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Letters To The Editor Page October 25 - November 1, 2017 OMNI Security Team Residential & Commercial Security Fire & Access Systems to Video Surveillance Big enough to serve you - Small enough to know you Burglar, Fire Alarms 24 Hour Monitoring We Guarantee the best! Find out more, call or visit us today: MA LIC # 444C 978-465-5000 RE/MAX Partners 44 Park Street, Andover 978-475-2100 426 Andover St., North Andover 978-686-5300 Kathryn O’Brien Realtor Direct: 978.465.1322 Email: Contact your Advertising Consultant today! P: 978-948-8696 • F: 978-948-2564 48 Kittery Avenue, Rowley $545,000 Beautiful duplex featuring 1,728 s.f. on each side. Have you been looking for a large home for yourself and a tenant or family member? Want to get out of the city and you have been looking for a duplex in a fabulous area of single family homes? Drive down this street and enjoy the picturesque setting of horse farms and well-maintained single homes framed against the blue sky and a background of trees and meadows. Plenty of room for the children to play, sit on the separate decks or patios and listen to the sounds of birds. A rare find today, but this home offers privacy and quietude seldom found in a two family environment. Each side offers sparkling hardwood floors throughout the first and second floors as well as the staircases. Large eatin kitchen for family gatherings. Spacious living room and dining room as well as a half bath and laundry room. The second floor offers three large bedrooms and a full bath. Community Announcements AMESBURY - Union Congregational Church will be at the Amesbury Village of Church Fairs, Saturday, November 4th. 9 am - 3 pm. Look for our booth Community at the Amesbury City Hall auditorium, Connections 62 Friend St., ground floor. Join us for a wide assortment of raffle prizes, Country Store Gift Baskets, Christmas gifts, handcrafts, jewelry, candy, baked goods and food. Lunch available on site: lobster rolls, homemade fish chowder, apple crisp, coffee & tea. Union Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming congregation, welcoming all, no matter what denomination or religion. Rev. Lucy Blood, Minister. Our historic 1835 Business Meetinghouse is located at 350 Main Spotlight St., Point Shore, Amesbury. (Across from Alliance Park) 978-388-0631. ------------------------------------------------------------ AMESBURY/NEWBURYPORT - Council on Aging sponsors special Holiday Trip; join us for a 1:30pm matinee performance of The Nutcracker @ the Real Boston Opera House Estate For Sale • on Saturday, December For 9th. Be transported Sale to the magical world of the Sugar Plum Fairy and dancing snowflakes, create an annual tradition with family and friends. $99pp includes Orchestra Center seating, Sports round trip motorcoach • Sports transportation; lunch on • Sports own. For further details contact the Newburyport COA 978-462-0430 or Amesbury COA 978-388- 8138. ------------------------------------------------------------ Pets, DOVER, NH - Animals, Antiques Flea Market held the first Plus Wednesday of each month from October to April at the Dover Elks Hall, 282 Durham Rd., Rte. 108 Dover, NH (exit 7 off Rte. 16, 1.7 miles south on Rte. 108 on left). Features Health 35 dealers that offer Fun & and Fitness Funky Antiques and Vintage Goods. Catered! For more info call (207) 396-4255 ------------------------------------------------------------ GEORGETOWN – The Winthrop Stamp Club will meet on Thursdays November 9 and November 30, 1-4 p.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. For further information, please call the COA at 978-352-5726. ------------------------------------------------------------ GEORGETOWN – Instructor Terry Palardy will lead a new quilting group creating comfort lap quilts to be used at emergency scenes for children experiencing a traumatic event on Tuesday Nov. 14 and Tuesday Nov. 28, noon -2 p.m. at the Georgetown Senior Community Center. The quilts will be donated to the Georgetown Police and Fire Departments for use at emergency scenes. All levels of experience and drop-in visits are welcome. For further information, please call the COA at 978-352-5726. ------------------------------------------------------------ IPSWICH - The Town & Country Garden Club of Ipswich invites the public to it’s November meeting, Christmas with the First Ladies. Colleen Christian Burke, a three-time member of the White House Christmas decorating team, nationally recognized TV personality and author of Christmas with the First Ladies; The White House Decorating Tradition from Jacqueline Kennedy to Michelle Obama, will present a historical slide show and floral demonstration inspired by the holiday traditions of former First Ladies. She has teamed up with Fitz and Floyd to design the First Ladies Collection and will graciously raffle off a few of this years designs. This is a program you won’t want to miss. Signed books will be available for sale at $29 each. This program is made possible by The Louise R. Johnson Fund. Louise’s spirit lives on in the projects and programs that her trust fund makes possible every year and we are all so grateful for her generosity. The program will be held on November 9, at 