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Welcome to June.  Soon it will officially be summer, and this new edition of The Waterline is all about getting updated on all you need to know for the boating season.  There’s a lot to report from the Harbormaster’s office in Manchester.

The academic year is feeling different this year for local students who are “off” at college or university (or even boarding schools).  But we’re happy to see reporting that shows many are doing well and have achieved academic honors. 

Masconomo Council 1232 Knights of Columbus, Manchester-by-the-Sea awarded thirteen $500 scholarships to 2021 graduating seniors of area high schools. This year’s awards bring to 78 the total number of scholarships presented by Council 1232 in the past 21 years.

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Last Thursday was graduation day for the little ones at Magic Years Elementary School in Manchester.  This little guy was distracted from the very-important-indeed ceremonies.  But just for a moment.  Within two beats, he straightened up, faced ahead into the crowd of cooing family and frien…

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On Monday, June 21, we gather for the Annual Town Meeting (ATM).  We will once again be outside on the athletic field at the Middle High School with COVID protocols in place.  The ATM starts at 6:30 p.m..  Please plan on arriving early so that we can get everyone seated and ready for a prompt start.

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Although the Commonwealth has relaxed most COVID restrictions on the conduct of town meetings, individual towns retain the flexibility to adopt their own standards.  The objective in these unique meeting protocols is to implement all reasonable and prudent measures to protect the health of Annual Town Meeting participants, while simultaneously preserving the deliberative nature of town meeting. 

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Manchester Town Hall is Open to the Public: Masks and social distancing are required. Public hours are 9 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 9 a.m. - 6:15 p.m. on Thursday. Essex Town Hall opened without restrictions on June 1.

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A compromise to keep COVID-era outdoor dining in Manchester was a hot topic at Monday’s Board of Selectmen meeting.  In the end, the BOS approved the continuation of outdoor dining at all restaurants until July 11, and a scaled back version of the popular practice through August 15.

It was the end of a year that felt like two years.  And for the Manchester Essex Regional High School Class of 2021, the idea of gathering together last Friday for an outdoor graduation ceremony on Hyland Field was one to remember, and one to inspire gratitude.  The weather was perfect.  Hun…

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The Annual Town Meeting (ATM) is almost here.  Plan on coming to the Hyland Athletic Field at the Middle High School on June 21 for the 6:30 p.m. start. (The “gates” open at 5:30 p.m. so come early to get a choice seat!) Our regular administrative and budgetary articles, 1-10, will take up the first part of the meeting.  Articles 11 – 16 are special articles which are summarized here.

This report was presented by Essex Town Administrator Brendhan Zubricki at this week’s Board of Selectmen meeting on June 7, and it covers topics of interest for town business from May 15 to June 4.

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The academic year is feeling different this year for local students who are “off” at college or university (or even boarding schools).  But we’re happy to see reporting that shows many are doing well and have achieved academic honors.

“Good things come to those who wait”, was Nina Doggett’s patient attitude as the months since August passed before the final approval arrived from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) to place the Doggett Longevity Bench in Manchester. 

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The Class of 2020 may have started the tradition last year, but the Class of 2021 has made it their mission to continue the idea of a two-towns car parade to kick off graduation mindset for all residents in Manchester and Essex.