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6 WEEKLYNEWS.NET - 978-532-5880 MARCH 1, 2018 Seniors LYNNFIELD SENIOR CENTER ACTIVITIES ***** Blood Pressure: Every Tuesday from 9 - 10:30 a.m. we have a nurse who will take your blood pressure and answer any questions you may have regarding your blood pressure. Easter Craft: Join Elaine as we make a festive Easter Egg Wreath on Thursday, March 1 at 10 a.m. $1 payable at sign-up. Veterans Coffee Social : Join Tom Moran, Veteran’s Liaison from Compassionate Care Hospice, on the first Thursday of each month for coffee and conversation. Tom can direct you to further help if necessary on Thursday, March 1 at 12:30 p.m. Free. All veterans and spouses welcome. New Class Do-In (Dho- Yin): Do-In is a combination of stretching techniques, breathing exercises, and self massage. This technique is based in the stimulation of acupressure points on your body. Join Nicanor Snow each Tuesday, except the second Tuesday of the month) at 9 a.m. $5/class. ***** Thursday, March 1 8 a.m. Hairdresser, Exercise Room, Board Meeting. 8:30 a.m. Zumba Gold. 8:45 a.m. Drumming with Jill. 9 a.m. Manicurist, Gentle Pilates, Stitch and Chat. 9:15 a.m. Sit and Tone with Jill. 10 a.m. Yoga, Mah Jong Lesson, Easter Craft. 10:30 a.m. Lunch Bunch. 11 a.m. Aerobic Dance with Alice. 11:30 a.m. Lunch: Cheeseburger. 12:30 p.m. Bridge, Veteran’s Council. ***** Friday, March 2 8 a.m. Exercise Room, Breakfast. 8:30 a.m. Hairdresser. 9 a.m. Blood Pressure, Acrylic Painting. 9:15 a.m. Bingo. 9:30 a.m. Tai Chi. 10:30 a.m. Zumba. 11:15 a.m. Lunch: Grilled Eggplant Sandwich. ***** Monday, March 5 8 a.m. Exercise Room, Hairdresser. 8:30 a.m. Zumba with Alice. 8:45 a.m. Aerobics Video. 9 a.m. Walmart Shopping, Tax Prep, LaBlast Dance Fitness. 10 a.m. Creative Writing, Line Dance, Tap Dance, Sit & Tone with Darci, Topic of the Day. 11 a.m. Yoga. 11:30 a.m. Lunch: Eggplant Parm. 12 p.m. Oil Painting, Bowling, Photo Club. 12:30 p.m. Mah Jong, Mexican Train, Computer (sign up). ***** Tuesday, March 6 8 a.m. Hairdresser, Exercise Room. 8:45 a.m. Exercise Under the Belt. 9 a.m. Blood Pressure, Do-In Stretching. 9:15 a.m. Bingo. 9:30 a.m. Italian (Intermediate), Food Shopping. 10 a.m. Tai Chi. 10:30 a.m. Scrabble. 11:30 a.m. Lunch: Baked Potato Bar and Soup, Lunch and a Movie: All Saints. 12:30 p.m. Computer Class-sign up, Bridge, Watercolor Class, Successful Singles. ***** Wednesday, March 7 8 a.m. Exercise Room, Hairdresser. 8:30 a.m. Zumba. 9 a.m. Manicurist, Tripoley, Artist Drop-in, Alteration’s with Anita. 9:30 a.m. Aerobics Video. 10 a.m. Chair Yoga, Embroidery. 10:15 a.m. Italian (Beginner). 11:30 a.m. Lunch: Chicken Cacciatore, Lunch and a Movie: All Saints. 12:15 p.m. Pokeno, Canasta, Bridge. Trip: Calef’s General Store and Tuckaway Tavern, $5. ***** Thursday, March 8 8 a.m. Hairdresser, Exercise Room. 8:30 a.m. Zumba Gold. 8:45 a.m. Drumming with Jill. 9 a.m. Manicurist, Gentle Pilates, Stitch and Chat, My Life My Health sign up at GLSS. 9:15 a.m. Sit and Tone with Jill. 9:30 a.m. Geneology, Oriental Rug. 10 a.m. Yoga, Mah Jong Lesson, 10:30 a.m. Lunch Bunch. 11 a.m. Aerobic Dance with Alice. 11:30 a.m. Lunch: Fish Sandwich. 12:30 p.m. Bridge, Arthritis Pain Relief Exercises. ***** Friday, March 9 8 a.m. Exercise Room, Breakfast. 9 a.m. Blood Pressure, Hairdresser, Acrylic Painting. 9:15 a.m. Bingo. 9:30 a.m. Tai Chi, 10:30 a.m. Zumba, 11:15 a.m. Lunch: Mac and Cheese. ***** Monday, March 12 8 a.m. Exercise Room, Hairdresser. 8:30 a.m. Zumba with Alice. 8:45 a.m. Aerobics Video. 9 a.m. Walmart Shopping, Tax Prep, LaBlast Dance Fitness. 10 a.m. Creative Writing, Line Dance, Tap Dance, Sit & Tone with Darci. 11 a.m. Yoga. 11:30 a.m. Lunch: Chicken Quesadilla. 12 p.m. Oil Painting, Bowling. 