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NEWBURYPORT – Jeremy and Angela Kirkpatrick spent two weeks last month in the Basque town Getaria on the northern coast of Spain. It is one of the perks of owning the Grand Trunk wine and cheese shop on Pleasant Street here. Although Grand Trunk already stocks a variety of Spanish wines and cheeses, the working vacation was a time for them to visit wineries and learn more about Basque wines like Txakoki. Not a traditional wine, Txakoki grapes are raised on a steep, rocky coast where they are pounded by the wind and sea, Jeremy Kirkpatrick said. The white wine, which pairs well with seafood, he explains, is lower in alcohol content and higher in acid because the grapes, which are raised in such an extreme environment, are not left on the vines long. The Kirkpatricks, who opened Grand Trunk in 2004, are a fountain of knowledge about food. “We know

the story behind every product we sell,” Jeremy said. For many products they have visited the farms and factories that make them. They know the owners and workers that produce them. In some cases they have slept in their homes. In Spain, the Kirkpatricks toured a sardine plant. They ate Bonito tuna, a Basque delicacy, low in mercury content, that they sell in the store. (“It is so good you can eat it right out of the can,” he said.) And they took a day trip into the French Basque country to spend an hour and a half observing how a top Michelinrated kitchen works. “I wanted to see how they do things,” he said. French and Italian food products, along with the Spanish items, make up much of their offerings. On a glass counter sits a photo of a smiling Jeremy with the owner of the French Opinel Knife company. The Continued on page 3

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AMESBURY – Gus Reusch wanted to write an angry letter to the Nation magazine, but his wife talked him out of it. Instead he cancelled his subscription in protest of the magazine's leaving John Greenlief Whittier out of a group of prominent civil rights and anti-slavery leaders that graced the cover following the election of President Obama in 2009. On the cover the new President was depicted in a montage of civil rights leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., African American congresssmen and leaders of the 19th Century abolitionist movement, such as Newburyport's William Lloyd Garrison. But not Whittier, the pacifist poet and ardent abolitionist, who grew up in Haverhill and lived much of his adult life in a house on Friend Street in Amesbury. “I found that very sad,” said Reusch,

the curator for the Whittier Birthplace in Haverhill. “I wish it had been there.” For Reusch, Whittier is more than just another historical figure. He has been fascinated by Whittier since he was a student himself and later teaching middle school students about the author of the poem, “Snowbound,” for more than 40 years. In addition to being the Birthplace curator, he now teaches a Life Long Learners course at Northern Essex Community College and continues to volunteer to teach middle school students about Whittier. Reusch was invited to give two lectures last week by the Amesbury Public Library and the John Greenleaf Whittier Home. His lectures, which attracted a near full house, were part of series of special events this spring sponsored by the Amesbury Continued on page 3

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Public Library. They are part of the library's On the Same Page initiative. On the Same Page is a program, funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, that brings together entire communities to read the same book at the same time. In Amesbury the book is Redfield Farm, by Judith Redline Coopey, a novel about the Underground Railroad, the informal network of secret routes and safe houses used by 19th-century black slaves to escape to free states and Canada. This topic combines a rich reading experience with an exploration and celebration of Amesbury’s profound Abolitionist history, the library said. Redline will do a reading at the library at 6 p.m. on May 17. The library will host discussions on the book on May 31 and June 7. Whittier started out his career to be a poet, Reusch said. His first poem was published by Garrison in the Newburyport Free Press, beginning a lifelong partnership

Whittier was also deeply involved in helping run-away slaves move along the Underground Railroad. He and friends would house the escaping slaves in their homes in Amesbury, then move them north into New Hampshire and Canada. “It's wonderful to think that there were runaway slaves here in this house,” Reusch said. Whittier's activities were not popular among some neighbors, Reusch said. “All northerners did not oppose slavery,” he said. Contrary to what he was taught in school and the commonly held belief, some northerners, particularly northern mill owners who liked cheaper cotton, produced by slaves in the South, opposed freeing the slaves, he said. The poet escaped at least once from being attacked or killed by angry mobs, the curator said. For more information on Whittier and the abolitionist movement in Amesbury, visit the library's web site, www.amesburylibrary. org.

