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August 15, 2013

Learning about city's farming heritage -- close up

The Haverhill Gazette

---- — These other events and activities are happening around the city:

:Flag Football announced: Havoc flag football invites all NFL Play 60 flag football teams and their commissioners to a Round Robin at Trinity Stadium in Haverhill.

Events will be held on Sundays at 4 p.m. beginning Sept. 8 and will run for eights weeks. Cost of $89 per player includes NFL game jersey, belt, flag and insurance, or $69 with insurance but no game jersey, belt or flag. Register online at www.havocflagfootball.com or call 978-400-6058.

:Scout Troop celebrates 100 years: Troop One Haverhill, the oldest Boy Scout troop in the Yankee Clipper Council, will hold its 100th anniversary celebration on Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. at North Point Bible College, 320 S. Main St., Bradford.

There will be a program with a guest speaker followed by dinner. Tickets are $20 per person. Troop One was first chartered in 1913 by Grace United Methodist Episcopal Church, now called Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, less than three years after the founding of the Boy Scouts of America. Troop One has the honor of having the first Eagle Scout in Haverhill. Florimond A. Delforge earned the award in November of 1928.

Sixty-two scouts have earned the rank of Eagle Scout over the years. The troop is presently lead by George Plouffe Jr., scoutmaster, and Brian P. Kirkham, troop committee chairman. The Troop meets every Friday night from September to mid-June at the Good Shepherd Methodist Church, 471 Main St. For more information about this event, contact David Nichols at pavid@msn.com or 978-373-4310.


Library offers Beginner Internet Classes: The public library is offering free Beginner Internet Classes.

The classes are small, with lots of individual attention and hands-on practice. Each class is two hours long. You do not have to own a computer to take these classes but you are welcome to come with your own wireless enabled laptop. Classes require advance sign-up.

For dates, times and to reserve a spot, please come to the reference and information desk at the library or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608. For September classes, the library will begin taking reservations Aug. 27.


Girl Scout registration: Haverhill Girl Scouts fall signup will be held Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 471 Main St.

Membership fee is $25 for 2013-2014. For more information, visit www.hergirlscouts.org.


Council on Aging announces new trips: The Council on Aging is hosting a trip on the Newport, R.I., dinner train on Sept. 19.

This trip includes deluxe motorcoach transportation from 500 Primrose St. at 9:45 a.m. Includes a full-course luncheon prepared on the train. An expert guide will narrate the Ten Mile Drive in Newport. Ample time will be available to tour “The Brickyard” and America’s Cup Avenue in Newport.

Cost is $89 per person. Return to Haverhill is expected to be at approximately 6 p.m.

A trip to Oguinquit, Maine, is planned for Sept. 15 and includes a stop in quaint Perkins Cove and a matinee performance of “West Side Story” at the Ogunquit Playhouse. Cost is $99 per person and includes motorcoach transportation and your ticket to the performance.

An overnight trip to the White Mountain Hotel in North Conway, N.H., is planned for Nov. 21 and 22. This trip includes dining, holiday entertainment, special cocktail pricing and shopping at the Christmas Dove and Calef’s Country Store in Barrington, N.H. Cost is $230 per person, double occupancy.

For more information about these trips contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.


:Make Some Noise concert series concludes: The Haverhill Cultural Council’s free Make Some Noise Concert Series finishes the season on Aug. 15 in downtown Columbus Park with a performance by EJ Ouellette and Crazy Maggy.

The show is from 6 to 8 p.m., with an opening act from Whole Music’s Whole Soul. In the event of rain the show will be held at the Chit Chat Lounge on Washington Street. Free raffles feature prizes donated by local businesses. For more information, visit the Haverhill Cultural Council on Facebook, on twitter at @haverhill_cc or email haverhill.culture@gmail.com.


Free outdoor concert series continues: The Bradford Common free Outdoor Music Series continues on Aug. 16 with a performance by the Mike Fioretti Band.

The opening act begins at 6 p.m. on Bradford Common, followed by the featured act at 7 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets. All performances are sponsored by the First Church of Christ and are free. The Aug. 23 show will be announced. More information is available from Paul Prue at 978-590-2119.


Where’s Quacky contest: The Haverhill Rotary Club is holding a “Where’s Quacky?” contest as part of its fifth-annual Haverhill Rotary Rubber Duck Regatta, to be held Sept. 7 in conjunction with Team Haverhill’s downtown River Ruckus festival.

From time to time, Rotary will post photos of Quacky in various locations around Haverhill on its Haverhill Rotary Rubber Duck Regatta Facebook page. The first person to accurately guess Quacky’s location will win a free duck adoption. The best way to participate is to “like” the page and then watch your Facebook timeline closely.


International Labor Poster Exhibit: The public library is hosting an International Labor Poster Exhibit by Stephen Lewis, SEIU Local 509, throughout the end of the month.

The posters in this exhibit reflect various ways that unions have tried to use art to minimize the risks to workers. Some of the posters are simple messages about how to safely carry out a procedure, while others communicate a political message about how to create a safer work environment.

