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Join us for a fun evening of ‘brews, news and schmooze’ at our annual meeting Jan. 10

Join us for a fun evening of ‘brews, news and schmooze’ at our annual meeting Jan. 10

WHAT: Merrimack River Watershed Council Annual Meeting

WHERE: Navigation Brewing Co., 122 Western Ave., Lowell.

WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 10, 7 to 9 p.m.


LOWELL — Come join the Merrimack River Watershed Council for an evening of local brews, good cheer and fascinating “river talk” at its annual meeting at Navigation Brewing Co. on Jan. 10.

Richard Howe

Featured speaker Richard Howe will present “Bypassing the Falls: How Two Lowell Canals Changed the History of the Merrimack Valley.” For more than a century, the Merrimack River’s wild and dangerous Pawtucket Falls blocked inland New Hampshire’s best route to seaports. That status quo changed dramatically when a remarkable engineering achievement — the building of the Middlesex and Pawtucket canals — unlocked the upper reaches of the Merrimack. The canals spurred the growth of Manchester, Nashua and Concord N.H., and providing the brute natural force that would catapult Lowell into the forefront of America’s Industrial Revolution.

Howe, the register of deeds for the North Middlesex region, is an accomplished local historian known for his informative and engaging lectures and tours of Lowell.

MRWC Executive Director Rusty Russell will also present attendees with updates on the organization’s 2017 accomplishments and its goals for 2018.

The event will have a cash bar featuring Navigation Brewing’s signature beers, and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

The annual meeting will be held Jan. 10 at Navigation Brewing Co., 122 Western Ave., Lowell. The entrance can be found underneath the big “Western Avenue Studios” sign. Doors open at 7 p.m. The event is open to the general public. There is no admission charge.

The Merrimack River Watershed Council is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to making the Merrimack River and cleaner and healthier resource through environmental advocacy, scientific research, education, and watershed land management.