Dinner out Friday? Prepare for some caroling

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Lawrence is loading up its sleigh for another charity run this year. Forty "Santas" and "elves," many from Andover, will load into a sleigh bus for a night of fun, music and fundraising. On Friday, Dec. 14, they will stop at bars and restaurants in the area, caroling and raising money to make the holiday season better for kids.

One hundred percent of the net proceeds go directly to the Teen Achiever Program at the Lawrence Branch of the YMCA, according to organizers. For more information, contact Jeffrey Shank at 978-691-5005.

Girl performs lead in 'Heidi'

Katherine and Caroline Hall, a third- and a first-grader at Bancroft Elementary School, respectively, performed in "Heidi" at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburport last weekend.

Katherine landed the lead role: Heidi.

It was Caroline's debut on the stage, as a member of the chorus.

Katherine has performed in Newburyport before, as the lead in "The Littlest Angel" and also in "Dreaming Awake."

IF needed: file photo of CVS: jchvtx77

Doubling up: Pharmacy's expansion underway

CVS drug store and pharmacy at 68 Main St. has started construction to expand into the vacant office space next door. Crews began gutting the former Sovereign Bank office, vacant for nearly three years after the branch moved across the street, the last week of November.

A Dumpster has been placed in the parking lot behind the store and construction crews have been busy filling it with lumber and other construction debris.

The Andover CVS store is roughly 66,000 square feet. The expansion, slated to be completed in May 2008, will double its size, said Mike DeAngelis, spokesperson for the Woonsocket, R.I.-based retail chain.

The Andover CVS was originally built in 1991 and last remodeled in 2003, said DeAngelis. Customers will not see any major changes inside the store until February, when the wall separating the old and new spaces will be ripped down. The store has no plans to close at any point during the renovation, said DeAngelis.

Changes that are ahead for the Andover CVS include a digital photo cafe, where customers can sit down at a private kiosk to work on digital photos.

Outside the store, CVS plans to add benches, planters and wrought-iron windows.

| Bethany Bray

Andover man back on local Internet station

Phil "The Voice" Christie of Andover is returning to WHAV, now whav.net, an Internet and cable TV station that will move its top 40 music offerings to streamingsuperstation.com. Christie was involved with the station during the 1950s, said the company.

"Phil is the perfect match for the Soft Gold format which features top hits from 1954 to 1979," said General Manager Tim Coco in a release from the company.

Packages, boxes and bags ... can be recycled

MassRecyle, a statewide recycling advocacy coalition, recently announced its initiative to increase paper recycling in Massachusetts by 1 million tons of paper over a three-year period.

Sandy Gerraughty, business manager at the Andover Department of Public Works, said Andover is one of the highest ranked per capita recycling communities in the state.

"We already recycle a great deal of paper and cardboard (in Andover), but we're always looking to up it. Andover is doing its part: Last fiscal year we recycled 2,867 tons of paper and cardboard combined," said Gerraughty. "The goal (of the campaign) is to get more and more paper out of the waste stream. We want to do more, and every little bit counts."

Plenty of paper recycling opportunities present themselves as the holidays approach, she said. All wrapping paper and boxes from Christmas morning should head for the recycling bin, not the trash, she said.

"Think about when you're wrapping a present. What does the ribbon, tape and wrapping paper come on? All paper and cardboard. There is so much paper, packaging and (cardboard) tubes used during the holidays. Don't forget to recycle those paper items. Christmas cards come in paper boxes, too, and when folks are shopping, they often get paper bags (like at mall stores)," said Gerraughty, who noted that recycling cardboard is mandatory in Andover.

Gerraughty posts recycling information on the town Web site, www.andoverma.gov, and also e-mails updates to those who sign up for the town's e-mail notifications.

Sometimes residents get incorrect recycling information, such as what materials can be recycled, from friends and neighbors. Folks should go straight to Gerraughty with recycling questions, she said, by calling the DPW at 978-623-8350.

| Bethany Bray

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