Friday, October 3, 2014

Essex Happenings … October 2014

Essex Heritage News
Board of Trustees Elections Held
This fall, the Essex Heritage Board of Trustees elected the following members as new officers for the organization:
·         Vice President – John Farmer, Eastern Bank (current Essex Heritage Treasurer)
·         Treasurer – Kevin Rourke, Salem Five Bank
·         Assistant Treasurer – Timothy Felter, Newburyport Five Cent Savings Bank

Five Essex Heritage Commissioners were also elected to be new trustees:
·         Gary Coon, Managing Director, Major League Investments, Inc., Salem
·         Wayne Eisenhauer, President, Danvers Historical Society
·         James Rudolph, Managing Partner, Rudolph Friedmann, LLP, Boston
·         Thomas Sullivan, Law Office of Thomas J. Sullivan, Haverhill
·         Pamela Yameen, Butcher Boy Market, North Andover

Other Essex Heritage Matters
Move It: Essex Heritage has teamed up with the YMCA of the North Shore for  Move It! 100 Miles in 100 Days challenge – a new program inspiring individuals and families of all ages to get active.

Yankee Magazine Award: Essex Heritage was named a 2014 “Best of New England — Editors’ Choice” Winner by Yankee Magazine for the film "Salem Witch Hunt: Examine the Evidence"

Regional Visitor Center Information Desk: Essex Heritage had a Grand Opening Celebration on September 16 to mark the opening of the new Essex National Heritage Area Visitor Information Desk.  Located within the National Park Service’s Regional Visitor Center, the Essex Heritage staff will provide information on things to do and places to visit all over the 500 square mile Essex National Heritage Area region.

Trails & Sails: This annual  Two Weekends of Walks and Water was again held on the last two weekends of September.  With wonderful weather and great events, it was a great success and there were more than 5,000 participants who explored the 150+ FREE events all around Essex County.

Annual Fall Meeting: On October 23, Essex Heritage will hold its Annual Fall Meeting at The Governor’s Academy in Byfield. Your participation is welcome at this very valuable morning of networking and regional engagement.  For reservations contact Essex Heritage at 978-740-0444 or contact them at www.essexheritage.org .   The event is free, most informative and rewarding.  The Governor’s Academy is the oldest continuously operating boarding school in the US.

Regional News
Local financial institutions completed merger on September 1
North Shore Bank and Saugus Bank have completed their merger under the banner of North Shore Bank on September 1ST.  David La Flame will continue to be the CEO and Kevin Tierney will be the President.  David is a Trustees at Essex Heritage and Kevin is a former Trustee and also served as President of Essex Heritage for several years.  At this time we are uncertain how the merger will impact their connections with Essex Heritage.

Town of Danvers Fireworks Decision
As reported in last month’s BLOG, the volunteer board of Family Festival, due to the costs and safety issue connected with this event, have canceled the fireworks feature of this month long celebration.  Now Danvers town leadership has wisely decided that those burdens will not be borne by the community.  So the spectacular event will be just history.

Preservation of Historic Farmhouse on Locust Street in Danvers Urged by Residents
Staying with news in Danvers for this report, a local developer is attempting to create an over age 55 residential property on land in Danvers that has been used recently by the Clark School.  The property is a first period house and a number of area residents have come out in favor of preserving the property in its present condition.  The Town’s Preservation Committee will soon be holding a public hearing on this issue.

Essex County Foundation Seminars for Non Profit Corporations to be held in Wenham
The Essex County Foundation, among its efforts to raise funds for worthwhile organization in the county, has announced that it will be offering a four part  series of workshops for the local leadership of non-profit organizations in this region.  The events will take place into the first week of October and will be held at the Wenham Museum and the Community House in Hamilton.  For more details information on times and costs contact the Foundation at www.eccf.org.

City of Peabody announces ten flu clinics for its residents.
This year the City of Peabody will be partnering with a number of local organizations to attain the broadest participation.  For dates, times and locations please contact the city public heath nurse at 978 538 5931.

The Town of Danvers will also offer flu shots at the Senior Center - call then for time and dates.

Follow-up on Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem
The Boys & Girls Club’s Drop-In and Teen Program opened on Wednesday beginning at 2pm to 8pm at the Collins Middle School for boys and girls ages 8 to 18. The annual membership fee is $25. Children will be able to take buses from their schools to the Club at Collins just as they did in the past to when the Club was located at Hawthorne Blvd.

We are excited about our strong staff who will be directing our Club programs this year. Meghan Murtagh-Martin is the Program Director for the after School Drop-In Program.  Meghan did an incredible job leading our After School License Child Care Program for the past two years and is enthusiastic about leading our Drop-In Program.  Our new Arts & Education Director is Keshia DeLeon, and Keith Langlais is returning as our Athletic Director.
Andre Daley is back as our Teen Director, and Grace Duran is our new After School License Child Care Director.

Parents may rest assured that any child who would have taken a Salem School bus to our Hawthorne site will be able to take a school bus to our Collins site. Programs at Collins will include all the regular ones for children ages 8 through 12, and those for youth ages 13 through 18.  There will not be licensed childcare at Collins for children younger than 8 years old.  Children at Witchcraft Heights, Saltonstall and Horace Mann Elementary Schools may still receive Boys & Girls Club licensed after-school care at those schools.  Children at Bates, Bentley, Carlton, and Bowditch, who want a Boys & Girls Club licensed program, may be transported to Witchcraft Heights.  For more information about this new chapter in the Club's history, please visit our Facebook page, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem or our website www.bgcgs.org; or call the Club at 978-744-0915.

Court facility in Salem To Be Named for Former Judge
Governor Deval Patrick formally announced recently that the Essex County Probate and Family Court in the County Court Complex on Federal Street in Salem will be named in honor of Judge Thaddeus Buczko who served as the Presiding Judge in that court until his retirement in 1996.  Judge Buczko is lifelong resident of Salem and served in a number of elected municipal and State positions including that of State Auditor.   Ted Bucko was a distinguished member of the Armed Forces, serving in two conflicts.  He has long been a fixture in Salem and was a person you could look to for advice on difficult situations. A formal naming event will take place in the future when the currently refurbished building is finished.

Personal News
Golf in Norton, MA
Prior to losing my leg, the game of golf was one of my favorite pastimes.  Last Saturday, I attended with my family the PGA event in Norton, Mass.   The event was most entertaining and we all enjoyed the event while watching the strong group of participants.  We are most appreciative of the efforts of our financial advisor who provided the tickets to us.

As a personal comment, I have not ever experienced an event or a group of volunteers that were any more aware of the needs of people with handicaps   There were special buses, golf carts and caring volunteer everywhere we went that day.  The sponsoring Deutsche Bank should be most proud of their volunteers.

