NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

February 3, 2014

Residents can opt out of mosquito spraying

Rowley Town Notebook
Michelle Pelletier Marshall

---- — Each year Northeast Mosquito Control and Wetlands Management District sprays pesticides in town to control the mosquito population. If you would like your property excluded from this spraying for 2014, send a certified letter via U.S. mail indicating such and including your name, address, phone number and address of the property, to the town clerk, Susan Hazen, prior to March 1. The address is: Town Hall, 139 Main Street, P.O. Box 351, Rowley, MA 01969.

Visit www.northeastmassmosquito.com for more information on the Northeast Massachusetts Mosquito Control and Wetlands Management District, or call 978-463-6630.

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The Board of Selectmen last week gave their approval and support to the Great Marsh Revitalization Project, which is a $3.2 million proposal awaiting grant funding. The project seeks to revitalize the salt marsh area in Rowley and the surrounding communities, restore the dunes and encourage the return of the eel grass in the marsh area. The National Wildlife Federation filed for the grant on Jan. 31 and word on the approval of the grant is expected sometime in April.

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The town is moving forward with getting its own appraisal of the Girl Scout property for sale on 390 Wethersfield St. Selectmen approved the use of $6,500 of the $10,000 allotted at Town M eeting to get the appraisal for the 200-plus-acre property that according to past town records is valued at $1,363,900. The parcel has been available since mid-July 2013.

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Rowley highway surveyor Ron Keefe reports that there have been several thefts of road signs in town lately. He asked residents to be on the lookout for anything suspicious regarding this and report the details to police if they witness any wrongdoing.

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Town boards are in need of new members, and vacancies exist on the following: Conservation Commission, Finance Committee, fence viewer, Zoning Board of Appeals and wood, lumber and bark inspector. Contact the selectmen’s office at 978-948-2372 for details or to apply for a position.

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Selectmen, at their Jan. 27 meeting, approved the nomination of Ed Desjardins, formerly of the Rowley Historical Society but now with the Georgetown Society, for the 2014 Historical Preservation Award, which will be presented by the Georgetown Historical Society. Desjardins worked tirelessly on historical issues for the town of Rowley for many years — on the district historical commission, the Rowley Historical Commission and as president of the Rowley Historical Society for 10 years.

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Michelle Pelletier Marshall reports on the town of Rowley for The Daily News. She can be reached at marshallsinmass@comcast.net