EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

May 8, 2013

Flights in restored 1929 aircraft offered in June


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — 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

ANDOVER — The Andover Chamber of Commerce will hold its 2013 Annual Community Service Awards Ceremony and Breakfast on Thursday, June 6 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Indian Ridge Country Club in Andover.

The morning’s program will include recognition of the five service clubs which benefit Andover in so many ways, The Exchange Club of Lawrence, The Kiwanis Club of Greater Lawrence, Quota International of Andover, The Rotary Club of Andover, and The Service Club of Andover. The program will include guest speaker Brian Pattullo, the Chief of Police in Andover, who will be stepping down from his position on July 31 after 15 years in that capacity.

According to the event organizers, “These five service clubs, which have served the Town of Andover so well for so many years, contribute in many important ways to the civic well-being of Andover and the surrounding communities. These service clubs are indeed special organizations which make our community special. They are most deserving of this award”.

Tickets for the breakfast are $25 per person, and may be obtained by contacting the offices of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce at 978-686-0900.

Senior Babe Ruth tryouts Saturday

LAWRENCE — The Lawrence Senior Babe Ruth League will be holding tryouts for boys ages 16 to 18 Saturday May 11 at 1 p.m. on the varsity baseball field behind Lawrence High School, 75 North Parish Road.

The rain date will be Sunday May 12 at 1 p.m.

A birth certificate is required. All returning players must attend and return their uniforms. An $80 fee is required for those who make the team.

For more information call Sy Uliano Jr. at 978-685-0232.