7pm at EBSCO, 5 Peatfield Street, Ipswich (Old K Club, near Riverview Pizza). Advanced reservations are required by emailing by November 2. ------------------------------------------------------------ IPSWICH - The 14th annual Crane Estate Art Show & Sale: Nature’s Wisdom celebrates the beauty of the natural world. The theme pays homage to Miné Crane, wife of Cornelius Crane and a Japanese painter, whose 100th birthday would have been in 2017. Miné drew inspiration from the natural world, particularly from the animals and trees at the Crane Estate. The show will feature more than 400 works of original artwork on the first and second floors of the Great House, sculpture on the Grand Allee, plus works from North Shore high schools and Montserrat College of Art in the Casino. Art proceeds will benefit the artists and The Trustees. Special activities during the weekend will include a special Miné Crane art display, a community chalk board, People’s Choice Award voting, and a free student art show reception on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Casino. Friday’s special preview party, “Crane Estate Art Show Soirée,” will offer catered hors d’oeuvres, live jazz, an open beer and wine bar, and a champagne birthday toast. Attendees will have first dibs on the artwork and have their admission cost deducted from any art purchased during the party. The Crane Estate thanks its generous art show sponsors The Institution for Savings, The Outsidah, First Ipswich Bank, and Port Lighting Systems. Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Crane Estate Art Show Soirée is on Friday, November 3, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.; The free public show is Saturday and Sunday, November 4 & 5, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily. Admission is free Saturday and Sunday. Tickets to Friday’s preview event, “Crane Estate Art Show Soirée,” are $68 for Trustees Members and $85 for Nonmembers. The cost of a ticket will be deducted from any art purchase made Friday night. Advance reservations are strongly recommended and can be made through For more information call 978.356.4351 x4015.

October 25 - November 1, 2017 Page 7 ------------------------------------------------------------ NEWBURY - Learn about the need for foster homes in our community by attending an Information Session on Foster Care and Adopting through Foster Care presented by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) November 2nd, 7:00pm-8:30pm at the Byfield Parish Meeting House. For more information visit: (sign up requested but not required) or call 508-264-1922. ------------------------------------------------------------ NEWBURY - The public is invited to attend the opening reception for 20+ artists who will exhibit at the NTL from November through mid-December. Light refreshments will be served. On display will be pastel paintings of landscapes, florals, portraits, and some favorite local vistas. All of these artists have studied under Robin Thornhill, a professional artist from New Hampshire accomplished in pastels and other media. Pastel painting is the art of applying layers of color to achieve a depth of soft colors to portray the subject. If you cannot attend the opening reception, you may view this special collection during regular library hours. Public Reception Nov. 9 from 5-7pm, Newbury Town Library, 0 Lunt Street, Byfield To learn more about Robin Thornhill’s work, go to her website at robinthornhill. com. ------------------------------------------------------------ NEWBURYPORT - Historic St. Paul’s church is holding its legendary Fall Fair on Saturday, November 11, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. St. Paul’s is located at 166 High Street, Newburyport, MA. This fair traditionally attracts hundreds of people from the throughout the North Shore. you can dive into a day of bargain shopping, or bid on unique items at the Silent Auction. Throughout the church are designated areas for clothing for children and adults, jewelry and accessories, baked goods, a wonderful array of craft and hand knit items, and holiday decorations and gifts donated by local merchants and families. Enjoy a hearty breakfast from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM, and then after your shopping spree, take a break for lunch without having to leave the grounds. Lunch will be served from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. The silent auction accepts your bids anytime from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. “The Fall Fair helps support the many ministries of St. Paul’s, including our Among Friends meal program for anyone in need of a meal and fellowship, our numerous 12-step programs that meet weekly at St. Paul’s, as well as our global outreach programs such as our El Salvador Partnership,” says Rector Martha Hubbard. Find us at Follow us on Facebook: or Twitter @StPaulsNBPT ------------------------------------------------------------ NEWBURYPORT - It is “that time of year” again, when The Salvation Army in Newburyport prepares to take applications for Thanksgiving and Christmas Assistance. This longstanding program, as ever, is reliant on the goodwill and generosity of local residents and businesses, stepping up to