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Memorial for ‘Marblehead Forever’ winner Wayne Butler

On July 8, a memorial service will be held for Wayne T. Butler, who died in October at 91, at the Old North Church, 35 Washington St. The service will begin at 2 p.m., followed by a reception. All who knew Butler are welcome to attend. RSVP to Sandra Butler at 617-620-4973 or
Butler dedicated his post-retirement years to serving Marblehead. His passion for the town led him to volunteer at Abbot Hall, where he served and led the Marblehead Historical Commission for several years. At one point, Butler’s efforts in organizing the extensive collection of physical objects and historical documents donated to the town earned him the prestigious “Marblehead Forever” award.

MHTV wins ‘overall excellence’
Marblehead’s local television station has done it again. For the ninth time, MHTV has been awarded top national honors from the Alliance for Community Media for its production quality and commitment to community-focused programming. The Overall Excellence award recognizes a station’s entire range of responsiveness to community needs and the development of diverse community involvement.
The MHTV crew Pam Evans, outreach coordinator; Jon Caswell, programming manager; Joan Goloboy, executive director; Jess Burton, sportscaster/content producer; and James Maroney, production manager earned an “overall excellence” award from the Alliance for Community Media Foundation.
“It’s a tremendous accomplishment by the staff, which includes Jon Caswell, James Maroney, Pam Evans and Jess Burton,” said MHTV Executive Director Joan Goloboy. “Day after day, they are focused on providing ‘truly local’ coverage of Marblehead news, sports and information. The award also recognizes the commitment of our talented volunteers — some of whom have worked alongside us for many years.”
Goloboy adds, “We continue to successfully convey the distinctive character of Marblehead to the contest judges. Winning this honor —nine times now — is very special.”

BYC sailing program open to all

The Boston Yacht Club in Marblehead is running a sailing program open to all individuals, including both members and non-members. The club aims to encourage people from the town to experience the joy of sailing during the summer season. The program offers a variety of courses designed to teach the art of sailing. Kevin Dooley, the BYC sailing director, is leading the program and ensuring that there is something available for everyone, from beginners to intermediates.

For beginners, the program provides instruction in sonar fundamentals, introducing them to the basics of small keelboat sailing. Intermediate sailors will focus on practical seamanship for safe day sailing with the BYC Charter Fleet. Additionally, there are Sonar Spinnaker classes available, where participants can learn about spinnaker trim and downwind handling techniques.

Classes on Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. will concentrate on teaching safe and efficient day sailing strategies.


—SONAR FUNDAMENTALS: A comprehensive introduction to small keelboat sailing.

Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Eight hours of instruction over four classes or Saturday and  Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. – Eight hours of instruction over two classes.


— CHARTER PREP: A review of fundamentals and practical seamanship for safe day sailing with our Charter Fleet.

Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Four hours of instruction over two classes.

— SONAR SPINNAKER: An introduction to spinnaker trim and downwind handling techniques.

Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Four hours of instruction over two classes.

— RACING FUNDAMENTALS: An introduction to racing and performance boat handling.

Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Six hours of instruction over two classes or Friday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Six hours of instruction over three classes.

— SAILTREK CRUISING WEEKEND: A focus on safe and efficient day sailing strategies.

Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m.  Six hours of instruction over two classes.

For more information about the sailing courses or assistance with registration, please reach out to BYC sailing director Kevin Dooley at

Citizen Police Academy
The Marblehead Police Department, in collaboration with the Council on Aging, is accepting applications for its eighth Citizen Police Academy. The fall session, which runs Sept. 8 through Nov. 3, will be held every Friday from 9 a.m.-noon at the Council on Aging, 10 Humphrey St.
Participants will also have the opportunity to visit the Marblehead Police station and the Michael Ruane Judicial Center in Salem.
Interested Marblehead residents who are at least 18 years old can apply. However, class size is limited and applicants are required to attend all sessions and submit to a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check. Applications will be accepted until the class is full. Learn more at

Meet with state Rep. Armini
Marblehead state Rep. Jenny Armini will visit the Council on Aging on Thursday, July 27, at 11:30 a.m.

Thank yous
The Marblehead Select Board has voted to send letters of appreciation to individuals who did not seek reappointment this year or who have reached their term limits. The honorees include:
—  John Payne, assistant harbormaster

— Chad Osborne, assistant harbormaster

— Sam Rizzos, assistant harbormaster

— Sam Worthey, assistant harbormaster

— Allen Dennis, alternate assistant harbormaster

— John Smidt, measurer of leather

— Christy Staples, Affordable Housing Trust Fund

— Brian LeClair, Conservation Commission

— Frank Evans, alternate, Fair Housing Committee

— Cameron Staples, Finance Committee

— Charles Gessner, Fort Sewall Oversight Committee

— Chris Johnston, Historical Commission

— Diane Capstaff, Cultural Council

— Jacqueline Mara Lynch, Cultural Council

— Holly Aloha Jaynes, Cultural Council

— Anthony Silva, Cultural Council

— Katie Farrell, Fair Housing and Disabilities Commission

— Helina Tadessa, Task Force against Discrimination, student rep

— Celia Sliney, Task Force Against Discrimination, student rep

The town has announced volunteer opportunities to fill these vacancies on its boards, commissions and committees. Anyone interested should submit a cover letter and resume to the Select Board at Abbot Hall, 188 Washington St., or email for more information.

Vinyasa yoga with Celine

Join Celine this summer on the Abbot Public Library’s lawn for her outdoor community yoga classes. These vinyasa-style classes feature poses centered around stretching and strengthening the body, connecting with the breath and creating energy to power you through the rest of your day. Grab a yoga mat or a towel and come find your flow. Please note: the library opens at 9:30 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. This program is sponsored by the Friends of Abbot Public Library.

— Mondays, July 10, 17, 24 and 31, 8 a.m. (before library hours)

— Wednesday, July 12, 8 a.m. (before library hours)

— Wednesdays, July 19 and 26, 7 p.m. Meet on the side lawn at the Eveleth School; rain location is the program room.

Painting nature journals

Children in grades 4-6 are invited to discover and express their own point of view by using different media to paint what they observe and feel as they explore the library’s backyard. Children will receive a journal to write text and sketch, and use collage, pastels and paint to help find their voice. Dress for mess — wear easy-to-clean clothes. Students may take home their journals at the end of the Summer Reading Program. Register by calling the Children’s Room at 781-631-1481. Wednesdays, July 12, 19, 26 and August 2, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

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