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November 30, 2012

Town Talk: Elementary schools selling homes, recycling to raise money

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Groups at Manchester and Essex’s elementary schools are both raising money, but are going about it in different ways.

At one school, there is nothing to buy, only things to donate.

Memorial Elementary School has been bitten by the environmental bug and is itching to give back.

Manchester residents are encouraged to drop off old or unwanted electronics at the school lobby. In addition, more collections will take place at the school every Friday morning in front, during Saturday basketball games and at Crosby Market.

Proceeds will be used to send fifth-graders to Camp Merrowvista in Center Tuftonboro, N.H.

Items will be accepted through Jan. 6. Questions should be directed to Flo Johnson at

In Essex, the Neil G. Ramsden Academic Achievement Award Committee is selling gingerbread house kits.

Kits, which cost $5, will include everything a child or adult needs to create an original milk carton gingerbread house and landscape. A limited number of kits will be available; they sold out early last year so be first to pre-order and the committee will have it ready for you to take home or decorate on the spot.

Proceeds will benefit the Neil G. Ramsden Academic Achievement Award given by Essex Elementary School teachers to Essex high school seniors who graduated from the school, and are enrolling in at least a two-year program of study. The award is based on academic achievement, citizenship and service.

Kits can be picked up or made on site during Essex Elementary School’s Annual Cake Walk on Dec. 7 at 3:30 p.m.

For more information, call the school at 978-768-7324.

Parking ban starts

in Essex

Starting today, Dec. 1, parking in Essex will be limited. During the winter parking ban, which is effective until April 1, there will be no parking allowed from midnight until dawn in Essex.

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