---- — SALEM — The Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce has named four winners of its Business Pillar Awards.
The winners are Canobie Lake Park, Daisy Cleaners, Food for the Hungry and ConvenientMD. They were honored in the large business, small business, nonprofit and new business categories, respectively.
The awards honor businesses for outstanding achievement in their industry and significant contributions to the community. They will be honored at the chamber’s fifth annual economic development breakfast April 18 from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at Castleton Banquet and Conference Center
The keynote speaker will be Gov. Maggie Hassan. She will discuss her plan for economic development, with an emphasis on the Greater Salem area. The event will also feature an update from the state Department of Resources and Economic Development.
Admission is $20 for chamber members and $30 for no-members, and includes a breakfast buffet. Reservations are required. For additional information about the event or to reserve a seat, call the chamber office at 893-3177.
For more information about the chamber, go to gschamber.com.
Chamber Business Expo Wednesday
HAVERHILL – More than 100 local and regional business will participate in the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce business expo, Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Michael’s Function Hall/Phoenician Restaurant, Alpha Street.
The day begins with a free breakfast program at 8:30 a.m., on how your business can save energy and money. Speaker will be Richard K. Sullivan, Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs.
Businesses will showcase their products and services throughout the day.
At noon, Massachusetts Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo and Merrimack Valley State representatives speak on how to bring businesses and government together. Lunch is $28.
From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., there will be a member appreciation and business networking mixer with food, beverages and prizes. Business owners who join the Chamber of Commerce during the expo receive 15 months of membership for the price of 12 months.
To register for the Expo or to become a member of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce call 978-686-0900 or email jjb@Merrimackvalley chamber.com.
South LawrenceWest Softball accepting registrations
LAWRENCE – South Lawrence West Softball League is accepting registrations for girls ages 5 to 16 years old. All registrations will take place on the softball field at Mt. Vernon Park, weather permitting.
The dates are, April 13, 1 to 2:30 p.m. for ages 5-12 and 2:30-4 p.m. for girls 12 to 16, the two travel teams. On April 16, all ages can register from 5:30 to 7 p.m. April 21, there will be registration from 1 to 2:30 p.m. for ages 5-12 and from 2:30 to 4 p.m. for two travel teams of girls ages 12 to 16. The last day to register is April 23 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for all ages.
South Lawrence West Softball League will host a pizza night and pitching where girls can learn the fundamentals of softball windmill pitching on April 26, May 3, May 10, May 17 from 6 to 7 p.m. for all ages. Participants are asked to bring a catcher or parent to catch.
The league is also looking for softball coaches and assistant coaches. For information, email Ann Gubellini at firstname.lastname@example.org
Indra Salon hosts cut-a-thon on Earth Day
ANDOVER – On Saturday, April 22, 2013 Indra Salon, Eight Main Street , will host a cut-a-thon to support Aveda’s Earth Month 2013. Clients will receive a wash, cut and blow dry for only $35. All proceeds go to support Aveda’s Clean Water Projects here in the United States and around the world. To reserve your appointment please call 978-470-8800.
TD Foundation grant funds Financial Literacy forESOL students
The TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank awarded a grant to Northern Essex Community College to provide a free one-semester financial literacy course this summer for non-native adult English language learners. All classes will be held at NECC Riverwalk, 360 Merrimack St., Lawrence, June 4 through Aug. 8, from 6 to 9:20 p.m. Specific days will be announced. The class can accommodate 18 participants. Students will learn about money management, banking, credit, debt, home financing, and loans while practicing listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills. By integrating new media tools into the curriculum, the instructor will engage the students by making unfamiliar financial concepts as concrete as possible. For more information contact Irene Chalek at email@example.com or call 978-659-1271. The TD Charitable Foundation is one of the 10 largest commercial banking organizations in the United States. The Foundation’s mission is to serve the individuals, families and businesses in the communities where TD Bank operates, having made $100.4 million in charitable donations since its inception in 2002. The Foundation’s areas of focus are affordable housing, financial literacy and education, and the environment.
Sandown provides rabies clinic
SANDOWN — The Fire Department will offer a rabies clinic Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Shots are $10.
The town clerk’s office will be open the same hours for the licensing of dogs. All dogs must be licensed by April 30 to avoid late fees.
For more information, call 887-4870.
Penny Sale to benefit church fund Saturday
PLAISTOW — The annual Penny Sale to benefit the East Hampstead Union Church Operating Fund will be held on Saturday at the Vic Geary Center, 18 Greenough Road.
Buy 25 tickets for $1 at the Penny Sale table as early as 10 a.m. Doors open at noon. Winning tickets for the Penny Sale are drawn and announced starting at 7 p.m. Winners must be present during the drawing to claim their Penny Sale items. Tickets will be drawn until a winning ticket holder comes forward. The drawing ends at approximately 10 p.m.
More than 300 prizes include housewares, dolls, toys, pet items and gifts for the whole family. Numerous gifts and gift certificates from area businesses will be awarded throughout the evening. Additional items will be raffled off for $1 per ticket.
Hot dogs, soup, sandwiches, nachos, chips, light desserts and beverages will be available starting at noon. The site is ramp accessible. Call 378-0683 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women’s Club meets tomorrow in Haverhill
HAVERHILL - The Women’s City Club of Haverhill will meet tomorrow at the Advent Christian Church, 160 Carlton St. Coffee Hour begins at 1:30 p.m., followed by the business meeting at 2 p.m. The program will begin at 2:15 p.m and features a performance by the Timberlane High School Band.
Haverhill Senior Baseball applications available now
Haverhill Senior Baseball still has some openings in the 14/15 year old division. Applications are available online at www.haverhillseniorbaseball.com and must be mailed in before April 6. Player evaluations are April 6 for those who have already signed up. The league is in need of one more coach in the 14/15 year old division. Please indicate your desire to coach on the application or by contacting Larry O’Brien at 978-373-6982 or Dan Francescone at 978-807-5068.
Bible College offers new programs in fall
HAVERHILL – Northpoint Bible College (formerly Zion Bible College) announced two new programs to be launched for the fall semester. The programs include a Master of Arts in Practical Theology with an Emphasis on Church Planting and Revitalization, and an Associate in Arts in Bible & Theology with a Concentration in Ministry. These programs are in addition to the Bachelor of Arts and one-year certificate programs that are currently offered. To apply or for additional information about the programs please visit the college online at www.northpoint.edu or contact the admissions office at 978-478-3431 or email@example.com. Northpoint Bible College is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education to offer these degrees. It is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education and endorsed by the Assemblies of God Commission on Higher Education.