EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

September 6, 2013

Run and walk in memory of state trooper Sunday

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — The third annual Bob Laprel Road Race and Walk will be held on Sunday at Haverhill High School.

The walk begins at 10 a.m. The race is at 10:30 a.m.

Last year’s event raised about $3,600 for the Robert C. Laprel Memorial Scholarship for Haverhill High School seniors. Entry fee is $20 for those who preregister. The first 300 to register receive a blue race T-shirt. Cost is $25 on race day. Race day registration closes at 9:30 a.m.

Prizes for the road race include $100 to the overall first top male and female, $50 to overall second place male and female, and $25 to overall third place male and female. The top three male and female finishers in various age groups also receive awards.

Raffles will be held for two framed posters, one signed by Boston Bruins great Ray Bourque, and the other signed by Bruins left-winger Milan Lucic. Tickets are $1 each. The raffle will be held after the race.

Members of the Massachusetts State Police will have their cruisers there for children to look at and will distribute free junior silver State Police badges. The festivities will kick off with a State Police Color Guard, followed by Haverhill High senior Bobby Gariepy singing the National Anthem.

Laprel’s family organizes this annual event and this year they want to promote heart-healthy eating. Eileen Webster, a nutrition expert from Whole Foods in Andover, will discuss ways of incorporating more vegetables and other healthy foods into your diet, and will be handing out bottled water and fruits to runners and walkers, who are also invited to a free “make your own trail mix” station. A nurse from Merrimack Valley Hospital will talk about maintaining a healthy heart.

Cedar’s Mediterranean Foods will distribute hummus snack packs and Poland Springs will provide bottled water. Dunkin’ Donuts on Winter Street is donating 100 cups of coffee.

Robert Laprel, a retired state police major and avid runner, died of a heart attack on Dec. 12, 2010. A life-long resident of Haverhill, he was a graduate of the Haverhill High Class of 1969, the Boston College Class of 1973, and the 59 Recruit Training Troop at the State Police Academy in Framingham in 1974. For registration information visit www.boblaprelroadrace.com. Volunteers are asked to contact Rob Laprel at rob@boblaprelroadrace.com.

Newspaper supports breast cancer awareness

The Eagle-Tribune is organizing a Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign for the month of October, and we want you to be a part of it.

We are looking for Greater Haverhill residents who have battled or are battling breast cancer, who have been otherwise touched by this disease, and who would like to share their stories.

Your stories will be used in our special news coverage next month, both in print and online at eagletribune.com, to help educate the community about all aspects of a breast cancer diagnosis, including detection, treatment, survival and support.

If you are interested in sharing your story or would like more information, contact Cheryl Lecesse at clecesse@salemnews.com or 978-338-2664.

Trip to see Cavalia Odysseo planned

The Council on Aging is planning a trip to see the internationally acclaimed Cavalia performance in Somerville tomorrow.

Cavalia Odysseo is a theatrical experience and an ode to horse and man that marries the equestrian arts, awe inspiring acrobatics and high-tech theatrical effects. More than 50 horses and an international cast will demonstrate their intimate bond. Odysseo is a two-hour dream that will move the heart and touch the soul. Tickets for the 2 p.m. matinee are $153 per person and seats are in the Gold Section Center, Rows G and H. For reservations or more information, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Armenian church picnic Sunday

NORTH ANDOVER — A performance by the Siroun Dance Ensemble will highlight the list of festivities during a picnic sponsored by St. Gregory Church of the Merrimack Valley.

The festival will be held on Sunday from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. on the church grounds at 158 Main St. Also featured will be an Armenian band featuring Joe Kouyoumjian on oud, John Arzigian on accordion and vocals, Jason Naroian on dumbeg and vocals and Leon Janikian on clarinet. The Siroun dancers will be dressed in traditional Armenian clothing and hail from central Massachusetts, performing various folk tunes.

The menu will include shish, losh and chicken kebab dinners, rice pilaf, salad, vegetarian entrees and Armenian pastries. There will be games and activities for the entire family. The picnic will also present an opportunity to introduce the church’s new pastor, the Rev. Stephan Baljian, who recently transferred here from Illinois.