EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 9, 2008

Merrimack Valley News in Brief

Valley pays tribute to war veterans Tuesday

Veterans groups across the Merrimack Valley will remember war veterans with parades, wreath-laying ceremonies and special services Tuesday.

In Andover: "Salute to the Disabled Soldier," begins at 10 a.m. in West Parish Cemetery, 129 Reservation Road; 11 a.m. in Spring Grove Cemetery, American Legion Lot at Abbot Street and Spring Grove Road; and noon on Ballardvale Green, Andover Street. Ceremonies include cannon salutes, prayers, hymns, placing of wreaths, rifle salutes and the playing of taps. At 1 p.m., there will be a lunch for veterans at the Masonic Temple, 7 High St.

In Lawrence: Ceremony at 10:30 a.m., observing the Marine Corps' 233nd birthday, St. Mary Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Barker Street, in front of the Marine Corps Memorial.

In Methuen: Parade at 10 a.m. from American Legion Post 122, 200 Broadway, to Walnut Grove Cemetery on Grove Street for services. At noon, VFW Post 8349 holds a ceremony at the Veterans Lot in Elmwood Cemetery, North Lowell Street, followed by the Voiland Flag Program Raffle at the VFW, 26 River St. around 1 p.m.

In North Andover: Parade at 10:15 a.m. on Main Street to Patriots Memorial Park, across from Stevens Library for a ceremony. Guest of honor will be Gold Star mother Barbara Gallagher, whose son, Marine Cpl. Sean Gallagher, 20, was killed in a 1983 terrorist attack in Beirut. Certificates will be given to Iraq war veterans. Reception at VFW on Park Street follows.

Essex Street calendars are hot sellers

LAWRENCE — Who knew that Essex Street history was so popular?

Calendars depicting Essex Street via the 1940s sold out last week, prompting a second printing.

The Friends of the Lawrence Public Library created the 2009 calendars, which feature bustling Essex Street, where folks went to pray, shop, bank, work and dine 68 years ago.

The calendars, titled "A Walk Down Historic Essex Street," are sold at the Lawrence Public Library for $10. They could very well be the hottest holiday item around.

Family Service to honor Sidell Family

LAWRENCE — Family Service Inc. will bestow its biennial Community Service Award to the Chet Sidell Family on Thursday at Bell Tower Square, 60 Island St.

Every two years, the agency honors a family who, through their personal and professional efforts, embodies its mission of strengthening individuals and families by building skills for successful home, work and community life.

The family of Chet and Faye Sidell, which includes children Kara, Gary and Randy, has a long history of giving back to Greater Lawrence.

Chet Sidell started KGR clothing store in 1975 and has been recognized as a force in helping mill buildings take on new life and creating opportunities for development in the city. He is the owner of Bell Tower Square, which is now home to Cambridge College and other businesses. He works daily with his son Gary to attract new business to the city. Likewise, Faye Sidell has started her own jewelry business, Faye's II.

"The Sidell Family members are all fine examples of community-minded citizens whose continuous efforts support and improve the Greater Lawrence area every day," said Kay Berthold Frishman, the executive director of Family Service.

Thursday's event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Attendance is $45 per person. For more information, contact Lori Howe at 978-327-6639.