Wicked Local Plymouth

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  • Fundraisers
    Car wash and yard sale
    The youth group of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in North Plymouth will hold a fundraising car wash and yard sale from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 17, in the church parking lot at 384 Court St. The youth are accepting items from the public to fund projects and subsidize summer youth camp. If you would like to donate items, take your items to the church between 9 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday. If you need items to be picked up, call 508-746-3041. Leave a message if no one picks up. No clothing will be accepted.
    Plant, Bake and Attic Treasures sale
    The Plymouth Garden Club will hold its annual Plant, Bake and Attic Treasures sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 17, at the Chiltonville Church, 6 River St., Plymouth, rain or shine. Hardy perennials, annuals, hand-painted birdhouses and more will be for sale at reasonable prices. All proceeds benefit the club’s scholarship fund, civic beautification projects and the Garden Therapy program.
    Black and White Club spring sale
    The Black and White Club will hold its annual spring sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 17, on the greens at Plymouth Sails Realty, located at 177 Sandwich St., Plymouth, on 3A, just south of town center. Limited vendor spaces are available for rent at $25. Artists, crafters, artisans and trash and treasure collectors are encouraged to attend the sale. Call 508-747-6003, ext. 15, for details. The Black and White Club was established in 1885 to foster interest in arts and crafts. Over the decades, it has supported artists and explored various art forms. Many celebrated artists have shared their crafts, including basketry, knitting, rug hooking, gardening, oil, charcoal and watercolors. Proceeds from the sale will be used for scholarships for the Plymouth high schools.
    Helping Hands
    Helping Hands for the Plymouth Animal Shelter Inc. will be at the Stop & Shop market at Exit 6, 127 Samoset St., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 17, to collect monetary donations and/or clean towels, blankets, cat and dog food, kitty litter and cleaning supplies. The volunteers will also answer any questions about volunteering for them or the Plymouth Animal Shelter on State Road in Cedarville.
    Lynch’s Lucky Leprechauns golf tournament
    The American Legion Auxiliary will hold a golf tournament Sunday, May 18, at Squirrel Run Golf Course in Plymouth. Registration is at 8 a.m. and shotgun start at 9 a.m. The charge is $100 per person. All the money raised will go to the American Cancer Society to help find a cure for cancer, help families dealing with cancer and all the programs that are through the American Cancer Society. Charge includes 18 holes of golf, cart and a meal. Attend dinner-only for $20. Send check by May 15 to Beth Lynch, P.O. Box 1564, Plymouth, MA 02362. Make check payable to Beth Lynch.
    Page 2 of 31 - Walk for Alzheimer’s
    HopeHealth will hold a Walk for Alzheimer’s at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 18, beginning at Buzzards Bay Park at the Cape Cod Canal. The three-mile walk provides funding for essential services for those living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, healthcare professionals and agencies. When you walk, you help thousands across eastern Massachusetts receive essential care and support services. Ninety percent of the HopeHealth’s Alzheimer’s and dementia services are provided free of charge. Sign up today at HopeHealthCo.org/Walk.
    Hope Dementia & Alzheimer’s Services offers assessment, individual and group counseling, education, telephone support, respite care and much more. Formerly known as Alzheimer’s Services of Cape Cod & the Islands, the organization is now part of the HopeHealth family of services. The service area includes Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Nantucket, Norfolk, Suffolk, Plymouth and parts of Middlesex counties.
    If you have questions about the 22nd HopeHealth Walk for Alzheimer’s, call 508-957-0254 or email Walk@HopeHealthCo.org.
    Clambake at Post 1822
    The Navy Seabee Veterans of America, Island X-7, of Plymouth, will hold a clambake at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at the VFW Post 1822, located at 22 Seven Hills Road. The charge is $30 per person. A portion will benefit the Post 1822 Honor Guard. For details call the Post at 508-746-8961, Ron Flockton at 781-789-4425, Bill Tatlow at 508-295-4752, Ebin Bumpus at 508-269-6228 or Bob Graser at 774-454-4309.
    United Parish of Carver golf tournament
    The United Parish of Carver will sponsor its 14th annual golf tournament fundraiser Sunday, May 18, at the Squirrel Run Country Club in Plymouth. The cost is $75 per person and includes green fees, cart, meal and prizes. This is a scramble shotgun format. Shotgun tee-off will be at 1 p.m. To register or for more information, call the church office at 508-866-4493.
    Fund for the Needy golf classic
    The eighth annual golf classic to benefit the Fund for the Needy (FFN) of St. Bonaventure Parish in Manomet will be held Thursday, May 22, at Waverly Oaks Country Club in Plymouth. All are welcome to join in for an exciting day of golf and post-tournament festivities including a helicopter ball-drop, dinner and a silent auction.
    The golf classic is the only fundraising event for the FFN. For more than 30 years, the committee has offered emergency relief to families residing in the Manomet/South Plymouth community who struggle with the financial impact of ongoing unemployment and increased expenses for everyday living. One hundred percent of the money raised by this tournament supports the efforts of the Fund.
    Register online at http://stbonaventureplymouth.org and click on the FFN link for the golf classic. Donations may be made payable to St. Bonaventure FFN and mailed to: Fund for the Needy, P.O. Box 996, Manomet, MA 02345. You may also contact John Lombardo at 508-224-4906 or email him at stbonffn@verizon.net.
    Page 3 of 31 - Chrissy’s Charity May bazaar
    Chrissy’s Charity is preparing for its May bazaar, which will take place at St. Mary’s parish center in North Plymouth, across from Ernie’s Restaurant. The bazaar will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 24, and Sunday, May 25. Help the charitable needs of St. Mary Church and the community by donating items for the white elephant tables and food tables as well as any unwanted jewelry, even broken, and rosaries. Take all donations to the parish center from 8 a.m. to noon May 22 and 23. No large furniture or clothing, please. The special prayer bracelets will be available at a one-time lower price. Buy extra, as these are not always available. If you have questions, call Jane at 508-746-6095 or Brenda at 781-585-8954, or email Jane at gingerw2@comcast.net.
    Heroes Live Forever
    Heroes Live Forever, a 5K road race in memory of Officer Gregory Maloney, will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 24, along the waterfront by Plymouth Rock. The proceeds will support the Gregory Maloney Memorial Fund and the Plymouth Police Law Enforcement Memorial Fund. It will be a 5K (3.1-mile) course for runners and walkers. Sponsors and volunteers are being sought. Visit www.southshoreracemgmt.com/heroes-live-forever-5k---may-24-2014.html for details.
    Plant and bake sale
    Second Church of Plymouth, located at 518 State Road, Manomet, will hold a plant and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 24. The sale will feature many varieties of plants (perennials, annuals, houseplants), vegetables, fruit and lots of homemade baked goods. For more information, call Donna Barker at 774-269-9859 or Kimberly Everett at 914-648-9834.
    Benefit golf tournament
    The Plymouth-Carver High School Class of 1967 will hold a golf tournament to benefit its scholarship fund Saturday, June 21, at Southers Marsh Golf Course in Plymouth. Registration is 12:30 p.m. and tee time and shotgun start at 1 p.m. The cost is $400 per foursome, which includes green fees, cart and mixed grill dinner. There will be raffles, golf prizes and a helicopter ball drop. Those who do not plan to golf are encouraged to attend the mixed grill diner starting at 6 p.m. Cost of just the dinner is $35. There will be a cash bar. A donation to the scholarship fund donation is included in the fee.
    Golfers are asked to register and make payment by May 31. For more information about registration email Ron Randall, chair of the event, at PCHS@hotmail.com. Send registration form and payment to PCHS Class of 1967, P.O. Box 185, Carver MA 02330. To donate raffle packages and prizes, contact: ronaldrandall@verizon.net.
    All proceeds will benefit scholarship awards for students at Plymouth North, Plymouth South and Carver high schools, graduating classes of 2017.
    Pilgrim Hall Museum summer party
    Page 4 of 31 - Pilgrim Hall Museum invites you to celebrate the first day of summer with the museum’s annual summer party, from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 21. The event is Pilgrim Hall Museum’s largest annual fundraiser. All proceeds support the museum’s mission of education and preservation.
    This year, Pilgrim Hall Museum is teaming up with Mamma Mia’s Restaurants to present a charming Italian-themed event, “La Dolce Vita: An Evening in Tuscany.” Mamma Mia’s owners Pasquale and Francesca Viscariello will host the event at their waterfront property on Warren Avenue. The dinner will be catered by Mamma Mia’s Restaurant. The event is sponsored by Entergy. The evening will feature live music with an Italian flair, a Purse-A-Nality raffle and both a silent and live auction. The auctioneers for the evening will be Senate President Therese Murray and Rep. Vinny deMacedo.
    Tickets are $85 per person. A table of 10 can be purchased for a discounted rate of $750. To purchase tickets visit pilgrimhallmuseum.org or call 508-746-1620, ext. 7.
    Pan-Mass Challenge
    Registration for the 35th annual Pan-Mass Challenge opened Jan. 15. The PMC weekend, set for Aug. 2 and 3, will raise money to support adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund.
    The PMC is the most successful athletic fundraising event in the nation, raising more money for charity than any other single event. In 2013, the PMC generated more than 50 percent of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue and was Dana-Farber’s largest single contributor. This year, more than 5,500 cyclists will ride to raise $40 million and bring the PMC’s 35-year Jimmy Fund contribution to $454 million. The PMC contributes 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar directly to the Jimmy Fund.
    The PMC is a fully-supported bike-a-thon that takes cyclists through 46 cities and towns across the commonwealth. Cyclists come from 38 states and five countries representing riders of various cycling experience levels, cancer survivors and current cancer patients, ages 13 to over 80. The 35th annual event will offer 13 routes that range from 25 to 190 miles over one or two days. Fundraising minimums range from $500 to $4,300. For more information about the PMC, or to register to ride, visit pmc.org.
    Relay For Life
    The 2014 Relay For Life of Greater Plymouth will be held June 20 and 21 at Plymouth South High School. Sign up at www.relayforlife.org/gtrplymouthma. The site also features helpful tips on fundraising and starting a team for this “walk around the clock” to conquer cancer. Teams are organizing now and volunteers are needed to help with planning. The event will include survivors and caregivers laps, survivors reception, luminaria ceremony with 5,000-plus candles, music by a DJ, games, face painting, decorated campsites, contests, drawings, auctions, live performances and demonstrations, food, ice cream, midnight volleyball tournament and much more. The community fundraiser covers the towns of Plymouth, Carver, Kingston, Plympton and Pembroke. For additional information, contact Jennie Babcock at jbabcock13@comcast.net or 508-254-9320.