12:30 p.m. Mah Jong, Mexican Train, Computer (sign up). ***** Tuesday, March 13 8 a.m. Hairdresser, Exercise Room. 8:45 a.m. Exercise Under The Belt. 9 a.m. Blood Pressure, Do In Stretching. 9:15 a.m. Bingo. 9:30 a.m. Italian (Intermediate), Food Shopping, Friend’s Big Band Dance. 10 a.m. Tai Chi, Low Vision Support Group. 10:30 a.m. Scrabble. 11:30 a.m. Lunch: Meatloaf. 12:30 p.m. Computer Class-sign up, Bridge, Watercolor Class, Sing-along with Jim. SENIORS AND OPIOIDS ***** Wednesday, March 14 8:30 a.m. Exercise Room, Zumba, Hairdresser. 9 a.m. Manicurist, Tripoley, Artist Drop-in, Alteration’s with Anita. 9:30 a.m. Aerobics Video. 10 a.m. Chair Yoga, Embroidery, Dementia Awareness Day. 10:15 a.m. Italian (Beginner). 11:30 a.m. Lunch: Roast Turkey, Clergy Lunch. 12:15 p.m. Pokeno, Canasta, Bridge. Trip: Tour of Boston Public Library, $10. ***** PETER A. TORIGIAN SENIOR CENTER ***** Thursday, March 1 8 a.m. Breakfast. 8:30 a.m. Quilting. 9:15 a.m. Whist. 9:30 a.m. Big Band Dancing, Painting (advanced). 10 a.m. Bridge, 1 a.m. Sing-a-Long. 2 p.m. Show Rehearsal. ***** Friday, March 2 8 a.m. Oil Painting (beginner), TOPS Weigh- In. 9 a.m. Aerobics, TOPS Meeting, Computer Help. 10:30 a.m. Grief/Loss Group. 11:15 a.m. Chair Yoga. 12 p.m. Open Art Studio. 12:30 p.m. Bingo. 1 p.m. Scrabble. ***** Monday, March 5 9 a.m. Aerobics, Duplicate Bridge. 10 a.m. Drill Team, Bridge. 11:15 a.m. Zumba. 12:30 p.m. Model Ship Building, Bingo. 1 p.m. Food Commodity. 2:30 p.m. Friends Board Meeting. ***** Tuesday, March 6 9 a.m. Peabody Kiosk. 9:15 a.m. Whist. 9:30 a.m. Exercise with Edye, Japanese Bunka. 10:30 a.m. Line Dancing. 11:30 a.m. Birthday Celebration. 12 p.m. Mah Jongg. 12:30 a.m. Crocheting and Knitting, Property Tax Exemptions Presentations. ***** Wednesday, March 7 9 a.m. Aerobics, Rug Hooking, Wood Carving, Sewing and Repair, Peabody Reacts. 10:15 a.m. Zumba. 12:30 p.m. Model Ship Building. 1 p.m. The media are filled with reports of widespread opioid abuse that has reached epidemic proportions. According to a recent study, about 38% of U.S. adults took legitimately prescribed opioids in 2015, which is four times the rate of prescribing in 1999. Perhaps not surprisingly, seniors comprise a sizable number of these prescriptions. According to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, nearly one-third of seniors enrolled in Medicare part D used prescription opioids in 2015. The reason is that acetaminophen is relatively ineffective for treating inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, while non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen raise the risk for gastrointestinal bleeding in elderly patients. So, American Geriatric Society guidelines recommend opioids for seniors with life-impairing moderate-to-severe chronic pain. It is no secret that as you age, you face greater risk of illness and injury. Seniors are more susceptible to injuries that require pain management, such as broken bones and chronic pain. Unfortunately, there are not many good options for treating pain in seniors. Seemingly benign drugs like ibuprofen or Advil can lead to serious bleeding, while being far less effective at treating pain than opioid or synthetic opioid painkillers. For more information, please call VILLAGE PHARMACY at 781-334-3133. We are located in the Colonial Shopping Center. Open” Mon.-Fri., 9-8; Sat. 9-5; and Sun. and holidays, 9-1:30. HINT: If opioids are the best option for relieving pain, seniors are advised to consult with their physicians about taking the lowest possible dose and minimizing any risks from taking the drugs. Colonial Shopping Center • 590 Main St. Lynnfield, MA 01940 • 781-334-3133 NARFE Meeting, Golden Agers Meeting. ***** Thursday, March 8 8 a.m. Breakfast. 8:30 a.m. Quilting. 9:15 a.m. Whist. 9:30 a.m. Big Band Dancing, Painting (advanced), Walkin Blood Pressure. 