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Fighting Cancer with Cartwheels By Stewart Lytle, Reporter –––––––––––––––––

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IPSWICH – The gymnasts that work out at Ace Gymnastics here do cartwheels as easily as most of us walk. Asked to do a cartwheel, sixyear-old Zinnia Hopkinson of Newburyport, turns on a dime, flips onto her hands, feet over her head and lands perfectly with her feet pointed in the correct position. And then she does it again and again.

In moments she is joined by Natalie Indingaro and Riley Danielson, both of Rowley, in doing perfect cartwheels. After each one, they come up smiling, like flipping upside down on their hands with their feet flying over their heads is the most fun they have had all day. Later this month, the three girls and up to 450 other gymnastics at the 20-year Ace Gymnastics will get the chance to do cartwheels for a good cause, raising money for their long-time head coach Laura Tebo, who is suffering from a life-threatening skin cancer, and for more research by the American Cancer Society. During spring break, on April 24, Ace Gymnastics is hosting a fundraiser where the gymnasts compete to raise money by doing as many cartwheels as they can in 30 seconds. The cart wheelers can pledge money for the cause as a flat fee or based on the number of Photo by Stewart Lytle Zinnia Hopkinson, Natalie Indingaro cartwheels they do. The event will be held from 1 to and Riley Danielson practice cartwheels.

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By Stewart Lytle, Reporter ––––––––––––––––– NEWBURYPORT – Sometimes buildings need to be taken out of their misery. That appears to be the case with a three-story vacant building at 83 Merrimack Street. The site of the building, near Route 1 with a commanding view of the riverfront, but far enough up the hill to keep it out of the highly regulated flood zone, is slated to be part of a new 85-room hotel to be built Photo by Stewart Lytle by Stephen Karp's New England Scott Kelley with New England Development Corp. Development. “It is the scariest building I have ever been in,” said Historical building in the event of a fire. The Commission Chairman Linda police department also believes the Smiley. “There are buildings that vacant building is dangerous with are historically significant that are pieces of the building falling off. beyond being saved. This may be And Tom Kolterjahn, who one of them.” has been restoring buildings for That sentiment was echoed by decades, said the building could several speakers at the Historical not be saved. Commission last week. The “If you gave me $1 million and commission was told that the Fire 10 guys, I could not restore this Department is preparing to issue building,” Kolterjahn said. “The an order that it will not enter the Continued on page 3

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On behalf of Executive Director, Deborah Smith, and the Board of Directors of The Pettengill House, Inc., we would like to extend our sincere thanks to the following middle school-aged girls who donated over $1,000 to us in addition to food items! Allie Labrecque, Alyssa Mangini, Catherine Hussey, Gemma Leary, Madison Sanchez and Sydney Aldrich threw a joint birthday party fundraiser at The Polish Club in Amesbury. Instead of gifts, approximately sixty guests were asked to bring food or cash donations all to benefit The Pettengill House. They are a wonderful example of how youth can get involved to make a big difference locally. Thank you to these girls, their families and guests for making this birthday celebration a huge success! The Pettengill House, Inc. is a non-profit community social service agency providing services to more than 3,000 clients, 730 of whom are Marc Maravalli, B.S., R.Ph. deemed homeless, in Amesbury, Byfield, Groveland, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury, and West Newbury. The mission Publisher/Editor, The Town Common of the Pettengill House is to support and empower children and families by providing education, comprehensive case management and basic Letters to the Editor provide needs; and by coordinating community supports that contribute to individual and family stabilization, personal growth and development. a useful way of communicating All of the proceeds from this fundraiser will go directly to benefit these clients. concerns, issues, or suggestions to all members of the community. Sincerely, The Town Common encourages Julie Havey all citizens to submit letters Volunteer/ Program Coordinator concerning issues of interest and concern to the local community. The Pettengill House, Inc. Letters selected for publication may be edited for length and clarity. Some letters may serve as a catalyst for other articles or coverage, and Dear Editor, community leaders and agencies will be offered an opportunity to The Market Street Baptist Church would like to thank Shannon Hamilton and the staff of the Flatbread Amesbury for the opportunity to respond to letters concerning their raise funds for our Canada Mission Trip at the Flatbread on Tuesday, February 25. areas of responsibility. All letters must be signed and For the last four years a team of church members volunteer to travel to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada to work with Pastor Ian MacFarlane include a daytime telephone and the Living Hope Community Church for a week helping with children's programs like Vacation Bible School and Bible Basketball. number. The Canadian church's volunteers come to Amesbury also to help with similar programs. Both churches have made a supportive bond with Letters may be submitted to: each other from these trips and keep in touch all year by phone and internet.

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2 p.m. For an additional donation of $20 or more, a gymnast can stay and play in open gym time from 2 to 3:30 p.m. “Our beloved friend and coach Laura Tebo is fighting a battle with melanoma. She is unable to work so we are hosting this fundraiser for her,” wrote fellow coach Amy Patch. “She has recently undergone surgery on her spine to remove a tumor. Her comeback is not as quick as she would like. She needs help with medical bills and any care she may need.” The money raised by the Cartwheel-A-Thon will be split with 50 percent going to cancer research and 50 percent to help pay expenses for Tebo. Her fans and what Patch calls “the very generous gymnastics community” have already donated thousands of dollars, but more is needed. Tebo has been coaching gymnastics since Ace was opened in Ipswich 20 years ago. She has created a family atmosphere in the sprawling gym with activity

in every corner. In addition to coaching gymnastic techniques, she teaches the students life skills and occasionally one of the few Japanese words she knows, Patch said. Tebo stresses the importance of doing homework in addition to working out at the gym for three or four hours five days a week.

“It takes a lot of discipline to get your school work done” with such a strenuous schedule, Patch said. The results of work by Tebo and her team of coaches include the success of three female gymnasts who have gone on to compete in college, including Georgia Dabritz, a sophomore at the University of Utah, who is the nation's best gymnasts on the bars, Patch said. Dabritz, who on the dean's list, is so good on the bars, she does not wear grips on her hands, and thus

Come in for a visit and compare! has earned the nickname “No grips Dabritz.” -Since 1954 Both Maggie Dunn of North Attleboro and Samantha Nelson of Peabody, who have trained •Private & Semi-Private Rooms at Ace, are also on their college An extended Care Community with Baths and Beautiful Views gymnastics teams; Dunn at Ohio • Medicare/ Medicaid certified State University and Nelson at the University of Arkansas. • Social Services-Speech, Six years ago, Tebo was diagnosed Physical, Occupational, & with melanoma, and more Massage Therapies recently the cancer has spread to other parts of her body, making • Full Activity Program her prognosis uncertain. • and much more... The gym has already suffered Largest Independent Community Newspaper a loss to cancer. AnotherThe coachNorth Shore’s lost her mother to cancer MANSION DRIVE • ROWLEY, MA • JUST OFF ROUTE 1A recently. “We wanted to do more than raise money for Laura,” Patch said. “We wanted to help fight cancer WIN a FREE for everyone.” Night of Dinner Patch said that Tebo has asked that “we all stay positive since that and Bowling is how she continues to fight this for you and some battle.” For more information, visit friends & family!!! To contribute to the Cartwheel-AThon, go to www.GoFundMe. com/7liumc.

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building cannot be saved.” He said the building, which has openings in the roof with water pouring in, is being “demolished by neglect.” The three-story, green-sided building, which once was a hotel, was one of three that the Historical Commission agreed should be demolished. The other two, a brick service building constructed in 1920 at 9 Titcomb Street and a one-story commercial building constructed in 1930 at 85-87 Merrimac Street, were declare to be not historically significant. That means New England Development can demolish those three buildings, clearing away a large portion of the site it needs for the new hotel. The Historical Commission balked at allowing a fourth building to be demolished at least right now. It imposed a one-year delay on the demolition of the building at 1 Titcomb Street, on the corner of Titcomb and Merrimack streets, built in the 1850s, which has been used primarily as a retail store with apartments above. Kolterjahn, the co-president of the Newburyport Preservation Trust, proposed that the Historical Commission delay the demolition of the building, not to slow down the development of the new hotel, but to give the city time to find another use for the historically significant building. He proposed that the three-story building be

