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May 21, 2013

Sunshine in a package

Whenever I meet new acquaintances who have piqued my interest, I want to share the experience.

During my stay for surgery rehab in February at Brigham Manor, Martha was the CNA on my first night there who helped me prepare for bedtime. Her work ethic, her wonderful manner of dress and her personality brightened my evening. When I told her how nice she looked, she grinned and said it made her feel good as well as “lifting the patient’s spirits.”

In January 2009 Martha and her husband came to the U.S. from Nairobi, Kenya, after she and her family were chosen in a lottery consisting of 40 different tribes to come here to live. Her niece, from Newburyport, hosted them and in March 2009 their three children followed. They had stayed in Africa with Martha’s family until their parents were well-settled in Newburyport and had found employment.

Melena, 19, is at Bentley College; Ronnie, 14, enters high school this September and Lynn, 11, attends Rupert Nock Middle School. Melena was awarded “Excellence in Education” on Sept. 16, 2012 at a banquet sponsored by the Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank held at the Hungry Traveler in Salisbury. She also later won the Best Delegation Award, a top honor, with nine young people from Newburyport. They belonged to the Newburyport High School UN Club (an event that 27 different high schools had competed in) at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham. It took one month for these young people to prepare for their roles for an International Court reenactment.

Ronnie, a basketball player at Rupert Nock, made a jump shot against Hamilton-Wenham at the Nock Middle School. They won the game, I believe, by one point! Back in September 2012, as a Clipper receiver, he went up for a high pass during a NYFL game with North Andover. I believe that pictures of these two events were in The Daily News on March 6, 2012 and Sept. 18, 2012. On Nov. 22, 2010 another picture appeared of Ronnie as a forward going high for a rebound in basketball with the Pentucket players.

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