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New Rail Trail Through the South End By Stewart Lytle, Reporter ––––––––––––––––– NEWBURYPORT – The Clipper City Rail Trail, which currently extends from the train station to the Merrimack River waterfront, has been so popular that the city, state and federal government, plus several foundations, are ready to create a second trail that will extend south from the river to the Newbury town line. Mayor Donna Holaday, who opened the MassDOT public hearing on the second trail last week, called the first rail trail “a tremendous resource for our city.” On a Saturday last July, about 1,000 people were counted as they walked, ran and biked along the 1.1 mile long trail. The popularity of the Clipper City Rail Trail contributed to the decision by MassDOT to add bike and pedestrian lanes to the new Whittier Bridge on Interstate 95 over the Merrimack River, the mayor said. At the second public hearing on the trail, there was solid support for the trail from the three dozens residents and interested citizens who came to the City Hall auditorium to learn more about the trail. Several neighbors, while backing the new trail, said they were concerned about several issues, ranging from increased parking on the narrow streets to a fear that the underpass for the trail would become a haven for Continued on page 3 the homeless or partying teenagers.

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By Stewart Lytle, Reporter ––––––––––––––––– NEWBURY – Willy Wonka and Charlie Bucket are back in the chocolate factory, but the play Newbury Elementary School students are presenting this spring in Sweetly Ever After is not just a re-enactment of the famous children's story and films. The play, which opens Thursday night, April 10, for four performances at the school theater, is based on the Roald Dahl's 1964 children's novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but playwright Stacey April Fix has created a new play for Theater Workshop, an after-school program, that re-imagines many of the familiar characters and creates several new ones. Fix describes the new play as “a mash” of Dahl, Lewis Carroll, contemporary writer Larry David and herself. Fix, who left Broadway in 1998 to create Workshop Arts, Inc. on the North Shore, is following in good company. Dahl's novel has been reinvented by Hollywood, first in the original movie, starring Gene Wilder, and subsequently in a movie starring Johnny Depp. In Sweetly Ever After, Newbury Elementary School teacher David Photos by Stewart Lytle Aboce: Sweetly Ever After dancers. Left: Williams brings the eccentric Willy Wonka to life. The play follows much David Williams (Willy Wonka) and the of the original story, but Fix has added several characters and rewritten Wonkavator. some of Dahl's characters to make the play fresh and fun. Williams, who has played the character Scrooge in two of Fix's earlier plays, is returning to the stage after an eight-year sabbatical from acting, Williams said he returned, despite a busy schedule, because “Who could resist the chance to play Willy Wonka?” As in the original play, Charlie Bucket, a polite and well-mannered boy, inherits the chocolate factory because of his honesty and integrity. But the young Bucket is opposed in managing the factory by Wonka's nephew, Webster Wonka, who felt he should have inherited the family business. Charlie tries to manage the crazy environment and mix of characters

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On Saturday, March 15, 2014, Pine Grove School combined organizations and hosted our Inaugural Social and Auction themed "Forging A Stronger Pine Grove Community” at The Governor’s Academy. The purpose of the event was to raise money to support the Pine Grove School PTA, Rowley Public Education Fund and to help defray the cost of 5th Grade Ecology Camp. The night was filled with fun, laughter, dancing and most importantly successful fundraising for Pine Grove School! Thank you for all who attended and a special thank you for all our supporters: Institution for Savings for event sponsorship, Derrick Gardner for your fabulous artwork, Country Gardens for the flowers and balloons, Leanne Lavoie for printing the program, Governor’s Academy for the amazing space, Rowley Liquors for their continued support, J&C Entertainment for their DJ services, and Arian Haley and Sandy Lanphear for creating the Auction book. Thank you to our community patrons for their delicious food contribution; Mike’s Pastry, Pomodori, Majestic Dragon, Poland Springs, Spuds, Sandrino’s, Spinelli’s, Papa Gino’s of Newburyport, and Chic-fil-A, Whole Foods and BJs, Costco, General Linens, the Lyons Family and the Guglielmi Family. The night would not have been made possible without the countless of hours by our many volunteers; Nicole Thornton, Celeste Kiricoples, Jen Godfrey, Arian Haley, Joanna White, Tricia Savino, Wendy Quinn, Chris Quinn, Theresa Karol, Danielle Thistlewood, Dyann Angeloni-Guarino, Jacqueline Trojan, Cyndi Leonard, Jill Bouley, Kate Machado, Mary Beradino, Kristen Morgese, Johanna Lent, Jeanine Dupuis, Chase Craveiro, Erica Geyer, Luci DiTulliio, Sieglinde Aigner-Crooks, Pam Gay, Josette Renda, Maghann Merrill, Tina Knight, Derrick Gardner, MaryEllen Bernier, Loriana Salvati, Sandy Lanphear, Stephanie Faloon, Tara Robillard, Jean Atherton, Torrie Nguyen, Denise Meader, Amber Quigley, Joanne Hight, Patti Cummings, Karen Muzi, Becky Ewell, Kelly Brosch and the Teachers and Staff at Pine Grove. Your dedication is appreciated beyond words! Sincerely, Pine Grove PTA

