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March 10, 2014

Whittier's Birthplace featured in paintings, photos


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — HAVERHILL — Artist Mark Reusch, who is caretaker of John Greenleaf Whittier’s Birthplace, will present a painting and photography exhibit featuring the 326-year-old property of the famed writer and abolitionist now through April 5 in Northern Essex Community College’s Bentley Library ArtSpace on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

The gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, from 2 to 9 p.m., Friday from 2 to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Reusch, who is a freelance illustrator and instructor at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design, has lived at the birthplace of the famed poet on Amesbury Road in Haverhill since 2011. The exhibit will feature photographs as well as illustrations of the property and its various buildings.

A graduate of Haverhill High School, Reusch earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration from Massachusetts College of Art & Design in Boston. He earned the 2013 Best of New England Design Award for “Unbored, The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun,” a children’s book.

This exhibit is sponsored by the NECC Art & Design Department. For more information contact pkidney@necc.mass.edu or Marc Mannheimer at mmannheimer@necc.mass.edu.

Buy baked goods at Windham polls

WINDHAM — The Woman’s Club will have a table at the town election tomorrow at Windham High.

There will be baked goods for sale. Proceeds will benefit the group’s scholarship fund, activities and charitable donations.

Jon Nelson Band concert March 23

ANDOVER — Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation is hosting “March Music Madness” with the Jon Nelson Band.

The concert will be held March 23 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at Temple Emanuel, 7 Haggetts Pond Road.

Jon Nelson, composer, performer, cantorial soloist and educator, was the founder of the Jewish rock and roll band, Yom Hadash. The Jon Nelson Band features drums, guitar, keyboard and vocalist.

Tickets are $9 children and seniors and $18 adults, with the opportunity to become a sponsor.

Enjoy Irish Boiled Dinner Saturday

PLAISTOW — The St Jude Council of the Knights of Columbus will hold their annual Irish Boiled Dinner on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. at St Luke’s the Evangelist (Holy Angels), in the Parish Center.

Meal proceeds will be donated to the Food Pantry at St Luke’s, which serves families from Plaistow, Atkinson, Newton, Kingston and other towns.

Admission is $7 for adults, $3.50 for children. Tickets will be on sale at the door or by contacting Bernie Gosselin at 642-4012.

Timberlane will host health fair

PLAISTOW — The Timberlane Regional School District will hold its fifth annual Health and Fitness Fair on March 19 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The health fair, which is free and open to the public, will take place at the high school

There will be information on nutrition, diabetes awareness, concussion awareness, Lyme disease, blood pressure screenings, hearing screenings, acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, massage, health and fitness topics, and many more informative booths.

For more information contact Patti Mangini at Patti.mangini@timberlane.net with any question.

Library offers beginner Internet classes

HAVERHILL — The Public Library is offering free beginner Internet classes.

The classes are small, with lots of individual attention and hands-on practice. Each class is two hours long. You do not have to own a computer to take these classes, but you are welcome to come with your own wireless enabled laptop. Classes require advance sign-up.

For dates, times and to reserve a spot, please stop by the library’s Reference and Information desk or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608. The library will begin taking reservations March 18 for classes in April.

Taize worship service to take place at Rolling Ridge

NORTH ANDOVER — Rolling Ridge will offer “Still Waters ... Taize,” a special worship service, the evening of March 16.

The service will be led by two musicians/vocalists from Somerville, Shelly and Mike Tworoger. Prior to worship at 6:30 p.m, a buffet dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m in the Lakeside Gallery Dining Room. Vegetarian options are available but those requesting them are asked to make reservations.

Cost for the entire evening is $20 per person. Those who only want to attend the worship service, for which there is no fee, can come at 6:30 p.m. Dress is casual, as participants will be kneeling on the floor around a cross.

The service will conclude at 7:45 p.m. Register for “Still Waters ... Taize” by calling 978-682-8815 or visiting www.rollingridge.org. Rolling Ridge, a not-for-profit ministry of hospitality of the New England Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, is at 660 Great Pond Road.

Taize is a small village in southern France where an ecumenical monastic community of 100 brothers from Protestant and Catholic traditions is located. The community offers a ministry of reconciliation that started toward the end of World War II.

The brothers welcome thousands of young people to Taize every summer for prayer and renewal. Their style of worship and music have spread across the globe.