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December 13, 2013

Whittier Winter Concert to feature live music

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — 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.

Council on Aging offers new Fitness Program

HAVERHILL — The Council on Aging is starting a new exercise program titled “3B Senior Fitness: Balance, Bones and Brain.” The program will begin on Jan. 17. The first class is being offered free of charge. Classes will be held at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., from 11 a.m. to noon. This is a comprehensive program of fitness appropriate for seniors: balance training to prevent falls, strength training to increase bone density and age appropriate trivia to challenge the brain. By incorporating trivia questions along with the workout, you will enjoy the workout, laugh, and not only challenge your body but your brain too. For more information or to register, call 978-374-2390, ext. 11 or 16.

Spoonfuls of holiday help

Shannon Siviski’s fifth-grade class at High Plain Elementary School has raised $460 this season to help end hunger in Massachusetts through Project Bread’s annual Holiday Spoons Project fundraiser.

The Holiday Spoons Project encourages children of all ages — through schools, youth groups, neighborhoods and family gatherings — to get involved in both raising money and learning about the overall hunger crisis in America.

To raise money, children take ordinary wooden spoons and transform them into works of art, which they then sell, with the proceeds benefiting Project Bread.

Along the way, the children learn about hunger, including the basics that humans need to survive, who is affected by hunger, the importance of a healthy breakfast, how affording healthy food can be difficult for some, ways to help people who face hunger and more.

Project Bread has been presenting the Holiday Spoons Project for nearly 20 years. Jordan’s Furniture has teamed with it on the initiative for the last 14, and matches up to $10,000 in donations.

The students now have a chance to win a free, private screening at a Jordan’s Furniture IMAX theater as a result of their spoon decorations. People have until Jan. 6 to vote online for their favorite group of spoons, with the winner earning the screening. For more information, visit www.projectbread.org, www.facebook.com/projectbread, or www.twitter.com/walkforhunger.

Pentucket Bank named a Top Place to Work in Massachusetts

Pentucket Bank was recently named a Top Place to Work in Massachusetts in 2013 in the annual Top Places to Work magazine published by the Boston Globe. This is Pentucket Bank’s fourth time receiving this distinction.

Pentucket Bank employees participated in an anonymous survey conducted by WorkPlace Dynamics, specialists in employee engagement and retention. More than 1,500 employers were invited to participate in the survey and 304 organizations employing a total of 210,000 people completed the process. These individuals rated their employers based on workplace practices in compensation, leadership, appreciation, career opportunities and management. Pentucket Bank is ranked in the Medium size business category of 100-249 employees.

“We work hard here at Pentucket Bank to ensure that our employees know how valuable they are to the success of our company.” said Scott Cote, president/CEO of Pentucket Bank.

Pentucket Bank was established in 1891 as a mutually chartered bank. Pentucket Bank has no shareholders, pays no dividends and will not be sold. Pentucket Bank, with assets of $640 million as of Dec. 31, 2012, offers five full service community banking offices; three in Haverhill, and one each in Hampstead and Salem, New Hampshire. Visit the bank online at www.pentucketbank.com.

Christmas Concert in Newbury

NEWBURY — The Boston Camerata will perform “Noël, Noël: A French Christmas,” on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. at First Parish Church, 20 High Road (Route 1A), Newbury.

Enjoy magnificent holiday music from the Middle Ages to the dawn of the Baroque. For tickets or more information, call 617-262-2092 or send email to info@bostoncamerata.org. Visit online at www.bostoncamerata.org.

Free talk on Positive Discipline planned

HAVERHILL — Award winning author and keynote speaker, Bill Corbett, will discuss ways of modernizing your parenting “tool box” in order to raise bully-proof, drug-free and confident members of the family and classroom on Jan. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Joseph School of All Saints Parish, 56 Oak Terrace.

This Families First Lecture is free and open to the public. More information is available by calling 978-521-4256. Please RSVP by email to sjsprcom@gmail.com.