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Manchester-by-the-Sea’s 375th Anniversary Parade
Parade News Coverage
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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!!
Congratulating donors at the future site of Longevity Bench #20 are (left to right): Susan Harrington, Louisa Mackintosh, donors Gene and Nina Doggett, Lisa Bonneville (holding map), Gillian Kellogg, Ann Noble-Kiley and Paula Filias (Jeffreys Creek Land Contractors).
Twentieth Longevity Bench
“Good things come to those who wait”, was Nina Doggett’s patient attitude as the months since August passed before the final approval arrived from the MassDOT to place the Doggett Longevity Bench in Manchester.
“We have reached a milestone with the twentieth bench so generously donated by Eugene and Nina Doggett, and it is the first to be located on state land”, exclaimed Lisa Bonneville, founder of the Longevity Bench Project. Located along the sidewalk on Bridge Street across from the entrance to Norton’s Point, this bench will be a welcome resting place for the hundreds of walkers who walk between Manchester and Beverly Farms each week.
Donor, Nina Doggett expressed her thoughts in this way, “Gene and I moved to Manchester four and a half years ago. We wanted to contribute to the Longevity Bench Project because its mission is so constructive and community based. Enabling and encouraging folks to get outside and enjoy the beauty of the natural world is very consistent with our values. We are thrilled to play a small part in this project!”
The road to this installation was longer than is typical for Longevity Benches, due to the application process with the MassDOT, but community minded individuals with the expertise needed to complete the input required by the Commonwealth chipped in and made it happen. “We cannot thank this team enough”, said Bonneville, “starting with the donors and including board members, John Filias, Jay Jaroz, Greg Federspiel, and Chuck Dam”.
The Bench Project continues to look for new bench and location donors to complete the goal of a bench every half mile along walking paths through Manchester-by-the-Sea.
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Our 2021 Brochure
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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.”
Our Bench-to-Bench Walk for Longevity has been postponed again due to COVID-19. It will be rescheduled in 2022 and at that time, all are welcome to grab a buddy and join us for a fun event in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA: