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December 13, 2013

Whittier Winter Concert to feature live music

HAVERHILL — Enjoy the best sounds of the holiday season with a free Winter Concert featuring the Whittier Tech Chorus. Accompanied by guitars, bass, drums and keyboard, the chorus will perform favorites such as “Loves Me Like a Rock” and holiday classics including “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and “White Christmas.”

The concert is Thursday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School, 115 Amesbury Line Road. The public is welcome to attend.

A 26-member chorus will be accompanied by live music from student and faculty musicians.

The chorus went on the road during the school day on Dec. 12 to brighten the holidays for the elderly at the annual Council on Aging Holiday Party in Amesbury.

Methuen Karate promotes six blackbelts

METHUEN — The Giordano Family Methuen Karate Association Promoted six new Shodans (first degree black belts) during its monthly Black Belt Training Night. The ages ranged from 46 to 16 for this group of Karate-Ka who took their final test in October.

The presentation of their belts was the culmination of 18 months of extra training as they prepared for their test during the annual Black Belt Review. In addition to their standard training (two to three sessions a week) the new Shodans also came to special classes held the first Saturday of each month, and assisted teaching classes.

Receiving the rank of Shodan and the title of Sempai were Donna McKenna, Mark Truchon, Maria Lopez, David Daniels, Amanda Meli and Sara Hines.

Kancho Giordano told the class how proud he was of this group and it was the largest class of Shodans since 2008 for the Methuen Karate Association. He thanked Shihan Kevin Bihl and Sensei John Goddard for the extra time they spent with this group as they trained over the 18 month period. And he reminded the new Sempais that reaching this milestone was only the beginning of their journey in Karate and that they had to continue to train to continue down their path.

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