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This may have been a cold winter, but the generosity of our local community has warmed our hearts and kept hundreds of babies dry. Community Giving Tree’s February/March Diaper Drive was our most successful yet, collecting over 13,000 diapers and 50 packages of wipes. We’d like to thank the following preschools, church groups, and other organizations, for helping keep local babies in need clean, dry, and healthy: • Andover School of Montessori • Caterpillar Club House, Beverly • Cole Preschool, Boxford • Georgetown Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter Day Saints • Girl Scout Troop 85225, Boxford, Georgetown and Topsfield • The Goddard School, Middleton • Hamilton-Wenham Mothers Club • Joyful Noises, Topsfield • Kindercare, North Andover • Ladies Charitable Society of the Second Congregational Church, West Boxford • Manchester Mothers Club • New England Montessori School, North Andover • Newburyport Montessori School • North Shore Montessori School, Rowley • Parker River Preschool, Rowley • Temple Emanuel, Andover • Tiny Tunes, Andover • Trinity Preschool, Topsfield More than 4,000 of these diapers came from thoughtful individuals who dropped diapers off at the Giving Center in West Boxford. Again, we are deeply grateful to all of these individuals and groups for their caring response to kids in need. If any other groups wish to join one of Community Giving Tree’s drives, please contact or visit our website at www. Sincerely, Community Giving Tree Staff and Volunteers

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by the national publication," says Aseda Aborgah, Sea View's director. "If you look closely at how the report was developed, it's clear that our staff members deserve the credit. They are the ones delivering the care and interacting directly with our residents." Stephen Comley II, the thirdgeneration owner and administrator of Sea View, agrees. "Residents and their families appreciate the commitment, dedication, and compassion of our staff members," he says. "Because of our staff, we've been able to establish a solid reputation for quality care. It's great to have the endorsement of U.S. News to support our reputation." Many consumers look to U.S. News for unbiased information about many items. It also publishes comparative reports about hospitals, doctors, and health insurance. In addition to health-related matters, the magazine prints popular guides to universities and colleges, mutual

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The new trail, which will kick off at the south end of the downtown waterfront, will be a bit longer, about 1.5 miles, said MassDOT project manager Al Miller. The cost will be about $3.1 million. The trail, which will be eight to 10 feet wide, will take 15 months to complete, starting next spring. It will follow the old train tracks that for about 100 years carried freight on the City Branch Railroad to the ships docked at the waterfront. The tracks were abandoned in the 1970s. The trail will have multiple access points for bikes, wheelchairs, strollers and pedestrians from different streets and neighborhoods. The project will feature sculpture, interpretive panels and custom signage with funding support from the Mayor Gayden W. Morrill Charitable Foundation and the Recreational Trails Grant Program. The asphalt trail will have a diverse character, starting along the Merrimack River waterfront with new access to the river view, through the congested South End residential neighborhood along the old City Branch rail corridor, and curving through acres of woodlands to Parker Street in the Town of Newbury. It will cross High Street through an old railroad underpass that will have some

decorative lighting. The trail will end just over the Newbury town line at Parker Street, not far from the train station and the terminus of the first trail. Ultimately, the city would like to have the two trails connect, but there are some logistical issues that MassDOT must resolve before that happens. The planning for the new trail also has faced several challenges. Currently, 99-year leases are being negotiated with National Grid, the U.S. Coast Guard, Newburyport Redevelopment Authority, Newburyport Waterfront Trust and New England Development because the trail will pass through properties they own. For a city that takes pride in being the birthplace of the Coast Guard, it is the Coast Guard that appears to be creating the greatest challenge for the trail planners. The Coast Guard, which maintains a headquarters on the Merrimack, is directly in the path of the new trail. The trail planners, headed by the city's senior project manager, Geordie Vining and Ron Hedrick with the engineering and planning firm Stantec, have been forced to route the trail with sharp turns around the Coast Guard headquarters. The Coast Guard was not excited about having hundreds of bikers and joggers crossing through their secure headquarters on the trail.

