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July 30, 2013

Merrimack River narrated boat tour offered on Sundays

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — LAWRENCE - Meet at the Bashara Boathouse at Riverfront State Park, 1 Eaton Street in South Lawrence, Sundays at 1 p.m. for a two-hour narrated boat tour of the Merrimack River.

Learn about the history of the Great Stone Dam and the Merrimack River, including the native Americans who once inhabited the area, as well as the aquatic/natural wildlife currently inhabiting the area.

Reservations are strongly recommended as the boat has limited seating.

Also, because the boat is uncovered, it is suggested that hats be worn and sunscreen be applied ahead of time if one is sensitive to the sun.

Tour lasts two hours round-trip from South Lawrence to Dracut and back. Weather permitting. Appropriate for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information call 978-794-1655.

Peace vigil to be held on Aug. 6 in Andover

On Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 7-8 pm, at Andover Old Town Hall, Merrimack Valley People for Peace will be holding their annual vigil commemorating the 1945 dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. All like-minded peace lovers are welcome to participate in remembering why disarmament and peace are so important.

Merrimack Valley People for Peace, Inc (http://merrimackvalleypeopleforpeace.org/), founded in the mid-1980s and based in North Andover, works for a sustainable future for all life on our planet. Our members commit themselves to the interrelated activities of education for peace and justice, the prevention of war, an end to arms sales, the abolition of nuclear weapons, and protection of the environment.

Andover woman part of YMCA delegation in Philadelphia

The YMCA of Greater Nashua sent six delegates to the YMCA General Assembly in Philadelphia from July 18-21. Those representing the local Y included Director of Community Relations Elizabeth Covino of Andover. YMCA of the USA President/CEO Neil Nicoll shared plans for a new national campaign and some new signature programs the Y is developing to increase the Y’s positive impact in the community. Among those new programs are: Live Strong at the Y Cancer Survivor Program and the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, both programs to be offered soon at the YMCA of Greater Nashua.

Among the keynote speakers were NY Times Best-Selling Author Malcolm Gladwell and Sanjay Gupta, MD, Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN. There were three days of leadership development workshops as well as networking opportunities for the nearly more than 4,000 Y volunteers and staff from around the United States and abroad to learn from each other.

A Day In The Life of a Bobbin Boy shows life in the mills

LAWRENCE - Meet at the Visitor Center of The Lawrence Heritage State Park, 1 Jackson St. at Canal on Thursday at 10 a.m. for a special indoor museum tour depicting the life of a bobbin boy on a typical day working in the textile mills of Lawrence.

What age were these boys? What were their responsibilities? What did they get paid? How dangerous was their job? What role did they play in the production process? Did they have any schooling?

Find out the answers to these questions and a lot more on this tour. See the tools of the bobbin boys’ trade and participate in a hands-on learning opportunity.

Tour lasts approximately one hour. Most appropriate for ten years of age through adult. For more information call 978-794-1655.

Big Brother Big Sister donations sought

ANDOVER - The Big Brother Big Sister Foundation will be going door to door in town on Wednesday Aug. 7 to collect donations of lightly used clothing and small household items. To schedule a free curbside pickup, call 1-800-483-5503 or email donate@bbbsfoundation.org. Donations are tax deductible. The Foundation also offers special pickups for electronics recycling and car donations, please contact them for more information or visit www.bbbsfoundation.org.

Upcoming eventsat The Centerat Punchard

ANDOVER - Following are some events at the The Center at Punchard, formerly the Senior Center at 30 Whittier Court.

Last Wishes: Monday, August 5; 1:30 p.m. Free. Practical matters to ensure your wishes are met with wills, trusts, obituaries and funerals. Talk and workbook provided by speaker Fred Hopkins .

One Survivors Story: Thursday, Aug. 8 at 1:30 p.m. $3. Holocaust survivor Jim Van Der Pol talks about his experiences.

The Talking Book: Friday, Aug. 9 at 9:30 a.m. Free. See how easy it is to keep reading your favorite books and magazine delivered at no cost to your home.

Historic Main Street Bus Tour: Thursday, Aug. 15; 9:30 a.m. to noon. $5. Local historian, Jim Batchelder, tells the history of buildings, businesses, and people who lived in Andover and along Main Street.

Pre-registration required for all events and space is limited. Open to entire community, pending space. Call for information: 978-623-8321. Or visit www.andoverseniorcenter.org for our complete listings.