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Longevity Benches are Enjoyed by All Ages
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July 2023 Two young guys take a break on the Harrington Longevity Bench. All ages appreciate these rests along the way.
Longevity Benches Provide a Seat to Watch the Fourth of July Parade and Festivities
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July 4, 2023 Linda Gamage and family (3 generations!) found the perfect seat on the Harrington Longevity Bench on Woodholm Road to watch Manchester-by-the-Sea’s Fourth of July parade.
July 4, 2023 These three ladies are enjoying Manchester-by-the-Sea’s Fourth of July parade on the Siljeholm Longevity Bench on Pleasant Street.
July 4, 2023 Two boys have a seat on the Morss Longevity Bench at Tuck’s Point.
Longevity Bench Project Celebrates 5th Anniversary
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May 10, 2023 Gathered in front of newly installed Morss Bench at Tucks Point to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Longevity Bench Project are board members (left to right) Jane Metrano, Linda Feuerbach, Sue Harrington, Lisa Bonneville, and Gillian Kellogg. Missing from the photo are Louisa Mackintosh, Leigh Scharfe, and Sonne Bialy.
Twenty-second Longevity Bench Installed in 2023
Everett and Pamela Morss generously donated the Morss Longevity Bench #22 at Tuck’s Point in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA.
Twenty-first Longevity Bench Installed in 2023
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Published in The Cricket, May 12, 2023: Tanya Ferretto (left) and Tanya Trevett on the new Longevity Bench at Proctor Cove in Manchester-by-the-Sea.
A Bench Sponsor Highlights the Longevity Bench Project
Keystone Ridge Designs Highlights the Longevity Bench Project
”Summer is the ideal time to get outdoors and appreciate how something as simple as a walk can improve our health and well-being. Manchester-By-The-Sea, MA is one town where strides are being made to not only recognize that but also to support and encourage it through the Longevity Bench Project, Inc. With the use of our Everett bench and product customizations, this project has been near and dear to our hearts since its inception in 2017.”
Joan Snow Honored with 23rd Longevity Bench
Published in The Cricket, November 11, 2022
November 11, 2023 Surrounded by loving family, Joan Snow is presented with newly dedicated Longevity Bench in honor of her and her late husband, Jim.
As a complete surprise, Longevity Bench #23 was presented to Joan Snow by her five children, their families and many friends in front of the new Pickleball courts at Sweeney Park. Dedicated to her and her late husband, Jim Snow, longtime residents of Manchester and avid tennis players who supported the use of local tennis courts for many years.
“I want to thank you for bringing this bench to this spot”, exclaimed an unidentified young woman leaving the courts as she approached Joan and the gathering. “I know I will use it often.”
Longevity Bench Project founder, Lisa Bonneville, thanked the new donors to the Project now sharing in the mission to place benches throughout Manchester as a “place to rest while taking a walk”. Joan’s 90th birthday was May 23rd and it is so special that her bench is now #23 in the network.
Joan Snows enjoys a rest on the occasion of a Longevity Bench being dedicated to her and her husband.
SeniorCare Honors Longevity Bench Project
SeniorCare’s 50th Anniversary Celebration:
An Evening of Remembrance and Heart
During the 50th Anniversary Celebration of SeniorCare, Inc. held Thursday night, September 22, 2022 at the Beauport Hotel, Manchester’s Longevity Bench Project’s founder, Lisa Bonneville, was honored with the Board of Directors Community Service Award. Celebrating with Lisa were a number of Bench Project board members, sponsors, friends and family members. SeniorCare Director, George Nickless from Manchester personally shared his well wishes as a supporter of her nomination for this award. At the end of the evening, Lisa delivered her heartfelt thanks for this high honor.
Longevity Bench Project family, board members and sponsors (left to right): George Davis, Dominic Pang, Fleur Davis Pang, Linda Feuerbach, Sonne Bialy, Lisa Bonneville, Leigh Scharfe, John Filias, Paula Filias and Gillian Kellogg
Congratulations to the guests of honor (left to right): Jim Nentwig, Santa’s Magic, Rosemary F. Kerry Community Service Award; Posie Mansfield, Good Company, Myra L. Herrick Outstanding Older American Award; Felicia Webb, Cape Ann Transportation Authority, Board of Directors Community Impact Award; Lisa Bonneville, The Longevity Bench Project, Board of Directors Community Service Award; Not pictured: Darlene Prinz, Beverly Police Department, Board of Directors Community Impact Award
Twenty Installed and Six Benches More
The Select Board of Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA approved three new Longevity Bench sites in their meeting on July 5, 2022. The generous donors of these benches will be published and added to the website Site Map upon installation; one in September and two more will be installed in the first quarter of 2023. And we are very excited to report that three additional benches are currently in the works. As these benches are installed, they will be added to the Town Loop Map.
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Manchester-by-the-Sea’s 375th Anniversary Parade
The Longevity Bench Project hit the road on Saturday, September 25, 2021 with a float in Manchester’s 375th Anniversary parade. What a fun ride it was! Proudly won the float award for “Most Ecological”, as we celebrated our milestone 20th bench. Thanks to Chapman’s Greenhouse for their colorful flowers that created a garden around the bench and banners and to Jeffrey’s Creek Land Contractors for the extra large float bed we shared with the town’s Anniversary Planning Committee chairs, Sue Thorne and Tom Kehoe. It is our set-up team that deserves the most gratitude. That’s you, Linda, Sonne, Sue, Louisa, Mary Ellen, Ann, and the magnificent George Davis. And our special guest riders and walkers; Joan Snow, Dorothy Anderson and Michelle Langille and Sonne Baily, and board members Ann Noble-Kiley, Sue Harrington and Louisa Mackintosh. We had so much fun!!