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January 29, 2013

Chaplains ceremony Sunday

The American Legion, Wilbur M. Comeau Post 4 will sponsor this year’s Four Chaplains Remembrance Ceremony. The ceremony will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. at Temple Emanu-EL, 514 Main St. The public is invited. A light meal will follow at Post 4, 1314 Main St. Early in the morning of Feb. 3, 1943, the United States Army Transport (USAT) Dorchester, carrying the four chaplains and approximately 900 military personnel, was struck by German torpedoes off the coast of Newfoundland. As the boat was sinking beneath the frigid waters of the North Atlantic, the heroic chaplains, Rabbi Alexander Goode, Methodist minister the Rev. George L. Fox, Reformed Church in America minister the Rev. Clark V. Poling and Roman Catholic priest the Rev. John P. Washington could be seen handing out the last of the life jackets, including their own. Those that survived saw the Four Chaplains, arms linked, braced against the railings of the ship, as it slipped to its watery grave. Said one of the survivors, “It was the finest thing I have ever seen this side of heaven.”

Women’s City Club to meet Feb. 5

The Women’s City Club of Haverhill will meet Feb. 5 at the Advent Christian Church, 160 Carlton St. Coffee hour begins at 1:30 p.m., followed by the business meeting at 2 p.m. The program will feature the documentary film, “Conflagration of 1882 in Haverhill” by local attorney Jay Cleary, who has produced a number of Haverhill Community TV programs over the last 10 years. Cleary will present the documentary film about the Great Conflagration of 1882, which destroyed the shoe district from Washington Square to Railroad Square. This program was selected as the best documentary film by the Alliance for Community Media in 2010.

Free talk on social media is Feb. 5

St. Joseph School of All Saints Parish will present a new Families First Lecture titled “Social Media Netiquette 101,” Feb. 5, from 7 to 8 p.m. The school is at 56 Oak Terrace. Guest speakers will discuss what your social identity says about you and why a positive image can have long-lasting effects for you and your children.

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