What’s with Santa’s eyeglasses?

Did you recognize Santa in this year’s VFW Santa Parade from his wire frame eyeglasses with transitional lenses that were dark, and smiling face? Children along the route not only waved and screamed hello to Santa, but a lot of them shouted out, “we love you Santa.” After the parade, Santa said his arms were tired from waving. When asked who his favorite reindeer was, Santa replied, “Donner,” and said she’s pulled his sleigh longer than any other reindeer. (For more on the parade, see Page 4.)

Goodbye Haverhill Speaks

The Haverhill Speaks website that residents were using to comment on City Council agenda items has been discontinued as of the Oct. 25 council meeting. City officials said the site cost the city almost $10,000 to operate and that it saw minimal usage. Residents have several ways of commenting on council items, including in-person, via Google Meet and by phone. All of the contact information is listed on the council’s website, www.cityofhaverhill.com/government/city_council/index.php.

Local companies honored

CADSPARC of Haverhill was recently named Rising Star Supplier of the Year at the recent Advanced Manufacturing Showcase held in the UMass Lowell iHub on downtown Merrimack Street. CADSPARC offers tailored design services to produce 3D models and deliver 3D printed parts and is located in the iHub and has four employees. Other local companies to receive awards included Product Resources of Newburyport, which was named Supplier of the Year; Mark Richey Woodworking of Newburyport, which received the Sustainability in Manufacturing Award, and 6K of North Andover, which received the Additive Manufacturing Innovation Award. Congratulations to them all!

What a gathering!

The Pentucket Kiwanis Club held its annual wine tasting event Nov. 10 in the Galleria Banquet Room at Maria’s Family Restaurant on Essex Street. Club members said the place was packed with guests. Half the roughly $5,000 in proceeds will go toward the club’s charitable causes including scholarships, summer camp memberships, and half will go towards rebuilding the Jack Zins Park, currently a passive recreational site located at the Groveland Street entrance to Holy Family Hospital. The winner of the 50-50 raffle, a southern New Hampshire man named Larry, donated his winnings back to the playground fund.

Great Turkey Drop

The Haverhill Kiwanis Club held a successful 7th annual Turkey Drop on Nov. 12 at Murphy’s Garrison Golf on Hilldale Avenue. No turkeys were injured or killed during the drop, in which 100 rubber turkeys were dropped from a helicopter onto a grid of sponsored squares. The event raised about $5,000 for Kiwanis scholarships.

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