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September 9, 2013

Out of this world

Peabody International Festival makes a hit

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“Most of the people who come up don’t even know we have a girls hockey team,” Jonalyn Carpenter said.

The girls rectified that, noted Emilia Higinbotham and Jillian McCormick.

“And we’ve been selling a lot,” Higinbotham said.

A trio of Hannaford Supermarket employees sold snacks under an awning near City Hall for Mike’s Wish, a charity named in honor of Mike Visone of Peabody, who died in 2008 of Huntington’s Disease. Funds go to efforts to find a cure.

“He used to work with us,” Alexandra Snowe said. “And he passed away at 23.” In his memory, the Hannaford team collected $300 by early afternoon.

“It’s been a great day,” said Catie Chapman, as some foods were sold out.

“It’s a great turnout,” City Clerk Tim Spanos said as he offered International Festival sweaters at a nearby booth. Looking at all the happy the faces he concluded, “Everything’s great.”

The International Festival was scheduled to begin on Friday with the We Are America Performers at City Hall. The annual International Road Race for Progeria Research was open to anyone on Saturday, and Restaurant Week, featuring discounts and unique menus, will continue to be celebrated from Sept. 8 to 12 and 19 to 22.

Staff writer Alan Burke can be reached at aburke@salemnews.com.

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