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July 4, 2013

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More fun on the Fourth at state park

An Andover performer is lending his voice to an “Old-Fashioned Fourth of July” celebration on Thursday at Lawrence Heritage State Park, 1 Jackson St. Twelve-year-old patriotic singer Joey Grieve will supply the musical entertainment for the event, which starts at 11 a.m. Grieve is the 2011 and 2012 Massachusetts Country Music Award Association Junior Entertainer of the Year.

Morning festivities will also include children’s games, entertainment by Spunky the Clown and face-painting. At noon, there will be a flag-raising ceremony, singing of the national anthem, brief oration by Massachusetts 5th District Governor’s Councilor Eileen Duff, a short parade around the park and a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Festivities will conclude with a luncheon and free raffles.

Andover resident Richard Padova is organizing the event. A geography professor at Northern Essex Community College, Padova is a tour guide in the summer for Lawrence Heritage. Call him at 978-794-1655 for additional information.

Beach book news

New books by two Andover authors offer beach read potential.

First up is “The Reach” by Andrea Clark of River Street. Set in an art gallery in Maine, it follows the lives of the four women who operate the gallery. Long-hidden secrets emerge as an unexpected crisis unfolds, according to a press release.

For the younger set, Andover High School alumnus K. S. Brooks’ newest Mr. Pish book has hit the No. 1 spot on Amazon.com’s Hot New Releases list for elementary school books and children’s nonfiction animal books, according to her publicist, Emily Magnum. “Mr. Pish Goes to the Farm,” now available in paperback and eBook editions, features full-color photographs designed to entertain and teach children about where their food comes from. Farms throughout the U.S. are featured in the book, Magnum said.

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