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SALISBURY – Ed Monette was the Man three decades ago when he was the voice for the popular Himalaya ride at Salisbury Beach. Monette took the microphone again last week and re-played the DJ for the ride as Jim Shalkoski lit his latest gingerbread house masterpiece in the lobby of the new Pavilion Building outside the Seaglass Restaurant here. This year's gingerbread house, New England's largest, includes more than 1,000 pounds of confectionary sugar and 256 square feet of gingerbread. It recreates many of the famous Salisbury Beach landmarks, including the massive Victorian-style Ocean Echo building, the home of the Frolics nightclub from the 1940s through the 1970s.

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The structure, supported by a wooden frame, also features the Chinese Snack Bar, Bob's Roast Beef, the old Coast Guard Watch Tower and the Ghost Trail Stage Coach Train. The Himalaya ride, complete with people made of white chocolate, spins just as it did for decades at the Beach as the feature ride in Roger Shaheen's FUNORAMA Park. “The Himalaya was an icon,” said Monette, who worked on the ride for six summers starting in 1980 when he was 19. “People would come (to Salisbury beach) on the weekends just to ride the Himalaya. The lines were out the front of the park.” Monette said working on the Continued on page 3

Grandfamilies Need Support Too By Stewart Lytle, Reporter –––––––––––––––––

AMESBURY – Sometimes being a grandparent is not all fun and games. There are times when grandparents are called upon to fill in for the absent parents, providing discipline, structure and stability for children. And that can create stress for grandparents and grandchildren. That is where Holly Shay comes in. A licensed, independent clinical social worker, Shay was drafted by Annmary Connor, the executive director of the Amesbury Council on Aging, to facilitate a new support group for grandparents and their grandchildren. Photo by Stewart Lytle “Just when you are ready to Holly Shay will facilitate the support group. simplify your life and do the fun counseling, Shay said raising things with grandchildren, imagine has to be tough,” Shay said. An expert in grief and loss grandchildren “can also be extremely having to do all the discipline. That

rewarding.” Grandchildren benefit from their perspective and the stability they provide. The next meeting of the support group for grandparents raising grandchildren will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 13 at the Amesbury Senior Center. The program lasts an hour, and there are volunteers to care for the grandchildren. The sessions will continue monthly for at least a year and may be renewed for another year. Across the U.S., more than 2.5 million children are being raised by grandparents, according to Census data. In Massachusetts, 76,441 children live in a household owned by the grandparents. That is more than 5 percent of all the children Continued on page 3

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in the state. Grandparents raising their children's children has become such a large component of society that demographers have given them their own name. These families are called grandfamilies. And the American Association of Retired Persons has created a large web site and a partnership to help grandfamilies that includes the Brookdale Foundation Group, Casey Family Programs, Child Welfare League of America, Children's Defense Fund and Generations United. The partnership funds GrandFacts, a service to grandparents on the web site. “For these grandparents, raising another family wasn't part of the plan,” says the AARP web site. “But they step up to the plate when their loved ones need them. Most of these grandparents and other relative caregivers will tell you they gain great joy from their role. But they also face financial, health, housing,

education and work challenges that often foil their retirement plans.” The reasons for parents being absent from the home vary widely. Some absences are caused by illness or death. Some parents are in jail or suffer from substance abuse. Others have neglected or abused their children, forcing the grandparents or social services to step in. The growing number of teenage pregnancies also creates more need for grandparents to raise their grandchildren. In many cases, the alternative is for the children to enter the foster care system, Shay said. “There is a lot of grief, anger and loss,” she said. These grandparents and the children they are raising are often isolated. They lack information about the range of support services, resources, programs, benefits, laws and policies available to help them. Thus the need for a special support group. The group was

formed thanks to a grant from the Main Street Congregational Church and the Amesbury Rotary Club. The grandchildren will play games with other grandchildren in a nearby room, where they will not feel any separation anxiety, Shay said. The children will also have an opportunity to get to know one another and help them realize they are not alone in being raised by a grandparent, she said. Shay, who has extensive experience facilitating groups, said the ideal number of participants would be about a dozen. “That allows everyone to express themselves,” she said. Shay hopes that the support group will help build friendships that will extend beyond the sessions. If you are interested in joining the group, please make your reservation by Dec. 10 by calling the Amesbury Council on Aging at 978-388-8138.

