EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

February 25, 2013

Here are some cures for cabin fever

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — METHUEN - Got a little “cabin fever”? The Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St., has lots of programs and events sure to fix that. Here’s a sampling, but be sure to check out the complete event listing by visiting the Center in person or on line at www.methuen.ci.ma.us (click on city departments, senior center).

It’s an IRISH CELEBRATION! Thursday, March 12 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at Methuen Senior Activity Center featuring: Mike Condon’s Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner Entertainment by D.J. Dick Arsenault. Advance purchase tickets: $15.00pp. Don’t miss this one… after all, everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.

Come learn about Healthy Eating on March 19. “Good Food For Your Brain”. Speaker: Dr. Nancy Emerson Lombardo. 10:30 a.m.

Special Saturday Thrift Shop Sale – Thrift Shop! March 16,. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come on in for some fabulous bargains.

Bridge Players Wanted. The Bridge Group meets weekly on Thursdays from 12:30-3:30 p.m. New players are encouraged to join the group. Stop in, have fun and make new friends.

Happy Hearts Choral Group meets Thursday afternoons 12:30-2:30 p.m. All voices welcome.

Put on your dancing shoes. LINE DANCE CLASS IS BACK! Tuesdays 10:45-11:30 a.m. Class cost: $2 pp.

Day Trip: March 28. Parker’s Maple Barn & Swan Chocolates Brunch & Tour. 10:30 a.m. $66 pp.

Day Trip: April 23. “A Divine Comedy Luncheon” – Johnson & Wales, Seekonk. Lunch & Show. 10:15 a.m. $74 pp.

Senior Center hopes psychic will be good omen

NORTH ANDOVER – A local charitable group hopes a psychic will bring good fortune to the North Andover Senior Center.

Diana Harris, billed as a psychic, medium and spiritual counselor, will demonstrate her clairvoyant skills at the Spectrum Adult Day Health Program, 1820 Turnpike St., on March 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. Harris will answer questions about the "other side" and will even deliver messages from heaven, according to a flyer advertising her presentation.

Tickets cost $25 each and can be purchased by contacting Sherrill O'Gorman at 978-712-1162 or sogorman@nhs-healthlink.org. The presentation is limited to 100 people.

All proceeds will benefit the North Andover Senior Center. Harris' appearance is being organized by the Friends of the North Andover Senior Center and Spectrum Adult Day Health Program.

To learn more about Diana Harris, visit www.sacredspiraldance.com.

Mayors and managers receive Regionalization Funds

Applying under the banner of the Merrimack Valley Mayors & Managers Coalition (MVMMC), the mayors and managers in the region were awarded an $80,000 Commonwealth Community Innovation Challenge Grant to develop a regional 311 call-in center and improve DPW service delivery.

The grant will help pay for a computerized work order management system that will give citizens direct access by dialing 311 as well as via the Web to obtain information and request DPW services. The software will also improve certain DPW administrative functions such as workload management and strategic asset management. Essex County Sheriff Frank Cousins is working with the Coalition to determine the feasibility of providing the 311 call-in center in conjunction with the Regional Emergency Communications Center opening this year.

“Municipalities in the region will realize immediate benefits from the call-in center and this software tool,” said Mayor James Fiorentini. "We will gain improved internal and external customer communication by using this tool to receive, organize, prioritize and track work orders while monitoring service delivery costs.” Fiorentini recognized the help of State Rep. Brian Dempsey, Chairman of the House committee on ways and means for securing this grant for the Coalition.

The Merrimack Valley Planning Commission (MVPC) will house and maintain the software, which will reduce software acquisition costs, management tasks and staff training needs. “This gives the region an opportunity to use technology as a platform to promote regional cooperation and coordination," said Amesbury Mayor Thatcher Kezer. More information is available from Dennis DiZoglio, executive director of the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission at 978-374-0519.

Essex National Heritage Commission to meet in Haverhill

The Essex National Heritage Commission will hold its annual meeting and networking event April 10, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Winnekenni Castle in Haverhill. The public is welcome to attend this free networking opportunity that will further connect you with the work of Essex Heritage and that of its partners. A continental breakfast reception is at 8 a.m., followed by the business meeting at 8:30 a.m. Dr. James R. Nichols, a local physician and inventor, built the Castle in 1873 to 1875 as a summer home at this farm which he named Winnekenni. The idea for the original castle came from England. The Castle was sold to the city in 1895. In 1967, after a devastating fire destroyed the aging building, a group of citizens formed the Winnekenni Foundation, which is still in existence today. Its goal was to completely refurbish the interior of the building, and make it and its surrounding grounds available to the public for cultural and educational events. Essex Heritage’s semi-annual meetings provide a unique opportunity for Essex Heritage trustees, commissioners, members, supporters and partners to network with the public on a wide range of ongoing initiatives in the Essex National Heritage Area. For more information and to RSVP call 978-740-0444 or visit www.EssexHeritage.org.

Tours of Salem schools scheduled

SALEM — The school district will host public tours of the six elementary schools March 4-8.

The tours will give residents the opportunity to see the schools where renovations have been proposed — Fisk, Soule and Haigh — in addition to the three recently renovated — Barron, Lancaster and North Salem.

Tour guides will describe key facility features along with deficiencies in the schools targeted for renovations. District officials say the renovations will improve infrastructure, increase space and provide improved safety and security.

Residents will vote on the proposals March 12.

The tour schedule is as follows: Barron, Friday, March 8, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m.; Fisk, Thursday, March 7, 9:30 to 10:30 and 1 to 2 p.m.; Haigh, Tuesday, March 5, 9 to 10:30 a.m.; Lancaster, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and Friday, March 8, 1 to 2 p.m.; North Salem, Wednesday, March 6, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m.; Soule, Wednesday, March 6, 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Irish dinner set in Pelham

PELHAM — The John H. Hargreaves VFW Post and Ladies Auxiliary hosts an Irish dinner Saturday, March 2, at St. Patrick's Parish Center, 12 Main St.,

The menu includes Irish stew and shepherd's pie. There will be a performance by the O'Halloran Irish Step Dancers.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person, $5 for children under 12.