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that are oddly familiar yet fresh and new. “Creativity and chaos abound in the chocolate factory,” Fix said. Among other problems, Bucket misses his family and wants to go home. Ultimately the play asks the question: What happens to a man who gets everything he wants? Sweetly Ever After features even more dance numbers than her previous plays, Fix said. “With show stopping dances and spectacular colorful costumes the cast of 78 fill the theater with high energy and laughter. The unique story results in unusual twists that will delight theater goers of all ages and everyone who loves a story that ends sweetly ever after,” the show's news release states. The show's choreographer, Triton High School senior Rachel Hall, is directing the dance numbers in her last play with Fix. It will be her 14th play with Theater Arts, starting when she was in the sixth grade. She is leaving after graduation for Los Angeles to attend college.

As in all of Fix's plays, developing character traits plays a big role. She believes that the children who participate in Theater Arts during the school year and her Workshops in the Woods camp in the summer take away far more than just learning how to act, sing and dance. “Pointless plays are really pointless,” she said. Workshop Arts is a non-profit foundation dedicated to building a strong creative community that celebrates the collaborative work of theater arts across the grades and ages. For more information on Workshop Arts, email twsnewbury@ or theaterworkshop@ Sweetly Ever After will be presented at the school, 63 Hanover Street in Newbury. Performances will be at 7 p.m. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 10 through 12, and on at 1 p.m. On Sunday, April 13. Tickets are $10, $15 and $25. Buy them by emailing TWSboxoffice@ Reservations are recommended.

