Page www.TheTownCommon.com November 8 - 14, 2017 How to Submit Letters to the Editor Peter Pan Jr Comes to Ipswich Marc Maravalli, B.S., R.Ph. Publisher/Editor, The Town Common Letters to the Editor provide a useful way of communicating concerns, issues, or suggestions to all members of the community. The Town Common encourages all citizens to submit letters concerning issues of interest and concern to the local community. Letters selected for publication may be edited for length and clarity. Some letters may serve as a catalyst for other articles or coverage, and community leaders and agencies will be offered an opportunity to respond to letters concerning their areas of responsibility. All letters must be signed and include a daytime telephone number. Letters may be submitted to: The Editor c/o The Town Common 77 Wethersfield St. Rowley, MA 01969 or preferably via e-mail to: email@example.com. 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Advertisers should notify The Town Common of any errors in ads on the first day of issuance. No credits &/or refunds are offered or implied. All material and content cannot be duplicated without written consent of the publisher. The right is reserved to reject, omit, or edit any copy offered for publication. Copyright 2004-2017 The Town Common © - All Rights Reserved In loving memory of Liz Ichizawa, Reporter (1956 - 2005) Peter Pan will fly into Ipswich along with his Lost Boys, a band of Brave Girls, and a shipful of Pirates. Come see this beloved musical story brought to life by the Ipswich Middle School theatre department. November 17 & 18 at 7pm; November 19 at 1pm at the Dolan Performing Arts Center, 134 High The Town Common Courtesy Photos Street, Ipswich. Tickets: $10 adult, $8 student/senior. Available in advance at http://www. ticketstage.com/T/IPSWICHMS or at the door. Advance purchase recommended. For more information contact director Michael Coelho at email@example.com. Jacob Roberts Earns Eagle Scout Jacob Roberts The Town Common Courtesy Photo Jacob Roberts, son of Eric Roberts and Dawn Duval of Amherst, has achieved Boy Scouting’s highest rank, that of Eagle Scout. Jacob is a member of Boy Scout Troop 22 and Venture Troop 2017 in Amherst, N.H. Jacob began his 11-year Scouting career as a Tiger Cub with Pack 613 and continued through Cub Scouting to achieve the highest award, the Arrow of Light. As a member of Troop 22, he has held several leadership positions, including Quartermaster, Patrol Leader, and Order of the Arrow Rep. Jacob earned 26 merit badges, the 50 Mile Award (for Hiking and Canoeing) and the National Outdoor Camping Award. He attended the Order of the Arrow 100th Anniversary Conference at Michigan State University, and spent 11 days backpacking at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, where he earned the Duty to God award. He was inducted into the Passaconaway Lodge of the Order of the Arrow and earned his Brotherhood Membership a year later. In the lodge, he served as Vice Chief and earned the Arrowman Service Award. Jacob also enjoyed five, one-week summer stays at Camp Yawgoog Scout Reservation in Rockville, R.I. For his Eagle Scout Service Project, Jacob designed and coordinated the construction of a Memory Garden at the Meadow View Cemetery in Amherst. Under his direction, Scouts, fellow students and adult volunteers completed the project, which took 88 man-hours. He is grateful for support of the Cemetery Commission and donations from Steven Desmarais Construction, Home Depot and Dunkin’ Donuts. Jacob is a senior at Souhegan High School, a member of the National Honor Society and N.H. Scholars, and captain of the varsity football team. He reached his goal of Eagle on Sept. 27, 2017. Reading Star Wins Bruins’ Team Signed Jersey! Jessica Garron is one of a select group of young people to receive Boston Bruins prizes for their outstanding participation in Rowley Public Library’s summer reading program. When program sponsors, the Boston Bruins, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC), and the Massachusetts Library System, asked public librarians to make nominations, Hermayne Gordon, Children’s Librarian knew just the people to nominate, our top summer readers! “We have many, many wonderful young people in our program, and Jessica who is a regular participant in summer reading was one of our top readers this year”, said. Jessica Garron The Town Common Courtesy Photo Jessica couldn’t be happier. “I feel really lucky and happy to be a winner!” she said. The Bruins first teamed up with the MBLC and the Massachusetts Library System in 2009. The organizations work with libraries across the Commonwealth to make reading a part of summer fun for all ages. Tuukka Rask, Zdeno Chara, Brad Marchand and other Bruins players helped libraries develop Favorite Books of the Boston Bruins (available on ReadsinMA.org), a recommended reads list that includes librarians’ picks for the best hockey books. “Summer reading is fun, but it’s also an important part of students’ academic success because it helps them avoid the summer slide,” said James Lonergan, MBLC Director. Kids who read just four books over the summer do better on reading-comprehension tests in the fall than their peers who read one or no books over the summer. In 2016, over 400,000 people participated in statewide summer reading programs in libraries across the Commonwealth. Massachusetts has offered statewide online summer reading programs since 2007. Participants register, write book reviews, set goals, and track their progress online. Massachusetts was the first state in the country to offer such a program. To learn more about the benefits of summer reading, please visit ReadsinMA.org. The Summer Library Program is made possible through federal funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
November 8 - 14, 2017 www.TheTownCommon.com Page 3 Stephanie’s Angels Help Cancer Victims Continued from page 1 match. A match came from an unexpected source. The Mulkerns’ daughter, Amanda, a Triton High School graduate, had fallen in love and was planning to marry Nick Johnas. Without hesitation, the bridegroom-to-be offered to see if he was a match for his future father-in-law. “I just couldn’t live the rest of my life knowing that I could’ve done something,” Johnas said. Testing showed he was a match, and the Mass General Hospital determined that he was not crazy. So in February, Mass General surgeon Dr. Parsia Vagefi took 60 percent of Johnas’ liver and transplanted it into Mulkern. Both sides of the liver are now growing to be the right size for each man. Amanda Mulkern had matching sweatshirts made for her father and husband that says, “He’s my better half.” And “He’s my other half.” Mulkern last week was back working a job in Gloucester and “feeling great,” except for the endof-the-day swelling in his feet and legs, he said. Last summer, less than three months after the surgery, both men were strong enough to hit the Continued from page 1 year, instead of switching between Eastern Standard Time, would work only if statewide standards are established for delaying school starts and if a majority of Northeastern states, including New York, agree to align their clocks with Massachusetts. Seventeen states are in the Eastern Time Zone. “(To have the state unilaterally change time zones) would be foolish, and some would say insane,” said State Rep. Daniel Cahill, D-Lynn, a commission member. State representative Paul Frost, R-Auburn, another commission member, argued that Massachusetts should be on the same time zone as New York to avoid disrupting travelers and create issues for television dance floor at Nick and Amanda’s wedding. “The father-daughter dance and the walk down the aisle were my motivation,” Johnas was quoted in an article in the Mass General newsletter. “It was just so perfect to see my beautiful wife coming down the aisle with her father, knowing that he is healthy and has a new chance at life.” Amanda called her wedding “a fairy tale of pure bliss and happiness. Here are two men I love more than anything – one who I’ve spent all of my life with and the other who I will spend the rest of my life with.” The couple moved into a home in Sandwich last weekend with Bob and Sandy and the Johnas family helping. “You can’t do this on your own,” Mulkern said of his recovery. “It takes family and friends and the generosity of people like Mo and Solace.” The fate of most of the cancer victims Solace helps is not so positive. Several years ago, Tracy Tinkham sent the organization a thank you note for its support of his wife, Emily, who contracted endometrial cancer. “I believe there comes a time at least once in our lives that we are broadcasting companies. “If you do not have New York, this is a no-go,” said Frost, who voted against the report. The idea of changing time zones is under consideration in other Eastern states. Maine voted earlier this year to adopt Atlantic time if Massachusetts and New Hampshire did so. “Any move to year-round (daylight savings time) should be regional, because acting alone would make Massachusetts a significant outlier, and could disrupt commerce, trade, interstate transportation, and broadcasting,” the report states. The change in time zones would need the approval of the full legislature and the U.S. Department of Transportation. Donoghue, the Lowell legislator, said she has not heard called upon to reach out and help someone who may be struggling with a sickness or death of a close love one. Even if we don’t know the family all that well, we feel compelled to help, to relieve some of the burden, to relieve the pressure. That is what you, you wonderful group of individuals Sea View Retreat -Since 1954 An extended Care Community Come in for a visit and compare! 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