---- — HAVERHILL — Local residents age 50 and older are invited to attend a presentation about Northern Essex Community College’s College of Older Learners (CoOL) on Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the college’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St. The CoOL program offers a series of seminars taught by seniors with an interest in a topic. Each seminar meets one day a week for six weeks. The cost is $30 per seminar.
This year’s seminar topics include Fun Films: People’s Choice; Edible Wild Mushrooms for Beginners; What’s Mine is Mine or You Earned It; Perennials Plus, Remembering the ‘50s; Meditation in Motion; In Search for Common Ground; The Birds, The Bees, The Trees, and the Environment, and Aging as a Spiritual Journey. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-556-3110. To view all the CoOL Program offerings visit online at www.necc.mass.edu/community-engagement/cool.
Salem GOP hosts annual picnic today
SALEM — Local Republicans and independents are invited to attend the Salem Republican Town Committee’s annual Labor Day Picnic today from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Derry-Salem Elks Lodge, 39 Shadow Lake Road, Salem.
The event is free to Salem residents and will include hamburgers and hot dogs, corn on the cob, watermelon and cold drinks.
Republican candidates for Congress and U.S. Senate as well as those considering a run will be in attendance, along with Sen. Chuck Morse, Executive Councilor Chris Sununu, Register of Deeds Cathy Stacey, Sheriff Mike Downing and Salem state representatives.
This relaxed family event is a chance for voters to chat with their elected officials and see some new faces for the next election cycle. That includes Jim Rubens, who is exploring a possible run for the U.S. Senate.
More information is available at SalemNHGOP.com.
Merrimack Valley apartments celebrates 30 years
METHUEN – As many as 65 residents, staff, supporters and friends recently joined in celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Merrimack Valley Apartments, a 60-unit, affordable housing community managed by Peabody Properties, Inc.
The special ceremony — held at the six-building, Calumet Road property — honored twelve residents for their long-term tenancies: Jennie Bova, Robert Brearley, Jennie Brogan, Winifred Camire, Joseph DeMonaco, Anoinetta Forzese, Elma Frezzette, Susan Nichols, Pauline Perillo, Elvira Proctor, Ide Schiavone and Catalina Soriano. Schiavone and Soriano received special recognition for having lived at the Merrimack Valley Apartments since its establishment in 1983.
Among those in attendance were Methuen Mayor Stephen Zanni, State Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives, State Representative Diane DiZoglio, Councilman Ron Marson, Registrar Paul Innucelli and representatives from the Methuen police and fire department.
Newton Scout troop seeks members
NEWTON — Boy Scout Troop 91 is looking for new members, ages 11 to 18, interested in outdoor activities and community service.
Activities include camping, hiking, whitewater rafting and leadership-building skills.
For more information, call 819-9696 or write to email@example.com.
Mayor, School Committee tourcity schools
METHUEN – Mayor Steve Zanni met with Superintendent Judy Scannell on last Tuesday in touring Methuen’s public schools in advance of students returning for the new school year. Joined by several members of the School Committee, the group walked-through public buildings to review improvements made while students were on summer break.
“We work extra hard to make sure our students are entering clean, quality facilities,” said Mayor Zanni. “I commend the Superintendent and her team for making sure our schools are in top condition for when students return.”
Mayor Zanni said that in addition to routine repairs, permanent improvements are made that will serve students in the long-term.
“I admire the Superintendent’s proactive approach to keeping our schools in good condition,” said Mayor Zanni. “I think parents will feel the same way.”
Salem has household hazardous disposal day
SALEM — The town is conducting a Household Hazardous Waste Day collection Saturday.
The collection is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Department of Public Works garage, 21 Cross St.
Household waste will be only accepted from Salem residents, not businesses. Proof of residency is required.
Items accepted include oil paint, stains, thinners and strippers, solvents, varnishes, adhesives, glues, resins, kerosene, gasoline, engine degreasers, brake and transmission fluids, poisons, insecticides, weed killers, wood preservatives, hobby and art supplies, chemicals, car batteries and aerosol cans.
For more information, call the Department of Public Works at 890-2150.
Vendors wanted for Haverhill flea market
HAVERHILL — Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 471 Main St., will host its 36th annual Flea Market and Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rain date is Sept. 21. Vendor spaces, excluding food vendors, are available for $20 for a 12-by 12-foot space. A variety of lunch items and baked goods will be sold. The event will feature a Kids Zone where children can enjoy supervised games while their parents shop. For vendor information call 603-382-7587.