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March 23, 2013

Town Talk: Manchester Essex students learn dangers of drunk driving

In an effort to educate its students on the dangers of drinking and driving, the Manchester Essex Regional School District is taking part in the “Save a Life” tour.

The alcohol awareness program is coming to the school from Michigan on Tuesday, March 26. Its representatives will present an 1-hour video of real-life images of drinking and driving accidents to the high school students. Staff members will also discuss personal experiences with a life-altering drunken driving incident.

During the rest of the day, students will rotate through a simulator that allows them to experience the effects of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Newburyport High School has also had the program; principal Mike Parent said it was a very moving experience.

Newport Park gets makeover

Pam Ciccone, Manchester’s public health nurse, discovered the need to redo the senior care facility during a flu clinic she held in the space.

“We are going to give the residents of Newport Park the beautiful common room they deserve,” she said.

Contractors and volunteers from throughout Cape Ann have stepped up to help with the makeover. As the details are worked out, the team has identified a need for several items, including furniture.

If you would like to join the team, please call Ciccone or Ellen Lufkin at 978-526-7385.

Genealogy research event hosted by DAR

Ever wonder where your ancestors were from?

Now you can find out, on April 13, at 11 a.m. at the Essex Senior Center, when the Cape Ann chapter of the Daughters of the Revolution will host an event for anyone who has wanted to find the roots of their family tree.

Barbara Beake and Peg Plummer from the Essex Society of Genealogists will discuss “Genealogy Research: Finding and Documenting Your Ancestors.” For those interested in discovering more about their family trees, these experienced researchers will provide valuable information on basic genealogy research strategies, documentation standards, and resources for both genealogy and military records. Afterward, there will be time for questions, discussion, and possible one-on-one assistance. This program is free to the public.

Town Talk is compiled by James Niedzinski. If you have a news tip or an item for Town Talk, please contact him at 978-283-7000 x3455, or

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