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