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Fun Run to Raise Money for Bombing Victims By Stewart Lytle, Reporter –––––––––––––––––

"By George" in Salisbury Page 2 Celebrity Thanks Volunteers Page 2

The Winners Circle Running Club at the Boston marathon this year.

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Leaf Blower Bans Shot Down on North Shore – For Now REGIONAL – For decades there has been a love/hate relationship with leaf blowers. Gas powered leaf blowers are ear-piercing. They blow dirt, grass and leaves and other less attractive things into the air for asthma and allergy sufferers to breathe. But the machines make cleaning up a yard much faster, easier and, if you are paying a landscaping company to keep your yard neat, a lot cheaper than raking and sweeping the lawn litter into bags. This conflict may soon come to your city or town. Invented by Dom Quinto in the late 1950s, the leaf blower was originally introduced into the U.S. as part of an agricultural chemical sprayer. But manufacturers quickly saw the potential of the invention as

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a common lawn and garden tool. The now ubiquitous leaf blower became very popular in California, but then residents, upset with the noise, started asking their cities and towns to ban them. Carmel by the Sea and Beverly Hills were the first towns to ban leaf blowers as far back as the late 1970s. Now dozens of California towns and cities ban leaf blowers. Municipalities in New York and Connecticut soon joined

those in California in banning or limiting the use of leaf blowers. Proposals to ban or limit their use have gained popularity in Massachusetts towns in recent years. Cambridge, Arlington and Brookline have already enacted a limited ban on leaf blowers. It was on the agenda of several Town Meetings along the North Shore this spring. The Town Meeting members in Swampscott voted this month for an article that would have prohibited the use of gas-powered leaf blowers by residents from May 16 to September 14. The first vote was 124 to 121 in favor of the ban. The second night of the Town Meeting, the members had second

REGIONAL – When Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev placed two pressure cooker bombs at the end of the Boston Marathon a month ago, they thought their actions, which killed and injured so many, might weaken the people of Boston. They never met eight women, members of the Newburyport Mothers Club, who barely knew each other until a few weeks ago. The women teamed up to organize the first ever 2.62 Mile Fun Run in Newburyport on June 2 to support the One Fund that benefits the victims of the bombing. Wendy Tinkham, one of the mothers, said an email went out to women in the club, suggesting it might be a good idea to organize a fun run to support the victims. In less than a month, Tinkham, Calli Towne, Cheryl Burkinshaw, Abby Considine, Alison Moore,Valerie Natoli Paquette, Sam Fahey and Christine Carico sprang into action to organize the fun run. They turned to Mike McCormick and Scott Walsh with the Winner's Circle Running Club for help and advice. And now the event has taken on a life of its own, attracting dozens of sponsors and followers on Facebook. “There is a sense of urgency about this event,” Tinkham said. “It is so great to see the community coming together. It is very exciting.” The run will start at 10 a.m. at Cashman Park on the Merrimack River and go up the Rail Trail. Registration will begin this week at

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On behalf of The Friends of the Rowley Library, I would like to thank the community for making the 2013 Rowley Public Library Book and Bake Sale a great success. This year's sale raised over $3900. The money will fund library programs including ongoing computer classes, the monthly book club and the Children's Summer Reading Program and much more. Cub Scout Pack #15 ran the Bake Sale for us again this year. They continue to impress us with their organization and enthusiasm. Their hard work resulted in another great year at the bake table!! Thanks to them and everyone who baked for the sale. I also want to thank the Boy Scouts who arrived Sunday afternoon to help clean up. In addition, 58 volunteers worked 249 hours to sort, move and sell books. 40% of our workers volunteered for the first time proving that support of the Library continues to grow. Special thanks to the Modern Woodmen of America and the Triton High School Honor Society for supplying so many of the new faces. Modern Woodmen of America also donated several baked treats. We are grateful to everyone who donated books. Without the great selection, we would not attract so many customers or make nearly as many sales. As always, area businesses provided great support. St. Mary’s Church loaned tables for displaying books. Institution for Savings’ Rowley branch collected books from their customers all month. MAC Fitness also had a collection box and helped spread awareness of the sale to their members. Use of two tents and 100 shopping bags were donated from EBSCO. On top of that, EBSCO collected books in all 5 of their office buildings. Thank you to their employees who donated and the employees who delivered the many books over the course of the month. We are also grateful to the Rowley Board of Selectmen, Principal Kneeland at the Pine Grove School, and Market Basket for allowing us to display our lawn signs at their locations again this year. Year after year, the Rowley Gas Exchange allows us to put our banner on their property on the corner of Rt. 1 and Rt. 133 giving us our most visible advertising. Thank you to the Rowley Council on Aging for helping to advertise the sale and donation days. Some new items were donated to the 2013 raffle. George Dagas of Rowley Catering offered a $50 discount off a catering order and Rick Hydren of PYM Photography gave a $150 discount off an 11x14 family portrait package. For the third year, a Library patron donated 2 Red Sox tickets. The success of the raffle added quite a bit to our proceeds. I’d like to personally thank the Executive Board of the Friends and Library Director Pam Jacobson. Without their help and that of the tireless volunteers, the sale would not have happened. To view this year’s complete list of volunteers, please visit our website,