    Page 5 of 31 - Court Street Thrift Boutique
    Court Street Thrift Boutique opened in August 2011 at 71 Court St. in Plymouth and its proceeds help support the nonprofit South Shore Women’s Resource Center. Donations are accepted from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday (store is closed Mondays). In-style/season clothing must be clean and free of stains and animal fur. Kitchen and household items are also accepted. Call 508-746-4557 for more information. The South Shore Women’s Resource Center provides free and confidential services to 16 communities, including Carver, Duxbury, Halifax, Hanson, Hanover, Hingham, Hull, Kingston, Marshfield, Middleborough, Norwell, Pembroke, Plymouth, Plympton, Scituate and Wareham.
    Christ Church Thrift Shoppe
    The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. It is located at 6 Lothrop St., Plymouth, in the 1830 vintage gray Hall House, across the driveway from Christ Church at 149 Court St. Inventory includes an eclectic mix of gently used clothing and household goods, antiques, jewelry, art and the kinds of treasures thrift shop aficionados love to come across. Donations are always welcome and may be made during regular business hours. Seasonal clothing must be clean and in good or better condition. For more information, call the thrift shop at 508-746-4990 when it is open. For information about Christ Church, call 508-746-4959 or email office@christchurchplymouth.org, or go to www.christchurchplymouth.org.
    Thrifty Pilgrim
    The Plymouth Guild of Catholic Charities’ thrift shop, The Thrifty Pilgrim, at 36 Cordage Park Circle, Suite 109, Plymouth, is in need of donations. Clothes, dishes, books, puzzles, knickknacks and furniture will be accepted (no toys). All the profits go into the food pantry, which feeds the hungry in Plymouth and surrounding communities. The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 508-746-6133 for more information.
    Thrifty Lily
    Thrifty Lily is a thrift shop located at 126 South Meadow Road in Plymouth and run by volunteers from Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Church. Shop hours are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 3-5 p.m. Mondays, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first Saturday of each month.
    Pennies for Hunger
    American Pennies for Hunger Inc. is an all-volunteer nonprofit foundation collecting pennies to provide food for the hungry throughout eastern Massachusetts. Cans are placed in locations throughout towns, in homes, schools, businesses or anywhere that people gather. Volunteers collect change from the cans when filled. Penny drives are also held in school, retail stores and camps. All coins are welcome. Visit americanpenniesforhunger.org or email info@americanpenniesforhunger.org for details or write to American Pennies for Hunger Inc., P.O. Box 6272, Plymouth, MA 02362.
    Plymouth Cordage Historical Society
    The Plymouth Cordage Historical Society will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, in the Museum. Discussion will center on collaboration with other resources in the development of the plans to classify objects and reorganize the collection. The Society is aimed at preserving the history of the Plymouth Cordage Company, once the largest rope-making company in the world and the town’s largest employer, as well as that of the North Plymouth neighborhood that grew up around it. A small museum of artifacts and records is maintained at Cordage Park in North Plymouth and is accessed through the tower entrance, open for visitors from noon to 4 p.m. weekends.
    Page 6 of 31 - Plymouth Garden Club
    The annual plant sale at the Chiltonville Church will be from 9 a.m. to noon May 17.
    Club meetings are usually held the second Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m. at Chiltonville Church, 6 River St., Plymouth. If interested in becoming a member, contact Judy Tessin at jatessin@gmail.com.or visit the website www.Plymouthgardenclub.org for further information. The Plymouth Garden Club is a member of the National Garden Clubs Inc. and The Garden Federation of MA Inc., Southeast District.
    Evening Garden Club
    The Evening Garden Club of Plymouth will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, at the John Alden Club, 16 Minuteman Lane, Plymouth. The program for the evening will be “Life Without Impatiens” presented by Mike Poduch of Crystal Lake Garden Shop and Greenhouses in Plymouth and Carver. He will speak about alternatives annuals to plant due to the blight that has been affecting Impatiens. Annuals will be for sale after the meeting. Guests are welcome for a $5 fee.
    The Evening Garden Club will hold its annual garden tour, “June in Bloom,” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 21. Visit eight gardens throughout Plymouth. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 the day of the event. Call Eve at 508-746-2087 or visit Carole’s Flowers at 372 Court St., Plymouth, after June 14.
    The Evening Garden Club usually meets the third Wednesday of the month September to June at 7 p.m. at the John Alden Club, 16 Minuteman Lane, Plymouth. For further information, visit www.eveninggardenclub.org. For information on joining the Evening Garden Club, contact Jeanne Burnell at 508-747-1975 or email jeannemb714@yahoo.com.The Evening Garden Club of Plymouth is a member of the Garden Club Federation of MA Inc., Southeastern District.
    Manomet Knitters
    Manomet Knitters will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, at the Manomet Branch Library, located at 12 Strand Ave., Manomet. This group is open and free to all who are interested in knitting or crocheting. Hang out, work on projects or chat in a casual environment. Upcoming dates: June 4 and 18 and July 2, 16 and 30. For more information, email Frances at fbrigandi@comcast.net.
    Plymouth Area League of Women Voters
    The Plymouth Area League of Women Voters will hold its annual dinner/meeting Thursday, May 22, at the new Crosswinds Golf clubhouse in Plymouth. The deadline for dinner reservations is Wednesday, May 14. If you are interested in the League and would like to attend, call 508-746-3256 for more information.
    The speaker will be Erik Walker, Plymouth South High School English and journalism teacher and department head. In January Walker, with other invited tweeters and bloggers, watched the President’s State of the Union address in Washington followed by a discussion with some of the President’s top advisors. In 2012 Walker was chosen to receive the Ann Garland West Excellence in Teaching award, given by the New England Association of English Teachers.
    Page 7 of 31 - Plymouth Woman’s Club
    From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, May 23, the Plymouth Woman’s Club will hold a plant sale at the Plymouth Council on Aging at 44 Nook Road in Plymouth. Proceeds will be used for the annual scholarship funds for Plymouth North and Plymouth South high schools.
    The Plymouth Woman’s Club is a service organization. Its mission is to give back to the community by supporting local groups through direct service, raising money for scholarships and funding organizations and programs that provide education, enrichment and essential services. Each year the club gives scholarships to Plymouth North and Plymouth South high school seniors in addition to other service projects. All women in Plymouth and the surrounding towns are welcome to the meetings, held the first Wednesday of each month at Tara Woods Clubhouse, 45 Sterling Blvd., Plymouth. For more information, call Nancy Morse at 774-404-1428.
    Simes House Foundation
    The Simes House Foundation will hold a Plant and Bake Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at the house, located at 29 Manomet Point Road, Manomet. Rain date is Sunday, June 1, at the same time. Plant or bake donations can be dropped off on the morning of the sale between 8 and 10 a.m. If you need to donate items before the day of the event, that can be arranged. For plant items, contact Barbara Shain (barbara.shain@yahoo.com, 508-209-8086). For bake items, contact Leslie Green (lesliebgreen@verizon.net, 508-224-3508).
    The annual Tag Sale is planned for Saturday, June 21. To volunteer or donate for either event, you may also contact the Foundation at info@simeshousefoundation.org.
    The Simes House is located across from Manomet Plaza. Parking is available in the Plaza parking lot. Simes House T-shirts and other apparel will be available for sale.
     Manomet Mystery Riders
    The Manomet Mystery Riders, a family-oriented motorcycle club, meets Sundays and Thursdays (weather permitting) for rides to mystery locations. Runs originate from Gellar’s, Route 3A in Manomet, at noon Sundays and 7 p.m. Thursdays. The first Wednesday of the month, the group holds a meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the John Alden Sportsman’s Club, off Beaver Dam Road in Manomet. Visit manometmysteryriders.com for information or call the Ride Hotline at 508-224-5267.
    Plymouth Elks Lodge
    The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Plymouth Lodge #1476, meets at 52 Long Pond Road. Arthur Powers Jr. is the ruler and the secretary is Joseph Scott. Call 508-746-9876 for information. A meat raffle is held at 7 p.m. the first Friday of each month at the Plymouth Elks Lodge, 52 Long Pond Road, Plymouth.
    Plymouth Fragment Society
    The Plymouth Fragment Society helps Plymouth residents in need get back on their feet. To contact the society, to join or make a donation, send mail to P.O. Box 6386, Plymouth, MA 02362. The board of the Plymouth Fragment Society meets the first Tuesday of every month to review applications from Plymouth residents. The Society now has a website at plymouthfragmentsociety.org. You can request an application for financial aid by either sending mail to the address above or going online to the new site.
    Page 8 of 31 - Plymouth Lions Club
    Elimination of blindness throughout the world is the mission of Lions Clubs International. To learn how your participation can benefit the community, join the local Plymouth Lions Club. For additional information, contact Chip Anderson, membership chairman, at 508-746-8777 or chip@powderhornpress.com. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. every Thursday at Mamma Mia’s Restaurant, 122 Water St., Plymouth. All proceeds from fundraising projects support the Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, Perkins School for the Blind and local needs. The Lions’ motto, “We serve,” is symbolized in the community by local fundraising activity like the Lions Radio Days (WATD), Lions golf tournament, car wash, holiday raffle, pancake breakfast and many other efforts supporting Lions charities.
    Plymouth No Place for Hate committee
    The Plymouth No Place for Hate committee generally meets the second Thursday of each month in Town Hall, 11 Lincoln St., at 6:30 p.m. The committee of volunteers appointed by the Board of Selectmen addresses issues of prejudice in Plymouth. The committee appreciates community and business support. Call the Plymouth Board of Selectmen at 508-747-1620, ext. 100, or send email to plymouthNPFH@gis.net for information. The group’s website is www.plymouthnoplaceforhate.org.
    Plymouth Women of the Moose
    The Plymouth Women of the Moose meet the first and third Thursday of every month at the Lodge at 601 State Road, Plymouth, to determine what events to hold and charities to sponsor. In the past, the Women of the Moose have held diaper collection drives, food collections for local food pantries, clothing drives, and they have raised money to battle cancer and diabetes.
