RELIEF ON THE RIVER ON A HOT MUGGY DAY

RELIEF ON THE RIVER ON A HOT MUGGY DAY

Water Closet for August 17, 2018      Year after year, day after day, hour after hour our Ipswich River returns water to the sea.  This may have been happening here since the Wisconsin Glacier more than 10,000 years ago.  In Middleton we have five places to easily...
THREE GENERATIONS ON DECK

THREE GENERATIONS ON DECK

Water Closet for August 10, 2018      Sailors representing three generations sailed “Centennial II”, copy of a 20-foot Gloucester dory that fisherman Alfred Johnson sailed solo across the Atlantic in 1876 to celebrate the country’s hundredth birthday.  Accomplished...
COMBINED SEWER FLOWS INTO THE MERRIMACK RIVER

COMBINED SEWER FLOWS INTO THE MERRIMACK RIVER

 Water Closet for July 20, 2018 The mighty Merrimack River, our 117-mile-long neighbor to the north, receives water from over 5000 square miles of watershed in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The old Closeteer remembers a stinking sewer at times mid-last century as...
A HERON ROOKERY WHERE THREE TOWNS MEET

A HERON ROOKERY WHERE THREE TOWNS MEET

Water Closet for July 6, 2018      There is a little-known village perched high in dead white pines near where Boxford, North Andover, and Middleton meet.  Its noisy occupants, presently occupying over forty nests, gather spring and summer to raise a new generation of...
THE CURTIS OAK IN MIDDLETON

THE CURTIS OAK IN MIDDLETON

Water Closet for June 29, 2018   A huge white oak, Quercus alba, in Middleton, one-tenth a mile from the Ipswich River, still stands after four centuries.  For over 16 human generations, surrounded by people who liked to cut down this valuable oak species for ships,...
LOWELL’S  BOAT SHOP TO CURZON’S MILL BY DORY

LOWELL’S  BOAT SHOP TO CURZON’S MILL BY DORY

Water Closet for June 22, 2018      Two old-timers, former members of the Rings Island Rowing Club, borrowed a dory from Lowell’s Boat Shop and along with two old friends rowed up the Merrimack River on the tides to the Artichoke River and back.  Old in the previous...