Manchester is looking for two residents to volunteer for the Donovan Field Ad-Hoc Study Committee. The committee will be working over the next few months on the possibility of the town accepting a gift of land from John Donovan for a new sports field and running track.
The work of the committee is expected to culminate in a presentation and vote at either a special or annual Town Meeting within the year. Individuals with backgrounds in land use planning or real estate law are particularly encouraged to apply.
The committee will consist of nine members appointed by selectmen and will include two resident representatives, two selectmen, two members of the Playing Fields Committee, and one member each from the Finance, Community Preservation, and Parks and Recreation committees.
If you are interested in serving on this Donovan Field committee and have any questions, call the selectmen’s office at 978-526-2000. Otherwise, please complete a Committee Volunteer Application form and mail it to the selectmen’s office at Town Hall, 10 Central St.; fax to 978-526-2001; or e-mail to email@example.com. The Committee Volunteer Application form can be found on the selectmen’s page of the town’s website at www.manchester.ma.us.
Another award for shipbuilder
On Wednesday, June 27, Capt. Harold Burnham went into Boston to receive an award through the USS Constitution Museum. The night was organized to honor the brave men and women who defend our seas and Harold and his good friend Ralph Stanley were given the 2013 Don Turner Award for their dedication to preserving the art of shipbuilding.
Museum takes part in Chebacco Week.
The Mount Desert Island Historical Society has declared the week of July 14, 2013 as Chebacco Week. In 1762, Abraham Somes, his wife, and four young daughters sailed from Gloucester in a Chebacco boat, to become the first colonial settlers of Mount Desert Island in Maine.
This year, in cooperation with the Essex Shipbuilding Museum, The Mount Desert Island Historical Society is offering the opportunity to experience a part of that historic voyage.
The Lewis H. Story is an authentic reproduction of a 32-foot Chebacco boat, built in 1998 at the historic A.D. Story Shipyard by Capt. Harold H. Burnham, an eleventh-generation member of a family noted for turning out schooners for the famed Gloucester fishing fleet. The Essex Shipbuilding Museum is lending the Lewis H. Story to the Mount Desert Island Historical Society to help celebrate Chebacco Week.
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