NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

September 30, 2013

Rowley first-grader wins Bruins prize for summer reading efforts

Rowley Town Notebook
Michelle Pelletier Marshall

---- — Pine Grove first-grader Caroline Lemos was one of a select group of young people to receive Boston Bruins prize for her outstanding participation in Rowley Public Library’s summer reading program. Lemos read for 18.5 hours over the summer, making her one of the top five readers in her age category. According to children’s librarian Hermayne Gordon, Lemos is also one of the library’s year-round readers, making weekly trips to the library with her family to check out “lots of books.”

For her outstanding reading efforts, Caroline has received two balcony level tickets to a Boston Bruins game, complete with the opportunity to high-five Bruins players as they exit the locker room at game time. She has chosen three possible dates to attend a game and is waiting for confirmation from the Bruins on the final date.

The Boston Bruins first teamed up with the MBLC and the Massachusetts Library System as sponsors of library programs in 2009. The organizations work with libraries across the state to make reading a part of summer fun for all ages.

In 2012, over 300,000 people participated in statewide summer reading programs in libraries across the state. This summer’s program at the Rowley Public Library saw 177 children read for a total of 861 hours and teens read a whopping 27,987 pages.

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Last week’s Farmer’s Market on the Town Common was host to the annual Antique Tractor Competition. The winners were: Jimmy Dennis of Byfield, who took home the Best in Show prize; Barry Moore of Rowley who won Best Restoration; and Kelly Herrick of Rowley, who was recognized for having the oldest working tractor, from 1950, at the show.

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Sign-ups for Triton Youth Basketball are open until Oct. 13 for the REC team and Oct. 4 for the travel team. Try-outs for travel are on Saturday, Oct. 12, at Triton Regional High School. Visit www.tritonyouthbasketball.com for more info and to register.

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Michelle Pelletier Marshall reports on the town of Rowley for The Daily News. She can be reached at marshallsinmass@comcast.net.