions of our president and our other elected officials.
Marge Suffers a Serious Injury
My wife Marge suffered a serious injury when she slipped on a staircase and x-rays showed the breakage of two bones in her ankle. There are a number of steps still to be considered by the tending medical people involved, and we must wait for that information before we move forward. The one thing that appears certain, is that the daily living of our lives will change rather dramatically over the weeks ahead. We will keep you updated on what we learn and how those changes will impact our joint efforts to continue to serve many organizations in the region. We would like to thank our family, many good friends and neighbors who have jumped to our aid. Many thanks to all of them.
When I find an author whose writing style I enjoy, I usually seek another offering for my reading pleasure. This is the case with Jean Edward Smith, and staying with the military theme, I have just finished reading ‘Eisenhower in War and peace’’ The life story goes from his earliest days in Kansas. Then followed by his days at the military academy at West Point. He excelled in both academics and athletics at that Institution.
The story then continued through his early years in the Army where he worked for two army giants, ‘Black Jack” Pershing and Douglas Mac Arthur both generals and hero’s to the county. He had a number of army heavyweights that helped his career through his association with MacArthur in the Philippines and for Pershing as he worked on the presentation of Pershing’s memoirs on the first war in Francs. The work done by Ike on the first World War walking in the fields of France was incredibly helpful to him as he participated in the later war during the invasion of Europe. Hus earliest days were in tanks, where he developed a close association and long term friendship with General George Paton that was very helpful later during subsequent military encounters. The memoir carried through his work coaching football at Army Installations and then on to the invasion of Italy.
A great deal of the book focused on his work as the Supreme Commander of all Allied Forces the carried on the greatest invasion of all time in Normandy France. His incredible work in building the required coalition between he English and the Americans certainly prepared him for the role he would later play as the American President. The history carried on through his two terms as president and the difficult task of leading the USA after the war through “McCarthyism” and the emergence of the importance of the Middle East in world affairs. The presentation covered his participation in two wars at that time in Korea and Vietnam.
The memoir continued with reports on Presidential initiatives on matters such as the development of the St Lawrence Seaway and a comprehensive national highway system. The book also reported on social activities such as the expansion of social security recipients and increases in the minimum wages paid at that time. The book also chronicled the work dome on a retirement farm in Gettysburg that was at the time of the death of the Eisenhower’s was deeded to the National Park Service.
`There was a heart attack and a Gastro intestinal that the President survived and severe crises in places life Formosa and the middle east that he managed successfully and after much deliberations. Ike decided to run for a second term where and won handily over Adele Stevenson
Ike became somewhat involved in the Segregation issue mote than any President before him in issues in Little Rock, Arkansas. School issue. Where he sent in federal troops
The book concluded with the first issues surrounding the space race and the Russian launch of a Russian Satellite and U2 flight. The President suffered several medical setbacks including a small stroke but continued to effectively lead the country during most turbulent times.
The book concluded with the election of JFK over VP Nixon. The final entry recorded the removal of a life support systems from the former president at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington Prior to leaving office as a former lifelong military man, his rank as a five Star General of the Army was restored, as he value being known as General rather than as a former President was most important to him.
Friday, August 30, 2013
I AM PARTICULARLY PLEASED TO PROVIDING A MONTHLY PRESENTATION OF ESSEX HAPPENING. I AM HAPPY TO BE ONCE AGAIN PROVIDING MY OUTLOOK ON THIS REGION. IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT MY THOUGHTS AS PRESENTED DO NOT REFLECT THE PRESENTATION OF AN EMPLOYEE OR A MANAGER OF ANY OF THE ORGANIZATIONS COMMENTED ON IN THESE REPORTS.
ESSEX HERITAGE EVENTS
Trails & Sails News
Thanks to new and returning event hosts, over 100 events have been scheduled for the 12th annual Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks and Water, taking place September 20-22 & September 27-29, 2013!
See the full listing of events and plot your course online at www.trailsandsails.org when the site goes "live" August 1st! Trails & Sails 2013 is generously sponsored by: With Thanks to TD Bank:
A Presenting Sponsor of Trails & Sails 2013
Essex Heritage is pleased to announce that TD Bank has returned as a Presenting Sponsor of Trails & Sails 2013! We are very grateful for TD Bank's commitment to the mission of the Essex National Heritage Commission, our communities and the residents of Essex County. With their continued support we are able to keep Trails & Sails a FREE public outreach celebration. Thank you!
