NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

May 6, 2008

NEWBURYPORT NEWS IN BRIEF


Introduction to bicycling May 7

Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition and the League of American Bicyclists are sponsoring "Introduction to Bicycling" Wednesday, May 7, at 6 p.m. at the Newburyport Public Library, 94 State St. Two-hour interactive presentation. Admission is free; RSVP required at pierreavignon@yahoo.com.

Organizational meeting for UnCommon Dance, May 7

The Parks Commission will hold an organizational meeting Wednesday, May 7, at 7 p.m. in the conference room of the Newburyport Police Station, Green Street, to plan this year's UnCommon Dance. The dance will be held Saturday, June 21, at Atkinson Common for residents of all ages. Free dance lessons, ballroom dance demonstrations and sampling food from Newburyport restaurants.

The commission seeks volunteers to assist with publicity, sponsorships, decorations, planning food and beverages, and other tasks. Call Lise Reid at 978-463-3545 with questions.

Coastal Trails trip presentation May 8

The Coastal Trails Coalition will show an illustrated presentation of "The Longest Ride: 2007 Greenway Sojourn," the inaugural ride of the country's longest multi-use, off-road trail, Thursday, May 8 at 7 p.m. at the Newburyport Public Library, 94 State St. A short business meeting beings at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome.

Keep Moving Regional Walk May 9

This spring's "Keep Moving Regional Walk" will take place at Maudslay State Park, Friday, May 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Curzon Mill Road. There will be one-mile and three-mile walking routes. For inclement weather cancellation notices, please call 617-624-5972.

Church serving breakfast May 10

The First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist, 26 Pleasant St., will hold its annual May Breakfast on Saturday, May 10, from 8 to 11 a.m. Eggs, ham, baked beans, home fries, fruit salad, baked goods, coffee, tea, juice. Adults, $6; children, $5; maximum for family, $20.

Volunteers Needed, May 10

Volunteers are needed for the Little River Nature Trail work party sponsored by the Parker River Clean Water Association on Saturday, May 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. Volunteers should meet in Newburyport at the sign for the Little River Nature Trail on Storey Ave. Bring gloves, clippers, loppers and rakes. Light refreshments will be available.

YWCA preschool classes

YWCA offering preschool classes at the PITA Hall on Plum Island now to June 23. Classes include Indoor Soccer I and II, and Kids in Motion, for 3- to 4-year-olds who want to jump, boogie and move. Camp opportunities for ages 3 to entering fourth grade; full day child care. Register in person at 10 State St. until the end of April and, beginning May 5, at the YWCA on Market Street.

Take the First Splash on Saturday, May 31, in the new pools and Health and Wellness facility. For more information, visit www.ywcanewburyport.org or call 978-465-9922.

Council on Aging fair, hearing loss presentation May 13

Digital Hearing Healthcare will offer a complimentary presentation on hearing loss on Tuesday, May 13, at 10 a.m., at the Newburyport Council on Aging Senior Health Fair. An audiologist will offer free hearing screenings and hearing aid checks.

Trips open to seniors, others

The Friends of the Amesbury Council on Aging and Newburyport Golden Agers are sponsoring the following trips. They are open to anyone. You don't have to be a senior to go. For more information, visit the Amesbury Senior Center, 9 School St., call 978-388-8138, ext. 547, or 978-857-9013. Trips fill fast.

May 16 — Shades of Ireland, 10-day tour. Costs $2,649 per person.

May 19 — Mass Mutual Center in Springfield. International Tattoo, direct from Montreal. Royal Highland Regiment of Canada. Sixty pipers, drummers, Highland dancers. Includes lunch. Seventy-nine dollars per person.

RESTORE stadium has Web site

RESTORE, the committee to renovate and upgrade historic World War Memorial Stadium behind Newburyport High School, announces its new Web site, www.restoreourstadium.com. To donate, volunteer, and/or learn more, visit the site, which will be updated. This is a $1.4 million fundraising campaign. Donations may be sent to RESTORE, care of 26 Summit Place, Newburyport, MA 01950. Volunteers needed for the following committees: Events, foundations and grants, alumni outreach, youth sports outreach, community outreach, and public relations and communications. E-mail to info@restoreourstadium.com, or clancymac@comcast.net.

Class of '93 planning reunion

Newburyport High School's Class of 1993 is planning its 15-year reunion for the summer of 2008 and is looking for classmates. E-mail nhsclass1993@yahoo.com, or call Sean Reardon at 978-462-1139.

