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June 13, 2013

Volunteers welcome for Adopt an Island program

METHUEN — For several years residents and businesses have participated in Methuen’s Creative Cityscapes Program by adopting traffic islands across the City. “Adopters” volunteer to take over the care and maintenance of an island of their choosing, and in exchange the adopter is provided with a professionally printed sign advertising their sponsorship of that island.

While many residents and businesses have signed up to sponsor particular islands, there remain several islands without sponsors.

“Those who have participated in the past continue to do so, but I think there is a hesitancy from people who have never adopted an island before,” said Mayor Steve Zanni. “At first glance it can appear intimidating.”

Adopting an island requires the sponsor to take responsibility for the island’s maintenance. This includes cleaning the island and clearing it of weeds; planting flowers; mulching where appropriate; and watering plants to prevent them from dying. In turn, the sponsor is provided with a sign which they can place in their island.

For more information on adopting an island, please contact Phil DeCologero in Mayor Zanni’s office at 978-983-8506.

Flights in historic aircraft offered June 20-23

NORTH ANDOVER — A restored 1929 Ford Tri-Motor airliner will be at Lawrence Municipal Airport June 20 to 23 as part of a national tour.

Rides in the 10-seat aircraft will be offered at $75 per seat or $70 per seat for those who book reservations before June 19. Each flight lasts 15 to 20 minutes and each passenger has a window.

The 1929 Ford Tri-Motor was the first mass produced airliner. There are only a few airplanes from around that era with most of them on display in museums.

“This is a real museum piece,” said Penny Bowman of Topsfield, president of chapter 106 of the Experimental Aircraft Association, which is hosting the visit.

To book a flight log on to www.flytheford.org or call 1-877-952-5395.

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