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March 25, 2014

Series offered on why the Civil War happened

ANDOVER — The Center at Punchard/BoomerVenture, 30 Whittier Court, is offering a series of five Thursday afternoon lectures beginning April 3 called “North and South: Why The Civil War Happened.”

The series, to be presented by local historian Don Robb, is in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War battle of Spotsylvania, where many Andover soldiers died.

Participants will examine historic data and reflect on statements and actions by people including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Brown, Sojourner Truth and Lincoln. Each session will also make links between national events and incidents in Andover. The sessions will explore two interconnected questions: When did the Civil War really start and was the Civil War fought about slavery?

The sessions will be held Thursdays April 3, April 10, April 17, April 24 and May 1 from 2-3:30 p.m. The cost for the series is $15 and advance registration is necessary. For information call: (978)623-8321.

Art in Bloom trip on April 28

HAVERHILL — The Haverhill Council on Aging is planning a trip on April 28 to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts for its annual “Art in Bloom” exhibit.

Tickets are $55, including a private guided tour. Contact the Council on Aging for more information.

Participants needed for manufacturing program

Northern Essex Community College has extended the deadline to enroll in a free, 25-week, Advanced Manufacturing Training Program.

Participants can chose to enroll in the basic machine track offered in partnership with Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School or the basic electronic track offered in partnership with the Greater Lawrence Technical School. Tuition is grant funded.

The program begins April 22 and ends in late October. Classes will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. four to five days a week. This program, which was modeled on a similar but shorter NECC pilot program which resulted in jobs for those who completed the program, will prepare participants for jobs as Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine operators, CNC machine technicians, electro-mechanical assemblers, electrical and electronic technicians, and test technicians.

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