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January 16, 2014

U.S. Rep. Tsongas to host Congress on Your Corner Saturday

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — DRACUT – Congresswoman Niki Tsongas will host her Congress on Your Corner program Saturday from 10-11:30 a.m. at Shaw Farm in Dracut.

Tsongas will have congressional staff with her and will be available to discuss any issue or concern on the minds of Third District residents. She will also be able to collect the appropriate information about an individual problem someone may have with a federal agency so that her office can assist in helping to resolve the matter.

This is an open invitation and all residents are encouraged to attend.

Sen. Finegold appoints new aide

BOSTON — State Sen. Barry Finegold, D-Andover, has hired a new director of communications and constituent services. Sonali Lappin has joined his the Andover Democrat’s Senate office after spending just over a year as a constituent services aide to Gov. Deval Patrick. Lappin has a degree in English and political science from Mount Holyoke College.

Paintings on display at Buttonwoods Museum

HAVERHILL — Paintings from Haverhill long ago line the walls of the Buttonwoods Museum. During a History for Half Pints workshop titled “Pictures & Portraits,” children will explore the museum and then make their own portraits. Snacks and games are included. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 21, and is limited to 10 children ages 6 and under. Cost is $5 per child. No charge for caregivers. To register, please email programs@haverhillhistory.org by Jan. 16. The Buttonwoods Museum/Haverhill Historical Society is at 240 Water St. Call 978-374-4626 or visit online at www.haverhillhistory.org.

H&R Block to host Second Look Event

HAVERHILL — The H&R Block office at 2 Water St. will host a free Second Look event tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. At the same time, Next Step Living will host an efficiency workshop about how to save on energy costs during this harsh winter

The Second Look review is designed to ensure taxpayers received the maximum refund possible and to help them recover any money that might have been left on the table. Unfortunately, not all tax returns are prepared accurately and some mistakes can lead to overpayment. Second Looks provide a professional review of a return not prepared by H&R Block and advice on what to do if variances are found.

Those attending will have an opportunity to talk with H&R Block tax professionals about their 2010, 2011, 2012, and current tax returns, as well as receive tax tips, information on tax law changes, tax planning and other financial issues. Residents can also take advantage of H&R Block’s free Tax and Health Care Review.

The energy efficiency workshop will include information on related programs, financing, and incentives.

NSTAR, National Grid or Columbia Gas customers living in a building with four or fewer units may be eligible for a no-cost home energy assessment through the Mass Save Home Energy Services Program. By completing an HEA, homeowners may be eligible for various utility-company incentives such as no-cost targeted air sealing; 75 percent off (up to $2,000) for insulation work; and a zero-interest HEAT loan for up to $25,000 that can be used to finance qualified energy home improvements like a ductless mini split system.

Reserve a table for April craft fair

HAVERHILL — Riverside Memorial Church, 278 Groveland St., will hold its fifth annual Craft Fair on Saturday, April 5 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Event organizers are seeking crafters to participate in this event. The fee is $35 for an 8-foot by 21/2-foot table, with chairs included. All proceeds support Riverside Memorial missions fund. For more information please contact Renee Cannon at 617-455-2792 or ms.renee1969@yahoo.com. Space is limited so please call early.