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Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey congratulates Lauren Sundstrom, 18, of Newburyport (center) and Emily Fabre, 13, of Salem (right) on being named Massachusetts' top two youth volunteers for 2013 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Lauren and Emily were honored at a ceremony on Sunday, May 5 at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, where they each received a $1,000 award.

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On Saturday, May 11, 2013, The Majestic Theater of Manchester NH brought to the Assisted Living Center – Salisbury their nine person ensemble performance of By George: The Music of George Gershwin. According to artistic director A. Robert Dionne, “George Gershwin's compositions spanned both popular and classical genres, and his most popular melodies are universally familiar. He composed music for both Broadway and the classical concert hall, as well as popular songs that brought his work to an even wider public.” Mr. Dionne himself performs many of Gershwin’s compositions, as well as those of other famous composers and great composers with lesser name recognition twice each month in the Cabaret Piano Lounge at the Assisted Living Center – Salisbury. For more information on the Center’s Cabaret Piano Lounge schedule, contact Jill at 978 463-9809 or Top Photo - Cast of By George! & Bottom Photo Singer: Valerie Rigsbee and Pianist: Keith Belanger. The Town Common Courtesy PhotOS


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Lung Association have official stances against such emissions,” Block wrote. In addition to the pollution produced by the blowers themselves, Block maintained that leaf blowers force harmful groundlevel substances into the air. “Pollen, feces and other dust particles as well as particularly dangerous substances like lawn pesticides, lead, organic carbon, chromium, arsenic, cadmium, nickel and mercury which accumulate along street curbs are blown into the air where they are inhaled by pedestrians,” he wrote. The noise issue is more complicated. Most gas-powered leaf blowers operate at sound levels of 70-75 decibels, about 100 times the level to which health experts say the human ear can be safely subjected. But that is only if someone is standing close to a leaf blower without wearing ear protection. The levels vary by how

