Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

October 26, 2012

Town Talk: AHS accreditation starts and other items of interest

The Andover Townsman

---- — Three RBIs for hometown catcher

Andover native Ryan Hanigan knocked in three runs while batting .200 during the National League Division Series against the Giants.

The Giants came back from a 2-0 deficit to beat his Reds in five games, then beat the Cardinals to advance to the World Series.

AHS accreditation process starting

Andover High is about to get evaluated.

On Sunday, Oct. 28, a team of 17 educators is visiting the high school to begin the school’s accreditation process. Schools are accredited every 10 years.

AHS Principal Dr. Chris Lord said the school’s performing arts department will greet the team with a performance entitled “Who We Are.” The program starts at 1 p.m. in the Collins Center. The public is welcome.

Visitors will be greeted by a spiffed up entrance to the school. Lord said five custodians donated their time last Saturday, Oct. 20, to paint around the entrance and plant flowers. Seniors at the school helped along with a few teachers.

“This school community really pulled together,” he said.

— Judy Wakefield

Bow-hunting season underway on

town reservations

The bow hunting season is underway in some of the town’s reservations including Fish Brook North, Wood Hill/Bald Hill, Haggetts Pond, Schlakis Reservation, Fosters Island and Serio’s Grove, and at the AVIS Rafton Reservation.

Hunting on conservation land is restricted to members of the town hunting program. Hunters on town lands carry a town-issued photo ID card, and have passed an archery qualifying test and completed a state hunter safety class.

“Hunting is with bow and arrow only, and exclusively from fixed elevated tree stands. Hunter’s place their stands well off the trails and are not a threat to hikers, children in the woods, or dog walkers,” according to information from Bob Douglas, conservation director.

Bow hunting is also underway at the Trustees of Reservation’s Ward Reservation.

These areas have been posted with orange signs showing the season dates of Oct. 15 - Dec 31. There is no hunting on Sundays in Massachusetts.

Gun hunting is forbidden in Andover with the exception of Harold Parker State Forest.

Coffee table book of ‘Andover Stories’

Arriving just in time for holiday gift-giving, will be the new book, “Andover Stories.” It will be a 128-page hardcover book of 52 short stories about Andover. The stories have appeared previously in the Townsman, and the book is a joint effort between the two.

“We are very excited about this as our 35 volunteers, led by (former selectman) Gail Ralston, worked very hard,” said Elaine Clements, executive director of the Andover Historical Society.

The book is expected to arrive at the Historical Society in mid-December. It costs $39.95, but you save $10 when the book is pre-ordered. People can order online at Or call the Society at 978-475-2236 for more information. This book is Volume I.

— Judy Wakefield