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Bridgewater woman honoring grandmother at walk

Michayla Baker with her grandmother Linda Jarvis.

Michayla Baker with her grandmother Linda Jarvis.

HONORING GRANDMOTHER: Michayla Baker wants to be a baker, and will study the craft at Massasoit Community College next spring, having previously attended Johnson & Wales University. The 19-year-old Bridgewater resident knows when she decided to become a baker, and more important, why.

She does it in the name of her grandmother, Linda Jarvis, who died nine years ago from lung cancer at the age of 57. Jarvis lived with the Baker family and spent many after-school afternoons with her grandchildren baking cookies from frozen dough.

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“Losing my grandmother was one of the worst experiences of my life,” said Baker, who works as an intern at a Bridgewater bakery. “We were so close. We spent every day together.”

When Baker was a junior at Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School, friends were talking about what they’d do in life. Seemingly out of nowhere, she declared she would become a baker.

“They were kind of surprised, because I’d never talked about it before,” she said. “But I was always bringing in cookies and brownies to school, so it kind of fit.”

Those times baking with her Grammy, as she was known, were precious, she said, and instilled a love of cooking in her. After her grandmother died, Baker started making cookies from scratch.

“I had help from my mom,” she said, adding with a laugh, “because an 11-year-old making cookies on her own didn’t turn out so well.”

On Nov. 2, Baker and her family will be selling home-baked goods at the LUNGevity Foundation’s eighth annual Breathe Deep Boston 5K Walk.

She got the idea to join the LUNGevity Foundation cause three years ago, raising $111 the first year and $211 last year. Small amounts, she said, but meaningful.

“At the end of the day, you feel like you made a difference,” she said. “It’s only a couple hundred bucks, but it matters.”

The entire family will take part in the walk, either walking or helping her run the pastry table, where items will sell for $1 each, all going to the foundation. Participating will be her mom and dad, Jason and Stephanie Baker, and siblings, Chelsea, Amanda, and Justin.

They and friends will be part of “Linda’s Legacy,” walking in honor of Jarvis, and Jarvis’s best friend from childhood, Alice Price, who recently lost her battle to lung cancer. The event is one of 80 national LUNGevity events which since they began have raised more than $11 million.

The walk starts at 11 a.m. at the state Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Mother’s Rest Area at Carson Beach in South Boston. To register, or support participants, visit www.lungevity.org/boston, or call 312-407-6100.

PRESIDENTIAL AWARDS: They have served their communities for many years in many ways, from organizing blood drives to helping the elderly to serving on town boards and commissions.

And for their thousands of hours of volunteer work, 23 residents of Plymouth County have received 2013 President’s Volunteer Service Awards, at a ceremony in Plymouth sponsored by Mayflower RSVP, the retired and senior volunteer program.

Receiving the awards were: Braintree resident Arthur David; Brockton residents Jose Andrade, Phyllis Hancock, and Dottie Slack; Carver residents Clark Griffith and Constance J. Shaw; Duxbury resident George W. Johnson; East Bridgewater resident Nancy Hill; Halifax resident Marie Cook; Hanson residents George Copeland and Lorraine Lentini; Kingston residents Olly deMacdeo, Nancy Dezelan, and Delia Ferreira; and Mattapoisett resident Daniel C. Lee Jr.; Plymouth residents Benjamin Brewster, Margie Burgess, John Gallant, Adam Hill, John B. MacKenzie, Constance Melahoures, Carl Pratt, and F. Steven Triffletti.

Winners received the President’s Volunteer Service Award pin, certificate of achievement, and a letter from President Obama. For information, visit www.mayflowerrsvp.org or call 508-746-7787.

POSTMORTEM OF FAILED BANK: Author Charles Douglas of Cohasset has released “The Outstanding Truth,” a chronicle of management behavior that over 10 years led to the failure of the Bank of New England Corp. Douglas said the book focuses on bank-management behavior, but applies to management of any organization.

Paul E. Kandarian can be reached at pkandarian@aol.com
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