NORTH ANDOVER — The North Andover Poet Laureate Committee will welcome the newly appointed poet laureates for the town of North Andover, Ken and Nadine Delano, on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

The public is invited to the event, which will begin at 7 p.m. at Stevens Memorial Library, 345 Main St., North Andover.

The committee will also be recognizing the contributions of outgoing North Andover Poet Laureate Karen Kline. Representatives from the North Andover Board of Selectmen as well as other distinguished guests will make presentations and remarks for the occasion. 

Methuen transfer station closed

METHUEN — The Methuen Transfer Station on Huntington Avenue will be closed for demolition debris and trash from Monday, Sept. 26 to Wednesday, Sept. 28.

The transfer station will have extended Saturday hours during the fall from 8 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Those hours will be in effect until Dec. 2. For more information, call 978-983-8892.

Tower Hill group will meet

LAWRENCE -- The Tower Hill Neighborhood Association will host Mayor Daniel Rivera, District C City Councilor Kendrys Vasquez, District D Councilor Jeovanny Rodriguez, police Chief James Fitzpatrick, fire Chief Brian Moriarty for its Sept. 28 neighborhood meeting. Topics of discussion will be quality of life issues facing neighbors, Mayor Rivera's Capital Improvement Plan and a new fire truck for Lawrence. 

Doors open at 6 p.m. for the association's second annual cook-in at the OLGC Parish Judson Hall, located at the corner of Ames and Lowell streets. The event offers a chance for neighbors to socialize, enjoy some food and meet fellow neighbors.

Additional speakers include elected state and local officials and the special guest speaker will be the acting Library Director Kemal Bozkurt. Candidates for the upcoming election will be given some time to speak to attendees. All are welcome to attend and learn more about your neighborhood association. Check the group's website at

Plaistow artist hosts fundraiser for heroin victims

HAVERHILL — When Anne Marie Zanfagna lost her 25-year-old daughter to addiction in 2014, she turned to painting as a form of therapy.

Now, she's dedicated to raising awareness through a non-profit and the creation of more portraits.

A fundraiser for "Angels of Addictions" will be held beginning at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 at UNO Pizzeria and Grill, 30 Cushing Ave., Haverhill.

Tickets are available through Anne Marie or her husband Jim on the "Angels of Addictions" Facebook page or at

Library fall book sale planned

HAVERHILL — The Friends of the Haverhill Public Library will hold their fall book sale this week, with a preview night from 4 to 6:40 p.m. Tuesday. 

Admission to preview night is $20. The library is at 99 Main St. The Book Sale is on second floor in the auditorium.

Opening day for the sale will run from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Hardcover books are $1 each. All paperbacks and children's books are 25 cents each. DVDs and CDs are $1 each.

Books are $5 per bag on Friday and Saturday. The sale will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, and from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

All proceeds go directly to support the library. The Friends of the Library are a nonprofit totally volunteer organization.

Merrimack College to break ground on new building

ANDOVER — Merrimack College will formally break ground on its first new academic building in nearly three decades, with a ceremony scheduled for Friday, Sept. 30.

The North Campus Academic Pavilion, scheduled to be completed in time for the 2017 - 2018 academic year, will be home to the Girard School of Business, as well as the Mucci Markets Lab and the Financial Capability Center.

North Campus, between Flaherty Road and Rock Ridge Road, currently includes two residence halls, the Honors Commons and the Sanctuary Coffee House.

Friday's ceremony will feature remarks by President Christopher E. Hopey, trustees Chairman Michael Crowe, and more. Following the groundbreaking, the school will hold a “block party” for students, faculty and staff at the Sakowich Campus Center, with a fireworks display to complete the celebration.

Andover seeks poet laureate

ANDOVER — Are you a poet? Do you know someone who is? The town of Andover is looking for someone to serve as its first poet laureate. 

Candidates must be a town resident and be over the age of 18. The poet will serve a two-year term, representing the town by presenting original works of poetry, conducting readings, participating in and commemorating public events, and working with school and library programs. Search committee members emphasize that because this is an inaugural venture, there is plenty of room for innovation on all fronts. 

Poet laureates may already be found in a number of other towns across the state. According to committee co-chair Leslie Seaton Malis, “The idea behind having our own poet is certainly to raise the status of poetry and the arts in our everyday consciousness, but also to create an artistic legacy that will endure for Andover’s future. Entries are coming in, we cannot wait to read them all.” 

The committee is working in conjunction with Memorial Hall Library and the town.

Detailed information on the application process may be found on Memorial Hall Library’s website or by contacting Applications may be submitted online or in person to Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover. The deadline for all applications is Friday, Sept. 30. 

Library program combines words and creativity

ATKINSON, N.H. — Due to an overwhelming response, Kimball Library will offer a second Creative Words class at 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays. 

Coordinators say it's a chance for children to express themselves creatively, without making a mess at home. There will also be a focus on reading skills.

Children will make their way through different art mediums at three stations on a wall, floor and table. The class is open to children ages 3 to 6.

Limited spots are available. Call 603-362-5243 or visit for more information.

Opioid Awareness 101

SANDOWN, N.H. — Sandown Fire-Rescue will partner with New Hampshire Hope for Recovery for a presentation on the opioid epidemic.

All are welcome to the event, which will be held 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12.  

Jon Kesty, an awareness educator, and Dean Malanga of Hope for New Hampshire Recovery, will lead the group in a PowerPoint presentation before delving into personal testimonies and educational approaches to substance use disorders.

Area residents participate in PACE Olympics

Ten area residents, all over the age of 55, recently participated in the PACE Olympics.

PACE is the Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly. The Olympics were held Thursday, Sept. 15.

Local participants from Element Care’s Nevins PACE in Methuen included Peggy O’Neil of Haverhill; Helen Nasser, Elliot Pearl, David Strickland, Oscar Rodriguez and Austria Rodriguez of Lawrence; and Robert Richards, George Banigan, Bill Currier and Bob Bourassa of Methuen.

They competed on one of seven teams representing Element Care PACE centers in the Merrimack Valley and North Shore.

This year's PACE Olympics was made up of four events: Bocce, Bean Bag Toss, Fast Ball relay and A Healthy State of Mind, a new, three-part relay consisting of a two-person puzzle competition, a cup and plate stacking challenge and a ping-pong sinker race.

“The goal of Element Care’s PACE Olympics is to promote wellness and a healthy, active lifestyle for older adults so they can live in their homes and communities for as long as they can,” said Bob Wakefield, executive director at Element Care.


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