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AMESBURY - Amesbury residents can now apply for a 2014 Compost Sticker allowing residents to use the Amesbury Compost Site at 60 South Hunt Road for the upcoming season. You may come into the DPW office, fill out the Community Connections application, bring a copy of your vehicle registration and pay the $15 fee (Seniors over 65 are free, when registering their own vehicle). You may also download the application from the City website at and mail it to 39 South Hunt Road, Amesbury, MA 01913 with a copy of your vehicle registration and a self-addressed stamped envelope and the sticker will be mailed to you. The 2014 Compost Season is from April 3 through December 7, 2014. Please see the website for more information or call the office at 978-388-8119. -----------------------------------------------------------AMESBURY - The Amesbury DPW has partnered with the Great American Rain Barrel Company in Hyde Park, MA Quality Open Work/Fully Insured to offer recycled barrels to residents of Amesbury as part of a community wide•water conservation program. Suzanne 7 Days Gebelein, Owner of the Great American Rain Barrel Company comments, “We have been selling barrels for 20 years Master License No. 10647 Call 978-790-8002 and we are seeing a very positive trend. More and more neighborhoods and watershed areas nationwide, like Amesbury, are bringing large scale programs to their towns, encouraging • more residents to conserve• water but also helping their town mitigate pollution in the water supplies on a larger scale.” Homeowners can easily connect the barrels to their downspouts and significantly offset their watering needs. In this region there is typically 16” of rain from May 1st – September 30th. Amesbury is offering the Great American Rain Barrel in three colors; Forest Green, Earth Brown or Nantucket Gray at the low cost of $69 versus the retail price of $119. To take advantage of this community program discount please visit, look for “community programs” in the left side bar and click on “Amesbury”, email or call (800)251-2352, or call (800)251-2352. Deadline for ordering is Friday, 948-8696 • • April 25th. Barrels will be available for pick up on Saturday, May 3rd between 9:00-11:00am at the DPW at 39 South Hunt St. in Amesbury. For information about The Great American Rain Barrel Company and their products please visit -----------------------------------------------------------COA TRIPS - April 10 - Tour of Fenway Park, lunch at No Name Restaurant, tour of Old Ironsides and time at The North Shore’s Largest Independent Community Newspaper Quincy Market. $75pp includes transportation.; April 15 - Living Legend Debbie Reynolds @ Mohegan Sun. Includes transportation and $30 Casino Gaming/Lunch Voucher Package. $79pp. Still a few seats left!; April 26 - Tour of American Tobacco Heiress Doris Duke's Rough Point Mansion, Newport, RI. Includes transportation and lunch at Atlantic Beach Club and visit to a Newport distillery for rum/beer sampling. $92pp.; May 15 - The Tony Pace Show at White's of Westport. Direct from Vegas, the Tony Pace show features an amazing voice and hilarious comedic material. $75pp includes transportation, lunch and show.; June 7 - Boston Pops Film Night at Symphony Hall, Guest Conductor John Williams. Includes transportation and Family Style Italian Dinner at Calif. Pizza Kitchen, Pru Center, Boston. Limited Seating; early sign-up/payment recommended for this ticketed event. $94pp. Contact Newburyport COA 978-462-8650 or Amesbury COA 978-388-8138 for details. All are welcome. • Established 26 years -----------------------------------------------------------• Commercial - Residential DANVERS - The Joy & Benefits of Raising Chickens! Danvers Agway and Ashley's Chickens are cosponsoring a FREE chicken seminar Saturday, April 26 at 11 am. This fun and informative seminar will give the budding enthusiast • Orientals & Wall-to-Wall knowledge of how to raise, feed, and care for baby poultry. The seminar will have a nutritionist from Nutrena to answer • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Stephen Ruest, Owner your questions on the various types of feed and benefits of each. Our chicken expert (Ashley) will be on hand to answer • Complete Installation Serving Northshore, MA & Southern NH questions as to breed, egg production, and the joy and benefits of raising chickens. Perfect for all ages. Produce your • Professional - Honest Showroom located at: 62 Central St, Ipswich own healthy eggs and have fun doing it! There will be door prizes, free food, beverages, gift raffles, and more. Meet new people and socialize as well. Agway, 9 Wenham St., Danvers (978) 774-1069 -----------------------------------------------------------FOXWOOD BUS TRIP Th e Kensington American Legion will be hosting a trip to Foxwood on Thursday April 24th. CALL: (978) 356-9312 The cost is $35.00 per person. On arrival you will receive a ticket for a free buffet or $10.00 food ticket and $10.00 in Slot Play from Foxwoods. We play bingo on the way down and have a raffle of $25.00 worth of scratch tickets. On the trip home we watch a movie and have a snack. The bus leaves from the Kensington American Legion parking lot at 6:45 a.m. We are located on Route 150. We arrive at Foxwoods about 9:00 a.m. We leave Foxwoods at 5:30 and arrive home about 7:30p.m. For more information or to reserve a seat you may e-mail Or call Dot at 778-0655. You could also see Dot or Kathie at Tuesday night Bingo at the Kensington Legion. If you send a check as payment please make it out to the A.L.Aux.Unit 105. Please reserve seats early as they are limited Proceeds from the trip go to support Children and Youth. The trip is sponsored by the Kensington American Legion Aux.Unit 105. -----------------------------------------------------------GEORGETOWN - This summer campers will Rock and Roll and March in a Parade with Workshop in the Woods summer program! It's an unplugged and noncompetitive curriculum of art, performance, nature, craft, and community that is designed to build self-confidence and a love for nature and neighbor in a safe environment. The program is for boys and girls, ages 6-14. The Camp Denison site in Georgetown, MA, has 15 acres of hiking trails, lake front activities, a restored wood-beam lodge, outdoor performance area, and nature center. Campers rotate from one workshop to the next every day and integrate activities that include; fishing, kayaking, hiking, group games, scavenger hunts, visual arts, 978-948-8696 • • relays, camp fire circles, and performing arts. Register on line now for an unforgettable summer! www.workshopartsinc. org One Session (Save $50) $550 Theme: Rock & Roll Two Sessions (Save $100) $1,000 Theme: I Love a Parade $15 Sibling Discount financial aid available -----------------------------------------------------------HAMILTON - Teen Poetry Contest Open for Submissions Put on your poet's hat and gear up for the Library's 4th annual Themed Teen Poetry Contest. The Library's teen advisory board, the Teen Think Tank, chose "Technology" as the theme for 2014. Two cash prize winning categories: grades 6-8, and grades 9-12. Honorable mentions will be awarded. Contest ends on April 30, 2014. Finalists will be notified by phone or email on or about May 8th. Please review the rules carefully before submitting: pop by the Library or view them online at http://informedteenshwlibrary. -----------------------------------------------------------HAMPTON - The Hampton Arts Network is pleased to announce Peg Duffin as the April Artist of the month at the Hampton Town Hall. The title of her painting is the Garden Gate. Peg has been a Seacoast Art Association member for over 20 years and she was a founding member of HAN. Her art has been published and used several times for local fundraiser. She owns and operates her Art & Soul gallery and teaches watercolor classes from her home in Hampton. The serenity she brings to her paintings has been noticed by many people. Peg's paintings will be on display & for sale at the Hampton Town Hall through May 2 and may be viewed during regular business hours. ------------------------------------------------------------