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Dr. Joseph FRIDAY, MAY 11th GRANITE & STONE not required. Call 978-462-9998 for Whitehorne will speak on “Raising a Granite Posts about additional programs Great Army 1861-1865.” Admission FRIDAY MORNING BIRD From Naturally Elegant and information and events, or visit the Web site at is free and anyone with an interest WALKS: FOCUS ON WARBLERS $ 105. Surprisingly Affordable! www.massaudubon.org/joppaflats. in America’s Civil War is invited to Join Daily News columnist Steve attend. For more information visit our Grinley of the Bird Watcher’s Supply Granite Custom Cutting is Our Specialty! AUTHOR VISIT web page www.cwrtm.org or call Tom and Gift for this early morning look Steps From Join us on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at (978) 462-8518. around local birding hot spots. Friday, Steps, Posts, Hearths, Mantels, Pavers, $ at 6pm as local children’s author, May 11, 8:00-11:00 am. Meet at Mass 94. Edging, Curbing, Cobblestone, Flagstone, Jerry Pallotta, visits the LangleyTHURSDAY, MAY 10th Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Fieldstone, Wallstone, Benches, Fountains, Mailbox Adams Library in Groveland, MA! Center, One Plum Island Turnpike, Posts Bird Baths, Pool Coping, Wall Cap, Veneers, Th e Langley-Adams Library won an BIRDING WESTERN ESSEX Newburyport. $15. Preregistration is From important grant from the Federal COUNTY not required. Call 978-462-9998 for $ 199. Flagging, Granite Signs, & Custom Fabrication Institute of Museum and Library Joppa Flats Sanctuary Director Bill information about additional programs Includes www.swensongranite.com Services (IMLS) through the Library Gette and Education Coordinator and events, or visit the Web site at Bracket Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Dave Larson lead this exploration of www.massaudubon.org/joppaflats. Lamp administered by the Massachusetts birding hot spots beyond the greater Posts Board of Library Commissioners. This Newburyport area. Thursday, May ALADDIN JR From $ “On the Same Page” grant is being 10, 8:00 am–2:00 pm. Meet at Mass TTS Players present Disney’s “Aladdin 279. used to support the program, One Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Jr.” on Friday and Saturday May 11-12 Book, One Community; “Groveland Center, One Plum Island Turnpike, at 7 p.m., with 2 p.m. Sunday matinee Granite Gathers to Read.” Mr. Pallotta is the Newburyport. $42. Preregistration on May 13 at the Byfield Community Edging From author of Going Lobstering, one of is required. Call 978-462-9998 for Arts Center, 7 Central St., Byfield $ 99 the library’s community reads books. information about additional programs $15 for adults and $10 for children 3. L.F. Mr. Pallotta began writing books in and events, or visit the Web site at and seniors. To reserve tickets call the TTS box office at 978-463-3335 or 1986 and self-published his first book, www.massaudubon.org/joppaflats. 125 Newburyport Trnpke, Bird Ocean Alphabet. 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IT’S A SPRING THING Pine Grove’s Annual Ferry Beach Auction, an evening of food, wine and spirits with silent and live auctions. Don’t miss the fun. Saturday, May 12th 7pm to 10pm. Nicholson Hall, Newburyport. $20 per person. Tickets at the door or in advance at Sunburst Trading, Rte 1, Rowley and Mill River Winery, Rte 1, Rowley. SUNDAY, MAY 13th TODD FARM FLEA MARKET Outdoor Award-Winning Flea Market is open every Sunday from now through late November. 240 ea market vendors can be found on any given week at Todd Farm. Free Admission and Free Parking. It’s the perfect New England way to spend some leisurely weekend time. Sundays 5:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. BANDING STATION VISIT FOR BIRDERS Birders are invited to visit the Joppa Flats Bird Banding Station on the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge for an up-close look at data collection on migrating birds. Sunday, May 13, 8:00–11:00 am. Meet at Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center, One Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport. $20. Preregistration is required. Call 978-462-9998 for information about additional programs and events, or visit the Web site at www.massaudubon.org/joppaats. SUNDAY SCHOOL PLANT SALE Through our plant sale, the Growing Together Sunday School at the First Parish Church continues to support the care and feeding of rescued Katahdin sheep under the care of the New England Primate Sanctuary Farm and Humane Education Center located in West Newbury. The sale will be on Sunday May 13 after the

worship service in Holton Hall from 11 a.m. till 12:30 p.m. Proceeds from this fundraiser will go toward a sponsorship for the sheep. Donations raised beyond the cost of sponsorship will be given to support the church's education mission. To learn more about the Growing Together Sunday School, visit us on May 20, Children's Sunday. A special children's worship service is planned for 10 a.m. The church is located at 20 High Road, (Route 1A), Newbury. SAM LARDNER’S OCEANS ARE TALKING Oceans Are Talking! is a musical call-toaction recorded and performed by Sam Lardner to enlighten K-6 children and their families about the most critical issues facing the world’s oceans. These live concerts are powerful educational drivers to help families take action in protecting the oceans. Students will leave with big smiles on their faces, but also with some new understanding about the challenging, real-time, environmental issues that will shape so much of their future. This is a perfect Mother’s Day outing that the entire family will enjoy. This award-winning presentation is the recipient of the 2011 Parents’ Choice Award and will be at the Firehouse Center for the Arts (Market Square, Newburyport) on Sunday, May 13 at 3pm. Tickets are $9 for Members/ Students/Seniors, $11 for Adults; and may be purchased at the Box OďŹƒce (Wed-Sun, 12N-5P), by calling 978/462-7336, or online at www. firehouse.org . MONDAY, MAY 14th GARDEN CLUB MEETING The Sea Spray Garden Club will be holding its last meeting of the year on Monday, May 14th at 7 pm. This

