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Sweet Paws dog walk and fundraiser

A dog walk and fundraiser for Sweet Paws Rescue will take place at Mill Pond in West Newbury Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join Sweet Paws Rescue and a team of volunteers for a day of dog walking, contests, music and refreshments, and dogs looking for their forever homes. Contributors include: New England Coffee; JoAnn Goldsmith, owner of Paws Pet Boutique in Amesbury; music by DJ Roman of North Reading; Wendy Willis of Willis and Smith with Keller Williams Realty, and Brenda Bradley, owner of Excentrique in West Newbury. For more information about this event, email or visit online at

Help through college maze on Oct. 16

Just in time for that often-daunting college application season, Jim Obernesser, a college admissions consultant and founder of “Your Way To College,” visits the GAR Memorial Library to discuss the challenges of today’s college admissions process for students and their families. “Finding Your Way Through the College Maze” will be presented on Thursday, Oct. 16, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the library. Obernesser will review a wide range of topics, such as how and why to look past college rankings and ratings; what selective colleges look for in a candidate; locating the best financial opportunities; and how to avoid traps, deal with misconceptions and minimize stress. There will also be plenty time of time for questions.

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