With the Manchester 375th anniversary celebration in full swing, the Manchester Historical Museum is beginning its year-long lecture series at the very beginning by focusing on Native Americans living here at the time of European first contact.  The lecture, “Wigwams on Sawmill Brook” will be presented by Mary Ellen Lepionka, local scholar of archaeology and early history of Cape Ann. 

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After some time, construction on the Manchester Veterans Honor Roll is about to begin.  The Veterans Honor Roll Committee needs your help to make sure that all eligible veterans are listed.  To this end, below is a list of names gathered from many sources, by conflict.  To be eligible to be listed on the Honor Roll, one must have been a RESIDENT OF MANCHESTER WHEN THEY ENLISTED in the service.  The list below is for Vietnam Era veterans (those who served starting after the Korean War ended through the end of the Vietnam War). 

Manchester Memorial Elementary School was filled with music last week Friday when a group through the Young Audiences of Massachusetts came to perform.  The show, “Clap Your Hands,” explores the rise and changing roles of music in the African American community: as a mental release during trying times, a vehicle for communication in the Underground Railroad, and a “common ground” during the Civil Rights Movement.

For those wanting to experiment with watercolor but hesitant to try, the Manchester Community Center is running a workshop to introduce adults over age 16 to the world of watercolor painting.  The workshop is aimed at beginners and intermediate painters wanting to take your practice to a new level.

The Essex Council on Aging (COA) has some wonderful programs coming in the coming weeks. Check them out here, and for further information on any of these programs, please call Kristin Crocket, Essex COA Director in the COA office at (978) 768-7932.

To the Editor:

The members of the Manchester by the Sea 4th of July Committee would like to thank the following families and business for their generous donations to the 2020 Fourth of July Celebration.  Donations were received as a result of the December mailing to every household in Manchester.  It is through the generosity of the entire town that we are able to run such fantastic events!

The Essex Planning Board met Wednesday to continue sharpening a new zoning bylaw proposal for the spring Town Meeting that would create a downtown mixed-use zoning district that it believes is a key to both economic growth and addressing much-needed housing flexibility for those starting out and older residents seeking to scale down from larger, single family homes.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reports that flu severity is high this week and has been high this flu season (September 2019 – January 2020).  Pam Ciccone of the Manchester Board of Health has provided a primer on how to protect yourself and your family from the flu. 

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed Massachusetts’ first case of coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in Boston.  The Department is reiterating that the risk to Massachusetts residents at this time remains low.

Colleges have reported into us on local students from Manchester-by-the-Sea and Essex who have achieved academic honors while at their schools.  We’re happy to share their success with our readers.