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Community Announcements AMESBURY - St. James Episcopal Church, 120 Main Street Amesbury invites the public to the 10am service on Sunday, May 27 to celebrate The Day of Pentecost and join in coffee and cake in the celebration of the birthday of the Christian Church. Organist Matt Siess, vocal soloist Johanna Hoyt Kimball and trumpeter Dana Oakes will join together and present special music for this holy feast day. Wear red and come prepared to rejoice that we are filled with the Spirit of God! For more information please check our website at www. stjamesamesbury.org -----------------------------------------------------------AMESBURY - The Amesbury Chamber of Commerce & Industrial Foundation, in conjunction with the Small Business Association, will be hosting an SBA Advantage Workshop on Thursday, May 24th from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Chamber Office, 5 Market Square, Amesbury. This free workshop will help you gain a better understanding of the Small Business Administration programs and services available for prospective and current entrepreneurs in starting or expanding their businesses. General information will be provided on the following programs and services: SCORE (For the Life of Your Business, Small Business Development Centers, Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE), SBA For7(a) Loan Guaranty Program, Government Contract Opportunities. To register please call Lisa Gonzalez Welch, Sale SBA Economic Development Specialist at 617-565-5588 or email lisa.welch@sba.gov • -----------------------------------------------------------BYFIELD - Community Food Pantry located at the Community United Methodist Church in Byfield is partnering with the Newbury Council on Aging to collect food for the pantry that serves all those in Byfield and Newbury. The Church prepares a light meal on the Second and Fourth Thursday at 4:30 and invites you to come and then take home some needed groceries afterward. Collection containers • If you attend an event at the •Senior Center, consider bringing a will be at several locations throughout the Town and at the Senior Center. nonperishable food item or gift card from a local grocery store. Your support is a wonderful way to help your neighbor and the community. Contact the Church (978.255.0135) or the Council on Aging (978.462.8114) with questions. -----------------------------------------------------------BYFIELD - Vendors wanted! Byfield Days is having an outdoor Craft Festival on June 16 and is looking for crafters to sell and display their talents. Byfield Days is a two-day celebration of the village of Byfield, filled with activities for all ages. To request a space or find out more information please call the Byfield Community Arts Center at 978-463-3335. -----------------------------------------------------------GEORGETOWN - The Annual Meeting of the Byfield Cemetery Association will be held on Monday, May 21st at 7pm at the Byfield Parish Church, 132 Jackman St, Georgetown. -----------------------------------------------------------HAMPTON - The first of three historical walks of 2012 will take place Saturday May 19th 2012 at 1 pm with Betty Moore and Karen Raynes taking you down memory lane in Hampton. This new walk will be about the past & present business community in Hampton. We will tour seven businesses; look into the corners and walk the creaky floors of buildings that remains vibrant after 112 years. We will hear about some lingering ghosts, who bought what in the general store and check out a still busy tavern. Meet in the High Street parking lot at 2x4 1 pm. Reservations are requested by calling the Tuck Museum at 603-929-0781. A $10.00 per person fee insures future walks. Brochure of the walk is included. This is a great way to get to know your town. Sponsored by the Hampton Historical Society & the Tuck Museum. COLOR -----------------------------------------------------------$84 of our Summer exhibit "Ipswich IPSWICH - Save the Date! Wednesday, June 27, Noon Special Women's Luncheon! In celebration Women in the Arts" we are hosting a Special Women's Luncheon fundraiser. Award-winning floral designer Constance McCausland will be featured as she interprets art through flowers. Please plan to join us! Cost is $50 per person; your check will hold your spot. Call 978 356-2811 for more information. At 54 South Main Street, Ipswich, MA 01938

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To participate, please tell your server you are a friend or member of the Preservation Trust. Details on the Preservation Week events will be available at a table within the restaurant. “We’re always happy to assist with fundraising,” says Claude Elias, owner of Oregano Pizzeria. “Especially the Newburyport Preservation Trust. They’re doing good work ensuring our community is educated on preservation issues.” Newburyport celebrates and commemorates historic preservation and Newburyport's Waterfront during the sixth annual Newburyport Preservation Week, May 16 through May 20, 2012. Activities spanning five days will feature something for all ages and interests, including a walking tour and musket firing, expert panel discussion and rediscovered Newburyport’s wharves, the connection between the Newburyport Powder House, the waterfront and preparation for the War of 1812, historic photo slide shows and films, and the annual Historic Preservation Awards. Activities are open to the public and most are free. For more information, visit www. nbptpreservationtrust.org. WEDNESDAY EVENING BIRDING Join Sanctuary Director Bill Gette to look for springtime birds during the quiet part of the day. Wednesday, May 16, 5:30-7:30 pm. Meet at Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center, One Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport. $12. Preregistration is not required. Call 978-462-9998 for information about additional programs and events, or visit the Web site at www.massaudubon.org/joppaflats. COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD Rowley Grange will present its annual Community Service Award on May 16th at the Grange Hall, festivities start at 6:00 with a supper and dessert. The public is welcome. This is always a very special occasion, as the identity of that person is kept secret. After the supper the presentation will be held upstairs in the hall. There will also be other presentations and entertainment. Kim Goodhue, well known musician, will entertain for the rest of the evening. It will be a fun filled event, why not help celebrate? This is no charge to the public. Come on down and see what the Grange is all about – Family, Fun and Friendship. If you plan on attending PLEASE give them a call at 978-948-5508. Leave a message or call the hall at 978-948-7288.

WEDNESDAY EVENING LECTURE: TIDE POOLS OF PLUM ISLAND Joppa Flats Teacher-Naturalist Lisa Hutchings presents a narrated slide show on the wildlife of our local tide pools. Wednesday, May 16, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Meet at the Joppa Flats Education Center, One Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport. $4. Preregistration is not required. Call 978-462-9998 for information about dinner to closing on Wednesday, May additional programs and events, or visit 16th, 2012 Oregano’s will donate the Web site at www.massaudubon. 20% of their proceeds to the Trust. org/joppaflats.


