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October 29, 2012

Region in a Minute: Filmmaker to lecture on deceptive Army unit on Nov. 11

The “Ghost Army,” a unit of the U.S. Army that was built on bluff, deception and trickery, will be the subject of a White Fund Enlightenment Series lecture by documentary filmmaker Rick Beyer on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the White Fund Room, LA-101, 78 Amesbury St., the Lawrence campus of Northern Essex Community College.

The event is free.

Beyer spent seven years researching and interviewing 20 members of the “Ghost Army” to create a documentary to be aired on PBS next year. He will detail the true story of this secret army unit that, in June 1944, went into action in Normandy, France. Its job was to fool the Germans on the front lines.

The Ghost Army conducted 21 battlefield deceptions from Normandy to the Rhine. The weapons used were decidedly unusual: Hundreds of inflatable tanks and a one-of-a-kind collection of sound effects records. Many of the units’ members were artists, including budding fashion designer Bill Blass. The story of what these men accomplished was kept quiet by the Pentagon for more than 40 years.

Beyer is a successful author, an award winning documentary producer, and a lifelong history enthusiast. He is also the author of the popular Greatest Stories Never Told series of history books, published by Harper Collins. A graduate of Dartmouth College, he currently lives in Lexington. Funded by a generous financial gift from the Honorable Daniel Appleton White, the White Fund Lecture Series has provided cultural conversation featuring well-known lecturers in fields such as history, literature, travel, the arts, and politics.

Library volunteers needed in Haverhill

HAVERHILL — The public library circulates nearly 500,000 items each year and needs help getting materials back onto the shelves.

Volunteers 14 and older are needed all hours that the library is open to empty bins, sort and organize and shelve items. Additionally, the library is looking for someone who loves music and movies, to create replacement covers for CDs and DVDs, and someone who loves comic books, to shelve graphic novels. There is a 2-hour training session and a 20-hour time commitment. More information is available by contacting Beth Gallaway at 978-373-1586, ext. 641.

Council on Aging

to host Halloween party, dance

HAVERHILL — The Council on Aging will hold its annual Halloween party and dance Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

The party will include a horribles parade, prizes and goodies. Costumes are optional. Lunch includes pizza, salad, cookies and coffee. Tickets are $5 per person. For more information or to buy tickets, call 978-374-2390 and speak to Kathy Bresnahan, ext. 11, or Rita LaBella, ext. 16.

 

 

 

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