BOSTON — Methuen Tenney Grammar School seventh-grader Laci Swift was recently honored at the Massachusetts Statehouse for her entry into the Massachusetts Letters About Literature contest.

Through the reading and writing contest, students are encouraged – through their schools or public libraries – to write a letter to their favorite author sharing the personal impact of one of their books.

The contest is sponsored annually by the Massachusetts Center for the Book and nationally by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

Swift was among the top 1 to 2 percent of letter writers in the state to be celebrated at the March 15 ceremony. She was commended for her letter to author John Green about “The Fault in Our Stars,” a book that helped her open up about her own personal loss. There were 45 students in grades four through 12 selected by a literary panel to be honored for their work out of nearly 3,000 letter entries statewide.

State Sen. Kathleen O'Connor Ives, D-Newburyport, congratulated Swift on her “stand-out letter.”

'Zero Waste Day' in Andover

ANDOVER — The town will hold its annual “Zero Waste Day” event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 7, at Brickstone Square.

Those who missed out on the recycling event at Whole Foods on Earth Day will get another chance. Andover’s Zero Waste Day offers a chance to shred personal papers; recycle unwanted tires and bikes; donate clothes/textiles, books and small household items; recycle rigid plastic and electronics, including televisions for a fee.  

The town encourages all residents to take advantage of this free opportunity. Charities are happy to get the donations and the town does not have to pay to incinerate tons of otherwise recyclable items.  For more information, go to

Performance in the cemetery planned May 7

ANDOVER — Suzanne Tanner, a graduate of Phillips Academy and Harvard College, stars in “Voices of HERstory,” a one-woman, 90-minute original musical that will be performed at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 7 -- a day before Mother’s Day. 

Her performance will be in the West Parish Chapel (within the cemetery), 210 Lowell St., Andover. The cost is $20.

The show is a millinery "momoir" celebrating 12 women in modern history and honoring motherhood. Tanner uses period hats -- hence the term "millinery" -- and cabaret charm to liven up her show and encourages attendees to wear a hat.

Tanner’s mother lives in Andover and she said the show is a special tribute to her during Mother’s Day weekend.

Methuen police plan alcohol compliance checks

METHUEN — The Methuen Police Department will be conducting alcohol compliance checks during the month of May. 

Police will be visiting local establishments to ensure that businesses with liquor licenses are adhering to local and state liquor laws.

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