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Middleton MAGGIE’S FARM http://maggiesfarmmiddleton.com 119 S Main St, 978-767-9519 Wed 5/9: Adam Payne, 7-10pm Ironic Music Calendar features local events North of Boston and Sun 5/13: Bluegrass Brunch w/Martin Salem along Coastal/Southern NH. For the full length & downloadable version England, brunch 10a-2p, music 12-2p THE BLACK LOBSTER @ of the IMC go to: www.ironic.it/imc-calendar. IMC is a production of STROMBERG'S COVE Newbury Ironic Music Booking Agency LLC: www.ironic.it. If your venue would http://blacklobster.net like to be included in this calendar please contact us at: info@ironic.it. PLUM ISLAND GRILLE 2 Bridge St., 978-744-1863 www.plumislandgrille.com THE DOG BAR MASSACHUSETTS Thu 5/10: Comedy Night 2 Sunset Blvd., 978-463-2290 www.dogbarcapeann.com Amesbury Sun 5/13: Live Jazz, 1-3pm 65 Main St., 978-281-6565 THE BARN PUB & GRILLE FINZ SEAFOOD & GRILL Wed 5/9: Karaoke, 9pm-cl www.thebarnpub.com www.hipfinz.com Newburyport Thu 5/10: Soul Rebel Project, 9pm-cl 5 Ring St, 978-388-8700 76 Wharf St., Pickering Wharf, 978DAVID’S TAVERN @ THE Fri 5/11: Longshot Allstar, 9pm-cl Wed 5/9: Seacoast Dart Association 744-8485 GARRISON INN Fri 5/11: Luck of the Draw dart tourn. Sat 5/12: Jeremy Lyons, Deb Hardy, www.davidstavern.com Thu 5/10: Max Sullivan, 8-11pm Tue 5/15: Northeast Dart Association T Maxx, 9-cl Fri 5/11: Larry & The Bluescasters, 11 Brown Sq., 978-462-8077 Sun 5/13: Michael O’leary & Friends 9pm-12am Thu 5/10: Tom Courtney, 7-10pm Celtic Session, 5:30-8:30pm; Ryan MILL 77 TRADING COMPANY Fri 5/11: Julie Dougherty, 8-11pm Alto, 9pm-cl www.mill77.com 77 Elm Street THE GREEN LAND CAFÉ Sun 5/13: Nicholas Warren, 12-3pm Mon 5/14: Ricky Diamond, 9pm-cl FIREHOUSE CENTER FOR THE www.thegreenlandcafe.com Tue 5/15: Open Mic w/Brian 87 Washington St., 978-744-7766 ARTS O’Conner, 9pm-cl MURPHY’S RIVERSIDE Thu 5/10: Julie Dougherty, 8-11pm www.firehouse.org Find them on Facebook Mon 5/14: Easy West Duo, 8-11pm Market Sq., 978-462-7336 GIUSEPPE'S RISTORANTE 37 Main St., 978-834-0020 Thu 5/10: Jozef Nadz Fusion System, www.giuseppesma.com Thu 5/10: Karaoke THE GULU GULU CAFÉ 8pm, $20-22 2 Main St., 978-879-4622 Tue 5/15: 2 for 1 Apps & Trivia www.gulu-gulu.com Sat 5/12: Earth Port Film Festival, Wed 5/9: Open Mic w/Brian King, Matinee 2pm, $5; Evening, 7pm, $7 247 Essex St., 978-740-8882 7:30-10:30pm Beverly Fri 5/11: Joe Thomas & Ricky Lauria, FIBBER McGEE'S 9pm-cl Find them on Facebook Sat 5/12: Joe Thomas, 9pm-cl 108 Cabot St., 978-232-0180 Sun 5/13: Ann & Tom O’Donnell, 6p Thu 5/10: DJ Fri 5/11: DJ Sat 5/12: Mother Ton, 9:30p-12:30a JALAPEÑOS MEXICAN REST. www.jalapenosgloucester.com MARINO’s CAFÉ ������������� ���������� �� 86 Main St., 978-283-8228 http://marinoscafe.net ������������������������������������� Tue 5/15: Th e Wood Peppers, 7-9pm 200 Rantoul St., 978-922-9288 In October, Jeff Cala & Mark McDonough purchased the former Thu 5/10: Team Trivia, 6:30pm, $5 Rock’s/Gaven’s/Daniel Fuller house. Inspired by all the farms in the area, and MINGLEWOOD TAVERN @ their love of counter-culture music, they decided to name it after Dylan’s Fri 5/11: Open Mic, 7pm LATITUDE 43 famous song. Their idea was to build a fun place for people in the tri-town area to hang out, eat great food, quaff craft beers on draft, listen to inspiring www.minglewoodtavern.com THE PICKLED ONION music and make the personal connections that make life worth living. 25 Rogers St., 978-281-0223 www.pickledonionbeverly.com Wed 5/9: Dennis Monagle Sessions, Live Acoustic Thursdays | 7-10pm: 355 Rantoul St., 978-232-3973 *5/9 | Adam Payne - http://adampayne.biz Thu 5/10: DJ Max Baun, 10pm-1am Dejas, 9pm 5/16 | Dan King & Friends - www.danielscottking.com Thu 5/10: DJ Vito, 9pm Fri 5/11: Tobin & Leahy, 5-9pm 5/23 | Slacker James – Find him on Facebook Fri 5/11: Blues Your Daddy, 9pm Mon 5/14: Stump Trivia, 5-10pm *5/30 | Elijah Clark - www.myspace.com/elijahclarkmusic1 Sat 5/12: Boatyard Resin, 9pm *Sunday Bluegrass Brunch | music 12-2pm: Danvers THE RHUMB LINE 5/13 | MARTIN ENGLAND - www.martinengland.com PONTE VECCHIO www.therhumbline.com 5/20 | DIGNEY FIGNUS - www.digney.com www.pontevecchiorestaurant.net 40 Railroad Ave, 978-283-9732 5/27 | DIGNEY FIGNUS - www.digney.com Rte. 1N, 435 Newbury St., Wed 5/9: Fly Amero, 8-11pm 978-777-9188 * music booked by: Ironic Music Booking Agency www.ironic.it Sat 5/12: Dave Macklin, 9p-12:30a Thu 5/10: Dave Sags Blues Party, Sun 5/13: Mothers Day Celebration 9:30pm-1:30am 119 S . Main St .