NHS Class of 1948 plans reunion

Newburyport High School's Class of 1948 will host its 60-year reunion at the Garrison Inn, 11 Brown Square, on Saturday, Sept. 20, from noon to 4 p.m. Includes social hour and luncheon.

Free birding programs

To learn more about birding at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, contact Sue McGrath for a schedule at Newburyport Birders, 44 Moulton St. 978-462-4785, e-mail to newburyportbirders@comcast.net or visit www.newburyportbirders.com.

Emergency Management opening membership

The Office of Emergency Management seeks volunteers for a variety of support services while promoting disaster preparedness, including response programs and activities in Newburyport and area towns. Activities include public education, disaster exercises, Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Volunteers are a vital resource to emergency or disaster response teams. Seniors and retirees encouraged to apply. For more information, call 978-465-4424 or visit www.newburyportoem.com.

NHS Class of '68 seeks class members for reunion

Newburyport High School's Class of 1968 seeks the following classmates to invite to their upcoming 40-year reunion this summer. Anyone with information may call Susan (Quill) LaBay at 978-462-1607.

Albert Berard, Vickie Bradbury Myette, Georgianna Blaisdell, Patricia Brady, Ann Brown, Deborah Cadario Smith, Sharon Courage, David Coffill, Marilyn Coyne, Kathleen Doyle, Sharon Danielson, Georgia Faulkner, Paula Gagnon, Robert Gagnon, Jean Hussey, John Haskins, Sima Hershfield, Kelly Hoy, Kenneth Kohan, Ellen Leary, Allison McLeod, Ann Marie McDonough, Connie Nelson Corbett, Beth Pasbrig, Mayreen Mulligan, Linda Perkins, Donna Palis, Carol Prost, Elizabeth Roche, Alice Ribeck, Kathryn Poore, Gayle Salter, Paul Trainor, Arlene Stoddard, Allan Veilleux, Robert Wilkie.

Volunteers needed at refuge store

The Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge need of volunteers to help staff The Plover's Nest gift shop and bookstore at the Refuge Headquarters and Visitor Center, 6 Plum Island Turnpike. The store will be open Saturdays and Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers will be needed to help customers and act as cashiers during those times. Training will be provided. The store is expected to be open in May. If you are interested in volunteering, call Kate Toniolo at 978-465-5753. The Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Inc. is an independent, 501 C3, nonprofit organization dedicated to the stewardship of the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.

Register for YWCA summer camps, more

The YWCA Greater Newburyport has it all! Register now for summer camps, summer School's Out (full-day program) and Health and Wellness at the new facility. Staff will be at the satellite office at 10 State St. Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Camp sessions and summer School's Out begin the week of June 30. For more information, visit www.ywcanewburyport.org.

The grand opening of the new Health and Wellness Facility (new four-lane lap pool, warm water pool, fitness center, group exercise room, kids' clubhouse, locker rooms) is slated for May.

Update on empty medicine bottles

Atria Merrimack Place thanks participants in the Empty Medicine Bottle campaign by dropping off empty medicine bottles for Partners in Development to distribute. Atria Merrimack Place is no longer accepting bottles; however, you may drop off bottles at the Newburyport Council on Aging, located at 40 Water St.

Newburyport host families needed

Worldwide International Student Exchange, a nonprofit educational program, seeks host families for Spanish students, ages 14 to 17, for a period of four weeks. Students can share a room with your child of the same gender. Students have a structured program each day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with English classes and cultural trips, and come with their own spending money. They want to experience an American family. The Spanish program runs June 29 to July 26. For more information, contact Donna Contini, teacher representative, at 978-358-7707 or docontini@ipswichschools.org.

Merrimack RiverFeline Rescue Society seeking volunteers

The MRFRS is currently seeking volunteers for their "Strut for Strays" fundraiser on Sunday, June 8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Bartlet Mall in Newburyport. The event will feature Randy Price at the honorary chairman, music by Sunchunk and refreshments. Proceeds will support MRFRS's programs caring for cats and kittens in need of aid locally.

Newburyport Choral Society scholarship available

The Newburyport Choral Society is offering a $1,000 scholarship, The Betty Gillette Newburyport Choral Society Scholarship, in honor of charter member Betty Gillette, lifelong teacher and student of music. High school seniors from northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire are eligible. For more information, call 978-462-0650, or Debby Morrison at 978-465-3271.

