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July 9, 2014

Cycle for Shelter planned

The 26th annual Cycle for Shelter to benefit Emmaus Inc. will be held July 27, starting at Northern Essex Community College.

Cyclists can take a 20-mile, 62-mile or 100-mile scenic ride that will take them through Haverhill, up to the seacoast of New Hampshire, and south through the North Shore of Massachusetts. A celebration featuring food from local restaurants, music, entertainment and raffles follows the ride.

Cyclists who raise more than $750 will receive a free 2014 Cycle for Shelter jersey.

Proceeds from this event will benefit Emmaus, a nonprofit housing and human services organization in Haverhill that provides what homeless children and adults need to rebuild their lives — emergency shelter, housing research assistance, affordable housing, adult education and job training and support services. This year, more than 3,500 homeless adults and children will seek help from Emmaus. In the past year alone, Emmaus moved 200 homeless families and 80 individuals into permanent housing.

For more information, contact Margot Regan at 978-241-3425 or visit www.emmausinc.org.

June Garden of the Month chosen

The city’s Garden Club chose Sabine Saxton’s garden at her Winchester Street home in Bradford as its June Garden of the Month.

Garden club officials said her backyard garden is outstanding, although the front is well tended as well. The back garden is fenced and shady and very serene and restful, they said. Saxton has seating areas and there are many varieties of shade loving plants. Saxton and her husband have made very beautiful raised beds, and their garden looks as though it is well cared for.

The impact of the garden is the quietness and serenity, which club members say was achieved by the shade and the softness of the plantings and the overall theme, with no great splashes of color that you might see in a sunny garden. Also, Saxton is very knowledgeable about all of her plants and she and her husband have obviously worked very hard over the years.

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