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Wrestling, block printing, and therapy dogs

Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School
Whittier junior Cat McNulty, in black, beats opponent Anya Roberts, of Warwick, in the second period of her semifinal match up.

Cat McNulty of Haverhill just pinned down the title of first female state wrestling champion in the 170-pound weight class. On Feb. 23, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association held its first Girls Wrestling Tournament at St. John’s Prep in Danvers. Female wrestlers from around the region had the choice to compete in either the traditional mixed-gender tournament or the girls’ tournament. McNulty, a junior at Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School in Haverhill, has been wrestling since her freshman year and is the only girl on the school’s wrestling team. “I was over the moon about it,” McNulty said. “I created history.” Other local state champions include Wakefield freshman Ana Valdevino (113 pounds); Woburn sophomore Sophia Matthews (125); Malden sophomore Yohanni Costa (145); and Greater Lawrence sophomore Kyianna DeJesus (205).

Carve out some time to learn block printing in Amesbury. Artist Julia Bethmann will teach students how to carve stamps to make their own unique prints. Bethmann also will showcase how she uses block prints in various types of artwork. Come with a design in mind, or draw inspiration from materials in class. The price is $48; all resources will be provided. The class is on April 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the studio of Melissa Partridge at The Artists Muse, 9 Water St. Register at

The North Shore Veterans Collaborative wants to share stories about the impact of therapy dogs on veterans on Thursday, March 28, in Beverly. Speakers will include Kevin Lambert from National Education for Dog Services; Kate VanAuken from Company 2 Heroes; and Carolyn Barney from Operation Delta Dog. Free food and drinks will be offered. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Gerrish School of Business in Room 257 on the second floor at Endicott College. Enter through the main campus at 376 Hale St. RSVP to the event on Facebook.


In the Georgetown Police Department, one more officer will be able to dress up for the job. Norino Mirra, the owner of Utility Contractor Mirra Construction Co., donated $2,000 to equip an additional member of the department’s honor guard and update another member’s gear. In 2005, Mirra donated $10,000 to help the department create its Honor Guard. Chief Donald C. Cudmore thanked Mirra and said, “He is a true partner and friend to the town, and for that I am grateful as both the police chief and as a resident.”

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The Four by Four for Education art exhibit ends with a celebratory raffle on Saturday, March 30 (snow date, March 31). The Lowell exhibit features 140 artists who showcase their art on 4-inch-by-4-inch canvases. The Four by Four raises funds for the Brush Scholarship and Special Perspectives, which brings art instruction to challenged adults. A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a UMass Lowell art student. The raffle starts at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $25 at the door and everyone who buys one on March 30 receives a piece of art. The Brush Art Gallery is located at 256 Market St. Call 978-459-7819 or visit

Essex Tech in Danvers hosted Attorney General Maura Healey for a conference on teen vaping earlier this month. Healey spoke to students about the health risks of vaping and efforts at prevention. Healey’s office is investigating Juul, the largest e-cigarette seller in the country, and has sent out cease and desist letters to companies that do not meet Massachusetts regulations. Other experts spoke at the conference, which was put on in partnership with the Middlesex Partnerships for Youth.

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