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AMESBURY- The Friends of the Amesbury Public Library is conducting a special "Membership Raffle" at the Library during its May Membership Month Campaign.Community Whether you join for the first time or renew your membership in May 2013, you will be Connections eligible to win one of three prizes: First Prize is a Paperwhite Kindle 3G e-reader; Second Prize is a $50 gift certificate at Bertram and Oliver Booksellers in Amesbury; and Third Prize is a $25 gift certificate at the Friends of the Amesbury Public Library Book Shoppe. Membership forms may be obtained at the Amesbury Public Library or may be downloaded from the Library’s website. Renewal forms have been mailed to members, already. Contributions to The Friends are tax-deductible. Membership fees comprise a large percent of the Friends’ operating budget and are vital to providing educational, cultural and technical programs for library users of all ages. The Friends’ Book Shoppe located in the basement of the Library is open during library hours. It has a Open 7 Days huge selection of used and like-new books for a small price. Friends meetings are held at•1:00 pm in the Library at 140 Main Street on the first Monday in January, March, May, September and November. The Mission of the Friends is to support the Library and its staff, to enhance the resources and services of the Library and to enrich our community. We focus our attention on the local and extended community of library patrons and accomplish our mission through collaboration, fundraising and allocations of funds • • as well as sponsorship of programs for the community. -----------------------------------------------------------NICOLE REILLY AMESBURY - Introduction to Genealogy Workshop - Richard Doyle, a retired Newburyport High School teacher, will ATTORNEY-AT-LAW present a 4 week course on Genealogy at the Amesbury Public Library. The course will run Thursdays, June 6, June 13, June 20, (978) 462-3700 and June 27 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. The program will be held on the main floor in the Amesbury Room. He will discuss how to 948-8696 • • REILLYLAW1@VERIZON .NET get started, sources that are available and a lot more valuable information. Registration is required as space is limited. To sign up 102 BRIDGE ROAD, go to our website then click on Programs or email Margie at SALISBURY, MA 01952 -----------------------------------------------------------BYFIELD - Essex County Greenbelt and the neighbors of the 4.2 acre Pearson Fields Conservation Restriction at 42 Main Street, CRIMINAL DEFENSE: Byfield. There will be a celebration of this recent acquisition on Saturday, June 8th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  The ceremony will O.U.I./D.W.I. include the acceptance of the Conservation Restriction, Snuff Barn Tours, Wine Tasting, Pony Rides, a Mystery guest, nature & ASSAULT AND BATTERY trail walks, children's games, music, refreshments and a yard sale.  All proceeds will go to Essex County Greenbelt to contribute to RESTRAINING ORDERS the remaining acquisition funds and any maintenance costs. DRUG OFFENSES -----------------------------------------------------------DRIVING OFFENSES GEORGETOWN - At the May 6th Annual Town Meeting, Georgetown residents voted overwhelmingly to approve the LARCENY expenditure of $150,000 from Community Preservation Act funds, partnering with Greenbelt in an effort to purchase a $250,000 CLERK-MAGISTRATE HEARINGS conservation restriction on the 18-acre Wheeler Brook Farm. There was a healthy and impassioned discussion centering on what Attorney Attorney Reilly’s Reilly’s clients clients PROBATION ISSUES a conservation restriction is, and whether Town funds should be used to purchase less than the full fee interest in property. Bob will will attest attest to to her her SEALING CRIMINAL RECORDS Morehouse, who has operated the farm along with his wife, Barb, for over 40 years, spoke about why he wants to permanently tenacity: tenacity: ALL OTHER CRIMINAL MATTERS protect his farm: He and Barb want the people of Georgetown to continue to be able to bring their families to the farm to pick “Nicole Reilly has become a trusted “Attorney Reilly is an experimember of our family, I keep her berries, to learn where vegetables and fruit come from, to be able to eat farm-fresh produce. He asked residents to raise their PERSONAL INJURY: enced, smart, fierce litigator. She business card in my wallet and her hand if they’d bought vegetables or picked berries at Wheeler Brook Farm, and nearly everyone in the audience raised their hand. went above and beyond to ensure number my contacts - just that my inson’s rights were pro-in MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS Of the vote, Selectman Stephen Smith, who spoke in support of the article at Town Meeting, says, “I was very happy to see that case.” 2012 tected.- She has a strong command SLIPS AND FALLS Georgetown decisively voted at Town Meeting to preserve Wheeler Brook Farm.   We took a positive step to protect an important of the courtroom. I wouldn’t trust “I go to Attorney Reilly withlife.” every anyone else with my child’s piece of Georgetown's culture and history.  I am hopeful that many generations to come will enjoy this Georgetown treasure." legal matter I have for myself or my —2011 GENERAL PRACTICE: Greenbelt is now embarking upon a $100,000 fundraising campaign in order to be able to complete the acquisition by the end of business, she is very smart and extremely thorough.” - 2012 this year. The land trust’s efforts will include making grant applications to conservation funding sources and direct appeals to the “Attorney Reilly was amazing- a CONTRACTS true professional. Nothing gets by community served by Wheeler Brook Farm. 