    The Women of the Moose Plymouth Chapter #2218, founded in 2001, has more than 300 members. The Loyal Order of Moose is a fraternal and service organization of men and women dedicated to caring for the young and old, bringing communities closer together and celebrating life. To find out more about the Moose fraternity, call the Lodge at 508-224-2276 or visit www.heardofmoose.org.
    Plymouth Loyal Order of Moose
    The Plymouth Moose Lodge is located at 601 State Road, in Plymouth. The Loyal Order of Moose is a fraternal and service organization of men and women dedicated to caring for the young and old, bringing communities closer together and celebrating life. The Plymouth Moose Lodge #2485, founded in 1997, has more than 600 members, and the Women of the Moose Plymouth Chapter #2218 has more than 300 members. To find out more about the Moose fraternity, call the Lodge at 508-224-2276 or visit www.heardofmoose.org.
    Rotary Club
    The Rotary Club of Plymouth was chartered in 1940 and today, with more than 100 dedicated members, practices the Rotary International motto: “Service Above Self.” Members participate in the club’s annual auction on PACTV over three days each spring. All proceeds support scholarships for local high school graduates, as well as funding important community projects for the Boys & Girls Club, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth, Plymouth Public Library, local historical societies and many other local programs. The Rotary Club meets every Monday at 12:15 p.m. at the John Carver Inn on Summer Street in Plymouth. For more information or to join Rotary, contact Club President Tom Small at 508-746-2800 or go to www.plymouthrotary.com.
    Page 9 of 31 - Sunrise Rotary Club
    The Plymouth Rotary Sunrise Club meets every Monday morning at 7 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 103 Long Pond Road (at Exit 5) in Plymouth for breakfast meetings. The club is very involved with the community, donating both time and money to groups of various kinds. Call Lisa Braun at 508-272-9642 if you have any questions.
    Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom
    Each month of the 2014 Massachusetts Agriculture calendar features a photograph spotlighting the diversity of agriculture in Massachusetts along with agricultural and conservation facts, teacher tips, events, websites and a seasonal crop list. Order a calendar and show your enthusiasm for Massachusetts agriculture while you support Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom, the educational nonprofit that has been designated recipient of all calendar proceeds. Calendars are $10 each or $5 each for order of five or more.
    The calendar is published annually by Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom in cooperation with the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources and the Farm to School Program. The photographs displayed in the calendar were submitted by people across the state as part of a calendar photo contest. Consider submitting your own photographs to the Massachusetts Agriculture calendar photo contest by June 1, 2014. Winning photographs will be included in the 2015 Massachusetts Agriculture calendar.
    The winning photographs and other details including the order form can be viewed on the MAC website at http://aginclassroom.org/For%20Educators/Mass_Ag_Calendar/order.html.
    Order a 12-month Massachusetts Agriculture calendar by sending $10 to Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom, P.O. Box 345, Seekonk, MA 02771. A discount price of $5 per calendar is being offered for orders of five or more calendars.
    Ancient Order of Hibernians
    The Ancient Order of Hibernians is an Irish-Catholic fraternal organization founded in the United States to promote, foster and preserve the: culture, language, music, literature and history of the Irish people. Meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month. Once initiated as a Brother Hibernian you will be a part of the Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity that is the cornerstone of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. John J. Todd is the president of the Plymouth Division. The website is www.aohplymouth.com and the meeting location is 44 Main St., Plymouth.
    Black and White Club
    The Plymouth Black and White Club holds luncheon meetings the first Tuesday of every month from October to June at noon, upstairs in the Unitarian Universalist Church Hall in upper Town Square in Plymouth. The club has been meeting and exploring the arts since 1885. Over the century the club has supported artists and explored various art mediums. The club meets from 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday for rug making and knitting. Day trips to Fairhaven and the Fuller Museum are scheduled. A basketmaking class with Diane Stant is planned for March 2014. Annual dues: $35. Call Rain Phillips at 508-866-9228 for more information.
    Page 10 of 31 - Cape Cod Mayflower Decorative Artists
    The Cape Cod Mayflower Decorative Artists is a local chapter of the International Society of Decorative Painters. Meetings and workshops are held the third Saturday of the month at the Little Red Schoolhouse, located at the corner of Long Pond and Herring Pond roads, Exit 2 off Route 3, in Plymouth. Visit www.decorativepainters.org for more information or call Claire Bartlett, president, at 508-866-6916, or email her at cbartlett@mobilisltd.com.
    Cape Cod Bay Watch
    The office of Cape Cod Bay Watch, a volunteer public interest group dedicated to protecting the species, habitat and health of Cape Cod Bay, is located at 58C Main St. in Plymouth. The office is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call Karen Vale at 508-746-9400 or email her at Karen@capecodbaywatch.org for more information.
    Cape Cod Glass Club
    The club is open to new members and membership is not limited to Cape Cod residents. For information call Joan Marsh at 508-385-6341 or Betsy Hewlett at 508-362-6875.
    Cedarville Steering Committee
    The Cedarville Steering Committee meets the second Wednesday of the month. Meetings are open to the public to discuss issues and concerns of the residents of Cedarville and South Plymouth. For further information call Keven Joyce, chairman, at 508-209-0257, or email keven35jeep@aol.com.
    Civil Air Patrol
    The Plymouth Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol meets 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at the Plymouth Municipal Airport located at 222 South Meadow Road, Plymouth. Meetings are open to all interested individuals and membership is open to all adults and younger persons ages 12-18. The Civil Air Patrol’s missions are to promote aerospace education, provide emergency services to the community including search and rescue, and to develop leadership qualities in the nation’s youth. For more information, call Squadron commander Maj. Robert Yeager at 508-888-5970 or access the website at www.plymouthcap.org.
    Civil Air Patrol was conceived in the late 1930s by legendary New Jersey aviation advocate Gill Robb Wilson, who foresaw aviation’s role in war and general aviation’s potential to supplement America’s military operations. With the help of New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, the new Civil Air Patrol was established on Dec. 1, 1941, just days before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. The U.S. Air Force was created as an independent armed service in 1947, and CAP was designated as its official civilian auxiliary the following year.
    Cranberry Shores Chorus
    Cranberry Shores Chorus, a local women’s chorus with members from Plymouth to Harwich, rehearses at the Federated Church in Hyannis. The chorus is a part of Sweet Adelines International, a highly respected worldwide organization of women singers. Members share a love for singing a cappella music in the barbershop style. Any woman of average singing ability, with or without vocal training, will find a part that fits her voice range with the help of the chorus’ musical leaders and director. Call 508-778-0109 or go to www.cranberryshores.org for more information.
    Page 11 of 31 - Drum and Bugle Corps
    The Standish Guards Drum and Bugle Corps is a nonprofit, all-age marching arts program open to anyone regardless of age or experience. The Corps has a low cost practice fee, plays fun yet challenging songs and will perform eight to 12 times per year. Rehearsals are at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Plymouth Community Intermediate School, 117 Long Pond Road, Plymouth. For more information, contact Director Dennis O’Neill at 781-217-5730 or email standishguards@yahoo.com.
    EAA Chapter 1450
    The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1450/Young Eagles meets the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Plymouth Municipal Airport, 246 South Meadow Road, C-9. All are welcome to join and become part of the sport of aviation. The chapter is dedicated to promoting education and providing recreational activities with an emphasis on Young Eagles (age 8-18) programs. For information, call Dick or Donna at 508-995-9272, Young Eagles coordinator Steve at 508-866-9345 or visit the EAA home page, www.eaa.org or the Young Eagles website, www.youngeagles.org. For a free copy of the newsletter, email ehloring@hotmail.com.
    Friends of Ellisville Marsh
    The Friends of Ellisville Marsh, a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in mid-2007 to restore and preserve Plymouth’s 71-acre Ellisville Marsh, is seeking new members and volunteers to participate in its environmental monitoring programs. Ellisville Marsh had been in decline since the No Name Storm of 1991 blocked its tidal inlet and restricted the flow of tidal water. The Friends had by 2010 successfully obtained all local, state and federal permits to reopen and maintain the blocked inlet and have since conducted two, mid-winter inlet maintenance operations. The organization may be unique among Massachusetts nonprofits involved with restoration of coastal marshes – no taxpayer funds have been used to date and the organization has no paid staff. Its work has led to some remarkable results. A new species of insect has even been discovered, a tiny wasp named Encarsia ellisvillea, after its Plymouth home. Join the Friends today. Basic membership is $15. Donations of $100 or more get a nifty cap with embroidered logo. Visit www.EllisvilleMarsh.org to learn about the programs or donate. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
    Friends of Myles Standish State Forest
    Friends of Myles Standish State Forest is a volunteer group organized to promote and conserve the natural, cultural and historic resources of Myles Standish State Forest. The Friends are dedicated to restoring and maintaining the forest and its trails for sustainable recreation, to educating themselves and others about the forest, and to promoting a healthy habitat for native plants and wildlife. Every citizen is encouraged to enjoy the forest in a manor consistent with protecting and preserving this rare and endangered ecosystem. Join friends of Myles Standish State Forest and help the forest we all love. For the latest news and scheduled events visit www.friendsmssf.com.
    Page 12 of 31 - GATRA Consumer Advisory Committee
    The GATRA Consumer Advisory Committee meets at 10 a.m. the third Wednesday of the month at the Plymouth Council on Aging in Plymouth. If you have concerns, comments or would like to be involved, you are welcome to attend. GATRA pictures are taken for those who are 60 or older or disabled, to use the Dial-A-Ride and the MBTA. If you are unable to make picture day, call the COA at 508-830-4230 to make other arrangements.
    Genesis Amateur Radio Society
    Genesis Amateur Radio Society is an amateur radio organization based out of the Plymouth area with meetings the last Monday of each month. Amateur radio classes are offered to anyone interested in getting into the hobby. For details visit www.genesisars.org or leave a voicemail for Joe Reynolds or Chris Johnson at 508-296-3622 or call 774-222-2542 or email education.registration@genesisars.org.
    Kiwanis Club of Plymouth
    The Kiwanis Club meets the second and fourth Monday of the month (excluding holidays) at 6:15 p.m. at Ernie’s Restaurant, 330 Court St., North Plymouth. Send email to: contact@plymouthkiwanis.org. It is the Kiwanis mission to change the world, one child and one community at a time. For information, mail to P.O. Box 3351, Plymouth, MA 02361, or visit www.plymouthkiwanis.org or call 508-746-3444 for directions.
    Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences
    Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, 81 Stage Point Road, Manomet. Call Marianna Mele at 508-224-6521, or email mmele@Manomet.org for information or visit the site www.manomet.org for information about the center.
    New Beginnings
    Plymouth New Beginnings is a nonprofit, nonsectarian support organization for single, divorced, separated and widowed men and women. Meetings are held at 6 p.m. every Tuesday at the Plymouth United Methodist Church, 29 Carver Road, Plymouth. Call Elaine Hammond at 774-678-0067 for information.
    New Plimmoth Gard
    The New Plimmoth Gard is a newly formed group of historical re-enactors portraying the citizen army of Plymouth Colony circa 1640. The group’s aim is to promote knowledge and understanding of early Colonial society, and the importance of military preparedness to this culture. This is done through historically accurate demonstrations of military practices using the weapons, armor and clothing of the period. The group was formed in early 2012. Interested adults are welcome to join. Meetings are in Plymouth. For more information, email newplimmothgard@gmail.com or call Stan Wollman at 508-747-0452 or visit www.newplimmothgard.org
    Old Colony Young Marines
    The Old Colony Young Marines is a youth education and service program for boys and girls, ages 8 through completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral, and physical development of its members. The program focuses on character building and leadership, as well as, a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The Young Marines is the focal point for the U.S. Marine Corps League Youth Drug Demand Reduction efforts.
    Page 13 of 31 - The Old Colony Young Marines unit credo is “Discipline, Leadership, and Teamwork.” The unit has been very active in many veterans and community events including Cape Cod Cares for the Troops, the Nathan Hale Foundation, the Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall, Toys for Tots, the Brockton VA hospital and local food pantries. Young Marines have the opportunity to learn many skills such as land navigation, close order drill, field survival skills, and first aid. They have been on encampments at Camp Edwards and the USS Salem, taken Blackhawk helicopter rides, gone to firing ranges, and visited Washington, D.C., to honor veterans and study American history. Check out the website at www.oldcolonyyoungmarines.com or call Staff Sergeants Covell (508-833-4409) or Stowe (508-888-8962) for more information.
    Order of the Eastern Star
    The Plymouth chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star meets at 7:45 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Plymouth Masonic Lodge, 116 South Meadow Road. Eastern Star is a charitable organization for women with a Masonic affiliation and Master Masons. Contact Doris Rowell, chapter secretary, at 508-224-3411 or visit www.oesplymouth.org for information.
    Order of Rainbow for Girls
    The Plymouth Assembly #86 International Order of Rainbow for Girls, open to girls aged 11 to 20 years, meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at the Plymouth Masonic Lodge, 116 South Meadow Road. There is also a pledge group open to girls aged 9 to 11. For information, call Carol Machado at 508-746-9418, or email plymassembly86@aol.com.
    Plymouth Aero Club
    The Plymouth Aero Club meets in the town hangar at Plymouth Municipal Airport, South Meadow Road, at 6:30 p.m. the last Wednesday of February, March, April, May, June, September and October. The club promotes aviation safety and education. Newcomers are welcome to join the pre-meeting dinners at $12 per person, or just attend to hear the speakers at 8 p.m. Reserve a place for dinner by calling Sue McManus in advance, 508-888-8425. For information or to request applications contact the Plymouth Aero Club, Plymouth Municipal Airport, 246 South Meadow Road, Plymouth, MA 02360, or send email to pymaeroclub@hotmail.com.
    Plymouth Beach for All Coalition
    The Plymouth Beach for All Coalition is a citizen activist group of Plymouth residents. Its mission is to promote a healthy balance of fair public access and reasonable wildlife protection on Plymouth Long Beach for all of Earth’s creatures. For more information, email PlymouthBeachForAll@gmail.com or write to Plymouth Beach for All Coalition, PO Box 1704, Plymouth, MA 02362, or call Belinda Brewster, PBAC, 508-732-9900.
    Plymouth Cordage Historical Society
    The Plymouth Cordage Historical Society is devoted to studying and preserving artifacts and memories associated with the Plymouth Cordage Company (1824-1970). This was once the largest rope-making company in the world and the town’s largest employer, and was the focal point of the North Plymouth neighborhood that grew up around it.
    Page 14 of 31 - The Plymouth Cordage Historical Society usually meets in the museum at 5:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month, except during the summer. A small museum is maintained and is open to the public from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and is accessed through the Tower entrance at Cordage Park. For further information call 508-746-7707 or see plymouthcordagemuseum.org.
    The Plymouth County Democratic League’s regular meeting schedule is the fourth Monday of each month. For more information, visit the PDTC website at www.plymouthdemocrats.org or call PDTC Chairman Bill Keohan at 508-789-5012.
    Plymouth Digital Photographers Club
    The Plymouth Digital Photography Club is open to anyone who loves photography, regardless of age or ability. The year-old photo club has 470 members and is growing. There are no fees for any of the events, which take place all over the Plymouth area and beyond on a weekly basis. Get details, locations and signup information online at www.meetup.com/PlymouthPhotographers/. Or email Amy Davies at amydav@gmail.com if you have any questions.
    Plymouth Hadassah
    The Plymouth Area Chapter of Hadassah invites all women to learn about this volunteer women’s Jewish organization that touches so many lives, in both Israel and America. The group offers a wide variety of education, social and advocacy programs. For information, contact Myra at 508-965-8810 or email Hadassah.Plymouth@comcast.net.
    Plymouth Historic District Neighborhood Watch
    For more information, call Jim at 774-269-3994.
    Plymouth Medical Reserve Corps
    The Town of Plymouth’s Medical Reserve Corps is community-based and functions as a way to locally organize and utilize volunteers who want to donate their time and expertise to prepare for and respond to emergencies and promote healthy living throughout the year. MRC volunteers supplement existing emergency and public health resources. If interested, call Heidie Hogan at 508-747-5050, email plymouthmrc@msn.com or go to www.medicalreservecorps.gov for more information.
    Plymouth Rock Stamp Club
    The Plymouth Rock Stamp Club, for both experienced and inexperienced collectors, usually meets the second and fourth Monday of each month at the Plymouth Public Library, 132 South St., Plymouth, upstairs in the boardroom. Visitors are welcome. Call Deb Brock at 781-585-3324 or Dina Furlong at 781-582-1827 for information.
    Pug owners
    The South of Boston Pug Meetup Group is a group of pug owners who meet once a month to exchange information and allow pugs to play together. For information and/or directions, email Sharon at pugpeople@gmail.com or call 508-866-2429.
    The Retired Educators Association of Massachusetts, established in 1948, is an organization for retired teachers, nurses and support staff. A chapter encompassing all towns and cities in Plymouth County meets twice each year in Halifax. Call Patricia at 781-585-5434 (evenings only) with questions.
    Page 15 of 31 - Saints and Singers
    Saints and Singers is an amateur community chorus that produces two shows a year and is seeking new members. Rehearsals are at the Bourne United Methodist Church on Sandwich Road in Bourne. Call Stacey Terrio, president, at 508-759-9648, or Michelle Bowlin, director, at 508-317-7456, if you have any questions. For more information visit sites.google.com/site/saintsandsingerschorus.
    Simes House Foundation
    The Simes House Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit corporation created to engage in restoring, preserving, maintaining and operating the Simes House and its grounds, located at 29 Manomet Point Road, for the benefit of the inhabitants of the town of Plymouth.
    Southeastern Mass. Mineral Club
    The Southeastern Massachusetts Mineral Club, a nonprofit organization, meets the second Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the South Shore Natural Science Center at 48 Jacobs Lane in Norwell.
    South Coastal Chapter Order of DeMolay
    South Coastal Chapter Order of DeMolay meets the second and fourth Saturdays of the month at the Daniel Webster Lodge, 420 Furnace St., Marshfield. DeMolay is an international service organization for young men age 12-21. For information visit the site www.mademolay.org or call Carol Machado at 781-775-6248. DeMolay opens doors for young men by developing the civic awareness, personal responsibility and leadership skills. DeMolay combines this serious mission with a fun approach that builds important bonds of friendship among members in more than 1,000 chapters worldwide.
    South Shore Genealogy
    The South Shore Genealogical Society is open to all South Shore residents. For information, call Lorraine Roberts at 781-871-4356.
    South Shore Singles
    South Shore Singles is a club for those ages 45 and up. For information, call 781-331-0021 or visit www.southshoresingles.org.
    South Shore Soliloquy: The South Shore Soliloquy Toastmasters club meets each Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Kingston library and provides the opportunity for members to master public speaking and learn leadership skills in a friendly, supportive, club environment. Guests are always welcome and do not need to preregister to attend. Visit soliloquy.freetoasthost.com or call president, Greg Milewski at 781-934-2053 or email him at gregkicks@aol.com for information.
    Middleborough: The Middleboro chapter of Toastmasters is open to anyone over the age of 18 who would like to improve their communication skills. New meeting and time: At the office of Cirelli Foods, 30 Commerce Blvd., Middleborough, every second and fourth Wednesday, 7-8:30 p.m. Call 508-946-8986 or 508-583-2579 for information.
    Plymouth Public Schools Alumni Association
    If you went to high school in Plymouth, the Plymouth Public Schools Alumni Association is looking for you. The mission of the Plymouth Public Schools Alumni Association (MA) is to create a lifelong and global community of alumni through increased opportunities for meaningful engagement with each other and the students, teachers, staff and administrators of the Plymouth Public Schools community. The association’s activities are meant to increase awareness, pride, participation, volunteerism, networking and philanthropic commitment to education in Plymouth. Students who went to Plymouth High School, Plymouth-Carver Regional High School, Plymouth North High School and Plymouth South High School are all eligible to join. For more information visit www.plymouthalumni.net/.
    Page 16 of 31 - PCHS Class of 1967
    In the best interest of the PCHS Class of 1967, the reunion committee has decided to incorporate the cocktail party with the summer 2014 golf tournament. Therefore, the cocktail party has been postponed until June 21, to immediately follow the golf tournament. If you have already sent in a check, it will be mailed back to you. Information on the golf tournament and cocktail party will be forthcoming.
    Silver Lake Class of 1964
    The Silver Lake Regional High School Class of 1964 will hold its 50th class reunion at the Monponsett Inn in Halifax Nov. 29. The reunion committee will be contacting class members through Classmates.com and Facebook. Help is needed from members of the class who could provide addresses, emails and any contact information of classmates. All classes that have graduated from Silver Lake, having their 50th reunion, have been invited to attend graduation. More information on that will come when the announcement is sent out. If you would like to attend a reunion meeting and would be able to help, contact Ron Bersani at rbersani@ticnetwork.com or Judy(Baker)Shea at jsheama@comcast.net. Any information could also be dropped off at John & Son’s Barber Shop in Halifax.
