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TELL US: Who Makes a Difference in Marblehead?

Help us showcase the people who are doing great things in Marblehead with our new feature, Count Us In.

Your neighbor who volunteers at the library, your child’s bus driver, and the Little League coach in your community may not seem to have much in common at first glance.

But Patch’s new initiative, Count Us In, aspires to bring together all Good Samaritans by highlighting residents who are exemplary at making your community a more positive place.

Partnering with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (HPHC), Count Us In aims to illustrate HPHC's values. They believe that “amazing things happen when people work together” and that is why we want to share stories about just that.

There are already a lot of great volunteer organizations at the Marblehead Community Center, Marblehead High School, the Lynch Van Otterloo YMCA and the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore.

Each year, local volunteers gather to clean parks, clear beaches and give back around the holiday season.

If you know someone who exemplifies being a good neighbor, volunteer or teacher—or someone who has simply helped the community in an inspiring way—please tell us about it in the comments section below.

Your local editor will keep an eye on the conversation and will be writing articles about all of the amazing people and stories you share.

We welcome all great stories coming from great people in the community. 

Susanna Ehrmann October 03, 2012 at 03:45 AM
I vote for letter carrier Bob Morin. When we first moved in at 406 Atlantic Avenue in September, 1993, Bob came around back to where I was working in the yard. He just wanted to introduce himself and welcome us. For the next four years, he cheerfully helped me get out book manuscripts and never brought the wrong mail. He always waved if we happened to pass on the street, the greeting always accompanied by a broad smile. When my husband and I visited Marblehead in 2004, after an absence of seven years, there was Bob, delivering the mail further down the road from before. I couldn't believe that he recognized us and even remembered our names! What a great guy!!!!!!
Amy Malkoff October 03, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Susanna - Bob is the BEST!
Amy Malkoff October 03, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Paul Crosby, who is the director of the counseling center, is an unsung hero. Aside from seeing people individually, he runs so many social services in town and helps people in any way possible. He knows everyone, he works with all sorts of organizations to help in myriad ways. He seems to always be working, and yet is always pleasant, lighthearted (tells awesome corny jokes) and respectful.
Susanna Ehrmann October 03, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Thanks, Amy! I'm delighted to learn that Bob is still around! Please say "hello" from me if you happen to see him.
Tower School October 04, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Fred Shepard is my inspirational community member. Once every month, for the past 19 years, Mr. Shepard has helped cook and serve meals at My Brother's Table. Because he makes helping others a priority in his life, his students and their parents joined him, eventually creating a monthly tradition at Tower School of serving meals at My Brother's Table. He has taught us by example, the joy of making people's days a whole lot brighter.

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