moved and made into affordable housing units. Scott Kelley, vice president of New England Development, told the Historical Commission his company would work toward a compromise or alternative solution to demolishing 1 Titcomb Street. He did not commit to paying to move the building to another site, but asked that the Historical Commission review the issue again at its next meeting. Asked if the delay in demolishing the one building would slow down the construction of the hotel, Kelley said, “I hope not.” Complicating the issue is the Newburyport City Council's desire to strengthen the historical preservation laws and transfer the authority for demolition permits to the city Planning Board and the planning department. The new laws, which may be enacted later this month, could take the demolition of 1 Titcomb Street out of the hands of the Historical Commission, which possibly could make it more difficult for New England Development to clear the site it wants to use for the hotel. Smiley noted that 1 Titcomb Street is “right in the middle of what you (New England Development) want to do.” Almost everyone who attended the Historical Commission meeting last week agreed that the proposed hotel on the proposed site would be good for the city. Plans for a new


hotel have been discussed for years. One proposal for a waterfront hotel landed in the Land Court. This proposal on Merrimack Street, near downtown, but away from the waterfront, appears to have strong community support. Bill Harris, a local attorney and preservation champion, said, “We need this hotel. I am looking forward to this hotel.” He said overnight visitors spend about three times what day visitors spend in the Newburyport economy, which will help keep the stores and restaurants viable and protect the many historic buildings downtown. “The net benefit to all the historic buildings is to have a hotel that will bring people to town,” Harris said.

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Garden Club is on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at 6:00 PM. Club Members WEDNESDAY MORNING was like and how it progressed over the will enjoy their annual Spring banquet Firearm Safety Training BIRDING first few months. You will see actual at the Old Salt restaurant in Hampton. Reloading Equipment @ Supplies Join Joppa Flats Sanctuary Director items from the site as well as cards and This is a time for members to enjoy Antique, Modern & New Guns Bill Gette and USFWS veteran David letters that were sent to rescue workers a pleasant meal, socialize and to 130 Bridge Rd, Salisbury 978-465-5561 Community Calendar Continues . . . Weaver for this weekly birding field from all over the US. This presentation celebrate the year's activities. There trip in the Newburyport/Plum Island will be non-violent and no graphic also will be the election of new officers area. Appropriate for all birding levels. photos will be shown. Please call to and members will be renewing their Wednesdays, April 9, 16,23, and 30, pre-register: 978-462-2412 memberships. In addition, there will be 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Meet at the Joppa sign-up forms for Art in Bloom and for Flats Education Center, One Plum HATHA YOGA CLASS the summer tasks to be undertaken by Island Turnpike, Newburyport. $17. Students are led through a series of club members that help to beautify and Preregistration is not required. Call stretches, strengthening and balancing maintain public gardens in the Town of 978-462-9998 for information about postures, twists and inversions by Hampton. In addition, members will additional programs and events, or visit certified yoga instructor Maura have an opportunity to update their the Web site at www.massaudubon. Mastrogiovanni. No registration is contact information for next year's org/joppaflats. required, and all fitness levels are Hampton Garden Club membership welcome. Bring a mat if you have one booklet, pay club membership dues AFTERSCHOOL AT JOPPA: and wear comfortable clothes. Class and discuss further preparations for FAMILY MATTERS! meets every Wednesday evening at the their annual Plant and Bake Sale. The Children in grades 1 to 4 are Rowley Library, 141 Main St., from Hampton Garden Club annual Plant 978-948-8696 • • invited to engage in wildlife learning 5:30-7 pm. Sponsored by the Friends and Bake Sale is an important fund experiences with a different theme each of the Library, cost for students is $12 raiser for the Club and is to be held week. Come for one or sign up for the or $10 for Friends members. Call 978- the Saturday after Mother's Day in series. Last in the series. Wednesday, 948-2850 for more information. May. At this event, Club members April 9, 3:45-5:15 pm Meet at the offer for sale healthy plants dug from Joppa Flats Education Center, One SAIL AWAY their own gardens and delicious baked Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport. April 9, 2014: Ipswich Museum, goods made in their own kitchens. For $15. Preregistration is required. Call 54 South Main St., Ipswich will host information about Hampton Garden 978-462-9998 for information about its "Sail Away" gala at 6pm. An Club meetings and events, please call additional programs and events, or visit evening of fun, food, and auctions at Pat Navin at 603-929-6315. the Web site at www.massaudubon. the Hellenic Center (117 Country org/joppaflats. Road, Ipswich). Bid on sports tickets, ROUNDTABLE MEETING golf packages, art, vacation getaways, The Civil War Roundtable of the GROUND ZERO TALK fine wines, a South African safari, and Merrimack will meet at 7:30 PM on Please join us for a memorable event! more. $50 per person, includes a buffet Wednesday April 9th at the East Parish We are honored to have John Ross, an and appetizers catered by Vinwood Methodist Church, Salisbury Square Ipswich resident who was a Melrose Caterers and two beverage tickets. All (route 1), Salisbury, MA. Wayne Motts Police Officer who volunteered to proceeds benefit the Ipswich Museum's will speak on “The National Civil War perform search and recovery at Ground restoration projects. Reservations Museum, Harrisburg, PA.â€? Admission Zero. John will be at the Salisbury required by April 1. Call the Museum is free and anyone with an interest in Hilton Senior Center on April 9th at 978-356-2811 or email office@ America’s Civil War is invited to attend. @ 1PM to talk with all of us about to reserve tickets. For more information visit our web his experience in helping to heal our page or call Tom at nation. You will see pictures from the 9- HAMPTON GARDEN CLUB (978) 462-8518. 11 tragedy starting a week after the first MEETING plane hit and up to the time of the new The next meeting of the Hampton THURSDAY, APRIL 10th Mark M. Burke, Sr. Stacey Goodwin

