DANVERS — What a perfect day the Danvers High School seniors had Saturday for their June 8 graduation! It was most likely the kind of day James Russell Lowell must have been experiencing when he wrote, “And what is so rare as a day in June?”

It was a wonderful day for all of us no matter what we were doing.

 

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Each year, when I attend the Senior Awards night at the high school, I am reminded at how generous the community is. There was more than $300,000 given out in scholarship money.

I know that candidates are not randomly chosen. All of us who give these awards spend a great deal of time reading the applications.

Of course, we know that the financial part of the gift — and it really is a gift — is very important for the recipient, but for the giver it’s more than that.

Often, it is perpetuating the life of a loved one, of letting others know that the person for whom the scholarship is named, contributed much to society. This individual’s life is worth remembering. So it is with my late son, Brian Andrew Fearer, who would have celebrated his birthday Tuesday, June 11.

So, congratulations to Ann Nguyen, who will be going to Emerson College to study journalism. Hopefully, the scholarship will help her realize her own dream.

Also congratulations to all the graduating seniors! May the next step on your educational journey be productive and happy. Good luck to all of you.

 

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In last week’s paper, I gave you the names of the officers of the Danvers YMCA who will newly lead or continue to lead the Y for the next fiscal year. I said that I will also give you the names of the folks whose role will be new at the Y.

The umbrella category is called Ambassadors. Under that there are two special divisions.

The first is Advisors and that includes the following: Patricia Ahern, Care Dimensions; Daniel Bennett, Realtor, Danvers selectman, Kiwanis; Greg Dolan, Danvers Cable Access Television, Kiwanis; Leonel Espinal, NE Community Bank, Kiwanis; Maureen Gillis, East Boston Savings Bank, Kiwanis; Chuck McGrath, North Shore Bank, Kiwanis; David Mills, retired Mass. judge, Danvers selectman; Mathew Schroeder, financial planner, Rotary; and Jacki Shambaugh, Rotary president.

The second category is called Community and it includes: Susan Carabbio, Peoples United Bank; Myrna Fearer, media, Kiwanis; Barry Fitzgerald, YMCA volunteer; Lyle Harrod, DanversCARES; Christopher Keohane, fresh food catering; Jen Kocur, Institution for Savings; Rev. Brigham Lee, Calvary Christian Church; Lenny Mercier, Danvers YMCA Past CEO, Rotarian; and Barry Robertson, YMCA member.

 

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Last week, Karen Kane and I went to the North Shore Music Theatre to see the fabulous — and I do mean fabulous —production of “Oklahoma.” I am not the only one praising the show.

Whenever I mention it to people who have seen it, their praise is unbelievable. And lots of folks, who are subscribers are thrilled that the play is part of their subscription series. What a way to begin the season!

I don’t know that there are many folks around who aren’t familiar with the great Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, especially with the wonderful songs including: “Oh What a Beautiful Morning;” “People Will Say We’re in Love,” and the Surrey With the Fringe on the Top.”

You will absolutely love the leads, Blake Price as Curly McLaine and Madison Claire Parks as Laurey Williams. I know I saw the movie with Gordon Macrae and Shirley Jones as the couple in love with each other, but slow to act on that love at least Curley is.

I have to admit that I remember the songs and scenery from the 1955movie, but I totally I missed the innuendoes and even an almost scary segment featuring dangerous, unloved Jud nor the clever take on “Poor Jud is Daid.”

I also fell in love with the hilarious comic lead, Melissa Carlisle-Price as the very funny Ado Annie and her less than brilliant suitor, Will Parker played by straight man Sean Bell. Susan Cella does a great Aunt Eller Murphy and so it goes, all of the actors, including a live horse, were terrific.

The dancing, singing, choreography were extraordinary. In fact, I can’t think of one negative thing about this production except the possibility of your missing it. Unfortunately, it closes June 16, Father’s Day, but just think of what a great gift for Dad this would be on his day.

And it sure beats another necktie, shirt or pajamas.

 

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It is amazing to me how sensitized we have become to certain stimuli such as news of church, synagogue and school shootings. Unfortunately, we can never seem to let our guard down.

For example, Monday afternoon, when I was writing my column, my TV was on, as usual, for what I call background noise. Suddenly, there was breaking news: a helicopter landed on the roof of a Manhattan building.

All I could think of was 9/11 again and for a moment, I was so traumatized I couldn’t absorb what was going on. Thank goodness it wasn’t an attack.

