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News you can use... Prst Std. U.S. Postage Paid Newburyport, MA Permit No. 51 ____________ The Town Common Largest COMMUNITY Newspaper SERVING the NORTH SHORE of ma & Coastal NH June 8 - 14, 2016 Vol. 12, No. 32 FREE Burning the Flag With Dignity Saving the Dunes: A Work in Progress What's Inside Free Mental Health & Wellness Forum Comes to Haverhill on June 23 Page 2 Maudslay Arts Center Summer Concert Series Page 7 Byfield Music & Arts Festival Needs Volunteers Page 8 Newbury Summer Reading Page 8 By Stewart Lytle, Reporter ––––––––––––––––– Photo by Stewart Lytle From left, May Ganzenmuller and Taylor Penniman prime the old mail box. REGIONAL – A 50-year-old mail box is being recycled and repainted to take on another, even more worthy responsibility. The box, painted in a U.S. flag motif, will be a repository for frayed and worn out American flags. This is the latest community project by Donnie Jarvis, an Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran who spends much of his free time helping and honoring veterans. Flags decorate a lawn in Groveland. Because Jarvis is designated by the town of Newbury to place flags on veteran’s graves, he was asked frequently how old American flags should be disposed of correctly and with dignity. “I feel the flag should be respected,” Jarvis said. “There are a lot of things that are not being respected today. I hope that teaching respect for the flag will lead to respect for other things.” Continued on page 3 Photo by Stewart Lytle PLUM ISLAND – To the 24 students in G e r m a i n e Koomen’s Upper Elementary class at Hill View M o n t e s s o r i Charter Public School in Haverhill it was the best field trip all year. And NEWBURYPORT - Greater Newburyport Ovarian Cancer Awareness (GNOCA) is about to launch its sixth season. To kick off the 2016 events, GNOCA will once again be presenting a Mad Hatter Tea Party at Glenn’s Food and Libations, on Sunday, June 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. Don’t be late for this very important date! Tea party participants are asked to decorate and wear a hat, By Stewart Lytle, Reporter ––––––––––––––––– Photo by Stewart Lytle Eva Burgess helps her teacher Germaine Koomen plant grass. every student who will be in her class again next year hopes they can do it again. This was not a trip to the New England Aquarium or even to the pool at Cedarland. It was to the beach, but the students were not there to play. They came here to work, to help save the dunes on this often threatened barrier island. Koomen’s students, under the supervision of University of New Hampshire researchers Dr. Greg Moore and Alyson Eberhardt, came to plant beach grass in bare spots on the dunes. The students last week said they believe they planted between 120 and 200 clumps of beach grass in one afternoon. It was part of a much larger project that Moore and Eberhardt have been spearheading to restore the grass on beaches from Plum Island and Salisbury Beach north to Hampton Beach, NH. Moore You'll "flip" over the digital edition at Postal Customer Continued on page 3 Mad Hatter Tea Party to Kick off GNOCA Events one that would amuse, delight, bedazzle or inspire Alice. Prizes will be awarded for the best hats in a number of categories, such as “most elegant, most mad, most creative, most repurposed and most Downton Abbey.” “Hats off to healing, health and happiness!” is the slogan for the Mad Hatter Tea Party. Claudia Harris, of the Continued on page 2 Amesbury Board-certified family physician, Dr. Aaron Glenney offers expert care and a patient-centered approach in his office and at the hospital. Now accepting new patients 15 and older. Same day appointments available. 2 Goddard Avenue, Amesbury, MA • 978-834-5176 SAVE $80 UPGRADE YOUR TIRES BUY A SET OF FOUR (4) TOYO BRAND TIRES Offer May Be Withdrawn Without Notice. Prices Quoted Before Purchase And Payment Already Includes Discount. All Prior Sales Excluded. No Cash Value. Not All Sizes And Models May Apply To Promotion. Subject To Availability From Vendors And Manufacturer. Servicing All Makes and Models Your True Dealer Alternative Multi-Award Winning Service –Year After Year! Newburyport’s Only Approved Repair Facility 978.465.9833