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March 20, 2013

Snow day spells delay for school budget hearing


Residents are also being encouraged to help friends or neighbors who aren’t able to clear their sidewalks on their own, whether because of old age, disability or some other reason.

“As far as enforcement, if folks intentionally block the sidewalks, like a lot of people have contractors who will plow their driveways and stack it all up into the sidewalks where it’s too much to shovel, we’ll knock on doors there,” Kezer said. “Those are the kind of cases where we do enforcement when it’s significant, but for the most part, we want to educate residents so they can keep up with their sidewalks.”

Kezer added that sidewalks are a problem during every snowstorm and he hopes residents do their part by staying on top of it going forward.


The Amesbury Relay for Life will kick off its new season with an ice cream social tonight from 6 to 8 in the Amesbury High School cafeteria. The event will include entertainment, prizes and ice cream.

Organizers are encouraging relay teams to start forming soon so fundraising can begin. Teams can represent businesses, civic groups, public agencies, families or friends.

The 2013 Amesbury Relay for Life will be held at Landry Stadium on Aug. 17-18. This will be the 11th annual Relay in Amesbury; the previous 10 have raised a total of $820,000. More information can be found at


One last thing: I’m a huge fan of AMC’s hit series “The Walking Dead,” and of zombies in general, so I don’t think I need to explain why I got a kick out of the news that Amesbury Middle School’s upcoming play will be a production of “Pom Pom Zombies.”

Just listen to the description: The play takes place in the 1960s and, according to teacher Gale Regis, revolves around a summer vacation gone horribly wrong after a local high school’s lead cheerleader accidentally gets some nuclear slime on her hot dog.

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