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November 21, 2013

The Lamp Post


The Haverhill Gazette

---- — 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.’’

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No Farms No Food! Local farmers are using that slogan as they push for residents to buy food locally during the holidays. Farmer Marlene Stasinos said her farm is raising turkeys for holiday meals. Do doubt other local farmers are doing the same in hopes of cashing in this holiday season to keep their operations going.

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These kids need coaches: St. Joseph’s School is looking for coaches for two student basketball teams. They need a coach for the seventh- and eighth-grade girls team and also a coach for the sixth-grade boys team. Anyone interested is asked to email bmartin@kidzgame.com.

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Making NECC proud: Two Northern Essex Community College employees received Merrimack Valley Business Magazine’s “40 under 40” awards recently, and the school could not be prouder. NECC professor Mike Cross of Atkinson and Analuz Garcia of Lawrence, NECC’s coordinator of student activities and engagement, were among the honorees at a luncheon at the college.

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Partnership spanning the ocean: Local college students havea chance to travel while they study. Two local schools — Northern Essex Community College and Middlesex Community College — have signed an international education agreement with Bath Spa University in Bath, England. It allows students to complete either a semester abroad or transfer into a bachelor’s degree program.