provide toys for children, and food for families seeking help. Over the years we have been amazed by the positive response from the community, making this program such a success! Clients who live in Newburyport, Newbury, West Newbury, Byfield, Amesbury and Salisbury can come and apply on the following dates: Tuesday, October 31 – from 9 am to Noon; Wednesdays: October 25 and November 1 – from 1 pm to 4 pm; Thursdays: October 26 and November 2 – 1 pm to 5.30 pm. Please note: you will be expected to bring with you: Valid picture ID; Children’s birth certificates AND health insurance cards; Custody papers where relevant; Proof of ALL household income: SSI, SSDI, Pay Stubs, unemployment, Alimony, Child Support, etc. Proof of Residence & Expenses:Rent or mortgage and utility bills. Applicants request toys for their children living with them, ages 0 to 14. They can request a free real Christmas tree for their home. The children can be signed up to come for a charming “Photo with Santa.” We are very happy to help families with food for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and with toys for their children. Individuals without children are welcome to apply for food only. We are looking to members of the public to help us by fulfilling “angel tag” requests for toys and clothing for the children. They can “Adopt a Family” or just one child, and go the extra mile with extra gifts and goodies for the children. Please contact Major Rosemarie Hughes at The Salvation Army office: 978 465 0883 ------------------------------------------------------------ NEWBURYPORT - The Salvation Army in Newburyport is getting ready for their big “Red Kettle” annual fundraiser. When you see a “bell-ringer” standing with a Red Kettle outside a store, or in the street, please remember that the proceeds go largely towards helping members of our community with food, meals, rent, utilities, and other social services and programs. Major Todd Hughes, who with his wife, Major Rosemarie, run The Salvation Army on Water Street in Newburyport, has set a goal of $55,000. Last year the goal was $50,000 but this was exceeded by a few thousand dollars. There are opportunities to be employed as a bell-ringer, but many are volunteers who are looking to help, even for just a few hours. Please contact Major Todd Hughes for further information: 978 465 0883 ------------------------------------------------------------ NEWBURYPORT - Pennies for Poverty hosts its fifth annual Music for Change event on November 4, 2017 at 6:30 pm at the Elks Lodge in Newburyport. The event features local favorites, EJ Ouellette & Crazy Maggy, and Liz Frame and the Kickers, both high-energy bands great for dancing and listening. The evening also offers a selection of small plates donated by local restaurants, live and silent auctions and a cash bar. The Institution for Savings, Leeward Charitable Foundation and Newburyport Five Cent Savings Charitable Foundation sponsor this year’s event. All proceeds will go directly to address urgent needs and underfunded programs at social service organizations that help those living in need in Newburyport and surrounding towns. “Music for Change is a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together, shop at a terrific auction, and share great music and food, while raising funds to help our neighbors in need,” said Susan McKittrick, co-president of Pennies for Poverty. “Many volunteers, local businesses, and talented musicians make this event the fundraising highlight of our year. We are pleased to put it all together, particularly knowing that all the funds we raise are going directly to those in need right here in our community.” Tickets ($30) and reserved tables for 8 ($240) are available in online at Tickets are also available at Dyno Records, Middle Street, and Greetings by Design, One Rear Water Street, in Newburyport. ------------------------------------------------------------ NEWBURYPORT - Start your holidays with a bit of American history by participating in a very special tour of a natural cranberry bog at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, November 4th, from noon to 3:00 pm. When Europeans first settled in New England, they found, among other things, wild cranberries that grew on small little plants in bogs. Both Native Americans and European settlers included cranberries in their diets. When sugar from the Caribbean became available in the American colonies, popularity of the cranberry grew. Farmers and families gathered wild cranberries for their own use and for sale to cities and towns. The commercial cranberry industry was born when it was discovered that the cranberry could be cultivated in manmade wetlands and harvested by machines. Cranberry sauce won a special place on the American holiday table. Parker River NWR preserves a natural cranberry bog where the tasty little fruit grows much as it did when the European settlers arrived. This November the refuge will conduct a tour of this historic bog. The tour will start with a short presentation in the visitor center, followed by a tour of the bog itself. Participants will be allowed to pick a small bag of cranberries and to take all the pictures they like. 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