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July 16, 2013

Andover native is interim executive director of trail group

Steve Paradis, who grew up in Andover and graduated from Central Catholic High School in Lawrence, has been named interim executive director of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC).

Paradis, who was chief operating officer of ATC, will serve in that capacity while the board of directors selects a permanent replacement. Paradis has served for the ATC for the past 10 years, initially as a member of the board and later a senior staff member.

Paradis first became involved with the Appalachian Trail when he hiked the trail during the winter of 1992-1993. In an effort to give something back to the trail after completing his hike, Paradis volunteered with the Dartmouth Outing Club as a corridor monitor and ultimately as the club’s monitor coordinator.

He has also served on the ATC board of managers, Finance Committee, and Stewardship Council as well as on the boards of both the Appalachian Trail Museum Society and the Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association. In addition to his life membership in the ATC and an honorary life membership in the hikers association, Paradis values his continued memberships in the Dartmouth Outing Club as well as the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club.

He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

State senator announces office hours

State Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives will be hosting office hours in Haverhill and Methuen on Friday.

In Haverhill, the hours will be 1 to 2 p.m. at the Haverhill Public Library, Milhendler Room. In Methuen, they will be from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Nevins Memorial Library, Trustee’s Room.

Appointments are not required. For any questions, please contact her office at 617-722-1604 or by emailing Christopher.Power@masenate.gov

Refuge releases details for fishing permits

People interested in applying for a 2013 Drive-On Fishing Permit at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge may do so from Wednesday through Aug. 2.

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