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December 20, 2013

Ringing in the winter solstice

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — ANDOVER — The Shawsheen River Watershed Association hosts its fourth annual Winter Solstice Celebration on Sunday, Dec. 22, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Because of the snowy conditions, the event has been moved to Pomps Pond Recreation Park, 147 Abbot St. The group will gather at the pavilion at the end of the paved road.

The program will feature a short presentation on the astronomy, history and folklore of the winter solstice, interspersed with music and singing. Solstice observers should bring bells to ring to wake up the sun as the Holly King Banner is retired and the Oak King Banner is raised to symbolize the time of lengthening days.

A campfire for roasting marshmallows for s’mores and baked potatoes will follow. People should bring their own supplies and beverages; alcoholic drinks are not allowed.

Admission is free; the public is invited. Parking will be along the access road, known as Recreation Park Road. The road is level, paved and plowed with plenty of room to drive and park. There also is cover in case of inclement weather. Email bob_otter@comcast.net with questions or for more information.

Masons help families at Emmaus House

HAVERHILL — Members of the Merrimack Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Haverhill said this year is the seventh straight year they have made sure that families living at Emmaus House and who have children will have a merry Christmas. They said the tradition was started in 2007 by the Master of the Lodge, Richard Pettengill.

The Lodge contacted Emmaus House that year and asked the management for the first name, gender, and age of each child living there.

The Lodge asked what each child either wanted or needed as well as what size was required should the request be clothing. The list was distributed among Lodge members and every child was provided for. The endeavor was such an overwhelming success that every successive Master of the Lodge has continued the tradition.

This year was no different. The Lodge reached out to Emmaus House this year and received a list of 44 families along with the information needed to provide the appropriate Christmas gifts. It is the feeling of Merrimack Lodge that Christmas is a time of good will and cheer and it is painful to think of any child deprived of Christmas because of hard times, lodge members said.

The Master of the Lodge is an elected position and the elections are held annually.

Head to Mother Goose Story Time

PELHAM — Mother Goose Story Time, for infants and toddlers, is scheduled for 10 a.m. today at Pelham Public Library, 24 Village Green.

Call (603) 635-7581 for more information.

Trash takes a holiday

WINDHAM — The transfer station at 2 Ledge Road will have special Tuesday hours, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., on both Dec. 24 and 31.

The station will be closed for Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Call (603) 426-5102 for more information.

Seventh-graders from St. Patrick’s help out

PELHAM — Seventh-graders at St. Patrick’s School have raised more than $900 for the Alzheimer’s Association as their Christmas charity.

The class’s slogan was, “Remember Those Who Forget.”

Finegold holds office hours today

ANDOVER — Sen. Barry Finegold, D-Andover, is holding office hours today from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the first-floor activities room in Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St. Finegold will also be available today at Lawrence Public Library from 10 to 11 a.m., at Parker Memorial Library in Dracut from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and at Tewksbury Public Library from 3 to 4 p.m.

Deadline looms for citizen petitions

SALEM, N.H. — The deliberative session of the annual Salem School District meeting is set for Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, at 7 p.m. at Salem High School.

Any citizen wishing to submit a warrant article for consideration at the deliberative session must have the petition submitted before 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014.

A citizen petition must be signed by 25 registered voters of the town of Salem. They may be submitted to the office of the Superintendent of Schools, 38 Geremonty Drive, any workday, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Library offers eBook workshop

HAVERHILL — The public library will host a free workshop on how to download library eBooks to your eReader using the OverDrive Media Console App on Jan. 6 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. This class is open to people with eReaders that have “App” capability. For patrons with other eReaders, the library is offering one-on-one classes.

For more information or to sign-up, call 978-373-1586, ext. 608. Classes are limited to eight people, so make your reservation soon.