The exhibit will be on display through Aug. 29 and can be seen on the second floor during regular library hours, which are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit online at www.haverhillpl.org.


Haverhill Senior Baseball registers players: Haverhill Senior Baseball is accepting applications for the 2013 fall program.

The league has three divisions — for 13-year-olds, 14- and 15-year-olds, and 16- to 18-year-olds.

The seasons run from the first weekend after Labor Day, Sept. 10 and 11, through Oct. 26 and 27. The 13-year-old and 14- to 15-year-old divisions play on Saturday. The 16- to 18-year-old division plays on Sunday.

Applications are available online at Haverhillseniorbaseball.com or by contacting Larry O’Brien at 978-373-6982 or Dan Francescone at 978-807-5068. Volunteer coaches are needed for the 13-year-old and 14- to 15-year-old teams.


TOTS-n-TYKES Tuesday: Winnekenni Castle’s next Tots-n-Tykes Tuesday event is Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. to noon.

The program’s theme is “Paint, Splatter & Mess” and is recommended for ages 2 and older. The cost is $8 per child. Online pre-registration is required at www.winnekenni.com or www.imajinethat.com. Teachers from Little Sprouts & Imajine That will guide children through educational and creative workshops designed to stimulate little minds. For more information, visit www.winnekenni.com.


:Free seminar on concussion and youth sports: Concussion and Youth Sports – Keeping Their Heads in the Game, a Medical Meet the Expert seminar with Orthopedic Surgeon Tahsin Ergin, MD and certified athletic trainer Amy Wiggins will be held Aug. 20 from 6 to 7 p.m. in Holy Family Hospital’s ground-floor auditorium.

Attendees will learn the nature of concussion injury, variability in response and recovery, current consensus recommendations for management of concussion in the young adult, and what concussion testing is, how it works and how results are used. The event is free. Registration is required. Light refreshments will be served. The event brings one contact hour in nursing.

Holy Family Hospital is at 70 East St. in Methuen. For more information or to register, call 978-687-0156, ext. 4697, or email jean.macdougall-tattan@steward.org.


August events at public library: The public library is offering a variety of events this month. Here are the dates, times and details:

Local author Edith Maxwell will talk about her new book “A Tine to Live, A Tine to Die,” the first book in a new cozy mystery series, on Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Milhendler Room. All are welcome to drop in for this Adult Summer Reading Social event.

Marcy Yeager will discuss tips and tricks for making the most of your international travel in this International Travel 101 presentation on Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Johnson Auditorium. Yeager is coordinator of the international studies program at Northern Essex Community College.

Author and Haverhill native Dave Goudsward will share his new book tracing HP Lovecraft’s ties to the Merrimack Valley on Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Milhendler Room. Lovecraft, a world renowned horror writer, had deep ties to the Merrimack Valley and even incorporated the area into some of his most famous stories. All are welcome at this Adult Summer Reading Social event.


Rockfest at Winnekenni Castle: The Boston band “Leaving Eden” in conjunction with former pro-wrestler Steve Chamberland of the 50 Legs Foundation will present Leaving Eden Rockfest 2013 on Aug. 17 at Winnekenni Castle.

This all-day, all-ages family-friendly event is a benefit for the Florida-based 50 Legs Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by Chamberland, which raises money to provide prosthetics for children.

Leaving Eden, along with local rockers including Elextacy, Inner Child, 4x4 Barracuda, Preciphist, Of The Past, the Judas Priest tribute band “Hell Bent For Judas,” Guns 4 Destruction, the Alice N’ Chains tribute band “Again” and Epicenter, will perform all day at the event in support of 50 Legs. WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy Hart, former member of the band “The Gentrys,” whose hit singles included “Cinnamon Girl” in 1970, will perform with Leaving Eden in a special cameo performance.

The event will feature a Renaissance theme with food, crafts, vendors, promotional give-aways and activities for children of all ages. For more information, visit online at http://leavingeden.wix.com/leavingeden-rockfest.

:Reggae music featured: Archie’s Little River Ale House in Lafayette Square will present live reggae with Dread Rocks featuring JEM-I on Aug. 25 from 5 to 10 p.m.

Admission is free and ample parking is available. For more information, contact Selah Promotions at 978-521-5680.

Armenian picnic planned: The Armenian Church at Hye Pointe will hold its annual picnic on Aug. 25 from noon to 5 p.m at the American Legion Farm, 1314 Main St.

The event will feature music by the Jason Naroian Ensemble with Jason Naroian on dumbeg/vocals, John Arzigian on accordion and vocals, Leon Janikian on clarinet, Greg Takvorian on oud and vocals, Michael Naroian on dumbeg and Paul Mooradian on tambourine.

The menu will include shish, losh and chicken kebab dinners; kheyma, pilaf, pastries and beverages. Raffles for cash prizes and gift certificates will be held. The function hall is air conditioned. Bring your lawn chairs and tavloo boards. For more information, visit the church’s new website at www.hyepointearmenianchurch.org or call 978-372-9227.