    Deadline extended for fuel assistance applications
    Patricia A. Daly, executive director of South Shore Community Action Council Inc., announced that the deadline to apply for fuel assistance is Thursday, May 15 (original deadline was April 30). Nenefit levels for fuel assistance households were increased due to a state appropriation in March. Benefit levels for the heating season for delivered-fuel households now range from $580 to $1,385 depending on income level. For utility-heated households, assistance ranges from $280 to $665 for the heating season.
    Eligibility for fuel assistance also provides 12 months of discounts on electric, natural gas and Verizon telephone bills, as well as potential eligibility for free weatherization and free heating system repair.
    Anyone who did not receive an application in the mail and feels that they may qualify is encouraged to visit the office at 265 South Meadow Road in Plymouth. Applicants may fill out applications, on a daily first-come, first-served, signup basis with an authorized intake worker from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. After-hours appointments for households employed during the day can be requested by calling the office. Phone calls via a live operator are accepted between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 508-746-6707 or toll free 877 FUEL AID. There is also a 24-hour voice response phone system which, using a touch tone phone, enables applicants and clients to find out about how the fuel assistance program works, to access the status of their application, to hear a list of payments made, and for heating companies to access daily or weekly oil pricing and payment histories. Clients with rotary phones should hold the line and they will be transferred to a live operator.
    Page 17 of 31 - New applicants must bring proof of income for the past 30 days for all household members over 18, picture identification and proof of street address. Households who have used the same primary heat source for at least 12 months should bring copies of their heating bills for the 12 months prior to application for a potentially higher fuel assistance benefit level. For applicants in an emergency situation (completely out of fuel or utilities shut off), all income and other information must be brought in to the office the day you apply in order to receive emergency assistance.
    Eligibility is based on gross income and household size. The maximum allowable income guidelines are as follows: $32,065 income limit for one-person household, $41,932 income limit for two-person household, $51,798 income limit for three-person household, $61,664 income limit for four-person household and $71,530 income limit for five-person household.
    Volunteer sites that take applications and their contact numbers include: Plymouth COA (elderly only), 508-830-4230; Plymouth Veterans Services (veterans only), 508-747-1620, ext. 172; Carver Veterans Services (veterans and their widows only), 508-866-3406; Duxbury COA (elderly only), 781-934-5774; Halifax COA (elderly only), 781-293-7313; Kingston COA (elderly only), 781-585-0511; Middleboro COA (elderly only), 508-946-2490; Marshfield COA, 781-834-5581; Pembroke COA, 781-294-8220; Wareham COA, 508-291-3100; Old Colony Elderly Services (elderly only), 508-584-1561; Wellspring (Wellspring clients only), 781-925-3211.
    For further information, you may call SSCAC Fuel Assistance at 508-746-6707 or toll free 877 FUEL AID or visit the website for a complete listing of volunteer sites and their contact information and hours for fuel assistance applications at www.sscac.org.
    Hazardous waste collections
    South Shore Recycling Cooperative member towns will host household hazardous waste collections this spring. Residents may attend their own or their host town’s event at no charge.
    Collections are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. as follows.
    May 17: Hingham, Plymouth River School, 200 High St.
    May 31: Scituate/Cohasset, Scituate Highway Dept., 68 Capt. Pierce Road.
    Residents of those towns, and of member towns Plymouth, Middleborough, Abington, Hanson, Norwell, Rockland, Weymouth and Whitman, may attend other member towns’ collections at their hometown’s expense. To do so, take a signed authorization form from your town’s Marine and Environmental Affairs (Plymouth) or Board of Health (Abington, Hanson, Norwell, Rockland, Whitman) or DPW (all others). Some towns may limit subsidized quantities to 15 gallons or 30 pounds.
    Any visitors without an authorization form may attend for a fee of $44 per 15 gallons or 30 pounds of waste. Commercial generators, call ahead to 617-852-3086 to arrange disposal and payment. Please take a check.
    Take: Oil based paint, stains, solvents, gasoline, automotive fluids, pesticides, photography and pool chemicals, acids, bases and poisons in secure, labeled containers.
    Do not take: industrial, pathological and medical waste, radioactive materials, pressurized gas cylinders or explosives.
    Page 18 of 31 - Oil based paint, propane tanks, motor oil, antifreeze, medical sharps, auto and rechargeable batteries and fluorescent lamps are collected regularly by some towns and some retailers. Residents should use those services if available. Go to ssrcoop.info, click on “Other Stuff.”
    Latex paint and driveway sealer are messy, but not hazardous. If not recyclable as described below, absorb liquid with cat litter and dispose in trash. Usable leftover latex paint is accepted and recycled into new paint products at The Paint Exchange LLC of North Scituate for a fee of $2 per can. To see if your paint qualifies for recycling, and for hours of operation, go to ssrcoop.info and click on “Latex Paint” or call 781-545-1272.
    Free electronic waste collection events
    The South Shore Recycling Cooperative is coordinating free electronic waste collection events with CRTRecycling of Brockton, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the following Saturdays.
    May 17: Rockland Transfer Station, Beech Street
    June 7: Scituate Transfer Station, 280 Driftway
    June 21: TBA
    Residents, businesses and municipal departments from SSRC member towns Abington, Cohasset, Duxbury, Hanover, Hanson, Hingham, Kingston, Middleboro, Norwell, Plymouth, Rockland, Scituate, Weymouth and Whitman, as well as neighboring towns, may take the following items for recycling at no charge.
    Take any item with an electrical cord or circuit board including: televisions, computer peripherals and monitors, computers, laptops, printers, DVD players, VCRs, stereo equipment, radios, cell phones, telephones, fax machines, toasters, irons, refrigerators, stoves, washing machines and dryers.
    CRTRecycling is an R2 Certified electronics recycler. For more information, go to ssrcoop.info.
    First Time Homebuyer Seminar
    The Plymouth Redevelopment Authority, sponsored by Salem Five Mortgage Company, will hold a First Time Homebuyer Seminar from 6 to 9 p.m. June 5, 12 and 19 at Plymouth Town Hall, 11 Lincoln St., Plymouth. Participants will receive the confidence and tools to pursue their goal of homeownership. By attending this workshop you will qualify and become certified for MassHousing First Time Homebuyer Loan Program including lower rates and down payment. This certification opens the doors for income-eligible participants to apply for mortgage programs that have lower interest rates and other lender enhancements.
    The workshop consists of three evenings, from 6 to 9 p.m., June 5, 12 and 19. A mortgage banker, real estate broker, home inspector, insurance representative and lawyer will assist in presenting materials that will provide participants with up to date information on the homebuying process. Space is limited. The class fee is $45 per household if paid by May 29, and $55 after that date. Payment is required before the classes begin. All participants may choose to be prequalified by the sponsor, Salem Five Mortgage Company. To preregister or if you have questions, call 508-747-1620, ext. 147, or visit the site www.plymouthredevelopment.org.
    Transfer station information
    Page 19 of 31 - The Cedarville and South Street transfer stations closed permanently at the end of December 2013. The Manomet transfer station is now the only operating transfer station in Plymouth. Recent upgrades to the site will make it easier and more efficient for residents to use the services there. The Manomet transfer station is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Tuesday. Call Greg Smith at 508-830-4162, ext. 100, if you have any questions.
    Donation café
    All Are Welcome Community Kitchen and Bakery Inc., a nonprofit community restaurant located at 60 Union St., Middleborough, is open for breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Saturdays. In addition, guests are now able to share in a community lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Thursday. This weekly meal is open to the general public. All Are Welcome is a donation café, where all meals are available on a “pay-as-you-can” basis.
    Guests can donate all, a portion or nothing towards the suggested amounts posted on the menu board. Those who are unable to make a contribution are invited to donate their time, either at the kitchen or around the community. Each week guests can choose from a selection of breakfast specials, hot cereal, fresh fruits and scratch-baked breads and muffins.
    The café is located inside the Church of Our Savior parish hall at 60 Union St., Middleborough. For more information call Karen Cook at All Are Welcome at 508-443-0243 or visit the website at www.allarewelcome.us or emailmanager@allarewelcome.us. This program is sponsored by the Church of Our Savior, Episcopal.
    Plymouth WIC program
    If you are pregnant, breastfeeding and/or have a child under the age of 5 years, you may qualify for the Plymouth WIC program. WIC (Women, Infants and Children) is a free nutrition program that provides healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support and referrals to healthcare and other services to Massachusetts families that qualify. There is always something new and exciting happening at the Plymouth WIC office (at 123-1 Camelot Drive), including dental team, farmers’ market, breastfeeding celebrations, Food Day tastings and more.
    WIC’s goal is to keep pregnant and breastfeeding women and kids under age 5 healthy. There are also WIC offices in Wareham, Marshfield, Middleborough and Rockland. To find out if you are eligible, call the Plymouth WIC office at 508-747-4933.
    Prom dresses
    Becca’s Closet was created as a legacy to Rebecca Kirtman and the project she created. She believed that little things can make a big difference. Becca’s Closet donates formal attire to high school girls with financial need who otherwise would not be able to attend their schools’ military balls, homecomings and proms. Her family continues to operate the nonprofit organization after her tragic death in an automobile accident. Becca’s Closet is part of Plymouth South High School’s Marketing Department and is one of two chapters in the state of Massachusetts. Call 508-224-7512, ext. 1150, to schedule an appointment, or visit Plymouth South High School, located at 490 Long Pond Road, during school hours. Stop in and find your dream dress.
    Page 20 of 31 - Pet adoption
    The Plymouth animal shelter, located on Route 3A in Cedarville next to the fire station, has a variety of dogs and cats in need of homes. The shelter offers adoptions seven days a week by appointment. You can see photos of animals currently up for adoption and information on the website petfinder.com. Call 508-888-1186 for information.
    Spay Waggin’ at Petco
    The Animal Rescue League of Boston is expanding its Spay Waggin’ services to southeastern Massachusetts. The Spay Waggin’ provides subsidized spay and neuter services to pet owners in financial need and makes monthly scheduled stops throughout the South Shore and Cape Cod to perform surgeries on an appointment-only basis.
