ANDOVER — The June First Friday event will feature one of Andover’s new businesses: Smash Music.

Smash Music will provide entertainment with Town House Tunes from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 7 at Old Town Hall. Music genres will range from Motown and standards, to rock, children’s acoustic, swing and Latin.

Those who attend will be able to enjoy the sounds and musical styles from teachers and music professionals of Smash Music.

The business is re-locating to Andover this month, at 305 North Main St., as part of a long-term project to develop a premiere arts education and entertainment experience for families.

The event is free and open to the public.

Maritime experience open to teens 

 

NEWBURYPORT — A new, nautical youth program for people ages 14 to 20 years old is launching in Newburyport, according to a statement issued by the Sea Scouting program.

Open to both males and females, Sea Scout Ship 1791 — named in recognition of the year the U.S. Coast Guard was founded in Newburyport — will provide young people from the Merrimack Valley and southern New Hampshire a maritime Scouting experience.

Registration is open now; training and adventures begin soon.

Sea Scouting is the Boy Scouts of America’s co-educational nautical Scouting program for older teens, according to the statement.

Participants in the SSS-1791 program will study seamanship, navigation, marine science and naval history, while also gaining leadership skills.

The mission of the program is “to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law,” the press release states.

The Sea Scouts will sail aboard the 27-foot sloop “Dragonfly,” as well as utilize the canoes and other small craft at Lone Tree Scout Reservation in Kingston, New Hampshire.

The Lone Tree Spirit Foundation has agreed to charter the new ship, according to the statement. Additionally, the Sea Scouts have commitments from the local waterfront community to support their ashore and afloat training.

Although Sea Scouts lead their own adventures, they are supervised by committed and capable volunteers. The lead volunteer is SSS-1791 Skipper Vikki Margeson Hyer, a lifelong sailor, who says she is excited to share her passion for the sea with a new crew of young sailors.

All of the ship’s adult leaders have extensive experience as mariners, members of the military, teachers, Scouting leaders, and emergency service providers.

For more information or to register, email newburyportseascouts@gmail.com.

Fallen firefighters to be honored in Methuen

METHUEN — The Methuen Firefighters Relief Association will recognize Firefighter Memorial Sunday, at which fallen firefighters are honored, at 9 a.m., June 9.

The event will be at Central Fire Station, 24 Lowell Street.

The city's firefighters will cook breakfast for families and friends and the Methuen Firefighters Local 1691 will present scholarships to area students.

Call 978-983-8940 to let the department know how many will be in your party. All are welcome to attend, even without advance warning.

Trocki to run for mayor

HAVERHILL — Dan Trocki, a long time Haverhill police officer, announced he is running for the job of mayor in the November elections and has taken out his papers at the city clerk's office.

Trocki, a 40-year-old Haverhill resident, has been employed by the police department for more than 11 years. 

"I’m running for mayor to improve our education, properly fund education, properly fund and staff our police department and fix our buildings and our city," Trocki said. "Now is the time for change. Come November, I hope you will join me in working to build a better and safer Haverhill."

Trocki said he is passionate about the city and wants to maximize its great potential. He said his top priorities include education, public safety, and improving the  city’s infrastructure. Trocki noted that over the past decade, Haverhill has experienced some positive changes.

For example, the downtown area is once again attracting patrons; it is a place for residents to enjoy time with friends and family, he said.

"Our public parks, playgrounds, and the new rail trail are improving," he said. "These are wonderful outdoor areas to bring our children and gather with the community. Additionally, the city is experiencing growth with new housing and new industrial and commercial businesses."

Trocki said that while the city has improved, it is crucial to recognize that these gains are futile without maintenance to the city’s infrastructure.

As mayor, he said he will ensure the city continues to evolve while closely monitoring services necessary to maintain the growth.

He said he will develop long-term plans to protect residents, educate children, and repair and maintain city buildings and public properties. 

Spring flea market is Saturday

HAVERHILL — Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 471 Main St., will host its 41st annual spring flea market June 8, with a rain date of June 15.

More than 50 vendors will be on hand. Children’s activities will take place while parents shop. A variety of lunch items and baked goods will be sold.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information call 603 329-6047.