The Hilldale Cemetery Association will hold a spaghetti dinner on Saturday to support building a new Veterans burial ground at the Hilldale cemetery.

The dinner is from 6 to 8 p.m. and will be held at the Advent Christian Church of Haverhill, 160 Carleton St. Cost is $7 per person. Admission is free for children ages 4 and under. The buffet-style meal will include spaghetti and tomato sauce, meatballs, salad, soda, cookies and a surprise treat. The association has received in-kind donations to begin the project. The final phase will cost about $3,000, including layout of the graves and seeding of the lawn.

The Association hopes to have the new veterans area completed by Memorial Day. More information is available from Thomas Spitalere at 978-376-2807.

Spotlight Playhouse to present cabaret dinner theater

Spotlight Playhouse will present “Broadway on Essex,” a Cabaret Dinner Theater, March 23 at 6:15 p.m. at the Galleria at Maria’s Restaurant, 83-85 Essex St. The show features a cast from theater houses across the state singing Broadway favorites old and new, including pieces from “Oklahoma,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Chicago,” “Wicked,” “Cabaret” and others. Tickets, $35 each, include dinner, coffee, tea and a homemade dessert buffet during intermission. Tickets are available by calling 978-380-8508, by emailing, or online at by searching for “Broadway on Essex.” More information is available at

Council on Aging offers chair massages

The Council on Aging said chair massages will be available at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., on the first Tuesday of every month from 9 a.m. to noon.

Licensed massage therapist Susan Ploueffe offers senior citizen pricing of $5 per session. This service is provided on a walk-in basis.

Penacook honors employees

Penacook Place Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Hospital recently announced its Employees of the Month for the final quarter of 2012.

Rosa Pacheco of Bradford, employee of the month for October, was nominated by resident Norman Milhendler, who praised her wonderful personality and dedication to her job. He said Pacheco remembers his preferences — such as the fact that he likes to get up early — and she always takes good care of him. Pacheco has worked at Penacook Place as a certified nursing assistant since 1998.

Keri Cruz of Haverhill, the November employee of the month, was nominated by Nursing Supervisor Lisa Salterio and LPN Julia Paris, after she took on the role of dining room assistant at lunch and dinner.

“She performs very well in that position, interacting well with dining room staff, nursing staff and being kind to residents,” Paris said.

Cruz is a 2009 graduate of Haverhill High School and has worked at Penacook Place for two years.

Katelyn Lewis of Haverhill, the December employee of the month, was nominated by Barbara Stricsek, director of Penacook’s Memory Care program.

“Katelyn is warm and loving, making each resident feel special,” Stricsek said. “She is clever and creative with her approach and she helps residents to be as independent as possible.”

A 2008 graduate of Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School, Lewis has worked at Penacook Place for four years.

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