Day: December 22, 2023

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How Nahant got its trees

Before Nahant became a quaint beach town with tree-lined streets and greenery, it was desolate and treeless, akin to Easter Island. “The reason they needed trees was because, in colonial times, they cut them all down,” Nahant Public Library Director Sharon Hawkes said. The town was originally settled as part of Lynn before it was […]

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Life & Style

Sew envious

As a kid, Karlene Ball was constantly being dragged to the fabric store by her mom. On the weekend’s, they would hop over to Joan’s in Saugus to pick up materials for sewing, with Ball often sighing and rolling her eyes, trying to get out of the store as fast as possible. There are many […]

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People & Places

Heather Goodwin is a self-proclaimed sea hag — and proud of it!

The lifelong resident of Nahant has spent most of her career in art, working first as a silversmith before launching “Sea Hag Studios” during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sea Hag Studios is an embrace of Goodwin’s upbringing in town, where her dad worked as a fisherman, and the art Goodwin now creates prominently features reclaimed wood, […]

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Sports & Leisure

Coco Clopton is a Triple Threat on and off the field

In the world of high school athletics, there are standout athletes, and then there’s Swampscott High School’s 17-year-old Coco Clopton. A true triple-threat athlete, Clopton has excelled in field hockey, lacrosse, and swimming since her early years. Clopton’s love affair with lacrosse began in the first grade, and since then, she’s never looked back. She’s […]

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Arts & Entertainment

A step into Halloween on Stetson Avenue

Every October, homeowners around the country transform their lawns into spooky scenes of ghosts and ghouls. In Swampscott, residents need to look no further than Stetson Avenue for the “mecca” of haunted houses. This Halloween, the street will be closed off for the first time ever so the young trick-or-treaters can safely have fright-filled fun. […]

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Sports & Leisure

A two-sport gunslinger

Whether it be the office, the dance floor, or anywhere, some people just like being behind the scenes. But not 15-year-old Jack Spear, Swampscott’s starting quarterback and closer on the baseball team. “I’ve been playing sports for so long that I’m used to such high-pressure situations,” he said. “I just go out there and play.” […]

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People & Places

Fair to say: Pumpkin spices up Swampscott

Retired pharmacist Thomas Keenan of Swampscott grew the largest pumpkin in Massachusetts this year, earning him and his more than one-ton gourd second place at the 2023 Topsfield Fair’s Giant Pumpkin contest. Only a week before the Fair, Keenan walked through his backyard, pointing to a roughly 1,900-pound shining orange pumpkin at the center of […]

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People & Places

Nahant raises 3,000 bills for Cheerio The Duck

After Bass Points Apartment Grounds Manager Steven Thibeault lost his 21-year-standing job, Nahant residents raised more than $3,610 to help Thibeault continue living in town with his famous feathered friend Cheerio. In 2017, Thibeault found an American black duckling struggling to escape the pool at Bass Point. After rescuing the duckling, Thibeault brought it home […]

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