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Or, email to -----------------------------------------------------------IPSWICH - Jake Armeding and the Next Generation of Musicians: A Celebration of Our Ipswich Musical Roots," a public concert to benefit the Winthrop School’s Playground and Ipswich Music Department. This year's Ipswich Roots Show is dedicated to showcasing our next generation of student musicians and supporting the Winthrop Playground Committee and the Ipswich Music Department. In addition to featuring performers from the Ipswich Middle and High School, this year we are featuring virtuoso folk performer Jake Armerding, an Ipswich native who The Boston Globe calls "the most gifted and promising songwriter to emerge from the Boston folk scene in years." Sunday, June 9, 2013 - 1:30-3:30PM at the Ipswich Performing Arts Center, 134 Landscaping & Contracting, Co. Inc. High Street, Ipswich. Families, friends and neighbors are encouraged to purchase tickets early online at http://winthropplayground. org/concert. Ticket prices are as follows: $10 per adult, $5 per child (under 18) and seniors (65+). Free admission will be granted ~Est. 1980~ to individuals who sign up to volunteer for a 4 hour shift to help construct the Winthrop School’s new playground during the community wide build from September 11-15, 2013. Volunteers are crucial to maximize cost savings. If you’re interested in • “Get Out In The Sun!” volunteering or donating funds to support the playground, please sign up at • Landscape Design - Masonry -----------------------------------------------------------• Weekly Lawn Maintenance IPSWICH - Polished, a preventative dental care program, will be at the Ipswich Town Hall, Room C, 25 Green Street on Monday, • Irrigation System - Excavating & Drainage June 3rd from 9am- 5pm providing free dental screenings, cleanings, sealants and fluoride for children by appointment only. Due to a high level of interest, no more appointments can be accepted for June 3rd. Appointments can now be made for Thursday, • Sod - Seed - Hydroseeding June 27th from 9am-5pm. Adults can also receive screenings and cleanings for $49. For questions and to schedule an appointment call/text Valerie 617-571-1697 or email The Ipswich Health Office is bringing this program to you to • Planting: Shrubs & Trees provide preventative dental care to the community. To learn more about this program please visit • Tree Work - Stump Grinding -----------------------------------------------------------IPSWICH - Ipswich Museum, 54 South Main Street, Ipswich will open for seasonal historic house tours of its properties. The • Interlocking Walls - Railroad Ties Museum will be open for tours from May 25 to October 13. Tours last approximately 30 minutes in each house. In the 1677 • Granite Steps Whipple House, see how simply families lived in Ipswich during the 17th century. 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Price at Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse in breaks for double kayaks and personal New Castle, NH, on Sunday, May kayak use. Preregistration is required. 26, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The open Call 978-462-9998 for information houses will continue every Sunday about additional programs and through Columbus Day weekend in events, or visit the Web site at www. October. No reservations are needed; the guided tours are on a first come, first served basis. Children must be SUNDAY, MAY 26th at least 42 inches tall to climb to the top, and adults are not permitted to HELLCAT BIRDING FOR KIDS carry children up the stairs. Visitors May is a very busy time of year for are invited to climb to the lantern birds migrating through our area. room to enjoy the magnificent view Sunday, May 26; 8:00 – 9:30 am Join at the mouth of the Piscataqua River a couple of refuge volunteers (who are and to see the nineteenth century avid birders) for a guided bird walk, lens up close. Volunteers will tell during which the goal will be hear, visitors about the history of the light see, and learn about some of these station, and there will be souvenirs fascinating feathery migrants. This for sale. There are 44 stairs and a 7new program is specifically intended rung ladder to the lantern room. Flat for and limited to children ages 9- shoes (not sandals or flip-flops) are 12. No prior birding knowledge or strongly recommended to climb to experience is required. Participants the top. The admission to climb the are welcome to bring binoculars and/ lighthouse is $4 for adults and $2 or field guides. Program enrollment for children 12 and under. Visitors is limited to 6 children. Participating should park outside the gate to Coast children must be accompanied by Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor a parent or legal guardian. Parents and walk to the lighthouse. For should not bring along younger more information, visit www. children. As this is a new program with limited enrollment, each participant is limited to registering MONDAY, MAY 27th for only one of the three planned ROWLEY MEMORIAL DAY program dates. Participants should CEREMONIES & PARADE plan to arrive at the Hellcat Parking Units will for at 1:00 pm in Lot by 7:50 am. Program will begin the parking lot of the VFW on promptly at 8:00 am. Preregistration Bradford St. The Post Commander is required. All refuge run programs will welcome all. He will introduce are FREE but space may be limited Rev. Janes Lyons for the opening and advanced registration is required Prayer. The Triton Band will play the for all programs, unless otherwise National Anthem. Units will proceed indicated. Please call (978) 465- along Bradford Street to Summer St 5753. Registration is not complete over to the ceremony. After, police until you receive confirmation from will conduct their services at Chief a staff member. Please note that Robert Hardy’s and Roy Haynes outdoor programs may be cancelled graves with volleys from the firing if there is inclement weather and squad at each grave. At the Firemen’s also insufficient registration. Visit us Memorial the same procedure will on the web for more information: be followed. Units will proceed to or call Rt. 1A in front of the Town Hall. Refuge Headquarters. The refuge There will be a short stop at Town visitor center is located at 6 Plum Hall while the Commander and Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA. Officer of the Day place wreaths at the War Monuments. (No speakers KAYAK FAMILY PADDLE ON at this time.) Units will proceed THE PARKER RIVER to the Rowley Common. Clergy, For families with children ages 7 Selectmen and special guests will and up. Go for a kayaking excursion assemble at the podium in front of Civil War Monument. Commander will then introduce the Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, and other members of the board and special guests. Any remarks to be made by Selectman and special guest made at this time. Commander will introduce the speaker of the day. Commander will thank all for attending. Then introduce Rev. Robert Hagopian to say the close prayer. Triton will play “America the Beautiful.” Firing squad will fore three volleys, followed by taps and echo. Commander will invite all the VWF for refreshments. Veterans interested in participating see announcements. FOOTSTEPS OF HEROES: CIVIL WAR WALKING TOUR OF Continued on page 15

