Monday, May 23, 2011

Essex HAPPENINGS MAY 23, 2011

Essex Heritage Hero Event a Great Success

The evening at the 2011 Essex Heritage Hero’s event was most certainly a wonderful success regardless of what measurement one used. All three recipients were gracious with their remarks, and we were pleased that we were able to single out, Dr. Wayne Burton, Mayor Kim Driscoll, and Danvers Town Manager Wayne Marquis for their exceptional service to this region. The crowd exceeded our expectations, the honorees were most appreciative of the honors bestowed, the Danversport Yacht Club provided their usual excellent service, the speakers including the special MC, were truly “on the mark” with their complimentary remarks, the organization of the event was what we have come to expect from the ENHC staff, and the evening structure went off without a hitch. Early this spring, Essex Heritage brought on a new Development and Communications Director, and Deb Payson, took over the control of the planning for this annual event in midstream, and produced a magnificent event that everyone connected with the event can be exceptionally proud. Congratulations Deb, on a job well done, and a most successful presentation. This event has become one of the most important programs for ENHC as the proceeds from these efforts help fund the many valuable regional projects of Essex Heritage.

I was happy that I was able to be a part of the event, and was particularly pleased with the warm reception that I received from my many friends and associates. I also want to offer a special thank you to Brian “Bear” Cranney, who did a sensational job as the MC of the event. Essex Heritage is pleased that we were able to offer a public event to honor the three most worthy 2011 Heritage Hero’s. We look forward to 2012 when we will identify additional regional hero’s to be honored at what has turned into a major annual event for ENHC and the region.

Essex Heritage Applauds Regional Efforts

Since our inception, Essex Heritage has regularly encouraged local municipalities to consider every possibility to look at opportunities to work with neighboring communities to consolidate services to reduce the steadily increasing expenses with running local governments. I am very pleased to see that the local communities of Salem, Danvers. Peabody, Marblehead, Swampscott and Lynn and possibly Beverly and Nahant are looking into trying to recreate the successful association between Salisbury and Amesbury who have consolidated health inspection services to provide increased services at lower costs. I was also pleased to learn that the Salem Police are making a pistol range available in their headquarters to other local departments. It certainly makes no sense to try to create those kinds of facilities in every community. Sharing makes perfect sense.

Along the Essex Heritage Scenic Byway

One of the most important current programs of Essex heritage is its effort to develop the byway along the Atlantic coast. The following information is relevant to that effort

Scenic Byway Plan Completed

At its recent annual meeting in Rockport, Essex Heritage and its byway partners celebrated completion of the byway's Corridor Management Plan. The comprehensive CMP recommends strategies for preserving and promoting the byway's historic, cultural, natural, and recreational resources. To download the plan's report summary, click here.

Gloucester Launches Visitor Website

Thanks to the hard work of volunteers, the City of Gloucester has launched a new visitor-oriented website highlighting the many things to see and do in that great byway community. Check it out.

New Salem History Book

The History Press recently introduced a new title, "Hidden History of Salem," by Susanne Saville. The collection of stories seeks to shed light on the forgotten moments of this coastal community. To learn more, visit History Press.

Danvers Historical Society information

Notice of Fundraising event later this summer

Back by popular demand is the Society Open Golf Tournament to be held this year Monday August 1, at Black Swan C.C. formerly Georgetown C.C. 7AM registration, 8AM shot gun start, best ball format. Your day includes 18 holes of golf, cart, practice range, Texas Bar-B-Q lunch, win a car courtesy of Hyundai Village, contests, and much more. $125.00 per person to play or sponsor a hole. Other sponsorship opportunities are available. See attached information sheet, sign up to play and pay before June 30 to receive a free sleeve of balls. Chairman Larry Raimondi is looking for a few of you to help solicit sponsorships, call the office at 978 777 1666 to register.

Ipswich Windmill

It now appears that the long awaited 400 foot tall wind turbine on Town Farm Road in Ipswich was scheduled to be tested a week or so ago. If all went as expected the largest wind turbine on the North Shore could be operational be the end of this month. When the windmill is operating, after an eight-year period of fits and starts, it is expected to produce 3% of the Town’s energy needs for the next two decades. This turbine is a joint project of the Town’s Lighting and School Departments. The project, that cost the community $4.2 million, is a large investment and the expected return is anticipated to have made the eight-year wait and the investment well worth the wait. This is a project that I suspect other communities in this region will be watching to ascertain if such an investment is warranted and should be considered. Clearly renewable energy sources, like wind power, could play a most important role in the reducing annual operating budgets of local communities.

Going Green in Salem

The previous article that spoke about the need for renewable energy projects certainly is a wonderful lead into this issue that outlines Living Green and Renewable Energy Fair that will be offered on Saturday, May 21, 2011. The event that is organized by the Salem Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the City’s Renewable Energy Task Force will be held at Old Town Hall in Salem and will run from 9:00am until 3:00 pm. There will be fifty exhibitors at the event. The event is free and there will also be an automobile exhibit. For more information contact the Salem Chamber at

Topsfield Library Wins Award

We are pleased to announce that at the Massachusetts Library Association meeting in Danvers last month that the Topsfield Library won first place in both the Merchandise and Community read categories. They also won the Best of Show for its Community Read Program. Congratulations to all at the Topsfield Library for this accomplishment.

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