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    Trails & Sails to spread across Essex County

    More than 150 events have been scheduled as part of the Essex National Heritage Commission’s Trails & Sails 2017: Two Weekends of Walks and Water,” to be held Sept 15-17 and 22-24. Created 16 years ago, the events typically attract 5,000 people for outdoor activities, art, history, and other family-friendly activities throughout the region. “It is our mission to knit together the exceptional places of Essex County — the places that make this area like nowhere else — in a fun way that inspires residents and visitors to make connections between their lives and these places,” commission CEO Annie Harris said in a statement. For more information, go to


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