90 Years Ago – 1929

With the closing of the yachting season in Manchester, it may be recorded the busiest and best year for the yachtsmen in the history of the town as a summer resort.  At last, it has been fully demonstrated to the minds of those skeptically inclined as to the question of appropriating large sums of money for dredging that it has proved one of the best investments the town ever made, and the argument still holds good for further appropriations along this line of improvement if we would like to continue to expand.

75 Years Ago – 1944

Wednesday evening, October 4, proved another red letter night for Conomo Tribe, No. 113, I.O.R.M., when more than sixty Chiefs and Braves gathered at their wigwam for the annual Rising Up of Chiefs.  Visiting Red Men came from Gloucester and Rockport.

Over 100 members and friends of the Manchester Historical Society gathered at the congregational Chapel on Wednesday evening to enjoy another of those delicious lobster suppers that remain as a memory for many weeks to come.

60 Years Ago – 1959

Dr. Charles Herrick of Union Street was elected President of the Massachusetts chapter of the American Academy of General Practice at the annual meeting of that organization held on Saturday evening at the Statler Hilton hotel in Boston.

Thomas Howarth, attorney for Standley’s Garage and for Guy Bailey of Bailey’s Service Station raised objection to the issuance of a license for the operation of a service station at 11 Summer Street to Mrs. Anastatia Brown, Tuesday night at a hearing before the Board of Selectman.

45 Years Ago – 1974

The Manchester P.T.A. will sponsor a mobile Book Fair, October 7, 8 and 9at the Memorial School.  Students will be able to browse and purchase books.

At the meeting of the Golden Age Club of Manchester, held in Sacred Heart Parish Hall on Saturday, September 28, Guntis Licis, Community Coordinator of Senior Home Care Services in Gloucester, spoke of the services his organization has to offer to Manchester residents 60 and over.

30 Years Ago – 1989

A handful of residents, mostly boatowners, told the Selectman they were looking for money in all the wrong places if they were expecting to generate revenue by increasing mooring permit fees.  And an even smaller handful questioned the legality of raising the beach parking fees for the 1990 season if they were not directly related to beach parking costs.

The annual Fall cleanup collection will be held the week of October 16 on your regular rubbish pick-up day.  The Contractor will collect bulky items that can be lifted by two men, bagged leaves and brush less the 2 ½” in diameter, which has been cut and tied into bundles no greater than four feet in length and weighing less than 50 pounds per bundle.

15 Years Ago – 2004

The Manchester Board of Selectman announces the initiation of a strategic planning process to help chart the best course for the town’s future financial wellbeing.  The goal of “Project 2045” is to develop a strategy that will ensure Manchester-by-the-Sea is in good fiscal health when it has its 400th birthday in year 2045

Magic Years begins its 31st year. Magic Years Cooperative Nursery School was incorporated in 1973 as a non-profit childcare facility. The school has always been located in the Chapel of the First Parish Church in the heart of Manchester