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    Lee Wright, president of The Pursuit of History, Inc., visited The Fishyard exhibit of the Manchester Historical Museum on Tuesday. Booth, director & curator of the Museum, was being filmed by Wright's national history-promotion company for a video slated to be released to a nationwide h…

    The Helping Hands 5th Grade team at Memorial School in Manchester pose before greeting incoming Kindergardeners and making them feel welcome in their new adventure as public school students.  All three MERSD schools headed back to school for the 2022-23 school year on Wednesday morning.  (Ph…

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    J Barrett & Company announced this week that Lisa Nash has joined the firm in the Prides Crossing office as a sales agent. Lisa, who was the owner and operator of Tasty Foods in Peabody for over two decades, believes that establishing a “personal connection” is the key to success in business.  “You must understand what a person wants and needs before you can even begin to think about a solution whether it’s buying a house or selling land,” she says.

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    It’s been six months since the Cape Ann Savings Bank announced that Robert “Bob” J. Gillis, Jr. would retire as bank president after 40 years and it would make history by naming Marianne Schlichte Smith as president of the bank.  That move became official on August 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.

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    It was the year of the first recognized baseball game in America.  It was the year Congress established the Smithsonian Institution.  It was the year a dentist first used ether to extract a tooth.  And on April 15—in 1845—it was also the day the Cape Ann Savings Bank was founded, at 51 Main Street in Gloucester with 40 depositors and $1,355 in deposits.

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    Last week at the local meeting of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, a fundamental shift signaled a solution to one of Manchester’s most dogged parking challenges: creating a path from the public parking lot behind Town Hall to the heart of Manchester’s downtown shopping district.

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    When she rose to be the 2021 president of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce last month, Susan Gould-Coviello was just the second president from Essex in the Chamber’s 99-year history, and the eighth woman.  She's plans to work hard to make this year a transition for the Chamber, into the future.