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the gingerbread house lighting pounds of brown sugar, 30 dozen Continued from page 1 ceremony at the new Pavilion eggs, 11 pounds of isomalt sugar Himalaya was more than just a building last Thursday. They were to create the windows and the summer job. “You were the Man,” joined by about a dozen children Himalaya ride, 10 pounds of white he said. from the Lower Merrimack Valley chocolate to sculpt the tiny figures, He and the other young men Boys and Girls Club. eight pounds of graham crackers, who worked on six gallons of molasses the ride impressed and one gallon of corn patrons by jumping syrup. on and off the carts The intricate when the ride was a gingerbread house also full speed. And they has 1,000 minature printed up business LED lights. And to cards that rated the make the Himalaya attractiveness of the ride turn, Shalkoski girl riders. “That's used a motorized how we got dates,” he Christmas tree base said. to spin the chocolate Monette was one people around on the of dozens of people Himalaya ride. An on hand to watch iPod plays the original the lighting of the music from the ride. new gingerbread Responding to house. Among those Photo by Stewart Lytle questions from several watching the annual Jim Shalkoski and Millie Greaney in front of the gingerbread house. of the children from event was 91-year-old the Boys and Girls Millie Greaney, the “It is very exciting,” said Liz Club, Shalkoski said it took about town's first kindergarten teacher. Pettis, the executive director of the two and a half weeks to build the The seniors from the Hilton Salisbury Council on Aging. “It all gingerbread house. Senior Center played a big role came together perfectly.” Monette, who was accompanied in the inspiration for Shalkoski's Building the gingerbread house by Jilda Patten, Shaheen's design this year. The Seaglass again this year “was an artist's daughter, said there is nothing in bartender, part-time actor and dream,” Shalkoski said. “Kathy the area today like the Himalaya. baker interviewed 15 long-time (Aiello, the executive director of The park and the ride came to Salisbury residents at the senior the Salisbury Beach Partnership,) Salisbury in the 1950s. It did not center, asking them what they gave me carte blanc this year. She survive Shaheen's death and the remembered and what they loved said 'Don't worry about the cost.'” slow demise of the beach traffic in most about Salisbury beach in its Shalkoski said he has not yet the 1980s. heyday. added up the cost of this year's He said he believes the Himalaya Their recollections, along with gingerbread house. But he guessed ride still exists, “somewhere in photographs of Salisbury Beach it would be at least $2,000 in Mexico.” going back to the early 1900s, materials alone. The gingerbread house will were incorporated into this year's The house, which is eight feet be on display daily through mid design. “Mostly they remembered tall and eight feet wide, weighs January from 11:30 a.m. to 9 the people,” he said. more than 300 pounds. It includes p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on Fifty-four seniors came to more than 60 pounds of flour, 40 weekends.

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Why not take a break from your holiday shopping on Saturday, December 15 at 11AM and come over to the Firehouse Center for the Arts at Market Square in Newburyport for a little old-fashioned Holiday Sing-Along and spend a little quality time with your family. Tickets are $3 and may be purchased through the Box Office at 978/462-7336. ATTENTION 978-948-8696 • www.thetowncommon.com • advertise@thetowncommon.com -----------------------------------------------------------SNOWMOBILERS! NEWBURYPORT - Open registration for the Winter Session Swim Lessons at the YWCA Greater Newburyport begins on December 10, 2012 at 8:00 AM. Participants can miss only one class prior to their registration date. Classes run from 1/2/13 until 2/16/13. Swim lessons for all levels, beginning at 6 months of age, are offered Monday – Saturday with morning and afternoon options. Where applicable, children must be the specified age at the start of the program in order to register Adult Group Swim Lessons are also offered: Beginners on Tuesday at 5:30 PM or Wednesday at 6:00 PM. Intermediate classes are held on Monday at 6:00 PM or Thursday at 5:30 PM. Class registrations are made in person at the YWCA membership desk N OME ENIOR ARE at 13 Market Street on a first come, first served basis. Both members and non-members can register for session-based classes. For more information and registration forms, visit our website at www.ywcanewburyport.org or call 978-4659922. -----------------------------------------------------------NEWBURYPORT - The Anna Jaques Hospital (AJH) Aid Association announces its second annual Holiday Happenings Crafts Fair, on Dec. 13, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the Higgins Conference Room. 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AN ADVENTURE IN PANAMA Dave Larson, science and education coordinator at Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats, offers a PowerPoint presentation and lecture, “An Adventure in Panama,” at Joppa Flats on Wednesday, December 12, at 7:30 p.m. This program is open to the public, appropriate for all ages, and free to Mass Audubon’s members; the nonmembers’ fee is $4. No preregistration is required. A July 2012 natural history trip to Panama turned up bird and other wildlife highlights such as swarms of cattle egrets in a rice field; an exotic assortment of raptors, including the ornate hawk-eagle; sloths, lizards, vultures, and tarantulas almost too close for comfort; and blue morpho butterflies flashing brilliantly on their flights through the tangled forest. David Larson has led birding and natural history expeditions all over the world. In this evening’s presentation, he entertains with photos and stories of this

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