Merrimack Valley Hospice receives grant

Courtesy photoMerrimack Valley Hospice received a $15,000 grant from the TD Charitable Foundation. From left: Jerry Copsinis, vice president, field marketing manager; Ivette DeJesus-Korecki, vice president, store manager III, and Karen Gomes, president and CEO of Home Health Foundation.

LAWRENCE — Merrimack Valley Hospice was awarded a $15,000 grant from TD Charitable Foundation to support a variety of hospice and palliative care services throughout the region.

“We are extremely grateful for the continuing support of the TD Charitable Foundation,” said Karen Gomes, president and CEO of Home Health Foundation, which includes Home Health VNA, Merrimack Valley Hospice and HomeCare Inc. “This grant will help ensure that the highest quality end-of-life care is available for patients in any number of settings including homes, hospitals, assisted living or long-term care facilities and at High Pointe House, the hospice and palliative care residence of Merrimack Valley Hospice located in Haverhill.”

The not-for-profit Merrimack Valley Hospice provides the services and support necessary to enhance the quality of life for patients so they can spend their final days in peace, as well as bereavement services to their families and loved ones.

Together with Home Health VNA and HomeCare, Inc., the agencies provide a full continuum of home health and hospice care in more than 110 communities throughout the Merrimack Valley, Northeastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire.

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Baseball in Boston, before the Red Sox?

NORTH ANDOVER — The Red Sox are synonymous with baseball in Boston, but what was America's pastime like in the capital city before the team's existence?

Find out from baseball historian and vintage “base ball” player Brian Sheehy at “Baseball in Boston Before the Red Sox,” at Stevens Memorial Library on Thursday, June 28.

The event is free and will run from 7 to 8:45 p.m. in the library's community meeting room. All are welcome. The Friends of the Stevens Memorial Library are sponsoring the event.

For more information, contact the reference desk at 978-688-9505, ext. 42016.

Methuen police detective honored 

METHUEN — Police Det. William Kannan recently received the Gift of Caring award from the Trauma Intervention Program of the Merrimack Valley.

Trauma Intervention Program is a group of specially trained citizen volunteers who are called upon by first responders to help provide emotional and practical support to victims of traumatic events and their families in the first few hours following a tragedy. Each year, the Gift of Caring award is presented to first responders who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in this area.

Kannan was recognized for his “genuine caring demeanor” during a sudden death call last fall, according to a press release.

Responding to a home where many family members did not speak English well, Kannan “went out of his way to try and comfort the family by making sure they understood what was going on,” the press release said.

"I am extremely proud of Det. Kannan for the way he handled this situation by showing such compassion for this family who was clearly dealing with a very traumatic situation," Chief Joseph Solomon said. "On behalf of the entire department, I congratulate him on this award and thank him for continuing to represent the Methuen Police Department in such a compassionate way."

Democratic committee seeks volunteers

GROVELAND — The Groveland Democratic Committee is looking for student volunteers to work on political campaigns over the summer months for the upcoming campaign season.

Anyone interested in learning about politics at the grassroots level should call David Kowalski at 978-373-0541.

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