| Middleton , MA| 978-539-8583 Fri 5/11: Ned & The Big Babies, http://maggiesfarmmiddleton.com 9:30pm-12:30am Essex �i�e� Maggie�s on �ace�oo� too� Sat 5/12: The Bandit Kings, 9:30pmTHE FARM BAR & GRILLE 12:30am www.farmbargrille.com Sun 5/13: Allen Estes & Orville Wed 5/9: Open Mic, 7:30pm, 12am THE GROG www.thegrog.com 233 Western Ave., 978-768-0000 Giddings, 8-11pm Thu 5/10: Rory Mcharg, 8-11pm 13 Middle St., 978-465-8008 Sun 5/13: Funday & Trivia w/Frankie Mon 5/14: Open Jam w/Dan King, Wed 5/9: Hoot Night w/Bob Kramer, Fri 5/11: Dan Blakeslee as Doctor Gas, 9:30pm-12:30am 8-11pm 8-11pm Georgetown Tue 5/15: Trivia, 7-9:30pm; Funk Thu 5/10: Maganahan’s Revival, 8pm- Sat 5/12: Black Dog Brother 8-11pm COACH'S ROCK POND PUB Jamm w/Henley Douglass Jr. & Soul 12:30am, $5 Tue 5/15: Movie Night http://rockpondpub.blogspot.com Force V, 10pm-12:30am Fri 5/11: Mamadou, 9:30p-12:15a, $5 206 W. Main St., 978-769-5128 Sat 5/12: Das Pintos, 9:30p-12:15a, $5 HOWLING WOLF TAQUERIA Fri 5/11: John Sage, 7-10pm Haverhill www.feedyourwolf.com Sun 5/13: Blues Party w/Big Jack Sat 5/12: Don’t Call Me Shirley, CHIT CHAT LOUNGE Ward, Joe Bargar, Amadee Castenell 76 Lafayette St., 978-744-9653 8:30-11:30pm www.chitchatlounge.com Thu 5/10: System Soul, 9pm-12am 7-11pm, $5 103 Washington St., 978-374-9710 Mon 5/14: Comedy Open Mic, Fri 5/11: The Dejas, 9pm-12am KEON'S @ THE BLACK SWAN Wed 5/9: Karaoke Sat 5/12: Noe Socha Trio, 9pm-12am 7:30-9:30pm COUNTRY CLUB Fri 5/11: Leaders Led Analog Heart Tue 5/15: Steven Spungin Sun 5/13: Steve Spungin, 6-8pm www.facebook.com/ Sat 5/12: Classical Vibe keonsblackswancountryclub Tue 5/15: Open Mic IN A PIG’S EYE inapigseye.com THE PORT TAVERN 258 Andover St., 978-352-2900 148 Derby St., 978-741-4436 www.theporttavern.com Wed 5/9: Trivia, 7-9pm, $2 off all MAL’S LOUNGE @ GEORGE’S Wed 5/9: Coffee House w/Julie 84 State St., 978-465-1006 menu items & gift certificate giveaways RESTAURANT Wed 5/9: Irish Seisuin w/Eamon Coyne Dougherty, 9-11:30pm www.malslounge.com Thu 5/10: Vanilla Manvelope, 9-11:30p Tue 5/15: Stump Trivia, 8-10pm Gloucester 77 Washington St., 978-374-5150 Fri 5/11: Blues Jam, 4:15-6:45pm ALCHEMY CAFÉ & BISTRO Thu 5/10: Downtown Charlie, 8p-12a TEN CENTER STREET Sat 5/12: Erinn Brown w/ Eric www.alchemybistro.com Fri 5/11: Roy Barboza Reardon, 9-11:30pm www.tencenterstreet.com 3 Duncan St., 978-281-3997 Sun 5/13: Ervin Dhimo Trio, 7-10pm 10 Center St., 978-462-6652 Wed 5/9: Women, Wine & Chocolate THE PEDDLER’S DAUGHTER Wed 5/9: Phil McGowan Jazz Quartet, Mon 5/14: Open Mic w/Domenic, w/Chelsea Berry, 7-9pm www.thepeddlersdaughter.com 9-11:30pm 7-10pm Sun 5/13: Bluegrass Brunch w/Flynn 45 Wingate St., 978-372-9555 Cohen, 12-2pm Thu 5/10: 80’s Night THE LOBSTER SHANTY Rockport Sat 5/12: Foggy Duo, 9:30pm OLD SLOOP COFFEEHOUSE @ www.lobstershantysalem.com CAPE ANN BREWING CO. THE FIRST CONGREGATIONAL 25 Front St., 978-745-5449 www.capeannbrewing.com Marblehead Fri 5/11: Vein, 8-11pm CHURCH OF ROCKPORT 27 Commercial St., 978-281-4782 HUNGRY BETTY’s BAR & GRILLE www.rockportucc.org/ Sat 5/12: Clay Venture & The Bong Wed 5/9: Trivia Night, 7:30pm 161 Pleasant St., 781-990-3165 Girls oldsloopcoffeehouse.htm Thu 5/10: Open Mic Night, 9pm Fri 5/11: Karaoke Monday: Stump Pub Trivia, 7:30pm 12 School St., 978-546-3551 Fri 5/11: Dan & Kings, 9-11:30pm Fri 5/11: Cape Ann Shakespeare Sat 5/12: The Loudmouth Soup Band, ME & THEE COFFEEHOUSE O'NEILL'S PUB Troupe presents Enter The Clown, 9-11:30-pm www.meandthee.org www.oneillsofsalem.com 7:30pm $5-$12 Sun 5/13: Sasquach, 5-6pm 28 Mugford St., 781-631-8987 120 Washington St., 978-740-8811 ROCKPORT MUSIC @ THE

