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46 Cape Ann Residents set to race for cancer Pan-Mass Challenge

On Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4, 6,500 riders, including 46 residents from Cape Ann, will participate in the milestone 45th  Pan-Mass Challenge  (PMC) with the goal of raising a …

Emergency Preparedness

A primary function of government is to provide for the safety and welfare of citizens.   Manchester voters are generous in the support provided to our public safety operations, typically …

Local Flag Raisings Kick Off Pride Month

June kicked off the nation’s celebration of Pride Month, and on Cape Ann, the month will be cohesively celebrated for the first time, organized by the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and …
Joanne Seaman, RN, Memorial School’s nurse for the last 26 years, is a “champion hugger.”

Joanne Seaman—School Nurse, Champion Hugger—Retires After 26 Years

Walking inside the corridors of the Manchester Memorial Elementary School, wearing a lilac shirt, white pants, and a nurse’s badge, Joanne Seaman, RN, heads to her office, feeling nostalgic. …
This photo, taken in 2022, shows the close proximity of beachgoers at Nauset Beach on Cape Cod to the Aleutian Dream with Greg Skomal on the pulpit ready to tag a shark just a few feet ahead of the boat.
The White Sharks of the North Shore
Andy Kelly, an experienced striper and tuna fisherman who lives on Plum Island shared the following story with me: It was a warm, windless evening in August.   A perfect night for striper …
Essex Elementary School fifth-graders explore the Conomo Point salt marsh as part of their participation in the Mass Audubon’s Rivers to Sea program.
Essex Elementary School Fifth-Graders Explore Local Watershed through Mass Audubon Program
A cohort of fifth graders from Essex Elementary School recently participated in Mass Audubon’s "Rivers to Sea" program, where they learned about important concepts and challenges in the local …
The moment it came together.  Cape Ann Pride Coalition’s founding team on May 23, 2023 at Pratty’s.  From left, Jai Fields, Mary Benard (above), Matthew Murray, George Grattan, and Stephen Hopkins.
Full of Pride
This month Cape Ann will host its first official Pride Month, spotlighting the LGBTQIA+ community with a vibrant array of events across Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, and Essex.   The …
Sports
Heading into the first round of the Div. 4 tournament, it didn’t take a great amount of analysis to surmise that the Manchester Essex lacrosse teams were heavy favorites in both of their …
The spring season has ended and the postseason begins on Friday.  Read to see which local high school team begins their MIAA tournament run below.   Friday, June 1 The …
Pitching, as much as anything else, has been the key so far for the Manchester Essex baseball team. The Hornets have gone 4-4 to start the season and are still in the middle of fine-tuning …
The term “finishing skills” is traditionally applied to sports like basketball or soccer, but Manchester Essex softball coach Frank Sarro is hoping his team can find a way to apply it to …
This week, we have updates from coaches on Hornets' team play this spring for tennis, girls' lacrosse, and baseball. Check it out ...

Rockport's Mercury Gallery Opens "No Words" June

The works of artist Deborah Epstein will be featured at Rockport's Mercury Gallery this month in a show, "No Words: Medications on Being Stalked and Stabbed." The show will open Saturday, June …

Senior Nite for Varsity Boys Basketball

Monday night the Hornets held Senior Night for the boys’ basketball team.   The seniors honored their parents for the support they provided during their athletic careers.   Kneeling, …

Make Summer Travel with Pets Enjoyable and Seamless

(Family Features) For pet owners, cats and dogs are part of the family, which means when it's time to head out of town this summer, the four-legged friends get to come along, too.

Wellspring House Presents Celesong 2024: An Intimate Evening of Music and Storytelling

Hayley Reardon

Wellspring will host an evening of song and storytelling with Darrell Scott and Hayley Reardon. The June 7 event, “Celesong: Lifting Voices through Song and Storytelling” will take …

The Volker Goetze Quartet Returns to Manship in Gloucester June 15

Uthpala Eroshan of the Volker Goetze Quartet.

