Haverhill Photographers Take Top Prizes During 2023 Annual Essex Heritage Photo Contest

(Additional photograph below.) Two Haverhill photographers scored big time during the recent 2023 Essex Heritage Photo Contest, winning the Grand Prize and People’s Choice Awards. Kathy Diamontopoulos was awarded the grand prize for her “Precious Plovers,” taken in Ipswich, while Alison Colby-Campbell took home the People’s Choice Award for her “All is Calm,” taken in Haverhill. All photographs were taken within the Essex National Heritage Area in 2023 and fell into the categories of “Buildings, Blocks and Neighborhoods,” “Celebrating Our Communities,” “Four Season” and a themed youth category which asked young people to show us why they love where they live. Essex National Heritage Commission, a nonprofit that manages programs supporting, preserving, and enhancing Essex County’s historic, natural and cultural places, said “the contest encourages photographers of all levels to ‘capture’ the living landscapes, unique places and vibrant communities of Essex County.”

Diamontopoulos’ “Precious Plovers” shows the birds huddled on the beach, while Colby-Campbell’s “All is Calm” sums up the seasonal pairing of a candle being lit on a Hanukkah menorah in front of the city Christmas tree in Haverhill’s Washington Square. Contest partners included North Shore Bank, DeIulis Brothers Construction, Geller MicroAnalytical Labs, Groom Construction and the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission.

Loettrle Discusses Mixing Non-Native Pollinator Plants with Native Plants Feb. 21

Ruth Loettrle, a landscape architect and board member of Grow Native Massachusetts, will discuss mixing non-native pollinator plants with native plants for a constant summer bloom at a joint forum of the Haverhill and Groveland Garden Clubs. According to the Waltham-based Grow Native Massachusetts, Loettrle first developed “a keen interest in designing landscapes as functional ecosystems after reading Sara Stein’s book “Noah’s Garden” in 2004. The forum takes place Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 6:30 p.m., at Nunan’s Greenhouse 269 Central St., Georgetown. There will be refreshments and raffles.

Haverhill High and Trade School Classes of 1961 Plan Fall Reunion; Look for Classmates

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The Haverhill High School and Haverhill Trade School Classes of 1961 are having their 60th reunion this fall and searching for classmates. Dr. Raymond F. “Toppy” Comeau, class president and reunion committee chair, said the reunion was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but is now set for Wednesday, Sept. 18, noon-4 p.m., at Bradford Country Club, 201 Chadwick Road, Bradford. “We are in the process of locating our classmates in the Haverhill area and all over the country to let them know about this event, and we are all looking forward to seeing friends that we spent four sparkling years with,” said Comeau following a committee meeting last week. “This is likely to be our last reunion, so we are hoping that that many will come.”

Any members of the class of 1961 who would like to attend are invited to email Stu Klotzle at [email protected] and provide address, email and telephone number.

Haverhill Public Library Presents ‘Creating a Family Archive’ Feb. 14 at City Hall

Those interested in “Creating a Family Archive” will receive tips and learn best practices during a free presentation by the Haverhill Public Library. Rhonda Chadwick of LenaSalina Legacy Preservation will help participants learn the basics of archival preservation, including digital preservation, and offer a brief discussion on different ways of telling a story and sharing documents and photographs with other family members. Chadwick has worked at a number of institutions including the Rhode Island Historical Society, Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University, the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College and the American Textile History Museum in Lowell. Because of repairs at the library, the presentation takes place Wednesday, Feb. 14, in the auditorium at Haverhill City Hall, 4 Summer St.

‘Taste of Calvary’ Cooking Competition Tomorrow Benefits Calvary Baptist Church Scholarships

Calvary Baptist Church is inviting appetites to its “Taste of Calvary” cooking competition tomorrow, which will be followed by its Black History Month Celebration. The contest takes place Saturday, Feb. 10, at noon, at Calvary Baptist Church, 13 Ashland St., Haverhill. Those attending receive “10 tastes for $10” and proceeds benefit the church’s scholarship fund. The Black History Month Celebration, runs from 1-3 p.m., with Rev. Cheryl Townsend Gilkes of Colby College as guest speaker and musical performances by the New Prodigal Sonz of Springfield.

Haverhill Exchange Club Plans 22nd Annual Rick Barry St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast

The Haverhill Exchange Club is planning its 22nd Annual Rick Barry St. Patrick’s Day breakfast and promising “raffles, shenanigans and cheers” to benefit local charities. The buffet breakfast takes place Friday, March 15, from 7-9 a.m., at Haverhill Country Club, 58 Brickett Lane, Haverhill. Tickets are available only in advance at $50 each or a table of 10 for $400. They’re available online here.

Haverhill Public Library Collecting Pajamas During 17th Annual Boston Bruins PJ Drive

The Haverhill Public Library is collecting new pairs of pajamas for babies, children and teens. It’s part of part of its partnership with the 17th annual Boston Bruins PJ Drive to benefit Department of Children and Families’ Wonderfund and Cradles to Crayons. The Boston Bruins PJ Drive runs through Friday, March 15. Donations may be left inside the library, 99 Main St., Haverhill. The PJ Drive’s goal is to collect 10,000 pairs of new pajamas.

Essex County Community Foundation Seeks Stories from the Past 25 Years; Plans Celebration

Essex County Community Foundation wants to hear from those who have worked with or benefitted from the nonprofit over the last 25 years. The Foundation is launching its 25th anniversary of service to Essex County which will culminate with an event at Danversport in November. In 1999, founders David Tory and Lorraine Astle laid the building blocks for what is today a systems-based grantmaking organization that has awarded $169 million in grants and scholarships and is leading collaborative efforts to address Essex County’s most pressing social challenge. “David and Lorraine were true visionaries,” said President and CEO Beth Francis. “They saw a need right here in the local community, not only for more collaboration within the nonprofit sector but also for increased access to funding, which empowers organizations to fulfill their critical missions.”

ECCF’s mission is to inspire philanthropy that strengthens the communities of Essex County by managing charitable assets, strengthening and supporting nonprofits and engaging in strategic community leadership initiatives.