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February 5, 2013

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Haverhill Trivia Book, revised by students, has the answers

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Brown said that with Garwich’s permission, his class revised the trivia book and incorporated new features, including the Haverhill Citizens Hall of Fame, as well as details about the Essex Street Gateway Mural, including a key that explains each facet of the mural.

“The project was my idea for my History of Haverhill course,” Brown said. “The old trivia book was very interesting and helpful to me, but it was way out of date. Surprisingly, it sold very well at the library.”

Local trivia buffs probably can answer many of the trivia questions in the book, such as what the letters GAR stand for in GAR Park, which is Grand Army of the Republic. But do you know what newspaper was the first in the world to receive news by telephone? It happened to be The Haverhill Gazette.

“There is a need, in my opinion, for children to learn the history, geography and contributions of the citizens of the city in which they live,” Garwich wrote in the preface of her original book, titled “Haverhill Trivia,” and which Brown included in the updated version.

The new book includes new categories, including sports, and offers questions and answers such as “Which former Haverhill teacher held the most track, field and running championships in New England at the time of his death in 1987?’’ The answer is Anthony Sapienza. And do you know which Haverhill native was the first female to be admitted into Little League baseball? The answer is Sharon Poole in 1972.

Brown said the new trivia book will soon be available for purchase at the public library’s Friends Shop, the Book Cellar in the basement of City Hall, the Hillies student store at the high school, as well as the Buttonwoods Museum and Whittier’s Birthplace. He said the old trivia book used to sell at the library’s Friends Shop for $15 but was priced at $5 because it is so old.

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