    The Spay Waggin’ was made possible by the Grace and Elliot Marks Endowment Fund. The bequest limited low cost pet spay/neuter services to only Cape Cod. The ARL of Boston worked with the Attorney General and the Barnstable Probate Court to expand the use of the endowment fund in order to purchase a new vehicle and provide services in Southeastern Massachusetts as well as on the Cape. The Spay Waggin’ team is led by Martha Smith, DVM, Director of Veterinary Medical Services of the ARL of Boston.
    Spay Waggin’ services include: physical exam, spay (females) or neuter (males), rabies vaccine, distemper vaccine, flea and ear mite treatment (if necessary) and nail trim. Cats should be between 2 months and 5 years of age, and dogs should be between 2 months and 5 years of age and not weighing more than 60 pounds. The price is $100 per cat and $200 per dog. For additional information or to make an appointment, call the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Spay Waggin’ at 877-590-SPAY or visit www.arlboston.org/sw. Appointments must be prepaid at the time of scheduling with MasterCard or Visa credit, debit or prepaid card.
    National Megan’s Law Helpline
    The National Megan’s Law Helpline, 888-ASK-PFML (888-275-7365), is available to provide support to communities on issues related to accessing sex offender registration information; responsible use of information; sexual abuse prevention resources; and accessing crime victim support services. Parents for Megan’s Law (PFML) staff provide assistance to the community in accessing their state sex offender registries and prevention specialists provide support to parents and community members to assist in their sexual abuse prevention education strategies. Certified rape crisis counselors are available to support all victims of violent crime and to provide geographically appropriate referrals.
    The Sex Offender Registration Tips Program provides the public an opportunity to report registrants who are failing to comply with registration requirements, employment or supervision restrictions or who are in positions of trust where they can access children. Tips can be provided via the Helpline or website at www.parentsformeganslaw.org. This program is not intended to be used to report police emergencies. Dial 911 or contact your local law enforcement agency directly for emergencies. Agency deputized staff work collaboratively with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to facilitate the appropriate follow-up action.
    Page 21 of 31 - Project Bread food source hotline
    Call 800-645-8333 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday for the Project Bread hotline. Counselors refer callers to emergency food resources in their community as well as provide them with information about school meals, summer food sites for kids, elder meals programs, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps.
    Habitat Cars for Homes program
    Donate used cars, trucks, RVs, boats and other vehicles to help raise funds for Habitat affiliates throughout the country. Donating a good used car can provide needed transportation for a new owner. Steel scrap is an essential material in making new steel. More steel is recycled annually than paper, plastic, aluminum, glass and copper combined. Every day, Habitat’s Cars for Homes program generates funding from the sale of used cars, trucks and other vehicles. Those funds are distributed to local Habitat for Humanity organizations in the U.S. to help build affordable homes in partnership with low-income families. Interested donors can call 877-277-HFHI (4344) or donate a car or other vehicle online at www.CarsforHomes.com. Donor contact, title and vehicle information is collected, and upon acceptance of the donation, Cars for Homes will tow the vehicle away, free of charge. Donors receive an acknowledgement letter for their car donation and should check with the Internal Revenue Service or their tax advisor for information about the tax deductibility of their donation. Visit www.hfhplymouth.org for more information about Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plymouth.
    Women’s center
    The South Shore Women’s Center provides comprehensive domestic-violence intervention and prevention. Groups for children and women are offered in Plymouth, Hingham, Kingston and Middleboro. Call 781-582-0078.
    Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society
    The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society is the global voice for the protection of whales, dolphins and their environment. WDCS has an office at 7 Nelson St., Plymouth, 888-MYWHALE (888-699-4253) or 508-746-2522. Visit www.whales.org for information.
    Arc of Greater Plymouth
    The Arc of Greater Plymouth is dedicated to providing services, supports and advocacy to individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. It serves 550 individuals and 1,000 families in the greater Plymouth area. As a recipient of recent United Way grants the ARC is proud to be able to provide resources for individuals and families in its food pantry operation at Algonquin Heights; vocational and life skills training programs and family emergency funds. The ARC is grateful for its partnership with the United Way of Greater Plymouth County.
    MAB car donations
    Your car, truck or camper may be worth more as a donation than a trade-in. Call the Massachusetts Association for the Blind at 888-613-2777 for details. This is a free tow, quick pickup, and donations are tax deductible. Proceeds benefit blind and vision impaired persons in Massachusetts. Visit www.mabcommunity.org for information.
    Page 22 of 31 - Proper flag disposal
    Take your flag to a town transfer station or to the Veterans office at town hall for disposal. The Veterans of Foreign Wars will assure that proper procedure is followed. For information, call 508-830-4160 or email mfarrell@townhall.plymouth.ma.us.
    Eagle Scout projects
    Boy Scout Troops 47, 64, 151, 51 and 1620 in the Plymouth area are seeking ideas for Eagle Scout projects. Each year, Boy Scouts who are eligible to earn their Eagle Scout merit badge must perform a community service project of at least 100 hours that benefits a local organization or community. Call Jim McCormack at 508-747-4165 or email plymouthscouts@me.com with ideas.
    Memorial Day parade
    The Plymouth Memorial Day parade will be held Monday, May 26. It will assemble downtown at Shirley Square at 9 a.m. and step off at 9:30. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremonies will take place indoors at the Memorial Hall at 10:30 a.m. There will be free parking only until noon.
    The emcee will be Roxanne Whitbeck and grand marshall will be Stephen K. Graham, a Vietnam War veteran and a former Army staff sergeant. The guest speaker will be Ken Medeiros, also a Vietnam War veteran. In addition, the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 120, of Georgetown, Ontario, will be honored for its annual participation in this event
    The parade will start promptly at 9:30 a.m. at Shirley Square. It will proceed north on Route 3A and stop first at the Korean, Vietnam Memorial on the lawn of the Courthouse where a wreath laying ceremony will take place. The parade will proceed to Memorial Hall for a wreath laying ceremony at the WWII Memorial. The parade will then proceed onto Route 44 stopping in the Vinehills/Oak Grove cemetery for a wreath ceremony. The parade will then proceed down Summer Street and towards the Town Brook Bridge WWI Memorial for a wreath ceremony. The parade will then continue onto the Training Green for a wreath ceremony.
    Immediately following the ceremony, members of the veterans organizations and the Bud Band will proceed to the State Pier for a sea dedication ceremony. Call the Veterans Services office at 508-747-1620, ext. 172 (Joanne) or 173 (Roxanne) for more information.
    American Legion Post 40
    American Legion Post 40 is located at 199 Federal Furnace Road in Plymouth. Meetings are held as follows: American Legion general meeting at 8 p.m. the first Thursday of the month; A.L. Auxiliary meeting at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of the month; A.L. Riders meeting at 7:30 p.m. the third Thursday of the month; A.L. Color Guard at 7:30 p.m. the fourth Thursday of the month. Check www.alpost40.org or call 508-746-0009 for details.
    The American Legion Post 40 is proud to share its museum room located at Memorial Hall in downtown Plymouth. If a group (Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, schools, etc.) would like to explore and view the room, call Bob Davidson at the Post at 508-746-0009. The room is full of artifacts as far back as the Civil War and before. Donations are most welcomed and appreciated.
    Page 23 of 31 - Every Friday at 8 p.m., the American Legion Post 40, 199 Federal Furnace Road, Plymouth, holds karaoke night, open to the public. Call 508-746-0009 for details.
    DAV Chapter 72
    The Disabled American Veterans Chapter #72 meets at 10 a.m. the third Saturday of the month at Memorial Hall, 83 Court St., Plymouth. All disabled veterans and their close relatives (men can now join the auxiliary) are welcome to attend. The DAV room at Memorial Hall in Plymouth is also open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. If you have any questions in regard to your eligibility for benefits, there is a service officer available to answer your questions or you are welcome to just stop by and say hello. Contact Chapter Commander Larry Rooney at 508-746-4541 or Erich Scharath, treasurer, at 508-746-7497.
    The DAV Auxiliary is open to membership for male or female relatives of a disabled American veteran injured in time of war or a conflict (grandparents, parents, spouses, brothers and sisters, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, widows and their children or children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of an Auxiliary member as well as a DAV member). The work of the Auxiliary is to encourage legislation for the veterans, volunteer at the VA hospitals and soldiers’ homes, help the families of a disabled or deceased veteran, and see that the veterans get the benefits promised them as well as decent medical care. If you are eligible to join the Auxiliary and would like to help meet these goals, attend the meeting or call 508-746-7497 for an application for the Auxiliary or for a contact person for the DAV. The DAV is open for veterans disabled in time of war or conflict.
    Plymouth VFW Post 1822
    Plymouth VFW Memorial Post 1822 is a National Community Service award winning post. Post 1822 meetings are the second Tuesday of each month at the VFW Post 1822, 22 Seven Hills Road, Plymouth, at 8 p.m., followed by a collation directly after the meeting. Eligible veterans and transfers are encouraged to apply for membership. The men’s auxiliary meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. and the executive board meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. The function hall is available for rental for any special occasion. Call Denise Bratti for details at 508-746-8961 or email VFWPost1822@comcast.net.
    The post welcomes Active Duty, Reserve and National Guard service members, deploying to eligible overseas deployments, to consider using the hall for pre or post deployment gatherings at no charge. All such requests should be sent to the Board of Directors for approval. Look for information about activities on the site www.plymouthVFW1822.org. These activities include function hall events and other fun social gatherings that allow the members and auxiliaries of VFW Post 1822 to provide support to our valued veterans and the community at large.
    Page 24 of 31 - Some of the work the Post does includes sponsorship of the Boy Scouts of America, children’s sports, CARE packages and cell phones for service men and women overseas. The Post’s Honor Guard may be available for special events and/or ceremonies. Contact the Post Commander with requests.
    VFW Post 1822 Ladies Auxiliary
    Plymouth Memorial VFW Post 1822 Ladies Auxiliary meets at the post headquarters, 22 Seven Hills Road, the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. The membership fee is $25 to join, then $20 a year. The Auxiliary gives flags to schools, nursing homes, Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops. The auxiliary consists of wives, sisters, mothers, daughters and granddaughters of servicemen who serve overseas. The Post and Auxiliary provide upkeep for memorials and hold ceremonies honoring veterans on remembrance and patriotic days and parades. Members send boxes to servicemen in Afghanistan and Iraq, do volunteer work in medical centers, donate clothes to homeless veterans, send cards to veterans at Walter Reed hospitals and Brockton V.A. and help hospitalized and deployed veterans keep in touch with families through Operation Uplink cell phones. In the community, members also help with Boy Scouts, the Children’s Christmas Fund and many other projects. The Ladies Auxiliary goes to the Brockton VA Hospital at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month.