Abilities Expo in Boston
On a Saturday early in September my wife brought me into the Boston Convention Center for our first visit to that great location for the Abilities Expo.  We viewed a great deal of material for people with handicaps and Marge received some specific information about how to easily move my wheelchair  in and out of the back of our car without having to physically lift it out each time which is getting more difficult with each passing day.

COPAA Information
As you know. I have been very involved in a locally based organization focused on assistance to people with amputations.   The organization has recently opened a web site to provide information.   Unfortunately, the term COPAA was already used and the next best internet name that was available was www. copamp.org. Please visit the organizations and find pertinent data. The site can be accessed at www.copamp.org.  Log on and take a look at www.copamp.org

We also just received word that the IRS has declared contributions to COPAA are tax deductible.   If you have any inclination to make a contribution to COPAA, check our website for information on where gifts might be sent.

Back in the swing at Tedesco CC Sponsored by Spaulding Hospital
I have participated in a three week program offered by the Adaptive Sports Program of the hospital that was most helpful in my rehabilitation – Spaulding of the North Shore.   The program featured balance and swing principals, and after the sessions, I believe I am ready to attempt some golf with the help of family.

St. John’s Prep News
Admission Open Houses!  
Admission season is underway and this is an especially busy year with the Prep’s new Middle School opening in September 2015.  All interested families are invited to attend fall Open Houses to learn more.  Additional information can be found on the website.
•  High School Open House: Sunday, September 28 and Saturday, October 25.
•  Middle School Open House: Sunday November 2 and Wednesday December 10.

Homecoming at the Prep – October 18-19
Save the date! The School would love to see you and your family back on campus for Homecoming on Saturday, October 18.  Activities will include the rededication of Cronin Memorial Stadium; varsity football vs. BC High; varsity soccer vs. Catholic Memorial; an alumni soccer game; and a family BBQ.  On Sunday, October 19, a Memorial Mass will be celebrated in the Administration Building Chapel at 9 am. More information and registration can be found here.

Reunion
FYI, the class of 1954, of which I am a member of a fast shrinking group of former gradates, will be holding its 60th reunion during that weekend.  We will be venturing into Salem for dinner where we will challenge Halloween crowds at the Hawthorne Hotel, owned and operated by a fellow classmate, Mike Harrington.
  
Professional Sports in Boston
Soccer
The New England Revolution signed a USA World Cup star and went on a short term winning streak
  
Football
The Patriots started poorly but have as in the past and have a record of 2 wins and1loss after three weeks.   They have improved as they progress through the year.  The first couple of weeks in October are more difficult the year.  Let’s hope for success.

Red Sox Future
As the difficult 2014 season is mercifully coming to an end the Red Sox are looking to the future with young pitchers getting a chance to show their skills and a recent signing of a Cuban player shows promise.  It seems that the decades long cry of the Red Sox of “wait until next year” might be a correct one in 2014.

Bruins Hold Captain’s Practice
The Boston Bruins are currently holding Captain’s practices, and the pre-season Training Camp and Exhibitions games are not far away.  The Team has some positional holes to fill and the first weeks of this month will be important to team development.



Friday, September 5, 2014

Essex Happenings - September 2014

ESSEX HERITAGE   News

Happy Labor Day  - CAN FALL BE FAR BEHIND?

Essex Heritage TAKES title to Bakers Island Lighthouse!
A very special event took place on Wednesday, August 27 at the Bakers Island Light Station.   The official transfer of the deed to the Bakers Island Light Station from the US Coast Guard to Essex Heritage took place that day.

Essex Happenings September 2014
As in past years, Essex Heritage will be offering its signature event, Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks and Water.  Explore Essex County's historic, cultural and natural sites during the last two weekends of  September by participating in 150+ FREE events during Trails & Sails on September 19-21 & September 26-28.

Enjoy a variety of guided walks, sails, historical tours and other adventures for all ages, skill levels and interests.  Get connected to the spectacular places, history and heritage that define the Essex National Heritage Area—the 34 cities and towns of Boston’s legendary North Shore. It’s all free and it’s all located within Essex County including the communities of Salem, Gloucester, Newburyport, Lawrence, Saugus and more.

Search the online event listing for the most up to date event information and to find Trails & Sails events by date, time, community, event title or description. Printed guides are also be available to help you plot your course to adventure.

Log In or Register for Trails & Sails to create your own customized itinerary by bookmarking your favorite events! If you register, you’ll also receive email notifications if there is any change to an event on your itinerary. Please remember, adding an event to your itinerary is NOT A RESERVATION. Most events are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Regional News
COP-AA Administration
Tax Status
In the last couple of weeks, we have had our Articles of Organization approved by the Massachusetts Secretary of State and now all of the paperwork to declare COP-AA a tax exempt organization has been sent to the Federal Internal Revenue for their approval.  All of this has been made possible through a grant from Eastern Bank. THANK YOU!

Web Site Development
There is little doubt that COP –AA needs a web site so that both potential clients and those who wish to support our mission with financial support have a way to communicate us.  Now through the generosity of the Center for Independent Living in Salem, we are in the process of developing a web site.

Affiliations Developed
COP-AA is developing a relationship with North Shore Elder Services that will invite a number of their members at a reduced price to attend the concert sponsored by NSES at the North Shore Music Theatre on 9/21 starring Ronan Tynan.

Boys and Girls Club of greater Salem News
The following is a press release from the Salem Club that serves so many youth in this region.  It contains wonderful news about a relocation of services to a middle school in Salem.  The club was in danger of being without a base of operations until this opportunity developed.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem moves to Collins Middle School
Salem, MA- August 19, 2014- The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem is moving its main operation from Hawthorne Boulevard to the Collins Middle School on Highland Avenue in time for the first day of school this year.  The Salem School Committee approved the lease of some space, not used currently for academic purposes, to the 145 year-old Salem institution at its meeting on Monday evening.

The Club has operated at 13 Hawthorne Boulevard since the mid 1980’s.  Joanne Scott, Executive Director says, “Our staff and Board members are extremely enthusiastic about this opportunity to strengthen our collaboration with Salem Schools as our community works to ensure academic success is within reach of all our children. Our Club shares that mission with the schools and physically locating at Collins will allow natural alliances to flourish in support of this mission.

