After a few damp and dreary days, Lawrence awoke to bright sunshine and blue skies this morning. With autumn in full swing and winter only a few short weeks away now is the perfect time to get out and enjoy the crisp air, changing leaves, and blue skies. Walking through Lawrence along the Spicket River can really make you forget that you are in a city of more than 75,000 people, the resilience of nature is quickly apparent as you explore this active ecosystem in the midst of urban sprawl.
For more than two decades the City of Lawrence has been working alongside a number of other partners to rehabilitate the former Oxford Paper Mill. Paper production began at the mill in 1846 and was the first of its kind in Lawrence. The site once employed as many as 500 people and produced the glossy paper National Geographic Magazine was printed on. In 1975 the abandoned mill suffered two major fires, local residents began to call it “the Dresden of Lawrence” because of its likeness to the German city after World War II.
The deadline for applying to Green Team has been extended to Friday, September 21st at 5pm! Take advantage of this opportunity and get your application in!
Groundwork Lawrence (GWL) is accepting applications for Green Team Members. The Green Team school year employment program offers part-time paid positions for high school students, from Lawrence, MA to help lead and learn about local environmental and health issues, conduct research, raise awareness, challenge their peers to do community service, and participate in hands-on improvement projects throughout the City of Lawrence. Green Team members will work about 20 hours per month during the school year through a combination of after school and weekend work.
We want to let you know about a program we’re supporting called the Sandbox Entrepreneur Program. The goal of this program is to encourage as many people from the Merrimack Valley to share their ideas for products, businesses, and solutions to problems – and then help get those ideas closer to reality.
GWL is seeking an Educational Program Coordinator to implement a variety of youth education programs. Reporting to the Program Director, this position manages 10-20 youth employees, works with the Mass Audubon Environmental Education Coordinator, AmeriCorps Service Learning Coordinator, and temporary summer staff to deliver top quality environmental and public health youth programming and to integrate youth into GWL’s community activities and events.
August 19th - 25th is Massachusetts Farmers Market week, so be sure to celebrate by visiting the two local Lawrence markets!
Stop by the Wednesday market August 22nd on Appleton Way between 9 am and 2 pm, or come by on Saturday the 25th at 216 Lawrence Street!
For more information about the Massachusetts Farmers Market Week, click here!
Be sure to stop by the Farmers Market on Wednesday, July 25th to enjoy the music of a folkloric Peruvian group! At 12 noon, Alfredo Vasquez, of local group, Alfredo & Son Del Sol, will perform the charming music of the Andes. Come by to pick up fresh, local produce and stay to watch the performance!
"Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc. and Lawrence Senior Center will be hosting distribution of the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutritional Program coupons on Wednesday, August 1st at 8:00am – 11:00am, located at 155 Haverhill Street, Lawrence. It will be first come, first serve for eligible seniors. Lawrence elder residents 60 are encouraged to attend the Lawrence distribution site.