10 a.m. Bridge. 12:30 p.m. Game Afternoon. 1 p.m. Sing-a-Long. 2 p.m. Show Rehearsal. ***** Friday, March 9 8 a.m. Painting (beginner), TOPS Weigh- In. 9 a.m. Aerobics, TOPS Meeting. 10:30 a.m. Grief/Loss Group. 11:15 a.m. Chair Yoga. 12 p.m. Open Art Studio. 12:30 p.m. Bingo. 2:30 p.m. Ping-Pong. ***** Monday, March 12 9 a.m. Aerobics, Duplicate Bridge, Tom Walsh’s Office Hours. 9:30 a.m. Podiatry. 10 a.m. Drill Team, Bridge. 11:15 a.m. Zumba. 12:30 p.m. Model Ship Building, Bingo. 2 p.m. Caregiver’s Support Group. ***** Tuesday, March 13 9 a.m. Peabody Kiosk, Huga-Bears. 9:15 a.m. Whist. 9:30 a.m. Exercise with Edye, Japanese Bunka, Library on the Road. 10:30 a.m. Line Dancing. 12 p.m. Mah Jongg. 12:30 p.m. Crocheting and Knitting, Party Set-up. 4 p.m. Drivers Meeting. ***** Wednesday, March 14 9 a.m. Aerobics, Rug Hooking, Wood Carving, Sewing and Repair. 10:15 a.m. Zumba. 12:30 p.m. Model Ship Building, Low Vision Group. St. Patty’s Day Party. ***** Thursday, March 15 8 a.m. Breakfast. 8:30 a.m. Quilting. 9:15 a.m. Whist. 9:30 a.m. Big Band Dancing, Painting (advanced), Flower Show Trip. 10 a.m. Bridge. 1 p.m. Singa-Long. 2 p.m. Show Rehearsal. ***** Friday, March 16 8 a.m. Painting (beginner), TOPS Weigh-In. 9 a.m. Aerobics, TOPS Meeting, Tips and Topics, Computer Help. 11:15 a.m. Chair Yoga. 12 p.m. Open Art Studio, NARFE Meeting. 12:30 p.m. Bingo. 1 p.m. Scrabble. ***** Monday, March 19 9 a.m. Aerobics, Duplicate Bridge. 10 a.m. Drill Team, Bridge. 11:15 a.m. Zumba. 12:30 p.m. Model Ship Building, Bingo. ***** Tuesday, March 20 9 a.m. Peabody Kiosk, Hug-a-Bears. 9:15 a.m. Whist. 9:30 a.m. Exercise with Edye, Japanese Bunka. 10:30 a.m. Line Dancing. 12 p.m. Mah Jongg. 12:30 p.m. Crocheting and Knitting.

MARCH 1, 2018 WEEKLYNEWS.NET - 978-532-5880 PAGE 7 Sports Hockey coach Roach steps onto familiar ice By Anne Marie Tobin PEABODY — The Peabody/ Lynnfield girls hockey team, fresh from having completed the best season in its history, certainly got a dose of postseason reality when it found out that it would play St. Mary’s last night in the opening round of the MIAA Division 1 state tournament. After all, the Spartans have won five state titles, four in Division 1. They are the fifth seed with a 15-3-2 record. And they are, like Peabody (11-7-2) working on their best season since their most recent state title in 2013. The good news for the Tanners is that if anyone knows a thing or two about St. Mary’s girls hockey, and has the bio to back it up, it’s Peabody coach Michelle Roach, a former St. Mary’s assistant coach and one of the trailblazing female hockey pioneers who were there when the Spartans’ program began in 2001-2002. A Lynn native and resident, Roach cut her hockey teeth at Connery at the age of 10 when she started playing in the Lynn Youth Hockey program. Roach, who had played on the boys junior varsity hockey team as a freshman and sophomore, made the leap to the girls team her junior year. “They didn’t have a girls’ team, so my only choice was to play with the boys, so that’s what I did,” said Roach. “My father, Bob, was instrumental in getting the program going. He went to all the meetings and ended up coaching as an assistant the first four or five years. When the school finally voted to start a girls team, there were about 12 or 13 of us who played on the team my junior year when it was club. There were only four or five of us who had ever skated before, let alone play hockey, and everyone else was brand new. I didn’t come off the ice much, needless to say. We just were a bunch of girls who wanted to play hockey. We had a few forwards and a couple D who had played before and a coach (Todd Langlis) who really believed in us.” The following year in the Spartans’ first season as a varsity