, Newburyport, MA

May 13, 2014

Boaters take caution with river changes

Michelle Pelletier Marshall

---- — It won’t be long until the line has formed at the town landing as boaters make their way down the Rowley River to the open ocean, but “boaters be cautious” is the notice from the town’s harbormaster Bill DiMento.

DiMento and a crew of volunteers marked the river last weekend, noting “substantial, very notable changes in the channel” that have led it to steer boaters an alternate route than usual where there is a large amount of ledge.

DiMento cautioned boaters to pay close attention to the markers when leaving the river, but also said that “red right return” from the ocean is still the way to navigate through it. Those with questions can contact DiMento at 508-397-2450.


Spring has sprung and with it the opportunity to share in the harvest of the fertile land in town by partaking in one of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) options at local farms. Mehaffey Farm at 179 Newbury Road in Rowley is again offering a CSA program with many options.

From choosing the weeks you’d like to participate or enjoying sampler weeks, to purchasing the entire summer bounty, getting fresh vegetables is easy. The season runs from mid-June to mid-October and shares include a cornucopia of offerings such as several types of greens, squashes like butternut, acorn and summer, and eggplant, onions, garlic, bell peppers and fruits.

Visit for details soon. May 1 was the sign-up date, but enrollments will be accepted until all memberships are filled. (One side note: Herrick Farm on Dodge Road, which has offered a CSA program for the last five years, will not be offering one this year).


To celebrate the first Rowley Reads program through the Rowley Public Library, a Jazz Brunch will be held this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the library community room. The free brunch can be enjoyed while listening to the soothing music played by The Keith Augeri Jazz Trio.


The next book on the Rowley Book Club list is “The Mill on the Floss” by George Eliot. The book, which will be discussed at the library on Thursday, June 5 at 6:30 p.m., is about a brother and sister growing up in the oppressive society of rural England in the 1900s. All are welcome to join the club.


The Rowley Historical Society is holding its annual plant sale on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Margaret Scott Green across from the 1677 Blatts-Bradford House at 233 Main Street. A rain date is set for Sunday.


Michelle Pelletier Marshall covers the town of Rowley for The Daily News. She can be reached at