Wed 5/9: Sports Trivia, 5-10pm Thu 5/10: DJ Sap, 11pm-12:30am Fri 5/11: Irish Music, 6-9pm; DJ Sap, 10pm-12:30am Sat 5/12: Irish Music, 6-9pm Tue 5/15: Trivia, 8-10pm

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Portsmouth THE BLUE MERMAID www.bluemermaid.com PEM | PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM 409 The Hill, 603-427-2583 www.pem.org Wed 5/9: Open Mic, 8:30pm 161 Essex St., East India Sq., Fri 5/11: The Shorts, $5 978-745-9500 Sat 5/12: Acheson Grown, $5 Wed 5/9: PEM Pals, 10:30am Mon 5/14: Trivia, 7-9pm Fri 5/11: Salem Award, 7:30pm Sat 5/12: Art 360, 9:30am-11:30am PORTSMOUTH GASLIGHT CO. www.portsmouthgaslight.com ROCKAFELLAS 64 Market St., 603-430-9122 www.rockafellasofsalem.com Thu 5/10: Pub Trivia, 8pm 231 Essex St, 978-745-2411 Fri 5/11: Eddy’s Shoe, 7pm; DJ Koko Wed 5/9: Latin Dance Party, 8-11:30p 9pm; Brian Johnson Duo, 9:30pm; Fri 5/11: Spike The Punch Jimmy D, 10pm Sat 5/12: Midnight Goggles Sat 5/12: Superfrog 7pm; DJ Koko, 9pm; Steve Tolley 9:30pm; Keith SCRATCH KITCHEN Henderson, 10pm www.scratchkitchensalem.com 245 Derby St., 978-741-2442 THE PRESS ROOM Thu 5/10: Open Mic, 6-9pm www.pressroomnh.com 77 Daniel St., 603-431-5186 VICTORIA STATION/ Wed 5/9: Tom Kennedy, 9pm VIC’s BOATHOUSE Thu 5/10: Tim Webb Combo, 9pm www.victoriastationsalem.com Fri 5/11: Mama’s Boomshack, $8 86 Wharf St., 978-745-3400 Sat 5/12: Jazz Lunch w/Larry Garland, Wed 5/9: Karaoke w/ Bobby V, 1pm; Dan Walker Band, 9pm, $5 9pm-12am Sun 5/13: Jazz Grill w/Nick Grondin Thu 5/10: Open Mic w/ Nick Quintet, 6-9pm, $10 Consone 9pm-12am Mon 5/14: Jazz Grill w/Jose Duque’s ReLoad Salisbury Tue 5/15: Larry Garland Jazz Jam, 5:30p BLUE OCEAN MUSIC HALL www.blueoceanhall.com THE RED DOOR 4 Oceanfront North, 978-463-9222 www.reddoorportsmouth.com Thu 5/10: Line Dancing 6:30-7:30pm; 107 State St., 603-373-6827 The Dan Morgan Band, 7:30pm, $7 Wed 5/9: Evaredy Sat 5/12: Comedian Bob Marley, 6pm Thu 5/10: Comedy w/ Adam Cozens, & 9pm, $25; Beach Blanket Drive-in Jonathan Frazer Lessard Party, 8pm, $15 Fri 5/11: D-Lux & Wheels Sat 5/12: Mike Swells CAPRI SEASIDE ITALIAN GRILL Sun 5/13: Green Lion Crew www.capriseaside.com Mon 5/14: Tokyo Rosenthal, Kristen 3 Central Ave., 978-462-7543 Mario, Dave Hannon Thu 5/10: Trivia, 8pm RÍRÁ IRISH PUB CAROUSEL LOUNGE www.rira.com/rira/portsmouth.html www.carousel-lounge.com 22-26 Market St., 603-319-1680 20 Oceanfront, 978-465-9045 Wed 5/9: Open Mic, 9pm Sat 5/12: King Karaoke, 8:30pm Fri 5/11: Gnarlemagne, 10pm Sun 5/13: Rob Benton, 9pm HOBO'S CAFÈ & LOUNGE Mon 5/14: Oran Mor, 7pm www.chefhowieshobocafe.com Tue 5/15: Quiz w/Murph & Little 5 Broadway, 978-465-4626 Murph, 8pm Wed 5/9: Karaoke & Dance, 6pm Fri 5/11: Pride Idol, 8-10pm, 8:30pm RUDI’S PORTSMOUTH Sat 5/12: Karaoke & Dance Party www.rudisportsmouth.com w//DJ Chuck, 8:30pm 20 High St., 603-430-7834 Sun 5/13: Dance, Karaoke & Dance Wed 5/9: Dimitri, 6pm w//DJ Chris Michaels, 3pm Thu 5/10: Zach Lange & Guest, 6pm Mon 5/14: Karaoke & Dance, 6pm Fri 5/11: Nick Mainella, 6pm Sat 5/12: The Duke Trio, 6pm NEW HAMPSHIRE Sun 5/13: Jazz Brunch w/Mike Exeter Effenberger, 12-3pm SHOOTERS PUB @ EXETER BOWLING LANES SPRING HILL TAVERN @ THE www.shooterssportspub.com DOLPHIN STRIKER 6 Columbus Ave., 603-772-3856 www.dolphinstriker.com Thu 5/10: Poker, 7pm 15 Bow St., 603-431-5222 Sat 5/12: Open Mic, 9pm Wed 5/9: Tom Yoder, 9pm-12am Mon 5/14: Music & Pop Culture Thu 5/10: Tom Theriault & Jamie Trivia, 7pm DeCato, 9pm-12:30am

Seabrook HONEY POT BAR & LOUNGE www.thehoneypotbarandlounge.net 920 Lafayette Rd., 603-760-2013 Wed 5/9: Karaoke w/The Wiz & Dee Fri 5/11: Jam’n 94.5’s DJ Hustle Simmons Newmarket Sun 5/13: DJ Smilez STONE CHURCH ON ZION HILL Tue 5/15: DJ Dritch, DJ Toby Blind, www.stonechurchrocks.com 21+ no cover, under 21 $2 5 Granite St., 603-292-3546 Wed 5/9: Trivia Night, 7-9pm; Celtic PRIME TIME SPORTS BAR & GRILL Jam 9pm www.facebook.com/primetimeseabrook Thu 5/10: Resident DJ Skyline, $5, 21+ 620 Lafayette Rd., 603-760-7230 Fri 5/11: Spiritual Rez, 9pm, $10-$12, 21+ Wed 5/9: Team Trivia, 8pm Sat 5/12: The Brew, 9pm, $15, 21+ Thu 5/10: Karaoke & Ladies Night, 9p Sun 5/13: Open Mic w/Dave Ogden, Fri 5/11: Classic Invasion, 9pm WALLY’s PUB wallyspubnh.com 144 Ashworth Ave., 603-926-6954 Thu 5/10: D.R.I & Candy Striper, Death Orgy, 6pm Fri 5/11: Fear Factory, $25


