EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

September 27, 2013

Marine Corps reservist gets helping hand

The Eagle-Tribune

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LONDONDERRY — A veteran of the war in Afghanistan who lost his personal possessions in a fire last month is receiving a little help from the Marine Corps League.

Lance Cpl. Joshua Steiss of Company B, 1st Battalion of the 25th Marine Corps was to receive a $1,000 check last night during a ceremony at the Armed Forces Reserve Center on Harvey Road.

Steiss, a Marine reservist, escaped the fire that burned his Boston home Aug. 17, but lost everything he owned, according to Gunnery Sgt. Ronald Taylor Jr.

The Marine Corps League held a fundraiser to help Steiss, Taylor said.

Chorus begins holiday show rehearsals

KINGSTON — Voice of Distinction starts rehearsals tonight in preparation for its 12th season.

The first rehearsal is at 7 p.m. at Main Street Congregational Church in Amesbury, Mass.

This is an adult community chorus led by Danny Smith that will present its annual holiday performance, "Peace on Earth ... The Sounds of Christmas," in Kingston and Amesbury. Auditions are not required.

For more information, visit voicesofdistinction.org or call 642-5262.

Presentation on cemeteries in Plaistow

PLAISTOW —The Triangle Guild of the First Baptist Church, will be presenting “New Hampshire Cemeteries and Gravestones” on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Glenn Knoblock will lead the discussion and rubbings, photographs, and slides illustrate the rich variety of gravestones to be found in their neigborhood. Find out more about the works of art and the craftsmen who carved them and learn how to read the “pages” that give insight into the vast genealogical book of New Hampshire.

The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served in Colcord Hall following the program.

First Baptist Church is located at 122 Main St.

Hampstead Library hopes to help set reading record

HAMPSTEAD— Kids and adults are invited to Read for the Record at Hampstead Public Library on Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

This annual reading celebration highlights the need for quality early education in America. More than 2 million voices around the country will call for an end to America's early education achievement gap by reading “Otis” by Loren Long.

Join the library for crafts, songs, and snacks as they help try to break the world record for a shared reading experience. No advance sign-up is required.

Hampstead Public Library is located at 9 Mary E. Clark Drive.