, Gloucester, MA

July 20, 2013

Town Talk: Scouts team with out-of-state colleagues

Town Talk
James Niedzinski

---- — ”To help other people at all times,” is one part of the Boy Scout Oath members of Manchester’s Troop 3 have taken to heart.

Earlier this year, Scouts from Troop 3 visited Long Branch, N.J., where local Boy Scout Troop 148 nearly lost it all after Superstorm Sandy. Manchester Scouts collected various items including camping gear for Long Branch Scouts and delivered the equipment in person earlier this year as they helped clean up debris in Long Branch parks.

After exchanging scouting equipment and gear, Troop 148 is now set to join Manchester Scouts in New Hampshire in the first weekend of August for a camping trip.

“Seeing them work together, sit together at dinner and make friends with each other was extremely rewarding,” said Troop 148 Scoutmaster Maynard Burley. “This experience added a whole new dimension to doing community service and was much more significant since it was Scouts helping other Scouts.”

”It was really heartwarming that another troop from so far away would be willing to help and to donate so much to our Scouts.”

Kids triathlon turns 5

Anyone from ages 5 to 15 is encouraged to run, swim and bike their way through a triathlon on Aug. 3, and a clinic is set up today at Chebacco Lake and around the race track surrounding Centennial Grove.

The triathlon, hosted by the town’s Board of Health, has a healthy number of sponsors but also needs donations and volunteers.

Registration is $25 or a $50 maximum for a family. For more information call the Board of Health at : 978 768-7614 or email

Registration forms can be found on the towns website,

Greenbelt films

Two more free environmental films can be seen at Essex County Greenbelt’s Cox Reservation on 82 Eastern Ave. in Essex.

On July 24 at 6 p.m., “The Legend of Pale Male,” a story about a hawk in New York will air; it is 85 minutes long.

Then on July 31 at 6:30 p.m., “The Greenhorns” explores America’s farming industry will air.

Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic, and stroll the scenic grounds of the Cox Reservation before the movies begin in the Studio Barn. For more information call 978-768-7241.

Volunteers for Essex panel

Town officials are forming a new committee to study an old problem; they’re now accepting applications for a new Public Safety Study Committee.

Anyone wishing to apply to the new committee should send a letter of interest to Town Hall, or email Town Administrator Brendhan Zubricki at

Art season open

Artists from the Central Street Gallery will be capturing summer in and around Manchester by setting up their easels at various locations during the rest of July.

Paintings will be featured the day of the Manchester Arts Festival, on Aug. 3, in the gallery windows. Visit Central Street Gallery to see the many paintings by 14 different artists all with a different point of view.

Any residents who may want to share their view of their garden or home with an artist of the Central Street Gallery. To do so, please visit the gallery or call Alison Rowell, gallery director at 978-526-7650.

Town Talk is compiled by James Niedzinski. If you have a news tip or an item for Town Talk, please contact him at 978-283-7000 x3455, or