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    Gordan MacDougall being presented the Elder Brethren Cane for being the oldest brother in attendance at Saturday’s EB 144 event. As of this year the Boston Post Cane will be under the care of the Manchester Historical Museum and presented by the Selectmen to the oldest citizen of Manchester-…

    Board of Selectmen Meeting:  The next Selectmen meeting will be held on Monday, September 20 at 6:30 p.m. Please see the Town website for meeting details.375th Celebration Parade:  The 375th Celebration Parade will take place on Saturday, September 25 at 2 p.m.  The traditional Fourth of Jul…

      Manchester’s Shane MacLeod has been selected to serve on one of the world's most advanced nuclear-powered submarines.  Fast, maneuverable and technically advanced, submarines are some of the most versatile ships in the US Navy, capable of silently conducting a variety of missions around the …

      Gordan MacDougall being presented the Elder Brethren Cane for being the oldest brother in attendance at Saturday’s EB 144 event. As of this year the Boston Post Cane will be under the care of the Manchester Historical Museum and presented by the Selectmen to the oldest citizen of Manchester-…

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      For the past few years, a considerable amount of study and analysis has been conducted of the dam/culvert that crosses over Sawmill Brook as it empties into the inner harbor and the upstream dynamics, including the tidal pond behind the Fire Station.  The brook has caused considerable flood damage in past storms and the old dam and stone culvert (last reconstructed in 1900), which restricts water flow, is in poor condition. MADOT’s most recent inspections of the culvert in November 2018 and 2019 further classified it as having a “Severe/major deficiency” that should be addressed ASAP.

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      Its September, and students are settling into a new school year that features a new elementary school building in Manchester, a new playground and some classroom updates in Essex, and a return to in-classroom learning after an extended period of attending class remotely in 2020-21.

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      Board of Selectmen Meeting:  The next Selectmen meeting will be held on Monday, September 20 at 6:30 p.m. Please see the Town website for meeting details.

      375th Celebration Parade:  The 375th Celebration Parade will take place on Saturday, September 25 at 2 p.m.  The traditional Fourth of July parade route will be followed.  Come out and celebrate 375 years of history in Manchester.

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      The North Shore Garden Club, Manchester DPW and Conservation Commission have launched a beautiful new conservation project, on Lincoln Street, at the walkway between the high school and grade school this summer. The test plot converts mown grass into a pollinator habitat and was a huge success in year one, attracting swallowtail and monarch butterflies, and a variety of other pollinators.  The project will be expanded to include the remainder of the grass area behind the well house and, with town approval, will continue growing from there.  

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      This report was presented by Essex Town Administrator Brendhan Zubricki at this week’s Board of Selectmen meeting on September 13, and it covers topics of interest for town business from August 21 to September 10.

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       Time is fast approaching for the 375th Anniversary End of Celebration Parade on September 25 at 2 p.m.  The parade will follow the usual July 4th Parade route – so get out your chairs, locate a place to stand and get ready to enjoy a fantastic parade.

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      This year Emma Ketchum and Carson Komishane, Co-Editors in Chief of The Independent, the MERHS newspaper, will be contributing regularly to the Cricket. We are looking forward to hearing from them about the goings-on at the high school as well as their experiences as seniors. This week Emma and Carson share their impressions of the first week back to school. 

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      Reunion News is in, as Manchester High School's Class Of 1980 gets together at Singing Beach for its 40th reunion, "plus one" (since last year's reunion was postponed.). 

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      On Tuesday, the Manchester Conservation Commission went about its typical business of considering plans for projects that encroach on wetlands areas in town.  But there were two issues that were off “regular” business.  One, is related to the AG’s office.  The other, eelgrass.

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      It was the first day of school this year for Manchester Essex Regional School District on Wednesday, September 1.  Here, Fifth Graders at Manchester Memorial Elementary School gathered early to meet their Kindergarden “buddies," a tradition that goes back decades.