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May 29, 2012

Shawsheen River Watershed Association schedules events

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ANDOVER — The Shawsheen River Watershed Association holds its annual meeting June 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Andover Public Library. After a short business meeting, at which time members of its Board of Directors will be elected, there will be a presentation by Curt Laffin on the American Chestnut Tree. This meeting is open to the public but only SRWA members can vote for members of the Board.

The association is hosting a number of activities open to the public, they include:

Summer Solstice event at Pomps Pond off Abbot Street, June 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be a short explanation of the significance of the Summer Solstice. This event is free but residents are asked to bring their own s'mores ingredients. Lifeguards will be on hand for swimming. There will also be gear available if people want to do some paddling.

Annual canoe and kayak paddling and safety demonstration at Pomps Pond June 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. This is a good opportunity for people who want to become more involved in paddling and want to learn proper techniques.

Health workshop presented at Salem senior center

SALEM, N.H. — Salem Senior Services is sponsoring a workshop to help seniors and caregivers of those struggling to deal with chronic health conditions

The "Better Choices, Better Health" workshop will be offered each Monday for six weeks, beginning June 11, in the community room at Millville Arms on Millville Street. The free classes, which are two-and-a-half hours each, are June 11, 18 and 25 and July 2, 9 and 16 from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

The program, developed at Stanford University, is presented in partnership with the New Hampshire Chronic Disease Self-Management Network through the NH Department of Health and Human Services and the Southern New Hampshire Area Health Education Center.

The workshop includes a workbook and refreshments. To register in advance, call 603-890-2190.

Salem Senior Services is open to residents 60 and older Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Ingram Senior Center, 1 Sally Sweet's Way. People can stop in for coffee and conversation or to enjoy any of the activities. It's free for Salem residents and $25 per year for nonresidents.

For more information or a detailed daily calendar, go to townofsalemnh.org, visit the center or call 603-890-2190.

Newton library offers book sale

NEWTON, N.H. — The Friends of the Gale Public Library will hold its spring book sale June 9, at Estabrook's Garage on Main Street.

The sale is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Books, movies and music will be available.

There will also be a quilt raffle. The quilt was made by local artist and library trustee Carol Szot. The winning ticket will be drawn in August.

To donate items for the sale, drop them off at the library during regular business hours.

For more information about joining The Friends, visit the library or call 603-382-4691.

Relay for Life has 60 teams so far

HAVERHILL — Sixty teams are signed up so far for the Relay for Life event to fight cancer June 8 and 9 at the track of Northern Essex Community College.

The event will go from 3 p.m. on June 8 to 3 p.m. the next day. The opening ceremony is at 6 p.m. June 8. The event will go 24 straight hours. Members of each team will take turns walking the NECC track, so each team has at least one member walking during the entire event. Teams raise money by signing up people and businesses to make donations.

The Relay for Life has been a big money-raiser for the American Cancer Society. Last year, $387 million was raised nationwide through Relay for Life events, including $11 million in Massachusetts.

The event will feature a 24-hour disc jockey and a variety of ceremonies and other events.

Girls Inc. seeks alumnae

HAVERHILL — Girls Inc. of Greater Haverhill will celebrate its 100th birthday next year and during the countdown is planning a variety of activities including open houses, a 100th birthday bash in November and a Centennial Memory Book.

Girls Inc. is looking for alumnae to help celebrate this milestone — girls who participated in its programs or attended Girls Inc. events, after-school programs or summer camps, parents and family members, and former employees and board members. Girls Inc. is reaching out to its alumnae, asking about their lives, where they currently live and what they are doing. The organization is also looking for stories and photos of alumnae experiences with Girls Inc. to include in a Centennial Memory Book.

Girls Inc. programs build self-esteem, foster creativity and promote critical thinking skills. Programs are offered on-site, in community venues, in several public schools, during school hours, after school, and through a summer camp. If you are a Girls Inc. alumna or know of one, please call 978-372-0771, ext. 223, email kfitzgerald@girlsinchaverhill.org or send information to Girls Inc. Centennial Celebration, 7 William St., Haverhill, MA 01830.