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-----------------------------------------------------------IPSWICH - 3rd Annual Our Lady of Hope Parish One Pineswamp Road, Ipswich Plant Sale. On Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to Noon, Our Lady of Hope Parish, will hold a plant sale offering a variety of annuals and perennials. Please call the rectory 978-356-3944 for more information. All proceeds will go to Our Lady of Hope's Youth Programs and Events. -----------------------------------------------------------NEWBURY - Newbury – Raffle and Yard Sale; Help send the 5th & 6th</sup> grade Destination Imagination (DI) “Got Heart” team from NES to the Global Finals tournament in Knoxville, TN at the end of May. Team members will be at the Triton yard sale on Newbury’s Upper Green on Saturday, May 12th (rain date May 19th). They will also be volunteering and selling raffle tickets at the Family Fun at the • whale watch tickets. Check out the teams’ Farm day on May 20th at Spencer Pierce Little Farm. Prizes include Red Sox, harbor cruise and Opens at 5 p.m. website at neshasheart.com. Email newburydi65@gmail.com to donate to the trip. Bar Menu & Fine Dining -----------------------------------------------------------Childcare Available NEWBURY - The Town of Newbury is accepting bids for Library Maintenance Service, Police Department Maintenance Services and • • Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays Town Hall Maintenance Services. Details with regard to the requirements for each of the facility locations are available at the Town Hall. Bids should be submitted to the Facilities Manager, Sam Joslin by Thursday, May 31, 2012 by 4:00 p.m. Bids will be accepted for one, two Located at the Garrison Inn or all three maintenance services bundled. Please direct any questions to (978) 465-0862 X309 or buildinspect@townofnewbury.com. 11 Brown Square, Newburyport -----------------------------------------------------------NEWBURYPORT - The Newburyport Preservation Trust announces a fundraising event at Oregano Pizzeria and Restaurant located at 16 Pleasant Street, Newburyport, MA. From lunch to dinner to closing on Wednesday, May 16th, 2012 Oregano’s will donate 20% of their proceeds to the Trust. To participate, please tell your server you are a friend or member of the Preservation Trust. Details on the Preservation Week events will be available at a table within the restaurant. “We’re always happy to assist with fundraising,��� says Claude Elias, owner of Oregano Pizzeria. “Especially the Newburyport Preservation Trust. They’re doing good work ensuring our community is educated on preservation issues.” Newburyport celebrates and commemorates historic preservation and Newburyport's Waterfront during the sixth annual Newburyport Preservation Week, May 16 through May 20, 2012. Activities spanning five days will feature something for all ages and interests, including a walking tour and musket firing, expert panel discussion and rediscovered Newburyport’s wharves, the connection between the Newburyport Powder House, the waterfront and preparation for the War of 1812, historic photo slide shows and Every Sunday 5 AM to 3 PM! films, and the annual Historic Preservation Awards. Activities are open to the public and most are free. For more information, visit www. nbptpreservationtrust.org. Featuring up to 240 Vendors -----------------------------------------------------------from all over New England & NY 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 28, 2012 at 2 p.m Footsteps of Heroes: Civil Better Homes & Gardens stated, “One of the 30 best in the country.” War Walking Tour of Newburyport. The 90 minutes walking tour features sites and stories of Newburyport’s Civil War history including For more info call: 978-948-3300 or 603-926-8163 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 283 Main Street, Rowley, MA. 01969 - On Historic Rte. 1A NorthShore 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@gmail.com or go to the web site: www.footstepsofheroes.com -----------------------------------------------------------ROWLEY - Spring is in full swing and so are the plans for the GMGC’s annual Memorial Day weekend plant sale, to be held Saturday, May Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet Mother’s Day Brunch Over a dozen items to choose from …Buffet Only $8.99 26th @ 8:30am-1pm at the Rowley Market Basket Plaza at the Rte 133 Entrance. Come explore our unique specialty sun and woodland And FUN-Raiser Mimosas and Well Bloody Marys … Only $4.00! And FUN-Raiser plant offerings that are not typically found at plant sales. Additionally, there will be a large assortment of vibrant flowering annuals for potting, hardy perennials that will return year after year, flowering shrubs, vegetable plants, strawberry pots, and more at fantastic prices. A portion of sales to benefit The forfrom Breast OverAvon a dozen Walk items to choose … OnlyCancer $8.99 Organic herbal hand creams will be featured for the first time, which are perfect for gardener’s hands after a long day working in the soil. (Team Charlie’s Angels) Mimosas and Well Bloody Marys … Only $4.00! Landscape and garden specialists will be on hand to help with your selections and answer questions. The GMGC Memorial Weekend Sunday, May 13, 2012 ~ 8:30am to 2pm A portion of sales to benefit The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer plant sale is perfectly timed with the Farmer’s Almanac recommendations for optimal planting to avoid cold nights and surprise frosts while taking advantage of warmer soil temperatures to help ensure your plants get off to a healthy start. Purchasing your plants from the Great (Team Charlie’s Angels) ALL YOU CAN EAT! Marsh Garden Club of Rowley is a great way to support your local community. GMGC is non-profit. All proceeds are used to fund civic Over aCAN dozenEAT! items to choose fromMay … 13, Only Sunday, 2012 ~$8.99 8:30am to 2pm ALL YOU Café & Lounge and Well Bloody Marys … Only $4.00! beautification projects and provide community horticulture education programs. Did you know that the proceeds from past GMGC’s plant Over a dozenMimosas items to choose from … Only $8.99 A portion of sales to benefit The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Broadway,…Salisbury Beach 978.465.4626 sales have been used to refurbish the Veteran’s Star Garden located in the Rowley Town Cemetery? Each year the garden club purchases and Mimosas5 and Well Bloody Marys(Team Only $4.00! Charlie’s Angels) plants new annual flowers in the Veteran’s Star Garden and around the Town Common Gazebo for our community to enjoy during the A portion of sales to benefitSunday, The Avon Walk for Breast May 13, Cancer 2012 ~ 8:30am 2pm Caféto& Lounge (Team Charlie’s Angels) town’s annual Memorial Day ceremony and throughout the summer months. GMGC is interested in plant donations from community 5 Broadway, Salisbury Beach 978.465.4626 Sunday, May 13, 2012 ~ 8:30am toCafé 2pm & Lounge members. If you have plants to share or need help dividing, please call Laurie at 978-270-0658. 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Donations in Pat’s name can be sent to RPEF. ‘Friends of Pat’ Art Show will be on display. Light refreshments will be served. -----------------------------------------------------------ROWLEY – Rowley Grange will present its annual Community Service Award on May 16th at the Grange Hall, festivities start at 6:00 with a supper and dessert. The public is welcome. This is always a very special occasion, as the identity of that person is kept secret. After the supper the presentation will be held upstairs in the hall. There will also be other presentations and entertainment. Kim Goodhue, well known musician, will entertain for the rest of the evening. It will be a fun filled event, why not help celebrate? This is no charge to the public. Come on down and see what the Grange is all about – Family, Fun and Friendship. If you plan on attending PLEASE give them a call at 978-948-5508. 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units with features to enhance water quality. The FDA has recently cleared a number of new products to improve water quality and time is needed to evaluate their effectiveness. That's why the ADA is continuing its leadership in education and research in this area. The ADA strongly urges manufacturers to submit their devices for dental unit waterline use to the ADA Seal of Acceptance Program for scientific evaluation, which allows dentists to choose products with even greater confidence. The product I currently use is specially formulated to be continuously present in the dental water lines and keeps lines clean. An effervescing tablet is added to a self -contained water bottle each time it is refilled. Achieving clean water can really be that easy. Does the ADA oppose government regulations on this issue--even if legislators adopt the ADA's own goal? Yes. The ADA favors a voluntary goal and strongly opposes any effort to turn a scientific goal into a legal dictate. The dental profession has an excellent, proactive record on this and other safety issues. In fact, the dental profession has led the way when it comes to improving water quality. Because of the ADA statement

