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August 22, 2013

Taking the mystery out of the Internet


The Haverhill Gazette

---- — If you’re confused by the Internet, here’s a chance to learn how to navigate the electronic world.

The Haverhill Public Library is offering free Beginner Internet Classes. The classes are small, with lots of individual attention and practice on computers. Each class is two hours long.

You do not have to own a computer to take these classes, but you are welcome to bring your own wireless-enabled laptop.

Classes require advance registration.

For dates and times and to reserve a spot, visit 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.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

What: Beginner Internet Classes

Where: Haverhill Public Library, Main and Summer streets

Details: Two-hour classes. You can bring your computer or use one at the library.

Registration: At library’s reference and information desk or by calling 978-373-1586, ext. 608, starting Aug. 27.

These other events and activities are happening around the city:

:Outdoor concert series concludes: The Bradford Common free Outdoor Music Series concludes Aug. 23 with a 7 p.m. jazz performance by Mike Cesati & Company.

Opening act is Ed Felker. In the event of rain, the show will be inside the First Church of Christ.

Visitors are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets. This year’s concert series was sponsored by the First Church of Christ. More information is available from Paul Prue at 978-590-2119.

: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.

: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 about 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.

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.

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

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.

Library plans Guitar Day: The Langley Adams Library in Groveland will hold Guitar Day on Aug. 23 and 24 at 1 p.m.

Eric Clemenzi will bring a collection of instruments, including four- and five-string basses and six-, seven- and eight-string guitars, as well as a guitar that tunes itself. He will talk about the differences between the instruments, demonstrate cool effects boxes, and might let you play one.

Feel free to bring your own guitar and plug into some of the amps and effects boxes.

More information is available at www.EricClemenzi.com. More information about these and other events is available by contacting Susie Lord at 978-372-1732. Visit online at www.langleyadamslib.org.

Pentucket Players to hold auditions: Pentucket Players Inc., celebrating its 20th anniversary season, will hold open auditions for Rogers & Hammerstein’s classic musical play, “The King & I” on Aug. 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for children ages 6 to 12 (including the role of Louis Leonowens and the King’s children) and on Aug. 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for teens and adults (including the role of Prince Chulalongkorn).

Both auditions will be held at the Lawrence Heritage Museum, second floor, 1 Jackson St., Lawrence. The play is being directed by John Buzzell of Haverhill and produced by Marie Bliven of Methuen. The Pentucket Players are hoping for a cast of 50, including 20 children. This production will be presented at the Rogers Center for the Arts in November. For more information visit www.pentucketplayers.org or call 978-521-9259.

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.

Golf tourney/event planned: The second annual Golf & Gourmet, Back to Business free golf and free networking event will be held on Aug. 28 at the Merrimack Valley Golf Club, 210 Howe St., Methuen.

The event, hosted and sponsored by Simply Elegant Catering and Merrimack Valley Golf Club, is being held in collaboration with the area’s premier business organizations. Led by the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, the event is also being presented by the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce, Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce, Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, Greater Salem, N.H., Chamber of Commerce, Salisbury Chamber of Commerce, Methuen Board of Trade, and the Plaistow Area Commerce Exchange. Merrimack Valley Golf Club will offer a free round of nine holes of golf to all who attend.

Tee times are between 1 and 2:30 p.m. A free mixer is in the banquet hall. Guests can network, socialize and inquire about the chambers. They can meet each chamber’s staff, board of directors and the hosts. Complimentary food will be provided by Simply Elegant Catering. A cash bar will be available. Raffle prizes provided by each business organization will be given out. Guests are encouraged to bring ample business cards to hand out to potential clients and customers.

The cost is free but all attendees must please pre-register. To register for free golf, contact Mike at 978-683-7771, ext. 12. Carts are not included. To register for the networking portion of the event, contact your local Chamber: Haverhill 978-373-5663, Amesbury 978-388-3178, Lowell 978-457-8154, Newburyport 978-462-6680, Salem 603-893-3177, Salisbury 978-465-3581, Methuen BOT 978-686-8889 and PACE at 603-982-3634. Visit online at haverhillchamber.com.

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.

Dance ensemble to perform: A performance by the Siroun Dance Ensemble will highlight the list of festivities during a picnic sponsored by St. Gregory Church of the Merrimack Valley.

The festival will be held on Sept. 8 from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. on the church grounds at 158 Main St., North Andover. Also featured will be an Armenian band featuring Joe Kouyoumjian on oud, John Arzigian on accordion and vocals, Jason Naroian on dumbeg and vocals, and Leon Janikian on clarinet.

The Siroun dancers will be dressed in traditional Armenian costumes and hail from central Massachusetts, performing various folk tunes. The menu will include shish, losh and chicken kebab dinners, rice pilaf, salad, vegetarian entrees and Armenian pastries. There will be games and activities for the entire family. The picnic will also present an opportunity to introduce the church’s new pastor, the Rev. Fr. Stephan Baljian, who recently transferred here from Illinois.

Geriatric psychiatry conference planned: Geriatric Neuropsychiatry 2013, Merrimack Valley Hospital’s third annual geriatric psychiatry conference, will be 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.

Journalist to speak: Tom Vartabedian, award-winning writer and photographer, will kick off the fall season at ALMA with a talk about his 50-year career with The Haverhill Gazette on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Armenian Library and Museum of America, 65 Main St., Watertown.

Admission is free. Vartabedian will discuss his work as a correspondent with the Armenian Press since the early 1960s, associated especially with The Armenian Weekly. His column, titled “Poor Tom’s Almanac” is the oldest-running column in the Armenian Press. Vartabedian is also a regular contributor to other publications including The Armenian Mirror-Spectator, Armenian Reporter, USA Armenian Life and Asbarez. He will reminisce about some of his favorite stories — both nostalgic and entertaining.

An exhibit of his photojournalism images over the past five decades will be on display. A reception will follow the program in the Contemporary Art Gallery, third floor. The event is co-sponsored by Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives Inc.

Vartabedian, born and raised in Somerville, studied journalism at Boston University. As a writer-photographer for The Haverhill Gazette, he garnered more than 50 awards from United Press International, Associated Press and New England Press Association before retiring in 2006.

Lockhart returns to the Merrimack Valley: There is still time to purchase tickets to see Keith Lockhart and Friends on Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Collins Center for the Performing Arts at Andover High School in Andover.

The event is presented by the Northern Essex Community College Foundation Inc., the Women of NECC and the NECC Alumni Association. Proceeds will benefit NECC’s Endowment Fund.

Lockhart will present a talk on composer Igor Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale,” illustrated by periodic interludes of music performed by a group of seven musicians. The 1918 theatrical Russian parable meant to be “read, played, and danced” tells the tale of a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil for a book that predicts the future of the economy.

Lockhart became the 20th conductor of the Boston Pops in 1995, adding his artistic vision to the Pops tradition established by his predecessors John Williams and Arthur Fiedler. This is a return visit to the Merrimack Valley for the 53-year-old New York native. For tickets at $35 each call the NECC Institutional Advancement events line at 978-556-3870 or visit www.mvarts.info.

For more information or to request communication access, visit www.necc.mass.edu/signature-event. Discounts are available for students and groups.

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 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.

Class reunion planned: Haverhill High School’s Class of 1978 will hold its 35-year reunion on Oct. 19 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Salvatore’s on the River in Lawrence.

Tickets are $50 per person. A cash bar will be available. For more information, email haverhillhighschool1978@yahoo.com or call Janine at 860-377-0649 or Robyne at 978-374-4420.