Regarding leaving the Hawthorne Boulevard site, Scott says, “We appreciate the support we received from the Immaculate Conception parishioners throughout the lease of their building. It will be a bittersweet departure since our kids have created many wonderful memories here.  But it is time to create a new, enriched future for our current members in the Middle School building. ” 

The first day of school is quickly approaching but Doug Bollen, Chief of Operations for the Club says that parents can depend on the Club to be ready for their children at the new location.  According to Bollen, “The vote was the formality needed to make this move public.  In reality we have been preparing for it for several weeks and working out details such as program location and transportation.  Parents may rest assured that any child who would have taken a Salem School bus to our Hawthorne site will be able to take a school bus to our Collins site.” 
Programs at Collins will include all the regular ones for children ages 8 through 12; and those for youth ages 13 through 18.  There will not be licensed child care at Collins for children younger than 8 years old.  Children at Witchcraft Heights, Saltonstall and Horace Mann Elementary Schools may still receive Boys & Girls Club licensed after-school care at those schools.  Children at Bates, Bentley, Carlton and Bowditch who want a Boys & Girls Club licensed program may be transported to Witchcraft Heights.

Looking ahead, Board President Holly Harris Feman says, “The Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors is grateful to the Mayor and School Committee for this generous and opportunity-rich experience for our youth.  We will continue to be a positive and dedicated partner to the Salem Public Schools during our stay at Collins and into the future as we plan our permanent home.”

For more information about this new chapter in the Club’s history, please visit our Facebook page, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem or our website www.bgcgs.org; or call Doug Bollen at 978-744-0915

Saint John’s Prep to Install Final Beam in New Building
The work on the new educational addition on the school’s campus continues and before the final beam in the building is installed we were offered the chance to sign the beam.  The building is moving towards completion for a fall 2015 opening.

Massachusetts State Senator Appoints New Chief of Staff                    
Senator Joan Lovely who represents Salem, Peabody, Beverly and Danvers at the State House has announced the appointment of Grace Harrington, the daughter of the Town Manager of the Town of Salisbuy, and former Mayor of Salem Neil Harrington as her Chief of Staff.   She replaces Sam Gamer who is leaving the post in this Fall after a very effective term to attend Cornell Law School.

Town of Danvers Cancels future Fireworks Presentation
Citing excessive costs associated with the iconic and heavily-attended Family Festival event held over the July holiday, the sensational displays will no longer be offered by the Danvers organizers.

Annual Topsfield Fair Scheduled
It is never too early to make attendance plans at one of the truly great family events in this or any other county location.  This year’s Topsfield Fair will have its many entertaining activities and will be offered from October 3 thru 13, 2014.

Summer Reading
My First Recommendation
During the summer I read a wonderful long and detailed history of the life of Army General George C. Marshall who served the US Army in numerous capacities for several decades during two major wars and the reconstruction of Europe after World War II. Marshall was not a graduate of West Point, which made his achievement that much greater.  I do not want to recap the book or the General’s life, but only want to report on how good the presentation was.   The following is a brief history of his life as presented on the internet.

George Catlett Marshall, Jr. (December 31, 1880 – October 16, 1959) was an American soldier and statesman famous for his leadership roles during World War II and the Cold War. He was Chief of Staff of the United States Army, Secretary of State, and the third Secretary of Defense. He was hailed as the "organizer of victory" by Winston Churchill for his leadership of the Allied victory in World War II, Marshall served as the United States Army Chief of Staff during the war and as the chief military adviser to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

During the First World War, he had roles as a planner of both training and operations. He went to France in mid-1917 as the director of training and planning for the 1st Infantry Division. In mid-1918, he was posted to American Expeditionary Forces headquarters, where he worked closely with his mentor General John J. Pershing and was a key planner of American operations. He was instrumental in the planning and coordination of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, which contributed to the defeat of the German Army on the Western Front.

World War II
As Chief of Staff, Marshall organized the largest military expansion in U.S. history, inheriting an outmoded, poorly equipped army of 189,000 men and, partly drawing from his experience teaching and developing techniques of modern warfare as an instructor at the Army War College, coordinated the large-scale expansion and modernization of the U.S. Army. Though he had never actually led troops in combat, Marshall was a skilled organizer with a talent for inspiring other officers. Many of the American generals who were given top commands during the war were either picked or recommended by Marshall, including Dwight D. Eisenhower, Jacob L. Devers, George S. Patton, Terry de la Mesa Allen, Sr., Lloyd Fredendall, Leslie McNair, Mark Wayne Clark and Omar Bradley.

In December 1945, President Harry Truman sent Marshall to China to broker a coalition government between the Nationalist allies under Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek and Communists under Mao Zedong. Marshall had no leverage over the Communists, but he threatened to withdraw American aid essential to the Nationalists. Both sides rejected his proposals and the Chinese Civil War escalated, with the Communists winning in 1949. His mission a failure, he returned to the United States in January 1947. Chiang Kai-shek and some historians later claimed that cease-fire, under pressure of Marshall, saved the Communists from defeat. As Secretary of State in 1947–48, Marshall seems to have disagreed with strong opinions in The Pentagon and State department that Chiang's success was vital to American interests, insisting that U.S. troops not become involved

My Second Recommendation
I read a second book from the bestseller list that I can recommend.  It is called Midnight in Europe and focused on the period between the two world wars when Spain was fighting and Germany was expanding its reach.

I had read a best seller that remains on the list today, called Unbroken about a former USC track star that became a Japanese prisoner of war.  I recently read that after all of his trial as a prisoner he recently passed away after turning the age of 100.

Other Personal Observations 

Market Basket Dispute
As this is being prepared, It appears that the very contentious discussions between the Board of Directors of Market Basket food stores MAY be coming to a sensible end at last, and the numerous patrons of the food store may be once again soon be again shopping at those locations. One of the primary beneficiaries of the lack of activity at Market Basket locations has been at local food stands all over Essex County and Southern New Hampshire.

Granddaughter Kate Leonard to continue education in Worcester.
After four years at Danvers High School Kate Leonard will start over the Labor Day Weekend at Assumption College in Worcester where she indicates an interest in Marketing studies.

Grand Son Picked for Golf Team
Casey Leonard is one of three freshman to be named to the Algonquin Regional High golf team.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Essex Happenings - August 2014

Fourth of July Holiday
We certainly hope that all of you enjoyed the festivities and such that are an important part of the Holiday.  We traveled to Cape Cod for a couple of days earlier in the holiday week and when the fireworks show was cancelled due to the weather and were rescheduled for the Fall to help celebrate a milestone anniversary of the founding of Barnstable, MA, our plans changed.  The rains came to the cape and we headed back to Essex County and were fortunate enough to view the well known Town of Danvers fireworks display that more than lived up to expectations.   If it was the fireworks, concerts or parades, we hope the celebration of the USA’s Independence was a pleasant experience for you and family.

Essex Heritage  News and Events
As I have done for a number of years, I want to offer some ideas about the work of Essex Heritage.

