EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 16, 2013

Andover trails dedication ceremony set for April 27


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — ANDOVER — A dedication ceremony is being held at 2 p.m. on April 27 for the Vale Trail, the first completed segment of the Shawsheen River Greenway in Andover.

The ceremony actually includes hikes and a canoe trip. The first hike starts at the Central Street/Abbott Pond intersection at 12:30 and the second hike takes off from the Ballardvale Commuter Rail parking lot at 1 p.m. The speaking part of the ceremony starts at 2 p.m. It will be held in the northern end of the commuter rail parking lot.

There will also be a canoe trip offered after the event by the Shawsheen River Watershed Association.

The Vale Trail represents the first completed segment of the Shawsheen River Greenway in Andover. The dedication of the Vale Trail intends to promote three aspects of the trail’s importance: its recreational value to Andover for multiple use activity; the biological diversity along the length of the trail; and the role that AVIS has played in developing and maintaining the trail and managing the use of this greenway that serves as a model for other communities to consider.

For more information, call John Hess at 978-470-0806. The rain date is April 28.

Sandown Lions Club offers scholarship

SANDOWN — The Sandown Lions Club is sponsoring a scholarship for a graduating high school senior.

Applicants must be from Sandown or Danville and be involved in community service. The deadline to apply is May 17.

Applications and further information are available at the Timberlane Regional High School guidance office or by contacting Scholarship Project Chairman Kathi Soule at 503 Main St., Sandown, NH 03873.

Drivers neededto transport elderly

SALEM — The Greater Salem Caregivers is seeking volunteers to drive elderly residents to medical appointments.

These include driving Plaistow residents to local medical appointments and taking a person to Amesbury for dialysis appointments on Fridays.

To help, call the Caregivers at 898-2850 or email salemcaregivers@gmail.com.

Head to Leach Library for lively evening

At 7 p.m. Thursday, Leach Library will host Slattery and Stewart, who will perform songs from their lively Cajun repertoire, as well as the upbeat fiddle tunes of French Canada and New England, and the occasional mountain ballad.

Slattery and Stewart are fiddler Andy Stewart and vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Mary Jo Slattery. Recognized by Louisiana’s Cajun French Music Association for the authenticity of their style and repertoire, these two versatile musicians also play with the Cajun band, The Offshore Aces, and the contra dance band, Northern Spy.

Their presentation will be a tour through the musical traditions of several regions in North America, including New England. Slattery and Stewart will demonstrate these different styles using traditional songs and instruments such as the fiddle, guitar, ‘ti fer, and fiddlesticks.

The program is free and open to the public. It will be held in the library’s lower-level meeting room. Light refreshments will be served.

Republicans to hold breakfast/straw poll

HAVERHILL — The Republican City Committee will hold a breakfast and straw poll on April 20 from 8 to 11 a.m. at Maria’s Family Restaurant, 81 Essex St.

U.S. Senate candidates Dan Winslow, Mike Sullivan and Gabriel Gomez will be guest speakers. Kirsten Hughes, chair of the Massachusetts Republican Party will also attend. The nonbinding poll, which will cost each voter $10 a ballot, is intended to generate excitement for the upcoming campaign for the Republican USenate race. All Republican candidates and their teams are invited. Ballots will be counted in public at 11:01 a.m.

Rebuilding Together seeks volunteers

HAVERHILL — Rebuilding Together Greater Haverhill is seeking volunteers to help on April 27 with home repairs and modifications for income-eligible elderly and homeowners with disabilities.

The repairs include installing grab bars and ramps, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and new windows; making electrical and plumbing repairs; and doing cleaning and yard work. Two special “Heroes at Home” projects will be sponsored by Sears/K-Mart to help local veterans in need.

Rebuilding Together Greater Haverhill is in its 21st year of helping low-income homeowners. April 27 is “National Rebuilding Together Day” across the country. Locally, as many as 200 volunteers will give their time and talents to improve and repair 15 homes in Greater Haverhill. These repairs and modifications will be completed at no cost to the homeowner. Rebuilding Together Greater Haverhill Inc. is a nonprofit organization.

Applicants seeking help with their homes must live in Greater Haverhill and be homeowners still living in their home. Household income must meet federal low-income guidelines for the area. For more information contact Program Manager Joan Parah at 978-469-0800 or rtogether@verizon.net. Visit online at www.rebuildingtogetherhaverhill.org.