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All Cape Ann Small Business winners were feted at The Chamber awards dinner.

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This past week the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce held its 44th Annual Small Business Persons of the Year Awards Ceremony honoring local business owners.   Amongst the winners for 2024 …
The Planning Board’s site visit for a proposed two-phase, 220-square feet of corporate office and laboratory facility Monday in Manchester. Here, planning representatives with the Cell Signaling team, which includes engineers, the lead architect, attorneys and CST executives.

CST Project May Result in Town’s First Traffic Lights

Drivers on School Street and the Route 128 ramps may see delays of a minute or two from traffic backups if the Cell Signaling Technology laboratory on Atwater Avenue is approved. That was the …
Beverly Low, head of Manchester Essex Regional High School’s Guidance Dept., retires this month.

Bittersweet Goodbye to Beverly Low, Retiring Head of MERSD Guidance

When Beverly “Bev” Low arrived at the Manchester Essex Regional High School’s Guidance Dept. ten years ago, college guidance departments were transitioning from a clubby affair to a …
Mechi O’Neil racing to the goal during a Sweet 16 match against Nipmuc.  The Hornets win by 16-4 sent them to the Elite 8 against the Cohasset Skippers. 

ME Lax Tourney Runs End in Elite Eight

It was a mirrored ending for both of Manchester Essex High School’s lacrosse teams. On June 5, both boys and girls’ teams faced an opponent from the same team on the same field in …
46 Cape Ann Residents set to race for cancer Pan-Mass Challenge
On Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4, 6,500 riders, including 46 residents from Cape Ann, will participate in the milestone 45th  Pan-Mass Challenge  (PMC) with the goal of raising a …
Emergency Preparedness
A primary function of government is to provide for the safety and welfare of citizens.   Manchester voters are generous in the support provided to our public safety operations, typically …
Local Flag Raisings Kick Off Pride Month
June kicked off the nation’s celebration of Pride Month, and on Cape Ann, the month will be cohesively celebrated for the first time, organized by the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and …
Sports
Three wasn’t necessarily the magic number this time around. In a competitive match between two titans of the sport in Massachusetts, the Manchester Essex and Lynnfield girls’ tennis played to …
This week kicks off the Manchester Sailing Association’s summer season, with programs for young and adult sailors of all skill levels, from novices to racing champs. MSA reports that it …
The spring season has ended and the postseason begins on Friday.  Read to see which local high school team begins their MIAA tournament run below.   Friday, June 1 The …
Pitching, as much as anything else, has been the key so far for the Manchester Essex baseball team. The Hornets have gone 4-4 to start the season and are still in the middle of fine-tuning …
The term “finishing skills” is traditionally applied to sports like basketball or soccer, but Manchester Essex softball coach Frank Sarro is hoping his team can find a way to apply it to …

Rockport's Mercury Gallery Opens "No Words" June

The works of artist Deborah Epstein will be featured at Rockport's Mercury Gallery this month in a show, "No Words: Medications on Being Stalked and Stabbed." The show will open Saturday, June …

Senior Nite for Varsity Boys Basketball

Monday night the Hornets held Senior Night for the boys’ basketball team.   The seniors honored their parents for the support they provided during their athletic careers.   Kneeling, …

Fire Up the Grill for Favorite Summer Fare

(Family Features) Bring together your nearest and dearest with favorites straight off the grates like Pickled Beet Chimichurri Tri-Tip and German Potato Salad Flatbread with Bratwurst and Caramelized Onions. 

Wellspring House Presents Celesong 2024: An Intimate Evening of Music and Storytelling

Hayley Reardon

Wellspring will host an evening of song and storytelling with Darrell Scott and Hayley Reardon. The June 7 event, “Celesong: Lifting Voices through Song and Storytelling” will take …

The Volker Goetze Quartet Returns to Manship in Gloucester June 15

Uthpala Eroshan of the Volker Goetze Quartet.