Essex Heritage Annual Appeal
Your financial support ensures that the tradition of regional leadership and program excellence, the hallmarks of the Essex National Heritage Commission, will continue for years to come. We are strong because of your support!  The Essex National Heritage Commission works to sustain the cultural, historic and natural resources of this region. Donate on line at www.essexheritage.org

Today, we are asking for you to support our Annual Appeal so we can continue our work.  Your contributions support our mission and enable us to bring money into this region by obtaining grant funding from national organizations such as the National Park Foundation, the National Park Service, and the National Scenic Byway Program – which increasingly require evidence of private matching funds.
This region has had a profound influence on the history of this country – and it defines the unique quality of life that we enjoy on the North Shore and lower Merrimack Valley.  Our historical and cultural assets continue to be unparalleled in this nation and they remain a fundamental part of our economy and our way of life.  Essex Heritage, the foremost advocate of the entire region’s irreplaceable historical, cultural and natural resources, provides advice, guidance and technical support while working to build capacity for over 250 non-profit partners and 34 municipalities. We serve as a catalyst for collaboration between non-profits and others, establishing strategic partnerships that generate genuine impact.

This is a critical time to demonstrate your commitment to the collaborative work of Essex Heritage.  We are asking you to support us as we continue to conserve endangered historic sites, build trails for recreation and health, employ under-served youth in heritage preservation jobs, support after-school enrichment for Latino students, and lead our coastal communities in developing cultural tourism along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway.

Your gift this year to our Annual Appeal is crucial to help us fulfill our 2014 goals of increasing our Youth Jobs Corps program, continuing to offer Trails & Sails for free to more than 5,000 people, and connecting  towns and cities together to strengthen and grow partnership projects that sustain our region. With your help, Essex Heritage can continue to work to ensure that our region remains strong and vibrant. We look forward to an exciting year together; please donate online or call us at: 978-740-0444.

National Park Service’s Salem Maritime Festival
August 2, 2014 • Salem Maritime National Historic Site, 193 Derby Street, Salem, MA, 01970
Celebrate Four Centuries of Salem's Maritime Heritage! What a sensational collection of events for the enjoyment of Essex County residents.
  
Essex Heritage and NPS Co-Present Week-long Teacher Workshop - Park for Every Classroom
August 4, 2014 to August 8, 2014 * Park for Every Classroom is a FREE professional development program for K-12 educators of all disciplines • Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site, 244 Central Street, Saugus, MA, 01906.  The workshop is full.

Essex Heritage’s Photo Safari Featuring Olympus
August 9, 2014 • Appleton Farms, The Trustees of the Reservations, 219 County Road, Ipswich, MA, 01938 * Equipped with the latest camera gear from Olympus, capture Appleton Farms, one of the oldest continuously operating farms in the United States!

Essex Heritage’s Featured Partner Event: Ipswich River Paddle
August 24, 2014 • Riverbend Reservation, Ipswich River Watershed Association, 143 Country Road, Ipswich, MA, 01938 * Paddle the Ipswich River from Riverbend, headquarters of the Ipswich River Watershed Association.

Essex Heritage’s Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks and Water
September 19, 2014 to September 21, 2014; September 26, 2014 to September 28, 2014 • Throughout Essex County - Explore Essex County's cultural, historic and natural sites during two weekends of 150+ FREE events! Learn more at www.essexheritage.org

Essex Heritage’s Featured Partner Event: Cox Reservation Archaeology Walk
October 26, 2014 • Cox Reservation, 82 Eastern Avenue, Essex, MA, 01929
Celebrate Archaeology Month by joining Greenbelt and noted Cape Ann archaeologist Mary Ellen Lepionka as we uncover the human history and material culture of our headquarters site.
  
Essex Heritage’s Featured Partner Event: Mutt Strut with Greenbelt
November 23, 2014 • Tompson Street Reservation, Fernald Street, Gloucester, MA, 01930
Join Greenbelt's Land Conservation Director, David Santomenna and his dog and Greenbelt mascot, Shiloh, for a dog-walk within Greenbelt's largest reservation.

Other Events
Adventures in Time Summer Day Camp: Week 2
August 4, 2014 to August 8, 2014 • North Andover Historical Society, 153 Academy Road, North Andover, MA, 0184 * This July and August the North Andover Historical Society is once again presenting its legendary summer day camp -- Adventures in Time. A summer enrichment program for boys and girls, ages 7-13

Seven Lectures at The Seven Gables: New England Powder Houses
August 20, 2014 • The House of the Seven Gables, United States, 115 Derby Street, Salem, MA, 01970
Enjoy a night of history as author Matthew Thomas takes us back to colonial days in New England when locals defended their land.

5th Annual Beverly Commons Trail Run
August 23, 2014 * Hosted by Essex County Greenbelt, this race offers 3.5 mile or 7 mile distances through the challenging hills of the Beverly Commons Conservation Area in Beverly Farms. The 7 mile distance is part of the 2014 North Shore Trail Series.

North Shore Elder Services  - Serving Danvers, Marblehead, Middleton, Peabody, Salem
Information on their Fundraising Concert at The North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly on September 13, 2014 at 7:30PM *  Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan in Concert * To purchase tickets: www.nsmt.org; 978 232 7000

Seven Lectures at The Seven Gables: The Schooner Fame
November 19, 2014 • The House of the Seven Gables, United States, 115 Derby Street, Salem, MA, 01970 * Capt. Mike Rutstein will share Schooner Fame’s story: its plan, the selection of trees and building in Essex.

Regional and Community News
Replacement for Danvers Town Manager underway
Several weeks ago I was called to a special meeting of the Danvers Finance Committee to approve funding for a search committee to hire a new Town Manager.  That process has begun and the Town has contracted with Municipal Resources of Meredith, New Hampshire to conduct the search.  The process will end with a vote of the Selectmen in October.   FYI - A gala Retirement party for Wayne Marquis is planned for 9/24 at the Danversport Yacht Club.
      
Salem Boys and Girls Club News and Activities
The Boys and Girls Club have put together a team of 12 runners who have made a commitment to take on an exciting challenge, and we are hoping for your support. On September 12 & 13, we will be participating in the Reach the Beach Relay - a 200 mile run from Cannon Mountain to Hampton Beach, NH. The runners will take turns running continuously day and night until we reach the finish line. This logistically and physically challenging race combines fitness, adventure and team building like no other sporting event. Our team is ready for the challenge and will be representing the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem, with each runner raising a minimum of $1,000 in support of this cause.  We look forward to the team camaraderie both on and off the course as we work together to complete the race, and meet our personal and team fundraising goals to support programs at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem. You can make a donation to our by going to https://www.crowdrise.com/BGCGSReachTheBeach
and making a donation to any team member. Thank you for your support!
  