St. Joseph School opening announced: St. Joseph School of All Saints Parish announced its schedule for the new school year.

It is as follows: Monday, Aug. 26, teacher in-service day; Tuesday, Aug. 27, teacher in-service day (regional); Wednesday, Aug. 28, kindergarten to grade eight report for a full day; Thursday, Aug. 29, full day of classes for kindergarten to grade eight; Monday, Sept. 2, Labor Day, no school; Tuesday, Sept. 3, kindergarten to grade eight classes resume; Wednesday, Sept. 4, ECC begins.

A parents meeting is at 6:30 p.m. in the gym. The school will hold an open house for grades one through eight on Monday, Aug. 26, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Open house for pre-kindergarten and nursery is Tuesday, Sept. 3, from noon to 2:20 p.m. and from 5 to 6 p.m. All students should be in the “big school” by 8:05 a.m. School begins at 8:15 a.m. All students should arrive at the ECC by 8:15 a.m. as instruction time begins at 8:45 a.m.

Tour guides needed for exhibit: The Buttonwoods Museum is looking for volunteer tour guides to help during the Smithsonian Institute’s traveling exhibit “The Way We Worked,” which will be at the Buttonwoods Aug. 24 through Oct 6.

Tour guides must be available Tuesdays through Fridays for two-hour shifts between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Limited weekend hours are also available. No experience is necessary and training is provided. More information is available from Jan Williams at 978-374-4626 or jwilliams@haverhillhistory.org.

Rubber Duck Regatta announced: The Haverhill Rotary Club will hold its annual Rubber Duck Regatta on Sept. 7, when 10,000 rubber ducks will be dropped into the Merrimack River from the Comeau Bridge, a new location for this year’s duck drop.

One “lucky duck” will win $10,000, donated by Rockingham Toyota/Honda/Scion of Salem, N.H. This year’s Rotary Rubber Duck Regatta will be held in conjunction with the downtown River Ruckus, a festival presented by Team Haverhill that promises to bring in bigger crowds and feature even more activities than past River Ruckus events.

For more information, visit online at www.adoptaducktoday.com.

Third annual geriatric psychiatry conference planned: Geriatric Neuropsychiatry 2013, Merrimack Valley Hospital third annual geriatric psychiatry conference will be held Sept. 13 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus of Northern Essex Community College, 100 Elliott St.

Speakers and topics are as follows: Shabbir Abbasi, MD- Parkinson’s Disease: Etiology, Pathology, Clinical Features and Neuropsychiatric Treatment. Nicole Absar, MD – The Syndrome of the 3 Ms associated with Frontal Subcortical Cognitive Impairment; Nicole Fagone, MSW, LCSW, program director for New England Geriatrics – Personality Disorders and the older adult; Tracey D’Amico, OTR/L and Margaret Pfeiffer, MSN, RN, CS from St. Anne’s Hospital – Approach, Environment and Alternative Treatment Modalities: Keys to Successful Management of Behaviors in the older adult; Buck Woo, PhD – Neuropsychology and Retraining of Memory and Functional Cognition.

Cost of $25 includes breakfast coffee, beverages, a full lunch and five continuing education credits for nurses, social workers and physicians. This conference is open to the public. Deadline for registration is Aug. 30.

Checks must be made payable to Merrimack Valley Hospital and mailed to Jean MacDougall-Tattan, Marketing Department, C/O Merrimack Valley Hospital, 140 Lincoln Ave., Haverhill, MA 01830. For more information or to register call 978-420-1168 or email jean.macdougall-tattan@steward.org.

Suicide prevention walk planned: The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will hold its first Merrimack Valley/Haverhill Out of the Darkness Community Walk on Oct. 5 at Winnekenni Park.

Check in time is from 8 to 9 a.m. and the walk is from 9 to 11 a.m. These 3- to 5-mile walks take place in hundreds of communities across the country this year, with the proceeds benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. More information is available from Mary Beth Traynor at 978-764-8525.

Bobby Bell walk/race set: The 27th Annual Bobby Bell 5-Mile Road Race/Walk will be held Oct. 13 at the Lasting Room Grille, 122 Washington St.

The walk begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by the race at 11 a.m. Fee is $25 for pre-entry and $30 post entry. Free t-shirts go to the first 70 walker entries and first 260 runner entries. Numerous awards in various age, weight, and specialty categories will be presented. There will be ender graded scoring.

A buffet will follow along with a disc jockey and raffle prizes. Thee will be no gender divisions. The event benefits local scholarships, the Haverhill Police Auxiliaries, Haverhill’s Brightside and the Andover Striders. More information is available from David LaBrode at 978-373-3408, 978-376-8289 or ickylabrode@verizon.net. Visit online at www.yankeetiming.com/Bbell.

Council on Aging to host craft fair: The Council on Aging will hold its second annual craft fair on Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Crafters must be age 60 or older, and all items must be handmade. There is no table fee for qualified participants. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.