Unfortunately, though, it was truly an accident and the poor pilot did die. Hopefully, there was no one else on board. Unfortunately, when most of us hear of a plane crashing on a roof in Manhattan we are prepared for the worst.

 

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There are so many things happening as the school year comes to an end. Monday morning, June 3, was the DanversCARES annual meeting held at the Danvers Senior Center.

It’s always a fun and interesting meeting. Nancy Hathaway, East Boston Savings Bank Danvers branch manager, stepped down as chair, a position now occupied by Pam Cochrane, minister at the Maple Street Congregational Church.

Public Health Nurse Judith Ryan will be taking over as Pam’s co-chair. Judith, who is always so helpful, was given the award as “Outstanding Volunteer.”

Jenny Patel, of the Holten-Richmond Middle School, was given the Outstanding Youth Award by Danielle LaRocque, middle school DanversCARES coordinator.

Chloe Cochrane was presented with the high school Youth Award by Lindsay Rescott, DHS coordinator.

Danvers branch of Recovery Centers of America received the Outstanding Community Partner award, which was accepted by CEO Laura Ames and Eli Naperstek, director of admissions.

 

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We want to remind you that our talented Danvers High graduate Patrick Berry, now a student at the University of New Hampshire, will be playing the lead in the Andrew Lloyd Webber production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Market Square, Newburyport.

That is quite a role to undertake and we have to say that we are very proud of our local thespian.

The show opens tomorrow night and runs through June 30.

Tickets are $30 each. For tickets, call the box office at 978-462-7336.

 

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Remember that we told you about the talented Karen Ranieri, an accomplished singer, who is working at Hunt Nursing & Rehab in the activities department.

Since music is an important part of living and it also helps with memory loss, Karen is able to combine her interests and expertise in song in some delightful free concerts that will please the residents and anyone else who will be able to join them.

You are all invited to tonight’s performance, featuring The Memory Laners. Karen hopes the public, including children, will attend the concert where light refreshments will also be served.

The program runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 18, Honkeytonk Women, featuring Danvers own Maureen Benson, will entertain.

Karen hopes many folks will take advantage of these special free events.

For more information, call 978-777- 3740.

 

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The North Shore Center for Hoarding and Cluttering will be offering its 5th annual training event Friday, June 28.

This year’s emphasis will be on harm reduction and how this approach can be applied to working with hoarding disorder. The conference will provide an overview of what is hoarding disorder and how does it harm reduction work in cases pertaining to hoarding.

There will be a discussion of our new pilot project, “Come As You Are: You Have CHOICES.”

The day will conclude with a panel discussion including varying professionals providing examples of how they have utilized harm reduction when working on hoarding cases. You can share the news with others! The day runs from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at North Shore Elder Services.

To register: https://nselder.org/event/north-shore-center-for-hoarding-cluttering-5th-annual-conference- harm-reduction-for-hoarding.

For more information contact Eileen Dacey, 978-624-2207 or edacey@nselders.org.

 

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I cannot believe that with so much going on, Family Festival has already started and these next few weeks will just fly by. Do try to take in some, if not all, of the fun activities.

Tomorrow, Friday, night is the second annual Big Pig-Out BBQ from 6 to 9 p.m. Since the event is just a day away, contact Scott James, sjames1776@gmail.com to find out if there is still some room.

Tickets are $25 each and it was supposed to be limited to 250 people.

This Saturday is the 1919 Lawn Party and Open House aka 8th Annual Gala Day, at the Rebecca Nurse Homestead, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be so much going on that you will just have to go and see what’s happening.

It should prove to be very exciting. And the admission price is an unbelievable 25 cents.

Last year, Sharon Trocci and Nancy Loughlin sponsored a Food Truckin’ Night with the proceeds going to the Pan Mass Challenge to benefit the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. This year, it will be at Endicott Park, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Next Thursday, June 20, there will be a Summer Kick-Off Party from 6 to 10 p.m. at Danversport on the Waterfront. Price is $40 per person.

Contact Kerry Fouhey, kerrysluckycharms @yahoo.com or 978-601-9903.

I suggest you manage to pick up the 40th Annual Danvers Family Festival program book and plan out your agenda so you won’t miss anything like Oldies Night in the Square, Wednesday, June 26, for the fifth annual Field Day and Scoop-Ahhh-Bowl, Saturday, June 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

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Have fun, but please be careful where you walk, run or drive. Kids will be all over town and sometimes they don’t pay attention to cars. We want everyone to be safe.