Groveland Fire and Police Departments Welcome Santa Claus for Annual Visit This Sunday

The Groveland Fire and Police departments invite residents to watch Santa on his annual visit this weekend. The visit takes place Sunday, Dec. 4, from 11 a.m-5 p.m. Santa’s sleigh route begins at the Bagnall School, 253 School St., Groveland and moves downtown towards Main St. His final stop is at the Public Safety Building located at 181 Main St., Groveland. Residents are encouraged to line-up along the sleigh route.

Methuen and Groveland Police Departments Participate in ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Campaign

The Methuen and Groveland Police Departments are taking part in the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign this holiday season by adding more patrols and advocating for safe driving practices. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately one-third of all traffic crash deaths in the U.S. involve drunk drivers. On average, more than 10,000 people have died each year from 2014 to 2018 in drunk-driving crashes. As part of the Municipal Road Safety Program, local police departments received more than $5 million in road safety grant funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Methuen and Groveland Police Departments were awarded $32, 595 and $5,760 respectively.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce to Join State Leaders This Afternoon at North Andover’s 6K

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito are expected to be in North Andover this afternoon, touring a company involved in non-traditional material manufacturing. As WHAV reported last April, North Andover’s 6K was the recipient of a $1.5 million grant that will help the company recycle scrap materials and transform them into premium metal powder used in 3D printing. Last month, officials also toured 6K’s new factory that makes lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles using a $50 million federal infrastructure grant. It is considered one of the largest battery material production facilities in the United States. Officials plan to highlight efforts at both the federal and state levels to promote innovation in advanced manufacturing and clean energy technology.

Atkinson Garden Club Hosts Festive Holiday Market with Annual Greens and Gifts Sale

Atkinson Garden Club is bringing back its annual Greens and Gifts Sale this weekend with an array of holiday gifts and crafts. The sale happens Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Atkinson Community Center, 4 Main St., Atkinson, N.H.

Attendees may purchase handmade holiday items such as table top holly trees, kissing balls, centerpieces with candles, wreathes and more. Some new items include gnomes, golden apple centerpieces and grapevine wreathes.

West Newbury Officials Report School Staff, Pupils Were Safe After Car, Driver Found in the Woods

West Newbury Police said there was no danger to students and faculty of the Dr. John C. Page School resulting from the discovery of a car and driver Tuesday morning in a heavily-wooded area near the school. West Newbury Police and Fire were sent to the school around 10:30 in the morning after a resident out for a walk reported a parked car about 500 feet off the road in a wooded area. Officials said its driver, sitting outside the car, appeared to be suffering from exposure and possible hypothermia

Page School was placed in “secure mode,” meaning no one was allowed to enter or leave the building. Pre-K students were dismissed as scheduled at 11:15 a.m., and the school day continued as normal aside from students being kept inside throughout the day. The West Newbury Fire Department used a Gator off-road-vehicle to take the man back to the road, and from there an ambulance took him to Anna Jacques Hospital in Newburyport for treatment.

North Andover’s Stevens Library Presents Free, Virtual Program on the History of Nutcrackers

Stevens Memorial Library in North Andover is hosting a free, online presentation on the history of nutcrackers. Art historian Mary Woodward leads guests through the nutcrackers’ origins, from the development of tools in the Stone Age to Communist-era Germany, a Russian Ballet and American GIs. She also discusses other traditional Christmas decorations such as pyramids and smokers. Woodward received a bachelor’s in art history from Furman University and a master’s in art history at Emory University. She is a guide at several Historic New England properties and previously served as public programs coordinator and educator at the Concord Museum.

Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce Celebrates Holidays with Wine Tasting and Fashion Show

The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce is having its annual holiday party Thursday featuring a buffet, wine tasting and a fashion show. The party begins Thursday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m., at Salvatore’s at the Riverwalk, 354 Merrimack St., Lawrence. The fashion show includes clothing from Brides Across America, Consignment Bridal and Prom and Uncommon Closet. A buffet features garden salad, chicken marsala, eggplant parmesan, pasta marinara, meatballs, cookies, brownies, mini cannolis, soda and coffee.

Pentucket Regional High School Students Create New Words, Accepted in Online Dictionary

Ten Pentucket Regional High School students recently coined new words that have been accepted into an online dictionary. Students in Leanne Villani’s Latin V class study the etymology of words, including engineering of new words, called neologisms. A person who coins a new word is called a “neologist.” Earlier this year students viewed a 2014 TedTalk by lexicographer Erin McKean, former editor-in-chief of American Dictionaries for Oxford University Press, who encouraged her audience to create new words to be better understood. Pentucket Regional learned in September of the acceptance of the new words submitted to WordNik, McKean’s online dictionary. “Most important, this activity extended the learning outside of the classroom into the global community,” Villani said. “I also wanted students to appreciate how they can apply their knowledge of Latin to improve their use of English by becoming more empowered speakers, writers and readers.”

She said students were thrilled and proud to be published neologists like William Shakespeare, who is credited with creating more than 1,700 words.