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January 15, 2013

Essex Heritage unveils its 2013 grant program

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The Eagle-Tribune

---- — The Essex National Heritage Commission is offering matching grants to Essex County organizations through its 2013 Partnership Grant Program. Recognizing the importance of providing seed money during financially challenging times, Essex Heritage will award $1,500 grants to 10 organizations that steward the region’s nationally significant heritage.

Online applications are being accepted from municipalities and qualified non-profit organizations whose projects support Essex Heritage’s mission to preserve and promote the historic, cultural, and natural resources of the Essex National Heritage Area. Applicants have until Feb. 17 to apply in one of three categories: Heritage Education, Heritage Interpretation and Heritage Preservation.

More information is available online at www.essexheritage.org/partnershipgrants.

Oral health fair on Jan. 26

LAWRENCE - The second annual “Healthy Teeth, Healthy Families,” oral health fair will be held Saturday Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 3, at the Lawrence Senior Center, 155 Haverhill St.

The fair will offer an array of free dental care services. Several local dentists will be available to provide information about accessing dental care services in the area.

There will also be a short educational sessions about proper brushing and flossing techniques from infancy to adulthood, care of dentures and partials.

Also, representatives from Holy Family Hospital will available to offer MassHealth insurance enrollment, re-enrollment and counseling services.

The fair is sponsored by the City of Lawrence Mayor’s Health Task Force.

Greater Lawrence Tech receives $12,500 green grant

ANDOVER - The Grainger Foundation has donated $12,500 to the Greater Lawrence Technical School (GLTS) in support of its Green Energy Training Facility.

“This grant will be used in completing the Alternative Energy Lab, a photovoltaic and solar-thermal green Energy Star classroom,” said Richard Krafton, Construction Technology Academy Supervisor.

By building this center, GLTS will be able to offer evening courses in sustainability and weatherization. “The renewable energy center will train high school students as well, preparing them for a changing workforce that will most certainly include alternative energy,” said Krafton.

This donation was recommended by Peter Cicchetti, Branch Manager of W.W. Grainger, Inc.’s, Lawrence location. Grainger has been a part of the Lawrence business community for more than 20 years as the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair, and operating products.

The Greater Lawrence Technical School is a regional technical high school serving the four communities of Andover, Lawrence, Methuen, and North Andover.

Origami lessons at Langley-Adams

GROVELAND — The Langley-Adams Library invites teens in grades 6 to 12 to learn origami with local author and origami artist Michael LaFosse, Friday Jan. 25 at 3:30 p.m. in the library’s meeting room. More information is available by calling 978-372-1732 or by visting online at www.langleyadamslib.org.

Donate to Skate event collects food

HAVERHILL - The Ice Skating Academy will hold a “Donate To Skate” event on Monday, Jan. 21, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial Skating Rink behind Haverhill High School.

The event will be a free skate for the public and is being held in recognition of National Ice Skating Month and Martin Luther King Day. The theme for this event is Making Dreams Come True. Admission is a suggested donation of a non-perishable food item to be donated to Somebody Cares New England.

There will be free snacks donated by The Ice Skating Academy as well as free skating instruction by ISA professionals, directed by Jill Pignatiello. The Ice Skating Academy is a sanctioned U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills & Hockey Skills Program that teaches all disciplines of ice skating starting at age 3 through adults of all ages. More information is available online at theiceskatingacademy.us.