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Greetings from Yellowstone

Posted: Friday, September 12, 2014 1:25 am

By Terry Date

COURTESY PHOTO Jerver Abrego poses at the volcanic hot springs in Yellowstone. The 24-year-old program coordinator for Groundwork Lawrence cleared trails and painted picnic tables at the national park. He will use what he learned on the trip to lead a cleanup of the Spicket River Saturday.

'Created Equal' forum to be held at Everett Mill

By Terry Date

LAWRENCE — Created equal: the topic endures.

Expressed in our Declaration of Independence, resonating through the abolition of slavery in the 19th century and civil rights battles of the 20th century, it echoes to the present.

It will be a springboard for conversation at a film-and-talk session on Sept. 11, presented by Mass Humanities and the Lawrence History Center.

"Created Equal: Conversations on the American Social Contract" comes to the Everett Mill, sixth floor, from 6-10 p.m.

Gateway goes green

Posted: Saturday, July 26, 2014 4:05 pm | Updated: 12:53 pm, Fri Aug 29, 2014.

By Keith Eddings

RYAN HUTTON/ Staff photo

LAWRENCE – It began as a dense, churning beehive of mills that employed thousands and produced paper, plastics, clothing and more for longer than a century, then declined into a crumbling, contaminated relic of the city's – and the nation's – faded industrial might.

Forgotten railbed would be remade for bikers and hikers

Posted: Monday, July 21, 2014 12:05 am

By Keith Eddings

CARL RUSSO/Staff photo

LAWRENCE — Under the weeds and litter and the rusted rail that runs from the Merrimack River to the Methuen line, Mayor Daniel Rivera sees an engine of growth like the one that brought people and goods to the city along the rail line for 145 years.

Holy Family Hospital opens farmer's market

Posted: Saturday, July 12, 2014 11:42 pm. By Lauren DiTullio

AMY SWEENEY/Staff photo - The Eagle-Tribune

METHUEN — Karen Kennedy, director of Mission and Community Partnerships for Holy Family Hospital, can’t say for sure that the hospital’s new farmers market is Methuen’s first.

Regardless, she’s doing everything in her power to make sure it’s the best.

S.A.L.S.A. health and fitness festival set for Saturday

Posted: Thursday, June 5, 2014 12:05 am

The Eagle-Tribune

LAWRENCE — Pemberton Park will be the site of the first S.A.L.S.A. Festival on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

S.A.L.S.A.—which stands for Supporting Active LifeStyles for All—will offer games, kite making and flying, a bike clinic and safety, BMX demos, trolley rides, volleyball, Zumba, an obstacle course, sack races, healthy snacks, door prizes, and more.

Six Mass. Nonprofits Get $122K for Urban Farming Initiatives

March 18, 2014 — Six nonprofits across Massachusetts recently were awarded $122,623 in state grants for urban farm pilot projects, one of the nation’s first state-funded urban farming initiatives aimed at helping more cities growth their own food.

The Urban Agricultural Program grants, administered by the Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR), is designed to build community partnerships, increase access to fresh, nutritious food for urban residents at risk for diet-related chronic diseases, and promote viable farming methods and local initiatives that other cities can replicate.