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Nahant’s new Eagle Scouts (from left): Ryan Frauenholz, Dean Warren, Joe Warren, and Simon Klee.

Ryan Frauenholz, Dean Warren, Joe Warren, and Simon Klee of Nahant Boy Scout Troop 50 have earned the Eagle Scout ranking, the highest a Boy Scout can achieve. The Eagle Scout title was first awarded in 1912. Only about 5 percent of all Scouts earn the distinction.

Kayla Whelan, a 2016 graduate of Montserrat College of Art in Beverly , won the first White House Historical Association’s national art school design competition. Whelan designed the 2016 White House Christmas ornament and was invited to the White House on Oct. 7 by Michelle Obama. The graphic design major’s ornament depicts a vintage fire truck in remembrance of the 1929 Christmas Eve four-alarm fire that blazed through the West Wing during Herbert Hoover’s presidency.


From left: Congressman Seth Moulton, Kayla Whelan, and Montserrat College of Art President Stephen D. Immerman. Below, a close-up of Whelan’s ornament.Mel Powsner, Montserrat College of Art (above)
White House Historical Association

Foster Kids of the Merrimack Valley Inc. will host its 11th Annual Pasta Supper at St. Lucy’s Church Hall in Methuen from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4. Proceeds will support the group’s annual Christmas party. The nonprofit serves foster children through supportive programs and scholarships. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 978-683-2220.

Northern Essex Community College will host a Health and Science Open House at the Dr. Ibrahim El-Hefni Allied Health and Technology Center, 414 Common St., Lawrence, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2. The open house is free and allows the public to tour the facility while learning about the college’s health and science programs. College faculty will be available for questions about the programs and online course requirements, and current medical lab and health care technician students will be discussing the current job market.

Edward Davis, former commissioner of the Boston Police Department, and Richard DesLauriers, former special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston Field Division, will talk at Salem State University’s O’Keefe Sports Center at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 3 as part of the college’s Speaker Series. Both will discuss homegrown terrorism and share stories about responding to the Boston Marathon bombing and rebuilding community confidence. The discussion will be moderated by WBZ-TV news anchor Lisa Hughes. A portion of the proceeds will benefit a scholarship created in memory of MIT police officer Sean Collier, a 2009 Salem State graduate who was killed in the events following the attack. For information on tickets, go to


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