---- — METHUEN — Mayor Zanni has proclaimed April 26 as Methuen Arbor Day in Methuen.
With the organization of the Methuen Arbor Group, and the development of a detailed plan for expanding the number of trees in Methuen, Zanni said “it is only appropriate for Methuen to join in on a day that is recognized across the country.
The Methuen Arbor Group is an informal organization working with City Hall to qualify Methuen for funding and support in planting more trees across the city.
“I think everyone wants to see more trees planted across our city,” said Jay Griffin, who first approached the mayor last spring about organizing the group.
The team has planned for a 3 p.m. public celebration at the Nevins Memorial Library on April 26. The event, which is being sponsored by Salem Co-Op, will be used to educate residents about responsible tree planting, debriefing the community on plans for 2013, and thanking residents and businesses who have donated to the Arbor Group and its efforts.
“Salem Co-Operative Bank is excited about partnering with the City of Methuen in this meaningful project,” said Ann Lally, president of Salem Co-Operative Bank.
“We’ve seen a lot of trees damaged or destroyed in recent years,” explained Arbor Group member Krista McLeod. “I think it is great to have the support of the mayor, businesses, and residents in pursuing a strategy where we can rebuild our tree population at a minimal cost.”
Arthur Nicholson, who worked with McLeod, Griffin, and Mayor Zanni to organize the Arbor Group, said that the trees being planted are going in locations that will have the greatest aesthetic impact.
‘Following Atticus’ author to be honored as Humane-itarian
ANDOVER — Tom Ryan, author of “Following Atticus,” a memoir that details how an aged miniature schnauzer transformed a Newburyport newspaperman into a better person will receive one of two “Humane-itarian” Awards at Massachusetts School of Law’s Seventh Annual Animal Rights Day Saturday.
The award is presented annually to an individual or individuals who have performed notable acts or taken prominent stands to advance the issue of animal rights.
The book, published by William Morrow in the fall of 2011, is subtitled, “Forty-eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship.” The story details Ryan and Atticus’s efforts to climb all 48 of New Hampshire’s 4,000-foot peaks not once but twice in one winter while raising money for charity. But it is also the story of how a guileless, 20-pound schnauzer improved the life of the overweight, acerbic Ryan.
The Seventh Annual Animal Rights Day is free and open to the public and will take place at MSL, 500 Federal St., Andover. For more information call MSL at 978-681-0800.
Haverhill Republican City Committee to meet Thursday
HAVERHILL - The public is invited to a meeting of the Haverhill Republican City Committee on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the public library’s Johnson Auditorium. Committee chairman Bill Ryan said Lenny Mirra, R-West Newbury and Tim Imholt, 2014 Republican Congressional candidate, have been invited to speak. The committee will discuss having a fundraiser/straw poll before the April Republican primary. Field personnel for the three Republican candidates will be looking for volunteers. More information is available by calling Ryan at 978-521-1130.
Central Little League, Babe Ruth signups
LAWRENCE - The Lawrence Central Little League and Babe Ruth League will hold indoor baseball and softball tryouts at Central Catholic High School, 300 Hampshire St., on the fiollowing dates Saturday March 30 at the following times:
Little League girls ages 8 to 12, at noon in the small gym;
Cal Ripken boys ages 8 to 12, at noon in the main gym;
Babe Ruth boys ages 13 to 15, at 2:30 p.m. in the main gym;
Babe Ruth girls ages 13 to 18, at 2:30 p.m. in the small gym;
In addition, T Ball boys and girls ages 4 to 7 practice will be held Wednesday, April 3 at 5:30 p.m. on Field 2, then every Wednesday and Friday night after that at Howard Park, corner of Lawrence Street and Birchwood Road.
For more information call 978-479-0244 (Spanish) or 978-685-0232 (English).
Shining Tiara Jewelry Show is Thursday
HAVERHILL — A Shining Tiara Jewelry Show will be held Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Merrimack Valley Hospital’s first-floor lobby. Proceeds benefit the Employee Activities Committee, which plans activities for employees and supports local charities. This event is open to the public. Merrimack Valley Hospital is located at 140 Lincoln Ave. More information is available from Jude at 978-374-2000.
Greater Haverhill Landlords Guild meets today
The Greater Haverhill Landlords Guild will meet today (March 26) from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Milhendler Room at the public library, 99 Main St. Guest speakers include Mo Lavasseur of Profile Research, Attorney Michael Tucker of Amesbury, realtor Robin McKeon and mortgage specialist Ellen Roche. Bring your questions and concerns. Mary Ellen Lawlor of ServPro will provide refreshments. More information is available from Michael Schroth at 978-376-4592 or Dean Huston at 508-641-5410.
Church to present musical ‘The Story’ this weekend
Brookridge Community Church will present “The Story – The Musical” on Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Tickets, free to the public, are available online at www.thestorythemusical.eventbrite.com. The church is located at 232 Main St. Visit online at www.brookridge.org.