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May 13, 2014

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Alumni Association to meet May 14

The NHS Alumni Association will meet on Wednesday May 14 at 7 p.m., in the distance learning lab, first floor at the high school.

Featured speakers will be Anthony Pruner, project manager under Heery Corp. of the new Bresnahan School and rehab of the Nock/Molin schools. Also speaking will be Steve Bergholm, director of facilities and custodial manager.

Their programs will be about the schools from start to finish which should create many questions from the audience. All alumni, NEF members and friends are invited.

Civil War walking tour of Newburyport

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, at 2 p.m, join author William Hallett and his wife Elizabeth for a walking tour through Newburyport ‘s Civil War history. Stories include the site where the first troops under Capt. A.W. Bartlett left Newburyport to answer Lincoln’s call for volunteers; the site where Frederick Douglass spoke when visiting town; hear the story of Newburyport’s Confederate general; a politician and friend of Jefferson Davis who nearly ran against Lincoln for president; maritime stories of Confederate raiders; William Lloyd Garrison; a Newburyporter who was a POW and more. (Memorial Day was started by Civil War Veterans.)

Tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and begins and ends at 57 State St. (Arthur Page Insurance building). Wear comfortable shoes, dress for the weather, and bring a water bottle. For more info, go to: or call 978.255.2567

Stained glass and sculpture artist at library

Stained glass and sculpture artist Joseph Ferguson will be speaking about his work at the Newburyport Public Library on Tuesday, May 20, at 7 p.m. Ferguson has been working with stained glass and sculpture over the past five decades. His work has been exhibited at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park and Chesterwood. He also has permanent installations at the Old Cambridge Baptist Church and Harvard University’s Andover Library. His talk will be biographical with images of his work and discussion. He will also bring a piece of sculpture that he is currently working on. His book, “The Evolving Image,” will be available for sale and signing. All are welcome to this free event.

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