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June 6, 2012

Merrimack Valley in a minute

METHUEN — Holy Family Hospital will host the American Cancer Society's Look Good...Feel Better program Monday, June 25 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Cafeteria Conference Room, 70 East St., in Methuen.

Look Good...Feel Better is a free program that teaches cancer patients cosmetic techniques to help them cope with appearance-related side effects from chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments. Wig care, scarf and hat use, skin care, and nail care will all be discussed, and all participants will receive a free makeup kit. Registration is required; please call Gail Palermo at 978-687-0156 ext. 2021.

Cosmetologists certified and trained by the American Cancer Society will conduct the sessions, which are non-medical and do not promote any product line.

For more information about Look Good...Feel Better or for cancer information anytime contact your American Cancer Society 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

Electronics and appliance recycle day

NORTH ANDOVER — The First Calvary Baptist Church is holding an electronics and appliance recycling day Saturday June 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents from all area towns are invited.

The following items can be brought to the church parking lot at 586 Mass. Ave.: Electronics such as monitors, computers, scanners, copiers for $5 each; appliances such as dishwashers, dryers, stoves, microwaves, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, air conditioners, exercise equipment, lawn mowers and snow blowers at $10 each; televisions at $10 to $20.

Also included is a free bicycle drop off.

Please contact Dennis Wood at 508-277-7513 or at denwaynewood@yahoo.com with questions.

PMA yard sale June 16

METHUEN — Presentation of Mary Academy is hosting an indoor yard sale June 16 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Dupre Center on the school campus.

There will be 40 tables featuring all types of treasure. Tables can be rented for $25 and can be done by contacting Paula Mansor-Laliberte at 978-682-9391 x 109 or by sending an email to plaliberte@pmamethuen.org.

The yard sale is sponsored by the Alumni Council and proceeds will benefit scholarships for Presentation of Mary Academy students.

Lawrence woman is Unsung Heroine

LAWRENCE — Jineyda Tapia of Lawrence was among the Class of 2012 Unsung Heroines honored by members of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women May 16 in the Great Hall at the State House in Boston.

Tapia was recommended by State Sen. Barry R. Finegold, D-Andover, for her achievements as an educator and community leader. Tapia is a literature teacher, a community leader and activist, youth representative, tutor, organizer and ambassador of the values held by the Lawrence Community. As a tutor for the Salem State Upward Bound Program, she promotes learning outside of the classroom in a way that allows her students to grow both as educated individuals and productive members of society. She is a member of the Greater Lawrence Young Professional's Network, and youth organizer for the "We Are Lawrence "movement.

Local man plays Taps at Arlington National Cemetery

METHUEN — On Saturday, May 19, postal employee and U.S. Army veteran Randall McCrillis, along with 199 other buglers, had the honor of sounding Taps at Arlington National Cemetery to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the solemn song, which is typically played on a bugle or trumpet at funerals and flag ceremonies.

They played at the invitation of Jari Villanueva, president of Taps150.org and retired master sergeant in the U.S Air Force, who served 23 years at Arlington and preformed taps at over 5,000 funerals.

McCrillis sounds Taps as a volunteer bugler at veterans' funerals and patriotic ceremonies as a member of buglesacrossamerica.org and as a member of VFW post 8349 in Methuen as part of its honor guard. "This was a huge honor that I will carry with me for the rest of my life," he said. "It's something I will always be thankful that I had the opportunity to be a part of."

McCrillis is a 24-year employee of the Lawrence Post Office and served as a helicopter crew chief in Korea with the 2nd Aviation Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, where he earned the Korean Defense Service medal. There are more celebrations going on throughout the rest of the year. For more information go to www.Taps150.org or buglesacrossamerica.org.

According to the Department of Defense, Taps was written in July 1862, in the aftermath of the bloody Seven Days battles by Union General Daniel Adams Butterfield. It replaced "Lights Out," a song borrowed from the French, as the traditional day's end sounding. In 1874, it was officially recognized by the U.S. Army and became standard at military funeral ceremonies in 1891.