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Wilmington Deputy Moving On

November 19, 2018

WILMINGTON -- After decades of service, Wilmington’s Deputy Police Chief Robert Richter has accepted the police chief position in Kittery, Maine.

“It is with mixed emotions that we will say goodbye to an outstanding police officer that has served the community of Wilmington for 33 years,” read a Facebook post from the Wilmington Police Department.

Richter will be joining Kittery Town Manager Kendra Amaral, who prior to this served as the assistant town manager in Wilmington. Richter will begin in his new role on Nov. 26, according to the Wilmington Police Department’s Facebook post.

“We thank Deputy Chief Richter for all he has done for the WPD as a Patrol Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, & Deputy Chief. We wish him all the best in his new position!” the Facebook post read.

-- KORI TUITT

Historic home decoration

DRACUT -- The Dracut Garden Club will be decorating the historic Coburn House in town, which is located adjacent to Harmony Hall on Lakeview Ave.

According to a release, there will be several raffle items that visitors at the club’s event on Dec. 2 can take a chance at winning such as a Christmas blanket, indoor wreath, a hand-painted sleigh and more.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the admission fee is $10 and comes with 10 raffle tickets. Children 18 and under are free to attend when accompanied by an adult and refreshments will be served.

The holiday decorations will remain in place throughout the holiday season, according to the release.

-- AMARIS CASTILLO

Tewksbury tree lighting

TEWKSBURY -- The Tewksbury Public Events and Celebrations Committee will host its Annual Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting on Friday, Nov. 30. The free event will take place on the Tewksbury Town Common from 6 to 7 p.m.

Attendees can enjoy writing letters to Santa, roasting marshmallows, Christmas carols, hot cider and more.

For more information, email tewksburyevents@gmail.com .

-- KORI TUITT

Coffee for holiday travellers

The Department of Transportation is urging everyone to plan ahead for Thanksgiving holiday travel and serving free coffee at 18 service plazas along highways around the state.

The free coffee will be available from Thursday at 10 a.m. to Friday at 5 a.m., according to a press release.

Meanwhile, DOT administrators warn that high traffic volumes over the holiday mean drivers should allow more time than usual for getting to their destinations.

“We encourage everyone to allow more time than usual to travel to their destinations whether they are driving or taking public transportation,” said Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack. “The holiday getaway will start before Wednesday afternoon so drivers should consider their departure time and the routes they will take, and members of the public using buses, trains or subways should build more time into their trips.”

The DOT has, as usual, scheduled shutdowns in highway construction projects over the holiday to help alleviate traffic.

-- SUN STAFF

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