Letter to the editor from Manchester resident and MECT President, Michael Dyer.
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Each summer about this time the Select Board meets to review the work of the past year and to identify the priorities for the coming year. The workshop held last Saturday, July 11, provided just such an opportunity. There is always a long list of possibilities, but we try to focus on the most important items. Of course, as the pandemic so vividly demonstrates, you never know what surprises await us.
It was a totally packed house last Thursday at “Wigwams At Saw Mill Brook,” the first lecture in Manchester Historical Museum’s year-long series tied to Manchester’s 375th Anniversary. Mary Ellen Lepionka, a historian and anthropologist and an expert on early inhabitants of Cape Ann, took rapt attendees through the amazing true story of Native Americans here.
Over the past seven years or so, the Town has been making strides to curb the amount of energy our operations consume. We also have done significant work on positioning ourselves to be more resilient to harsh weather events and the impacts of coastal flooding.
The impacts of rising sea levels and larger storm events on our community will present significant challenges. We have already gotten a glimpse of some of the challenges that await us in Manchester-by-the-Sea.