Ron Wallace celebrated after winning the Giant Pumpkin Contest with his 2,009-pound entry, which set a world record in 2012.

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Ron Wallace celebrated after winning the Giant Pumpkin Contest with his 2,009-pound entry, which set a world record in 2012.

Topsfield Fair gets set to again be an American classic

It runs Sept. 30 through Oct. 10, and 500,000 people are expected at this classic agricultural fair, which bills itself as America’s oldest. By James Sullivan

THE ARGUMENT

Should Chelsea voters approve adoption of the Community Preservation Act?

Read two views, then vote in our poll.

BUSINESS PLAN

Tapping into the spirit of Salem

A three-hour trolley ride includes historic information, behind-the-scenes tours, and tastings at local breweries.

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THE ARGUMENT

Should Chelsea voters approve adoption of the Community Preservation Act?

Read two views, then vote in our poll.

Topsfield Fair headliners through the years

Some of the most well-known entertainers who have appeared since 1986.

UP CLOSE

She teaches happiness is a state of mind

“You can alter your life by altering your attitude. It’s not what happened to you, but how you think about it and react to it.”

Lawrence

Lawrence Cultural Council seeks grant proposals

The council will distribute about $63,500 for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs.

HIGH SCHOOL CROSS-COUNTRY

Marcelo Rocha keeps family tradition running in Peabody

He’s determined to win a state cross-country title, and has the pedigree to go the distance.

Topsfield Fair gets set to again be an American classic

It runs Sept. 30 through Oct. 10, and 500,000 people are expected at this classic agricultural fair, which bills itself as America’s oldest.

Globe North reader commentary

Readers react to Globe North stories on the Jewish High Holidays, cats and dogs, Haverhill’s school building project, and the sale of the former Item building in Lynn.

BRION O’CONNOR | ON THE MOVE

Launching now: prime paddling season

A survey of some of the best Boston-area waterways for canoeing and kayaking.

BUSINESS PLAN

Tapping into the spirit of Salem

A three-hour trolley ride includes historic information, behind-the-scenes tours, and tastings at local breweries.

She teaches happiness is a state of mind

“You can alter your life by altering your attitude. It’s not what happened to you, but how you think about it and react to it.”

The Informer

Openings, closings, events, and more north of Boston

The Seacoast Science Center and Newburyport Whale Watch are holding their second annual Save the Seals River Cruise on Friday, Sept. 30.

LOCAL FARE

An ooh la la experience in Lynnfield

You wouldn’t think outside dining in a mall could feel romantic, but here it does, with clever arrangements of tables.

Blotter tales

the blotter tales

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A raccoon walks into a fire station, a man finds his car covered in chocolate syrup, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

Cartoon Caption Contest

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Submit your own caption, along with your name, hometown and phone number, by e-mailing cartooncaption@globe.com

On The Move

BRION O’CONNOR | ON THE MOVE

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/09/18/BostonGlobe.com/Regional/Images/wiggs_Canoe_702342.jpg Launching now: prime paddling season

A survey of some of the best Boston-area waterways for canoeing and kayaking.

Globe North Community News

Lawrence

Lawrence Cultural Council seeks grant proposals

The council will distribute about $63,500 for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs.

Peabody

Parade marks Peabody turning 100

More than 30 bands and over 40 floats will be on the 2-mile route next Sunday, Oct. 2.

Melrose

State education official to speak in Melrose

Mitchell Chester, the commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, will address standardized testing, special education, charter schools, and state aid to schools.

Interactive Graphic

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See the number of concussions reported by area high schools with a sortable table.