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    The Rotary Club of Marblehead celebrates Patriots Day

    A SALUTE IN SONG: In commemoration of Patriots Day, the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor presents the sixth annual Star Spangled Pops concert on Saturday.

    The theme of the event is Patriots Forever.

    The concert features conductor Dirk Hillyer and the Hillyer Festival Orchestra, with special appearances by soprano Jean Danton and the Revolutionary War reenactors Glover’s Regiment.


    Danton has performed operas, oratorios, recitals, and solos with symphony orchestras throughout the country.

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    The program includes a tribute to servicemen and servicewomen, both active and retired, who stand to attention when their specific service anthem is played. Those wearing their uniforms get free admission to the balcony seats.

    Glover’s Regiment marches on patriotic holidays, carrying period weapons and stepping to the fife and drum. Its name comes from the regiment of mariners that enlisted under General John Glover of Marblehead. The regiment was responsible for rowing Washington’s army across the Delaware River, and for many other marine feats during the Revolutionary War.

    The event, which takes place in Marblehead’s historic Abbot Hall, begins with a reception at 7 p.m., followed by the concert at 8.

    Tickets are $40 for floor seating, $25 for the balcony. Proceeds benefit the Rotary Club’s service projects.


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    GUARDIANS OF HISTORY: Nominations of historic preservation projects in Newburyport are being sought for the city’s annual Preservation Awards.

    The awards are sponsored by the Newburyport Preservation Trust.

    The goal is to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations for their contributions toward protecting and preserving Newburyport’s historic character and building heritage.

    “Since 2007, Newburyport Preservation Trust has celebrated preservation efforts throughout our city with these awards,” said Tom Kolterjahn, copresident of the trust. “They are one way to demonstrate appreciation for recipients’ meticulous and conscientious preservation efforts while showcasing and raising awareness of the unique character of our historic community.”


    Categories include stewardship, exterior restoration, interior restoration, sensitive addition to a historic structure, historic landscape restoration, history-sensitive contractor or builder, and sustainable “green” renovation to a historic structure.

    Nominations must be received by April 21 and can be submitted by mail to NPT, PO Box 184, Newburyport, MA 01950, or online at

    The nomination should include the name of the person or project submitted; project address; description; photos (if available); and contact information of the nominator.

    The awards will be presented on Sunday, May 12, at the conclusion of the annual Preservation Week celebration.

    This year’s celebration, presented in partnership with Historic New England and the Custom House Maritime Museum, is on the theme of Women and Preservation. It begins May 8.

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    WHO’S WHAT WHERE: Anne Driscoll of Swampscott has received a Fulbright teaching/research award in Ireland. She will teach law students from Griffith College, Trinity College, and Dublin City University investigative and interviewing techniques as they pursue 20 cases for the Irish Innocence Project. She will also do research to identify the contributing factors that led to wrongful convictions. Driscoll graduated from Salem State University in 1976 with a degree in social welfare. She is a journalist, freelance writer, and author of numerous books. Since 2006, she has also been the senior reporter investigating wrongful murder convictions at the Justice Brandeis Innocence Project, part of the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. . . . Priscille LeBlanc has won a My Favorite Teacher award from Barnes & Noble for the Nashua area. Students from schools throughout the region submitted nominating essays. Le­Blanc, a teacher at Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsborough, was selected based on an essay by former student Alex Stever. A classroom teacher for nearly 40 years, LeBlanc has spent the majority of her career at the academy. She will be entered into the regional competition, where five winners will be chosen, and from that pool one will be selected teacher of the year.

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