Whittier Birthplace’s Virtual Lecture Series Looks at Whittier Covered Bridge Thursday

Kim Varney Chandler, author of “Covered Bridges of New Hampshire,” shares the history of the Whittier Covered Bridge in Ossipee, N.H., during an online talk Thursday sponsored by Haverhill’s Whittier Birthplace. The bridge, built around 1870 and presumably by Jacob Berry, is one of 22 Paddleford truss bridges remaining in the world. The 133-foot covered bridge, which appears on the National Register of Historic Places, was saved from demolition more than once and remains an integral part of the Ossipee community. The talk, part of Whittier Birthplace’s Virtual Lecture Series, takes place Thursday, Feb. 22, from 7-8 p.m., via Zoom.

Atkinson Garden Club Plans ‘Petals and Palettes’ March 22-23

Atkinson Garden Club is having its “Petals and Palettes” flower and art exhibit in March. Flower arrangements will be presented by award-winning designers who will interpret the works of local artists. The show takes place Friday, March 22, from 1-7 p.m., and Saturday, March 23, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at Atkinson Resort and Country Club, 85 Country Club Drive, Atkinson. Tickets are $10 for those ages 16 and up and are available at the door. Proceeds will help fund the club’s educational programs and scholarship.

Buttonwoods Presents ‘Hidden Stories, Unheard Voices: A Study of Haverhill’s Black History’

Buttonwoods Museum is presenting “Hidden Stories, Unheard Voices: A Study of Haverhill’s Black History” as part of Black History Month. The museum offers a close look at some of the stories of Haverhill’s enslaved, freed and free African-American individuals from the settlement period through the 19th century. Sponsored by the Cummings Foundation, the free program also offers narratives of Haverhillites of African descent who significantly shaped the city. Grant Project Manager Carol Majahad and Grant Research Intern Claire Brady help attendees explore the Local History Collection and Biographical Files at the Haverhill Public Library’s Special Collections and share a comprehensive array of published and unpublished sources and other educational resources. “Hidden Stories, Unheard Voices: A Study of Haverhill’s Black History” takes place Tuesday, Feb.

Ruth’s House Thrift Shop Plans ‘Fill-A-Bag’ for $25 Sale Feb. 22

Haverhill’s charitable Ruth’s House thrift store is having a “Fill-A-Bag” sale, allowing shoppers to buy a “pile” of clothing for only $25. The sale, with proceeds benefitting those in need, takes place Thursday, Feb. 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the thrift shop, 111 Lafayette Square, Haverhill. Besides operating a thrift store since 1992, Ruth’s House gives referred clients season-appropriate clothing, including new socks and underwear quarterly, and provides seniors over 55 with winter coats and accessories.

AHEPA Acropolis Chapter 39 Celebrates 100th Year Anniversary Dinner Dance in April

Haverhill’s AHEPA Acropolis Chapter 39 is celebrating a milestone birthday with its 100th Year Anniversary Dinner Dance in April. According to a 2017 WHAV interview with President James Tzitzon, AHEPA—short for American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association—was born Jan. 25, 1924. That was only two years after the national organization was founded to respond to bigotry and racism spreading through American society. The groups also helped Greek immigrants assimilate into society.

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.