Essex Heritage Fall Meeting
Save the Date: Thursday, September 5, 2013
Mark your calendar for Essex Heritage's Annual Fall Meeting on Thursday, September 5th, from 8am - 10am, at the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester! We invite you to participate in this free, valuable morning of networking and regional engagement! The agenda will include updates on Essex Heritage initiatives, introduction of new Commissioners and the presentation of Essex Heritage's Pioneers in Partnership Awards .Learn more and download a PIP Award Nomination Form
City of Peabody work in the Square Nearly Complete
The City of Peabody road reconfiguration work in the square is almost complete and the City Administration, local merchants and residents appear to be pleased with the results.
City of Peabody Concert Series
The City of Peabody is scheduling a series of late summer early fall concerts at the Peabody Institute Library which started on 8/15. The events will be held in the Sutton Room. For information on dates and artists visit www.peabodylibrary.com
Cruise Ships planning Accelerates in Salem
The City of Salem is accelerating deep water port planning at its Blaney Street Port. The City operated ferry service was recently featured in a WCVB Chronicle segment on commuting to Boston and now have announced plans to accelerate work on the development of the deep water port to encourage the visit of Cruise Ships from a few hundred to 1500 passengers starting as early as 2014.
COMMUNITIES OF SALEM and BEVERLY OFFER SUMMER FESTIVALS
During the early weeks of August, the communities of Salem and Beverly offered annual Festivals called Heritage Days and Homecoming for their residents.
Local high Salem School Student band to hold Fundraiser
In this region we are blessed with a number of great student bands. As a resident of Danvers we are most pleased with the number of events that the band has participated in over the years. We recently learned that another well drilled local band will soon be seeking donations to bring their instruments and uniforms up to date. At the Salem Rotary we have annually been blessed with a holiday concert performed by the members of the Salem band and we wish them well as they start their new campaign.
NORTH SHORE ELDER SERVICES
Massachusetts Elder Affairs Secretary Ann Hartstein has announced the appointment of two senior managers.
• Sue Temper is the new Elder Affairs Assistant Secretary of Programs and Operations. Ms. Temper spent 18 years as executive director of Springwell, an Area Agency on Aging and Aging Service Access Point, offering a wide array of services to seniors and people with disabilities in the near-Boston western suburbs. Ms. Temper will assume her new role on August 5th.
• Sue Thomson is the new Elder Affairs Assistant Secretary of Policy and Program Development, having been the agency’s Chief of Staff since 2007. Ms. Thomson will begin her new job on Monday, July 29th. Before coming to work for Elder Affairs, the new Assistant Secretary was Executive Director of the Massachusetts Democratic Party.
Senior managers appointed at North Shore Elder Services to the local leadership team.
Cheryl Krisko, RN is now the Chief Program Officer overseeing all programs and services directly involving clients. These include Home Care Programs, Nursing Services, Protective Services, Information Services, Family Caregiver, Options Advisors, GAFC, and Community Services. Cheryl reports directly to me.
Rhonda Gauthier has been promoted to the position of Director of Community Services.
Her responsibilities include overseeing Title III funded programs and activities (Area Plan, Nutrition, and Nursing Facility Ombudsman), Money Management, Volunteers, the Over the Rainbow LGBT Coalition and serving as liaison to Councils on Aging. She reports to Cheryl Krisko in her capacity as Chief Program Officer.
North Shore Elder Services to install informational kiosk at Danvers Council on Aging
The Longevity Connection at North Shore Elder Services is pleased to introduce the Kiosk for Living Well at the Danvers Council on Aging. The Kiosk, a project launched this spring by Greater Lynn Senior Services, is aimed at building a community for and around seniors. Trained volunteers serve as advisors and are available to meet with visitors to the Center and explore, via face-to face discussion or the computer, a variety of healthy lifestyle options. The kiosk also is a resource for those seeking information on transportation options, looking for social activities and interaction, and Skype and email access. The volunteers will be here every Thursday in August from 10 AM-1 PM. September dates will be announced in the September newsletter. Stop by and say hello. This is a most important development for me as I serve on both the Danvers Council on Aging and North Shore Elder Services. It is even more important to me as I serve on the Longevity Connection Committee. The management of that initiative at NSES should be complimented for heir initiative.
Larcom Theater in Beverly Announces Schedule for 2013-14
The remodeled Larcom Theater on Wallis Street in Beverly recently announced a schedule of six shows running from this October through next May. This is a new operation and the schedule looks very interesting. Tickets for all six shows are on sale now and a call to the Theater at 617-531-1257 will connect one to the box office. All additions to the cultural resources in this region adds to what makes this region so special. Essex Heritage is most concerned with the historical, natural and cultural resources of this region.
