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October 31, 2012

WORTHY CAUSES

CITY HALL RESTORATION: City Hall Restoration Commission seeks donations to finish the tower restoration including restoration of the historic bell donated by Samuel Sawyer. The building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has enhanced the skyline of Gloucester for more than 135 years. Besides housing the seat of city government, it is home to one of the oldest collection of archives in the country, the finest collection of WPA murals in the state and a memorial to the many Gloucester men lost to the sea. Tax deductible donations, made payable to “The Gloucester Fund,” should be sent to: The Gloucester Fund, 45 Middle St., Gloucester, MA 01930. Please indicate City Hall Restoration on your check. Call Maggie Rosa at 978-281-1871 or visit www.restoreourtower.com.

ROCKPORT EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION: The Rockport Educational Foundation, a nonprofit corporation, raises funds from private sources to improve and enrich the Rockport educational system. Donations are used to support projects in the schools for which there are insufficient funding. For more information, contact the Educational Foundation for Rockport, c/o Superintendent’s Office, 24 Jerden’s Lane, Rockport, MA 01966; or visit www.rockportedfoundation.org.

CONSERVATION COMMISSION: The Gloucester Conservation Commission seeks environmentally conscious volunteers. The purpose of the Conservation Commission is to protect environmental resources and the adjoining uplands from adverse impact by enforcing the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and the city Wetlands Ordinance. The commission also advises other city boards on environmental matters and encourages public outreach on conservation issues. It meets the first and third Wednesday of the month. Anyone who is interested should send a letter to the Conservation Commission, 3 Pond Road, Gloucester, MA 01930.

MAGNOLIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Historically-minded volunteers are needed to help with digitizing the collection, filing, helping with grants and other related work. Someone with computer experience would also be a big help. Call Lisa at 978-290-3005.

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