Georgetown Selectman Lonnie Brennan
Ah its Summer.
And plenty of it is left for me to try to get in some
exercise. How about you? I find that chocolate tends to
make my clothes shrink. The bride (newly-weds just 19.5
years) is on me now. So, its night walks around
Georgetown. Its amazing what happens when you leave
the keys to the car at home, and take the walk. Recently,
I was taking the short walk from the fire station to my
familys little shop downtown, when I ran across
several folks along the way and had an opportunity to
Ann Lacey is her name. Shes one of many folks who
do nice things for this town, and until last week, I had
no idea. I came across Mrs. Lacey working on the flowers
and tackling some weeds along the Central Street wall at
town hall. Now I know why this place always looks
nice I said. Mrs. Lacey is just one of many, many
folks who do nice things for others. Im glad I
stopped for a few moments to say hi. We chatted about the
poison ivy down there, and somehow it led to my visit to
the wall a few days later, delicately painting some
weed-chems on the nasty poison ivy plants to remove them
while not disturbing the fine plants nearby. The
Georgetown Country Gardeners continue to do a tremendous
job on the grounds and around town. More to follow...
Summer Concert Series
If youve missed the first few acts, the Summer
Concert Series is in its 13th season. Even if you dont
tickle to the title of the band, show up. Bring a blanket
and a few bucks to buy you
and yours some food from the concession stand. Local
non-profits such as the Kiwanis Club and the Knights of
Columbus and others offer some nice food and treats. Lawn
chairs, lots of people. Check out the bands through www.GeorgetownToday.com.
Car Racing in the Park n Shop
Most Sundays bring small gatherings of racecar
enthusiasts to the Park n Shop (formerly known as
the Park and Ride). Not NASCAR, but instead, remote
controlled cars and trucks of all shapes and sizes,
remotely driven by kids and their parents. These events
are sponsored by Pratts Hobby Shop. A great place
to get models of all types. A good way to spend some time
Historic Society Open Houses
Ever want to get an idea what life was like in Georgetown
100, 200, 300 or 350 years ago? You can, right downtown.
But the dates are quite infrequent now. Your chances are
limited to just a few more Sundays: August 12 and 26,
then Sept. 9 and 23, and finally, Oct. 7 as the season
The Georgetown Historic Society provides brief tours and
in-depth discussions for those who are interested at the
Brocklebank Museum. While most third graders get to
experience the tour and the old school house as part of
their annual field trips, its the adults who seem
most amazed when they learn of the many entrepreneurs who
began business of all types in Georgetown. And the
historic quilts, paintings, wedding gowns, pub items,
cooking items, and such, well, some are just amazing.
Also. the Brocklebank House (Museum) is now listed as
being part of the Underground Railroad by the
National Park Service.
Right now the Historic Society has high membership
(almost 100 on the rolls), but only a handful of active
participants. The museum is in desperate need of
maintenance (plaster repairs, painting, cleaning) so the
Society would absolutely love some new, eager members to
help out. My daughters and their friend, Kailyn Perry
(the famous mutli-award-winning youth artist) just
volunteered to help out. With regret, the Societys
annual ice cream social was cancelled due to lack of
works. The younglings have stepped forward and pledged to
help with a re-scheduled date, including their families.
Anyone who is interested in helping in any way should
contact the Societys new president, our Veterans
Agent, Terrance Hart. www.GeoretownHistoricalSociety.com.
While Im generally tickled and thrilled about the
prospect of being able to safely take a bike from
Georgetown to Danvers, or to Newburyport along the old
railroads beds, there are areas of the proposed path that
have neighbors who are not as thrilled. Indeed, as I
noted in last months column, some are questioning
the path, the timetable, and want to find out more
information. As time progresses, the Recreation Path
Committee will be posting information. In the meantime,
my phone continues to ring (not as frequently as the
flare-up last month), but residents along the path are
concerned. As information becomes available, Ill
post it on www.GeorgetownToday.com.
It appears the Brennan family is one of only a handful of
homes in this neighborhood that regularly recycle
everything we can. Im hoping to pull together a
committee of residents, students, or anyone else who is
interested and seeing what we can do to reduce bulk trash
disposal in town. Anyone interested? We need a cute name,
and well need to toss out some surveys and figure
out some partnerships and methods to dramatically change
our recycling participation. Wanna play?
Lonnie Brennan is a selectman in
Georgetown. You can email him at email@example.com.
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