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September 27, 2013

Annual Hole-in-One Contest coming up

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — The 44th annual Haverhill Gazette Santa Fund Hole-in-One Contest will be held Oct. 9 through 12 at the Garrison Golf Center. 654 Hilldale Ave.

The event raises money for local families who otherwise would go without gifts for their children during the holiday season.

The contest will run from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of that week, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday. In its previous 43 years, the contest has raised nearly $200,000 — more than $5,000 last year alone. The money goes to organizations such as the Salvation Army for distribution to needy families.

The contest raises money through participants paying $8 for a bucket of balls, which they drive toward a hole 125 yards away. Those landing closest to the pin win prizes donated by local businesses and individuals. The prizes include golf equipment and gift certificates for local restaurants and services.

Breast cancer discussion Tuesday

New Horizons in Women’s Health, a special Meet the Expert seminar in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, will be held at Merrimack Valley Hospital on Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the hospital’s first-floor auditorium.

Speakers and topics include Introduction to the daVinci Robot with award-winning Gynecologist Melinda R. Birdsall, MD; Genomics and Genetics in Regard to Breast Cancer with General Surgeon Kathryn Hughes, MD; and Advances in Breast Reconstruction with Reconstructive Surgeon Michael Kutka, MD.

The seminar is free. Registration is required. Light refreshments will be served. Two contact hours in nursing will be awarded at the end of the presentation. Merrimack Valley Hospital is at 140 Lincoln Ave.

For more information or to register, call 978-420-1168 or email jean.macdougall-tattan@steward.org.

Trails and Sails events this weekend

The Essex National Heritage Area’s Trails and Sails program is holding two events in Haverhill this weekend.

Tonight from 3 to 4 p.m. there will be a cemetery Civil War walk at Hilldale Cemetery, 338 Hilldale Ave., hosted by the cemetery’s board of directors to commemorate the city’s Civil War history. The walking tour will focus on some of the 300 local soldiers and their stories. Attendees should bring water and good walking shoes.

On Sunday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. local historian Tom Spitalere will host a walk through the historic downtown to show how Italian culture reshaped the area. The tour will start at the Sons of Italy hall, 124 Washington St., and travel through the downtown, making stops at various buildings and landmarks.

Forum on Money in Politics next week

The League of Women Voters of Greater Haverhill will host a forum titled “Money in Politics” on Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Spurk Building at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, 100 Elliott St.

The topic of discussion is the influence of the campaign finance system in the electoral process and the threat to the vitality of democracy. The forum will be lead by Harvard Law Professor Dr. Lawrence Lessig, founder of Rootstrikers, a nonpartisan organization fighting the corrupting influence of money in politics as the root of America’s problems, and Jeffrey Clements, president and co-founder of Free Speech for People, a national, nonpartisan campaign to challenge the creation of constitutional rights for corporations. Former state Sen. Susan Tucker of Andover is moderator.

The forum is being held in cooperation with the Contemporary Affairs Club of Northern Essex Community College and the Haverhill Democratic and Republican city committees. More information is available from League of Women Voters President Carole Pelchat at 978-702-4502. Visit online at www.lwv-gh.org.

Talk on the safety of elders planned

Michael Springman, protective services supervisor for Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, will lead an informational presentation on the role of protective services in the community and what steps to take if you have concerns about someone you know.

The presentation will be Oct. 9 at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign announced

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.