---- — Steve Paradis, who grew up in Andover and graduated from Central Catholic High School in Lawrence, has been named interim executive director of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC).
Paradis, who was chief operating officer of ATC, will serve in that capacity while the board of directors selects a permanent replacement. Paradis has served for the ATC for the past 10 years, initially as a member of the board and later a senior staff member.
Paradis first became involved with the Appalachian Trail when he hiked the trail during the winter of 1992-1993. In an effort to give something back to the trail after completing his hike, Paradis volunteered with the Dartmouth Outing Club as a corridor monitor and ultimately as the club’s monitor coordinator.
He has also served on the ATC board of managers, Finance Committee, and Stewardship Council as well as on the boards of both the Appalachian Trail Museum Society and the Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association. In addition to his life membership in the ATC and an honorary life membership in the hikers association, Paradis values his continued memberships in the Dartmouth Outing Club as well as the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club.
He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
State senator announces office hours
State Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives will be hosting office hours in Haverhill and Methuen on Friday.
In Haverhill, the hours will be 1 to 2 p.m. at the Haverhill Public Library, Milhendler Room. In Methuen, they will be from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Nevins Memorial Library, Trustee’s Room.
Appointments are not required. For any questions, please contact her office at 617-722-1604 or by emailing Christopher.Power@masenate.gov
Refuge releases details for fishing permits
People interested in applying for a 2013 Drive-On Fishing Permit at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge may do so from Wednesday through Aug. 2.
Eighty-five permits will be issued this year.
Permit applicants must provide all of the following information, either in person or via mail: Name, address, email address and a daytime phone number. Applicants must also provide their Massachusetts saltwater license number or the number of a saltwater license that was issued to them by a state that has a reciprocity agreement in place with Massachusetts. Those states are New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Applicants must also provide a copy of their 4x4 vehicle registration. A vehicle registration can only be used for one application.
Complete applications must be received at Refuge Headquarters no later than 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 2. Permits will be awarded by lottery selection. Selectees will be notified by email or phone no later than Aug. 7. All selectees must pick up their permit, have their vehicle inspected, and pay the appropriate fee at the Parker River NWR headquarters by Aug. 17. If any permits remain unclaimed, alternates will be notified by Aug. 19 and must pick up their permit, have their vehicle inspected, and pay the appropriate fee by Aug. 24. Additional information will be provided to selectees. Inspections will be conducted weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon.
Applications can be mailed to: Parker River NWR, 6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA, 01950. Applications can also be dropped off at the same location during normal business hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Golf tourney benefits Christensen Center
METHUEN — The 12th annual Michael B. Christensen Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Aug. 19 at Merrimack Valley Golf Club on Howe Street.
Tee time is 8 a.m. The tournament has modified scramble and rules.
Cost is $125 per person and includes a continental breakfast, mid-morning sandwich and dinner buffet. There are also sponsor opportunities such as a $300 hole sponsor, which includes one free golfer; $2,500 major tournament sponsor with two free foursome teams and cart sponsor.
Proceeds go to the Michael B. Christensen Community and Family Support Center. The event is sponsored by the Exchange Club of Lawrence and Greater Lawrence Community Action Council.
For reservations, contact Al Pappalardo via email at email@example.com or thorough Facebook at https://www.facebook.com//MBCCFSC golftournament.
Go Green winner announced
HAVERHILL — Lisa Donati of Haverhill was the winner of a new, pink iPod Nano.
She was randomly selected for the prize as part of the city’s “Go Green” sweepstakes, which was held to encourage online payments and reduce the city’s paper usage. The sweepstakes was open to all Haverhill taxpayers. Paying your real estate, auto/boat excise or personal property tax bill online by June 4, or registering for paperless billing resulted in automatic entry into the contest.
City officials said the prize was offered by Invoice Cloud, the vendor it hired to process online payments and didn’t cost taxpayers anything. Powered by Invoice Cloud, the new online system exceeded the total number of online payments the city received in the entire previous year, officials said. For all of last year, the city received 7,500 online payments. Between Feb. 4 and June 4 (contest end date) of this year, the city received more than 10,000 online payments. And as of July 12, more than 12,000 online payments were received, according to the tax collector’s office.
Organ recital is Wednesday
METHUEN — An organ recital by Peter Latona, music director of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C., will be held Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the Methuen Memorial Music Hall.
The program includes pieces by Bach, Brahms, Durufle, Franck, Guilmant and Improvisations by Latona. An award-winning organist, Latona has presented workshops and lectures on sacred music and has released a recording, “An Organ Pilgrimage” on the Raven label, featuring all four pipe organs at the Basilica. As the conductor of the Choir of the Basilica, he released more than a dozen recordings of sacred choral music, presented concerts in the United States and abroad, and was featured on Public Radio International.
Methuen Memorial Music Hall is at 192 Broadway (Route 28). Admission is $12 for adults and $5 for children. Free off-street parking is available. The building is handicap accessible, but please use the rear entrance. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. The MMMH Summer Series 2013 Organ Recitals series continues with: July 24, Harry Lyn Huff, Old South Church, Boston; July 31, Jung-A Lee, Irvine, California; Aug. 7, David Enlow, New York, New York; Aug. 14, Martin Schmeding, Kirchzarten, Germany; Aug. 21, Yun Kyong Kim, Monroe, Ohio; and Aug. 28, Michael S. Murray, Lynn. Latona’s recital is sponsored by Salem Co-Operative Bank.
Make Some Noise concert Thursday
HAVERHILL — The Haverhill Cultural Council’s Make Some Noise Concert Series continues on Thursday at 6 p.m. with a performance by Paul Prue and the Bluesmen, with opening act Eddie Felker.
All Make Some Noise performances are at Columbus Park on Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. until Aug. 15. In the event of rain, performances are at the Chit Chat Lounge on Washington Street. Weekly raffles feature prizes donated by local businesses. The Haverhill Cultural Council’s mission with Make Some Noise is to provide a live performance space for local artists, and an opportunity for young musicians to perform.
Here is a schedule of upcoming shows: July 25: Analog Heart, acoustic alternative original rock with Liz Bills with opening act from DeAngelis Studio of Music; Aug. 1, Rockspring, a bluegrass, pop, rock, altternate-folk and country band with opening act from DeAngelis Studio of Music; Aug. 8, Division Tree, psychedelic grooves with opening act from Be Imagine Music Studio; Aug. 15, EJ Ouellette and Crazy Maggy performing originals and fiddledriven rock with opening act from Whole Music’s Whole Soul. For more information visit the Haverhill Cultural Council on Facebook, on on twitter at @haverhill_cc or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outdoor concert series continues on Friday
HAVERHILL — The sixth annual Bradford Common Outdoor Music Series kicks off this year with a performance by Liz Bills & Jesse Cohen on Friday.
Opening acts in the series begin at 6 p.m. on Bradford Common followed by featured acts at 7 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. All performances are sponsored by the First Church of Christ and are free and open to the public.
The series continues with Paul Prue & the Blues Men on July 26, Lee Lewis & the Ladies of Chanel on Aug. 2, Mike Cesati & Company on Aug. 9 and the Mike Fioretti Band on Aug. 16.
The Aug. 23 show will be announced.
More information is available from Paul Prue at 978-590-2119.