Human rights activist to speak at Merrimack 

Dr. Charlie Clements, executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, will discuss his efforts in changing local policy to stop pesticide poisoning among undocumented farm workers in California as part of Merrimack College’s Building Community, Reaching for Justice Speaker Series on Wednesday, April 8, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The free lecture will be presented in Murray Lounge of the college’s Sakowich Campus Center, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover. 

Clements is a public health physician and human rights activist whose work during the El Salvadoran Civil War is detailed in the Academy Award-winning documentary, “Witness to War.” His work has included organizing the creation of water and wastewater systems in areas with no running water or sewer, along the Rio Grande Rive

The Building Community, Reaching for Justice Speaker Series provides opportunities for experts in community engagement and related fields to discuss critical issues with students and the greater community. The Community Engagement Graduate Program, School of Education and Social Policy is sponsoring the series. The public is welcome. Register online at or at the door.

Focus on wood window restoration

Thomas Barber of Thomas Barber Restoration and Construction of Lynn will share his knowledge of restoring old wood windows at the BallardVale Historic District Commission’s monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 1, at 7 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, second floor, 2 North Main St., Andover.

Barber’s one-hour talk and demonstration will offer a chance to learn the ins and outs of wood window repair and how to make one’s home more energy efficient. He will offer solutions for repairing old windows rather than replacing them. 

The free event is open to the public; reservations are not needed. Questions can be directed to BallardVale Historic Commission District Vice Chairman Diane Derby at

Four-week Genealogy Group at NECC

Northern Essex Community College’s Life Long Learning Program is offering a noncredit Introduction to Genealogy Study Group on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon starting April 1 through 22 on the Haverhill campus.

The study group is designed for those new to researching their family’s genealogy and lineage. There will be a focus on learning the tools and resources available to begin a search and valuable tips to help in the process. Marcelle Greenbaum of Haverhill, NECC’s resident expert on genealogy, will lead the group, which is open to the public

The cost is $30 and registration is required. To sign up, call 978-556-3700.


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