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IPSWICH - This is the local lodges' own interpretation of an awareness drive started a few years back. You may have heard the radio spots with Ben Franklin asking "is there greatness in you?" The idea is to make the community more aware of who we are and what we do. At John T. Heard we have chosen to take a more proactive approach in creating a program that not only opens our doors to the community, but provides opportunity for the community to benefit from some of our work.  On Saturday April 12th from 9-3 at the John T Heard Lodge located in the Masonic Building on 70 Topsfield road we are hosting a FREE event during our open house. The Ipswich Police & Fire will be there along with the TRIAD. The TRIAD is an Ipswich based program that combines our public safety entities along with our council on aging. They are some of the unsung heroes of the senior community and will be talking about car fitment for seniors.  The police will be talking about family safety issues, the fire will have a complimentary discussion as well as information on child car seats. The Masons will be providing information on the very active HELP (Hospital Equipment Loan Program) and running a MYCHIP program. DeMolay is working on re-establishing a local chapter for boys and will be also present. Weather permitting we will be having an Easter egg hunt for children. We ask that the parent(s)/guardian register how many children will attend at to help us properly prepare for the event.  These For HOME Buyers or Sellers programs will run from opening at 9 am until noon. At noon we will be providing a free lunch and will remain open electing to go it alone: until 3 for all those interested in the fraternity. At 3 we will have the egg hunt. The Officers and Ambassador of the lodge will be on staff to aid and assist anyone with questions. As with all of our programs, donations of food for the local food pantry will be graciously accepted. Copyright © 2014 Law Offices of Donald J. Fournier & Associates. All rights reserved . -----------------------------------------------------------IPSWICH - Ipswich Museum, 54 South Main Street, Ipswich is looking for volunteer tour guides and greeters for its Balance the scales in your favor. upcoming guided tour season of the Heard, Whipple, and Knight Houses. If you would like to become a volunteer, please come to the spring training sessions to learn about local history through the Museum’s collections and how to Protect Your Interests • Reduce Costs • Reduce Risk share that information with visitors from here and around the globe. Training dates will be posted later in the spring. MLS listing • Negotiation of the Offer to Purchase • Negotiation and prepaOpening Day for tours is May 24 (Memorial Day weekend) and the tour season runs through Columbus Day. A ration of the Purchase & Sale A greement • Conduct Title Search • Protection minimum three-hour weekly time commitment through the season is needed. Call 978-356-2811 or email office@ of your interests in the mortgage process • Preparation of the deed • for more information or to sign up. sentation at closing • Resolve legal issues • Protect your interests and reduce -----------------------------------------------------------costs without increasing risk. NEWBURYPORT - Auditions for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (music & lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin, conceived by Rebecca Feldman) will be held Sunday, April 13th, 3:00PM-5:00PM at Law Offices The North Shore’s Largest Independent Community Newspaper Firehouse Center for the Arts, Market Square, Newburyport, MA. Callbacks, if necessary, will be held Monday, April D o n a l d J. F o urnier & Associates 14th at 7PM. Performance Dates: June 19-22 & 26-29, 2014. Audition requirements: 4 women and 5 men are needed; 33 West Main Street | Georgetown, Massachusetts 01833 | Tel: 978.769.5383 | FAX: 978.769.5441 this is an adult production, so only those 18 and older are eligible to audition. Please prepare 16 bars of a song to sing. There will be an accompanist, but you may sing a cappella if you prefer. The song should show off your range as well as your acting ability. You will be asked to read from the script. Please bring your resume and head shot. Additional details can be found at:   -----------------------------------------------------------REGIONAL - 30 and Over Women's Softball.  Haven’t played in 10, 20 or 30 years?  Are your knees, ankles, back or hips aching?  Then, you’ll fit right in!  Come play with the only true non-profit sports organization in the Merrimack NLY O Valley and southern New Hampshire run by women, for women.  Cost is $55.00*/cash or check; $58.00*/online. For $99 more info, please visit us at  -----------------------------------------------------------Special includes We will dragROWLEY - The Friends of Rowley COA would like to extend an invitation to the entire community.  Throughout the 3 yards of any dump the stone year we offer many exquisite and unique trips.  Our trips are and have always been open to the entire adult community.  We currently have several trips scheduled and would love for you to join us.  On May 15th, we are going to the Newport size crushed on your driveway Playhouse in RI.  There we will enjoy a spectacular buffet lunch, a live comedic production "My Husband's Wild stone delivered to leave you less Desires," followed by a Cabaret Show in the lounge for $73 per person.  Sunday, June 22 through June 24th, we head locally.* labor! north to the luxurious White Mountain Hotel for two nights of moose watching, tram riding, guided tours, live after *Local zone 1 only. Additional fees apply for other delivery zones. dinner show and meals for $389 per person double occupancy.  On Sunday July 20th we are going to Tanglewood.  We have chosen great seats which are near the entrance to minimize walking distances.l  We will first have a delicious lunch at The Cork n' Heath Restaurant and then head over to Tanglewood for the show for $135 per person. As always, all 60 Turnpike Rd, Ipswich 104 Eastern Ave, Gloucester trips include round trip deluxe motorcoach transportation.  Contact the Rowley COA for sign up and further details 978-356-6342 978-281-4480 (978)948-7637. -----------------------------------------------------------ROWLEY – Love, Laugh & Learn - Miss Brenda's Pre-school offers Fun-N-Sun Summer Camp programs week-toweek with different fun and creative themes. A camp week is Monday through Friday 8-2, Openings are also available for the fall 2014, Only 6 children per class, Mornings 9-12 for 2-3 year olds, Afternoons 12:30-3:20.  4-5 year olds, Children learning through hands-on fun and creative ways. To inquire more please call Brenda Fiers (978) 948-3987 -----------------------------------------------------------SALISBURY COA - Beginners Italian Class meets every Monday for the month of April at 10:00 a.m. Back978-948-8696 by Popular • • advertise@thetowncommon.c Demand!!  Italiano is a fun and rewarding language to learn. The key to learning to speak Italian is to learn a little bit each week, and to practice it in class or with your friends. Our beginners’ conversational course introduces you to the basics of the Italian language designed for those with little or no prior knowledge. Students start by learning everyday expressions and greetings, basic conversation. The course may also introduce reading and writing skills. Cultural differences will also be explored. Our instructor Antonietta Iannino is fluent in Italian. Pre-registration required, please call 978-462-2412   -----------------------------------------------------------TOPSFIELD - April Vacation Adventure Days: Tuesday Through Friday, April 22-25, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. For children in grades K-5. Kids will discover spring birds and bugs, look for beavers in the pond, search for frogs, salamanders, and Private School Students and Graduating Seniors turtles, get down and dirty as they learn about soil and the critters that live there, and enjoy fun, creative activities as they develop observation and discovery skills. FEE: $172 for all four days or $58 per day (discount for Mass Audubon members). Advance registration is required; call 978-887-9264 or register online at See program topics: Tuesday, April 22: Marvelous Mammals, Wednesday, April 23: Wonderful Wings, Thursday, April 24: Splish, Splash, Friday, April 25: Digging in the Dirt. Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield is Dates based on current school end offering a variety of workshops and walks this spring for adults, families, and children. For more information on the programs listed below, call 978-887-9264 or visit our website at -----------------------------------------------------------TOPSFIELD - Essex County Trail Association is hosting the 19th annual EQUINE EXPO held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 9-3 in the Arena Building at the Topsfield Fairgrounds on Route 1, Topsfield, MA. We draw over 800 people to this event. We have new and used items for sale for the horse and rider. A Demo ring and a silent auction are also available. For more information call Kay 978-768-6275 or e-mail

