Summer jobs for youths: YouthWorks Summer Jobs Initiative is accepting applications from eligible youths ages 14 to 21 for subsidized summer jobs. Valleyworks Career Center in cooperation with the Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board and the mayors of Lawrence and Haverhill are putting 160 youths to work for seven weeks this summer. This initiative will prioritize jobs in child care, recreation, office technologies and landscaping. Applications are available at Valleyworks Career Centers in Haverhill and Lawrence. Applications must be returned to the Career Center. Those returned before June 18 will be given preference in filling available summer job openings.

Free bookmarks: Take Charge New England: ISO New England Inc., a not-for-profit organization responsible for the day-to-day operation of New England's bulk power system and wholesale electricity markets, is distributing nearly 70,000 bookmarks to public libraries across Massachusetts that display energy saving information. It's part of their energy efficiency public awareness campaign that reinforces efforts by states and other organizations to educate consumers on the importance of energy efficiency. For more information, visit

Phillips Academy will conduct interviews now through Aug. 31 for local students planning to apply for admission to the 2008-2009 school year. Each applicant to Phillips Academy is required to have a personal interview as part of the admission process. Interviews and student-guided tours are offered 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. To schedule an interview and tour, call the Phillips Academy office of administration at 978-749-4050. For more information, call Vivien Mallick, associate dean of admission, at 978-749-4062.

Rolling Ridge Elementary Weekend Retreat: Rolling Ridge Retreat Center in North Andover, a ministry of the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church, is offering a weekend retreat July 20 to 22 for elementary youths who have completed third grade. Participants will have fun with arts and crafts, storytelling, swimming, outdoor activities and more. For more information, call 978-682-8815 or visit

Nettle Seismology Project: The Nettle Middle School is looking for help in raising $20,000 to help sustain its seismology project. Each donation is tax-deductible and will enable Nettle students to better understand the earth's interior. Double Diamond Level ($2,500) contributors will have their names engraved on a plaque displayed in the school lobby and receive one of two Tom Brady autographed footballs. Diamond Level ($1,000) contributors will have their names engraved on a plaque displayed in the school lobby. Platinum Level ($500) contributors will be invited to an exclusive ribbon cutting reception where they will receive certificates of appreciation and have their names engraved on a plaque to be displayed at the school. Gold Level ($250) contributors will receive certificates of appreciation and have their names engraved on a plaque to be displayed at the school. Silver Level ($100) contributors will receive certificates of appreciation. Friends Level ($50) contributors will receive certificates of appreciation as well. For each $50 you donate, you will get one chance to win World Series tickets if the Red Sox win the American League pennant. The winner will be drawn on June 15 at 10 a.m. Donations can be made payable to Nettle Middle School Seismology, 150 Boardman St., Haverhill, MA 01830.

Haverhill DARE Camp: Applications for the Haverhill Police Department's 10th annual DARE Days summer camp program are now available in the front lobby of the Haverhill Police Station, 40 Bailey Boulevard. This camp is free to Haverhill children between the ages of 8 and 12. Camp runs from July 5 through Aug. 24 and consists of scheduled recreational activities, guest speakers and field trips. A special emphasis will be placed on building self-esteem, cooperation and communication based on activities and philosophies developed through the DARE program and Project Adventure. The following sites will serve as DARE Days summer programs: Nettle Middle School, 150 Boardman St., Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Silver Hill Elementary School, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All applicants may attend both sites providing they have transportation. Snacks, beverages and lunch will be provided at no cost. Applications must be received no later than June 26. Due to popularity of the program, applications will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis. For more information, call DARE officer Bill Alvarado at 978-373-1212, ext. 569.

Boys' Club camp registration: Registration for the Haverhill Boys Club Summer Program is now open at the 55 Emerson St. club on Friday's from 7 to 8 p.m. until June 25. The eight-week program is at an 16-acre waterfront campground in Newton, N.H. with row and speed boats, fishing, archery, sports fields, basketball, arts and crafts and a recreation hall with pool tables. The boys leave in late June and return home in mid-August. The fee is $75 per person a week; $65 each for two boys per week, and $60 for three per week. For more information, please contact Brian Theirrien at 978-374-6171.

Host families needed to provide food, a bed and a loving home for three to six weeks for exchange students from the Educational Merit Foundation (EMF), a nonprofit, educational exchange organization. All students are between the ages of 15 and 18, have medical insurance, spending money for their personal expenses and expect to share their host family's daily life including household responsibilities. They speak English, are well-screened and eager to experience life in America. Their stay here is sponsored and supervised by the foundation. For more information, call Marie-Claude Dijoud at 800-467-8363 or visit


Shamrock Associates scholarship applications are now available. Any graduating high school senior who is a resident of Haverhill is eligible to apply. Scholarships are mainly for average students from middle-income families who plan to attend a two- or four-year college. Applicants will be judged according to financial need, academics and extracurricular activities. Applications are available in the guidance office at Haverhill High School, the Haverhill Public Library, D.J. Casey Paper Co., 200 Merrimack St., all Pentucket Bank locations and Ari's Pizza and Subs, 402 S. Main St. The deadline to apply is June 30.

College for Kids: The College for Kids program at Northern Essex Community College offers study in 25 areas including book publishing, digital photography, mythology, computers, drawing, sculpture, Web design and newspaper writing for kids ages 10 to 13. Campers select their first and second choices for each morning, midday and afternoon. First choice is given on a first-come, first-served basis. Arts Alive for kids ages 6 to 9 offers three classes a day on a rotating basis in theater, art, music, science, hands-on mathematics, poetry, dance, storytelling and creative writing. Both camps will be offered July 9 through 20 and July 23 through Aug. 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $325 for each session. In addition, there is a $35 registration fee per student for one or both sessions. All students must bring a lunch. For more information, call Deirdre Budzyna at 978-556-3456.

Military help with college loans: You can get help repaying college loans by investing $1,200 in the Montgomery G.I. Bill to receive more than $30,000 for education expenses. Receive an associate in applied science degree in your specialty from the world's largest community college and the only accredited degree-granting program in the Armed Forces: The Community College of the Air Force. For more information, contact Sgt. James Moore at 978-686-1464 or 160 Winthrop Ave., Stadium Plaza, Lawrence; or

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