Columbia Gas of Massachusetts will host a series of three open house meetings Saturday, March 9 to provide the community with updates on its spring activities in the communities affected by the Sept. 13 gas disaster. The meetings will include details of the company’s spring heating equipment replacement program.

The meetings will feature remarks from Mark Kempic, chief operating officer and incoming Columbia Gas of Massachusetts president, and Kirk Cresto, vice president of Merrimack Valley operations at Columbia Gas. The company leaders will also take questions from attendees.

The meetings will be held at the following times and places:

9 to 11 a.m., Doherty Middle School, 50 Bartlet St., Andover.

noon to 2 p.m., Lawrence High School, 70-71 N. Parish Road, Lawrence.

3 to 5 p.m., North Andover Senior Center, 120 R Main St., North Andover.


Tanglewood Marionettes to perform Sunday

HAVERHILL — Take a trip back in time to the dawn of civilization, to an ancient world of gods, goddesses, prophecies and heroes when the Tanglewood Marionettes present the classic Greek myth, “Perseus and Medusa.” This performance is at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, in the Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church Community Center, 154-156 Winter St.

This lavish show featuring hand-crafted, 3-foot marionettes will tell the story of the young hero, Perseus, who sets out, with the help of the gods, to defeat the terrifying monster, Medusa, who could turn any man into stone.

Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for children and free for children under 3. For tickets, call 978-373-3311. Tickets will also be available at the door. Free popcorn and bottled water are included.

The event is sponsored by the Ladies Philoptochos Society Elpis and the Parent Teacher Organization of the Holy Apostles.

‘Meet Your Legislators’ forum planned

ANDOVER — The Northeast Independent Living Program and Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley will host a “Meet Your Legislators” forum from 9 a.m. to noon, Friday, March 22 at the Massachusetts School of Law, 500 Federal St., Andover.

State representatives and senators, as well as local officials, are expected to attend.

Please register by March 8 by calling Sheila Hegarty at 978-687-4288, ext. 162 or by sending email to

Free tax preparation for NECC students

HAVERHILL — Paula Moore, an experienced tax professional and alum of NECC, will provide NECC students with free tax preparation help. She will be on the Haverhill campus, Building B, Room 113, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13, and on the Lawrence campus, 420 Common St., Room LH-314, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays, March 20 and 27.

Remember to bring your documents with you, which may include: all sources of income tax forms, health insurance documents, your license, social security number, and prior year tax information if available.

More information is available from Lori Smerdon at

45s tournament to benefit Ruth’s House

HAVERHILL — If you’re a local and love the card game, 45s, join Ruth’s House of Haverhill for a fun, action-packed fundraiser on Friday, March 29 at Brightview Senior Living, 1275 Turnpike St., North Andover.

Welcome and registration is at 6 p.m. followed by a 45s tournament at 6:30 p.m.

Teams will be pairs — two or three pairs per table. Prizes for the top three winners. There will also be raffle prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Cost is $25 for a single seat and $100 for a table of four. Complimentary snacks and beverages. To register, visit online at

Possible Dreams event set at NECC

HAVERHILL — Team Haverhill will hold its Possible Dreams 2019 event on Monday, March 11, in Northern Essex Community College's Hartleb Technology Center, 100 Elliott St. This unique community visioning event is free to attend and brings people together from all across our community to share ideas and build relationships that will shape Haverhill’s future. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the conversation begins promptly at 7 p.m.

Team Haverhill is an independent, volunteer action group dedicated to making Haverhill a better place to live, learn, work and play.

Please register at under "Events."