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March 26, 2013

Methuen to celebrate Arbor Day

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.

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