The Volker Goetze Quartet, featuring musicians Volker Goetze, world renowned Sri Lankan drummer Uthpala Eroshan, Oran Etkin, and Alexis Cuadrado, will return to Manship Artists Residency for a …

Obituaries
Sandra Lee (Corbin) Gillis
Sandra Lee (Corbin) Gillis of Gloucester, formerly of Manchester by-the-Sea, passed away at Seacoast Nursing Home on June 8, 2024. Born in 1932 and raised in Lynn, Sandy was the daughter of the late …
Roberta Lee Marshall
Roberta Lee Marshall, aged 72, passed away on July 22, 2023, after a brief battle with cancer.  Born and raised in Manchester, MA, Roberta's passion for caring for others was evident from a …
John F. “Johnny” Bachman
John F. “Johnny” Bachman of Hull, formerly a longtime resident of S. Boston, passed away on Saturday, June 1, 2024.  He was 63. He was born in Manchester to Eileen (Curran) and …
Ruth Cox Crocker
Ruth Cox Crocker passed away peacefully with family by her side on May 17, 2024, at Carleton – Willard Village in Bedford, MA. Ruth was born and raised in Bethlehem, PA.  As a child …
John Lind
John Lind passed away peacefully on April 3 rd , 2024 at the age of 76 in Arizona.  He was the son of the late Clifford and Adma Lind. He was also predeceased by his sister, Helen Ann Lind, and …
Lifestyle

"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" Brings the Comedy in “Dramedy”

Imagine three siblings, all in their late 50s, bickering and clawing like petulant 15-year-olds.  Then throw in a clairvoyant housekeeper, a naïve young beauty, and a vacant gesticulating …

Art in the Barn in Essex Set for June 14, 15

The annual Art in the Barn art sale and exhibit at the Cox Reservation in Essex is set to kick off this year on Saturday, June 14, with food, music, and artwork by 130 local artists. Greenbelt …
Last weekend’s geomagnetic storm lit up the sky across the country, including here over the skies of Sand Dollar Cove in Manchester.  Photo: Kris McGinn

Rare Taste of Ethereal Beauty 

If you are lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, the night sky can reveal mesmerizing displays of dancing lights known as auroras, captivating observers with their ethereal beauty. …
Melissa Hoffer was appointed last year to head up the Office of Climate Innovation and Resilience by MA Gov. Maura Healey.  Hoffer will be speaking later this month in Rockport in a program hosted by TownGreen. 

Melissa Hoffer, Massachusetts Climate Chief, Coming to Rockport May 29

TownGreen, the Cape Ann non-profit focused on climate awareness education for Cape Ann, is presenting An Evening with Melissa Hoffer, Massachusetts Climate Chief, from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May …

Cape Ann Museum Acquires Hopkinson’s “Three Dancing Girls”

For the last 30 years, Cape Ann Museum visitors have become familiar with a stunning painting hanging prominently at the top of the staircase in the museum’s main hall.   It’s …
Home and Garden
AT HOME NOW

It’s Outside Time

It’s early June and it’s one of my favorite times of year.  We’re in the middle of this summer’s Big Reveal, and it is presenting with a giant “Ta-dah!” …

Conservationists use the term “rewilding” to describe the phenomenon where habitat is restored and native flora and fauna return (or are reintroduced) to their former range. Naturalist …
Pets and People

Pet Insurance: Navigating a Slew of (Important) Questions

Every year we see an increasing number of patients with pet health insurance at the Manchester Animal Hospital.  The common question is, “Is it worth it?” ...

Books

Elin Hilderbrand for President

As I write this, I’m about halfway through Swan Song, the newest book by Elin Hilderbrand, published June 11.   It’s called Swan Song for reasons pertinent to the events in the book …

Columnists

What's New in Home Design for Cape Ann?

Lean into a non-neutral this year.  Jen Coles like jewel tones, like this.

Spring is finally starting to be sprung.  Those brave spring bulbs are sticking their skinny green necks out, and so far all I’ve wanted to do is wrap a scarf around them—but they …

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