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truly amazing. A 30 year fixed rate mortgage is at around 3.5% while rates for shorter term mortgages are in the 2.0%-3.0% range. With money being this cheap buyers don’t want to miss out. Recently I had a seller put their home under agreement and purchase another home for 100k more. The interest on their new mortgage dropped almost 2 percentage points. This allowed them to “upgrade” their home yet pay only literally a few dollars more per month. Home Equity Loans: While low mortgage rates have been all over the news and discussed by all, rates on home equity loans have fallen too. This makes home remodels more attractive which allows some sellers to fix up their homes to ready for sale. It can also allow other sellers become buyers prior to getting their current home sold. Fewer Foreclosures & Distressed Properties: Banks have now in large part streamlined their programs for sellers who are unable to pay their mortgage. These homeowners in the past have had to sell their homes “short” (the sale of the home doesn’t meet what is owed to the bank) or allow the home to go into foreclosure brining neighboring home prices down with it. Potential short sales are being negotiated more efficiently with the seller’s bank allowing for a modification of a loan in many instances. These homes that would hit the market as either short sales or foreclosures are not coming on the market at all. This keeps inventory down and the market active.

New Construction: More homes are being built. According to Census Bureau data 15% more homes are being built than last year. Many of these homes are in the form of multi home subdivisions. In Rowley alone, two condo complexes totaling over 60 condos are being built. Why weren’t they built previously? In addition to a weak buyer pool, the market of available buyers wasn’t strong and monies available to developers was hard to come by. In Massachusetts permits rose 35% in 2012 after hitting bottom in 2011. New home sales were up 27.6% in the Northeast in January from the previous month, compared with 15.6 % nationally. While the market has improved quite nicely from the lows of 57 years ago we are still not quite in a “seller’s market”. As homes are bought up quickly, prices will start to tick upward and we have seen evidence already of this. The market is on a recovery curve, homes are selling with buyers happy to get in and take advantage of low interest rates. If you are interested in selling or buying now is a great time. Hard to remember a time where you could make a case for the market being in favor of both the buyer and seller. Now is that time. If you have any questions about this article, real estate in general or are looking to buy or sell a home please contact me, John McCarthy at Rowley Realty, 165 Main St., Rowley, MA 01969, Phone: 978 948-2758, Cell 978 835-2573 or via email at john@rowleyrealestate. com

