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Page November 29 - December 5, 2017 How to Submit Letters to the Editor 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: The Town Common deadline is 5pm Wednesday (except when a federal holiday necessitates an earlier deadline). 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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) Letters To The Editor Georgetown COA Thanks Kiwanis for Annual Dinner Community Announcements To the editor: In a tradition that provides us all with a reminder of what Thanksgiving is all about, the Georgetown Kiwanis Club hosted their annual dinner for elders at the Penn Brook School last Saturday. More than 20 members of the Kiwanis Club and other volunteers arrived by 6 a.m. to cook the twenty 22-pound turkeys that were the centerpiece of the afternoon’s Community dinner. As the scent of oven roasted turkey wafted Connections throughout the school, the happy sound of laughter filled the school’s cafeteria as more than 250 elders arrived for the annual event. While they socialized before the dinner, guests enjoyed a buffet of hearty appetizers. Along with the elders who enjoyed dinner together at the school, more than 30 meals were delivered to elders and others in the community. Each year, the work and graciousness of the Kiwanis Club, as well as the volunteer groups who participate in this holiday event, brighten the lives of local elders but the event also lifts the spirits of all who participate. Business Spotlight Filled with autumn flowers, ceramic pumpkin centerpieces decorated each linen-clad table set within the school’s cafeteria. Including Superintendent Carol Jacobs, volunteers from the Kiwanis Club, Builders Club and Georgetown High School Key Club served up plenty of conversation along with heaping Real Estate • For Sale For Sale plates of turkey and all of the traditional side dishes. Along with a home-cooked meal that included 150 pounds of carefully peeled potatoes, 40 pounds of green beans, 100 pounds of butternut squash, six gallons of cranberry sauce, 40 pounds of home-made gravy, 400 rolls and 60 assorted pies, the annual dinner also fed participants’ souls and spirits, nurturing the social connections that exist within this community. On behalf of the Georgetown Council on Aging, I would like to thank the Kiwanis Club, the Builders Club, the Georgetown High School Key Club, the Sports • Sports • Sports Georgetown School Department and the volunteers who provided the many hours of service necessary to offer this wonderful annual event to elders. We are thankful for all of you! Sincerely, Colleen Ranshaw-Fiorello, Director, Georgetown Council on Aging Pets, Animals, Plus GNOCA Health is Brimming & with Fitness Gratitude To the Greater Newburyport Community: In this season of giving thanks, Greater Newburyport Ovarian Cancer Awareness (GNOCA) is brimming with gratitude for the community at large. Thanks to the enthusiastic participation and extremely generous support of local individuals and businesses, GNOCA has enjoyed its seventh consecutive year of resounding success. September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month, and the four events we presented were so well attended and received that we raised over $39,000 in 2017, bringing our seven-year total to approximately $221,000. We are already anticipating and planning our 2018 season, when we hope to break the quarter of a million mark. This ongoing success would not be possible without a responsive and energetic community. Our goal has always been to raise funds for crucial patient services and cutting-edge research, ultimately leading to a cure. We aim to spread awareness of the subtle symptoms of ovarian cancer, a notoriously insidious disease. Our belief is that every life extended or saved through early detection and improved treatments is precious and worth celebrating. We are most fortunate and forever grateful to have been joined in our mission by a multitude of caring friends and neighbors. The sold-out Mad Hatter Tea Party, graciously hosted by Glenn’s Food and Libations for the past six years, was made possible through the fabulous dedication and expertise of Charlene Ferreira and Glenn Mayers. Planners Ann Marie Salmon, of Remax on the River, and Peg Egan, of My Cup of Tea in West Newbury, were blessed by the bountiful offerings of Andyman Dessert and Baking Co., BC Essentials, Bella Beads Studio, Best of British, Beth Munro Coaching and Consultation, Carry Out Café, Captain Bill’s “Coastie” Boat Cruises, Chococoa Baking