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December 13, 2012

City happenings

The Haverhill Gazette

---- — Winter Farmers Market planned

The Haverhill Farmers Market is holding an indoor Winter Market on Saturdays this month at the Universalist Unitarian Church, 15 Kenoza Ave.

The market is open Saturday, Dec.. 15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Dec. 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This event includes live music and is sponsored by the UU Green Sanctuary Committee.

Vendors will be selling winter produce, jams and jellies, maple syrup, honey, grass-fed meat, eggs, baked goods, hand-made holiday gift items and other items.

Visit online at haverhillfarmersmarket.org.

Library offers Beginning Internet Classes

The public library will offer free Beginning Internet Classes in January.

The classes are small, with lots of individual attention and hands-on practice. 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 sign-up. For dates, times and to reserve a spot, stop by the reference and information desk at the library or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608. The library will begin taking reservations Dec. 21 for classes that begin Jan. 8.

‘Phone Pals; program offered to housebound elders

The Greater Haverhill Breakfast Exchange Club is sponsoring a new free program titled “Phone Pals” for housebound Haverhill senior citizens.

Participating elders will be contacted by phone on a daily or weekly schedule by trained volunteers. This program offers health care reminders, referrals to appropriate service providers, education information, and emergency safety checks. Phone Pals is free and offered as a public service by the Greater Haverhill Breakfast Exchange Club. Funding is provided by the Griffin-White Foundation. More information is available form Elizabeth Vallerand at 978-398-5228 or myphonepal@yahoo.com.

Bank names manager for Bradford branch

Haverhill Bank has named Gabriel Rodriguez as the new manager of its Bradford branch.

Rodriguez is responsible for the day-to-day activities of the branch as well as business development and account creation. Before joining Haverhill Bank, he held various banking positions in the Merrimack Valley. He started his banking career as a teller and worked his way up to branch manager. Most recently, Rodriguez was employed with Citizens Bank, where he managed two branches simultaneously.

Rodriguez has lived in Haverhill for nearly 20 years. He is a graduate of Northern Essex Community College, where he earned an associate’s degree in business in 2007.

Planning Commission meets Thursday

The Merrimack Valley Planning Commission will meet at the MVPC Offices Thursday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m. for a Holiday Social followed by a meeting at 7 p.m.

The agenda includes updates on the Regional Comprehensive Plan, Environmental and Transportation Projects for the Merrimack Valley. For more information call Nancy Lavallee at 978-374-0519 or email nlavallee@mvpc.org.

Chronic Pain workshop offered

Chronic Pain, a free six-week workshop, will be held at Merrimack Valley Hospital on Tuesdays, Jan. 8 to Feb. 12, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in the first-floor auditorium, 140 Lincoln Ave. Participants will learn to control pain, deal with depression, frustration, isolation and poor sleep patterns; eat well, begin an exercise program, handle stress, relax, and increase energy levels. Workshops are run by Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley. For more information or to register, call Sheila Hewitt at 978-946-1211.

Christmas give-a-way

Families in financial distress are invited to a free Christmas give-a-way Friday, Dec. 14, at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Doors open at 4 p.m. Registration is not required. Personal care items, housewares and gift and food items are being provided through a grant from Walmart, which is also providing a tractor trailer truck for this distribution. This event is hosted by Somebody Cares New England in collaboration with Common Ground Ministry and Zion Bible College.

Haverhill High School will host its third Madrigal Dinner Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium.

This special event is a comic recreation of a medieval feast celebrating the 12 days of Christmas and is being presented by the high school’s chorus, band, drama club and art club. The evening includes old English carols, holiday band music, and a skit involving knights, a dragon and Halley’s Comet. Tables will be set up in the pit and tickets are limited to 80 people. Tickets are being sold in advance and are $10 each. The meal will be supplied by the Chicken Connection. Haverhill High School is at 137 Monument St.

NECC offers course on the Middle East

A history course titled “The Modern Middle East” will be offered at Northern Essex Community College during the 2013 spring semester.

This three-credit college course will be taught by NECC history and government professor Dr. Steve Russell on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:45 to 3 p.m., beginning Jan. 24. This course will explore the following questions: What has happened with the “Arab Spring,” Why is religion so important there? How can Palestine and Israel make peace? What are the issues surrounding Iranian nuclear capability? Why is the United States so involved there? and How do we explain society, economy, and politics there? For more information contact Dr. Steve Russell at srussell@necc.mass.edu or to register call 978-556-3700.

NECC to offer study abroad courses

Northern Essex Community College is offering two international courses: “Introduction to Archaeology: a Site Exploration of Ancient Turkey,” and “Field Studies in Natural Systems: the Bio-geology of Belize.” Classes will meet during four Saturday sessions on the college’s Haverhill campus.

The program includes an 11-day trip to Turkey or Belize.

“These trips will allow students to experience a new culture, explore new cities and ruins, and have an experience of a lifetime,” said Marcy Yeager, NECC’s international studies coordinator.

Students are currently being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Those who qualify can have the cost of the trip covered by financial aid. For more information about the Archeology course, contact Kristi Arford at karford@necc.mass.edu or 978-556-3353, or Habib Maagoul at hmaagoul@necc.mass.edu or 978-556-3344. For more information about the Bio-geology course, contact Ken Thomas at kthomas@necc.mass.edu or 978-556-3516 or Marcy Yeager at myeager@necc.mass.edu or 978-556-3326.