, Gloucester, MA

February 16, 2013

Town Talk: Essex student takes home 4-H honors

Town Talk
James Niedzinski

---- — An Essex girl was among those honored when the Essex Agricultural, Society working with the Topsfield Fair, hosted the annual 4-H recognition dinner.

This year’s winners included Essex Aggie student Veronica Attridge of Essex, who won honors for working with her prized rabbit. All of the students who earned awards for their 4-H Essex County projects were presented a gift for their hard work and effort.

For more information regarding what 4-H is and how you can become a member or leader, please visit

The Essex Agricultural Society is dedicated to promoting education. The society has been helping farmers since 1818 and strives to educate the community about the importance of farming and agriculture.

The Lufkin Family, in conjunction with Periwinkle’s Restaurant is hosting an event to benefit the Sarah Lufkin Scholarship Fund, Thursday, Feb. 28 at Periwinkle’s.

The evening will include food, a silent auction, raffle and live music with Joe Militello. Tickets are $25 per person and will be available at the door the night of the event, which goes from 6 to 10 p.m.

The scholarship is named in honor of Sarah Lufkin, who passed away from complications of leukemia in April of 1997. Friends of the family set up a scholarship fund to help students who are studying in a field that will have a direct effect on children. Sarah was studying Early Childhood Education at Salem State Community College when she was diagnosed.

The scholarship fund is always looking for donations of food from restaurants or catering companies and donations of items for the silent auction and raffle.

If you would like to donate, please call Sue Lufkin at 978-768-7122, Laurie Lufkin at 978-985-6532 or Kim Lufkin Williams at 978-853-0845.

The Board of Selectmen are accepting nominations for the town’s annual Outstanding Municipal Employee of the Year and Outstanding Municipal Volunteer of the Year awards.

Nominees will be judged on their length of service to the town, significant achievements made within the scope of their regular job, and any special contributions made outside of their routine responsibilities that demonstrate outstanding initiative, perseverance and dedication

Only employees, citizens and volunteers may nominate someone; employees or elected officials may not nominate someone for the awards.

To nominate a resident, include your name and telephone number. Also, indicate if your nomination is for the employee or volunteer award.

Send nominations to: Board of Selectmen, Town Hall, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 01944-1399. The deadline for all nominations is Wednesday, Feb. 27.

The regularly scheduled curbside rubbish and recycling collection will be delayed one day due to President’s Day on Monday.

That means Monday’s pickup will be on Tuesday, and Tuesday’s pickups will be on Wednesday. The transfer station will open as usual on Saturday and Wednesday.

James Niedzinski can be reached at 978-283-7000, x 3455 or at