program, Roach served as captain and led the team in scoring, earning Eastern Mass all-star honors, CCL all-league honors and all-scholastic honors. She led the Spartans to their first-ever state tournament, scoring three goals in the Spartans’ first round 9-6 loss to Watertown. Roach also served as captain of the Spartans’ cross country and outdoor track teams. Roach moved on to play three years on the women’s team at St. Michael’s College, becoming the first of many accomplished St. Mary’s alums to play collegiate hockey. She hung up her skates prior to her senior year when concussions and pneumonia cut her career short. Playing career, that is. In 2009-2011, she was back at her alma mater as an assistant coach. “It was an incredible run, and to be a part of those teams that had a 100-game unbeaten streak was just the best,” she said. “I still remember when the streak was broken, it was overtime against Hingham in the 2011 quarterfinals. We had won our third straight state championship my first year, then won again in 2013. It was great working for Frank (Pagliuca) and I think I learned so much from him. “It was incredible to be on the ground floor of the program, then return to see the program’s growth as well as be a part of it. It far surpassed anything I had imagined when I put on the first jersey at 16 years old – we built something really cool that has made such a huge impact in Massachusetts girls’ hockey.” Fast forward to the summer of 2015 when Roach was hired as the new coach of a fledgling Peabody/Lynnfield girls hockey team. She inherited a team that won just four games the year before. That first year, the team set a program record with six wins, then last year, the team qualified for the Division 1 tournament for the first time in program history with a regular season record of 9-8-3 before losing in the preliminary round round to Arlington, 5-1. Roach was hoping this could be the year Peabody breaks though to get its first-ever tournament win. Rocha is the best in the East PHOTO | MARK GRANT Michelle Roach talks things over with captain Sarah Buckley of Peabody during a recent game. “We play a tough regular-season schedule,” she said. Actually, Roach, a member of the St. Mary’s Varsity Club, was in both lockerrooms for last Wednesday’s game She was in the visiting lockerroom and her picture was in the home room. “Frank has a tradition of putting pictures of all of his players who go on to play college hockey on the wall of the home locker room, so that’s why my picture, as the first player in St. Mary’s history to play in college, is on that wall. I think it is so ironic, when you think of all the teams we could have played, it’s St. Mary’s where I was there when it all started.” Under Roach, the Peabody/ Lynnfield program has grown by leaps and bounds. The Tanners set program records for most wins (11), most games above .500 (four), fewest games needed to clinch a tournament spot (17), and most times qualified for the tournament (2). Sophomore Sammie Mirasolo set a single-season scoring record with 41 points and became the first Tanner to win a league (Northeastern Hockey League) MVP award. The Tanners also set a program record for the their highest tournament seed (25th) and finished with a program-best record. PHOTO | VINNY DUSOVIC, BIG EAST Former Peabody High track and cross country standout Catarina Rocha, a graduate student at Providence College, won the Big East Indoor Track Championship women’s 5,000 meter run last Friday at Staten Island, N.Y. The race turned into a 2-way battle between Rocha and teammate Abbey Wheeler, who distanced themselves from the rest of the pack early with Rocha pulling ahead to win the title in 16:05.85. The victory was the first Big East indoor title of Rocha’s career and third overall title.