Co., the Custom House Maritime Museum, Dana Sands Interior Design, Denise’s Flowers, Dianne’s Fine Desserts, Eclipse Salon of Salisbury and the Elephant’s Trunk. Also: Florida Ladies, Get in Shape for Women, Interlocks, Jan Lorrey Flowers, Janice Tangney Reiki, Joanne Colomycki scarves, Joppa Fine Foods, Karen Smith, Kim Below Acupuncture, Kimball’s Jams, Life is Good, Lindt Chocolate Shop, LCM Skin Therapies, Loretta’s, Louise Murphy Creative Wreaths, My Cup of Tea, Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, Pam Older Designs, Pause Yoga with Jennifer Freeman, Phat Cats Bistro, Putting on the Glitz of Portsmouth, Rose Tuxbury, Sarah Hebb Massage, Shaw’s Supermarket, Sunfun Tanning, Tom Ellis Life Coaching, UptonTea Imports, Vaalbara NBPT, Vickie’s Nails, Village Pancake House, Wenham Tea House, YWCA of Newburyport and 167 Water St. Bed and Breakfast. Jeanette Isabella smoothly served as Mistress of Ceremonies. Judges Claudia Harris, of the Elephant’s Trunk, and Nancy Jones, of the Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, showed impeccable taste and scintillating humor in selecting the winning hats in a wide variety of categories. The Lantern Festival, held at the Frog Pond on the Bartlet Mall, was another beautiful and moving observance. We owe endless thanks to our sponsors Trudy Bortz and Joe Boyer, Institution for Savings, and the Kelly Family Charitable Fund Trust. Patrons of the event included Catherine Green, Paul Flaherty Plumbing and Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank. The First Ipswich Bank served as a Friend to the Festival. We also could not have presented the Lantern Festival without the Bartlet Mall Commission, the Newburyport Parks Department, the Newburyport Fire Department and the Salvation Army. Sue Dosick organized a stellar set of creative calligraphers; Donna Ricci coordinated an amazingly talented group of musicians; Dave Hill, of Fusion Blue Productions, ably served as sound technician. We extend our utmost thanks to all these gifted and giving individuals. After heavy rain precluded the possibility of holding the Lantern Festival on the originally scheduled day, both Vickie Carr and Mayor Donna Holaday kindly helped us with all the necessary steps for moving the event to the next day. John Moynihan, Laurie Contrino, James Atkins, Evelyn Kovach and all the wonderful Firehouse staff facilitated the performance by the Boston Comedy Project, held at the Firehouse Center for the Arts. Our thanks for the delicious donations go out to the West Newbury Food Mart, Market Basket, Shaw’s, Dianne’s Fine Desserts, Natural Grocer, Buttermilk Baking Co. and Tendercrop Farm. Of course, the faithful sponsorship of Trudy Bortz and Joe Boyer, the Kelly Family Charitable Foundation, and Jonathan E. Lamson (in honor of Cheryl Lamson) was positively invaluable. Finally, the 5K Run/Walk in Honor of Jackie Poor and Paula Holm was graced by the able assistance of Michael’s Harborside (every year!), as well as, the Winners Circle, Joppa Flats Running Club, Rick Bayko, New Balance, the Thirsty Whale, Jessica Todd Hair Salon of Portsmouth, Coastal Aviation, Kathy Long, Crave Restaurant, Shaheen Brothers, Plum Island Coffee Roasters, Bruce Vogel, Essential Balance Massage, Giuseppe’s, and students from the Governor’s Academy. Huge thanks for this culminating event of the 2017 season also go out to Trudy Bortz and Joe Boyer, Anna Jaques Cancer Center and the Kelly Family Charitable Fund Trust. On a much sadder note, GNOCA wants to extend deepest condolences at the recent passing of Janice Snowden, a dedicated nurse and healthcare professional from West Newbury. When Janice was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, she courageously joined forces with our organization, and her “Team Janice,” with their very own tee shirts, participated at the 5K Run/Walk, honoring her and bolstering our efforts to raise awareness of the disease. Many thanks to local newspapers and the various media for so readily helping to get the word out for each event. Yes, the list is long, and any omissions are sincerely regretted. We are already looking forward to seeing all of you again next September, and we simply cannot thank the community enough for such incredible and heartwarming support. With eternal gratitude, Greater Newburyport Ovarian Cancer Awareness

