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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
Indulge in an Eighteenth Century Tavern Dinner Featuring Local Chefs
South Berwick- Guests will be able to imagine traveling to old Berwick by stage coach on dirt roads, enjoy the hospitality of the inn holder as he offers you his 18th century food and beverages, and listen to the music of the time performed on a reproduction harpsichord and dulcimer.
Old Berwick Historical Society fundraising “Tavern Dinner,” featuring the food, comfort, and entertainment of an inn and tavern ca. 1780, will be on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the Red Barn at Outlook Farm on Route 4 in South Berwick. The evening begins with a cash bar cocktail hour at 6pm, and the dinner begins at 7pm.
“We are excited to have Gary Loiselle from the Wentworth by the Sea Country Club, and Julie Cutting Kelley from Cure Restaurant, as our guest chefs, along with the fabulous chefs from the Red Barn,” said Paula Bennett, organizer of the event for the society. Bennett has cooked many 18th century meals as part of her research journey for her book Imaging Ichabod, which was released in 2017. She will have copies of the book at the dinner available for purchase and signing.
The chefs will prepare a three-course, historically-based, 18th century meal featuring multiple dishes at each course. A sample of the dishes includes; Venison Forced with Black Current & Golden Raisin, Beef with Yorkshire Pudding (With Beef Drippings), Braised Stuffed Cabbage Leaves, and Gingerbread Cakes with whipped cream.
Complementing the meal will be beverages from Tributary Brewing Company and North Country Hard Cider. “Using the talents of local chefs and beverage makers was the key to bringing this meal together,” said Nicole St. Pierre, Vice-President of the society. “We really wanted everything to be local, and of the best quality for our ‘tavern’ guests. Everyone was onboard with our concept from the start.”
Guests will be welcome to take pictures on a vintage carriage before the meal. Throughout the evening, R. P. Hale will regale guests with early music on his harpsichord and dulcimer. Period dress is encouraged for guests who enjoy to dress-up; for others, cocktail attire is requested. Tickets must be purchased by March 9, 2018 at Cost is $65 for members, $75 for non-members.

Winter Reminder:
When removing snow from driveways, please do not leave snow in the road, sidewalk, or piled against the snowbank. This practice creates a mess and a hazard, and thus is prohibited by State law (29A MRSA 2396).

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