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Essex Heritage April 25, 2012

Along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway, Calling All Endicott's, and more from the Essex Heritage Commission.

ESSEX HAPPENINGS…..April 25, 2012

As I am experiencing a number of computer problems that are in the process of being resolved and as a result, I am most appreciative that the editor of the Essex Heritage Newsletter has allowed me to reprint a great deal of her work to complete this BLOG posting.   Our editor, Elizabeth Rankin is currently away from the office on maternity leave and we are pleased to note that she has recently gave birth to a new still unnamed son. Reports say that both mother and son are doing well.

The Following Information is presented on various Essex Heritage activities

Along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway

The 85-mile coastal route from Lynn to Newburyport

First Cultural Districts on the Byway
Congratulations to arts, community, and business leaders in Lynn, Gloucester, and Rockport whose communities host three of the first five Cultural Districts designated by the state. The coastal byway links all three.

Towards Better Biking & Walking in Gloucester

For reasons related to transportation, health, environment, and tourism, byway communities often seek to improve local biking and walking conditions. Gloucester is currently in the midst of developing a "Complete Streets" approach.

Newburyport ArtWalk

A sure sign of spring is the Newburyport ArtWalk on Saturday & Sunday, April 21 & 22. Galleries, studios, music, demonstrations, artist receptions, refreshments and more.

Trails & Sails Participant Challenge!

Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks and Water, will take place September 21-23 & September 28-30, 2012. Essex Heritage and our partners are already making plans! This year, we are pleased to announce that REI has stepped up, once again, to sponsor a Trails & Sails participant challenge! 

The Challenge: Visit as many unique events as possible over the two Trails & Sails weekends in order to be entered to win a Novara hybrid bike from REI! Ready to accept? Sign in! On August 1st, participants can sign-in online via the Trails & Sails website. Over the two Trails & Sails weekends, participants will be asked to sign-in at each event they attend. Each time you sign-in at an event, you will up your chances of winning one of two Novara hybrid bikes!

Event hosts, are you ready to roll? There is still plenty of time to plan and submit your event, or become a Trails & Sails event host! The deadline for event submission is June 15th. To submit an event, contact Essex Heritage.             

Heritage Area Volunteer Opportunities

Essex Heritage is pleased to highlight interesting and fun volunteer opportunities from around the Heritage Area. If you would like to share volunteer opportunities, please send them to us. For more information visit: http://www.essexheritage.org/jobs/index.shtml

Saturday, April 21, 8AM - 1PM

Groundwork Lawrence - Earth Day, Comcast Cares Day

Join nearly 1,000 volunteers from over 20 sites in the city of Lawrence for a fun day of clean-up and beautification.

Saturday, April 28, 9AM - 12noon

Newburyport Clean Sweep, Cashman Park, Newburyport

It's cleanup time again! Clean Sweep starts with a kickoff breakfast and site assignments at Cashman Park. For more information or to sign up, please contact Lisë Reid, Parks Coordinator at 978-465-4462.

Saturday, April 28

Coastal Trails Coalition Annual Trail Clean-Up

Save the date to participate in this network-wide trail clean-up event that includes the Riverwalk in Amesbury, the Eastern Marsh Trail in Salisbury, and the Clipper City Rail Trail in Newburyport.

Friendship to return

The regional icon the Friendship is about to return to the Salem area after having repairs completed in Fairhaven Ma.   The wooden replica ship requires an annual inspection and repair program.   All of us connected with this replica vessel are happy to have her back on display at her berth at the Maritime Site at Derby Wharf in Salem.

Salem bike program re-opens

The Salem Bike Program back in operation at several sites in Salem.   The Witch City long known for years as a great walking city may soon be thought of as a wonderful place to visit and view by bike.  Bikes can be rented either at a Salem state University or Hawthorne Hotel location.