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AMESBURY COA YOGA The Amesbury Council on Aging and Maplewood Care and Rehabilitation Center has wonderful healthy program. Thursday at 8:30am the senior center has chair Yoga for those who are seniors and veterans. This wonderful program is being sponsored by Maplewood care and Rehab. The instructor is Whitney Wilma. Ms Wilma is dedicated to health and wellness of seniors and veterans. Please join us Thursday mornings at 8:30am. This FREE program is perfect for all levels. Come and start your day with yoga. I AM ZELDA Rita Parisi to perform I am Zeldaa one-act play about Mrs. F. Scott Fitzgerald Rita Parisi from Waterfall Productions will present I am Zeldaa one-act play about Mrs. F. Scott Fitzgerald at Amesbury Council on Aging, 68 Elm Street, on Thursday April 10th at 5:30pm. For more information, please contact Amesbury COA at 978-388-8138 or visit www. This event is open to everyone and we do ask that you rsvp so we can have the appropriate number of seating seat up.

multiple lenses of the cultural history of Plum Island and the Great Marsh, native wildlife and their habitats, and the role of refuge management in the conservation of these precious natural resources. This guided two hour program is most appropriate for older teens and adults. Binoculars and/or a camera are recommended, but not required. Held on the following days: Friday, April 11th @ 1:00 pm; Saturday, April 12th @ 9:30 am; Sunday, April 13th @ 1:00 pm; Friday, April 18th @1:00 pm; Saturday, April 19th @ 9:30 am; Friday, April 25th @1:00 pm; Saturday, April 26th @ 9:30 am; Sunday, April 27 @ 1:00 pm; and Monday, April 28th @ 1:00 pm. Meet the ranger in the lobby of the Refuge visitor center 15 minutes prior to the program start time. Each session is limited to 8 participants; no more than 4 individuals per sign-up. Again, this is a vehicle–based tour, with limited stops on the Refuge. Advance registration is required for this program, as enrollment is limited. Be advised that individual tours may be subject to cancellation. *Please note: Those who call and leave messages after hours, your registration is not confirmed until you receive a confirmation call from a Refuge staff member. Please call (978) 465-5753; to register for this program. or call 603 942-8525.

