EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

June 18, 2012

Region in a minute

KINGSTON — The Conservation Commission will host the Wild Kingston Photo Contest.

The contest is only open to amateurs. The categories are: wildlife, landscapes, and waterscapes and wild plants. Up to three photos may be submitted for each category.

Judging will be done in two age groups: youth (18 and under) and adult (19 and older). Prizes will be awarded during Kingston Days this summer. A juried exhibition will be on display at the new town library. For more information and contest rules, visit kingstonnh.org.

Child abuse prevention training

METHUEN — Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention training will be held Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Methuen YMCA, 129 Haverhill St. Stewards of Children is the only evidence-based child sexual abuse prevention training proven effective in educating adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Trainings are open to the public and may be of specific interest to youth sports organizations, coaches, camp counselors, schools, teachers, faith centers and other service organizations. Free to all. To register or learn more, contact the Methuen YMCA at (978) 683-5266 or www.mvymca.org.

Road repairs underway in Salem

SALEM — Road work is being done from Veterans Memorial Parkway to Cluff Crossing and Pattee Road to Hillcrest Road.

Milling began last week. The work is being done from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Utility employees will be working along that route during the daytime all this week. Night paving will begin Sunday.

Pelham VFW gets national award

PELHAM — The John H. Hargreaves Memorial VFW Post 10722 recently received a national community service award.

The presentation came with other awards for the VFW post at the state convention.

Both the VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary combined for more than a half dozen awards recognizing youth activities, support for cancer research, involvement with the Voice of Democracy program and community activities.

Post commander Mark McCabe said the honors show the VFW had "an extremely successful year."

Book chat at Haverhill Public Library

The Haverhill Public Library will be hosting a book chat on Thursday, June 28, at 10 a.m. Join staff members and fellow readers as they discuss which fiction and non-fiction titles are getting the best reviews. The book chat also features author-talk alerts, e-reader demonstrations, and staff picks. For more information contact Jaclyn at 978-373-1586 x 608

BJ's hosts 'Taste of the Town'

BJ's Wholesale Club in Haverhill, is hosting the "Taste of the Town & Family Fun Fair on Saturday, June 23, from 11 am. to 2 p.m. The free event invites BJ's members and non-members to sample dishes from local restaurants and vendors. In addition, the Haverhill Fire Department will be on hand to discuss fire safety. There will also be live entertainment, a kids coloring contest, a photo booth and giveaways. BJ's is located at 25 Shelley Road in Bradford.

Students, check out this art camp

WINDHAM — Art Camp will be held July 16-20 for students in grades 1 through 6.The cost is $135. The deadline to sign up is June 29, unless spaces fill earlier.

Visit wickedcoolkids.com for more information.