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Activity from buyers has certainly picked up these past few weeks here so I haven’t had much of a chance to think about an article. I have had a number of first time buyers and sellers the last two weeks and it got me thinking. I suppose it is true with any service occupation but in real estate it is easy to put people into categories; first time buyer, first time seller, empty nester, downsizing, upsizing, etc. An easy thing to do and a mistake is to put people into these categories without getting to know their situation fully. For example, I have sellers who are in their late 60’s and have never sold before. It would have been easy to assume that they know the sales stages and what they mean. They don’t. They are selling for the first time, having lived in the house for over 30 years. On the other side I met a buyer who wanted to purchase a condo. He too was in his late 60’s. Easy to assume he knows how the process works right? Wrong, he had never purchased a home before having spent much of his time in the military. Therefore I thought it would be a good idea to write about the whole buying and selling process step by step. 1. Meeting of the Minds: A buyer will submit an offer to a seller or to his/her REALTOR®. This offer will have a life span, typically at least 24 hours, sometimes longer. The offer should always be done in writing to protect both buyer and seller. It also must be accompanied by an initial deposit. Additional documents that are usually included with the offer are a Lead Paint form for houses built before 1978, agency disclosure stating if the REALTOR® is working for the seller, buyer or as a dual agent, and a pre-approval letter from the buyer’s bank or mortgage lender. Not only are the financial terms outlined in the offer but dates that need to be met are spelled out as well. If the offer is acceptable we go to #2. If not, the seller may submit a counter offer changing the price and/or terms. It is important to note that if the seller does not sign the initial offer in the specified time, the offer expires and is no longer valid. Also, if the seller submits a counter offer, the original offer is null and void. Assuming the parties come together then we go on to #2.

2. Inspections: A buyer typically asks in the offer for a period (7-10 days) to do a home inspection on the property they are buying. The inspection of the house is done over a span of 2-4 hours and covers or uncovers problems that may not be visible to the naked eye. The buyer may also choose to have a test for radon gas done (your home inspector can do this for an additional charge) or bring in specialists to test for lead paint, or the evidence of insects (carpenter ants, termites, etc.). If the buyer is not satisfied and doesn’t feel anything can be done to rectify the problem, they can withdraw and receive their initial deposit back. If the buyer is satisfied with the results of the inspection we move on to #3. 3. P&S: The seller and their REALTOR® or attorney will put together a purchase and sale document outlining the terms that were agreed upon by both parties. This document is given to both buyer and seller and they can choose to have an attorney look it over and make changes to protect their interests. Once this is done the buyer will sign by the due date outline in the initial offer and submit it to the seller or their representative with a second deposit. The initial deposit along with this one is placed in an escrow account. They are often called “good faith” deposits designed to show that the buyer is going to keep up his/her end of the bargain as the seller is, in essence, taking the property off the market and preventing other buyers from purchase. If the buyers decide to withdraw after a certain time they may not be entitled to receive their deposits back. 4. Financing: Once a buyer comes under agreement, he/she starts the process from pre-approved for a mortgage to getting approved for a mortgage. You will need to meet with the mortgage or bank representative you have chosen and provide him/her with the documentation they require (typically pay stubs/W-2 or a tax return and bank account info among other items). This has become more cumbersome in recent years. Cumbersome does not mean impossible, far from it, if you have a good job, good credit and even a small down payment you can qualify for a mortgage.

5. Appraisal: The bank or mortgage company will send out an appraiser to evaluate the value of the home you are purchasing. This is done simply to ensure to the lending institution that the mortgage they are providing has adequate collateral. 6. Passing: Buyer and seller meet and sign papers, exchanging ownership of the property. Simple right? This is only a baseline as there is a lot more that can come up during the process and usually does, but hopefully this gives you an outline of the home buying process. 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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