    Plymouth Veterans Council
    The Plymouth Veterans Council usually meets the first Sunday of the month at 11 a.m. at the American Legion, 199 Federal Furnace Road, Plymouth. The council is made up of the American Legion Post 40, VFW Post 1822, DAV Chapter 72, Paralyzed Veterans of New England, Sea Bees Island. The Council works closely with the Plymouth Veterans Agent on all issues pertaining to veterans, veterans’ memorials and parades in Plymouth. All veterans are welcomed at these meetings.
    Veterans Services in Plymouth
    Veterans Services in Plymouth helps to care for and assist low income Plymouth veterans, unemployed veterans, homeless veterans, and spouses of veterans in obtaining financial assistance for food, shelter, clothing, fuel, and medical care from all sources available under both federal and Massachusetts General Laws to which they are entitled. Spouses of deceased veterans are provided with the same benefits as if the veteran were still living. Veterans may receive assistance in filing Veterans Administration (VA) compensation claims, VA pension claims, MA state annuities, tax abatements and enrolling in the VA health care system. Family members are assisted in filing for benefits from both the state and federal government that they are entitled to.
    Veterans Services assists in obtaining military records, medical records, discharge papers, awards, grave markers, and tax abatements. There are two trained SHINE counselors to assist veterans in the complicated process of understanding the Medicare system to help them choose the best options in medical coverage, drug prescription plans, and how long-term care works. Services are also provided in assisting the elderly in applying for the Medicare buy-in program, MassHealth, low-income subsidy and Prescription Advantage. Veterans may obtain assistance that are specific to elderly veterans such as adult daycare and home health care working through VA social workers and Old Colony Elderly Services.
    Page 25 of 31 - The division continues to assist all veterans regardless of income with assistance in obtaining wheelchairs, power chairs, ramps, adjustable beds, and anything else that is a quality of life issue for veterans through a network of veterans agents around the state. It also assists all veterans and family members regardless of income on other avenues of approach that may be available to them like Social Security or Department of Labor programs. Plymouth serves all veterans and their families the best it can regardless of income. For additional information or to schedule an appointment call 508-747-1620, ext. 173 or 172. The office is in Plymouth Town Hall, 11 Lincoln St., and hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
    Amvets meeting
    Amvets (American Veterans) meetings are being held at the Legion Post, located at 199 Federal Furnace Road, Plymouth. Call Judi at 508-830-3457 any questions.
    Nathan Hale Foundation
    The Nathan Hale Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, 501c3 organization, located at 34 Main Street Extension, Suite 204, in Plymouth, 508-747-2003. Its focus is to assist troops and their families who face personal, professional and financial hardships. Its Troops in Transit program assists with transporting local veterans, free, to and from the V.A. hospitals in the area. The Nathan Hale Veterans Outreach Centers provide free services to veterans, active duty military and their families throughout the entire year. This year, with the implementation of their newest program, a food pantry, the Nathan Hale Veterans Outreach Centers were able to provide military families with a little extra help around the holidays. The centers offer free transportation services to VA hospitals, a food pantry, mental health counseling, a resource center, case management services and Hale to the Arts, a therapeutic arts program.
    The Nathan Hale Veterans Outreach Centers have locations in Plymouth and at 260 Centre St., Middleborough, and have been serving Plymouth County’s veterans for more than five years. The 501c3, nonprofit organization receives both private funding and funding from the state of Massachusetts, and is the only Veterans Outreach Center in Middleborough that is approved by the state. For more information on how to become involved in the programs, or to make a tax-deductible donation, call 508-747-2003 or 508-923-0900 or visit www.thenathanhaleveteransoutreachcenterplymouthma.com.
    Hale to the Arts
    The Nathan Hale Foundation offers a new arts program for veterans, including classes in painting and photography along with yoga, karate and massage therapy. Art and photography classes are offered Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m. Other classes will be offered on an ongoing basis. Classes and materials are free for veterans. The Foundation welcomes volunteers to assist with this program. The Nathan Hale Foundation is located at 34 Main Street Extension, Suite 204, in Plymouth. Call 508-747-2003 for more information.
    Page 26 of 31 - Employment assistance
    Attention, veterans: If you are unemployed or underemployed, contact Mike Kelley, your local veterans employment representative, stationed at the Plymouth Career Center, 36 Cordage Park Circle, Suite 200, Plymouth (www.plymouthcareercenter.org). He will provide you with personalized job search assistance, a veterans networking group and access to his “Vet Net Plymouth” Group on LinkedIn. The Career Center provides a multitude of workshops staffed by job search professionals. Kelley works for the state of Massachusetts, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, and currently services unemployed vets in Plymouth, Carver, Middleborough, Plympton, Halifax, Kingston, Duxbury, Pembroke, Marshfield, Hanover, Rockland, Norwell and Scituate. Call him at 508-732-5309 to schedule an appointment. “Veteran helping veterans” is what he is all about.
    Veterans Center
    Attention, veterans: If you own a business or if you are a prospective business owner, get firsthand assistance with your business, business plan, funding sources etc., through the Southeastern Massachusetts Veterans Center for Business and Entrepreneurship, based at the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce at 134 Court St. in Plymouth. The phone number is 508-830-1620. For more information, visit the website at www.plymouthareabusinesscenter.com/southeastern_ma_veterans_center_for_business_entrepreneurship.
    Send books to troops
    If you know a Plymouth resident who is currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces overseas, the local organization, Got Books, will be happy to send them a care package full of books. Got Books is looking for servicemen and women from Plymouth and the surrounding area to receive books. Packages will be sent to local service members with plenty of books to enjoy and to share with friends in their unit.
    Got Books founder and former Marine Bob Ticehurst began the program as a means of giving back to the local community and the military that he once served. “Being able to give these books to men and women who are fighting for us is so gratifying. We want to do anything we can to make their time overseas more enjoyable,” he said.
    This program provides local troops with engaging and high-quality books to read while serving in the military. Got Books will handpick the books, ensuring that every one will be appropriate and pleasing to its recipient. The books will typically be small paperbacks which are lighter and easier to carry. Got Books sorts, selects, and ships all book packages so there is no cost incurred by other involved parties.
    To submit the name and address of a Plymouth resident overseas, visit www.GotBooks.com/troops. To donate books or find out more about Got Books visit www.GotBooks.com or call 978-396-6026.
    Operation Comfort Warriors
    The American Legion family is calling on all Americans to help purchase comfort items for troops recovering in U.S. military hospitals and warrior transition units around the world through its Operation Comfort Warriors campaign. “The government does a good job of providing the essentials,” American Legion National Commander David K. Rehbein said. “Through Operation Comfort Warriors we have been able to provide items that usually don’t appear in the budget, such as personal sweatsuits, iPods, DVDs, phone calling cards and other comfort items. The American Legion family is challenging its members, friends and, in fact, all people, to give to those who have already given us so much. These gifts provide welcome distractions to the tediousness that often accompanies prolonged hospital stays.” Donors can make online contributions by visiting www.legion.org/ocw or by sending a check to Operation Comfort Warriors, PO Box 1055, Indianapolis, IN 46206. Administrative and promotional costs for Operation Comfort Warriors are paid by The American Legion, allowing 100 percent of the donations to be spent directly on the troops. With a current membership of 2.6-million wartime veterans, The American Legion was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veterans affairs, Americanism, and patriotic youth programs. Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through more than 14,000 posts across the nation.
    Page 27 of 31 - VetsFirst
    United Spinal Association’s online veterans help center, Ask VetsFirst (www.VetsFirst.org), is an interactive gateway to information on a host of subjects of interest to veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. VetsFirst.org also includes a listing of VetsFirst’s national veterans service officers, an online library with “Knowledge Books,” fact sheets and self-help guides, such as the “Active Duty Personnel Pre-separation Guide” and the “Self-help Guide for Veterans with Spinal Cord Injuries and Disorders.” VetsFirst has always provided direct representation to individual veterans and their families; legal representation in federal court appeals of claims denied by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), legislative advocacy before Congress and advocacy for the entire veteran population through broad-impact class action lawsuits.
    United Spinal (www.UnitedSpinal.org) is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization formed in 1946 by paralyzed veterans and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Americans with spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, ALS and post polio. It has played a significant role in writing the Americans with Disabilities Act, made important contributions to the Fair Housing Amendments Act and the Air Carrier Access Act. Membership is free and is open to all individuals with spinal cord disorders. VetsFirst, a program of United Spinal Association, is the embodiment of United Spinal’s veterans service program.
    Support Our Troops
    SupportOurTroops.Org, CFC#31529, offers simple ways for folks to thank and show support to American troops serving all over the world. It is a nonpartisan, nonpolitical civilian organization, welcoming civilians, active-duty families, and veterans as members. Donations at SupportOurTroops.org help do wonderful things for the troops and their families. The group also produces state-issuance of Support Our Troops license plates in 25 states to date, with more underway. Support Our Troops is a nationwide 501c3 nonprofit organization with chapters in 37 states to date. It also operates the Find-A-Group Program, a major service program linking everyone up by providing a consolidated, editable, searchable Web list of all charities and organizations doing anything that benefits the active duty troops or their families. Visit www.supportourtroops.org for details.
    Navy Seabee veterans
    Navy Seabee Veterans of America Island X-7 of Plymouth is seeking active duty, reserve, retired or Seabees who left the military after a short tour. Island X-7 Plymouth meets the first Monday of each month at 8 p.m. at VFW Post 1822, Seven Hills Road, Plymouth. For more information, contact Ron Flockton at 781-789-4425 or papafrog3@verizon.net or Robert Graser at 774-454-4309 or oldmcb10seabee@yahoo.com.
