---- — ANDOVER — The Andover Sister Towns Association recently convened for its annual meeting and election at the home of Frank and Belva Hopkins of Andover.
Officers nominated and elected for 2014 include:
Fred Snell, president; Bob James, vice president; Kathy Stevens, treasurer; Marj Snell, secretary; Don Robb, clerk; Jane Vondell, trustee; Elaine Meisinger, program trustee; Diane Huster, exchange trustee; and Belva Hopkins, trustee.
Artist and avid rock and mineral collector Elaine Meisinger was the guest speaker. She shared the science and history of her collection. Members were asked to bring rocks, minerals and fossils to exhibit, along with questions and commentary.
A luncheon was also held.
The Andover Sister Towns Association has begun making preparations to welcome its sister organization from Andover, England, for an official exchange visit next year.
New members are welcome to join the group. For more information about Andover Sister Towns, contact Fred Snell at 978-686-3647 or via email at email@example.com.
Covanta named ‘Philanthropist of the Year’
HAVERHILL — Covanta Energy of Haverhill was recently named “Philanthropist of the Year” by Opportunity Works Inc., a private, not-for-profit organization that empowers adults with disabilities and their families. Covanta is a major supporter of the current Opportunity Works in Haverhill capital campaign to construct a new 37,000 square foot educational facility abutting Northern Essex Community College.
Honoring Covanta were, from left, Deborah Andrews, Opportunity Works director of development, Jane Harris-Fale, Opportunity Works executive director, (presenting the award to) Ken Nydam, Covanta business manager, and John Guerin, Opportunity Works capital campaign director.
Library presentation postponed
HAVERHILL — The public library has postponed a talk by Deirdre Budzyna, instructor at Northern Essex Community College, planned for Thursday at 7 p.m.
Budzyna’s talk, “It’s Not How Smart You Are; It’s How You Are Smart,” will be held at a later date, to be announced. Visit the library online at haverhillpl.org.
Listen to handbells tonight in Windham
WINDHAM — The Handbell Choir from First Congregational Church of Pelham will perform in concert tonight at 7 at Nesmith Library, 8 Fellows Road.
The choir will present a program of holiday music. The concert is free and open to the public. Call 432-7154 for more information.
Holiday party is just for teens
PELHAM — The Teen Advisory Group is hosting a holiday party for Pelham teens tomorrow at 3 p.m. at Pelham Public Library, 24 Village Green.
The party will follow a meeting for the group, which plans events for teens and children at the library. Call 635-7581 for more information.
Coat drive held
METHUEN — Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish is hosting its annual coat drive now through Jan. 31.
The parish is collecting gently used or new coats as well as scarves, hats, gloves and mittens. The items can be dropped off at St. Theresa Church, 22 Plymouth St., Methuen or at St. Augustine chapel, 128 Ames St., Lawrence.
Seniors and staff at La Casa send Christmas spirit overseas
LAWRENCE — Residents and staff members at La Casa de Inmaculada Adult Day Health are sharing the holiday spirit.
They have stuffed Christmas stockings with toys and gifts which were sent to a Maizal Esperanza, small town in the Dominican Republic.
La Casa Adult Day Health is part of Mary Immaculate Health/Care Services. It is a bi-cultural/bi-lingual adult day health center located on Essex Street.
Boston Camerata performs ‘Noel, Noel’
NEWBURY — The Boston Camerata will perform “Noël, Noël: A French Christmas,” on Saturday, Dec. 21, at 8 p.m. at First Parish Church, 20 High Road (Route 1A), Newbury.
Enjoy holiday music from the Middle Ages to the dawn of the Baroque. For tickets or more information, call (617) 262-2092 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blue Christmas service is Saturday
HAVERHILL — Good Shepherd United Methodist Church at 471 Main St. invites the public to attend a Blue Christmas Service on Saturday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m.
The service is an opportunity to remember and past while making room for new life.
Blue Christmas, or Longest Night, is a service of worship designed for people suffering with pain, loss, isolation or depression or who are grieving during this Advent season.
Windham selectmen to crunch number
WINDHAM — Selectmen hold a budget workshop at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Community Development offices, 3 North Lowell Road.
Health and human service agency requests will be reviewed.