They keep Santa smiling: Kudos to Mary and Ted Murphy of the Garrison Golf Center, as well as to Pentucket Bank, for their continued support of the Gazette Santa Fund. The Murphys raised $5,110 at their annual Hole-in-One Contest in October to benefit the fund. That total was hiked when Pentucket Bank made a $250 donation to the cause after the contest. That brings the total to $5,360. But this is only the start, with the Santa Fund accepting donations from members of the community throughout the holiday season to brighten the lives of needy families.
Speaking of charity during the holidays: As we get deep into November and head toward Christmas, the Ozzie’s Kids organization is once again looking for the community’s help. The group, led by retired Haverhill police officer Ozzie Hardy, accepts donations to provide help to struggling families during the Christmas season. Hardy can be reached through the Police Department.
It’s ‘Townie’ time: Local author Andre Dubus, a Haverhill High grad, was in the spotlight again this week. Dubus, whose books (including his memoir “Townie’’ about growing up here in the ’70s) have brought him national fame, received a lifetime achievement award from Haverhill Community Television at its 25th anniversary dinner.
Surprise in the sky: A local man called the Gazette recently to report a strange object in the sky over the city — what he called a military drone. “It was amazing to the naked eye,’’ he said. “It was dead silent, and only a few hundred feet off the ground and moving like it was on a wire, slow and straight. ... You can tell it is no normal aircraft because of the elongated tail section. I thought it was interesting because I had no idea why a military apparatus like that would be flying over little old Haverhill.’’