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December 19, 2013

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Emmaus Inc. is a community-based-non-profit cooperation that provides housing and services to homeless adults and families in Haverhill.

Pentucket aids Loan Fund

HAVERHILL — Pentucket Bank representatives visited the Friendship Drive Housing Cooperative in Salem, N.H., on Sept. 12, along with the Rev. David Yasenka of the Triumphant Cross Lutheran Church and Tara Reardon, director of the NH Community Loan Fund, to present the Loan Fund with a check for $10,000. The donation from the bank will be used to assist the Friendship Drive Housing Cooperative in installing concrete pads for the heating oil tanks that belong to the Coop’s rental units. EPA guidelines have prohibited oil companies from delivering oil to any unit that does not sit securely on a concrete base; seven of the units at Friendship Drive did not comply and would therefore not have been able to receive oil deliveries after Oct. 1. Pentucket Bank Senior Vice President John DeBaun was made aware of this issue by the Rev. David Yasenka and worked with Pentucket Bank President/CEO Scott Cote to determine a way in which the bank could assist. The donation of $10,000 was sent to the NH Community Loan Fund, the organization that will then filter the funds to the Housing Cooperative as they are needed to pay for the work. This donation will also allow the Housing Coop to pour a new slab for a new, donated housing unit to be placed in the housing park. This will offer a currently displaced Salem family a stable place to live. For more information, visit pentucketbank.com and facebook.com/pentucketbank.

‘Vets are Special’ campaign

Haverhill’s Carmen Johnson has teamed up with two other local business owners to honor veterans. Through their “Veterans are Special” campaign, Johnson, Michelle Orescovich and Susan Keefe are offering extended discounts to past and present members of the military. The discounts, which began on Veterans Day, will extend through the end of the year. Johnson, a licensed muscular therapist, is offering a $20 discount on a one-hour massage. Orescovich, who operates Amore Salon, a full-service beauty salon, is providing a $10 savings on men’s and women’s haircuts. Keefe, the principal at Susan’s Homeopathy, offers natural, holistic healing services for a variety of ailments. Her discount is $50 off an initial consultation. All three businesses are located at 246 Main St. in North Reading. Services are provided by appointment only. For more information, visit veteransarespecial.org or call 978-973-3009.

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