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Holiday festivities commenced this past weekend, with Christmas-by-the-Sea opening Thursday at the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce’s annual Manchester Division holiday party at Cala’s.  The event starts at 5 p.m., and by 6 p.m. it’s always a packed affair.  

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Gertsch is not a children’s book author, but her new book, “Flora Has an Adventure” is just that, and it’s a lovely one.  Her hero is a chicken who lives in a charming town called Essex.  Her adventurers will be familiar to anyone who goes with any regularity to the Burnham Library.  Kris McGinn-Straub sat down and learned more about Gertsch and her path to Flora.  And by the way, you can purchase “Flora” at Manchester by the Book.

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The calculation of the Town’s tax rate happens every fall.  There are a series of steps prescribed by the state that every municipality must follow that result in the state certifying the tax rate.  Once the rate is certified the final third and fourth quarter tax bills for the remainder of …

Being taught something is much better than being told something. My old shop teacher was the best at this. Bill Burroughs was an engineer who left the business world to teach young kids. He told me he wanted to do something that made a difference in the world.

Her poems are right there, concerning themselves with items that are at hand, commonplace and familiar. The natural world is often the universe from which she draws, with a soulfulness and power that is stirring.

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As always, budgets are about choices and as we begin the review of the preliminary budgets in earnest between now and annual Spring Town Meeting in April, the numerous choices represented in the proposed numbers will be debated. Your input is most appreciated. 

The third graders at Essex Elementary turned back time today for their annual Colonial Day last week as they headed into the Thanksgiving break.  Students dressed in traditional Colonial costumes and learned about life during the time period.  They made corn husk dolls, churned butter, mixed…

The Manchester Woman’s Club appreciates the generous donations to the Buy-A-Bulb Program. The Friendship Tree will sparkle brightly again this year. It shines in celebration of the following treasured relatives and friends.


The Manchester Club held its November meeting at the American Legion Hall, and reports are the meeting drew a crowd of members and guests. All those attending were treated to a delicious Portuguese Pot Roast dinner, thanks to Ken Davis' sister and brother for the preparation of the 24-hour marinade main course. 

The kindness, devotion and care that the late Robert F. Sanford showed for the senior citizens of Manchester-by-the-Sea should not be forgotten. Now therefore, we, the Board of Selectmen, do hereby proclaim December 18, 2019 as Robert F. Sandford Day in Manchester-by-the-Sea.

Santa welcomes children and their parents to the Manchester Fire Station on Sunday, December 15! This will probably be the last public appearance by Santa prior to returning to the North Pole and resting prior to his big around-the-world trip the evening of December 24.  

Every year we see an increasing number of patients with pet health insurance.  Pet insurance is becoming an increasingly popular way to plan for emergency veterinary medical bills.  Almost unheard of just a few years ago, pet insurance is now a $1 billion per year industry.  The question is:…

In this edition of The Waterline, Manchester Harbormaster Bion Pike discusses waterway renewals, the liquid natural gas tanker that passed by the harbor, and a visit from Santa Claus. 

There’s no denying it now — the holidays are right around the corner! Get in the spirit across Cape Ann this weekend with Christmas by the Sea, the Essex Holiday Festival and Merry Magnolia.

The stark reality in Massachusetts is that coastal communities are statistically underinsured for flood-related damage and as flood risks continue to rise with increasing “historic” storms, local communities that engage their insurance are the ones that will mitigate damage and recover more quickly. 

In one of the more highly anticipated openings, The Mooring on Central Street held a “soft open” for friends and family, giving them a peek into Manchester’s newest bar and restaurant in the spot formerly (r.i.p.) inhabited by Superfine and, for decades before that, The Coffee Cup. 

I just wanted to take the opportunity in this week’s Cricket to thank all who wrote letters on my behalf in support of me being appointed as the Manchester by-the-Sea Police Chief. I would also like to thank everyone who took the time out of their busy schedules to attend my swearing-in cere…

Aberdeen Home Care, Inc. has been named one of the Top Places to Work in Massachusetts in the 12th annual employee-based survey project from The Boston Globe. The Top Places to Work 2019 issue publishes online at Globe.com/TopPlaces on the night of November 14 and in The Boston Globe Magazin…

The week of Thanksgiving is a time where families and friends come together to reflect on what is truly important.  The same can be said for our “work family.”  I work with a great, hardworking group of town employees who are dedicated to our mission of providing exceptional public service to all residents of Manchester. 

Messy Art Night never disappoints. This Friday night was no exception. The annual event at Essex Elementary is always packed with kids and adults who have come to know that this is a seriously fun event. Sculpture, drawing, print making, jewelry making, and more were there for kids to roll u…