NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

September 16, 2013

Historic tree restoration begins on town common

Rowley Town Notebook
Michelle Pelletier Marshall

---- — If you have driven by the town common ,you may have noticed it looks a little different. The tree restoration project has begun. Money from the town’s Community Preservation funds is paying for a historic restoration of the Rowley common to reflect the 1830-1960 era.

This project, for which the town has hired NEDP, LLC of Methuen for $37,400, is led by the Great Marsh Garden Club of Rowley. It includes a new landscape design that calls for removing 22 of the existing trees and stumps on the common and planting 33 new trees. The plan also includes funds to purchase watering devices and provide grading and reseeding of the disturbed areas.

Three tree species — linden, Morton elm, London planetree — will be used. Each adds its own special colors and unique leaf shapes to the common. All range in height from 30 to 75 feet and harken back to the earlier representation of what the area looked like.

The goal is to complete the restoration before the town’s 375th Rowley founding anniversary in the fall of 2014.

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The first meeting of the Triton Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) will be held tonight at 6 at the library at the Newbury Elementary School.

The mission of SEPAC is to work for understanding of, respect for and support of all children with special needs in the community. SEPAC duties include advising the district on matters that pertain to the education and safety of students with disabilities, meeting with school officials, and participating in the planning, development and evaluation of the district’s special education programs.

Those interested in SEPAC and in need of more information, email SEPACtriton@gmail.com or call 978-255-3167.

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On Sunday, Sept. 22, the annual Antique Tractor Show will be at the weekly farmers market, complete with kid’s activities and games and live music. The market runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the town common.

On Sept. 29, all backyard farmers are invited to participate in a homegrown fruit and veggie contest at the farmers market, with divisions for youth and adults.

All the while, the regular vendors will be at the market offering fresh produce and seafood, honey, flowers, jams and jellies, natural remedies and homemade sweet treats.

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The Ipswich YMCA will host its 5K Poker Run Road Race in Rowley on Saturday, Sept. 28. The race, which begins at 9 a.m. and takes a scenic course through downtown Rowley, starts and finishes at the VFW at 19 Bradford St. All ages are welcome to participate. For more information, visit www.northshoreymca.org.

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Be ready to join the Rowley Library Book Club by reading “Salvage the Bones” by Jesmyn Ward. The club will discuss the book, a 2011 National Book Award Winner that follows a poor rural Southern family struggling for survival when Hurricane Katrina hits, on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the library. All are welcome to attend.

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