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December 16, 2010

The Lamp Post

The Lamplighter congratulates the McNamara family, who won the Pasta with the Pastor raffle at the recent Sacred Hearts holiday open house. Six members of the family, or a combination of family and friends, will dine with the Rev. Robert Conole at a later date. The prize of dinner with the pastor was a fundraiser for the church.

Before Haverhill was plunged into the deep freeze last week, the Lamplighter noted a strange phenomenon in his neighborhood: a blooming forsythia bush. Never has he seen the bright yellow blossoms at the same time that homes were sporting holiday decorations. A few houses away, a rose bush was still in bloom and around the corner, the tender green shoots of spring-flowering bulbs were peeking through the frosty ground.

Northern Essex Community College is in the midst of its 50th anniversary celebration. Word is that the NECC Foundation is working on signing a show-stopper for the annual signature fundraising event to mark this important milestone.

Speaking of NECC, the panel appointed to choose a replacement for President David Hartleb, who is retiring at the end of this academic year, will no doubt have a tough time choosing from the three finalists. Those who have met the candidates say each is impressively qualified to steer the school into its next half-century of preparing students for the future. The finalists are NECC Vice President Lane Glenn; Stark State College President John O'Donnell of Ohio and vice president and provost for Maryland's Montgomery College, Brad Stewart. Public interviews of the candidates end just as this edition of the Gazette hits the streets.

Quick! What's the capital of North Dakota? Bet students at Sacred Hearts School know that one, and many more. They've been preparing for the school's annual Geography Bee.

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