State: Volunteers May Serve on Multiple Town Boards

REGIONAL – A challenge most small towns and cities face is finding enough volunteers to fill out the memberships of various municipal committees that regulate everything from land use to community health. At least two municipalities – Amesbury and Georgetown – are...

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Voters Will Decide Georgetown $3 Million Tax Increase

GEORGETOWN – Whether taxpayers here will see a large, permanent tax increase next year will be decided by the voters on May 13, not by the Town Meeting on May 6, as previously thought. Town Administrator Orlando Pacheco told the SelectBoard last week that he had...

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Free Concert: ‘Knock on Wood’ Rocks Out

Free Concert: 'Knock on Wood' Rocks Out Howie Newman and Dave Talmage, also known as 'Knock on Wood', are anything but a typical folk combo, performing funny original songs (suitable for all ages) and well-known covers. Their varied repertoire includes everything from...

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Georgetown Faces $3 million Override

GEORGETOWN – Property owners here are facing the possibility of a hefty tax increase to overcome a shortfall in revenues that has been years in the making. The Finance Advisory Committee voted unanimously last week to move forward with a proposal to the Board of...

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ConCom Approves Trash Transfer Station

GEORGETOWN – The Conservation Commission (ConCom), under direction of the state Land Court, voted last week four to zero with two abstentions to approve the controversial trash transfer station on Carleton Drive. The commission, which regulates wetlands and other...

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Honoring Peter Pratt – Legendary Storyteller

REGIONAL – One of Georgetown’s treasures was Peter Pratt, who for almost a half century sat behind a display case he used as a desk surrounded by an eclectic array of large and small toys, vintage coins and his favorite soap box derby kits. The Pratt Hobby Shop at 20...

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Bancroft Asked to be Removed from ConCom

GEORGETOWN – Town leaders here are at it again. After the chairman of the Conservation Commission was forced to resign last year and more than 100 residents the year before asked the then-chair of the SelectBoard to step down, a member of the Parks and Recreation...

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Anyone Else Volunteer for the Conservation Commission?

GEORGETOWN – It is not unusual for a city mayor or chair of the town’s selectboard to end a meeting asking for volunteers to serve on various boards or commissions. There never seems to be enough citizens to go around. But not here in Georgetown, particularly when it...

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