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September 14, 2013

Town Talk: Mums the word

As September reaches the halfway point, it can only mean one thing for Essex: mums, mums, mums everywhere.

This year, the Essex Merchants Group, the Essex division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, the Essex Enhancement Committee and the Essex River Cultural District will sponsor the flower power.

On Tuesday, Sept. 17, the flowers will be dropped off in the parking lot of Main Street Antiques. The locally grown plants will be sold for $5 each to those taking part in the Mums the Word campaign; checks can be made payable to the Essex Merchants Group.

To learn more about the flower campaign, call Bob Covellio, chairman of the Essex Merchants Group at 978-768-7039 or email him at

Elementary survey still up

Even if you do not have children in the regional school district, the options open to both Manchester and Essex are essential and your opinions matter. Questions such as cost, what happens to old school buildings and neighborhood schools effect everyone.

While officials are hashing out details and questions, the survey is still online at

Essex cemeterytour set

The Essex Shipbuilding Museum is hosting a history lesson at the Old Burial Ground on Main Street this Sunday, Sept. 15. The tour will run continuously from 2 to 5 p.m., and refreshments will be served at the end; the last tour leaves at 4 p.m. The tour is $8 for museum members and $10 for non-members.

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

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