The Board of Selectmen recently approved the purchase of a new pumper truck for the town’s Fire Department, which will be purchased through a combination of an appropriation and borrowing to total $600,000.

Residents approved this purchase at the May Town Meeting. Fire Chief Jim Broderick explained at the selectmen meeting Aug. 26 that this new truck will replace the current 1987 pumper truck the department uses, which has a number of issues that would be costly to fix. The new pumper truck also will offer better safety features for the firefighters.


Janet Peabody was appointed to the Rowley Cultural Council by the Board of Selectmen at its meeting Aug. 26.


With the aim of keeping the mosquito population down, and with it, the threat of Eastern equine encephalitis, Triton school properties in all three towns – including adjacent fields and playgrounds – were sprayed with a barrier application of adulticide by Northeast Mosquito Control last week.

The safety data sheet and product label can be viewed at For further information, contact the Northeast Massachusetts Mosquito Control and Wetlands Management District at 978-352-2800.


The Triton Girls soccer team is hosting a clothing and textile drive through Oct. 25.

Desired items include clothing, shoes, towels, bedding, curtains, purses, etc. Drop donations off at the high school on Oct. 25 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. or any time before that date to: 11 Adams Lane in Newbury (in front of garage); 134 Glen Street in Rowley (back porch); or ​2 Elizabeth Lane in Salisbury (in front of garage).

For more information, email:


Rowley’s Cookbook Club will host a harvest potluck on Monday at 6 p.m. at the town library.

All are welcome to attend but note that sign-up is required (to avoid duplicate dishes) and participants are asked to bring paper goods, utensils, etc., for serving purposes. Share recipes and go home with take-home! Call the library at 978-948-2850 for more information.


Under the advisement of Rowley’s tree warden, Pat Snow, the town has extended its contract with Mayer Tree Service for tree trimming, removal and emergency services.

Money was appropriated and approved at the May Town Meeting to support this. Areas of concern for dead tree removal were along Dodge Road, Wethersfield Street and Newbury Road.


If you’re getting back into more indoor activities this fall, don’t forget to check out the offerings at Rowley Public Library.

There’s the Knitting Group on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m.; yoga on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. with Elissa Shoreman of Buddhaful Souls Yoga Studio in Rowley; and Genealogy Club on the second Monday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m.

For more details and fee information, visit or call 978-948-2850.

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

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