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Merrimack Valley

November 4, 2009

Troopers who go beyond call of duty lauded

Three local state troopers were among 22 members of the state police, seven members of the New Bedford Police Department and four civilians honored last week for contributions to public safety, acts of bravery, and police work beyond the call of duty, said a state police press release.

Trooper Edward Troy of Andover received the Medal of Merit and troopers Anthony Alestock of Haverhill and Joseph Hickey of Bradford received Medals of Lifesaving last Friday.

The Medal of Merit recognizes outstanding achievement. The Medal of Lifesaving recognizes actions to save a life.

The awards ceremony, at the Grand Staircase of the Statehouse, was led by Secretary of Public Safety and Security Kevin Burke and Col. Mark Delaney, superintendent of the state police.

Things are hopping at the MSPCA

METHUEN — November is Adopt-a-Rabbit Month at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at Nevins Farm.

Rabbits are the third most surrendered animal at the MSPCA, behind cats and dogs. To stimulate adoptions this month, the $75 fee, which includes spaying or neutering, will be reduced to $25. Donors will cover the balance.

The MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, holds rabbit care seminars, teaching families about basic housing, nutrition and general well-being. Rabbits are easily trained and can be taught to use a litter box and walk on a leash. They can even perform agility tricks, the MSPCA said in a press release.

View available rabbits at www.mspca.org/nevins, or contact the adoption center staff at 978-687-7453, ext. 6101, for more information.

Used bike collection at church Saturday

ANDOVER — Saturday, South Church will host its 10th annual Day of Service, sending volunteers to nonprofit groups around the Merrimack Valley.

In conjunction, the church also will host its fourth annual drive to collect used but serviceable adult and children's bicycles for Bikes Not Bombs, a nonprofit group that trains inner city youth to repair and recycle more than 6,000 bicycles a year.

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