METHUEN — Holy Family Hospital’s Cancer Center is inviting cancer survivors, patients and their families to attend its 7th annual National Cancer Survivor’s Day Luncheon tomorrow. The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Holy Family Hospital, by the Gazebo located at the Stations of the Cross.
Security will be on-hand to help direct guests. In the event of rain, the event will take place in the hospital’s auditorium, located on the ground floor. Guests will enjoy a luncheon BBQ with all of the fixings, entertainment by a guest DJ and Elvis Presley impersonator. All guests will also be entered in a raffle for Red Sox Tickets. The event is free though RSVPs are requested. Please call the Cancer Center at 978-687-0151, ext. 2021.
Harvard Prize Book Award presented
ANDOVER — Richard Soo Hoo, Harvard Club of Merrimack Valley Chairman, presented the Harvard Prize Book this year to Thea Rossman of Phillips Academy.
Thea Rossman is from Charlottesville, Va., and is concentrating on U.S. history. This summer, Rossman will be conducting an independent project studying race and ethnics in Appalachia using the resource archives of Berea College in Kentucky.
She is creating, editing, and publishing her campus interview research book “Out of the Blue” which is being incorporated into the Phillips Academy English curriculum and academic strategic plan.
In promoting global citizenship, Rossman will be returning to India for a second year leading students in international travel to Mumbai and Admedebad as a proctor.
Sexton retires from First Church after 40 years
METHUEN — Bill Hirsch retired after 40 years as sexton, custodian and good will ambassador at First Church Congregational.
In addition to taking care of the grounds, setting up for church events, getting the sanctuary ready for Sunday service or a wedding, preparing the church for the 160 plus Chapel School children he is known to help friends or parishioners move, take them to doctor’s appointment, to the grocery store, deliver meals to Bread and Roses and food to Lazarus House.
Hirsch, of Salem, N.H., was baptized at First Church in 1948 and has been a lifelong parishioner. Over the years, he attended Sunday school, sang in the church choir, and was a camp councilor at the church summer camp.
Walk for peace is Saturday
LAWRENCE — A former gang leader who said God saved him from a life of crime will participate in the annual walk for peace Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. at Campagnone Common.
Joey Perez author of “I Lived to Tell About It,” will march along with members of local churches and organizations. From the Common, the walk will proceed to Essex, margin, Lowell, Oxford and Haverhill streets, Broadway Daisy, myrtle, Lawrence, Avon, East Haverhill, Brook, Newbury, Haverhill streets ending at the Common.
Participants will stop along the way to pray for the city, youth, gangs, people involved in prostitution and homeless people.