NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

November 19, 2012

Girl Scouts collect flags for reuse at Memorial Day

Rowley Town Notebook
Michelle Pelletier Marshall

---- — As part of an annual tradition, Rowley Girl Scouts in Troop 66864 will be gathering the small American flags from the graves at the Rowley town cemetery on Sunday at 2 p.m. They will present those that are unusable to the VFW for proper retirement and save the rest to hand out to participants in the town’s Memorial Day parade in the spring. This year, the girls will be handing off the yearly project to the fourth-graders in Jr. Girl Scout Troop 62087, also of Rowley.

Troop 66864 leader Diane Frithsen said the dozen 11-year-old girls in the troop are glad to collect the flags and excited to hand them out on Memorial Day. “This is a project they chose to do, and they are looking forward to being mentors to the younger girls in the junior troop, who will carry on the flag-collecting tradition next year.”

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The annual Pine Grove School holiday craft fair will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Over 100 crafters from all over New England will be displaying their wares at this very popular holiday fair.

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Keep stress-free during the holidays with the simple meditation techniques being taught by Jake Karlins, who has studied Buddhism and mediation for 10 years, at the Rowley Public Library on Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 7 to 8 p.m. This free program will teach basic meditation techniques to use to de-stress during the holiday season.

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The next novel for the public library book club is “The News from Paraguay” by Lilly Tuck, which is a historic novel set in 19th century Paraguay. Get your copy of the book at the library to be ready for the book club discussion on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the library.

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The Rowley Food Pantry is in need of donations. Needed items include non-perishable canned goods, paper goods and personal hygiene items. The pantry, located at the Baptist Church at 153 Main St., is open Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon and Thursday from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

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While you’re cooking your favorite dishes for the holidays, think about submitting some of the recipes for the Rowley Historical Society’s 2014 cookbook. This updated edition of the 1994 edition will feature the tried and true recipes from 1994 as well as all the new ones sent in. Send your recipes — for appetizers, desserts, main courses, salads, soups, candy and more — to Diane McMahon, c/o The Rowley Historical Society, 233 Main St., Rowley, MA 01969 or drop them off to Town Clerk Susan Hazen. Remember to include contact information in case there are questions about your recipe.

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Michelle Pelletier Marshall covers Rowley for The Daily News. She can be reached at marshallsinmass@comcast.net