EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

March 24, 2014

Race promotes history center, development

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — LAWRENCE — The Lawrence History Center is hosting a road race May 18, in the North Canal district to raise awareness about the center and to promote fitness, economic and cultural development in the city.

Start time is 9 a.m. at the Everett Mills Complex, 15 Union St.

The proposed route highlights many of the revitalization efforts in the city’s parks and historic mill buildings, and will utilize local vendors whenever feasible in all aspects of the event production and promotion. The date was selected to coincide with Ralph Fasanella Day, honoring the artist whose well-known paintings of The Great Strike honor the role of Lawrence in the labor movement.

The event includes a 5K run and walk as well as a Kids Canal Dash for ages 12 and younger.

Registration is $25 in advanced per person for 5k run and $1 for the Kid’s Canal Dash, or $30 for 5k Run and Walk on race day.

‘Black Gold’ available at compost site

ANDOVER — The town’s Bald Hill Compost Site, located on High Plain Road, is set to open to residents for the season on Saturday, April 12. Annual stickers are $25.

The site contains rich compost, dubbed “black gold” by some users, for use on lawns and gardens. Up to two barrels can be taken per day. Officials say many lawn and garden shops charge $35 for comparable compost.

Residents can also drop off their leaves and grass clippings at the site, either dumping them in barrels or disposing of them in paper compost bags available at hardware stores.

Curbside pickup of leaves and clippings is still available in town during certain weeks of spring and fall, but the Bald Hill site accepts materials all summer and fall through the end of November. Friendly volunteers monitor the site, and no commercial dumping is allowed.

The site is open 22 hours a week. Operating hours have recently changed. They are Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 3 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Stickers are available in the Plant & Facilities office at the Town Offices, 36 Bartlet St. Residents must show proof of vehicle registration to obtain a sticker. Stickers may not be transferred and only vehicles registered to Andover residents and less than 10,000 pounds of gross vehicle weight will be admitted.

For more information, call 978-623-8280.

Doctor discusses illnesses related to travel

HAVERHILL — “What to do When You are Bitten by the Travel Bug,’’ a medical Meet the Expert seminar with International Travel Medicine Physician Robert Voight, MD, will be on April 1 from 6 to 7 p.m. in Merrimack Valley Hospital’s first-floor auditorium.

Attendees will learn the elements of a medical risk assessment for patients planning out-of-country travel, the risk of insect-borne diseases and the immunizations or medications available to prevent illness, and preventive measures and appropriate self-treatment for travelers’ diarrhea.

Admission is free. Registration is required. Light refreshments will be served. One contact hour in nursing is provided. For more information or to register, please call 978-420-1168 or email jean.macdougall-tattan@steward.org.

Timberlane accepts fundraiser donations

PLAISTOW — Timberlane Regional High School is currently accepting donations for the fifth Annual Project Hope fashion show on April 12 at 7 p.m.

The school is looking for items or goods to be used in a raffle and silent auction. Businesses and companies wishing to sponsor the show with a monetary donation are also welcome.

All with a donation of $100 or more will be given a free ad space in the program. For more information, contact Meaghan Guanci at meaghan.guanci@timberlane.net.

All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Susan G. Komen foundation and families from the Timberlane Regional School District who have been impacted by cancer.

Art for kids starts soon

PELHAM — Art for kids begins April 2 in Pelham. Classes will be at First Congregational Church, 3 Main St., from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The program is for children ages 6 and up. The cost is $75 per student.

Register online at webtrac.pelhamweb.com. Call 635-2721 for more information.

Battle of bands slated in Salem

SALEM, N.H. — A battle of the bands Thursday will help feed the hungry.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at Salem High School. Proceeds will be donated to a local food pantry.

The cost is $7 or $5 with the donation of a canned food item.