    Sons of American Revolution
    The Massachusetts Society of the Sons of the American Revolution announced the opening of the Plymouth Chapter, the eighth member society of the MASSAR. William E. Battles III, USMC, president of the Massachusetts Society, will serve as the chapter’s first president. The Plymouth Chapter, known as the “the Blue Water Patriots” Chapter of the Massachusetts Sons of the American Revolution, is dedicated to the memory of the founding of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps in 1775 and will showcase the many contributions made during the American Revolution. The Chapter will form a Color Guard featuring both a Navy and Marine Corps Unit and a Militia Unit. The units, dressed in authentic Revolutionary War uniforms, will organize commemorative and wreath-laying ceremonies for Revolutionary Patriots. The Color Guard will also participate in civic and patriotic observances and present programs in elementary schools on the history of the flag and the units they represent. The chapter welcomes members, 18 years or older, who can prove lineal descendant of an ancestor who rendered active service in the cause of American independence as well as “associate members” who wish to participate in the chapter without qualifying by lineage. Anyone interested in the chapter’s activities and/or American history is welcome. Visit www.massar.org for details.
    Page 28 of 31 - U.S. Army Reserve Drill Sergeant program
    The 1st Battalion 304th Regiment is seeking highly motivated and highly qualified individuals with prior military service (any branch) and actively drilling Reserve and National Guard soldiers for the U.S. Army Reserve Drill Sergeant program.
    The Battalion headquarters, located in Londonderry, N.H., consists of five Basic Training companies and a Headquarters Company in three New England states: Londonderry, N.H.; Bangor and Saco, Maine; and Fort Devens (Mass.).
    Drill sergeants, upon graduation from school, receive enlistment and reenlistment bonuses, pro-pay and additional pay of approximately $50 per drill month and $200 during annual training. In addition, per order of the U.S. Army Reserve Commanding General, drill sergeants are not to be cross-leveled and deployed overseas.
    If you are/were an E-4 or higher, are in good physical condition, have no permanent profile, a GT score of 100 or higher, and have no disciplinary actions in the last five years, you qualify.
    Drill sergeants work alongside and learn from the most elite non-commissioned officers in the U.S. Army. They train, teach, mentor and evaluate today’s war fighters.
    For information, call MSG Jane Belanger, unit administrator, at 603-537-8026; or SFC Marc Bergeron, PAC supervisor, at 603-537-8025.
    Help count herring
    The North & South Rivers Watershed Association is seeking volunteers from April 1 through May 31 to count herring. The counting will be done seven days a week, six to nine times a day total at four different locations. Volunteers are sought that can commit to doing 10-minute counts, ideally several times a week, during a specific time period, at one of the sites.
    The sites are the South River at Veterans Memorial Park fish ladder in Marshfield, the First Herring Brook at the Old Oaken Bucket fish ladder in Scituate, the Herring Brook at Upper Mill Pond fish ladder in Pembroke and the Third Herring Brook Norwell/Hanover. The time slots will be between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. To get involved, contact Sara Grady at 781-659-8168 or sara@nsrwa.org. For more information and the schedule, visit www.nsrwa.org. Please register for training at least 24 hours in advance, as the location will vary.
    Herring populations have been declining in coastal streams for a variety of factors including an inability to get to their spawning grounds due to dams or non-operational fish ladders. The herring are important because they are a crucial link in the coastal food chain. They are a source of food for striped bass, blue fish, osprey, herons and other coastal species. This study will help evaluate the health of our herring populations and identify problems that impede their ability to reach the upper reaches of the rivers and tributaries to spawn.
    Page 29 of 31 - Relay for Life
    Sign up at the new and improved website for the 2014 Relay for Life of Greater Plymouth. The enhanced website at www.relayforlife.org/gtrplymouthma is easier to navigate and find information about the Relay for Life and American Cancer Society. It also features helpful tips on fundraising and starting a team for this “walk around the clock” to conquer cancer. The 2014 Relay For Life of Greater Plymouth will be held June 20 and 21 at Plymouth South High School.
    Teams are organizing now and volunteers are needed to help with planning. The event will include survivors and caregivers laps, survivors reception, luminaria ceremony with 5,000-plus candles, music by a DJ, games, face painting, decorated campsites, contests, drawings, auctions, live performances and demonstrations, food, ice cream, midnight volleyball tournament and much more. The community fundraiser covers the towns of Plymouth, Carver, Kingston, Plympton and Pembroke. For additional information, contact Jennie Babcock at jbabcock13@comcast.net or 508-254-9320.
    American Red Cross
    The American Red Cross of Eastern MA is seeking volunteers to assist with preparing for and responding to disasters in their town, county, state and/or country. The Red Cross provides free training and covers the cost of participation in national responses. Requirements for volunteers include empathy, compassion, caring and a desire to help others.
    Contact Bob Hartman or Betty (Loehfelm) Hartman at hartmanbandb@prodigy.net or 508-747-2822; or the regional office of the Red Cross at easternmassvol@redcross.org or 617-274-5325 or www.redcross.org/Massachusetts.
    Helping Hands
    Helping Hands for the Plymouth Animal Shelter Inc. is a nonprofit organization founded by several volunteers at the shelter to help and aid the homeless animals that are being housed at the shelter and to raise funds for veterinarian bills, medical supplies, etc.
    The organization needs someone to help with various fundraisers throughout the year, i.e. the Memorial Day yard sale, stand in front of local supermarkets for two hours on prearranged dates and collect items and money, make phone calls (no fundraising calls) and help with some of the paperwork. Also needed is someone to update the new website www.helpinghandsforthepas.com.
    The shelter is also seeking many volunteers to help feed and clean the cats, laundry, general cleaning, “socialize” the cats, etc. That would be a one morning a week commitment.
    If you are interesting in helping in any way, call the adoption line (another way to help) at 508-273-3472.
    Beacon Hospice
    Beacon Hospice, 32 Resnik Road, Plymouth, is seeking volunteers in the Plymouth and Kingston areas. Hospice volunteers needed to provide companionship. Your requirement: warm heart, kind smile, gentle hand. Requirements: Provide training in the hospice philosophy of care so that you will be better equipped when visiting patients. Share yourself with others and see how much you receive in return. Call Kathy Creedon for more information at 508-747-7222.
    Page 30 of 31 - Road to Recovery drivers
    American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program is in great need of volunteers to drive local cancer patients to and from their chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments. An integral part of treating cancer successfully is making sure cancer patients receive their treatments, but many find making transportation arrangements is a challenge. The American Cancer Society provided more than 11,000 rides to cancer patients in Massachusetts last year. However, more volunteer drivers are needed to keep up with the demand for transportation.
    The schedule for volunteers is flexible, treatment appointments take place weekdays, primarily during business hours. While most patients are in need of transportation to local treatment facilities, there are also patients in need of transportation to Boston. A volunteer who is willing to drive to Boston even once a year can make a difference in the life of a local cancer patient.
    “Due to the increasing amount of transportation requests, we have a genuine need for Road to Recovery drivers, those willing to drive locally and those willing to drive to Boston hospitals on occasion,” said Kerri Medeiros, Area Director for Health Initiatives with the American Cancer Society. “We are hoping the community will continue to support this valuable program by volunteering their time to help increase the number of rides we are able to provide.”
    You too can make a difference in the fight against cancer is by becoming a driver for the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery. Drivers use their own vehicle to drive patients to and from their treatments. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a volunteer driver for Road to Recovery, please contact your American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
    Foster parents
    The Home for Little Wanderers has an urgent need for foster parents in the Plymouth area. The Home’s Intensive Foster Care Program is seeking individuals and families to partner with in providing safe havens for children in foster care who have a history of multiple placements and require attention for emotional, behavioral, educational, and developmental issues. IFC aims to prevent institutionalization and to shorten the hospital or residential placement stays of children and teens with special needs.
    The Home for Little Wanderers is the nation’s oldest and one of New England’s largest, nonprofit child and family service agencies. The mission of The Home for Little Wanderers is to ensure the healthy behavioral, emotional, social and educational development and physical well-being of children and families living in at-risk circumstances through a series of integrated programs that include early childhood services, special education, therapeutic residential treatment, adoption, intensive foster care, clinical and family support in homes, schools, hospitals and clinics, and college and independent living preparation for youth who have aged out of state care. To learn more about The Home for Little Wanderers’ Intensive Foster Care Program, upcoming information sessions and the criteria for becoming a foster parent, contact Lina Fox at 617-264-5323 or visit www.thehome.org/fostercare.
    Page 31 of 31 - Cranberry Hospice volunteer training
    Cranberry Hospice, a nonprofit organization that has provided support for people with a life-limiting illness for nearly 30 years, is recruiting for volunteers to work with patients and their families. The Cranberry Hospice team and families rely on the dedication and commitment of volunteers to provide the extra care and open hearts that they bring with them on each visit and every phone call.
    Cranberry Hospice volunteers: Hospice volunteers provide companionship and support to patients and their families, provide vigil visits at the time of death, and help with daily activities such as running errands and providing local transportation. Clerical and fundraising volunteers are needed as well.
    Cranberry Hospice veteran volunteers: Cranberry Hospice is seeking veterans who are interested in volunteering to support a new Veterans Program, placing a veteran volunteer with a veteran patient.
    Cranberry Hospice “Fragile Footprints” volunteers: The Pediatric Palliative Care Program “Fragile Footprints” is in need of volunteers. Fragile Footprints is sponsored by Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth and Cranberry Hospice, and provides services to medically fragile children and their families.
    Trainings take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Cranberry Hospice, 36 Cordage Park Circle in Plymouth. For more information and to register, call Cranberry Hospice volunteer coordinator, Karen Foster, at 508-830-2762.
    Allegiance Hospice
    Allegiance Hospice is looking for volunteers to visit patients under hospice care in nursing homes in the South Shore area. Volunteers are formally trained and are a valued part of the interdisciplinary team in serving patients at end of life. If interested call Karen Spangler at 800-792-5808, ext. 2608, or email kspangler@allegiancehospice.com.
    Medical Reserve Corps
    The Town of Plymouth’s Medical Reserve Corps is community-based and functions as a way to locally organize and utilize volunteers who want to donate their time and expertise to prepare for and respond to emergencies and promote healthy living throughout the year. MRC volunteers supplement existing emergency and public health resources. If interested, call Heidie Hogan at 508-747-5050, email plymouthmrc@msn.com or go to www.medicalreservecorps.gov for more information.
    Bulletin board listings can be emailed to ocm@wickedlocal.com, faxed to 508-591-6601, mailed to or dropped off at Old Colony Memorial, 182 Standish Ave., Plymouth, MA 02360. All announcements are subject to editing and published on a space-available basis.
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