COP AA News
In just a few short weeks, we’ll be right in your backyard with our Limb Loss Education Day series! Did you save the date? Just a month out, now is the perfect time to register for the Limb Loss Education Day near you!
Event: Limb Loss Education Day – Boston
When: Saturday, August 16, 2014, 9am-4pm
Where: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Boston, 300 First Avenue, Charlestown, MA 02129
Register today at amputee-coalition.org/LLED
Our goal is to reach all amputees with our programs and services. By bringing one-day programs to specific regions of the country, we hope to reach more amputees faster, and bring meaningful educational programs and adaptive recreation to their communities.

The Limb Loss Education Day is a great opportunity to network with other amputees and professionals in the area, learn about what’s going on in the community, and even meet some manufacturers that exhibit at the event! The LLED will also be featuring the Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation’s (OPAF’s) First Dance!

Registration is only $15* and lunch is included
*Children 10 and under may register on-site for free
*On-site registration is available, but to ensure we have enough lunches for all attendees, please register in advance

The Amputee Coalition’s LLED series is brought to youby our National Sponsors:
Platinum: Hanger
Gold: Endolite, Ă–ssur, Ottobock and UNYQ
Silver: Ability Dynamics and Fillauer Companies
Bronze: The Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC), College Park Industries,Purdue Pharma, Rusk Rehabilitation at NYU Langone Medical Centerand Scheck & Siress
The LLED series also receives partial funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC #5U59DD000904-03).

For more information, please visit our Web site or call 888/267-5669 to find out more information about the Limb Loss Education Day event in your area.

Summer Reading;
American Spring 1775; By Stephen Moore
Pacific Payback 1942; By Walter Borneman

I do not intend to go into great detail about the two most entertaining books that I have recently read except to say that they were both wonderful volumes on the history of war in the past.  The American Spring outlined the events in the spring of 1775 that led up to the events at Lexington and Concord.  In this presentation there were numerous references to patriots from Salem and Danvers that played a role in that period of our history.   The second book, called Pacific Payback outlined the bravery and courage of the aviators flying off the Pacific Aircraft Carriers as they sought to get even for the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor        

Sports
The World Cup in Soccer is over, and many are looking forward to four years from now when the USA is expected to be more competitive.   The Red Sox 2014 experience seems to be coming to an end with losses in Toronto and in Florida.

 We can now look forward to American Football.  Just recently as a New England Patriots Season Ticket holder, the tickets for eight regular season home games, two practice games and the season cannot start soon enough. 

Personal Matters
My granddaughter
I try to stay away from too much personal material in this Blog, but this item is important to me.   At the end of July, my granddaughter competed in the Bay State games in the girls Javelin throw and won the event over a dozen girls with a throw of 110 feet and change.   She has advanced quickly over the last year and with two more years to go at Algonquin Regional High School she has a chance to improve even more in the years ahead.

Local Community Food Pantries

Do not forget the Local Food Pantries in this region just because it is summer.  At this time of year, the demand for food and other services for the poor and marginalized in this region remain high.  Your continuing support for these organizations is critical.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

ESSEX HAPPENINGS JULY 2014

I am pleased to continue to offer information on the activities and events of the valuable Essex Heritage organization and the work that they do for the region.

Essex National Heritage Area Activities

Event Calendar
July 7, 2014 to July 11, 2014 • North Andover Historical Society, 153 Academy Road, North Andover, MA -This summer, send your children on an historic journey!

August 2, 2014 • Salem Maritime National Historic Site, 193 Derby Street, Salem, MA
Celebrate Four Centuries of Salem's Maritime Heritage!

August 4, 2014 to August 8, 2014 • Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site, 244 Central Street, Saugus, MA.  Space is now full for summer 2014. Park for Every Classroom is a FREE professional development program for K-12 educators of all disciplines.

August 4, 2014 to August 8, 2014 • North Andover Historical Society, 153 Academy Road, North Andover, MA. This July and August the North Andover Historical Society will once again present its legendary summer day camp -- Adventures in Time. A summer enrichment program for boys and girls, ages 7-13 (suggested).

August 9, 2014 • Appleton Farms, The Trustees of the Reservations, 219 County Road, Ipswich, MA. With a state-of-the-art digital camera in hand, capture Appleton Farms, considered to be the oldest continuously operating farm in the United States. 

August 20, 2014 • The House of the Seven Gables, United States, 115 Derby Street, Salem, MA. Enjoy a night of history as author Matthew Thomas takes us back to colonial days in New England when locals defended their land.

Essex Heritage News

New Essex Heritage Commissioners Elected
At the Annual Spring Meeting of the Essex National Heritage Commission on April 30, eleven community representatives were elected to serve on the Commission, each for a three year term.  These regional leaders serve as “the eyes and ears” of their communities, organizations or businesses and act a sounding board to test and create new initiatives at Essex Heritage.

The Essex National Heritage Commission is supported by a volunteer 150-member Board of Commissioners.  Commissioners live and/or work within the boundaries of Essex County, and they represent the communities, businesses, organizations, educational institutions, and resources of the region. “Commissioners are ambassadors and advocates for this region,” said CEO Annie C. Harris, “Essex Heritage is pleased to welcome the slate of 11 new Commissioners, and we’re grateful for their volunteer support and leadership in promoting regional cooperation among the Area’s resources and organizations.”
The following individuals were elected to serve as Commissioners:
        George Carey, Founder and Owner of FINZ Seafood & Grill, Salem
        Ann Marie Casey, Executive Director of the North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, Salisbury
        Susan Gould Coviello, Executive Director at North Shore Health Project, Gloucester
        Thomas Dexter, Financial Advisor at Wells Fargo Advisors, Beverly
        Laura Dow, Owner and Manager at the Vista Motel, Gloucester
        Angela Ippolito, Chair of the Swampscott Planning Board, Swampscott
        Thomas MacDonald, Director of Sales at the Hawthorne Hotel, Salem
        Posie Mansfield, Administrator of COP Amputee Association, Wenham
        Dr. Paul J. Maurer, Senior Vice President of External Relations at Gordon College, Wenham
        Kevin Rourke, Senior Vice President and Team Leader of Corporate Banking at Salem Five, Salem
        Pamela Yameen, Family Business, Butcher Boy Markets, North Andover

Happy Holidays - Memorial Day, Anniversary of D Day and Independence Day
We certainly hope that during the last couple of weeks that you were able to enjoy three patriotic holidays and used the time to remember the numerous members of the military services who have given their lives to support the freedoms we enjoy.  These are three very special days - Memorial Day, the 70th Anniversary of the Invasion of Fortress Europe, and the date we celebrates the Independence we chose from England in 1776.