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Opening Day at the Yard Waste Facility and Bagged Leaf Collection Dates NEWBURYPORT - The Newburyport Yard Waste Facility opens for regular seasonal hours on Tuesday, April 8, at 7:30 AM. Please drop off material only when the facility is open. The Yard Waste Facility operates seasonally between April and December, Tuesdays through Saturdays from 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Leaves, mulch and garden waste separated from shrub trimmings, tree twigs, branches and trunks up to 18" in diameter are accepted. No dirt-covered stumps, stones, building wood, plastics or trash are accepted. It is helpful for compost material to be separated from wood chip material prior to arriving at the facility. Wood chip material, recycled separately from compost material, will be deposited on the right hand side as you enter the facility. Compost material will be deposited on the left hand side. We encourage residents to leave grass clippings on lawns but will accept it at the facility. Proof of residency is required to obtain the seasonal sticker for a vehicle registered to the resident. Fees are $20.00 for residents under 65 and $5 for residents 65 and over. Stickers can be purchased at City Hall (during regular business hours) in the Health Department from March 31st to April 5th only. Once the facility opens stickers for residents will only be sold at the facility. Landscapers must purchase permits at City Hall in the Health Department always. Curbside bagged leaf collection will take place on regular trash days during the weeks of April 21st and May 5th. Residents must place leaves in brown paper leaf bags or in marked barrels. Bags must be curbside by 6.30AM and contain only leaves. Bags containing branches, plants, dirt, rocks or trash will be left behind. For information about bagged leaf collection or The Yard Waste Facility, please contact Molly Ettenborough, Recycling and Energy Coordinator, at 978-499-0413 or see the city’s web site at

