Salisbury's Historical Society will hold its annual holiday season open house at its Parson's House Museum on Sunday, Nov. 28, from 3 to 6 p.m., just prior to the Chamber of Commerce's Christmas tree-lighting ceremony on Salisbury Green.

Along with an open house tour of the museum, the Historical Society will present a speaker and an exhibit on Salisbury-made shoes. Salisbury was a significant contributor to the region's once-great shoe industry.

The open house ends at 6, just in time for the lighting ceremony, hosted by the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce, right across the street from the museum on the green.

Members of the Historical Society should gather at the museum at 1:30 p.m. for a meeting of the membership.

For more information, contact Beverly Gulazian at 978-462-2936.

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According to Town Manager Neil Harrington, the state Department of Transportation recently sent out letters to several landowners who own property that abuts the former rail line that runs from Elm Street to the state line. The letter told owners that the Massachusetts Department of Transportation will shortly begin preliminary work to prepare for the eventual design and construction of the next section of the town's recreation trail network. Prep work will include wetlands delineation, topographical surveys, utility location and photo documentation.

Those undertaking the work will need access to the abutting property, according to MassDOT's letter, and those receiving the state notice are urged to contact the state agency if they have questions or concerns.

The project manager is Shawn Holland, who can be reached at 617-973-7242 or via e-mail at

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This state project in the recreation trail program complements similar projects going on in this and other communities along the Seacoast.

With the support of its three selectmen, Seabrook is starting to move forward on its first recreation trail project, to run from the state line to Railroad Avenue.

And according to its recent newsletter, the Coastal Trails Coalition has several projects under way.

A connecting trail between the Gillis Bridge and the Old Eastern Marsh Trail in Salisbury that will allow pedestrians and bicyclists to travel from the bridge to the trail without crossing the highway.

A shared use path across the new Whittier Bridge that would connect the Route 113 commuter bus terminal not only to the Amesbury Riverwalk and the Ghost Trail, but also to Maudslay State Park and Moseley Woods.

A connection between the Ghost Trail and the Amesbury Riverwalk that would cross under Interstate 95.

An extension of the Old Eastern Marsh Trail all the way to Route 286 and the New Hampshire state line as well as a new trail from Newbury to Georgetown and Boxford as part of the Border to Boston Trail.

The South End loop of the Clipper City Rail Trail in Newburyport.

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Salisbury will hold its annual Fall Recreation Trail cleanup on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Lion's Park by the Ghost Trail (behind the Fire Department on Route 1 north) and Friedenfels Road parking area (off Bridge Road) by the Marsh Trail.

Those planning to attend should RSVP by calling Leah Hill in the Planning Department at 978-463-2266 or e-mail

If possible, bring rakes, gloves, weed whackers, brush clippers and leaf blowers.

Doughnuts, coffee and water provided.

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On Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the state will hold a public information hearing for the Whittier Bridge/I-95 Improvement Project, which will replace the Whittier Bridge over the Merrimack River. The $3 billion project is one of the state's largest, and when completed will result in four travel lanes, a shoulder adjacent to the high-speed travel lane and a breakdown lane in each direction along the length of the project corridor.

The meeting will update the public on the project and its environmental impact analyses for the highway widening and bridge river crossing alternatives that are being evaluated as part of the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Assessment process. MassDOT staff will be on hand to answer questions and gather public comment on the alternatives.

The meeting takes place at the Amesbury Middle School Performance Center at 220 Main St.

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Angeljean Chiaramida covers Salisbury for The Daily News. She can be reached at 978-462-6666, ext. 3271 or at

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