DANVERS HISTORICAL SOCIETY REPORT
Golf Tournament Report: This golf tournament fundraiser scheduled for 9/16 is an important event for the Society and will be played at the Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown. If you can play on Sept 16, please sign up ($125 p/p includes golf, cart, lunch, contests, and a lot of fun). Please reach out to golfers you know to join in the tournament. Also, make a donation if you can. We need as many sponsors as possible. Let's make this fundraiser a huge success so we can keep improving the Society and its programs. Thanks, Wayne Eisenhower President
SHOW HOUSE UPDATE AT GLEN MAGNA MANSION: The Holiday Show House reached a major milestone this week with all the rooms being taken by designers and all the designer contracts signed.
Join us in celebrating four major upcoming Anniversaries: In December, the 50th anniversary of saving Glen Magna Farms and the Endicott Mansion, and in 2014, the Society's 125th Anniversary, the 100th anniversary of the saving of the 1754 Page House and the 200th Anniversary of the Ingersoll Farm transformation into Glen Magna Farms, one of America's first country estates by Salem Maritime Merchant Joseph Peabody, one of the richest men in America.
St. John’s Prep Football
St John’s Prep football schedule for 2013 has been set. After several planned scrimmages with local schools including Salem. Pingree and two Lynn Schools. The Prep opens with Bridgewater-Raynham and will host powerhouses Brockton, Everett, Malden Catholic and Xaveraian as the season progresses. The Prep team recently won a 7 on 7 contest held at Bishop Fenwick High School in Peabody and they are expected to be a football force in this region and the most talented Catholic Conference.
Since my recent decision to end a decade and one half employment relationship with the Essex National Heritage Commission as they continue to have limited financial resources to extend their efforts, I have more time to enjoy a long time avocation reading and as in the past, I wish to share some of my recent reads and my thoughts. The books that I have read this summer and enjoyed in recent weeks follow.
Frozen in Time: An Epic Tory of Survival by Mitchel Zucoff…a wonderful story about a military airplane crash, survival and ultimate rescue. Wonderful thriller with a glorious ending about a hunt for US Hero’s.
Those Angry Days, Roosevelt, Lindberg and America’s Fight over WW 11….A Story of America’s entry into a World War.
Inferno by Best Selling author Dan Brown…A novel set in Europe about world population growth. This book was as entertaining as his previous presentation.
The Guns Last Night by Ric Atkinson the last book in the Liberation Trilogy about the war in Western Europe in 1944 and 1945
I am currently reading and fascinated by a book entitled FDR, written by Jean Edward Smith about the life of President Roosevelt from his youth to his time in the White House. As you can see my choice of reading focuses on the period of the 1940’s as I was alive during that period but only have hazy real time memories of the period.
The book provided a wonderful overview of how well the President and the Congress worked together in the time of crisis at the end of the great depression. The period brought the country the creation of Social Security, the establishment of insurance on bank deposits and the project focused WPA that developed numerous facilities that are still providing support to many locations in the country. In addition the time produced the electrification of Rural America.
Roosevelt’s efforts were certainly complimented by the start of World War Two and the positive impact that the conflict had on the economy, job creation and other economic benefits. There was a period of disenchantment with the President as the Roosevelt decided to attempt a court packing program with the Supreme Court, but most of those problems were overcome with the election of the President to an unprecedented third term. His forward thinking to create and obtain congressional approval of a lend lease program to assist the President in his efforts to arm England and aid them in their defense of Europe before our entry into the war. Then came Pearl Harbor in 1941 and a second front for the President to be concerned about. The attack came after a prolonged series of discussions on both sides to prevent a difficult war in another part of the world.
The book ended with recaps of several important battles of the war. It also recounted the president’s final election and the final day of his life at Warm Springs, Georgia. I was so enthralled with the presentation that I have started a new offering by the Roosevelt Author on the life of the General and President Eisenhower. Hopefully that effort will be as good as book I just finished
SUMMER BASEBALL TOURNAMENT IN COOPERSTOWN, New York
My youngest grandson Casey Leonard participated in a summer baseball tournament with his Northborough team. They as a group did not fare all that well, but had a great series with a half a dozen hits and two home run. He pitched and caught and after a summer of chasing all over that part of the state to watch him play, we were pleased to learn that many of these games could be watched on our lap top computer. There was a single camera located behind home plate on several of the 120 fields where they played, and as primarily a pitcher or a catcher we saw much of Casey’s activities in those games that were shown on the laptop.