One fund-raiser saves horses; another supports horses that save people

NEER North
Dinner time at NEER North in West Newbury.

New England Equine Rescue, a nonprofit based in West Newbury, is hosting a silent auction from 6 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 7 at the the Hilton DoubleTree in Danvers. The auction will include artwork, sports memorabilia, and restaurant gift certificates. General admission is $50, and will include complimentary hors d’ouevres and a full cash bar. All proceeds go to supporting horses, ponies, and donkeys at the farm and finding them homes. For tickets and more information, go to

Strongwater Farm
Strongwater Farm in Tewksbury has a program that teaches veterans the basics of horsemanship.

Hay rides, live music, games, and barbecue are just some of the things offered at Strongwater Farm’s Country and Western Harvest Hoedown. The nonprofit Tewksbury horse farm provides free therapy and support for people unable to find help elsewhere. Tickets for the event, which takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 8, are $50 for adults and $25 for kids, with free admission for those under 5 years old. They can be purchased at All proceeds will help fund the farm’s operation.

The Pines Speedway’s 15th reunion will take place at the site of the original track from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, in Groveland.


The event, hosted by the Groveland Historical Society, is to remember the speedway, which was open from 1940 to 1973. Vintage cars will be on display, and race car drivers from the good old days will be honored. Admission is free, and the event is rain or shine under a tent.

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Steve Immerman, president of Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, will retire in June 2018. He has led the art and design school since 2009. A search committee to name a new president will be cochaired by trustees Henrietta Gates and John D. Colucci, as well as various other board members, faculty, students, staff, and alumni.

Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School’s newly renovated machine technology shop, which serves students studying operating, repairing, or inspecting large machinery, has been decked out with the latest cutting-edge equipment. The Haverhill school’s new shop was redesigned to look like a modern manufacturing facility, and 23 new machines have been installed. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Sept. 14 at the school attended by Governor Charlie Baker, school officials, and 24 machine technology students.

A candlelight vigil in Somerville for Domestic Violence Awareness Month is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 4, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Davis Square’s Statue Park. The vigil is an annual event that remembers those who died because of domestic violence. The Clothesline Project, an art piece that features shirts with written stories from survivors of domestic violence, will be on display. For more information, call Chris Hosman at 617-625-6600, ext. 2406 or e-mail

The Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell has named Bonnie J. Butkas as its new executive director. Butkas has held leadership positions at Rochester Institute of Technology and Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, N.Y.; York Theatre Company and TADA! Youth Theatre in New York City; and Bristol Valley Theater in Naples, N.Y. She was also a direction assistant for “The Lion King” on Broadway.

01noinformer - Gov. Charlie Baker cut the ribbon for Whittier Tech's new Machine Technology shop. (Handout)
Governor Charlie Baker cuts the ribbon for Whittier Tech's new machine technology shop.

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