, Newburyport, MA

January 28, 2014

Amesbury news in brief

Newburyport Daily News

---- — Art classes at Senior Center

The Amesbury Senior Recreation Center is offering an art class on Mondays from 10-11:30 a.m. at Amesbury Council on Aging.

The class, Art with Cara, is taught by Cara Smoley, who has 20 years’ experience as an art teacher. No previous training needed.

The fee is $5 per session on a drop-in basis. Call the Center at 978-388-8138 to register. Any questions, phone Smoley at 978-430-6657.

Call of DutyMilitary Club

The Amesbury Public Library in connection with the Newburyport Veterans Department has begun its second year of Call of Duty Amesbury. The club will meet every other Wednesday with a presentation from a veteran and then strategy games and a snack in the mess hall (Teen Lounge). The club is open to students in grades 6 to 9. For more information, contact Margie Walker, teen librarian, at 978-388-8148 or More information is available the our website at

MSBC basketball winter program

The Market Street Baptist Church, 37 Market Street, Amesbury is hosting an 8-week Junior Church Basketball Winter Program for girls and boys ages 5 to 8 in the church gym on Fridays from Jan. 31 until March 21, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

This program is a noncompetitive, instructional league designed to teach fundamental basketball skills and basic Bible knowledge in a fun and engaging manner. A suggested donation of $10 per child to help defray expenses. Make check payable to: MSBC/Bball. Space is limited. To register in advance contact the church office at 978-388-0930 or All are welcome. Registration time is on Jan. 31 from 6 to 6:30 p.m.

Yoga class for female veterans

The Amesbury Council on Aging, along with Dr. Heidi Lilienthal and Whitney Willman, yoga instructor, announce the launch of a yoga class for female veterans. This class is specifically for female veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and military sexual trauma (MST). This will be a 75-minute mat class and attendants should be able to get up and down from the floor with relative ease. Classes will be held over 12 consecutive weeks and will meet on Saturday mornings (time will be determined). This class will build new skills each session and weekly participation is crucial. The first class will be held on Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Council on Aging in The Provident Room. Those interested in attending should contact Tarynne Crutchfield at the Amesbury COA to be screened. She can be reached at 978 388-8138, ext. 551.This class is open to female veterans from Amesbury and the surrounding communities.

Coffee hours at the senior center

The Amesbury Council on Aging will hold the following coffee hours:

Jan. 29, 9 a.m.: Come and meet Mayor Ken Gray. Enjoy a cup a coffee and some light breakfast items with the mayor. This is an informal session and a great opportunity to introduce yourself to Mayor Gray.

Feb. 3, 9 a.m.: Congressman Tierney will be at the Amesbury Council on Aging. All are welcome to join us as we meet with Congressman Tierney. Enjoy a cup of coffee and light refreshments. This is in an informal session that welcomes all to attend.

Please RSVP to 978-388-8138. For more information, contact Annmary Connor, COA director.

O’Connor Ives office hours

State Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives, D-Newburyport, will host office hours in Amesbury on Friday, Feb. 7, between 1 and 2 p.m.

Office hours will be held at the Amesbury Senior Center library. Appointments are not required. Contact her office at 617-722-1604 or by emailing with questions.

Book of Troop 4 history on sale

A Troop 4 Boy Scout history book is for sale at Market Street Baptist Church, 37 Market St., Amesbury.

“Boy Scouts of America Troop 4, Amesbury MA of Market Street Baptist Church History 1957-2009” is a 240-page book by Dianne Dostie Cole. It offers a chronological history of Troop 4 compiled from church records, local newspaper articles as well as scout memorabilia ending with the 50th anniversary celebration. Color photos as well as black and white are included in the book.

It can be purchased at the church office for $30. Call 978-388-0937 or email All proceeds go to the troop.

Blankets 4 Kids seeks assistance

The Amesbury Council on Aging’s Blankets 4 Kids programs is seeking community members to aid in making new blankets for children who live in the upper Merrimack Valley. Blankets can be made at home and dropped off. Both fleece as well as yarn for those who prefer to knit or crotchet the blankets are available.

Volunteers are also being sought to aid in the inventory and packaging of blankets. Some of the distribution sites for the blankets include the Amesbury Holiday Program, Pettengill House, DCF Haverhill office, Pregnancy Care Center, and Amesbury Fire and Police departments.

The group meets weekly on Mondays at 10 a.m. in the Senior Center’s Institution for Savings Arts and Creativity Room. Anyone interested in making or receiving blankets should contact Beverly Drew at 978-852-3042 or email

Volunteer opportunities

The Amesbury Council on Aging is in search of volunteers to assist in several different areas. The Council on Aging is looking for adult volunteers for Friendly Visitors, a program to help helping caregivers and people who are frail. Friendly visitors are paired with homebound adults who are older or frail and have scheduled visits one to three times each week. The program aims to helps homebound adults with socializing, meeting the individual’s social needs, helping caregivers, and on occasion running local errands to pick up items such as groceries. No transporting of people in your vehicle is needed.

In other areas: the reception area for two to five hours at a time to answer phone, schedule van trips, register clients for events; technology support at times that are flexible to manage social media, websites and distribution lists. For more information, stop by the Council on Aging on Elm Street. For a volunteer packet, or contact Jean Marie at 978-388-8138.

Call for volunteers

The Carriage Barn Equine Assisted Therapy Program is looking for volunteers to assist with therapeutic riding and carriage driving, fundraising, events and activities. Volunteers are needed at various times throughout the week to work with horses and clients. Adults and retirees are welcome, and volunteers must be at least 14 years of age. Experience and horse knowledge is a plus, but is not required. Anyone interested in learning more can contact The Carriage Barn at 603-378-0140 or email The program is a 501c3 Not-for-Profit Organization, as well as a member center of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International

Lil’ Squirts Program for ages 3 to 5

Amesbury Youth Recreation has openings for its Lil’ Squirts Program at Amesbury Cultural Center. The play-based program provides social opportunities for children ages 3 to 5 to help them grow. It meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and consists of cooperative games, physical activity, circle exercises, singing, storytelling, nature activities and more.

For more information, contact Kathy Crowley, youth recreation director, at 978-388-8137 or visit her office on the second floor of 5 School St. Brochures and registration forms are also available on the town’s website at

Vigil for common-sense gun laws

A group of concerned citizens vigil every Monday from 9 to 10 a.m. in Amesbury to promote gun safety laws. The group gathers at the the corner of Main and Sparhawk streets near the gazebo by the town library. Organizers have been holding the vigil every Monday since January in response to the tragedy in Newtown, Conn. All are welcome. Note the change of time.

Amesbury Cultural Council seeks volunteers

The Amesbury Cultural Council is looking for volunteers who would like to serve on the local council. Our goal is to help foster and promote the cultural enjoyment and enrichment of our citizens through local and regional arts and culture events and programs. If interested, please contact the Amesbury Town Hall for an application. Additionally, email can be sent to for information.

Lego Club at library

Children ages 6 to 10 are invited to come and build with Legos at the Amesbury Public Library, 149 Main St. The Lego Club will feature a different theme to create around each month; Legos will be supplied. Registration is required. For more information, visit, call the Children’s Room at 978-388-8148, ext. 4, or email