, Newburyport, MA

November 29, 2013

Region News in Brief

Newburyport Daily News

---- — Historical society offers quilt challenge

Quilters of all levels are invited to participate in the Peabody Historical Society’s first-ever miniature quilt challenge: “Reflections on Old Favorites.” Participants will choose one quilt from a selection of three antique quilts in the society’s collection and create a miniature quilt inspired by the design, technique, fabric or color scheme of the original. There is no entry fee to participate in this challenge. Submissions for “Reflections on Old Favorites” will be exhibited along with the society’s antique challenge quilts at the Smith Barn on April 5 and 6.

Visitors will have the opportunity to cast a vote for their favorite quilt, and Viewers’ Choice ribbons will be awarded to the top three entries, including a $100 cash prize for first place. This event will also feature an exhibit of antique quilts from the society’s collection arranged throughout the Nathaniel Felton Senior House.

Entry forms must be received by Monday, March 3, to participate in the challenge and exhibit. For pictures of the antique challenge quilts, submission guidelines and entry forms, visit or contact Heather Leavell at 978-977-0514 or

Red Cross looking for some heroes

Do you know a person who has performed an extraordinary act of courage to save someone’s life or helped in the rescue of someone in need? Or maybe you know someone who commits hours to a special cause?

The American Red Cross of Northeast Massachusetts will honor and celebrate these individuals at the 12th Annual American Heroes Breakfast on Thursday, March 20, from 7:30-9 a.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Boston in Danvers.

Hero categories include Enduring — a person who has made a difference in their community over a long period of time; Community — a Good Samaritan involved with an event or project that benefits the community; Youth — a student who demonstrated leadership qualities; Workplace — an organization that demonstrates unusual commitment to the community; First Responder — a firefighter, police officer or EMT who has performed an act beyond the call of duty; and Military — a member of the Armed Forces who acted above the call of duty.

All heroes must either live or work in the communities served by the American Red Cross of Northeast Massachusetts or their heroic act occurred in the chapter’s service territory. Communities include Amesbury, Byfield, Georgetown, Groveland, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Salem, Salisbury and West Newbury.

Nominate them by visiting RedCross.Org/MA/Peabody, or submit this form to Kimberly O’Hare, at 85 Lowell St., Peabody, MA 01960 or by Jan. 17.