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Please join the Conservation Commission on February 20th at 7pm in Council Chambers as Kristie L. Rabasca, P.E. of Integrated Environmental Engineering, Inc. gives a brief overview of the Stormwater Program in South Berwick, she will show the GIS maps that describe the inspections and work the Public Works Department does for stormwater.

She will also talk about the ordinances that have been developed because of the MS4 program, and then spend a couple minutes describing the public education program status (YardScaping).

Effective this Wednesday, February 14th, local roads will be posted for heavy loads.
Temperatures are predicted to be above freezing during the daytime and some nights. The road posting is designed to protect vulnerable roads from damage as the frost leaves the roads.
Taverns, Ales and Alcohol on the Piscataqua’s Forgotten Frontier
South Berwick, Maine- Reliable drinking sources and promoters of sociability, beer and ale played an important role in early New England. Archaeologists know this through the many artifacts related to ale and tavern culture excavated at the Chadbourne Site and other sites in the Piscataqua region.
On Thursday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m., the Old Berwick Historical Society presents Dr. Emerson “Tad” Baker, who will discuss these archeological finds and their significance. The lecture will be held at the Berwick Academy Arts Center in South Berwick. Admission is free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted.
“We are lucky to have Tad speaking this year. He is always a guest favorite,” said Nicole St. Pierre, vice-president of the society. “At the lecture, Tad will also describe his efforts with Portsmouth’s Earth Eagle Brewings, to recreate colonial ales from historical recipes. He enjoys beer making as a hobby.”
Dr. Baker the project scholar for the Forgotten Frontier: Untold Stories of the Piscataqua exhibit currently on display at the Counting House Museum in South Berwick. The museum will be open for winter hours on Saturday, February 24th from 1pm-4pm.
Baker is a history professor and interim dean of Graduate and Professional Studies at Salem State University. He is the award-winning author of many works on the history of and archaeology of early New England, including A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience and The Devil of Great Island: Witchcraft and Conflict in Early New England. He has served as an advisor for PBS-TV’s American Experience and Colonial House. Baker directed Old Berwick Historical Society’s excavations at the Chadbourne Site (1643-1690).
The Old Berwick Historical Society’s 2018 lectures and hikes are generously sponsored by Kennebunk Savings and supported by historical society members and donors. More information is available at
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