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Dining & Entertainment Spring Into The Season: Great Dishes and Flavors to Celebrate Spring's Arrival

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When spring finally arrives, we gladly shed heavy coats and snow boots. Meals, too, lighten up with warmer weather, as we leave behind hearty soups and heavier meals in favor of more sprightly and seasonal fare. Spring celebrations - from Easter brunches to graduation dinners - are great opportunities to revisit old favorites and try something new. This spring, why not celebrate the season with a blend of familiar and new? Here are some favorite flavors and foods of spring, along with some ideas for giving them new appeal: * With bright colors and strong, sweet flavor, citrus adds zing to spring. Lemon is ideal for incorporating into spring dishes, from enhancing veggies like early spring squash, to delightful desserts like Lemon Pull-Aparts. Lemon also plays well with a variety of fish dishes - perfect for anyone observing fish Fridays during Lent. * Baked dinner rolls are a springtime favorite for every meal of the day. What Easter brunch would be complete without them? Dinner rolls take on fun seasonal flare when you use ready-made options like Rhodes Bake-N-Serv dinner rolls to create edible works of art like bunny shapes, egg baskets and rabbit-shaped veggie dip bowls. Simply thaw the raw rolls, and shape them while still cold to make a variety of delicious, creative shapes - without the work of mixing and kneading your own dough. Try these two fun recipes to dress up any springtime table:

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IPSWICH BOARD OF HEALTH MEETING The Northeast Massachusetts Mosquito Control and Wetlands Management District (NEMMC) has thirty-two subscribing municipalities, including Ipswich. Their mosquito control and surveillance program runs from the middle of the spring until the beginning of the fall, the time of the year most people are engaged in extensive outdoor activities. NEMMC creates a Vector Management Plan (VMP) for the Mosquito Control District and a Best Management Practice Plan (BMP) for each of the municipalities within its District annually. District control efforts focus primarily on adult mosquito surveillance, virus testing and preemptive virus intervention strategies. The Best Management Practice Plan for Ipswich is reviewed and approved by the Board of Health annually. This year the 2014 Best Management Practice Plan will be reviewed at the April 7, 2014 Board of Health meeting. The meeting will be held in Room C of Town Hall, 25 Green Street at 5:30pm. All are welcome to attend. Every year the control measures in Ipswich’s BMP include aerial salt marsh larviciding, catch basin treatment, inspections and adulticiding. The 2013 BMP for Ipswich can be viewed on the Board of Health page of the town’s website www. or in the Public Health Office. No changes to the BMP are currently being proposed for 2014. PRESCHOOL INFORMATION NIGHTS See Wednesday April 2nd.

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"I had the ball judged all the way. The ball hit my glove. ... [It] didn't hit my face. The jar of the ball drove the mitt back against my mouth and caused all the damage." "Most of the eight teeth lost were bridgework and can be replaced," his doctor noted. Sprinz chimed in that he was more hurt and baffled by his failure to hold onto the ball "than he is hurt by his hurts." He returned the following year in May 1940 as the starting catcher for the Seals, claiming he was "just as good" as he was before the accident. After his retirement from baseball in 1942, he worked with the Seals back office and later with little leagues and the San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department, developing intercity baseball. Sprinz died in 1977 in San Francisco. He was 91. Sprinz's catch was officially recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records as the World's Highest Catch in 1994. In 2013, baseball sportswriter Zack Hample decided to break Sprinz's record. He accomplished the feat in July 2013, catching

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