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May 23, 2013

Whittier Birthplace to offer free admission


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Whittier Birthplace is participating in both the regional “17th Century Saturdays” and national “Blue Star Museums” programs beginning in June, with both offering free admission opportunities.

Admission is free from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, as well as on the first Saturday of July, August and September as part of 17th Century Saturdays, an Escapes North cultural tourism initiative led by the North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Thomas Whittier built the home in 1688 during America’s First Period of European settlement (1625-1725).

“It is the mission of Whittier Birthplace to raise awareness of the life and important work of John Greenleaf Whittier,” said Tim Coco, president of the Trustees of the John Greenleaf Whittier Homestead.

“While he was a popular and successful poet during his lifetime, his legacy is as a stalwart supporter of equal rights. He fought slavery and advocated for women’s voting rights, placing his life at risk championing these causes on the national stage.”

In addition, Whittier Birthplace offers free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Saturday, June 1 through Labor Day.

The military program is part of Blue Star Museums, in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense. Active duty military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members.

“Blue Star Museums is a collaboration between the arts and military communities,” said NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa. “Our work with Blue Star Families and with more than 1,800 museums ensures that we can reach out to military families and thank them for their service and sacrifice.”

Visit Whittier Birthplace online at www.johngreenleafwhittier.com.

Diabetes Self-Management Workshop offered

Home Health VNA will offer a six-week diabetes education workshop from June 11 to July 30.

Sessions are from 11 a.m. to noon at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Karen DiPietro, a certified diabetes educator, will lead the workshop.

The program will be provided in groups, but each person will receive an individual session. All sessions are covered by Medicare. Topics include healthful eating, being active, blood sugar monitoring, medications, problem solving, reducing complications and health coping with diabetes.

To register or for more information, contact Mary Connolly, RN, at 979-374-2390, ext. 15.

YMCA Youth Summer Basketball League forming

The Haverhill YMCA will hold a Youth Summer Basketball League for children entering grades 1 to 8. Teams will meet once a week on weekday evenings at the Haverhill YMCA throughout a six week season that begins June 10. Register online at www.northshoreymca.org or at the front desk of the YMCA, 81 Winter St. More information is available from Clint Clay at clayc@northshoreymca.org.

Diabetes Self-Management Workshop offered

Home Health VNA will offer a six-week diabetes education workshop from Tuesday, June 11 to July 30. Sessions are from 11 a.m. to noon at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Karen DiPietro, a certified diabetes educator, will lead the workshops. The program will be provided in groups, but each person will receive an individual session. All sessions are covered by Medicare. Topics include healthful eating, being active, blood sugar monitoring, medications, problem solving, reducing complications and health coping with diabetes.

To register or for more information, contact Mary Connolly, RN, at 979-374-2390, ext. 15.

Planning Commission announces new officers

The Merrimack Valley Planning Commission announced its newly elected officers for Fiscal Year 2014. They are as follows: Chairman, Richard Byers of North Andover; Vice Chairman, Robert Lavoie of Amesbury; Secretary, Ed Ramsdell of Newburyport; Treasurer: Robert Snow of Rowley; Assistant Treasurer, David Powell of Newbury.

More information is available from Nancy Lavallee at 978-374-0519. Visit online at http://mvpc.org.