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NEWBURYPORT The Sesquicentennial of the Civil War commemoration continues: Newburyport and the Civil War author, William Hallett and with his wife Elizabeth, invite you to join them on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2013 at 2 p.m Footsteps of Heroes: Civil War Walking Tour of Newburyport. (this is our FOURTH year doing these tours!) The 90 minutes walking tour features sites and stories of Newburyport’s Civil War history including Albert W. Bartlett and the first troops who left the Clipper City; stories of the shipyard; a local politician (and dear friend of Jefferson Davis) who almost ran against Lincoln for president; stories of Frederick Douglass’ visit; a Newburyporter who would become a Confederate General and more! The tour begins and ends at 57 State St (Arthur Page Insurance Co). Please wear appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes. Tips are welcome and a portion of which will go to historic preservation. For more information, please email: nbptcw@ or go to the web site: TUESDAY, MAY 28th TRAINS OF THE CIVIL WAR The Georgetown Historical Society is pleased to announce that William Hallett, author of Newburyport and the Civil War, will be giving a talk on Trains of the Civil War on Tuesday, May 28 at 7 PM in the Georgetown Library Meeting Room. This FREE event is open to the public. For more information, contact the Society at info@georgetownhistoricalsociety. com. WINDOWFARMING The May meeting of the Greater Newburyport Edible Garden group will feature Windowfarming. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 28th at 7:00 PM at the home of Anne Verret-Speck, 63 South Hampton Road (Route 107A), Amesbury. A Windowfarm is a vertical, indoor garden that allows for year-round growing in almost any window. It lets plants use natural window light, the climate control of your living space, and organic “liquid soil.” IFor more information contact Deb Carey at or 978-3885629.

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WEDNESDAY MORNING BIRDING Join Joppa Flats Sanctuary Director Bill Gette and USFWS veteran David Weaver for this weekly birding field trip during migration in the Newburyport/Plum Island area. Appropriate for all birding levels. Wednesday, May 29, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Meet at the Joppa Flats Education Center, One Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport. $17. Preregistration is not required. Call 978-462-9998 for information about additional

