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Spotlighters of Lynnfield announce Annual Scholarship

The Spotlighters of Lynnfield announce The Catherine Ruby McGrath Theater Scholarship. This scholarship is open to all seniors who are interested and active in all aspects of theater.

Catherine Ruby McGrath was a child dance performer in the 1920’s in the Chicago area. She studied with Helen Emma Reaume Power, a well-known dramatist and Shakespearean actress who was the mother of Tyrone Power, one of the most popular male stars in Hollywood from the late 1930’s until his death in 1954. She later performed at many nightclubs and theaters in the Midwest before finally retiring to raise six children in upstate New York, where she worked in real estate and as a portrait artist. In 1996 she passed away at the age of 77.

Two of Catherine’s grandchildren, Eric and Bobby Curran, have performed in numerous Spotlighter productions, including “The Sound of Music” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

Applications for the scholarship can be picked up at the Lynnfield High School guidance office. The deadline for applying is Friday, May 5.


A different Super Bowl Trophy has arrived!


Pictured is Middle School Principal Stephen Ralston accepting the Super Bowl trophy for the Cape Ann Youth Football League Super Bowl Champions. Coach Stephen Riley mentioned that the boys and girls of the 7th grade also are back-to-back Division champions and look forward to a third title this upcoming year as the 8th grade “A” team. Also pictured is Football Commissioner Wayne Shaffer. (Courtesy photo)


Library trustees: safety improved, forums on horizon

Trustees of the Lynnfield library reported favorable conditions within their department during the March 7 meeting at the library. Director Holly Mercer said that the department was “doing well financially,” coming off of an eventful last month when the grant application for a new library was submitted. Trustees also discussed the fact that a copy of the application has been posted on the library’s website for public viewing, and that community forums will be held later this month for the public to discuss the topic even further.

On March 30 the library will host its first “community forum” on the topic of the proposed new library. Activities start at 6:30 p.m. at the Meeting House. The forum will feature numerous guest speakers but will primarily take the form of a Question and Answer period. Mercer said the forums will be a chance to clarify information about the grant proposal, and according to Trustee Russell Boekenkroeger, “[let] people know what they are going to see on their tax bill.”

Currently there are 33 Massachusetts communities which have submitted applications out of the 35 that were eligible to receive grant money. According to Mercer, the grants will be scored on their merits and ranked accordingly. According to Boekenkroeger, most communities have already received some kind of grant funding, which may help Lynnfield edge out the competition.

Regarding the status of the project, the trustees reported that the Massachusetts Historical Commission has reviewed the grant application and determined that the building project would not affect any archeological or historical features in the town, which removes another obstacle.

In terms of other library affairs, Mercer reported that the telephone project has been completed. The trustees had been working to secure more phones throughout the building as part of efforts to improve security. There is a new phone in basement and new cordless phones in the event of an emergency. Trustee Faith Honer-Coakley called it a “wonderful change.”

“Safety comes first”, Trustee Russell Boekenkroeger added.

In other news, Mercer announced that she was recently appointed as content management coordinator of the Library Leadership and Management Association within the larger American Library Association, which in layman’s terms, is a position in which she will help develop continuing education for librarians.

By Melanie Higgins


Basketball Pioneers reach North Final Four for the second straight year





Lynnfield hangs on to defeat Whittier by two in quarterfinal game

The Lynnfield High School boys’ basketball team (18-4, fourth seed) narrowly defeated Whittier Tech (16-6, fifth seed), 74-72 in a Division 3 North quarterfinal round game at home last Sunday afternoon, March 5.

They are within one game to returning to the North title game, and a possible match-up with last year’s nemesis, Bedford (17-6, sixth seed), that dashed their championship dreams. Bedford did its part Tuesday night, March 7, with a 56-52 triumph over Newburyport (19-4, second seed), leaving the Pioneers to knock off the top seed, Watertown (19-2) to secure the encore performance. Their semifinal game with the Raiders was scheduled for Wednesday night, March 8, after press deadline, but if the stars aligned correctly coach Scott Mackenzie’s team will be playing for the sectional crown on Saturday against Bedford.

They have the talent, plus enough perseverance to pull off the feat after Sunday’s exhibition that had them holding on for dear life in the fourth quarter. The local quintet was enjoying a rather comfortable 15-point lead, when the kids from Whittier went on a run, and erased the large deficit. They whittled it down to one with just 6.6 seconds left on the clock.

Whittier was forced to foul, but Mike Carangelo missed his free throw. However, Zachary Stone grabbed the rebound, and was immediately foul. He didn’t miss his free throw, which accounted for the final score.

Louis Ellis then alertly caught up with an errant pass to seal the deal for his teammates.

The Big Three led the way, once again. Carangelo accounted for 21 points and 10 rebounds. Ellis had 20 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Billy Arsenault was also once again a factor in the game with 17 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals. Zachary Shone collected 10 points and four rebounds.

The Pioneers actually trailed by one after one quarter, but led by three at halftime, 38-35.

Ellis, who recovered from the flu, then got hot in the third quarter, chipping in with 10 points, including two three-point baskets to help increase the lead to 11, before the fourth quarter surge by Whittier.

Lynnfield’s road to its second consecutive sectional title tilt is just one game away, but that game just happens to be against the top seed, Watertown. So, stay tuned.

By Joe Mitchell


Lynnfield 6th grade hockey team wins back-to-back middle school titles





The Lynnfield 6th grade hockey team won their second Martian Middle School League title on Wednesday at Brooks. The game started off slow for the Pioneers – they fell behind within the first minute of the game, 1-0. But the boys got it going in the second.

Will Van Sicklin got the Pioneers on the board first with a low laser slap shot past the Hooksett netminder to tie it up. A few minutes later, Will gave them the lead when he received a great drop pass from Jake Guertin and then roofed it up over the goalie to make it 2-1. From there Dan McSweeney held onto the lead for the Pioneers after making a few nice saves at the other end. The Pioneers then got a little cushion. Jake Guertin and Larry Graffeo were tenacious on the forecheck and forced Hooksett to turn the puck over, then Jake found Vin Benvenuto in front of the net to put the Pioneers on top, 3-1.

Hooksett snuck a quick one past Dan to narrow the score to 3-2 after two periods of play.

At the start of the third period, the Pioneers got some insurance. Once again Larry Graffeo was all over the Hooksett defense and created a turnover in which he shot on net, and Brendan Powers was there for the rebound to put the Pioneers on top, 4-2.

Hooksett got another goal a few minutes later to make it 4-3, but Hooksett couldn’t muster up another one as the 6th grade Lynnfield Pioneers went on to win their second middle school title in as many years. Coach Sean Powers credited the win to constant pressuring and relentless pursuit of the puck.


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