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May 11, 2013

Rockport Rambles: Quiz team to be oin semifinals Sunday night

After beating out Wellesley High School in April, the Rockport High School team is once again advancing on WHDH-TV’s High School Quiz Show, and you can catch the action on TV Sunday night at 6:30 p.m.

The match against Lexington will be in the tournament’s semifinals; the championship matchup is set for May 19.

The Rockport team includes students Corey Silver, Evan Razdan, Quenton Hurst, and Alexandra Legendre, with alternates Oliver Herman and Nate Allen.

Rockport goes West

Rockport residents may not have much in common with those of West, Texas. Both communities, however, have an on-call volunteer emergency service.

With that in mind, the Rockport Ambulance Committee has set aside the 18th annual Emergency Medical Service day as a fundraiser for the families and victims of the West explosion that killed dozens and injured hundreds last month.

Each year, the Ambulance Department tries to highlight something new or special, such as a MedFlight helicopter or supporting a military family.

The event is set for Sunday, May 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Department of Public Works building off Main Street. Residents can give their support by helping to fund a food table or donating directly to the Rockport’s Gone West fund.

There will be a cookout, a CPR class and EMS bags for all who attend, in addition to town vehicles being on display.

Library Celebration

The Friends of the Rockport Library will host a party at the Rockport Community Center on Wednesday celebrating 20 years in its current location.

From 6 to 7 p.m., for a $15 dollar admission, wine, cheese and appetizers will be served.

From 7 to 8 p.m., Kenneth Gloss of the Boston-based Brattle Book Shop will host a talk on rare books, and offer free verbal appraisals.

The library came into a $1 million bequest when resident Franz Denghausen, a longtime resident, died, leaving the bequest to the library in his will. However, the Smithsonian Institute, which was also bequeathed millions, asserted the town did not meet the requirements to build the library. The lawsuit was finally resolved in August 1990, when the court backed Rockport.

Rockport Ramblings is compiled by James Niedzinski. If you have a news tip or an item for Rockport Rambles, please contact him at 978-283-7000 x3455, or jniedzinski@gloucestertimes.com

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