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April 27, 2013

Town Talk: Manchester Scouts finally going to N.J. for Sandy cleanup

While Scouting on a national level is declining for a number of reasons, as an Eagle Scout from central Massachusetts, it’s good to see local Scouts reaching out and helping those in need.

Manchester’s Troop 3 was supposed to go to Long Branch, N.J., but the trip got snowed out in February; however, they are finally headed there this weekend.

“We will perform clean up and repair work that is still going on after (Hurricane) Sandy, host a dinner for Troop 148 and Monmouth Council representatives and attend a church service and breakfast on Sunday morning with the Long Branch community,” Troop 3 Scoutmaster Fred Rossi wrote in an email to the Times.

Regional School earns top environmental award

Manchester seems to be on an environmentally-friendly binge. At the Annual Town Meeting, voters backed a ban on plastic bags and passed a number of articles that qualify the town as a Green Community. The new town administrator, Gregory Federspiel, is also environmentally friendly.

Now, the federal Department of Education has named Manchester Essex Regional Middle High School as a Green Ribbon award-winner, the school is one of four in the state to receive the award, now in its third year.

“Today’s honorees are modeling a comprehensive approach to being green,” said Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in a press release. “They are demonstrating ways schools can simultaneously cut costs; improve health, performance and equity; and provide an education geared toward the jobs of the future. In fact, the selected districts are saving millions of dollars as a result of their greening efforts. And the great thing is that the resources these honorees are using are available for free to all schools.”

Bird-cam now online

Essex County Greenbelt has not only installed more nesting platforms, but is now streaming live video from its OspreyCam on the nesting platform at it headquarters at the Cox Reservation of Eastern Avenue in Essex. The land trust is also implementing a volunteer osprey watch to monitor nests, and working with a leading osprey researcher to monitor migration behavior of a couple of the ospreys nesting in Essex County.

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