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The Region's Largest Weekly Distribution Prst Std. U.S. Postage Paid Newburyport, MA Permit No. 51 ____________ The Town Common Largest DISTRIBUTION ACROSS the NORTH SHORE of ma & Coastal NH Aug 3 - 10, 2016 Vol. 12, No. 40 FREE By Stewart Lytle, Reporter ––––––––––––––––– NEWBURYPORT – If you are a parent frustrated in the search for a way to explain to your children the violence of recent months and years where police officers and young African Americans have been shot and killed, Emily Cowan has an answer. Paint rocks with your children, putting words of kindness on them. And leave the painted rocks in places where they bring smiles and calm to those who find them. Cowan, local Mom and editor/publisher of the on-line events calendar Macaroni Kids, borrowed the idea of painting rocks and leaving them for others to find. Her inspiration came from the mother of three on Cape Cod, Megan Moloney Murphy, who began painting a rock a day and placing them where others would find them. Painted on the rocks are words of hope and kindness, inspiration and peace. One says, “Let’s start a kindness revolution.” Another asks “What are you adding to the world today.” And on another reads the basic message: “Less hate, more love.” Cowan and friends, who include Janet Cena and Christine Bouchea, brought their rock painting to Inn Street last week, where she with the help of random stranger, identified only as Thommasina, set up a tent next to the fountain. Dozens of young children and their parents came in droves to paint rocks and enjoy the new Inn Street splash pad. The city of Newburyport parks Check out what happens in... Kindness Rocks From the top, Emily Cowan and her rocks with painters Hayden and Callie Taylor. department enthusiastically gave her permission for the Wednesday afternoon event. “That speaks well for Newburyport,” which comes together in a crisis, she said. The Mexican river rocks that were painted were donated by Home Depot’s assistant manager Tim Barr, along with some paint. Jennifer at Michael’s store gave her other painting supplies. She also thanked George at Stone Crust Pizza for offering a 20 percent discount for participating families, and Courtney at Orange Leaf Newburyport for giving a 15 percent discount on froyo during the event. “It was wonderful to meet all you fantastic kids and families who came to paint rocks,” Cowan wrote on her Facebook page. Earlier, she posted the underlying reason she and other Moms braved the heat to paint rocks. Continued on page 3 Library Has New Director and Moving Toward Certification GROVELAND – Jan Voogd, the interim librarian since January, was named the permanent head of the town’s Langley Adams Library last week and feels confident that the non-certified library will win its borrowing privileges again this fall. Voogd, who for 20 years was a librarian at Harvard College, in Provincetown and at the Peabody Essex libraries, was welcomed by the library trustees and the Board of Selectmen at an Open Library Welcome for Voogd from 5 to 7 pm on Monday, Aug. 1. But until recently she was not sure she wanted to drop the word interim off her job title. “The interim position was very appealing,” she said, because she was not sure she wanted to return to being a librarian full time. She had been living in California, doing historical research and more recently research to support grant writing. She found working in a small town library “was so much fun,” that she changed her mind and told the library trustees that she would “throw my hat in the ring” for the job. As the interim librarian she has helped the trustees begin the complex process of restoring the library’s certification. Langley Adams lost its certification from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners last year for failing to file on time its annual report of usage and for not By Stewart Lytle, Reporter ––––––––––––––––– You'll "flip" over the digital edition at Yankee Homecoming Free Waterfront Workout Series Mornings from July 31st – August 6th. Try a new class to kick-start or continue your healthy regimen. All attendees entered to win a Fitbit. Visit for full schedule and details! Sponsored by 25 Highland Ave, Newburyport, MA 01950 Photo by Stewart Lytle Jan Voogd spending enough on new books and other materials. The MBLC withheld the certification of the library because it was required to buy at least $35,119 in books and materials, the lowest level the state would allow, but spent only $31,245. “Without this certification, most Merrimack Valley Library Consortium libraries have chosen to stop lending to LAL. This decision is unnecessary, as it serves no useful purpose, is disruptive to the provision of library services for the Photo by Stewart Lytle Coming 2017 - Sears Outlet - Replacing Tri-City Sales Postal Customer entire consortium, and causes undeserved hardship to many library patrons,” Voogd wrote several months ago. It also meant Groveland could not receive state aid or be eligible to apply for other grants. She said,”It was difficult to be non certified.” “We are grateful that not every library has made this choice, and we thank Hamilton- Wenham Public Library for continuing to lend to Groveland patrons.” When the library lost its certification, the former librarian and four of the nine trustees resigned. The library was run by the remaining five trustees until Voogd was hired and the town Board of Selectmen appointed four new trustees. “I am impressed with the job they did (in keeping the library running),” she said. Continued on page 3 Out with the old and in with the new! 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