EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

May 3, 2013

Relay for Life holds pancake breakfast tomorrow

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Relay for Life Haverhill will hold its annual pancake breakfast tomorrow from 7:30 to 11 a.m at the Amvets Hall, 576 Primrose St. Tickets are $5 per person or $20 for a family of up to two adults and four children. Pancake breakfast supporters can also support a particular Relay team when they purchase their tickets at the door. Dollars raised during Relay For Life help support American Cancer Society cancer research, education, advocacy, and patient services. Relay For Life also helps maintain the American Cancer Society’s toll-free 24-hour cancer information line 1-800-ACS-2345. This year’s Relay for Life Haverhill will be held June 14 and 15 at Northern Essex Community College. In-kind sponsors of the breakfast include the Amvets, Bake ‘n Joy Foods Inc., Jafco Foods Inc., Market Basket, Starbucks, and Walmart. For more information about how you can help please contact Ashlee Iber at 781-314-2652 or ashlee.iber@cancer.org. The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service. For more information visit www.cancer.org.

Weekend in New England begins tomorrow

Escape the hustle and bustle and take a walk down memory lane when the Buttonwoods Museum presents “Weekend in New England.” The exhibit is open tomorrow and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and next Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Local historian Tom Spitalere dug deep into his personal collection of historical items unique to the region and its history to create a display in the museum’s brick terrace. Admission to the exhibit only is free. Relive memories of Canobie Lake, Old Orchard Beach, York’s Wild Kingdom and Benson’s Animal Farm. See objects such as mugs and plates as well as books, photos and other memorabilia of the Frolics at Salisbury Beach, Cape Cod, the Merrimack Valley, Boston sports teams and more. Tours of the museum require admission fee. The Buttonwoods is at 150 Water St.

Vendors sought for flea market

Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 471 Main St., invites vendors to participate in its 36th annual Spring Festival and Flea Market on June 8. Each 12-by-12 foot space is offered from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $20. Rain date is June 15. To reserve a space call 603-382-7587.

First time home buyer training offered

Community Action Inc. is offering a first time homebuyer education workshop for area residents beginning May 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Presidential Gardens Community Room, 140 Evergreen Drive, Bradford.

Participants will receive comprehensive information offered by housing professionals including bank lenders, buyer/seller real estate brokers, housing attorneys, insurance agents home inspectors and credit counselors.

A state approved certificate is awarded after completion of the three-night course. Classes are May 23, 28 and 30. The cost is $60 per household. There are no income requirements to take this training. For more information contact Richard Lynch at 978-373-1971 or Susan Collins at 978-317-8998.

Buttonwoods Museum seeks tour guides

The Buttonwoods Museum/Haverhill Historical Society is looking for volunteer tour guides to conduct tours and staff the Visitor Center for the tourist season, May through October. From a historic site overlooking the Merrimack River, the Buttonwoods tells the story of life in the Merrimack Valley from Native American Indian settlements through today.

The museum includes three historic structures — the Duncan House, the John Ward House and the Daniel Hunkins Shoe Shop. The museum is looking for volunteers to commit to two to four hours per week on weekdays. Training will be provided.

This year the museum has a special need for tour guides between Aug. 24 and Oct. 6 during the Smithsonian Institute’s exhibit “The Way We Worked.” The Buttonwoods will have a need for a few guides with weekend availability. More information is available from Jan Williams at 978-374-4626 or jwilliams@haverhillhistory.org.

Penacook Place earns accreditation

Penacook Place Nursing and Rehabilitation Center was recently awarded the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission, a national organization that sets standards for health care facilities.

Of the 16,000 nursing homes and long-term care facilities in the United States, just over 1,000 of them carry the gold seal. In December, Penacook Place was declared deficiency-free by the state Department of Public Health.

The nonprofit facility’s board of directors, through its chairman William Klueber, said achieving Joint Commission accreditation is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care Penacook Place provides.

Gina Zimmermann, senior executive director of Long Term Care Accreditation for The Joint Commission, said Penacook Place demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its residents.

“These standards go above and beyond federal and state requirements,” she said.

To maintain accreditation, which Penacook Place sought voluntarily, its operations and facility will be re-inspected roughly every three years.

According to a number of studies conducted in 2012, nursing and rehabilitation centers that have Joint Commission accreditation performed better than non-accredited facilities in several key areas, including better healthcare outcomes for residents, fewer deficiency findings during state inspections, and an increased culture of awareness of resident safety issues.

Located at 150 Water St., Penacook Place is the only not-for-profit nursing and rehabilitation facility serving Haverhill.

Contributions that support the purchase of new equipment, renovations and resident activities can be made to the Friends of Penacook Fund, c/o Penacook Place, 150 Water St., Haverhill, MA 01830.