Monday, September 7, 2009

Labor Day Holiday, Essex Heritage Nominations, Kennedy's office Closure, and Local Events

Labor Day Holiday

This weekend has always been considered the unofficial end of summer in New England, and this year it is a truly spectacular weekend. It really does seem as if the summer is coming to an end, as the temperatures early this morning as I left the house for a workout were in the mid 40's. I don't intend to make this a long posting, but I thought that I would at least offer a couple of thoughts.
This holiday has always had a special meaning to my family as we have had a couple of medical emergencies in the past on this holiday, but all is well at present. My late father-in-law. Marty Waldron who was a working man all of his life, and a proud union member would always point out to me on the night before Labor Day, that "tomorrow's not labor day", meaning that for him he did not have to go to work that day, and he could have an extra day of rest. In any event Happy Labor day to you, and I hope that you all enjoy the day. The sun continues to shine, and a walk, a run, or just a pleasant day with families and friends will certainly fit the bill today.

Essex Heritage Nominating Committee Meeting

This coming Thursday, the new Essex Heritage Nominating Committee Chairman, Sumner Jones of Eastern Bank will be "calling a meeting to order" at the bank's location in Saugus. There are several openings for Commissioners this year, and we are certainly open to suggestions for nominees if you have any names to put forward. Commissioners represent the thirty-four communities in the region, and "speak" for the three quarters of a million residents in the Essex National Heritage Area. Please let me know if any of you have a nominee to be considered.

Senator Kennedy's Office Ordered to be Closed

We were sorry to learn that as a result of the death of Senator Kennedy, that his offices in both Washington and Boston have been ordered to be closed. The late Senator had assembled a special staff of aides over the years, and the work that they have been doing for many years with constituents from all over the State, who have government matters to be researched, has been superb. We certainly hope that some compromise can be reached to keep these offices open until a successor can be either temporarily named or a new Senator can be elected. The work that is being done to support requests from Massachusetts residents for help by those offices should be allowed to continue.

City of Peabody International Festival

It is not too early to point out that on next Sunday September 13, 2009, the City of Peabody, will be holding its annual International Festival in and around Peabody Square from 10:30 a.m. to 5:c0 p.m. This event is always a wonderful day, and thousands of Peabody residents and visitors from all of the surrounding communities come to the city to sample Peabody's cultural heritage. There will be entertainments offered and dozens of booths that allow one to choose from a wide variety of ethnic foods. There are several events leading up to the Festival, and more information on those events and the Festival itself can be obtained by calling the chamber or the city.

Danvers Historical Society Golf Tournament

On Monday, September 14, 2009, the Danvers Historical Society will be offering a golf tournament as a fund raising project at the Thompson Club in North Reading. Proceeds from the event will be used to foster the work of the Danvers Historical Society and to help preserve the many historical artifacts held by the Society. Spots in the tournament are still available, or sponsorship opportunities can still be obtained. for more information contact Danvers Historical Society at 978 774 9165.

As always, we welcome your comments or questions about the work of Essex Heritage. Please contact me at with comments, concerns or your thoughts. Thanks, Tom Leonard

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