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Salisbury greyhound rescue to get new facility

By Wendy Killeen
Globe Correspondent / September 1, 2011

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PAWSITIVE NEWS: Greyhound Adoption Service in Salisbury will get a facelift this fall thanks to The Project Pawsitive Foundation, a nonprofit that renovates no-kill animal rescue shelters.

The Salisbury facility was selected as the foundation’s 2011 Massachusetts renovation project. The existing kennel will be transformed into a new, state-of the-art facility for rescued greyhounds awaiting adoption. The project also includes building a separate, state-approved quarantine facility that will enable the service to accept out-of-state dogs.

The original building was constructed in 1982 and has housed the adoption service since 1995. The volunteer-run organization has saved more than 2,000 former racers and placed them in homes.

“This project will be our largest yet,’’ said Jill Sullivan Grueter, president and team leader of Project Pawsitive. “We plan to completely renovate the existing structure from the ground up. For more than 25 years, Greyhound Adoption Service has worked tirelessly to save these wonderful dogs. We also are working tirelessly to partner with corporations as well as individuals to help us rebuild this amazing rescue through donations of funds and materials, as well as volunteer support.

“Greyhound Adoption Service has done incredible work for the animals and the community,’’ she continued. “This renovation will ensure that this rescue has the facility it needs to continue its work for many years to come.’’

“Their generosity and faith in our mission renew our spirit and will help solidify our future,’’ said Marilyn Wolkovits, founder of Greyhound Adoption Service.

Project Pawsitive is seeking supplies and financial support for the project, including building materials, roofing, siding, and concrete for the foundation. Volunteers, including general contractors, carpenters, plumbers, concrete contractors, and demolition professionals, also are needed.

In addition to the corporate sponsorships it has received, Project Pawsitive is hoping to raise $20,000 to complete the project.

Visit www.projectpawsitive.com, send an e-mail to jill@projectpawsitive.com, or call 603-661-4775.

CROWD FAVORITE: Ellis Gage, 12, of Methuen is one of 14 young vocalists performing a patriotic-themed song at the 2011 US Open tennis tournament next week in Flushing, N.Y.

Gage will sing during the evening session of play on Sept. 5.

Earlier this summer, the performers - ages 12 and younger - were selected at the fifth annual US Open casting call at the Apollo Theater in New York. Nearly 200 young singers auditioned for a panel of celebrity judges.

Gage, a student at St. Augustine School in Andover, is no stranger to performing in front of crowds, including singing at halftime shows for the NBA’s New Jersey Nets.

He began singing at age 2 and has been cast in principal roles in numerous musicals at regional theaters.

He’s a member of Broadway Youth Ensemble and performs at benefits and cabarets throughout New York.

WHO’S WHAT WHERE: Karl H. Spilhaus is the new chairman of the board of the American Textile History Museum in Lowell. A longtime board member, he succeeds Kenneth McAvoy, who served as chairman for six years and continues as a member of the museum’s board of advisers. Spilhaus is president of the National Textile Association, which represents companies in all sectors of the domestic textile industry. Two new members also were elected to the museum’s board of trustees: Linda Carpenter, who recently retired as the museum’s director of advancement; and Susan Green, chief financial officer at Lowell General Hospital. Diane Fagan-Affleck, Katherine Wisser, and Helena Wright were elected to the board of advisers. . . . Salem State University senior Angel Donahue-Rodriguez has been appointed the student voting member of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education Board of Trustees. He represents the interests of college and university students across the state. Donahue-Rodriguez has served in a number of leadership positions at Salem State. He is the student trustee on the university’s board of trustees, offering the student viewpoint to the board and conveying the board’s policies and decisions to his fellow students. He also was the driving force behind an effort at Salem State to offer workshops on financial literacy to undergraduates, one of only two such programs at Massachusetts state universities.

Items can be sent to wdkilleen@gmail.com.