EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

July 10, 2012

Daughter of Garden Club founder wins garden of the month

HAVERHILL — Jane Langlais' garden was named Garden of the Month for June by the Haverhill Garden Club.

The Haverhill Garden Club is a member of the National Garden Clubs Inc., New England Region and the Garden Club

Federation of Massachusetts, Northern District.

Jane Langlais is the daughter of the Haverhill Garden Club's first president, Nancy Lagasse, who served from 1967 to 1969.

"Jane's gardens are just beautiful with her artistic touches achieved with tree, shrub, perennials and annuals," said Garden Club member Joan Pechnik. "The property includes a mini apple orchard and a fairly large vegetable garden. It truly deserved to be the Garden of the Month for June."

If you would like to nominate a friend, neighbor, relative or yourself for Garden of the Month contact Pat Moriarty at 978-372-0803.

Haverhill Farmers Market open for business

HAVERHILL — The Haverhill Farmers Market is now open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Bailey Boulevard next to the Haverhill Police Department. Ample and free on-street parking is available.

The expanded market now has 25 vendors offering an array of fresh, local fruits and vegetables, eggs, grass fed meats, seafood, honey, maple syrup as well as locally made goods including pottery, jewelry, quilts and candles. A new children's tent offers a free activity or craft.

The tent was an idea that grew out of community conversations during Possible Dreams, the annual brainstorming meeting in January sponsored by Team Haverhill. Market newcomers include the Stasinos Family Farm, homemade granola by Aruna Delights, baklava and spinach pies by A-1 Delights and specialty dog treats by Quinn's Canine Cafe. Chair massages are offered as well. Fat Belly BBQ food truck is parked conveniently next to a new tented seating area.

This is the second year that the market has partnered with a local food pantry. Farmers or home gardeners can drop off their extra fruit and veggies as donations for those in need. The Farmers Market is also looking forward to partnering with the Haverhill Alternative School, which later in the summer will sell vegetables grown by students. More information is available at haverhillfarmersmarket.org or visit the market's Facebook page.

Lawrence Reads! ends with raffle

LAWRENCE — The Lawrence Public Library held a drawing for two raffle prizes at the end of "Lawrence Reads!" for a child and an adult. The city-wide read of the young adult historical novel "Bread and Roses, Too" by Katherine Paterson was held as part of the centennial celebration of the textile strike of 1912.

Winners were Reyna Burgos of Lawrence Community Works and Venesa Munoz, a student at Knowledge Academy. They both received a Friends of the Lawrence Public Library book bag, two DVDs about he Bread and Roses strike, and a signed copy of Paterson's book.

Burgos also received a gift certificate to the Irish cottage and a signed copy of Bruce Watson's book about the strike, while Munoz received gift certificates to McDonald's and Top Donut and a signed copy of "The Bread and Roses Strike of 1912" by Julie Baker.

Lawrence woman wins $1,000 at business pitch contest

LOWELL — Stephanie Buchholz of Lawrence won third place and Fan Favorite awards, both worth $500 each during the Sandbox Idea Launch pitch contest at the Middlesex Community College Theater in Lowell.

Buchholz's idea was the "Dapper Diaper Delivery" which provides families with rental, pick-up, delivery, and cleaning of re-usable cloth diapers in the Merrimack Valley.

This is the second pitch contest held by Sandbox Idea Launch focusing on arts, crafts and consumer products ideas. During the contest, eight selected finalists out of 38 applicants squared off. Finalists received feedback about their ideas from a panel of industry pros.

The Sandbox Idea Launch is a community-wide initiative supporting entrepreneurship. It is supported by the Merrimack Valley Sandbox. More than 30 partner organizations and institutions are participating in the Sandbox Idea Launch including the City of Lowell, the City of Lawrence, Enterprise Bank, the Merrimack Valley YMCA and the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.

The initiative aims to give entrepreneurs a greater chance at success through pitch contests, workshops, and intensive programs. The Merrimack Valley Sandbox is an initiative based at UMass Lowell that strengthens the ecosystem to promote entrepreneurship and leadership in Lowell and Lawrence in Massachusetts.