Manchester-Essex Rotary’s “Run the for Roses” Raffle has officially begun.  The club has a total of 300 tickets that they will be selling for $100 each.  The winning tickets will be drawn on Saturday, September 5, (KY Derby Race Day). 

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Over 40 percent of the world’s insect species are under imminent threat of extinction.  Other studies in Germany and Puerto Rico have revealed steep declines in abundance and diversity in just the last few decades.  According to Dr. Anne Averill, professor of entomology at UMass, Amherst, “Loss of diversity has ripple effects.  Insects are foundational to almost all of our functioning ecosystems.” It’s happening here, too. 

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With the pandemic threat to our older citizens and the continuing uncertainly in the future, the 143rd annual Manchester Elder Brethren picnic scheduled for Saturday September 12th at Tuck’s Point will be held but in a very different manner than in years gone by.

The JaneDeeringGallery announced a new exhibition this week,Gloucester, Cape Ann | of time and place.  The exhibit opened last Saturday August 8 at the gallery (19 Pleasant Street in Gloucester).

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Congrats to Zoe, Week 5 winner of the TOHP Burnham Public Library’s Spot Buddy the Book contest. The library has been posting winners of its contest the summer.  A special thank you went out to the Essex Post Office for hosting Buddy, and to Woodman’s for providing the yummy ice cream and ce…

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The new stairs to the Town Hall and Police Station are looking good on a recent morning before work had begun for the day. The makeover of the Village Green is taking shape nicely and the several pieces involved are coming together. Onlookers can now envision a finished product. 

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This summer has everyone appreciating the true value of outdoor dining.  But for some restaurants like Sea Glass at the Castle Manor Inn, with its massive outdoor deck overlooking the back side of the Annisquam River and the Blyman Canal in Gloucester, every summer is about outdoor dining.

Let’s face it: If ever there was a summer to sharpen your mixology skills, it’s this one.  In lieu of dinner parties and barbecues, people are getting together for a drink.  And so, with this in mind and for those of you who haven’t met, we would like to introduce you to some of our local favorites. 

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April marked the fortieth anniversary of Andrea Ramos’ ownership of the Manchester Barber Shop.  Her business has thrived since she purchased it in 1980 and is arguably the most successful barber shop in town. 

On Sunday, July 26, Troop 3 Scouts and their families attended a Court of Honor in the Scout House yard.  At the Court of Honor, young men and young women of Troop 3 were awarded the merit badges and Scout ranks that they had earned over the last six months.  17 Scouts earned a total of 55 awards.  

In memory of Jane G. Shaw, Shave to Save has been renamed the Jane G. Shaw Shave to Save.  The Village Restaurant will be hosting the event this year.  The event will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, August 10.  Masks must be worn, and social distancing guidelines will be followed. 

Jane Deering Gallery announces a new exhibition Gloucester, Cape Ann | of time and place opening Saturday, August 8, at 19 Pleasant Street in Gloucester and presenting new perspectives and interpretations of the region’s past and present.

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The quiet comfort and familiarity of coastal Manchester’s tree-lined historic downtown with its small antique shops, used bookstore, and restaurants has made it the perfect backdrop for many a blockbuster film.  When Hollywood wants New England, it comes to Manchester-by-the-Sea.  So, here are some of Manchester’s greatest hits, and what they’re all about.

This shot of Manchester Sailing Association’s summer sailors reminds us that some sports and outdoor activities are not in the least disrupted by social distancing.  Sail on!

This weekend is the last chance to see Amy Robson’s paintings of the waters off Annisquam Lighthouse.  Her exhibition, Keep Looking, in the SHED at Jane Deering Gallery closes on Sunday, August 2.   

Manchester Police Chief Todd Fitzgerald, checking in with the crew even on his off day.  That’s what happens when your colleagues can drive by your house on their weekend rounds.  Let’s call this one, “Relaxed, and in control”. 

This weekend, Gladstone, the jewelry boutique and gallery in Manchester, will be hosting a trunk show with nationally renowned fine jewelry designer, Gabriella Kiss. The designer will be present to meet with guests and preview her collection from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, July 31, and Saturday, August 1. 



Having access to the most accurate weather forecasts, news and information, and being able to make sense of it, is essential. That’s why the experts at AccuWeather are sharing nine ways to use their newly designed app to enhance your life.

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Reports of large marine life coming closer to shore seems to be a more frequent occurrence this year.  This photograph, taken by Milo Zeltzer of a whale back off Singing Beach in Manchester, is proof of that.  And very large it looks to be.