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August 20, 2013

Editorial: The first sure signs of fall

Gloucester’s beaches are still busy, and the weather in recent days has been close to ideal for the full range of outdoor summer activities.

But lest anyone lose track of the calendar, one of the first sure signs of fall appeared Monday with the opening day of practice for the Gloucester High School Fishermen’s football team, with other teams at GHS, Rockport High and Manchester Essex following close behind.

Next week, in fact, marks the dawn of a new school year in Rockport and for Manchester Essex, with Gloucester’s new academic year set to begin Sept. 4.

And the first days of Gloucester’s new school year will come with an added bonus for the community – the grand opening of the “new” Newell Stadium, with pomp, ceremonies and, of course, football lighting up the $3.5 million showpiece on Friday night, Sept. 6, when the Fishermen host Lynn Classical.

In many ways, the start of practice for all our area high school sports teams this week marks the beginning of the new school year. School athletics, after all, are an important aspect of high school life, with student athletes learning valuable life lessons in commitment, teamwork and other disciplines whether they’re preparing for football, soccer, field hockey, cross country, cheerleading or any other fall school activities.

So while there are still several weeks left to summer, and with a host of summer activities and events still on our local event calendars, let’s also recognize that school days and high school sports are back.

Let the season begin.

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