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August 29, 2013

Native American Intertribal Pow-Wow returns to city

The Haverhill Gazette

---- — The 25th annual Native American Intertribal Pow-Wow is coming to the city’s Plug Pond Recreational Area next month.

Sponsored by the Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness and the city’s Recreation Department, this family event is an opportunity to learn about Native American culture while experiencing its foods, music, dance, arts and crafts, storytelling and other traditions.

The event is Sept. 7 and 8.

New this year is an appearance by seven-time Native American Music Awards winner and recording artist Joseph Fire Crow, one of the top three Native American flute players in the world today. He will hold a special performance on Sept. 7.

Friends from Gedakina Inc. will launch a 30-foot war canoe and some North Shore Native Americans will bring their smaller canoe and kayaks. Rides in the canoes and kayaks will be offered to the public.

A lakeside ceremony will be held both days in celebration of this event being held at Plug Pond for the last 25 years. The event will also feature traditional Native American foods, including a northern traditional meal of a salmon fillet, succotash and cranberries, shrimp succotash, sausage fry bread, buffalo burgers, rez steak, corn soup, tacos and other traditional favorites as well as hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot-dogs, fries and soda.


What: Native American Intertribal Pow-Wow

When: Sept. 7 and 8, gates open to the public from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days

Where: Plug Pond Recreational Area, off Mill Street

Admission: $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and members of the Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness, $3 for children ages 4 to 14, and free for younger children. Parking is free.

More information: Online at www.mcnaa.org, by emailing mcnaa@aol.com or calling 617-642-1683.

Here are other events and activities in Haverhill:

Talk on Diabetic Neuropathy planned: Diagnosis and Treatment of Diabetic Neuropathy, a senior lunch presentation with Michael Kutka, MD, will be held on Sept. 3 from 1 to 2 p.m. in Merrimack Valley Hospital’s first-floor auditorium.

Kutka, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, is a member of the team at Merrimack Valley Hospital’s Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center. The cost of $5 includes a full dinner. The menu includes marinated chicken breast, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable medley, cranberry sauce, salad, rolls, dessert, coffee and tea. Merrimack Valley Hospital is at 140 Lincoln Ave. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call 978-521-8140.

Council on Aging offers workshops: Rose McGarry, director of the Elder Services Nursing Home Ombudsman Program, will discuss volunteer opportunities on Sept. 11 at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Ombudsman volunteers visit residents and advocate for those in need.

Gerald Lodge of the Tufts Health Plan Medicare Preferred Plan will be at the Citizens Center on Sept. 16 from 9 to 11 a.m to speak with current Tufts members as well as new members. The Medicare Open Enrollment period runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, and during this period you may change your plans.

Miklos Jakos will present a program on using computers titled “How To Do 10 Basic Procedures” on Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center. Jako will provide information on working with pictures, music and video, backing up your files, emailing, the internet and more.

Darcey Adams, vice president of Community Programs and Care Transitions for Lahey Health Senior Care, will present “When to Worry About Memory Loss – Normal Aging vs. Dementia” on Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center. Learn how aging changes the brain and discover strategies for managing challenging behaviors.

Join Digital Hearing Healthcare of Bradford, Georgetown and Newburyport on Sept. 25 at 10:30 a.m. for a talk on the persistent noise of Tinnitus. Tinnitus is not a disease, but it is a symptom of an underlying health condition such as an ear infection or injury. Learn to take control of your tinnitus and rediscover life without the constant buzzing, hissing or pulsing in your ears. Complimentary lunch will be provided, but reservations are requested. For more information, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

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.

More information is available online at www.adoptaducktoday.com.

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.

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. The charter came 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.

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 clothing 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. Stephan Baljian, who recently transferred here from Illinois.

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.

Food, Wine and Beer Pairing event: Off to the Races, a Food, Wine and Beer Pairing event to benefit Merrimack Valley Hospice, will be held on Sept. 12 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown.

Guests will experience some of the world’s most famous places and races from the Alaskan Iditarod to the Monaco Grand Prix, along with accompanying cuisine and beverages and entertainment by the George Farrell Group and NuImage Entertainment. A signature silent auction will feature nearly 100 items, including a well-stocked wine refrigerator, premium tickets to New England sporting events and unique dining experiences.

Tickets are $55 per person and can be purchased online at www.MerrimackValleyHospice.org or by calling 978-552-4927. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

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 in Watertown: 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.

Town-wide yard sale announced: The Friends of the Groveland Council on Aging will hold their first annual Town-Wide Yard Sale fundraiser on Sept. 21 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine.

For a fee of $25, the Friends will handle publicity, yard and area signs, and town maps showing the address, particulars and location of each yard sale. The maps will be available for pickup at Town Hall on Sept. 20 and on the day of the event.

Those taking part can simply hold a yard sale at their home or a friend’s home in Groveland and keep the proceeds. For more information and a registration form, contact Valerie Osborne at 978-374 6253 or JoAnna Donnelly at 978-374-6225. Deadline for registration and to appear on the maps is Sept. 16.

Lockhart returns to 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. The 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.

Trip to BSO rehearsal planned: The Council on Aging has tickets for the Oct. 17, 10:30 a.m. rehearsal of the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall.

This is an opportunity to meet new BSO conductor Andris Nelsons. The program includes works by Wagner, Mozart and Brahms. Tickets are $40 for first-balcony center seats and transportation. Seating is limited. To reserve your space or for more information, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

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.