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June 27, 2013

Andover Farmers Market opens its season on Saturday

A new season of the Andover Farmers Market sprouts on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Andover Historical Society, 97 Main St.

Some new faces will join several returning vendors at the market, which features locally grown or naturally made foods and crafts.

The market continues every Saturday through Oct. 5, rain or shine. It is sponsored by the Andover branch of Whole Foods Market and The Savings Bank.

For more details read this week’s Andover Townsman, on stands now or at www.andovertownsman.com.

Save the dates to paddle the Merrimack

The Merrimack River Watershed Council announces the following summer trips on the river.

:July 6, Saturday: Merrimack River Trash Paddle, Tyngsboro: Enjoy a day of paddling and leave the river cleaner than you found it. Trip offered in partnership with the New Hampshire AMC Paddlers. Kayaks and canoes welcome, all other equipment supplied.

Additional trips scheduled for the first Saturday of every month to collect trash from a different location. All collected trash will be sorted into recyclable items and taken to the dump/recycle center. All trips listed at www.nhamcpaddlers.org. Contact trip leader for details: Denise Hurt (hurt28@charter.net, 603-889-4812 before 9 PM).

:July 21, Sunday: Merrimack River Day Long Paddle: A full day in the river. Launch from behind Greely Park in Nashua, (GPS 42.788546,-71.457634) at 9:30 am. After a 6-7 hours of paddling (depending on water level and/or current speed), land approximately 20 miles down the river by Southwell Field in Chelmford, (GPS 42.6417,-71.377993). This is not a hard paddle, just a long one. All types of kayaks/canoe welcome. Paddlers should be 16 years-old or older and PDF is required. Paddlers should also bring plenty of water, snack/lunch and sunscreen.

For additional suggested items, check our What To Bring and What You Need To Know guides. Parking is limited at the put in, but plentiful at the take out. The trip leader can pick up a few people and boats at the take out at 8:30 and shuttle them up on a first come basis. Please contact him for details (see contact information below). For further information about this trip and/or registration please contact MRWC by email at info@merrimack.org or by phone calling (978) 655-4742. Trip leader: Rob Weiss (robw57@gmail.com or 603-320-5637 between 4pm and 6pm).

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