EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

August 18, 2011

Methuen officer is named Emergency Manager of Year

Merrimack Valley in a minute

METHUEN — City police officer John Santoro has been named 2011 Massachusetts Emergency Manager of the Year.

Santoro serves as Methuen's emergency management director.

He was selected as the state's Emergency Manager of the Year by the Northeast States Emergency Consortium (NESEC) .

"One of the first things I did when I took office was to revamp Methuen's Emergency Management plan," said Mayor William Manzi. "John played a crucial role in the implementation of that plan. Over the past five years he has helped me lead the city through several emergencies including two major floods, an ice storm and a gas outage that left many without heat in the winter. In my opinion he is deserving of this award and I congratulate him on behalf of the city."

Wildlife photography deadline Sept. 30

NEWBURYPORT - Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is holding its first ever nature photography contest.

Photographic prints, which will be accepted from amateur or professional photographers, may be submitted to one of two age groups: Youth (up to age 17) and Adult (age 18 and older). Contest categories include Native Wildlife, Native Flowers and Plants, and Landscapes.

All contest photographs must have been taken within the boundary of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and/or on Plum Island after Jan. 1, 2010.

The contest submission deadline is Friday, Sept. 30.

Contest entries will be judged by a panel of local photographers. Winners will be announced and awards made during a reception on Sunday, Oct. 9 at the refuge visitor center.

Grand prize for "Best of Show" is a one-day photography workshop with acclaimed nature photographer Steven Morello.

Contest winners will be on exhibit at the visitor center through the fall.

Participation in the inaugural contest is free. Each photographer may submit up to three photographic prints.

Detailed contest rules are available at the Refuge visitor center and via the refuge web site at fws.gov/northeast/parkerriver.

Registration on for YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

The Merrimack Valley YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program helps those at high risk adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles and reduce their chances of developing type 2 diabetes.

The program is based on the Diabetes Prevention Program funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which showed that by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a small amount of weight, a person with pre-diabetes or at risk can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.

In a classroom setting, a trained lifestyle coach helps participants adapt a lifestyle by learning about healthy eating, physical activity and other behavior changes. The program is organized as 16 one-hour sessions. Topics covered include nutrition, getting started with physical activity, overcoming stress, staying motivated, and more.

Classes are starting in September at several locations.

For More Information contact: Gia Saraceni, YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator, at (978) 725-6681 ext 158 or at gsaraceni@mvymca.org.