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June 12, 2014

A night to behold -- Scout's honor!


Philanthropy is also her niche outside the business. Ann’s been a staunch supporter of Tribute to Women, the Haverhill Boys & Girls Club, the Chamber of Commerce and her church. Her priority now is Merrimack Valley Hospice. She and husband Kenneth of 24 years are blessed with daughter Colleen.

Two other presenters deserve their share of applause, Elaine Barker and Dr. John Maddox, with their impeccable deliveries.

Stories like these manifest themselves accordingly. One does not have to elaborate about the merits of Scouting and the thousands who emanate from its ranks over time. I can only tell you what the Eagle rank did for my two sons.

Without sounding boastful, it opened the door of opportunity and gave them qualities you don’t always find in classrooms or a baseball diamond. And now, their own children are on the road to Eagle.

While we’re at it, let’s also give a cheer to Troop 1 for entering a second century of service. As for this testimonial, it was a happy 25th anniversary!

Writer and photographer Tom Vartabedian is retired from The Haverhill Gazette. He contributes this regular column.

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