:Merrimack Valley Planning Commission to hold public forum: The Merrimack Valley Planning Commission will hold a special Public Forum on Thursday (Jan. 17) at 7 p.m. at 160 Main St., in conjunction with the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. The purpose of the forum is to allow EOHED to present a draft of the region’s section of the Statewide Development Plan called “Planning Ahead for Growth.” The forum will allow EOHED the opportunity to explain the process and methodology of choosing “priority development areas” and “priority preservation areas” in the MVPC region and how these areas align with MVPC’s Regional Priority Growth Strategy completed in 2009. The public is invited to attend and comment on the proposed plan. For more information contact Mike Parquette at 978-374-0519, ext. 27 or email@example.com.
Library closed for Martin Luther King Day: The public library will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, for the Martin Luther King holiday. The library will reopen at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22. More information is available by calling 978-373-1586. Visit the library online at www.haverhillpl.org.
Essex Heritage announces Partnership Grant Program: The Essex National Heritage Commission (Essex Heritage) is offering matching grants to Essex County organizations through its 2013 Partnership Grant Program. Recognizing the importance of providing seed money during financially challenging times, Essex Heritage will award $1,500 grants to 10 organizations that steward the region’s nationally significant heritage. Online applications are being accepted from municipalities and qualified nonprofit organizations whose projects support Essex Heritage’s mission to preserve and promote the historic, cultural, and natural resources of the Essex National Heritage Area. Applicants have until Feb. 17 to apply in one of three categories: Heritage Education, Heritage Interpretation and Heritage Preservation. “Essex Heritage is pleased to once again offer grants to local organizations that foster collaboration in our region and help us promote the region’s unique resources,” said Annie C. Harris, Essex Heritage executive director. “Over the 15-year life of the program we have provided grants to every community in Essex County – something we are proud of. And, now, more than ever, we recognize that many organizations need seed money for noteworthy projects that preserve and promote our cultural heritage.” More information is available online at www.essexheritage.org/partnershipgrants.