EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 2, 2012

Whittier Regional open house Sunday

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Masonry students are busy fitting a slab of granite on the counter of an outdoor kitchen they built in the school lobby. Downstairs, graphics and design students are cranking out programs, posters and flyers. In the kitchen, culinary students are perfecting their pasta recipes.

It’s show time for Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High. Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m., eighth graders and their parents in the Whittier district are invited to the school’s annual open house to see if a vocational-technical education is the choice for them. Whittier student guides will lead tours of the school’s 19 vocational-technical areas, where instructors and students will be available to answer questions.

The school lobby will be full of action, with culinary arts students carving fresh fruits and vegetables and preparing seasonal food demonstrations. The Freedom Shrine display, installed by the Breakfast Exchange Club of Greater Haverhill, features reproductions of documents from American history and will be part of a social studies display. Health and Wellness and World Languages will also host interactive displays, and 92.5 The River radio station will have a booth featuring DJ AJ Crozby, who will give away CDs, concert tickets and a chance to produce a show at The River’s studios.

Other scheduled events include:

Meet Superintendent William DeRosa: 1:30 to 2 p.m. and 2:30 to 3 p.m.

Title I informational session: 2 p.m.

Sports informational meeting: 3 p.m.

Choral performance by The Whittier Players: 2:30 p.m.

How to apply to Whittier: 1 to 4 p.m.

Prospective students and their parents may take home an application to Whittier, along with flyers made by design and visual students which describe each vocational-technical major. As they come down the driveway on Sunday, students and their parents can tune in to Whittier’s radio station at 89.3 FM and hear the open house show produced by journalism students.

Veterans Day Parade slated for Nov. 11

The city’s annual Veterans Day Parade is Nov. 11, a Sunday.

Organizers said they want to bring to the public’s attention that the event is on a Sunday, which is unusual. Because Veterans Day falls on that day, the parade will happen then too, they said.

The parade will form at 10 a.m. in front of VFW Post 29 on Kenoza Avenue. The march will begin at 10:30 a.m. and proceed to Monument Square, and then down Main Street to the Global Peace Monument on Ginty Boulevard. There, services will be held. The event will end after the services.

A buffet luncheon will be held after the services at the American Legion Farm, 1314 Main St.

Free hockey clinic

set for tomorrow

Kids can try hockey for free tomorrow at Haverhill’s ice rink.

Greater Haverhill-Pentucket Youth Hockey (HP Thunder) invites boys and girls ages 4 to 9 to a “Try Hockey for Free” clinic tomorrow from 10 a.m. to noon at the Veterans Memorial Skating Rink, located behind Haverhill High School.

The event is part of Come Play Hockey Month. This program, designed to provide youth hockey associations a national platform to introduce new kids to the sport, is a joint effort between USA Hockey, the National Hockey League and NHL member clubs. With Total Hockey and Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports, the official sponsors of Try Hockey For Free Day, USA Hockey has 500 locations offering kids this unique opportunity.

As an added bonus, Merrimack College is providing free tickets (to an upcoming game) to the first 50 kids who register and then participate on the ice during tomorrow’s session. Families may register their children online at tryhockeyforfree.com or call Frank Barrett at 978-510-1563.