Essex Heritage Director Invited to White House Essex Happenings…..April 22, 2012

As I am experiencing a number of computer problems that are in the process of being resolved and as a result, I am most appreciative that the editor of the Essex Heritage Newsletter has allowed me to reprint a great deal of her work to complete this BLOG posting.   Our editor, Elizabeth Rankin is currently away from the office on maternity leave and we wish her all the best and look forward to learning that she has become a mother.

The Following Information is presented on various Essex Heritage activities

Calling All Endecotts-Endicotts!

Descendants of the first and longest serving Governor of Massachusetts, John Endecott, are planning a reunion to celebrate his life and legacy from June 17-22, 2012. Among the many exciting events planned for the five-day reunion is a lecture on, and visit to the Endecott Pear Tree, Tuesday, June 19 at 6:00 PM. This event, held in collaboration with Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care, North Shore Medical Center, Danvers Historical Society and Essex Heritage features the oldest living fruit tree in North America. For tickets or more information visit http://essexheritage.org/membership/events.shtml

 

Essex Heritage Receives TD Charitable Foundation Grant

TD Bank, through the TD Charitable Foundation, recently awarded $5,000 to Essex Heritage as part of the bank's commitment to giving back to the community.

The grant will allow for the hiring of three additional under-served youth to start working in the Salem and Saugus National Parks through the Youth Summer Jobs program. The program brings under-served youth to the parks to work for 8 to 12 weeks in a variety of jobs including; maintenance, administration, visitor services and interpretation. Participants receive employment training and gain valuable leadership skills. Essex Heritage and the National Park Service are grateful for the generosity of TD Charitable Foundation and their support for the Youth Summer Jobs program.

Friendship to return

The regional icon the Friendship is about to return to the Salem area after having repairs completed in Fairhaven Ma.   The wooden replica ship requires an annual inspection and repair program.   All of us connected with this replica vessel are happy to have her back on display at her berth at the Maritime Site at Derby Wharf in Salem.

Salem bike program re-opens

The Salem Bike Program back in operation at several sites in Salem.   The Witch City long known for years as a great walking city may soon be thought of as a wonderful place to visit and view by bike.  Bikes can be rented either at a Salem state University or Hawthorne Hotel location.

Essex Heritage Director Invited to White House Conference

Essex Heritage Executive Director Annie C. Harris had a unique opportunity last month to participate in a special White House Conference on conservation and growing America's outdoor heritage and economy.  Harris, one of an elite group of conservation leaders representing all of the 50 states, attended discussions led by the Secretary of Interior, Ken Salazar, and participated in a workshop with the Director of the National Park Service, Jon Jarvis.

President Obama spoke at the close of the conference emphasizing that protecting, connecting with, and restoring our great outdoors will produce both a healthy economy and a healthy environment. Harris said, "It was refreshing to be with so many people who understand that good conservation benefits everyone - business, individuals and communities. It is something that is well understood in this region as can be seen in the many businesses that support the work of Essex Heritage."

Danvers comes to an Agreement with Manager

The Board of Selectmen in the Town of Danvers has extended to employment agreement with Town Manager Wayne Marquis for an additional five -year term.   This agreement is most certainly a win-win situation for both the Town and the Manager.

 Conference

Essex Heritage Executive Director Annie C. Harris had a unique opportunity last month to participate in a special White House Conference on conservation and growing America's outdoor heritage and economy.  Harris, one of an elite group of conservation leaders representing all of the 50 states, attended discussions led by the Secretary of Interior, Ken Salazar, and participated in a workshop with the Director of the National Park Service, Jon Jarvis.

President Obama spoke at the close of the conference emphasizing that protecting, connecting with, and restoring our great outdoors will produce both a healthy economy and a healthy environment. Harris said, "It was refreshing to be with so many people who understand that good conservation benefits everyone - business, individuals and communities. It is something that is well understood in this region as can be seen in the many businesses that support the work of Essex Heritage."

Bruins Face Another Seventh Game

All of us local Ice Hockey fans are waiting with great anticipation to the final game of the Bruins/Caps series.   We all hopeful that a win in will set them off another playoff run similar to last year.

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