Regional News
Retirement of Danvers Town Manger
At the regularly scheduled Selectman’s meeting of the Danvers Selectmen’s on June 3, 2014, Town Manager Wayne Marquis shocked the numbers of the board and the residents watching on TV with the announcement of his retirement on or about 10/3/2014.  His departure will complete a 35 year term as the Town Manager after an apprentice as the Assistant Town Manager for five years. 
There is very little doubt that under his leadership, he left the Town much better off than he found it four decades ago.   I will not attempt to list the numerous accomplishments that Wayne has presided over during his term.  The town as second to none in the Commonwealth as far as management is concerned. Throughout his long association with the town and despite all of the numerous improvements that have been made, the community has never had to call for a budget override.  All of the projects were completed on time and under budget.  It is clear that the task of finding a replacement for Wayne will be a daunting task.
 It has been a pleasure to know him and to serve under him as a volunteer both with the seniors in Town and as a member of the Finance Committee.  Good luck and pleasant days in the next phase of your life.
Community Preservation Act
Several years ago, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts enacted legislation that allowed communities in the state to adopt a tax connected to real estate taxes on property in the community.  This new tax that was between 1 and 3% could be collected and then allocated to make grants to local organizations that were focusing on the preservation of property with historic overtones, affordable housing and open space acquisition. These funds are enhanced by a similar fund by the State, but the funds are not always available to be used for the stated purposes.   Several communities in this region have adopted the act and in 2014 a number those communities are currently entertaining grant proposals to act towards the approved projects. 
At this point, the Town of Danvers is not a participant and I have long felt that the Town of Danvers should be a participant.  I suspect that adding a new tax is holding back their participation.   That participation would be a boon to a number of potential projects in the town.  I have recently let my thoughts be known in a message to the town but extra efforts on my part to a wider base might be needed to convince the decision makers in that community.
Salem Power Station - Footprint Power Station in Salem to begin its modifications
One day in late May the iconic Power Station on the Salem Harbor shut down to begin its conversion to natural gas. After a 63 year life, the station began a new life on its road to continuing to be provider of energy services to the region. I should note that my association with this site predates the building of the Power Station.  The power plant replaced an excellent baseball park on Fort Avenue, on the way to Salem Willows, where I played baseball as a youth growing up in Salem.
Starting in July, the existing plant and its well known smoke stack towers will be torn down, and one of the best known sites on the coast of the North Shore will be no longer visible from the water.  The plants towers are well known by boaters in this region as they are visible from south of Boston to Gloucester.   The towers will be soon gone, but the life of the Salem Power Station will go on in the future as a benefit to the region.

North Shore Elder Services News
NSES Moving to NEW LOCATION

A letter from their director gives their new address as 300 Rosewood Drive, Suite 200, Danvers, Ma 01923.

Dear Friends,
While June will be a busy month for us, only our address is changing! Our phone numbers and our email addresses will remain the same as will our commitment to our consumers. For information about our move, feel free to leave us a message at 978-624-2298.
As always, we are dedicated to Life Made Easier.

NSES will be offering a concert at the North Shore Music Theatre on 9/13/2014 to benefit the support of the numerous programs offered by NSES to make life easier for seniors on the North Shore of Boston.  For more information on how to purchase tickets for the event SEE BELOW

Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan in Concert
Benefitting North Shore Elder Services
Saturday, September 13, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
North Shore Music Theater
To purchase tickets: www.nsmt.org; 978 232 7000
Right of passage for the elderly
Reprinted From the Pages of the Boston Globe provided by the executive Director of North Shore Elder Services. By Farah Stockman
Boston Globe Staff   May 28, 2014
My 98-year-old great aunt points to the antique clock. “Pat gave me that for my birthday,” she says, referring to her late husband. “It has always kept perfect time.”

Of course, she can’t see it any more. Her eyesight dimmed years ago. Nor can she hear it, even with her bionic ear. Yet, the clock has stayed put, until now, along with everything else: The doll that won first place at the Topsfield fair, standing at attention under a plastic shroud. The once-white baby shoes, turning gray. The dusty martini glasses, forgotten in a cabinet, inscribed with the initials of a long-dead groom. These are the objects that make up a life; the things which make her home her home. Who will she be once she has left them for a room in an assisted-living facility hundreds of miles away?
It’s a human instinct to hang on to what we have, even after we’re gone. There’s a certain immortality that comes from our possessions living on in libraries or museums or in the homes of our children. These days, people even try to cling to their own dead bodies, and their pets, by freezing them in cryogenic tombs. They must be driven by the same feelings that prompted ancient Egyptian kings to be embalmed and buried with piles of gold.
But for most us, the end of life means surrendering what we own. We spend our youth and middle age acquiring things that define us — houses, clothes, paintings, books — only to give them up, one by one, in old age. When the eyesight goes, so does the car. When the hearing goes, the stereo. When memory goes, and the pot is left burning on the stove, we are forced to give up the kitchen. We cling to our things as long as we can. By the time we relinquish them, so many are out of fashion.
Still, the relinquishing must go on. Being elderly is about taking stock of life, and keeping only what’s absolutely necessary.
“You want to take that clock?” I ask.
She shakes her head. The clock radio with the big red numbers is far more important.
My great aunt — the daughter of Italian immigrants, who worked in a dress factory and married a World War II veteran — never bought herself expensive things. Yet today she frets about what will become of her treasures: her menagerie of porcelain animals, her flock of angels, her Christmas village.
As she grew frail — so frail that too hard a hug might have snapped her like a chicken wing — she sent me home with an old brooch fished out of a jewelry box.
But her apartment is still full of items she couldn’t give away fast enough: a candle her grandmother bought so as not to give birth in the dark, to be mailed to her daughter. A gang of dolls for Melissa, the dear soul who took her out to lunch every Wednesday for the last eight years. A folder with my father’s name on it, full of photographs. My dad’s sister, who spent a week here sorting and clearing, has already collected her inheritance: an impressive stack of Tupperware.
Standing in the clutter of her cast-off possessions, I have a new appreciation for the Viking kings, whose weapons and ships were set ablaze on their funeral pyres, to cement their social standing in Valhalla. It strikes me as odd that, in a culture as materialistic as ours, we go meet our maker empty handed.
It is amazing to discover, in the end, that all that is truly essential fits into a single hot pink suitcase.
I wonder if, deep down inside, my aunt feels liberated by the lightness of so few possessions. “You all set?” Melissa asks, tears in her eyes.
But I recognize that my aunt is mourning the loss of her things as deeply as one mourns a death. The giving up of one’s own house, of one’s own place in the world, is a rite of passage; a ritual with no name that each American family performs its own way. Tomorrow, Melissa will drive her to the airport, where a six-seater plane co-piloted by a grand-nephew will fly her into the clouds, toward an unknown place.
On her last day in the apartment she knows by heart, she nods bravely: “I think I’m ready.”
Farah Stockman can be reached at fstockman@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @fstockman

