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Nearly one year ago exactly, the coronavirus pandemic triggered a state of emergency.  To commemorate the community’s profound loss, the Cape Ann Museum is creating a temporary art installation to pay tribute to those who died from the deadly virus including 35 people in Gloucester, 55 peopl…

After two back to back snow storms, February winter is starting to edge to spring.  At 5.00 p.m., it’s not dark anymore.  And even with snow on the ground, the wet air of spring feels like it’s soon coming.  Speaking of feeling better - at the Sacred Heart Church, more than 300 vaccines were…

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Manchester’s eldest male resident, Gordon MacDougall, 97, drove over to The Cricket’s offices on Beach Street two weeks back to hand deliver two images.  One features a recent trip he took to an automobile museum outside Reno, Nevada. He is posing in front of a 1930 Model A Ford, which was t…

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A book arrived at The Cricket earlier this winter.  It was large and handsome.  Inside was a universe — black and white photographs of the Great Marsh, ghostly, intimate, and impossibly still.  Liminal in every way, land and sea, black and white, real and unreal — like a memory or a dream.  The images were breathtaking.

“There is only one way of cooking spinach in this country, that is, boiling it in an abundance of water. The French have a number of ways. They serve spinach and a delightful cream soup, and “a la crème” as a vegetable, a manner of serving entirely unknown to us.

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A brand-new TV show with a local hook is catching more than a little buzz.  Farmhouse Fixer debuted nationally March 3rd at 9.00 p.m. on HGTV.  The show stars Essex resident Jonathan Knight who pulls his passion for renovating New England farmhouses on to the small screen with lots of chemistry from his collaborator and friend, interior designer Kristina Crestin. 

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The Great Marsh comprises 25,000 coastal acres including marshes, tidal creeks, barrier beaches, islands, and mud flats. It is the largest contiguous salt marsh in New England extending from Gloucester to Hampton Harbor, New Hampshire — it is also one of the most crucial environmental ecosystems in North America.

Starting March 11th on Thursdays only, the library will have browsing hours by appointment only from 10.00 a.m.  to 12.00 p.m. and  2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m., with 10.00 a.m. being reserved for seniors and high risk patrons. Reservations are for 45 minutes of browsing time.

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Nearly one year ago exactly, the coronavirus pandemic triggered a state of emergency.  To commemorate the community’s profound loss, the Cape Ann Museum is creating a temporary art installation to pay tribute to those who died from the deadly virus including 35 people in Gloucester, 55 people from Cape Ann, and more than 2,000 people from Essex County.  

After two back to back snow storms, February winter is starting to edge to spring.  At 5.00 p.m., it’s not dark anymore.  And even with snow on the ground, the wet air of spring feels like it’s soon coming.  Speaking of feeling better - at the Sacred Heart Church, more than 300 vaccines were…

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It’s July 6, 1934, the height of the Great Depression.  Magnolia, then a fashionable summer colony,was readying for another weekend of high society. At the sprawling Oceanside Hotel, at the Hodgson Kennard Jewelry Store, Manager Charles Orcutt prepared to open for the season....

We are aware that this pandemic has been a truly difficult time for many. Please know that we love the people of Manchester and the North Shore and are eager to help you get through this however we’re able. 

The snow came down not once but twice this week, making everything feel like a picture perfect New England scene.  This snowman was all rolled up behind Woodman’s of Essex.