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-----------------------------------------------------------NEWBURYPORT - After a blustery and blizzard-filled winter, everything is finally coming up roses in Newburyport as the 34th Annual Garden Tour springs to life on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9. Boasted as New England’s oldest, continuously running tour, this year’s theme, “City Gardens” will feature over a dozen spectacular sites, large and small, offering flowers and colors that serve as a warm and radiant reminder of spring's long-awaited arrival. TICKETS NOW ON SALE: $25 per person ($20 if purchased prior to May 31) @ -----------------------------------------------------------NEWBURYPORT – Bethany Masonic Lodge will be holding their "Back to the Bean" Ham and bean supper the first Saturday of every month (JUNE 1sh) at the Masonic Hall on 31 Green Street, Newburyport, MA 01950 from 4:30 to 6 PM. Cost is 10 dollars for adults 5 dollars for kids. Dinner includes: ham, hot dogs, 3 kinds of beans, potato and egg salad, Cole slaw, brown bread, rolls, Monthly theme dish Back by popular demand: Spaghetti and meat balls), drinks, desserts and an atmosphere like no other bean supper would provide. Live Smooth Jazz From Paul Rogers and Good Company! Kids eat free if the Bruins Win Against the Rangers May 29th! -----------------------------------------------------------NEWBURYPORT - The artists’ cooperative Bridge Gallery located in downtown Newburyport will be closing its doors after the Memorial Day weekend. The Gallery which began in 2006 with 15 members. The membership remained at its full complement until 2013 when a number of departing members were not replaced. Current members include: Marjet Lesk, Anne Recchia and Karen Lynch of Newburyport, Joanna Hammond and Andrea Holland Hart of Amesbury, Michael Doran of North Andover and Danielle Gauthier McCarthy of Plaistow. 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The refuge wishes to thank the visiting public for their patience while the road was undergoing its first significant “face lift” in 20 years! -----------------------------------------------------------ROWLEY - The Rowley Board of Selectmen invite and encourage all veterans of the Town to participate and attend the planned ceremony and parade observing Memorial Day on Monday, May 27, 2013 at 1:30pm. Please plan to join the parade attendees at 1:00 pm where the organizing efforts begin at the VFW parking lot on Bradford St. It will be an honor for the Town of Rowley to have all veterans participate. For more information contact the VFW Post 5707 or Selectmen’s Office at 978-948-2372 or 2705. See calendar for schedule. -----------------------------------------------------------ROWLEY - This month the Rowley Library Book Club is reading The Grief of Others by Leah Hager Cohen. How do you balance personal decisions with family obligations? This question is at the heart of one family’s pain as they cope with unexpected grief and a dark secret. But just as the family is on the brink of collapse, a surprise visitor gives them hope and a chance at a new beginning. Pick up your copy today, then join us on Thursday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rowley Public Library, 141 Main Street, for a discussion. For more information, call the library at 978-948-2850. -----------------------------------------------------------ROWLEY - Exclusive listing agents from Remax Leading Edge, Bill McGowan & Colleen Sleeper would like to introduce the North Shore’s newest luxury townhouse community, the Rowley Village Green. Located steps from Main St in historic Rowley Center, and situated on over 18 acres of land, this 25 unit development will be completed in 3 Phases. Phase 1 is now available and will consist of Units 1 - 5, offered at pre-construction prices of $425,000. All Townhomes will consist of 2100 sq ft., of living space with garages and options for first floor master suites. Visitors are invited to stop by on weekends from 11-2pm or call contact Bill McGowan at 617-913-6515 or Colleen Sleeper 781-910-8526 to set up an appointment for a personal tour during the week. -----------------------------------------------------------SALISBURY – Antiques Appraisal Day, Saturday, June 1st 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Salisbury Drop-In Center, 39 Lafayette St, Salisbury. Appraiser of fine art, jewelry and antiques Lou Anne Meader will be on hand to appraise your treasures. Admission is free. Verbal appraisal is $5.00 per item or 3 for $10.00. All proceeds to benefit Salisbury’s 375th Anniversary Celebration. For more information contact Maria Miles at 978-239-4246 -----------------------------------------------------------SALISBURY - The Civil War Roundtable of the Merrimack will meet at 7:30 PM on Wednesday June 12th at our new location, the East Parish Methodist Church, Salisbury Square (route 1), Salisbury, MA. April Vitulli will speak on “Stonewall Jackson.” Admission is free and anyone with an interest in America’s Civil War is invited to attend. For more information visit our web page or call Tom at (978) 462-8518. -----------------------------------------------------------SALISBURY COA - Sunset Tappers and Ice Cream Social: Wednesday, May 22nd @ Noon. Join us for a “toe-tapping” good time, as the “Sunset Tappers” perform their fast and fancy footwork in celebration of this great American Art. Please call to preregister 978-462-2412 -----------------------------------------------------------TOPSFIELD - Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield will hold its 16th Annual Audubon Nature Festival on Sunday, June 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A highlight of the festival this year will be live owl presentations by Marcia and Mark Wilson’s “Eyes on Owls” program. The festival offers activities for adults and families including nature walks, ponding, and hands-on, interactive exhibits to learn about birds, beavers, solar power, sustainability, being “green”, composting, honey bees, and more. Build a bird-feeder with your child and venture into our specially constructed “beaver lodge”. Visit our new exhibit on wetlands to and get closeup looks at native turtles, snakes, salamanders, frogs, and toads, and other animals and plants that live in wetlands; stop in for story time, or spend some time enjoying activities and crafts in the children’s tent. Ongoing activities include children’s crafts, face-painting, a scavenger hunt, henna, and demonstrations and craft sales by basket makers, spinners, weavers, woodcarvers, and other craftspeople. Food, baked goods, and Captain Dusty’s ice cream will be available for sale. Visit our website at for a schedule of events and a discount coupon for the festival. Admission is $12 per car. RAIN OR SHINE -----------------------------------------------------------WEST NEWBURY - Are you a backyard farmer who grows their own vegetables, fruits? Do you sell your local farm fresh eggs, local honey, syrups? Do you make your own jams/jellies? Are you a local crafter? If you answered yes to any of these questions and are looking for a farmers market to sell your items then consider Laurel Grange's farmers market. We will be opening on June 15 and run thru October. Laurel Grange is looking to re-vitalize the farmers market and is looking for new vendors to help it grow. 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