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Sarah Strong Hockey Tournament Set

ANDOVER — A special hockey tournament will raise money for a scholarship in memory of Sarah Duval at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 12 at the Breakaway Ice Center in Tewksbury.

Duval, 11, died last February from complications related to leukemia.

His North Shore Vipers teammates take on the Boston Jr. Terriers at 5:30 p.m. Postgame fundraising festivities include raffles and merchandise. The puck will drop again at 7 p.m. for the Austin Prep game against Winchester where his brother, Jacob, will play in his honor.

Fundraiser in memory of Greg Cook

ANDOVER – A 3-on-3 basketball tournament will be held Saturday, February 12 at Andover Field House to raise funds in memory of Andover’s Greg Cook for Sueños Basketball. The tournament runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and the cost to participate is $20 per person for teams of up to four people.

Cook, 31, died suddenly last August of epilepsy. He was a longtime resident of Andover and a graduate of Andover High School where he played for the Golden Warriors for four years.

To register, visit or contact [email protected]

Galentines Day?

HAVERHILL — Valentine’s Day is February 14, but did you know that February 13 is considered “Valentine’s Day?” Invented by Leslie Knope in the 2011 sitcom Parks & Recreation, the party is just beginning to spread around the world. In the episode “Galentine’s Day”, Knope tells his friends that February 13 is the “best day of the year” and that it is a day when “women leave their husbands and boyfriends at home and just eat breakfast. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst.

According to National Today, more than 70% of women consider their friends to be family, 60% of women surveyed said common interests were an important quality for them, 89% said their friendships with other women were important to them, with almost a quarter (23%) calling them “essential”.

Haverhill Planning Commission will meet virtually

HAVERHILL – The Merrimack Valley Planning Commission will hold its monthly virtual meeting on Thursday, February 17 at 11 a.m. The agenda includes updates of Commission activities and is available online at For more information, contact Nancy Lavallee at [email protected]

Which meatballs are the best?

HAVERHILL – The Victor Emanuel Lodge 1646 Sons of Italy will hold their third meatball contest on February 26 at the American Legion, 1314 Main St.

Registration fee for attendees is $15 (includes tasting/voting) and can be paid by check, cash, or Venmo. Your registration will not be complete until payment has been received. Competitors should have approximately 100 meatballs approximately 2 inches in diameter.

Cost is $8 at the door to attend, taste and vote for the best meatballs.

First place receives a trophy as well as 50% of the tasting entry fee and bragging rights; second place receives a trophy and their entry fee is refunded, and third place receives a trophy.

Raffle tickets will be sold during the event, with all proceeds going to Hearts Apart. The raffle winners will be drawn after the meatball winners are announced.

For more information or to register, contact Renee at 603-508-9051 or Erica at 978-518-6374.

Upcoming orchestra concert

PLAISTOW – The Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra will perform on Sunday February 27 at 2.30pm at the Timberlane Performing Arts Centre, 40 Greenough Road, Plaistow.

The concert will feature guest conductor Neal Hampton, who will conduct an orchestral concert themed around the movie “Almost March” Madness.

The Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra is made up of residents of North Andover and Andover, as well as residents of Haverhill, Newburyport, Plaistow and many other surrounding Merrimack Valley communities.

Volunteers wanted at ReStore

LAWRENCE — This spring, share your love for your community and give back by volunteering at the Essex County Habitat for Humanity ReStore at 647 Andover St.

Volunteers help keep store operations running smoothly. From merchandising the sales floor to customer service, volunteers help do it all.

Contact [email protected] with a convenient time to try it out. No commitment necessary. Feel free to bring a friend.

The ReStore sells new and gently used appliances, building materials, furniture, and home goods at discounted prices. Proceeds from the ReStore directly support Essex County Habitat’s vision that one day everyone will have a decent, safe and affordable home.

North Andover nmaed Employees of the Year

NORTH ANDOVER — City Manager Melissa Murphy-Rodrigues has named Toni Wolfenden and John Wood the city’s 2021 Employees of the Year.

Murphy-Rodrigues described Wolfenden, a city health department aide, as “a bright, smiling light at the entrance to City Hall.”

Wood, communications manager at the North Andover Police Department, “does so much for the police department and asks nothing in return,” Murphy-Rodrigues said.

The North Andover Employee of the Year program was instituted in 2020 to annually recognize an employee for their team spirit, exceptional customer service, exceeding expectations in their work, conduct and dedication, and who embodies the true meaning of being a public servant. Nominations are submitted by city employees and the general manager selects the winner based on these nominations.

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