Magner named VSO of the Year

Oct 31, 2019 by

Published October 31, 2019 By MAUREEN DOHERTY NORTH READING — Compassion for the town’s veterans and a dogged determination to work on their behalf has earned statewide recognition for Director of Veterans’ Services Susan Magner. Magner is known to go to the mat to assist veterans and their qualified family members in obtaining the benefits they’ve earned, the services they require, and the recognition they deserve for the sacrifices they’ve made while serving their country. At the state convention of veterans agents last week in Leominster, Magner’s dedication was recognized when she was named the 2019 Veterans’ Services Officer of the Year by the state Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS). Making the presentation, which was a complete surprise to Magner, was Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs Francisco Urena. The inscription on the base of...

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‘I am so grateful for every day that I have’...

Oct 31, 2019 by

Team Oligo co-captain Brett Johnson continues advocacy to defeat brain tumors Published October 31, 2019 By JILLIAN STRING NORTH READING — It was a crisp autumn day on October 20 when North Reading resident Brett Johnson assembled the members of his Team Oligo at Carson Beach in South Boston for the 10th Boston Brain Tumor Walk. “It was a particularly terrific day. The weather has never been this good. We’ve had years where the freezing rain has come down sideways off the water,” Johnson recalled. The event was hosted by the National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS), which is the largest nonprofit in the United States dedicated to the brain tumor community. “The people are such an incredibly caring community of support and love,” Johnson said. Johnson became involved with the NBTS after being diagnosed...

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St. Theresa’s third-graders learn the joy of gift giving...

Oct 31, 2019 by

Published October 31, 2019 By MICHAEL GEOFFRION SCANNELL NORTH READING — Joy, a hallmark of the Christmas season, can be fleeting for children living in extreme poverty in developing countries. But last Wednesday, local third-graders spent a few hours of their time ensuring poor children their age who live in developing countries such as Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, El Salvador and Nicaragua will have a more joyful Christmas this year. The students worked together to assemble 150 “Boxes of Joy” as Christmas gifts. The service project was part of their religious education, known as Faith Formation. The grade three students at Saint Theresa’s had decided to take on the service project this October, culminating in the packing of these parcels to be shipped halfway around the world by Christmas. They assembled the boxes together with...

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PHOTO: Into the woods we go!

Oct 24, 2019 by

Published October 24, 2019

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