EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

August 1, 2013

North Andover High School chorus to perform tonight


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — NORTH ANDOVER — Summer vacation still has another month to go, but the members of the North Andover High School Chorus can’t wait to demonstrate their vocal prowess.

That’s why the Chorus will present a concert on the Common tonight, from 5 to 8 p.m. Chorus Director Sara Durkin said the students will offer 20 different acts. Some will be singing, others instrumental, she said.

Durkin said she expects 30 to 40 students will be on the stage tonight.

“They love performing,” she said. This will be the first time the Chorus has presented a concert during the summer, Durkin said. While she’s overseeing the operation, the students have played a major role in organizing the concert, she said. The concert itself is free and refreshments will be sold.

Local man awarded Fullbright Scholarship

Andrew Gatti, a 2006 graduate of Andover High School, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Hungary for an English teaching assistantship, the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board has announced.

Gatti, who graduated from Connecticut College in 2010 after majoring in international relations, will be working at the Hungarian Fulbright Commission’s Education USA Advising Center and at the Jesuit Roma Residential College in Budapest, Hungary.

At Education USA, Gatti will advise Hungarian students interested in pursuing higher education in the U.S. At Roma Residential, he will teach advanced English, establish an English club with a focus on cultural immersion and train and advise students who may qualify as future Fulbright applicants.

Gatti is one of more than 1,700 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2013/2014 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.

He is the son of Peter and Tina Gatti.

Let’s get moving

ANDOVER - The Andover Health Division has started a program to encourage residents to exercise by taking advantage of free local resources.

Andover in Motion — available online by clicking the link at http://andoverma.gov/health/ — is an offshoot of the popular “Mass in Motion” program offered through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

The link connects people to a page with information highlighting the importance of exercise as well as directions on how to access various walking and biking routes throughout Andover. Links to sites such as the Andover Trails website and the Andover Historical Society are provided for convenience.

The town’s GIS website will also help residents map and measure their own walking routes if they choose.

The Andover in Motion program was put together by a couple interns as part of a project for the Health Division.

Health officials say both childhood and adult obesity rates have been on the rise, and with that comes an increase in many preventable illnesses and poor health outcomes. The new website is designed to encourage people to exercise regularly and demonstrate that gym memberships are not necessary to stay fit.

Residents are urged to pick three or four routes to walk or bike each week.

Historical Society sews up exhibit

The Andover Historical Society is staging an exhibit called “Behind the Seams — Stories of Clothing, 1790-1920,” which will be on display at the society’s Amos Blanchard House at 97 Main St. through April of next year.

Curated by society board member Angela McBrien, the exhibit shows 25 fully dressed mannequins arranged in vignettes and clad in clothing and fiber arts from the society’s collection.

The exhibit is funded in part by a Partnership Grant from Essex National Heritage Commission. It is free to the public for self-guided tours, Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 978-475-2236 or visit www.andoverhistorical.org for more information.