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December 6, 2013

Health Beat: Bone marrow drive at Orange Leaf tomorrow

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Families will also have the opportunity to share humorous stories or favorite memories about the children they’ve lost.

The local memorial ties in with the 17th annual Worldwide Candle Lighting sponsored by The Compassionate Friends international organization.

Hopkinson is the author of “A Butterfly’s Journey: Healing Grief After the Loss of a Child” and the founder of the local Compassionate Friends chapter.

To attend Sunday’s event or for more information, contact Hopkinson at 617-410-6309 or barbara@abutterflysjourney.com.

Tree of Light Ceremony planned

The annual Tree of Light Ceremony will take place Monday at 5 p.m. at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport.

The Newburyport High School Varsity Chorus, directed by Lisa Zaleski, will perform, and all are welcome to join in the singing at the Highland Avenue entrance.

Light refreshments will follow in the Higgins Conference Room. The Tree of Light Scroll, which remembers and memorializes loved ones, will be on display in the lobby through the holidays. Donations for names benefit the Anna Jaques Hospital Aid Association, which raises money for patient care and services.

For more information, visit www.ajh.org.

Initiative helps cystic fibrosis research

A new endeavor by Jewett Farms + Co. is raising money for cystic fibrosis research.

The Off Cuts Initiative is an online workshop that sells products made from 100 percent off-cut materials, wood and stone, that would otherwise be thrown away. The goals are to reduce waste, increase creativity, and use the profits to support local charity and environmental efforts.

Fifty percent of the proceeds are donated to Team Trevor, a Maine nonprofit that has contributed more than $1 million to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The other 50 percent is earmarked for Jewett Farms’ environmental initiatives, including the purchase of a briquette press that will allow the company to turn sawdust into biofuel.

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