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November 21, 2013

Groundwork Lawrence receives Peter R. Lee Healthy Communities Award

LAWRENCE — Benjamin Franklin’s old adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” still speaks volumes to today’s public health experts as well as community activists in Lawrence.

At a recent conference sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Groundwork Lawrence was presented the inaugural Peter R. Lee Healthy Communities Award before an audience of their peers from across Massachusetts.

Named in honor of Peter Lee, a leader in the movement for healthier communities who died in 2013, this award goes to organizations that make important and significant contributions to building health communities in Massachusetts.

“It’s just fabulous that Groundwork Lawrence’s volunteers, staff, Green Teams and board members are being recognized for the important work they do to improve the quality of life in Lawrence,” said Heather McMann, executive director of Groundwork Lawrence and board member of the Massachusetts Public Health Association.

“We build greenways and clean up parks, and host a farmers market because it’s good for individuals, families, neighborhoods, and our city. And it also makes a difference in the larger economy of our state and country because these preventative efforts improve our physical and mental health, and reduce health care costs,” she said.

McMann accepted the award from Massachusetts Department of Public Health Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett and Interim Director of Public Policy Geoff Wilkinson in front of nearly 500 peers from across the state.

Haverhill Festival of Trees gala opens Nov. 29

HAVERHILL — An opening night gala for the 12th annual “Christmas at the Buttonwoods: A Festival of Trees” will be Nov. 29 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Admission to the gala event is $20 per person and includes buffet-style food from local restaurants. The evening will include a 50/50 raffle, door prizes and a performance by Haverhill High School’s chorus.

The Buttonwoods Museum/Haverhill Historical Society is at 240 Water St. The festival runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 15 and will showcase holiday trees, wreaths and centerpieces and activities for all ages.

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