EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 4, 2012

State works on bridge in Windham

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — WINDHAM – Bridge repairs are taking place on Cobbetts Pond Bridge over Golden Brook.

There will be single-lane traffic from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Work is expected to be completed by Dec. 21, the state Department of Transportation said.

Fire Department offers holiday safety tips

WINDHAM – The Windham Fire Department is offering safety tips for the holiday season.

”As everyone gets busier during the holidays, we often become rushed, distracted or tired,” fire Chief Tom McPherson said. “That’s when home fires are more likely to occur.”

The department recommends people watch the stove when cooking and create a “kid-free zone” at least three feet from the stove. Keep candles at least a foot away from things that can burn or consider flameless candles. Blow them out when you leave or go to bed.

Make sure artificial trees are labeled fire-retardant. Be sure to water real trees daily, keep them from blocking exits, place them three feet from heat sources.

Use lights labeled by an independent testing laboratory and replace worn or broken cords. Turn them off before leaving or going to bed. Get rid of trees right after Christmas.

Holiday concert to feature flutes

HAMPSTEAD — The Friends of Hampstead Public Library will hold its holiday concert program featuring the Windham Flute Ensemble on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m.

The group of nine flutists was founded in 1998 with only four members. They perform a variety of music, including light classic “pops” tunes and holiday favorites.

The ensemble has performed at many different locations and events, including the Adams Memorial Opera House, many indoor and outdoor events in Windham, Derry Fest, Northeast Rehab Hospital, area libraries, and several senior and nursing homes.

The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will follow the performance, and members of the Friends are asked to stay afterward for the regular monthly meeting of the organization.

Pelham story hour shifts to Wednesday

PELHAM – Due to a scheduling conflict, Pelham Library’s “Tuesdays with Stories” will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12.

This month, holiday books will highlight the story hour.

For more information, call 635-7581 or visit pelhampubliclibrary.org.

Hungry? Head to the Cookie Walk

SALEM — There is an opportunity to purchase holiday treats at the Cookie Walk at First Congregational Church, 15 Lawrence Road, on Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

From festive sugar cookies to chocolate chip, a wide variety of homemade cookies and confections will be available.

Proceeds from the cookie walk will go to The Scott Marino Fund to help upgrade the church’s back entrance to be handicap accessible. Holiday items will be raffled off to help them in their efforts.

“Selecting the cookies is such a fun family activity,” trustee Robin Nottebart said. “It will be worth the trip to stop —and if you’re lucky, you may even win one of the raffle items at our Chance Table.”

Call the church at 893-3421 or visit FCC-Salem.org for more information about the church and its programs.