NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

November 19, 2012

Town celebrates completion of Ghost Rail Trail today

Salisbury Town Notebook
Angeljean Chiaramida

---- — At 1 p.m. today, DCR Commissioner Ed Lambert, state Rep. Mike Costello, town selectmen and town manager will gather to celebrate the completion of Salisbury’s Ghost Rail Trail. Lambert has been invited as a way to thank him for helping Salisbury build its lovely recreation trail. Officials will meet at the new trail connection at the ballpark located at 6 Old Elm St. Residents are invited to attend.

The DCR’s Recreational Trails program contributed two $50,000 grants to help Salisbury build the trail, according to Selectman Jerry Klima. This year’s grant was used to improve drainage and add a stone dust surface on the west end of the trail as well as to build a new trail connection to the Play Ball Batting Facility and to Elm Street (Route 110).

The trail’s construction began in 1988, when the town spent $32,000 to buy the 1 mile of railroad tracks that were once a branch of the Boston and Maine Railroad. More land was added through the years from negotiated easements and donations.

Construction extended from 2004 through 2011, with the help of the Public Works department and many volunteers, including those from Timberland Corporation.

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The Annual Tree Lighting will take place on Sunday on Salisbury Green at 6 p.m. Santa Claus is expected to drop in to help.

Prior to the lighting, Salisbury Historical Society will host an open house at the Parsonage, beginning at 4 p.m.

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The Board of Selectmen will hold a workshop on sewer and water rates on Monday, Nov. 26, at Town Hall at 6 p.m. The session was requested by the Salisbury Beach Citizens for Change who would like to see alterations in the way the town bills for water and sewer use.

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The Friends of the Salisbury Public Library book club will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 27, when Muriel Barbery’s “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” will be discussed.

For more information, call the library at 978-465-5071.

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Mark your calendar because Santa Claus is coming to town at the special request of the Salisbury Fire Department for two events next month.

Beginning at 4:30 p.m., on Sunday, Dec. 9, Santa will tour the town from the top of a Salisbury fire engine, escorted by local firefighters. The tour will begin and end at the Salisbury fire station on Lafayette Road and pass through the town’s neighborhoods greeting local children of all ages.

And on Saturday, Dec. 15, kids can have Breakfast with Santa at the Hilton Center from 8 to 11 a.m. Sponsored by the Salisbury Fireman’s Association, the morning will include a great breakfast, plus Sullivan Studio will be on hand to memorialize the event with photos of each child with Santa. Music will be provided by a disc jockey, and every child will leave with a gift.

The cost is $7 per adult and $5 for child. All proceeds benefit the Salisbury Fireman’s Association.

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Angeljean Chiaramida covers Salisbury for The Daily News. She can be reached at 978-462-6666, ext. 3271 or by email at achiaramida@newburyportnews.com.