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August 2, 2013

Vigil commemorates Hiroshima bombing

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — The Merrimack Valley People for Peace will be holding its annual vigil commemorating the 1945 dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima on Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Andover Old Town Hall on Main Street.

All peace-lovers are welcome to join the group as it remembers why disarmament and peace are important.

The North Andover-based Merrimack Valley People of Peace was founded in the mid-1980s and works for a sustainable future for all life. Members commit themselves to the interrelated activities of education for peace and justice, the prevention of war and end to arms sales, the abolition of nuclear weapons and protection of the environment. Visit http://merrimackvalleypeopleforpeace.org for more.

Ice Cream Social Aug. 7 in Methuen

METHUEN - On Wednesday, Aug. 7, State Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives will host an Ice Cream Social at the Methuen Senior Activity Center from 1-3PM. Music will be provided by DJ Dick Arsenault. Ice cream will be from Jay Gee’s Ice Cream & Fun Center. This event is free and open to the public.

Boating programoffers standuppaddle-board demo

LAWRENCE - The Greater Lawrence Community Boating Program, 1 Eaton St., is offering a daylong standup paddle-board demonstrations Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The demonstrations are by Pat Hall of Northeast Board Culture. There will be races, a family barbeque and a concert. A $5 donation is requested to help defray the cost of this event.

Also, on Saturday, Aug.17, the 17th Annual Tony LaHoud Regatta will be held. This is a major event that signifies the closing of the summer programs. Festivities include races in the morning for people of all ages, as well as competitive sailing competitions in the afternoon. Prizes will be offered to all of the winners. There will be a barbeque and music provided throughout the afternoon.

Merchants seek vendors forFall Festival

NORTH ANDOVER - The North Andover Merchants Association (NAMA) seeks food vendors, merchants and crafters for its 3rd annual Fall Festival. The event will be held (rain or shine) Sunday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the North Andover Knights of Columbus, 505 Sutton St.

Any business can sign up, regardless of what community they are from.

In addition to craft exhibitors, the festival will include lmusic, children’s games and activities, a haunted house for all ages, hay rides, beer & wine tent, and much more. The event will conclude with an evening bon fire and hot chocolate at dusk.

Booth space for merchants/crafters is $25 for NAMA members and $75 for non-members. Food vendor fee is $50 for NAMA members and $100 for non-members. Note: A food permit is required from the Town of North Andover.

Early sign-up is recommended as booth space will be awarded on a first come-first serve basis. Same type crafters, food vendors and services will be limited in order to provide greater diversity and variety to the festival offerings.

Applications are available on NAMA’s website at: http://www.northandovermerchants.org/documents. For additional information contact Sylvie Foulds at: sylf19@comcast.net or Pat Roche at: patroche375@comcast.net.