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Mt. Washington Observatory presents “Tales from the Home of the World’s Worst Weather” at the Peabody Institute Library

The Peabody Institute Library is pleased to announce “Tales from the Home of the World’s Worst Weather,” a presentation by staff from New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Observatory. This event will be held on Monday, October 30 at 7 p.m. at the Main Library, which is located at 82 Main St. in Peabody.

Bitter cold, dense fog, heavy snow and record winds: Mount Washington is known worldwide for its unpredictable and dangerous weather. For a mountain its size, why is Mt. Washington called the “Home of the World’s Worst Weather”?

Join Mount Washington Observatory's Will Broussard for a hands-on investigation into the unique life and work of weather observers stationed at the observatory year-round. We will explore how the mountain’s weather works and what it can tell us about New England’s own weather patterns. This program will include interactive demonstrations, weather instruments, stunning photography and video footage from the summit. This exciting program is appropriate for adults and children alike.

For more information and to register, please call 978-531-0100 ext. 10, or register online at http://www.peabodylibrary.org. This event is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Peabody Institute Libraries.

 

 

Bilingual Story Time in Portuguese and English at the Peabody Institute Library

Children ages 3-8 are welcome to join us in the Children’s Room for a bilingual story time in Portuguese and English. Participants will hear stories in both languages and complete a story-related craft to take home. No prior knowledge of English or Portuguese is required, just be prepared to have fun.

Bilingual Story Time will take place on the first Wednesday of each month at 5 p.m. at the Peabody Library, which is located at 82 Main St. This program is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required. For more information or to reserve your child’s free spot, please go to www.peabodylibrary.org, call 978-531-3380 or stop by in person.

 

 

Lady Tanners soccer take down Beverly, 1-0

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After another two quarters last Saturday night at Peabody Veterans Memorial Stadium in which his team struggled immensely on offense, Head Coach Mark Bettencourt decided to turn to a keep-it-simple, dead-ahead rushing approach.

It seemed to work out pretty well, as the Tanners held visiting Northeastern Conference foe Marblehead to only one possession over the final two periods while maintaining control of the ball for 17 of the 22 second-half minutes. And Peabody finally ended a scoring drought that had lasted 10 quarters.

Still, the result was a 21-7 defeat at the hands of the powerhouse and undefeated Magicians, who scored all 21 of their points in the first half, two of those coming on TD receptions of 66 and 17 yards by receiver Derek Marino. A botched punt by the Tanners helped lead to Marblehead's final score late in the second period.

A 30-yard option pass from running back Eric DeMayo to Elijah White, who made a tough over-the-shoulder catch, set up Peabody's TD, a one-yard QB sneak by Colby Therrien, with 43 seconds left in the game. Austin Leggett kicked through the extra point.

Bettencourt said tightening up the offensive game plan may be the elixir moving forward. Peabody drove to the Magicians 25-yard line on its opening possession of the third quarter, a ground-oriented drive that consumed over nine minutes, before turning it over on downs.

"We have to find a way to move the football, and if we have to be a time-of-possession team like we've been somewhat in the past then that's what we'll have to do,' he said. "In the first half we had trouble trapping, we had trouble pulling, we were getting blown off the ball and we were standing up straight. That's not what we practiced.

"We tried to run some spread (offense) and throw the ball but we had Jonell (Espinal) and Colby out there running for their life and DeMayo trying to pick up one of three guys that came through the line. You can't win doing that," Bettencourt added. "It wouldn't matter if we had Tom Brady back there (at quarterback). If you don't block up front nothing's going to work."

The Peabody defense settled down fairly well after being torched early by the Magicians' sophisticated offense, which gained 255 totals yards, but very little in its final five possessions. The Tanner offense finished with 163 total yards (98 of those on the ground). Noah Freedman rushed for 51 yards on 13 carries while DeMayo produced 31 yards and White 19. Therrien completed three passes for 33 yards. White also caught three balls for 45 yards.

Dariel Canela, who picked off a pass in the first quarter, and Chris Glass had strong outings on the defensive side of the ball.

