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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
Parking will be allowed on Pickering Street, but only on the odd numbered-side of the street.
Violators will receive a $25 ticket; there will be no warnings given and cars may be towed during a snowstorm.
Breast cancer book published
Manchester resident Susan Wadia-Ells, a former columnist for the Gloucester Daily Times, has released a new e-book exploring female breast cancer.
Titled “Busting Breast Cancer,” the book explores the dangers of birth control drugs and their relation to the disease.
Look for it on the Kindle, Nook, and iPad on Dec. 5.
Essex resident wins photo contest
Arlene Taliadoros of Essex has won the grand prize in the Essex National Heritage Area’s 2012 Photo Contest.
Her photo, “Pinky Schooner Ardelle,” took top prize, which was sponsored by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.
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