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October 25, 2012

Haverhill in a Minute: Thrift shop seeks volunteers


The public library circulates nearly 500,000 items each year and needs help getting materials back onto the shelves.

Volunteers ages 14 and up are needed all hours that the library is open to empty bins, sort and organize, and shelve materials. The library is also looking for someone who loves music and movies to create replacement covers for CDs and DVDs, and someone who loves comic books to shelve graphic novels.

There is a two-hour training session and a 20-hour time commitment. More information is available by contacting Beth Gallaway at 978-373-1586, ext. 641.

Dempsey named Public Advocate of the Year

State Rep. Brian Dempsey, D-Haverhill, was selected to receive two awards this month in recognition of his tireless advocacy on behalf of hunger-relief and nutrition assistance programs.

The Massachusetts Meals on Wheels Association presented Dempsey with the 2012 Kit Clark Award. The award is presented annually to leaders in both the private and public realm who demonstrate dedication and support to seniorcitizen nutrition services in the state. As chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Dempsey avoided deep cuts to the Elder Nutrition Program and increased funding to preserve this program, which provides 8.5 million meals to senior citizens statewide each year.

The Greater Boston Food Bank named Dempsey recipient of the 2012 Public Advocate of the Year award for his support of the Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program and his commitment to ending hunger in the state.

This year, Dempsey secured an increase in funding for the food bank and statewide members of the Feeding America food bank system, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization which distributes more than 50 million pounds of food annually in the state.

YMCA offers membership deals

The Haverhill YMCA is lowering its membership rates for new members.

Until Nov. 30, new members will pay no fees and lock in the following rates through 2013: $39 per month for one adult, $49 per month for one adult and children, $59 per month for two adults, and $69/ per month for two adults and children. This offer is valid through Nov. 30 and only for new members.

The YMCA has a newly renovated fitness center with the latest cardio and strength equipment; free group exercise classes for members including spinning, Zumba and yoga; a full-size basketball court; 30-foot rock climbing wall; pool; gymnastics center; childcare; and other equipment and activities. When you join the Haverhill YMCA, you can use any Y in New England. More information is available at northshoreymca.org or by calling 978-374-0506.

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