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Donation supports paramedic training at local college

Members of Junior Girl Scout Troop 63175 were recognized by Tyngsborough selectmen for making over the town’s Recreation Center. Bottom row (from left): Nicole Cooney (holding certificate); Skylar Dunning; Jennifer Powell; Julia Grimm; Tara Pelletier; and Julia Menaker. Top row (from left): Selectmen Rick Reault, Karyn Puleo, Robert Jackson, Allen Curseaden, and Corliss Lambert.

Members of Junior Girl Scout Troop 63175 were recognized by Tyngsborough selectmen for making over the town’s Recreation Center. Bottom row (from left): Nicole Cooney (holding certificate); Skylar Dunning; Jennifer Powell; Julia Grimm; Tara Pelletier; and Julia Menaker. Top row (from left): Selectmen Rick Reault, Karyn Puleo, Robert Jackson, Allen Curseaden, and Corliss Lambert.

A BOOST FOR PARAMEDICS: When John Chemaly, president of Trinity EMS Inc., realized several years ago there was a shortage of trained paramedics in the area, he asked Northern Essex Community College to develop a paramedic technology program.

Now his company is giving the program a financial boost.

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Trinity EMS, based in Haverhill, has pledged $100,000 over the next five years to purchase equipment for the college’s paramedic program.

The company has also donated an ambulance fully equipped with state-of-the-art emergency medical equipment to the college. It will be used to train emergency medical technicians and paramedics.

“I’m committed to doing anything I can to help this college continue its good work,” said Chemaly. “Our partnership with the college has benefited our company and the delivery of emergency medical care in the region.”

“Industry leaders like John Chemaly are committed to helping Northern Essex offer the very best in academic programming,” said Jean Poth, the college’s vice president of institutional advancement. “This donation will allow us to train more individuals for jobs in emergency medicine.”

Northern Essex offers a certificate and associate degree in paramedic technology, and a seven-credit basic EMT course through the iHealth program.

The paramedic technology program will be moving to the college’s new Dr. Ibrahim El-Hefni Allied Health and Technology Center in Lawrence, which is scheduled to open in the fall.

For more information, contact Poth at 978-556-3624 or jpoth@necc.mass.edu.

SCOUTS EARN BRONZE: Six members of Junior Girl Scout Troop 63175 wanted the Tyngsborough Recreation Center to be more inviting to members of the community, so they gave it a makeover.

For the effort they each earned a bronze award, the highest award a Junior Girl Scout, ages 9 to 11, can achieve.

The recreation center is used as a meeting space for the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, as well as for family celebrations, such as birthday parties and bridal showers.

The girls first had to get approval from the town’s Recreation Committee, which gave them a taste of how local government works.

Nicole Cooney, Skylar Dunning, Julia Grimm, Julia Menaker, Tara Pelletier, and Jennifer Powell spent more than 25 hours planning, preparing, and executing the project.

They spent most of February school vacation cleaning and painting the 1,800-square-foot center, including a small kitchen and large meeting room.

Since there was not a large budget for the project, the girls used items they had at home, including household cleaners, rags and drop cloths, paint rollers, paint trays, and brushes.

Six gallons of paint were donated by Sherburne Lumber in Tyngsborough.

The scouts also made window treatments, using donated fabric and putting their sewing skills to work.

“Their hard work proves that it doesn’t take a lot of money to make a difference; it just takes commitment,” said Brenda Cote, a Girl Scout volunteer. “The Recreation Committee is delighted with the girls’ work and is exploring the possibility of updating the bathrooms at the Recreation Center.”

Tyngsborough selectmen recognized the troop’s efforts at a recent board meeting.

WHO’S WHAT WHERE: Kenneth MacIver of Marblehead was among 23 retirees from Salem State University acknowledged during a ceremony on campus. For 51 years, MacIver taught sociology, political science, history, and anthropology at Salem State. He was directly involved in the creation of the social sciences program at the university. In 1970, he founded and directed the social service program, which became the School of Social Work. MacIver wrote and directed a federal grant that helped bring students from low-income urban families to Salem State. In 2004, he received the university’s Martin Luther King Leadership Award. . . . Erica L. LeMire of Plaistow, N.H., a commercial loan assistant at Haverhill Bank, was recently named one of Banker and Tradesman’s community bank heroes. She was one of 12 bankers recognized for improving their local community. LeMire has been cochairwoman of the bank’s Relay for Life team and volunteered for citywide clean-ups. . . . Paul Mayo recently joined Pingree School in Hamilton as program director and coordinator of alumni affairs for Prep@Pingree and interim director of multicultural education. Mayo comes to Pingree after serving as director of diversity at New Canaan Country School in Connecticut since 1996. Prep@Pingree provides a five-week summer academic, cultural enrichment, and scholarship program, along with supplemental year-round support, for hard-working, deserving middle school students who are predominantly from underserved communities.

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