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October 25, 2012

Haverhill in a Minute: Thrift shop seeks volunteers

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Ruth’s House, a nonprofit thrift store at 111 Lafayette Square, is seeking volunteers to help in its thrift store/clothing pantry.

Also needed are donations of new socks and underwear of all sizes. You may also drop off donations for the Sacred Hearts food pantry. All donations are tax deductible and donors will be issued receipts for their gifts. Donations may be dropped off on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. The thrift store is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The shop is closed Sunday and Monday. More information is available by calling 978-521-5575 or online at ruthshouse.org. Like Ruth’s House on Facebook for special sales and other events.

Council on Aging plans Halloween party, dance

The Council on Aging will hold its annual Halloween party and dance Oct. 31 at 12:30 p.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

The event will include a horribles parade, prizes and goodies. Costumes are optional. Lunch will include pizza, salad, cookies and coffee. Tickets are $5 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets call 978-374-2390 and speak with Kathy Bresnahan, ext. 11, or Rita LaBella, ext 16.

Pentucket Kiwanis charity auction

Nov. 2

The Pentucket Kiwanis Club will hold its fourth annual “Let’s Make A Difference” Charity Auction, Wine and Beer tasting Nov. 2 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Maria’s Family Restaurant, 81 Essex St.

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased by calling Nancy McKenna at 978-521-0445 or Nate Webster at 978-204-4692. A wide selection of wines from Sicily, beer tasting, a carving station, desert station and a selection of epicurean cheeses will be available. Silent auctions are until 9 p.m. and a live auction with WHAV’s Nate Webster will cap off the event. All proceeds will benefit many community programs, projects and charities in Greater Haverhill.

Spaghetti supper supports

Toys for Tots

A Harvest Spaghetti Supper in support of the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program is Nov. 16 from 6 p.m. to midnight at Amvets Post 147, 576 Primrose St.

The menu includes spaghetti, meatballs, Italian bread, salad, cash bar and dessert. There will also be a disc jockey, a 50/50 raffle and other raffles. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger. The event is sponsored by Merrimack Valley Hospital’s Employee Activities Committee, which supports employee events and local charities. For tickets, call 978-521-8184 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., or 978-374-2000 Monday through Thursday from 2:30 to 7 p.m.

Scavenger Hunt benefits Buttonwoods Museum

A “12th of Nevah” scavenger hunt to benefit the Buttonwoods Museum is Nov. 17.

Participants are asked to meet at 6:30 p.m. on the lower level of the Merrimack Street parking deck. Teams of four to eight people will be given clues to solve as they make their way around town. Sign up early to assure your team’s reservation. An extra point clue will be given to your team upon payment, so the sooner you pay, the sooner you get your clue. Cost is $40 per person. Museum members receive at $10 discount.

Make checks payable to: Haverhill Historical Society. Please bring payment to any EZ-Way Cleaners location before Nov. 10, or mail a check with the names of your team to: Peter Carbone, 48 Colby St., Bradford, MA 01835. The final clue will bring you to a party with a cash bar and a catered buffet by Simply Perfect Catering, compliments of Pattie and Stephen Crimmin. More information is available from Carbone at 508-320-7710 or peteracarbone@yahoo.com. The Buttonwoods Museum/Haverhill Historical Society is a non-profit, privately supported organization that maintains and displays historical artifacts from Greater Haverhill.

Library seeks volunteers

The public library circulates nearly 500,000 items each year and needs help getting materials back onto the shelves.

Volunteers ages 14 and up are needed all hours that the library is open to empty bins, sort and organize, and shelve materials. The library is also looking for someone who loves music and movies to create replacement covers for CDs and DVDs, and someone who loves comic books to shelve graphic novels.

There is a two-hour training session and a 20-hour time commitment. More information is available by contacting Beth Gallaway at 978-373-1586, ext. 641.

Dempsey named Public Advocate of the Year

State Rep. Brian Dempsey, D-Haverhill, was selected to receive two awards this month in recognition of his tireless advocacy on behalf of hunger-relief and nutrition assistance programs.

The Massachusetts Meals on Wheels Association presented Dempsey with the 2012 Kit Clark Award. The award is presented annually to leaders in both the private and public realm who demonstrate dedication and support to seniorcitizen nutrition services in the state. As chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Dempsey avoided deep cuts to the Elder Nutrition Program and increased funding to preserve this program, which provides 8.5 million meals to senior citizens statewide each year.

The Greater Boston Food Bank named Dempsey recipient of the 2012 Public Advocate of the Year award for his support of the Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program and his commitment to ending hunger in the state.

This year, Dempsey secured an increase in funding for the food bank and statewide members of the Feeding America food bank system, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization which distributes more than 50 million pounds of food annually in the state.

YMCA offers membership deals

The Haverhill YMCA is lowering its membership rates for new members.

Until Nov. 30, new members will pay no fees and lock in the following rates through 2013: $39 per month for one adult, $49 per month for one adult and children, $59 per month for two adults, and $69/ per month for two adults and children. This offer is valid through Nov. 30 and only for new members.

The YMCA has a newly renovated fitness center with the latest cardio and strength equipment; free group exercise classes for members including spinning, Zumba and yoga; a full-size basketball court; 30-foot rock climbing wall; pool; gymnastics center; childcare; and other equipment and activities. When you join the Haverhill YMCA, you can use any Y in New England. More information is available at northshoreymca.org or by calling 978-374-0506.