EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

February 7, 2013

Hike with a ranger at Harold Parker

Merrimack Valley in a Minute

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — NORTH ANDOVER — This is your chance to use those new skis or snowshoes and enjoy a family day of snowshoeing, skiing or simply walking in the snow at Harold Parker State Forest Feb. 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hike with a ranger at noon and enjoy hot chocolate and marshmallows. Come anytime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. — meet at the pavilion on Middleton Road, North Andover. Wear hiking footwear; bring water and sunscreen as appropriate. Feel free to bring snowshoes/skis.

Take Route. 114 from the north or south and follow the signs to Harold Parker State Forest. Turn right at the stop sign. Pavilion is on the left. For more information call 617-828-1728 Or visit www.mass.gov/dcr. This FREE program is co-sponsored by the Friends of Harold Parker and DCR. Rentals available at Reading REI 781-944-5103 or visit the rental webpage at http://tinyurl.com/reirentalsreading.

Homeland Security agent to visit LHS

LAWRENCE — Christopher Martinez, a special agent for Homeland Security, will give an overview of the agency in 2013 when he speaks Friday at 8:45 a.m. at Lawrence High School, 70-72 N. Parish Road.

Martinez is an agent in charge of the Homeland Security Investigations Division of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He will give an overview of the various agencies that make up the department and its mission of conducting criminal investigations against terrorist and other criminal organizations that threaten national security.

Martinez has been with the agency for more than 25 years and has done everything from managing criminal investigations, dismantling narcotic smuggling rings and overseeing investigations into financial crimes aimed at defrauding citizens and the government.

The lecture is part of the White Fund Enlightenment Series presented by Northern Essex Community College.

NECC offers bridge to college and careers

LAWRENCE — Northern Essex Community College is offering the “ESOL Bridge to College & Careers in Healthcare” or ESOL Bridge, a free, 180-hour evening program to help students hone their English skills so they prepare to enter college.

The two-semester program spans 20 weeks and classes meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays 8:30-11:30 a.m. Students will have a spring break and a break between semesters.

The program’s goal is for students to enter a certificate program. Those requiring further preparation will be steered to the Transitions program with Lynn Ricketts at Riverwalk, 354 Merrimack St., to earn six free credits and get more skills.

To register, students can contact Amanda Kelly, directly at (978) 659-1283 or ake-lly@necc.mass.edu or online at http://www.facebook.com/esolbridge.