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October 10, 2009

Town Talk: Inaugural town wide yard sale set for next weekend

Essex residents, have you been meaning to clean out that crammed closet, overstuffed attic or messy garage?

Well, consider next weekend's first annual town wide yard sale the perfect opportunity to fill your lawn with items you no longer use. Visitors will roam the streets of Essex, filling up their cars with your items and filling your pockets with a little extra cash.

Want to make Saturday's yard sale a family event? Urge the kids to get involved by having them clear out the toys they no longer use and earn a little spending money to buy something they'd really like.

There will be a $5 fee to get your name on the map. In return, Woodman's is giving each participant a 20 percent coupon to their restaurant; Blue Marlin Market is offering $5 off a $25 order; the Farm Bar and Grille will give a free appetizer with the purchase of any two entrees, and you'll also receive a Macy's "Shop for a Cause" event coupon. Additionally, your name will be submitted into a drawing for a basket of Essex goodies; a winner will be announced Oct. 24 at Memorial Park in downtown Essex during Clamfest.

Proceeds will benefit the Essex Elementary School's fifth-grade class trip.

Sellers must register in order to be included on an Essex Yard Sale map. The yard sale will also be advertised on Craigslist, said organizer Katrina Haskell.

Residents can register at the First National Bank of Ipswich or e-mail Haskell at

Put on your best poker face for Rotary

You've watched them play on TV and said, "I can do better than that!" Well, here's your chance.

The Rotary Clubs of Rockport and Manchester-Essex invite everyone to attend their semi-annual Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 17, at Cameron's Restaurant, 206 Main St., Gloucester.

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