The Volker Goetze Quartet, featuring musicians Volker Goetze, world renowned Sri Lankan drummer Uthpala Eroshan, Oran Etkin, and Alexis Cuadrado, will return to Manship Artists Residency for a …

Obituaries
Mary Ellen Crane
Tuesday, June 4th punctuated the inevitable end of life for a strong and loving wife, mother, and grandmother just two weeks shy of her 82nd birthday.  She had fought a five-month battle with …
Sandra Lee (Corbin) Gillis
Sandra Lee (Corbin) Gillis of Gloucester, formerly of Manchester by-the-Sea, passed away at Seacoast Nursing Home on June 8, 2024. Born in 1932 and raised in Lynn, Sandy was the daughter of the late …
Roberta Lee Marshall
Roberta Lee Marshall, aged 72, passed away on July 22, 2023, after a brief battle with cancer.  Born and raised in Manchester, MA, Roberta's passion for caring for others was evident from a …
John F. “Johnny” Bachman
John F. “Johnny” Bachman of Hull, formerly a longtime resident of S. Boston, passed away on Saturday, June 1, 2024.  He was 63. He was born in Manchester to Eileen (Curran) and …
Ruth Cox Crocker
Ruth Cox Crocker passed away peacefully with family by her side on May 17, 2024, at Carleton – Willard Village in Bedford, MA. Ruth was born and raised in Bethlehem, PA.  As a child …
Lifestyle
This photo, taken in 2022, shows the close proximity of beachgoers at Nauset Beach on Cape Cod to the Aleutian Dream with Greg Skomal on the pulpit ready to tag a shark just a few feet ahead of the boat.

The White Sharks of the North Shore

Andy Kelly, an experienced striper and tuna fisherman who lives on Plum Island shared the following story with me: It was a warm, windless evening in August.   A perfect night for striper …
Essex Elementary School fifth-graders explore the Conomo Point salt marsh as part of their participation in the Mass Audubon’s Rivers to Sea program.

Essex Elementary School Fifth-Graders Explore Local Watershed through Mass Audubon Program

A cohort of fifth graders from Essex Elementary School recently participated in Mass Audubon’s "Rivers to Sea" program, where they learned about important concepts and challenges in the local …

"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" Brings the Comedy in “Dramedy”

Imagine three siblings, all in their late 50s, bickering and clawing like petulant 15-year-olds.  Then throw in a clairvoyant housekeeper, a naïve young beauty, and a vacant gesticulating …
The moment it came together.  Cape Ann Pride Coalition’s founding team on May 23, 2023 at Pratty’s.  From left, Jai Fields, Mary Benard (above), Matthew Murray, George Grattan, and Stephen Hopkins.

Full of Pride

This month Cape Ann will host its first official Pride Month, spotlighting the LGBTQIA+ community with a vibrant array of events across Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, and Essex.   The …

Art in the Barn in Essex Set for June 14, 15

The annual Art in the Barn art sale and exhibit at the Cox Reservation in Essex is set to kick off this year on Saturday, June 14, with food, music, and artwork by 130 local artists. Greenbelt …
Home and Garden
PETS & PEOPLE

Worm Infection in Dogs and Cats

Dogs and cats are the victims of several intestinal parasites referred to as “worms.”  The most common are roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms.  Of these four only …

It’s early June and it’s one of my favorite times of year.  We’re in the middle of this summer’s Big Reveal, and it is presenting with a giant “Ta-dah!” …
Pets and People

Pet Insurance: Navigating a Slew of (Important) Questions

Every year we see an increasing number of patients with pet health insurance at the Manchester Animal Hospital.  The common question is, “Is it worth it?” ...

Books

Elin Hilderbrand for President

As I write this, I’m about halfway through Swan Song, the newest book by Elin Hilderbrand, published June 11.   It’s called Swan Song for reasons pertinent to the events in the book …

Columnists

What's New in Home Design for Cape Ann?

Lean into a non-neutral this year.  Jen Coles like jewel tones, like this.

Spring is finally starting to be sprung.  Those brave spring bulbs are sticking their skinny green necks out, and so far all I’ve wanted to do is wrap a scarf around them—but they …

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Saying a final goodbye to Willie Mays, baseball’s ‘Say hey’ kid
Mays, who died on June 18, 2024, at the age of 93, was not only the greatest baseball player of the last 80 years, and quite possibly ever, but he was an enormously important figure in American sports, culture and history. …
Enjoy a Fruit-Infused Fourth of July
(Family Features) Fourth of July fun calls for favorite snacks that complement the excitement. Whether you're a pyro or prefer to leave the fiery entertainment to the experts, one thing you can take charge of is the dessert table with recipes like Apple and Berry Cream Cheese Tarts and Patriotic Apple "Donuts."
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