The Town C November 29 - December 5, 2017 The North Shore’s Largest Page Independen 3 Continued from page 1 writing a check to the Charles E. Hardy Memorial Scholarship Fund and either dropped off at the RVA or mailed to 19 Bradford Street, Rowley 01969. The organization also raises funds during New England Patriots games and three-card bingo. It also has Friday night meat and seafood raffles. The RVA is collecting toys for underprivileged children on the North Shore. It is working in a program, called Christmas for Kids, sponsored by Sin City Cycles in Lynn and Saugus. The toys can be dropped at the RVA and will be distributed to the children at St. Michael’s Hall in Lynn at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15. For more information, visit Christmas for Kids on Facebook. Next week, the RVA has invited the Topsfield American Legion Post for an early Christmas dinner. Fred Hardy, cousin of Continued from page 1 to support us. People were passionate about golf,” Sorenson said. “I have made friends for life.” The golf center will have 30 mats for practicing drives. Ten mats will be heated for coldweather play. There will also be a 10,000 square-foot grass driving range. The ice cream will come from Richardson’s Farm in Middleton. Customers can relax on a 5,000- square-foot patio, watch golfers practice and eat the “awardwinning, dairy fresh” ice cream. Dube was most excited for the three acres Sorenson has devoted to practicing putts and chips. “Golf is best learned from the green backwards,” he said. The 12 to 16-member Triton team currently practices at the Ould Newbury Golf Club. “Ould Newbury is good to us,” Dube said. But it gets busy. Having the golf center gives the team another facility. And Sorenson himself adds “a professional who is really committed to teaching,” Dube said. Sorenson will also donate one day’s profit a year to fund a scholarship for a Triton student. The chosen student will be selected by Sorenson, Dube and high school Principal Timothy Rowley Veterans Association Focuses on Vets, Youth Charles E. Hardy and a RVA board member, is bringing the members of the post to the RVA at 6 p.m. on Dec. 5 because the post does not have a building of its own The public is invited to celebrate with the veterans. “This is a great opportunity to talk with World War II and Korean War vets,” Hardy said. Michelle Moon, who has worked at the RVA for 23 years, was hired on September 13 to be the new manager. Her assistant is Alyssa Cayer. Other board members are John Pigsley, Colby Heywood, Hank Tenney, Rich Dodson and Pamela Casey. The board has begun making much needed repairs and improvements to its building, which includes a function hall on the second floor, Morris said. “Building maintenance has been neglected for quite some time,” Morris said. Plumbing repairs have already been made. Driving Range Will Bring Golf to New Generation Ruggere. The golf center will also employ high school and college students, Sorenson said. “I want to give back,” Sorenson said. Winning the town’s approval took every bit of perseverance that Sorenson has learned from playing golf. The process involved five months of monthly hearings where immediate neighbors opposed the center. The land is zoned for residential and required the town to issue a special permit. At the town’s request, Sorenson moved the entrance and road to the center 500 feet to the west. That required him to have the entire facility redesigned. He also agreed to limit the lighting and close no later than 9 p.m. The neighbors also get one “dark night” per summer. To build the center, more than 10 acres of trees will have to be removed, but Sorenson said he would keep a buffer of trees along the property lines and protect natural habitats, including the Martin Burns Wildlife Refuge. Dube, who attended several of the town meetings to support Sorenson’s plans, is looking forward to the team using the facility next fall. He said Sorenson’s “vision was worth waiting for.” Other needed repairs include the roof and air conditioning units. A ramp for handicapped visitors is being installed to access the function room, he said. High school students interested in applying for the Charles E. Hardy $500 scholarships can find the application in their school’s guidance counselor’s office. “The criteria is not solely based on academics and is chosen based on community service and the student’s desire to pursue a fouryear degree,” the RVA said. Students who have family military ties or are pursuing a military career are encouraged strongly to apply, it said. In addition to completing the application form, students must write a two-page essay describing themselves and any community involvement project they have participated in. 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