Class of 1988 holding reunion

Newburyport High School's Class of 1988 will hold their 20-year reunion Friday, Aug. 1, from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., at the Elks Lodge, Low Street. All classmates are sought for the invitations. Contact Tracy Wood (Eaton) at fugli99@comcast.net or Laurie Naughton (Schiavone) at launorton@yahoo.com with e-mail addresses or to update information.

Parks Commission seeks new members

The Newburyport Parks Commission seeks to fill two vacancies left by resigning members. Commissioners are responsible for oversight and management of city parks, parks budget, formulating strategies for parks maintenance, and capital improvements and community event coordination. Appointed by the mayor's office, they serve five years. Previous experience not needed, but interest in parks and recreation is recommended. Send a letter of interest to Mr. Robert Uhlig, chairman, Parks Commission, City Hall, 60 Pleasant St., Newburyport, MA 01950. For more information, e-mail nportparkscommission@yahoo.com or call Lise Reid, parks administrator, at 978-463-3545.

Walk For Life on May 10

The Pregnancy Care Center will hold its 16th annual Walk For Life on Saturday, May 10, at three locations: Hope Community, 11 Hale St., Newburyport; St. John the Baptist, 110 Lincoln Ave., Haverhill; and Free Christian Church, 31 Elm St., Andover, from 9 to 11 a.m. (rain or shine). The walk route is two miles. The PCC's three centers — Haverhill, Amesbury and Newburyport — served more than 1,500 individuals in 2007. Free T-shirts to walkers reaching $150 in pledges. To register, visit www.firstgiving.com/pccmv or call 978-373-5718, ext. 53.

YWCA membership news

Effective Friday, May 2, the YWCA Greater Newburyport will provide membership information and sell memberships at the YWCA, 13 Market St. Visit www.ywcanewburyport.org for more information.

One night, 12 fabulous dinners,benefit May 17

The YWCA Greater Newburyport will host a series of intimate dinner parties in Newburyport homes on Saturday, May 17. Each dinner features a special guest who is a performing artist or leader in business, medical, civic, academic, science, sports, or arts community who shares his/her talents or insightful ideas during the evening. Parking available at each dinner. For ticket information, visit www.ywcanewburyport.org or call 978-465-9922.

Scholarships available

DeValera Daughters of Isabella (female counterpart of the Knights of Columbus) will again offer two $500 scholarships to graduating Catholic seniors who will be continuing their education at a school of higher education. The scholarships are open to graduating seniors from Amesbury, Triton and Newburyport schools. For an application, contact Judith Kennedy, regent, Daughters of Isabella, 15 Kent St., Newburyport, MA 01950. Deadline for return of application is May 9.

Refuge seeks recruits for conservation corps

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge seeks recruits for its Youth Conservation Corps. Four positions available: two for boys, two for girls, who will work 40 hours per week for approximately eight weeks and earn the current minimum wage ($8/hour). Tentative dates are June 23 to Aug. 15. Candidates must commit to the full eight-week program, be 15 but have not reached 19 years during the time of employment, be a U.S. resident, have a Social Security number, and have a desire and ability to work outdoors. Applications are at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, 6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA 01950, located off Rolfe's Lane, or at most local high school guidance departments. Office hours at the refuge are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 978-465-5753. Applications must be received at the refuge no later than 4:30 p.m. on May 2. Selection by random drawing will be completed by May 9.

NHS Best Buddies program will meet May 13

Join Newburyport High School's Best Buddies program at Flatbread Co. in Amesbury on Tuesday, May 13, from 5 to 9 p.m. Best Buddies is an international organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment.

Ham and Bean suppers back at Masonic Hall

Monthly all-you-can-eat ham and bean suppers, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., at the Masonic Hall, 31 Green St. Hot dogs, ham, two types of beans, coleslaw, potato salad, brown bread and desserts. Parking available behind the hall for those attending. Adults, $7; children under 12, $4. Tickets at the door. For more information, call 978-465-9873.

Membership month at branch library

May is Membership Month at the Emma L. Andrews Branch Library, in the south end. Children enjoy story hours, adults participate in arm chair yoga, knitting, or a book club. The branch offers benefits of larger libraries without a long wait for the latest books. Ongoing book sale benefits the scholarship fund. Annual membership supports purchase of literature and worthwhile programs. Make a tax-deductible contribution to join or renew membership in the Andrews Branch Improvement Association Inc., 77 Purchase St., Newburyport, MA 01950. For more information, call 978-465-4430. Hours are Wednesdays, 1 to 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon.

