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October 12, 2012

Plaistow senior is 'beacon of community'

Plaistow man, 89, honored for helping library


“He said, ‘Wal-Mart has donated so much for the year,’” Gavrish said. “‘But come out to my car. I have something.’”

It was a brand new TV Jeffrey purchased himself.

The library held a small ceremony yesterday to thank Jeffrey for his donation. During the event, children read along to an animated book on the TV as part of the library’s regular Thursday reading time.

Kate Lindblad, who brought her 2-year-old son, Dylan, called Jeffrey’s donation “fantastic.”

“The visual aid helps keep their attention, for sure,” she said.

Larissa Chiccino attended with her 3-year-old daughter, Alana. Chiccino said providing a visual element “helps her connect with the story.”

“You can hear the words, but to see the visuals, she can use her imagination with the pictures,” Chiccino said. “It helps her connect.”

Town Manager Sean Fitzgerald called Jeffrey a “beacon of the community” who is “exemplary of the best that Plaistow has to offer.”

“We’re all public servants,” Fitzgerald said. “We all have our work, but this is as important as everything we do.”

Gavrish said she’s only been director of the library for two years. But in that time, she’s come to know Jeffrey almost like a member of her own family.

“He feels the library is a place where he can work in his wife’s memory,” she said. “He’s chosen to make this a place where people can come and appreciate everything she has done.”

Jeffrey agreed.

“She’s here,” he said, “and I am sure she’s watching us today. I’m sure she would be happy for the kids.”

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