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SALISBURY – Retired Lt. Col. Ronald J. Guilmette will tell stories about the state police patrolling Salisbury Beach during a special presentation for the Salisbury Historical Society on Thursday.

Guilmette is a resident of Salisbury and the author of “The Islands of Winnipesaukee” as well as books on the history of the Massachusetts State Police, including “First to Serve”.

The free special presentation will take place in Colchester Hall at Town Hall starting at 6:30 p.m.

Guilmette said he would be talking about the three barracks state police maintained in Salisbury Beach in the 19th and 20th centuries.

He said state police would work with Salisbury Police, assisting with foot patrols as well as beach and cruiser patrols.

“They supplemented the Salisbury Police Force during the busy summer months,” Guilmette said. “We even ran into the water to make a stop and also had a foot chase where the suspect thought he was going to swim away. So we had to go into the water after them.

Guilmette said he had spent several summers working on Salisbury Beach and had a lot of stories to tell.

“We had a child who we named ‘Aquaman’,” Guilmette said. “It was a foot chase where he got to the ocean and he dived and kept swimming. In this case, we entered and he continued to swim. So we waited for him and he finally came back. It was “Aquaman”.

Jim Moghabghab is the president of the Salisbury Historical Society, which he said was looking to host more public events before the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re looking to get more members and show people some of the antiques and memorabilia of the things Salisbury has been through over the years,” Moghabghab said. “We have a lot going on and a lot of history in Salisbury.”

The nonprofit was at the forefront, hosting an open house and Touch-A-Truck event during Salisbury Days a few weeks ago and hosted presentations on Revolutionary War and Civil War in the past.

“Salisbury has been involved in all things that have happened in this country,” Moghabghab said. “We want people to know that there is more to Salisbury than it looks. We were known as the guardians of the northeastern border.

Moghabghab said the Historical Society was happy to welcome Guilmette to City Hall next week.

“He is a Salisbury resident himself and has done extensive research,” Moghabghab said. “I also believe he’s going to give us state police things that we didn’t even know about.”

Editor-in-chief Jim Sullivan covers Amesbury and Salisbury for The Daily News. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 978-961-3145. Follow him on Twitter @ndnsully.

Editor-in-chief Jim Sullivan covers Amesbury and Salisbury for The Daily News. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 978-961-3145. Follow him on Twitter @ndnsully.

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