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May 8, 2013

Flights in restored 1929 aircraft offered in June

NORTH ANDOVER — Here is an opportunity to take a flight in a piece of aircraft history.

A restored 1929 Ford Tri-Motor will be at Lawrence Municipal Airport June 20 to 23 as part of a national tour. It will be the first time back to Eastern New England since 2008.

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 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.

Zanni joins Mayors Against Illegal Guns

METHUEN — Mayor Steve Zanni has joined Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the national bipartisan coalition of more than 900 mayors. These leaders are committed to protecting their communities by keeping illegal guns and military style weapons off their streets and out of their schools.

“I strongly believe in requiring background checks on all private gun sales,” Zanni said, “and we should absolutely be placing limitations on lethal, military-style weaponry.”

Members include Democrats, Republicans, and Independents in big cities and small towns.

“Expanding background checks and reducing trafficking has been a priority of this group since its formation,” Zanni said. “Methuen is lucky to be a city that has avoided the gun violence seen in larger cities, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be proactive in enacting policies that keep guns — especially military level weaponry — out of the hands of those who would do harm to innocent civilians.

Chamber holds Community Service Breakfast June 6

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