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December 24, 2013

Local man competes in skating championship

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — WINDHAM — Jimmy Morgan of Windham will compete in the U.S. Figure Skating National Championship in Boston in Jan. 5-12.

A 2010 graduate of Salem High School, Morgan is a senior at Boston University who competes in the pairs competition.

The top two teams will advance to the Winter Olympic Games in Russia.

A call for art in Methuen

METHUEN — The Methuen Cultural Council is looking for a logo to use on the web and in print. In order to get the best logo possible, MCC is sponsoring a logo contest.

The contest is open to all Methuen residents.

Below are the contest guidelines:

Subject: Anything that embodies Methuen’s cultural spirit and community. It could be a recognizable landmark or just a concept. Be as creative as you like. Logo must include the words “Methuen Cultural Council.”

Style: Any sort of painting, photograph, illustration, digital art or drawing, as long as it is now a digital file.

Specs: Color digital image at 300 dpi and at least 5 inches wide and 3 inches tall. Larger is OK.

Submission fee: None.

Deadline: Artwork must be received by Dec. 31.

Prize: $100 cash prize and trophy featuring your logo.

Send your image to pdgdew510@aol.com along with your name, address, phone number and email address. Include 1-3 sentences about yourself and 1-3 sentences about the artwork. You may submit up to 3 images.

NECC courses offered online

HAVERHILL — With gasoline prices high and personal time at an all-time low, now might be the time to explore taking an online, hybrid (a blend of web-based learning with traditional face to face interaction) or web-enhanced class or classes through Northern Essex Community College’s distance learning program.

NECC offers 14 online degree programs and seven certificates. For the spring semester, which begins Jan. 22, students can select from 87 online courses, 173 web-enhanced courses and 102 web-hybrid courses. Distance learning courses range in topics from accounting to computer applications, public speaking, creative writing, meteorology, and ethics to name a few.

For a complete list of online degrees and certificates, visit www.necc.mass.edu/academics/distance/online-degree-programs.

For a complete list of the online, hybrid courses and web-enhanced courses, visit www.necc.mass.edu/academics/distance/courses.

For more information or to register call 978-556-3700 or visit www.necc.mass.edu.

Get Lit group meets at Haverhill Library

HAVERHILL —The Get Lit book group, for 20 and 30 somethings, will hold its monthly meeting at the public library on Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. The group will be discussing Katherine Dunn’s book “Geek Love.” Visit online at www.haverhillpl.org for more information and to register.

Dr. Ken Thomas, instructor at NECC, will present “Jungle Talk: Amazon Basin” on Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Milhendler Room. Thomas will share how the region — which is the size of the continental United States — is like a huge bowl that collects water and sends it thousands of miles to the Atlantic. He will introduce one of the tributaries, the Rio Napo in Ecuador, where he has spent time, and also touch on the Andes Mountains, the rivers, the rainforest and the ways they are all tied to one another.

His presentation will include photographs of the animals and plants that thrive in the area. Please register online. Thomas’ program is presented through the NECC Speakers Bureau.

A classical harp recital by Alethea Grant is Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. in the Milhendler Room. Grant, principal harpist for the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, will perform a variety of classical harp pieces. All are welcome at this free performance.

Local author Robert Wilhelm will present a scandalous talk titled “Murder and Mayhem in Essex County” on Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Johnson Auditorium. Wilhelm will share stories of crimes that shocked locals throughout history, including right here in Haverhill. Please register online.

Every Tuesday morning in January the library will show a classic sci-fi creature feature film. Stop by at 10 a.m. for viewings on the big screen. Check the library’s online events calendar for movie titles at www.haverhillpl.org.

Christmas tree bonfire planned

LONDONDERRY — Londonderry Boy Scout Troop 521 hosts its annual Christmas tree bonfire event on Jan. 4 at Mack’s Apples.

The troop will accept trees from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monetary donations will be accepted.

The bonfire begins at dusk. All are welcome to come enjoy the night. This is the 19th year for the event.