Woman gets special visitor on 100th birthday

COURTESY PHOTONorah Hillis Brown, center, with her family and Mayor James Fiorentini on her 100th birthday. 

HAVERHILL — Norah Hillis Brown, a resident at Wingate at Haverhill, turned 100 on May 9.

She had a photo taken with special visitor Mayor James Fiorentini and her daughter, Gail Witham, grandaughter Holly Woodbury, granddaughter Dru Farrell and her children Brian Farrell, 4 and his sister Norah Farrell, 2.

Fiorentini led a group of residents in the birthday song and took time to say hello to everyone. He asked Norah what her secret was and her granddaughter responded, "Being a nice person." Fiorentini presented Norah with a citation from the city.

Stories from LGBTQ+ history presented

HAVERHILL — The public library will host a presentation from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, by Sarah Prager, author of "Queer, There, and Everywhere."

She will discuss the story of the invention of the high-five, among other stories from LGBTQ+ history. Register online at haverhillpl.org under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608.

Credit unions donate $10,000 and 4,000 pairs of shoes

LAWRENCE — With help from members, Merrimack Valley Credit Union and Bridgewater Credit Union, a division of MVCU, recently donated $10,000 and 3,905 pairs of gently used shoes to Lazarus House Ministries Inc. in Lawrence and GiftsToGive in Acushnet.

The branches collected gently used shoes from members over the past six weeks, matching each pair with a $5 donation, up to $10,000.

MVCU branches in Haverhill, Lawrence, Methuen and North Andover, as well as Plaistow and Seabrook, New Hampshire, collected 2,953 pairs of shoes and donated $7,563 to Lazarus House, while BCU branches in Bridgewater, Fairhaven, Plymouth and Quincy collected 952 pairs of shoes and donated $2,437 to GiftsToGive.

“We cannot thank our members enough for their contributions to Lazarus House Ministries and GiftsToGive,” said John J. Howard, president and CEO of Merrimack Valley Credit Union. “With help from the community, both organizations can continue their meaningful work of transforming lives. Now that Merrimack Valley Credit Union and Bridgewater Credit Union have completed their merger, the combined organization is looking to spearhead more projects just like this, working with our members to make the communities in which we live and work a better place.”

For more information about the Merrimack Valley Credit Union and Bridgewater Credit Union, visit www.mvcu.com or www.bridgewatercu.com.

NECC to hold transfer day event

HAVERHILL — Northern Essex Community College will host a special "Transfer in Day" information session from 10 a.m. to noon on June 14 for students who started college somewhere else but want to continue their education or get back on track at NECC.

This event will be held in the Behrakis One Stop Student Center on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

Students can meet with an adviser and review their college transcripts to learn how many credits will transfer, tour the campus, and learn about NECC programs, financial aid and support services. Pizza will be served.

Register for the event, apply online, and email a copy of your unofficial transcript to registrarpublic@necc.mass.edu by May 31 to ensure college staff can evaluate your transcripts.

More information is available by email to admissions@necc.mass.edu or by calling 978-556-3700.

Event raises $40K for High Pointe House in Haverhill

ANDOVER — Women in couture millinery galore and dapper gentlemen gathered among more than 3,000 roses which embellished the historic Lanam Club in Andover on May 4 for the inaugural Kentucky Derby Gala.

Nearly 100 guests watched the historic running of the 145th Kentucky Derby, all for a very worthy cause. Following the derby, guests were invited to a post-race gala including dinner and dancing.

“This is the first-ever Kentucky Derby fundraiser to benefit Merrimack Valley Hospice,” said Steve Janavicus, owner of Flowers by Steve.

The event raised $40,000, which will be used to offer comfort and compassion to patients of High Pointe House in Haverhill, the hospice and palliative care residence of Merrimack Valley Hospice, said Donna Deveau, vice president of Community Engagement for Merrimack Valley Hospice.

"We are honored by the generosity of co-sponsors the Clive B. and Suzanne I. Fazioli Charitable Foundation and Flowers by Steve, as well as the many guests in attendance," Deveau said.

To learn more about the agency, visit homehealthfoundation.org.