, Newburyport, MA

November 2, 2012

Merrimac Senior News

Newburyport Daily News

---- — Veterans Luncheon: Veterans and a guest are invited to a luncheon in their honor at the Merrimac Senior Center, 100 E Main St., on Friday, Nov. 9, at noon. Call the senior center at 978-346-9549 to make a reservation.

Craft Fair: The senior center is hosting a Holiday Craft Fair with more than 20 vendors from the region on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There will also be a cafe with muffins, soups, chowders, cookies, coffee, tea and cider. Featured items for sale will include handmade jewelry, hand-sewn and knitted items, baked goods and preserves, Christmas and Thanksgiving items and more.

Peggy’s Pantry: The Merrimac Senior Food Pantry will be distributing food packages for Thanksgiving on Wednesday, Nov. 7, and Friday, Nov. 16. Anyone who would like to receive a food package should contact the senior center and speak with Laura or Joyce. Donations of canned goods and nonperishables are gratefully accepted. For a wish list, contact the senior center.

Red Hatters: The Red Hatters will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 13, for a “Beauty Day” at the Cosmetology Department at Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School in Haverhill. Call Lorraine Chevalier at 978-346-9732 to make a reservation.

Wii Tournament: The Merrimac and Amesbury senior centers hold a Wii Tournament on the second Tuesday of every month. The next tournament will be held Nov. 13 at 9:30 a.m. at the Merrimac Senior Center. Anyone wishing to participate is welcome to drop in. Regularly scheduled Wii games are played every Tuesday at 9 a.m.

Volunteers needed: The senior center is looking for volunteer receptionists to answer phones, help decorate the center for holidays and seasons, aid with the Gift Shop, make reassurance calls to homebound elderly and make evening calls for the “Tuck In Program.” Anyone wishing to make a difference in the lives of seniors should call the center and speak with Sandy.

Lunches: Lunches prepared onsite by the center’s wonderful cook and staff are served Monday through Friday at noon. Meals cost $3.50. For a complete monthly menu, call the senior center or go online to the Merrimac Senior Center newsletter at

Friends of the Council on Aging: The next meeting of the Friends of Merrimac Council on Aging is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 1:30 p.m. All dues-paying members are invited to attend and are urged to bring ideas to help plan future events.

Calling all quilters: Join together for a quilting afternoon on Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. Bring your current or old projects to the sessions.

Transportation available: Anyone in need of a ride to medical appointments, the senior center, local hairdresser or grocery shopping can call the Merrimac Senior Center to arrange for transportation with its van or volunteer drivers through Northern Essex Elder Transport. Please call a minimum of two business days in advance for local transportation or two weeks ahead for medical appointments to Peabody, Burlington, Boston and anywhere beyond 15 miles of Merrimac. Cost is based on mileage, but the fee within Merrimac is only $1 one way or $2 round-trip. For more information or to set up a ride, call the senior center at 978-346-9549 during normal working hours.

“Merrimac Stories:” Do you have a life story that you would be interested in sharing? Merrimac TV Channel 18 is looking for people who grew up in Merrimac or moved to Merrimac to share the community’s story, culture and anecdotes. Anyone with ideas for TV shows or interested in offering a story should speak with Laura at the senior center or Chris Liquori in Merrimac Town Hall.