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AMESBURY - The Spring is upon us!?!? And some of us are out cleaning up our yards and gardens. Curbside Bagged leaf and yard waste collection will be on Saturday, April 26th and Saturday, May 17th. As of April 3rd Community Connections Amesbury’s Compost Site is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. To use the compost site you must register at the DPW Office at 39 So. Hunt Road, bring your vehicle registration in and pay $15 for the annual sticker. Please see the website for more information or call the office at 978-388-8119. -----------------------------------------------------------Special includes We will dragAMESBURY - Amesbury residents can now apply for a 2014 Compost Sticker allowing residents to use the Compost Site at 60 South Hunt Road for the upcoming season. You may come into the DPW office, 3 yards of any dump the stone Amesbury fill out the application, bring a copy of your vehicle registration and pay the $15 fee (Seniors over 65 are free, when • City website at www.amesburyma. size crushed on your driveway registering their own vehicle). You may also download the application from the and mail it to 39 South Hunt Road, Amesbury, MA 01913 with a copy of your vehicle registration and stone delivered to leave you less gov/DPW a self-addressed stamped envelope and the sticker will be mailed to you. The 2014 Compost Season is from April 3 locally.* labor! through December 7, 2014. Please see the website for more• information or call the offi•ce at 978-388-8119. -----------------------------------------------------------*Local zone 1 only. Additional fees apply for other delivery zones. AMESBURY - The Amesbury DPW has partnered with the Great American Rain Barrel Company in Hyde Park, Quality Work/Fully Insured MA to offer recycled barrels to residents of Amesbury as part of a community wide water conservation program. 60 Turnpike Rd, Ipswich Master License No. 10647 Call 978-790-8002 104 Eastern Ave, Gloucester Suzanne Gebelein, Owner of the Great American Rain Barrel Company comments, “We have been selling barrels 978-356-6342 978-281-4480 for 20 years and we are seeing a very positive trend. More and more neighborhoods and watershed areas nationwide, like Amesbury, are bringing large scale programs to their towns, encouraging more residents to conserve water but also helping their town mitigate pollution in the water supplies on a larger scale.” Homeowners can easily connect the barrels to their downspouts and significantly offset their watering needs. In this region there is typically 16” of rain from May 1st – September 30th. Amesbury is offering the Great American Rain Barrel in three colors; Forest Green, Earth Brown or Nantucket Gray at the low cost of $69 versus the retail price of $119. To take advantage of this community program discount please visit, look for “community programs” in the left side bar and click on “Amesbury”, email or call (800)251-2352, or call (800)251-2352. Deadline for ordering is Friday, April 25th. Barrels will be available for pick up on Saturday, May 3rd between 9:0011:00am at the DPW at 39 South Hunt St. in Amesbury. For information about The Great American Rain Barrel 8-948-8696 • • Company and their products please visit -----------------------------------------------------------DANVERS - The Joy & Benefits of Raising Chickens! Danvers Agway and Ashley's Chickens are cosponsoring a FREE chicken seminar Saturday, April 26 at 11 am. 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Copies are available to borrow at the library, or may be reserved by visiting There will be events in April and May, both at the Library and elsewhere in the Community, such as book discussions, lectures on beekeeping for both children and adults, a memoir writing workshop, “Apples in April,” a recipe demonstration and tasting with Chef • • advertise@thetowncommon.c Carolyn Greico at the Grange Hall, and a talk by local historian Bob Merry on the old Dodge Cider Mill978-948-8696 at what is now the Mill River Winery, including an optional wine tasting. There will be special story times for children, public showings of classic movies that are set during the Great Depression, and a tour of Russell Orchards, all capped off For HOME Buyers or Sellers by a live Jazz Brunch to be held at the Library. Visit for the full slate of events, “like” electing to go it alone: the Rowley Public Library on facebook to see updates, or call 978-948-2850 for more information. Some events require registration. Rowley Reads 2014 is supported with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Funding is also provided Copyright © 2014 Law Offices of Donald J. Fournier & Associates. All rights reserved. by the Friends of the Rowley Public Library. -----------------------------------------------------------Balance the scales in your favor. ROWLEY - Richard Curran, Aide to Senator