Community Activities
Summer Dinners return at Appleton Farm in Ipswich

Community Award in Beverly

Ground Broken for Veterans Memorial in Wenham

COPAA Notes
During the last few months, I have been actively involved in a new not for profit organization that focuses on providing networking opportunities, information and support to people that have experienced the loss of a limb.    The organization named COPAA (Cornell Orthopedic Prosthetic Amputee Association) meets monthly in Beverly and is welcoming new members from the North Shore to Lower Merrimack Valley at no charge.   If you or someone you know anyone that has lost a limb, we welcome participation and COPAA welcomes new members that are seeking material that provides data on how life can be more comfortable.  COPAA focuses on possibilities rather than disabilities.  We are in the process of developing a web site that will provide substantial information, but in the short term any questions can be answered by contacting our President “Posie” Mansfield at posie_m@verizon.net.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

ESSEX HAPPENINGS JUNE 2014

Essex Heritage Matters

ESSEX HERITAGE SEMI ANNUAL SPRING MEETING
On the last day of May, Gordon College in Wenham was the host for the Essex National Heritage National Commission’s semi-annual spring public meeting at the college in the Ken Olson Science Building. It was too bad that it was raining that morning as a walk around the beautiful campus by the attendees would have opened a number of eyes to the beauty of another gem of an Essex County location.  I have been most aware of the campus and its assets, as I have been using the Balance and Wellness Center for Therapy and using the excellent gymnasium at that location.  I was pleased to be able to attend the meeting attended by about 200 Commissioners and other local residents many of them had never previously ever visited the college. 

The mission and the programs of ENHC are still most relevant, and I am most proud of my continuing association.  I am also proud that my wife, who has been accompanying me to events for the last three years, was provided a day off from tending to me.  I was accompanied to the meeting by my son Mark Leonard, a banking executive at one of our most generous corporate sponsors Eastern Bank.  A couple of years ago Mark was elected a Commissioner and he is looking forward to helping the Commission in its work in the years ahead.

One of the most important features of this meeting has been the announcement of current grant recipients.  The following represents a list and a very brief explanation of their funded
programs.
  
In addition, several new commissioners were elected, and Annie Harris CEO of Essex Heritage provided an update on the current state of Essex Heritage and the Heritage Area movement in general.   Treasurer John Farmer presented a report on an audit performed by an independent firm.  President Jack Good, who did a wonderful job in keeping the program on time, called for an adjournment of the meeting with a reminder that the Commission will offer its next public meeting in October at a time and place to be named and publicized.

A list of the thirteen community Essex Heritage Grant winners and two regional awards and  a brief explanation of their of their program follows:

    Amesbury
  • Amesbury High School

In response to the age-old question, "When will we ever use this?," Amesbury High School has formed an educational partnership with Lowell's Boat Shop to offer “Math on the Merrimack.”

     Danvers
  • General Israel Putnam Chapter of the DAR

On property formerly owned by one of Danvers most illustrious citizen - patriot, physician and Judge Samuel Holten – sits an important First Period house as well as rare, surviving double privy to be restored. www.danversdar.org
  •  Danvers Historical Society

As part of its 125th anniversary celebration, the Danvers Historical Society will enhance its popular 29-year old history education.

     Gloucester
  •  Gloucester Adventure

Having undergone a major overhaul of its hull, decking and rigging, the Schooner Adventure, a National Historic Landmark, sailed last summer for the first time in over 20 years.

    Ipswich
  • Ipswich Historical Commission

The Old North Burying Ground in Ipswich dates to 1634 and as one of the oldest cemeteries in the country provides an enduring record of the region’s earliest settlers and important historical figures. www.historicipswich.org

    Lynn
  • Lynn Museum

The Lynn Museum will create Spanish and Russian translations of its permanent exhibits and promotional materials, thereby providing a growing segment of its visitor base with a meaningful experience and greater understanding of Lynn’s rich history. www.lynnmuseum.org
  • The Highlands Coalition

With the goal of inspiring community pride and changing perceptions, the project entails production of a film about the Highlands neighborhood of Lynn as seen through the eyes and experiences of its older and immigrant residentswww.hclynn.org

     Marblehead

  • Marblehead Museum

Untrained yet passionate, more historian than an artist, J.O.J. Frost began painting at the age of 70 and used house paint, wall board and any available material to tell stories about daily life in a small New England fishing village. www.marbleheadmuseum.org

     Merrimac
  • Town of Merrimac 

The Town of Merrimac will utilize Essex Heritage grant funding to nominate its town hall to the National Register of Historic Places, the nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. www.clipperheritagetrail.com

     Newburyport   
  • City of Newburyport
The new city-wide mobile tour will help explorers experience approximately 50 locations situated outside of the city’s popular downtown.  www.clipperheritagetrail.com


     North Andover
  • Friends of North Andover Trails

In addition to leading guided hikes and coordinating monthly work days on town trails, the all-volunteer friends group will produce a comprehensive guide to North Andover's trails and open spaces. www.fonat.org

    Salem
  • Salem Sound Coastwatch

Through its School to Sea program, a Salem Sound Coastwatch educator will use place-based, experiential activities to help underserved youth increase their knowledge and appreciation of the natural resources of Salem Sound

   Saugus
  • Saugus Historical Commission

The Round Hill historic site, located 150 feet above the Saugus River and in close proximity to the Saugus Iron Works, is part of a highly significant Native American archeological cluster. www.town.saugus.ma.us/hc

   Regional
  • Merrimack Valley Planning Commission

With the goal of increasing public awareness of the Great Marsh's ecological vulnerability, the Great Marsh Ecology Tour (GMET) will provide a greater understanding of the marsh's history, its critically important environmental significance and the very real threats it faces..
  •     Towns of Wenham, Topsfield and Danvers   

Working in close collaboration, the three contiguous communities will develop and install an informational kiosk and signage along the recently completed segments of the regional Border to Boston Trail. www.essexheritage.org/bordertoboston

        
MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM
Essex Heritage offers a membership program that is like a preview of the signature event of the commission called Trails and Sails offered on two fall weekends in September.  For more information on the Membership Program or Trails and Sails visit www.EssexHeritage.org  for information about either of these programs, and details about costs and reservations.