The Tanners fell to 0-3 with the loss and were looking to collect their first win in an unusually-scheduled Thursday night game at Revere this week.

Bettencourt said he challenged his offensive line to focus on "gaining 10 yards every four plays" at halftime last Saturday. Against Revere this week he said to "get ready to see more of what you saw in the second half. We have to find something that works offensively."

By Greg Phipps


   

Tanners boys' soccer off to strong start

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Coming off their first win in four years over Northeastern Conference rival Beverly earlier in the week, the Peabody Tanners followed that up with a solid and hard-fought 1-0 non-league home victory over Billerica last Saturday.

In Saturday's win, the Tanners' only score came when Jacob Martins connected with 11:40 to go in the first half. Peabody had several chances to add to its lead throughout the game. Forward Jonathan Alves was robbed by Billerica's goalie midway through the second half and the Tanners also missed a good opportunity late in the game.

Still the Tanners were able to hold off the visitors, who pressured the Peabody end looking for the equalizer over the final 15 minutes.

"The last 10 or 15 minutes (Billerica) controlled the play. We had a great chance near the end but couldn't stick it in the net," observed Tanners head coach Stan McKeen after the contest. "We should have had two or three more goals early in the first half. We had some real good chances there. But it's a good win and we'll take it. (Billerica's) always a physical team, they're from the Middlesex league so I expected that kind of a game."

Praising in particular the defensive efforts from Jacob Casallas, Michael Tansey, and Chris Belliveau, McKeen said the defense was the biggest key to the win.

"Our whole defense played phenomenal and Michael Tansey was probably the best defender out there today," said McKeen, who also cited the continued solid play of goalie Troy Cappos and the performance from the rest of the squad.

"We did a decent job in the middle and created some opportunities. We just didn't finish," said McKeen in critiquing his team's offense.

In their 2-1 triumph at Beverly last Wednesday, Sept. 20, Peabody defeated the nemesis Panthers for the first time since 2013. Alves scored both Peabody goals, the second of those broke a 1-1 stalemate with 11 minutes left in the game.

Peabody entered this week's play at 3-1-1 overall. The beginning to this season has been almost the complete opposite of last season when the Tanners stumbled out to a 1-5-1 start before turning it around to win eight of their last 11 regular-season games and making the playoffs.

By Greg Phipps


 

PEABODY POLICE LOG

Tuesday, September 12

Exciting bus ride to school

A report was made about a school bus full of children pulled off the side of the road on Washington Street. According to the report, the caller was concerned about the children’s safety. Thankfully, it was only an overheated radiator steaming, according to an officer.

Here’s a big “why” for ya

The manager of the TD Bank on Lowell Street informed police that a red motor vehicle has been parking near the bank’s drive-thru window the last couple of days, causing some concern. According to the report, an officer informed the bank manager that the motor vehicle is owned by a new employee of the neighboring Big Y Supermarket. The supermarket manager said the employee will park at another location.

Bee sting reaction causes parking lot crash

Police were called to the Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill at the North Shore Mall parking lot due to a reported three-car crash. According to the report, the responding officer reported what he believed was the driver of the vehicle having cardiac arrest, but it later turned out the driver had an allergic reaction to a bee sting. Four vehicles were towed from the scene. No word on the extent of the driver’s injuries.

Wednesday, September 13

That’s no place for obscenities

Police were summoned to Symphony Park about a reported group of youths using profanities. An officer sent to the scene spoke to the youths and advised them to keep the noise level down a notch.

Thursday, September 14

Pretty sure you can’t do that

Police received a call about a small black sedan that had struck another vehicle on Hourihan Street and left the scene. Unfortunately for the driver of the suspect vehicle, its license plate number was provided to police. Rena L. Papuchis, 49, of 12 Daniel Terr., Peabody, was cited for leaving the scene of property damage.

Friday, September 15

Shoplifting goes upscale

Police received a report about an attempted shoplifting at Shaw’s Supermarket on Andover Street. According to the report, a suspect – described as a male wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and facial hair – attempted to steal 10 pounds of lobsters. Officers were unable to locate him.

   

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