Tarr will hold office hours in Rowley on Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 9am to 11am at the Town Hall Annex on 39 Central Street. Protect Your Interests • Reduce Costs • Reduce Risk -----------------------------------------------------------MLS listing • Negotiation of the Offer to Purchase • Negotiation and prepaROWLEY - This month the Rowley Public Library is hosting art created by local students from Pine Grove School ration of the Purchase & Sale A greement • Conduct Title Search • Protection as part of the annual Doodle 4 Google contest. Every year Google invites K-12 students across the United States to of your interests in the mortgage process • Preparation of the deed • Representation at closing • Resolve legal issues • Protect your interests and reduce redesign their homepage logo. The theme this year is “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place. costs without increasing risk. . .” The contest entries will be on exhibit in our lobby and children’s room through the month of April. Vote for your favorite online after April 29 at The Rowley Public Library, 141 Main Street in Rowley, is fully accessible. For more information, call 978-948-2850.  Law Offices -----------------------------------------------------------D o n a l d J. F o u r n i e r & A s s o c i a t e s ROWLEY – Love, Laugh & Learn - Miss Brenda's Pre-school offers Fun-N-Sun Summer Camp programs week33 West Main Street | Georgetown, Massachusetts 01833 | Tel: 978.769.5383 | FAX: 978.769.5441 to-week with different fun and creative themes. A camp week is Monday through Friday 8-2, Openings are also available for the fall 2014, Only 6 children per class, Mornings 9-12 for 2-3 year olds, Afternoons 12:30-3:20.  4-5 year olds, Children learning through hands-on fun and creative ways. To inquire more please call Brenda Fiers (978) 948-3987 -----------------------------------------------------------ROWLEY - Rowley Public Library Book Donation Day –April 26th - The Friends of the Rowley Public Library are getting ready for the Annual Book and Bake Sale. We’ll be accepting donations of gently used Books, DVDs, and CDs on Saturday morning, April 26th from 9:00am until noon. Donations may be dropped off in the Library Meeting Room. We accept: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Art, Gardening, How-To, Cookbooks, Hardcover, Paperback, Children’s Books including picture books, Young Adult titles, DVDs and CDs in their original boxes. No textbooks, encyclopedias, digests, magazines or VHS tapes please! Don’t forget to Save the Date for the Friends of the Rowley Library Book and Bake Sale which will be held on Saturday, May 3rd and Sunday, May 4th at the Rowley Public Library, rain or shine. The sale is sponsored by the Friends of the Rowley Public Library and all proceeds benefit the Library. For more information or to volunteer for these events, please email, or call Pam Jacobson, Library Director, at 978-948-2850. -----------------------------------------------------------SALISBURY - Friendly Visitors through the Salisbury Senior Center - If you are homebound or know someone who is and would like some company, we have registered volunteers - Friendly visitors who will visit you on a weekly basis – spend time with you, talking, reading playing cards, whatever you like to do. We do not want any of our seniors to become isolated, we also have telephone reassurance volunteers who will call you a few times each week Private School Students and Graduating Seniors to check on you and chat with you. If you are interested in having a friendly visitor or telephone reassurer please call us and let us know.  978-462-2412 -----------------------------------------------------------SEABROOK - The Seabrook Library will proudly present a Downton Abbey tea party at 4:00 in the afternoon on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Did you ever think you were born in the wrong century, or do you just love watching the popular Masterpiece Theatre program of the same name about the British uppercrust and their sprawling household? Dates based on current school end Join us while we watch the first two episodes of Season Four of Downton Abbey and enjoy tea sandwiches, scones with clotted cream, and, of course, tea. The program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Costumes are optional, but encouraged. Call the library at 603-474-2044 to reserve your place. -----------------------------------------------------------TOPSFIELD - Essex County Trail Association is hosting the 19th annual EQUINE EXPO held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 9-3 in the Arena Building at the Topsfield Fairgrounds on Route 1, Topsfield, MA. We draw over 800 people to this event. We have new and used items for sale for the horse and rider. A Demo ring and a silent auction are also available. For more information call Kay 978-768-6275 or e-mail

