Monthly Archives: December 2010

House Stories – 80-82 Middle Street – The Green-Lancaster House

Chaos was the order of the day.   It was 1811 and a huge fire was devouring the downtown.    The City was already reeling from the Embargo Act of 1807 in which so many merchant ships were frozen in place and … Continue reading

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Use the right stuff.

I know its a bit late to the party but I thought it would be good to warn everyone who has historic (or not so historic) brick sidewalks not to use rock salt.       Salt tends to leach out moisture from … Continue reading

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House Stories – 4 Orange Street –The Captain Philip Aubin House

 Married to Abigail Greenleaf, this did not stop Captain Philip Aubin from manning a Privateer ship, Thorne, which unfortunately was  captured by the HMS Grantham in 1780.   While he was away during the Revolutionary War, she gave birth to Philip, … Continue reading

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Musing about the Muse

If you are short on funds, New England and especially the Newburyport Area is quite a cheap ride during the late spring, summer and early fall.      There is so much to do and at relatively little cost.      Little expenditures on … Continue reading

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The Carrot & The Stick

Just for clarification, National Grid is meeting with the City Councilors to get permission to underground lines at Storey Avenue. This is a great thing.        If you can tear yourself away to attend, it would be worth it to swing by … Continue reading

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A Warning about the Street Lights

Everyone has been focusing on the issue concerning turning streetlights off or on – generating discussions about safety and appropriateness and if it is really worth the savings in electricity. Now, all of a sudden, a new facet has arrived.       … Continue reading

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Great news about Clipper City Rail Trail, Phase II

I saw for tomorrow night that the City Councilors will be approving an easement with the Coast Guard.       This will pave the way for the Clipper City Rail Trail to have access through their property so the ever-popular path will … Continue reading

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