As an overview of the upcoming quarter from May through August 2014, the following is a brief outline of scheduled events in the membership program. The schedule of events for this upcoming Quarter is as follows:
·      Hit the trails with Essex County Trail Association
·      Talking walls of the City of Gloucester
·      Adventures in Time Summer Camp with North Andover Historical Society
·      Seven Lectures at the House of 7 Gables in Salem
·      Photo Safaris in Ipswich
·      In the following quarter look for the Salem Maritime Festival and Endicott Pear Tree Celebration in Danvers

Essex Heritage Fundraising effort
Speaking of sensational locations in this region that you might want to visit and is not usually open for visitation is the magnificent country estate of Waldingfield in Ipswich.  Essex Heritage is gratified by the generosity of owners and hosts Donald Curial and Arthur Finklestein who have agreed to open their special home for a cocktail reception on June 22, 2014 from 5-7.  This Summer Soiree will be the only fundraising event for the Commission this year. 

If you have any interest in offering a contribution and offering your support of the mission of the commission and attending this event contact Essex Heritage at 978 740 0444

OTHER COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

Danvers Finance Committee
After a lengthy series of meetings during the last part of April and the beginning of May, the residents of the Danvers community on the committee considered all of the numerous department financial budgets.  Also a substantial number of requests for town capital improvements were all approved and recorded for a formal series of recommendations in their report to the Towns Annual Meeting members on May 19, 2014.  As in the past, the work was tedious but most needed and served the purpose as a watch dog group to insure good town management.  A number of recommended borrowings that included changes to the athletic fields at the new High School, the replacement of the heating system at the Library and other needs including a new 911 center and improvements to the public works facility.

St. John’s Preparatory School Matters
As is usually the case as a Trustee Emeritus of the all Boys Catholic school in Danvers, there are a number of particular events held in addition to the actual graduation. As a graduate of the school in 1954, I attend the Golden Eagle Breakfast on graduation morning to welcome the class of 1964 into the ranks of fifty-year graduates.  The event is always a great time to reconnect with old friends.

This year in place of presenting the Distinguished Alumni Award at graduation, it was presented as a separate event.  The award was presented this year to Doctor David Monahan, class of 1962, for his exemplary work in the medical field in a number of under developed countries.  As a former winner of the award several years ago, I was proud and pleased to attend the event and offer my congratulation to Dr. Monahan.

NEWS FOR NSES
May WAS Older American's Month!
Older Americans Month 2014
Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow.
Older adults have made countless contributions and sacrifices to ensure a better life for future generations. Since 1963, communities across the country have shown their gratitude by celebrating Older Americans Month each May. This celebration recognizes older Americans for their contributions and demonstrates our nation's commitment to helping them stay healthy and active.

This year's theme for Older Americans Month is "Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow." The theme focuses on injury prevention and safety to encourage older adults to protect themselves and remain active and independent for as long as possible.

Unintentional injuries to this population result in at least 6 million medically treated injuries and more than 30,000 deaths every year. With an emphasis on safety during Older Americans Month, we encourage older adults to learn about the variety of ways they can avoid the leading causes of injury, like falls.

While North Shore Elder Services provides services, support, and resources to older adults year-round, Older Americans Month offers an opportunity for us to provide specialized information and services around the important topic of injury prevention. This information will help older adults take control of their safety and live longer, healthier lives.

Throughout the next month, NSES will be providing tips on how to avoid the leading causes of injury. To learn more about Older Americans Month and how you can participate, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and keep up to date on our latest news!

PERSONAL OSERVATIONS
Spring  Reading
With the cool Damp weather, and being indoors a bit more than normal, I have had a lot of time to read.

Over the years, one of my favorite films derived from a book titled “The Long Grey Line”.  The movie starring Tyrone Power and Maureen O’Hara has been viewed by me a number of times.  The story revolves around the life of an Irish Immigrant Martin Maher, who came to this country.  After a couple of years in the Point’s mess hall, he then joined the Army, was stationed at West Point and worked with the Corps of Cadets for over five decades as a physical conditioning instructor.  The story focused on his personal relationship with a number of famous military members of the Corp of Cadets.

I recently discovered another book by Rick Atkinson also called “The Long Grey Line”.  The author is one of my personal favorites, and I have read a number of books written by him, primarily about the military.  This book focuses on the West Point Class of 1966, and follows a selected few of those class members and then continues reporting about those same class members through their early days in their regular army.  In many cases their difficult decisions relative to their “coming to grips” with the way the Vietnam War was being conducted, and whether or not to make a career in the army that they had first felt certain about.   Those decisions focused on the way the country was dealing with the War.   Both the decisions on how Army officials and how Washington were managing the war and running the army at that time and public sentiment that had turned almost completely against our effort in Southeast Asia. The book was well chronicled and most enjoyable.  It presented the controversial war and the vision from the minds of young men being asked to fight a war that many thought should never have never been conducted. The loss of life in the effort was incredible, and a large number of the Class of 1963 were killed in the war.  A substantial percentage of the class of 450 cadets later resigned and pursued other careers as soon as their official term of enlistment was over.  Graduate school and the law became choices for many.  This large number of defections had an impact on how the “Point” would be managed in future years.

The book continued to view the members of the 1963 class as they moved through life with a particular emphasis on the work of several classmates as they created an idea, raised the funds needed to build and dedicate a sensational memorial in the form of a wall on Mall in Washington DC. 

The book spent a fair amount of time outlining the cheating scandal and the arrival of female cadets, but also pointed out that the “POINT” had changed in keeping with the dramatic demographic changes that matched the dramatic changes and the demographic changes in the American population.

Local Professional Sports

BOSTON RED SOX 
The community baseball team, the old town team Red Sox, did not start out as effective as they did in 2013 when they were the World Champs, but it is very early in the season and maybe they will hopefully improve their performance before the summer arrives.  Baseball in the spring with unforgiving tricky weather can be difficult at best.

THE BOSTON BRUINS 
The ice hockey team drew a difficult task by drawing the Detroit Red Wings in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoff, but after losing the first game of the series they then won four straight games.

Then they faced their archrival Montreal Canadians in round two.  In the past those efforts that rise to great emotions whenever the Bruins and Canadians get together, matches the efforts of the Red Sox and the Yankees. Those emotions made the next round certainly more competitive and the Bruins season ended with a loss to their arch enemy from Montreal.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

The 2014 season schedule for the New England Patriots was recently released and as a long time season ticket holder that schedule is most important to me.  It seems that each year the schedule becomes more and more focused on what the television networks want rather than what the fans want.  In 2014 the team will play five evening games and two late afternoon contests that certainly lend themselves to TV scheduling. I expect that kind of schedule is what must be expected for a team with a projected winning record.  The annual player draft result included the selection of a quarterback that might be the replacement for long-time fan favorite Tom Brady.  If the draft continues the rebuilding of the 2014 team that started with an aggressive plan during free agency that will give the fans some hope for the future.