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April 23, 2013

Methuen to dedicate tree to bombing victims

METHUEN — Mayor Steve Zanni and the Methuen Arbor Group announced they will dedicate a tree Friday to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

“We’ve been planning to hold a ceremony on National Arbor Day at the Nevins Memorial Library,” Zanni said. “Our intention was to plant a symbolic tree on Library property to kick off the Arbor Group’s city-wide plantings. Given the tragedy that occurred on April 15th, we all agree it would be appropriate to dedicate this tree to the victims.”

“I think it is very appropriate that the Arbor Group dedicate this tree in memory of the victims and their families,” said Arthur Nicholson, who is helping organize the event. “Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to those who are suffering. We are one nation, united!”

“We’ve all been devastated by what happened in Boston,” said Krista McLeod, Executive Director of the Nevins Memorial Library. “Having a tree planted on our property reminds us that we are still a free and great people. It is a fitting tribute to the memory of those killed and injured in the blasts.”

Methuen will be celebrating Arbor Day on Friday, April 26 at the Nevins Memorial Library. Beginning at 3 p.m., residents are invited to attend a free event co-sponsored by the Methuen Arbor Group and Salem Co-Operative Bank. A ceremonial tree will be planted, while residents and businesses who donated to the Arbor Group will be thanked for their support of Methuen’s efforts to be a greener community.

Establishments support fight against breast cancer

NORTH ANDOVER — Treat the special women in your life to decadent desserts while also helping fight breast cancer during Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer from May 6 through Mother’s Day on May 12. More than 300 restaurants, supermarkets, bakeries, cafés, chocolate and ice cream shops, throughout Massachusetts will participate in Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer, including:

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