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June 15, 2012

Region in a minute

LAWRENCE — The Vu Family of 18 Emmett St., is the recipient of the Yard of the Month award for May.

"The efforts of Mr. Mac Vu and his family, have been an inspiration to the residents of Lawrence to keep the city clean and show great pride in their property," Mayor William Lantigua said.

Mac Vu and his family have made wonderful efforts to keep the sidewalks at Emmett and Kingston Street clear of trash and litter, Lantigua said in a statement. "It costs nothing but a little effort to keep the sidewalk and curb area free of trash and litter," Vu said.

Suggestions for next month's Yard of the Month and Storefront of the Month are accepted via email to FOConnor@CityofLawrence.com or can be submitted to the Community Development Department located at 225 Essex St., 3rd floor. Lawrence, 01840.

Listen to some bluegrass in Atkinson

ATKINSON — The Taylor River Band will perform a summer concert in the courtyard at Kimball Library Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

The Taylor River Band is a contemporary bluegrass band with Heather Mike on fiddle, Dave Dupouy on banjo, Ben Molin on bass and Doug Molin on guitar. TRB plays at venues throughout the area.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the show. This program is free and open to the public. Popcorn will be served throughout the performance.

Medicare presentation for Baby Boomers

HAVERHILL — The city's Council on Aging will host a free discussion on Medicare June 25 at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., for recent retirees and Baby Boomers who are approaching age 65.

Participants will receive information on applying for Medicare, part D coverage, and many other aspects of applying for Medicare.

VFW planning cycle run to raise money

METHUEN — VFW Club 8349 is planning a motorcycle run this month to raise money for its facility hall.

Ebb Morris, the outgoing senior vice commander, said the VFW donates the use of the hall on 26 River St. to a number of charity organizations.

Registration is from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday, June 24, costs $20 per rider, $10 per passenger, and is open to everybody. The 32-mile run will start rain or shine at 11 at the VFW, go through Five Corners in Methuen, then past the Rockingham Mall in Salem, N.H., and back into Dracut and Methuen.

"It's a lot of back roads so people can have a decent ride," he said.

This will be the sixth annual ride. Last year, Morris said about 90 people participated. He hopes to break 100 this year.

Windham residents can ask questions

WINDHAM — Open forums for town residents continue 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the transfer station and highway garage.

Officials will be able to answer resident questions about services. This is the latest in a series of forums by town departments.

For more information call Town Administrator David Sullivan, 432-7732, or email him at dsullivan@windhamnewhampshire.com.

Library transforms into paradise

HAMPSTEAD — The first family event of Hampstead Public Library's Summer Reading Program is "Dreaming of a Tropical Paradise" on Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m.

Spend time relaxing on the library's dreamy tropical island. Make a shell necklace. Learn to hula dance with the Ohana Hula School. Try surfing, play beach volleyball and be prepared to get wet.

Buttonwoods annual meeting June 26

HAVERHILL — The Buttonwoods Museum and Haverhill Historical Society will hold their annual meeting June 26 at the museum, 240 Water St.

The business meeting is at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m. This year's speaker is Haverhill resident Arthur Veasey, who will present a program on "Lost Haverhill." This event is free and open to the public. More information is available at haverhillhistory.org.