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October 14, 2013

NECC announces Transfer College Days


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — College students interested in transferring are invited to attend Transfer College Days on Northern Essex Community College’s Haverhill and Lawrence campuses this month. Free and open to the public, the events will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center, 100 Elliott St., and on Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the atrium of the Dimitry Building, 45 Franklin St., Lawrence.

Transfer College Days are open to any community members who are interested in talking with representatives from public and private colleges from across New England. They will provide information on program offerings, transfer requirements, financial aid, scholarships and other issues.

Participating schools include state universities from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine as well as many private institutions such as Simmons College, Brandeis University, Bentley University, Johnson & Wales, Merrimack College, Boston University, Columbia University, Syracuse University, The Boston Architectural Center and Endicott College. The event will highlight transfer opportunities for both full-time and part-time students.

More information is available by calling 978-556-3440 or by email to advising@necc.mass.edu.

Check out the Autumn Penny Sale

EAST HAMPSTEAD — The Autumn Penny Sale to benefit the East Hampstead Union Church Operating Fund will be held on Saturday at the Vic Geary Center, 18 Greenough Road, Plaistow.

Buy 25 tickets for $1 at the ticket table as early as 10:00 a.m. Doors open at noon when participants may place tickets in the cups for the items they wish to win.

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 prizes. More 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, and gift items for the whole family and pets, too. 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 at noon. The site is ramp accessible. For more information, call 378-0683 or email ehuc@comcast.net.

Well-known organist plays Music Hall

METHUEN — World renowned concert organist Hector Olivera, acclaimed for his astonishing virtuosity and audience-appealing programs, will present the annual Berj Zamkochian Memorial Organ Recital at the Methuen Memorial Music Hall on Friday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. The public is invited. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $20 for adults and $5 for children. All tickets will be sold at the door.

Olivera’s program includes music by Bach, Franck, Daquin, Boellmann and Widor, and also an improvisation on a submitted theme.

His only previous appearance at the Methuen Music Hall was in 1993.

Zamkochian, himself a world-renown organist, was a frequent performer at the Music Hall and was the founder of the Gomidas Organ Fund Inc., sponsor of this recital. Zamkochian began his distinguished tenure as organist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1955. . The Methuen Memorial Music Hall is located at 192 Broadway (Route 28), Methuen. Free off-street parking is available. The building is handicap accessible, but please use the rear entrance. More information about the Music Hall is available at mmmh.org.

The 6,000-pipes Great Organ in the Methuen Memorial Music Hall was first heard in concert on Oct. 31, 1863, in the Boston Music Hall, the large auditorium for which the organ was built. A concert commemorating this 150th anniversary will be held at the Music Hall on Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Edward Searles, a Methuen native son, built the Methuen Hall where the organ is housed today.

Halloween dance in memory of infant

HAVERHILL — A Halloween dance in memory of Kaden Lafontaine will be held on Oct. 19 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Amvets hall, 576 Primrose St.

The event is for ages 18 and over and will feature a disc jockey, raffles, costume contest with prizes, door prizes and snacks.

This event is being held in memory of Heather Lafontaine’s infant son Kaden, and for all infants who lost their lives to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Those who plan to attend the event are invited to share photos and a short story of a good memory they have of their child to be included on a memory board at the event. Send photos and stories as well as ticket requests to HNL1973@comcast.net and include “Fundraiser” in the subject line. Tickets, available in advance or at the door, are $15 each or two for $25. All proceeds benefit the Kaden Lafontaine Memorial Fund and the First Candle organization.

First Candle is one of the nation’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to safe pregnancies and the survival of babies through the first years of life. He would have been 10 on Oct. 8.

NECC graduate receives scholarship

Recent Northern Essex Community graduate Vicky Sherwood of Merrimac was selected from a nationwide pool of candidates to receive the Harold McPheeters Scholarship from the National Organization for Human Services.

McPheeters is widely considered to be the father of human service education in the United States and this scholarship recognizes an undergraduate or graduate student studying in human services.

After graduating from NECC in May, Sherwood transferred to Salem State University where she is currently a full-time student in the social work program. She works part time at the Amesbury Senior Center and part time at the Emmaus Family Shelter in Haverhill.

Sherwood says that going back to school to change careers at the same time her children are starting their college journeys is financially difficult and that she is extremely grateful for this award. She has daughter who is enrolled at NECC and a son who is a freshman at Pentucket Regional High School.

The Harold McPheeters Scholarship is a service focused scholarship that honors Dr. Harold McPheeters and his contributions to the human service profession. This scholarship is awarded each year to one currently enrolled student in an associate, baccalaureate or master’s degree Human Services program.

Sherwood will receive the award at the National Organization for Human Services conference in Maryland later this month.

More information is available from Jane Gagliardi at jgagliardi@necc.mass.edu.

Windham celebrates the harvest

WINDHAM — Harvest Fest is set for Saturday at Griffin Park.

Festivities begin at 11:30 a.m. with ta doggie costume parade.

Beginning at 1 p.m., there will be hay rides, activities, games, crafts and face painting. Girl Scouts will host a pie baking contest. There will be food, music and more.

Focus on fire safety for open house

ANDOVER — Andover Fire Rescue is welcoming families to a free open house on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its headquarters at 32 North Main St.

Commemorating National Fire Safety Month and sponsored by Papa Gino’s, the open house is aimed at teaching families fire safety and prevention practices.

Participants will receive safety tips such as the stop, drop and roll drill and learn how to plan escape routes and to crawl through a smoke-filled room. Child car safety seats will be checked as well.

In addition, Papa Gino’s will provide free pizza and children’s fire safety coloring sheets.

Other community organizations are expected to be on hand as well in an effort to disseminate more safety tips and messages.

Fire Chief Michael Mansfield hopes the event better prepares families to react appropriately during a fire or other emergency situations.

“This event allows us to reach out to the community and educate local families with fire and life safety information, tips and procedures,” Mansfield said.

For more information, call Andover Fire Rescue at 978-475-1281.

Hampstead Knights collect coats, food

HAMPSTEAD — Knights of Columbus Council 9058 will be holding two collection drives Saturday.

The first is the council’s annual Jackets for Kids Drive. They will be accepting clean, usable children’s jackets for the children of needy families in the local communities. No other clothing will be accepted.

For the other drive, members of the Knights of Columbus will be accepting gifts of nonperishable food and other items to benefit the greater Manchester homeless veterans housed and supported by Liberty House in Manchester.

Critical items include jelly, canned fruit, pasta, cereal, cookies and more.

Both collections will take place downstairs at St. Anne’s Catholic Church from noon to 5:30 p.m.

For more information, call Pat Bracken at 329-4356 or Tom Battaglia at 329-6338

St. Anne’s Church is located at 32 Emerson Ave.

Investors meet in Methuen

METHUEN — The October meeting of the Educational SIG of the American Association of Individual Investors will be hosted by the moderator, Frank Ford on Thursday at 6:45 p.m. at the Nevins Memorial Library.

The topic, “What investors should understand about today’s financial markets and returns” will provide an overview of the current financial market expectations that investors should be focused on in today’s environment. The presenter — Eagle-Tribune columnist John Spoto founder of the Sentry Financial Group of Danvers and Andover — will cover some of his recent articles in the talk.

Please register in advance either through email fordfrank@verizon.net or by phone at 978-686-5214.