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June 29, 2013

Town Talk: Towns ranked among state's 50 most livable

Essex and Manchester have been ranked Nos. 16 and 41, respectively, on’s list of top 50 communities in Massachusetts.

The site notes that the two towns boast the same regional school district, which includes one of the highest-ranked high schools in the state, and it cites both the rich history of ship building in Essex and Manchester’s transformation from a fishing community to a vacation spot for Bostonians in the mid 1800s.

Couple’s proposal a winner

Bella Sera Bridal has announced a winning couple in the first marriage proposal contest.

The Danvers bridal boutique asked engaged couples to tell them, in 250 words or less, how the groom popped the question, and it received dozens of touching, funny and very unique entries.

Kathryn Lemay and Dan Enos of Manchester were one of three couples chosen as finalists.

Their story, which includes a message in a bottle, received the most votes when put to a public poll on Facebook.

Viewers cast more than 17,000 votes for Kathryn and Dan. The couple received a $250 Bella Sera Gift Card.

Summer reading

Manchester Public Library kicked off its summer reading program for young adults Thursday with a cupcake party at the Manchester Community Center.

It was also the last day of school in the Manchester Essex Regional School District.

Kyle Teriault, owner of the Ipswich Bay Cupcake Co. in Beverly, provided the supplies and the instruction for the students.

Besides decorating cupcakes, the sixth- through 12th-graders also decorated beach bags.

Younger children had their kickoff paper Friday morning. The party was headed by “Jungle Jim” and had the theme of the summer reading program, “Dig into Reading.” The first 100 children to sign up for the program received goodie bags.

Children’s programs next week will be about Egypt.

Author Paulette Morin will talk about the pharaohs Monday at 10:30 a.m., while kindergartners through fifth-graders can take part in a mummy experiment and contest at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. And at 10:30 a.m., there will be Egyptian stories and collar crafts.

For more information and to register for these free events, Sara Collins may be contacted at the library at 978-526-2016 or

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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