EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 31, 2012

Salem bank donates $50K to Lazarus House Ministries

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — SALEM N.H - Salem Community Benefit, the wholly owned charitable corporation of Salem Co-operative Bank, recently donated $50,000 to the Lawrence-based Lazarus House Ministries.

The check was presented by Nadema Gemmell, Chairman of Salem Community Benefit to Lazarus House Executive Director Bridget Shaheen. Also in attendance were Dave Beshara, Chairman of the Board and Ann Lally, President, both of Salem Co-operative Bank and Ray Joyce, Director of Development, Lazarus House.

The money will be earmarked for the Campaign for Dignity – a program that ensures people in dire need are provided with the basic necessities and then empowered through education and work preparation to transform their lives.

“Lawrence is so blessed to have the enormous goodwill and incredibly generous support of Salem Co-operative Bank,” Shaheen said. “It is a joy to have an organization that recognizes not only the need but the wonderful potential that lives in the city.”

“It is a privilege to be able to lend our support to Lazarus House Ministries. Many people are struggling to get by and supporting organizations that do so much good is one way we feel we can give back to the community,” said Lally.

Methuen Rail Trail events

On Saturday, Nov. 3 at 8:30 a.m. the Methuen Rail Trail is sponsoring a dog walk as part of its monthly walks. The walk starts at the depot on Railroad Street and head north. About 2 1/2 miles total. For more info contact Tim Vermette, tim65@comcast.net .

Rail Trail cleanup on Saturday Nov. 10th at 8:30 a.m. The group will get out on the trail for some trail mantainence early in the morning. Starting point to be determined and will be sent out via e-mail and posted on the website. contact Tim Vermetteat tim65@comcast.net.

Andover Senior Center events

CIVIL WAR LIFE AND MEDICINE: Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 1:15 p.m. Free. Film on Civil War life and by resident filmmaker Dan Tremblay.

USS CONSTITUTION: Commander Matthew Bonner USN, Captain of the USS Constitution, Nov. 8 at 1:30 pm. $5 will speak on the history and current role of the battle ship.

BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU: Friday, Nov. 9; 10 a.m. Tips on how to get the most out of the bureau.

STUNNING AND SIMPLE SCARVES: Tuesday, Nov. 13; 1 p.m.; $10 includes materials. Go home with a cozy fleece scarf and the skills to make your own lovely items with crocheted and beaded edging.

HIGH TEA AND HISTORY: ANDOVER IN THE CIVIL WAR: THE SPIRIT & SACRIFICE OF A NEW ENGLAND TOWN: Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. free with reservation. Join Civil War enthusiast Mike Morris Jr. as he discusses Joan Silva Patrakis’ book “Andover in the Civil War: The Spirit & Sacrifice of a New England Town” including the battlefield experiences and ravages of disease of Andover men and how the Civil War was remembered by its Andover participants.

MEN’S BREAKFAST: “LAWRENCE, 1912: IMMIGRANTS AND THE BREAD & ROSES STRIKE”: Friday, Nov.16 at 8:30 a.m. $4. Prof. Robert Forrant, UMass Lowell and Chairman of the Bread & Roses Centennial Committee exhibit will discuss the history of the strike that changed the course of labor forever.

The Andover Senior Center is located at 30 Whittier Court. Pre-registration requested for all events. Open to entire community, pending space. Call for information: 978-623-8321. Or visit www.andoverseniorcenter.org for our complete listings.