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July 27, 2013

Town Talk: Dog owners beware Chebacco Woods rules

Town Talk
James Niedzinski

---- — Essex does not have a leash law, but when it comes to Chebacco Woods, some Hamilton rules still apply.

Gravelly Pond and Round Pond in the Chebacco Woods serves as part of the water supply for the town of Manchester. Dogs and horses are, therefore, not allowed in or around these ponds.

They are, however, welcome on the other trails on the property. The Hamilton leash law applies to these areas.

While trails around the ponds are off limits, other trails are newly renovated.

Work has just been completed at the main entrance to make it more accessible to everyone. The red trail next to Round Pond has been repaired again in several areas where trail users have been pushed or thrown rocks into the pond.

Manchester church goes H.O.M.E.

First Parish Church gathered 20 youth and families together last week for an orientation about the upcoming H.O.M.E. mission project in Maine.

H.O.M.E. is a nonprofit organization founded in 1970 dedicated to keeping and enhancing the quality of life for low-income and homeless families. Through services, stewardship of resources, and shared responsibility, they aim to bring forth new possibilities for food, jobs, shelter, low-income housing,education, and self-sufficiency.

The mission project in July will be in cooperation with youth visiting from Hemer, Germany hosted by First Parish families.

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