Upcoming events: Saturday, June 7 — annual Bountiful Blossom Sale. Monday, July 28 — Annual Book and Bake Sale.

Spring trips

The following, open to area residents and families, are offered by the Newburyport Council on Aging's Trip Committee. For more information, call 978-462-8650.

Monday, May 19: With Amesbury and "Tunes of Distinction," a lively tattoo with Royal Highland Regiment (Black Watch) at the MassMutual Center, Springfield. Lunch in the Grand Ballroom. Cost: $79, inclusive. Departs from the Elks Lodge, Low Street, at 9:30 a.m., returns at 6 p.m.

Peace Fellowship Award deadline extended

A $1,000 peace fellowship will be awarded this spring by the Newburyport chapter of WAND, Women's Action for New Directions, to support development of a young peacemaker wanting to continue making a difference by addressing injustice and promoting peace. A secondary but equally important goal is to train youth leaders who will work for change through social and political activism. Applicants may be high school seniors or graduates who live in Newburyport, Amesbury, Triton, Pentucket, Georgetown, or Haverhill. Deadline for receipt of applications has been extended to May 2. Applications have been sent to each high school in the eligible districts and may be obtained by contacting Barbara Hildt at 978-388-3647, or e-mailing Joanna Hammond at jhammond@carlsonre.com.

Bicentennial Fashion Show at Belleville Church

Belleville Congregational Church, 300 High St., Newburyport, will present a Bicentennial Fashion Show on Sunday, May 11, at 2 p.m. Fashions from 1808 to 2008 will be modeled and on display. A private collection of fashions from the 1700s and early 1800s will be on view. High tea will be served by the men of the church in honor of Mother's Day. Tickets, $5 apiece, may be purchased at the door. The show will be accessed through the Chapel Street side door of the church.

Worship Series May 15

The last talk in the "Understanding Others' Worship" series will be held on Thursday, May 15, from 7 to 8 p.m., at the Newburyport Public Library. Geshe Gendun Dyatso, Spiritual Director of the Healing Dharma Center, West Newbury, will speak on Buddhism. The talk is free, and all are welcome.

Knitting, Origami and Chair Yoga

Marge Killam will host and Introduction to Knitting Class Wednesdays, from June 4 to June 25, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Emma L. Andrews Branch Library, 77 Purchase St., Newburyport. The class is limited to eight participants and free of charge. Contact 978-465-4430 to register.

Eloise Willemson will host Origami classes Wednesdays, from June 4 to June 25, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Emma L. Andrews Branch Library, 77 Purchase St., Newburyport. The class is limited to eight participants and free of charge. Contact 978-465-4430 to register.

Chris Morton will host Beginning Chair Yoga classes Wednesday, from May 31 to June 11, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., at the Emma L. Andrews Branch Library, 77 Purchase St., Newburyport. The class is limited to eight participants and free of charge. Contact 978-465-4430 to register.

Summer Sailing Classes for Children

The American Yacht Club will be hosting the Newburyport Summer Sailing Program for children age 10 to 18. Instruction is for beginner to advanced levels and for children ages 10 to 18. The two-week session for beginner and intermediate levels are: Session One; June 30 to July 11, from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m.; Session Two; July 14 to July 25, from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m.; Session Three; July 28 to Aug. 8, from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m.; Session Four; Aug. 11 to Aug. 22, 9 a.m. to noon. Advanced Racing; Aug. 11 to Aug. 22, 1 to 4 p.m. Fees are $270 for nonmembers and $230 for AYC members. For more information and applications, contact Sue at 603-474-9644.

Summer Sailing Classes for Adults

The American Yacht Club will be hosting the Newburyport Summer Sailing Program for adults over the age of 18. Instruction for beginner and advanced levels. The sessions are four weeks Mondays and Wednesdays. Session One; June 30 to July 23, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.; Session Two; July 28 to Aug. 20, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Fees are $290 for nonmembers and $250 for AYC members. For more information and applications, contact Sue at 603-474-9644.

Class of 1948 reunion meeting

The class of 1948 will hold a reunion meeting to discuss their 60th reunion, Monday, May 12, at 6:30 p.m., at Chase St., Newburyport. All interested classmates are invited. For more information, call 978-465-0777.