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Drawn To Peabody: 2016 Autumn Art Festival

Peabody School District Event, Saturday, November 5th and Sunday, November 6th

Celebrate the beautiful Autumn season during National Recycling Week by visiting “Drawn to Peabody” at the Peabody Institute Library on Saturday, November 5th (11 am to 3 pm) and Sunday, November 6th (1 pm to 4 pm).  This free public event will show Recycled Artwork created by Peabody School students in grades 5-12, and aspires to give young artists the opportunity to view their own art, along with the art of their peers, while providing inspiration for young artists to continue exploring creatively. On Saturday only PVMHS AP art students will display their artwork in the Sutton Room, next to the library’s collection of original Audubon prints.  Both days visitors can view inspired Peabody School Student pieces, including paintings, drawings, photography and sculptures that will be displayed inside the library on the 2nd floor.  Children are welcome to take part in a fun art activity throughout both days and all visitors are welcome to enjoy refreshments.  Share your appreciation for art and the season while listening to live entertainment performed by PVMHS students.  For more information visit:

The Peabody Institute Library is located at 82 Main St. in Peabody.


How to Find and Hire a Good Handyman or Contractor

Dear Savvy Senior,

What’s the best way to find a good handyman or tradesman to do some work around the house? I’ve have had some bad luck lately with unprofessional workers who do shoddy work and charge too much.

Frustrated Senior


Dear Frustrated,

Hiring a good home repair handyman can be a bit of a crapshoot. How do you find someone who will return your calls, show up on time, do the job right and finish it, all at a fair price? Here are some tips that can help.

Who to Call

While it may seem obvious, whom you call on for help will depend on what you need done. If, for example, you have a small home repair or improvement project that doesn’t require a lot of technical expertise, a handyman may be all you need. But if you have a job that involves electricity, plumbing, or heating or cooling systems, you’re better off going with a licensed tradesman. Bigger jobs like home renovations or remodeling may require a general contractor.

Whatever type of work you need, the best way to find it is through referrals from people you trust. If your friends or family don’t have any recommendations turn to professionals in the field like local hardware or home improvement stores, or even real estate agents.

The Internet can also help. Websites like can put you in touch with prescreened, customer-rated service professionals in your area for free. Or try, a membership service that will connect you with contractors and service companies with various types of expertise for free. They provide ratings and reviews of local professionals who’ve done work for other members in your area, plus details about the type of work they’ve done, prices, professionalism and timeliness. They also offer an upgraded silver or gold membership for $25 or $100 per year, which offers discounts, a magazine, complaint resolutions and more.

Another option for finding handyman services is through a local or national service company like, or You’ll probably pay more going through a company than you would with an independent handyman, but service companies typically promise professional workers who are screened, licensed, bonded and insured.

To find local handyman services in your community check your yellow pages or go to any Internet search engine and type in “handyman” plus your city and state.

Things to Know

Once you’ve located a few candidates, your next step is to get written estimates that list the materials, costs and details of the project. It’s a good idea to get at least three estimates from different sources to be sure you’re getting a fair deal.

Before hiring someone, check out his or her work history with your state consumer protection agency (go to for a list) and the Better Business Bureau ( You can also search the Web using the company or individual’s name and such words as “reviews” and “complaints.”

You also need to find out if your candidates have an approved contractor or tradesman license. Using an unlicensed worker in a state that requires a license is dangerous – you’ll have little legal recourse if the job goes bad. (To see which states license contractors, visit is another good resource for researching local contractors.

Also, ask to see their proof of insurance, which covers any damages they may cause while working on your home, and ask for several references from past jobs and check them.

Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.



Peabody and Salem Garden Clubs co-host Art In Bloom Roadshow on November 3

The Peabody Garden Club and the Salem Garden Club are co-hosting a presentation by the Museum of Fine Arts Art in Bloom Roadshow. The meeting will be held on Thursday, November 3 at 7:00 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Salem. The hall is located at 94 Washington Square East on Salem Common.

In this presentation you will hear the behind-the-scenes story of “Art in Bloom.” There will be a live floral interpretation of a work of art accompanied by expert floral arranging tips. There will be drawings, including for two floral arrangements. Light refreshments will be served. Hats are optional. Suggested donation is $5 for non-members.


Church Fair and Sale at St. John Lutheran on November 12

St. John Lutheran Church, which is located at 32 Ellsworth Rd. in Peabody, will be holding its annual Church Fair and White Elephant Sale on Saturday, November 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bake sale, attic treasures and jewelry, Basket Raffle, Lunch Counter – come shop and stay for lunch!

For more information, go to



Model shipbuilding is anything but child’s play




If you missed out on last weekend’s model shipbuilding show at the Torigian Senior Center, you missed quite a spectacle. Hundreds of tugboats, schooners, steamboats, dories, submarines and more – all in very small scale – were on display. All were works of art painstakingly reproduced in minute detail by seniors who are students of Marc (pronounced Mar-cee) Consalvo.

A retired manufacturing engineer, Consalvo, 81, has been building model ships since he was nine years old – and teaching free classes at the Torigian Center for 21 years. “I’ve read mass quantities of books on how to do all this stuff and what the actual ships looked like,” he said, “so I’m used as a resource by other people who build ship models. I will teach you anything that I know.”

His knowledge is extensive. He has not captained ships, but Consalvo mentioned that one of his students is a sea captain. He claims anyone can build a model ship. Some people prefer to buy kits that have all parts included. The average price for a schooner is about $300. However, his preference is “scratch building” – building a ship from lumber and a plan. That same schooner might cost $50 in materials without a kit. “You have to have a plan from a naval architect,” he said.

The Torigian Senior Center has an extensive inventory of ship plans in various scales. Because so many are so small, such as .156 inch equaling one foot, the individual parts are incredibly tiny. He showed the sails of a schooner with thread glued down to represent the stitches on a life-sized ship. For this particular model’s life-sized version, the stitches would be one-eighth of an inch apart. “In order for me to stitch this thing,” Consalvo explained, “shrinking that down to size … you wouldn’t see it.”

Models are made out of a variety of materials, from card stock to strips of wood – bass, black walnut, pine, oak and even maple. He teaches his students how to bend the wood by wetting it or wetting it with heat. They follow the steps in the same order that real-life shipbuilders would take, and it does take some time. A simple project like a canoe could take two months to build if a student comes to class once a week. Something like the intricate schooner might take a year to complete.

Consalvo won’t build a ship for his students, but he said, “If they have a problem, I help them. I just get them started. A picture is worth a thousand words, but a demonstration is worth a million.” Anyone over 60 can attend a shipbuilding class or work on boats on Mondays and Wednesdays at the center, as long as he or she has a plan or kit. “Three hundred dollars for a kit – it takes you a year to build it. That’s $300 a year – pretty cheap. Not only that, it keeps your mind and hands active, and Alzheimer’s goes bye-bye.”


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