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You’ve probably been labeled by other names. hearing a lot about gluten. Avoid anything with bulgar, • Function Room for Birthday parties, Maybe a friend has gone durum flour, farina, graham gluten-free or a family flour, kamut, semolina and Corporate events, Receptions member has been diagnosed spelt. Do your research so • Monthly Tournaments with celiac disease or been you know exactly what to • Moonlight bowling advised to avoid gluten. So, avoid when reading labels what exactly is gluten? Is it or a menu. If you have • Bumper bowling something you should give questions, the National 11 High St, Downtown Amesbury up too? Foundation for Celiac Gluten is a protein that Awareness is a credible is most commonly found resource and can help guide OPEN: Mon 5-10pm. Tues-Fri 1-10pm, Sat 10am to midnight & Sun 12-8pm in wheat, barley and rye. It you through the process of Moonlight Bowling Mon 5-10pm, Sat 7-midnight, Sun noon-4pm comes in several forms, like going gluten free. flour, and exists in many foods gets all the essential vitamins and * Beware of hidden gluten. including pizza, pasta, breads and minerals it needs. For those who Gluten is in many products baked goods. For those who have are avoiding gluten, the good that you might not expect like sensitivity to gluten, it can be hard news is that with the rise in people condiments, sauces and drinks. to avoid. avoiding gluten, availability of For example, raw meat is gluten The Center for Celiac Research gluten-free products has also free, however, processed meats estimates that 18 million people increased, making it easier to avoid – hot dogs, sausages and deli meats (or 6 percent of the population) gluten. However, many food – often add flour (which contains 8-948-8696 • • may suffer from gluten intolerance. companies are adding ingredients gluten) as filler or to change the The severity of a person’s gluten or adjusting the formulation to texture of the product. sensitivity is measured by the make the gluten-free food offerings * Eat organic. By choosing glutenSensitive Enteropathy scale, and can free foods that are also organic, you taste more appealing and losing “Brews, Beats and Bites range from slight allergic reactions important nutrients along the way, can avoid consuming pesticides at the Byfield Community Arts Center” to more serious conditions, like so it is important to look at the and chemicals. This is important Taste a selection of local craft beers selected by our own Celiac disease, that require a person types of gluten-free foods you are for everyone but especially those Sean Jansen of and enjoy a little food and some great music! to eliminate gluten all together. with an auto-immune disorder eating. Beer list coming soon!! How do you know if you should "If you are reducing or removing like Celiac disease. Companies avoid gluten? If you don’t have gluten from your diet, you should like Nature’s Path offer organic, Wine will be available for purchase for those non-beer drinkers. DATE: Saturday, April 12, 2014 TIME: 6-8:30PM, doors open at 5:30 gluten sensitivity, it isn’t necessary consider that the quality of the Non-GMO Project Verified and LOCATION: Byfield Community Arts Center 7 Central Street Byfield, MA to remove gluten from your diet. gluten-free ingredients in the foods certified gluten free easy breakfast PRICE: $18pp in advance $20 pp at the door (some additional fees may apply if ordering online) Keep in mind a gluten-free diet you choose to eat plays as much of and snack options like cereals and is not a weight-loss diet. But if a role in your results as what you granola bars. Ticket price includes tasting, appetizers, dessert and music! you experience symptoms like choose not to eat (like gluten),” * Get creative. Giving up your For more information about the event or purchasing tickets, fatigue, dizziness, digestive issues says Ashley Koff, R.D., who is a favorite foods can be a frustrating, Visit OR or Keratosis Pilaris (better known spokesperson for Nature's Path. but with a little time and creativity, Contact Helen Bryant; Jane Tallent; as “chicken skin” on the back of “For optimal health, I recommend you won’t even notice a difference your arms) after eating certain eating foods that are organic, – except in the way you feel. All proceeds of this event will directly support the music and performing arts students and programs foods, you may have sensitivity which are produced without Don’t be afraid to try different of Triton Regional High and Middle Schools. to gluten and could potentially toxic chemicals and genetically combinations and new recipes. The Triton Music Parents Organization (TMPO) is an approved 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports benefit from reducing or removing modified ingredients (or GMOs), It’s OK to have questions about the music and performing arts students and programs of Triton Regional High and Middle Schools. it from your diet. However, you and to avoid ingredients that are gluten-free diets and making the should first consult a doctor or ‘chemistry lab projects’, such as right food choices for you and your registered dietician before making artificial colors and sweeteners.” family. The first step is speaking to any changes to your diet. What can you do to avoid gluten a registered dietician or doctor if However you eat – gluten free in your diet? you think you or a family member or not The – a healthy diet starts by has a gluten intolerance. There are * Learn to read labels. 