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The Library’s Book Group will be discussing “A Burning” by Megha Majumdar at its next meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 29.  All are welcome. 

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The only things typical about this year’s 143rd annual Elder Brethren picnic were the sunny early fall weather and the excellent chowder.  Otherwise, 2020’s event was completely different from the 142 prior.

BankGloucester has opened voting from September 1 to September 30 for its 13th annual “Banking for the Community” program.  This year, the bank will award $25,000 to 21 community organizations and non-profits and voters determine how the funds are allocated.  Last year, nearly 9,000 people participated in the voting process. 

It never gets old.  The Greenbelt’s Cox Reservation in Essex offers one of a number of “perfect” views of the Essex marsh.  What a spot. 

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Great news for local small businesses in Essex and Manchester disrupted by COVID.  Essex Town Planner Matt Coogan’s office this week said that Essex will administer federal block grants of up to $10,000 local micro-enterprise businesses” from a $70,125 fund for Essex. Essex Town Planner Matt Coogan’s office this week announced availability of federally-funded grants of up to $10,000 each for local businesses disrupted by COVID-19. 

Friday is the 19th Anniversary of 9/11, the day four coordinated terrorist attacks were carried out by al-Qaeda, on September 11, 2001.  This year is a challenging one for any remembrance, or ceremony, given public safety guidelines and social distancing.  The Essex Fire Department canceled its annual 9/11 ceremony, regretfully, out of public safety.  The Manchester Fire Department will hold a ceremony at the station on School Street at 9:30 a.m., and has asked those attending to be vigilant about wearing masks and spacing as they offer respects to this important day.

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When COVID forced the cancellation of the Manchester-Essex Rotary Club’s major fundraising events (the Kentucky Derby Auction and the Red, White and Blue Pancake Breakfast) earlier this year, the club knew it had to do something to recoup the more than $25,000 funds it typically generates in order to continue the charitable giving the Cape Ann communities and organizations have come to rely on. So, the club got creative.