EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 4, 2013

CTE centers host open houses

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — The career and technical education centers at Salem High School and Pinkerton Academy in Derry will host open houses Wednesday.

The open houses are being held in recognition of New Hampshire Manufacturing Week. The two local centers are among 12 across the state hosting open houses.

People are encouraged to meet the students and learn about the high schools’ manufacturing programs, curriculum and projects.

The open houses at Salem High and Pinkerton are from 7:30 to 9 a.m. For more information about the Salem event, contact Chris Dodge at 893-7069, Ext. 5338.

For details on the Pinkerton event, contact Doug Cullen at 437-5211.

Local firefighters train at National Academy

Three local firefighters recently traveled to Maryland to attend the National Fire Academy to receive special training.

Their “multi-state training weekend” was held with groups from New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Alabama and Florida.

Local firefighters attending included Eric Hildebrandt and Gary Kurgan from the Windham Fire Department and Dennis Livoli from the Derry Fire Department.

The program is an educational opportunity for fire and rescue personnel from specific states. The courses are intended to strengthen a state’s fire service community through education, personal networking, and a shared collegial experience. Students are offered an opportunity to grow professionally through a quality educational experience and to increase their knowledge and skills to provide a safe and effective response to their communities.

State fire training agencies sponsor the training program in cooperation with National Fire Academy. The state agency selects the courses and recruits and enrolls the students according to established student selection criteria. The NFA hosts the program and provides the instruction and course materials. This program provides a unique opportunity for NFA and state fire training agencies to collaborate in the delivery of a quality training program.

Learn more about traumatic brain injury

HAMPSTEAD — On Tuesday, Hampstead Public Library will host, “Make Sure It’s Me,” a play about traumatic brain injuries as experienced by members of the American military and civilians

The version the library is showing is based on a fictionalized account of five brain-injured veterans and the medical researcher who is committed to their care.

Co-producers Stephanie Voss Nugent and Leslie Pasternak will be joined by retired U.S. Army Sgt. Conan Marchi, a decorated veteran of the conflict in Iraq. They will join together to present information about traumatic brain injuries and read selected scenes from the play.

This program begins at 7 p.m.; it is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available.

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

Sandown seniors head to Maine

SANDOWN — Seniors, Sandown Recreation heads for the Maine coast on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Depart from the Ed Garvey Recreation Facility at 8 a.m. for a day of coastal scenery, a stop to shop and sightsee in Kennebunkport; lunch at the Bull & Claw Restaurant in Wells; live entertainment with humorist and storyteller Joe Foster; and more.

The cost is $20 per participant age 60 and above and includes coach bus; lunch, entertainment, meal tax and gratuity for wait staff and bus driver. Lunch includes a choice of baked haddock, seafood Newburg; fried baby shrimp; luncheon cut prime rib or chicken parmesan along with salad, rolls, baked potato, fresh steamed vegetable, soft drink and dessert.

Nonresidents may register beginning Monday for $25. Call the recreation office at 887-1872 for availability. Payment and meal choice must accompany registration. Return to Sandown at approximately 4:30 to 5 p.m. No refunds are available unless the trip is canceled.

Ballroom dance lessons start soon

PELHAM — Ballroom Dance lessons start Oct. 16.

The cost is $60 per person, $100 per couple.

Sign up at webtrac.pelhamweb.com. Call 635-2721 with questions or email recreation@pelhamweb.com.