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that is worth 180k for example) you should keep focused on the long-term importance of the purchasing price. NEED VS. WANT When shopping for a home, list the features (fireplace, fenced-in yard, new appliances, etc.) that are most important to you. What are “deal breakers”? What can you live with? What do you need vs. what do you want? For example, you have decided that you NEED a 4 bedroom home and won’t even look at a home with only 3 bedrooms. OK. Have you thought that through? Don’t confuse need with want. You may have 3 kids and need that 4th bedroom but you may want that 4th bedroom to use as only as an office. Could you use the den or basement for your office? Therefore, don’t eliminate 3 bedroom homes from your search. Most importantly, figure this out before you start looking. When deciding on which home to buy, establishing your “criteria" early on will save time shopping for inappropriate homes, and may keep you from buying a home on a whim. WHAT ABOUT THE SELLER? Who cares what the seller wants, right? You are the buyer! Well, not so fast. If you want to get to the closing you should understand the reasons the seller bought the home, their reasons for selling, and the home improvements they have or have not made, you'll be in a better position to evaluate the home and negotiate a better deal. Believe it or not many sellers are less concerned about money than who is going to own the home that they built or did a ton of work on themselves. Acknowledging this and complimenting a seller either in person or with a letter can go a long way. SIGN Make sure that not only everything is in writing on your contract but also that you have put in everything you want. If you are expecting the washer and dryer to stay with the house take a minute and write it in you offer… it can’t hurt. Also, make sure the contingencies you want are in there too. Planning on a home inspection? You should (see next paragraph). Are you getting a loan? Put a financing contingency in there as well. This is where your REALTOR® will help you. HOME INSPECTION In the last paragraph I mentioned a home inspection contingency. A seller, although not required by law, but foolish not to, will allow a home inspection period, typically 10 days. During this period you should hire a licensed home inspector go through the home. This is more for “peace of mind”, and it is essential for anyone who doesn't want to spend thousands of dollars for repairs. ASK If you are working with an

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If you have kids and you take them to the dentist, I am sure you have heard about sealants. Most dentists recommend dental sealants. However, how much do you â&#x20AC;&#x153;knowâ&#x20AC;? about sealants? A dental sealant is a flowable resin generally placed on permanent 6 and 12-year molars. It is placed in the grooves on the top of the teeth. Its purpose is to help prevent decay from forming in this area, which is the most common place for dental decay to occur. It does nothing in the prevention of decay between teeth or on any of the other 20 teeth in the mouth â&#x20AC;&#x201C; although the molars are generally the first teeth to decay. Make sense so far? Now for the controversy. In my opinion, sealants have a very limited application. Let me take a step back and give you some information to help you see where I am coming from. There are actually many different techniques to place sealants. The way I was taught in school, and the way many if not most sealants are still placed, is that if that little picky thing that everyone hates doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stick in the tooth, the tooth is cleaned and the sealant is placed. The first problem is that the little pick is not very accurate â&#x20AC;&#x201C; about 57% according to studies I have seen. The statistic shoots to over 90% accuracy with the aid of laser cavity detection. This is a relatively inexpensive tool that sends a beam of light into the top of the tooth and measures density of tooth structure.


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