EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

June 12, 2013

Lawrence fourth-graders attend Camp Otter

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — One hundred fourth graders from the Leahy School in Lawrence attended a week-long outdoor camp at Camp Otter in Salem, N.H. last week.

The Merrimack Valley YMCA partnered with the Lawrence School Department to host the students and expose them to a curriculum including the study of eco-systems, developing maps, navigating ropes courses, and learning boating safety.

Chamber of Commerce honors small businesses

HAVERHILL — Robert Nelson, Massachusetts director of the U.S. Small Business Administration, will be the speaker at the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce annual small business recognition awards program Friday June 14 from 7:30-9 a.m. at DiBurro’s Function Hall, 887 Boston Road.

Receiving awards will be: Business Assistance, Family Business Association and Mass. Growth Capital Corp.; Cultural/Tourism, Andover Historical Society and Stevens Estate at Osgood Center; Discovery/Education, Imajine That Whole Foods partnership and Merrimack Valley YMCA; Environmental, Clean River Project and Nexamp, Inc.; Health care, Parkland Medical and Pentucket Medical Associates; Innovative, Black Tie Limouine, Inc. and University of Massachusetts, Lowell; Manufacturing/R&D, EIT Northeast Operations, LLC and Straumann USA LLC; Media Advocate, The Eagle-Tribune, Local Access Cable Television in Andover, Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell, Merrimac, Methuen, North Andover and Salisbury; Minority owned businesses, Sweet Kiwi Frozen Yogurt and Visibility Cleaning Professionals; Next Generation Leaders, Gerard Casal, Suffolk University MBA no campus and Loubna Garozzo, SNI Companies Inc.; Perseverance Techprint, Inc.; Retail, Flowers by Steve and Tuscan Kitchen/Tuscan Village; Service and Northeast Association of Realtors and Portrait EFX; Special Job Creation, Lupoli Companies; Wholesale, Beacon Electric Sales, Inc. and Shaheen Brothers; Women in Business, Joanne Fournier-Haffner’s Service Stations, Inc. and Ann Regan of Regan Ford; Salute to family owned businesses, Conlon Products, DeLucca Fence Company, Inc., Minuteman Press, North Andover Restaurant DBA Rolf’s and The Party Connection.

Cost is $25, members and $50 non members. For details, call Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce, 264 Essex St., Lawrence; call 978-686-0900 or by using American Express, Discover, Master Card or Visa at www.merrimackvalleychamber.com.

Food distribution slated for veterans, families

LAWRENCE — Between 20 to 25 pounds of produce will be distributed to veterans, their dependents, widow or widowers June 22 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Lawrence Senior Center, 155 Haverhill St.

Registration is a must by sending an email to ernestina.sirignano@state.ma.us or calling at 617-210-5763 before June 18.

When registering, leave your namewith correct spelling, the number of people in the household including adults, children and seniors age 60 and older.

Since there will be several distributions throughout the state, you must indicate you will attend the Lawrence distribution.

Participants need to bring verification of veteran status, DD214 or a copy of a marriage certificate if married to a veteran.

The food comes from the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services in partnership with the Greater Boston Food Bank.

Public invited to explore creative side at Essex Art Center

LAWRENCE — Essex Art Center is hosting an open house Wednesday June 19 from 5-7 p.m. at the Essex Art Center Mill building, 56 Island St.

Participants will have a chance to try the potter’s wheel, learn to paint with acrylic, build sculptures out of recycled materials, and draw.

Artists demonstrating their crafts include Phuong Lai Matzker of Londonderry, N.H.; Thea Shapiro and Georgia Renfroe, both of Andover; and Dennis Hart and Dina Collier, both of Methuen.

Essex Art Center has been offering art classes, gallery exhibits and community events since 1993.