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November 6, 2013

Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive to start

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — The Salvation Army of Haverhill will begin its annual Red Kettle Drive on Monday at 1:30 p.m.

Join The Salvation Army and Mayor James Fiorentini at the band shell in GAR park for this annual event, which will include live Christmas brass music. Come help The Salvation Army meet its goal and keep an eye out for your chance to give to the Red Kettle throughout the city.

More information is available by calling 979-374-7571.

Advanced care planning talk next week

Representatives from the Merrimack Valley Hospital will discuss Health Care Proxies, Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment, Five Wishes and more on Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

The discussion will be led by Kathy Straubel, R.N., and the Rev. Suzy Goodspeed. A complimentary lunch is included. To register for this free seminar, contact Mary Connolly, R.N., at 978-374-2390, ext. 15.

Bobby Bell Race a success

The 27th annual Bobby Bell 5-Mile Road Race set a new record for money raised.

The event, held Oct. 13, drew 194 runners, while the 19th annual Joyce Moriarty Memorial Fitness Walk had 80 participants. Although these were not records, the amount of money raised was. This year’s events brought in $8,997. For the 27th time, organizers donated more than the previous year.

Former Haverhill High School cross country standout Jefferson Welch took top honors with a time of 27:00, a minute faster than his winning time the previous year.

Haverhill Police Auxiliary officers maintained excellent traffic control, while the Andover Striders, Winners Circle Running Club and Yankee Timing provided strong race management. The Lasting Room Grille, the event’s host, along with Krueger’s Flatbread, Cedar’s, Haverhill Beef and Fantini Bakery all ensured there was plenty of food and drink for runners, walkers, and volunteers.

Proceeds from the two events were distributed as follows: $4,000 to the Sapienza Scholarship Fund; $1,738 to the Joyce Moriarty Scholarship Fund; $400 to Haverhill’s Brightside; $250 to the Haverhill Police Auxiliary Force; $150 to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; $500 to the Haverhill High School Cross Country Team; $75 to the VFW Santa Parade and $1,884 to the Andover Striders Running Club. Top five financial sponsors were Rice Brouillard Electric, Yankee Timing Company, Magellan Aerospace Corp, TD Bank, and Merrimack Valley Hospital.

Night of Worship and Inspiration planned

A Night of Worship and Inspiration featuring the Andy Needham Band and guest Jaimie Jamgochian will be held on Nov 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 217 Main St.

The public is invited. More information is available by calling 978-374-7491.

Free medical/dental clinics offered

Open Hearts Ministries will hold a free medical and dental clinic on Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 217 Main St.

More information is available by calling 978-478-7263. Visit online at www.openheartsministries.org.

Free skating event planned for Nov. 17

The Ice Skating Academy will hold a free community skating event in celebration of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi on Nov. 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Ice Arena behind Haverhill High School.

Organizers are asking for people to donate unwrapped gifts to be donated to The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill. Ice time and skate rentals are free. Enter through Haverhill High School’s main entrance at 137 Monument St. and follow the road to the back of the school. Visit online at www.theiceskatingacademy.us.