Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


April 4, 2013

News in brief: Shorter news items from around the region


Help replace veterans’ grave flags

On Sunday, April 14, Andover veterans, cadets, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and interested citizens will meet at 11 a.m. at Spring Grove Cemetery off Abbot Street to replace 3,600 flags on the graves of deceased Andover veterans.

The process takes about 90 minutes and affords an opportunity to see parts of Andover’s history up close., according to the town veterans services office.

In case of inclement weather the flags will be placed on graves at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 21.

For more information, call the Andover Veterans Services Office at 978-623-8218.

Volunteers needed for PMC

The Pan-Massachusetts Challenge is seeking volunteers to help with registration, medical support, bike repairs, luggage transportation, security, food service, set-up and clean-up during the two-day bike-a-thon that spans 190 miles across the Commonwealth. Volunteer registration is underway for the 34th annual PMC, which is set for Aug. 2 through 4.

Since its inception in 1980, the PMC has raised $375 million to support adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. More than 3,200 volunteers help the PMC keep its operating expenses low, making it possible for 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar to be dedicated to the cause. In 2012, the PMC generated 52 percent of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue.

For more information about the PMC, or to register to volunteer, visit

Red Cross blood drives in April

The American Red Cross will hold a community blood drive on Monday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Andover/North Andover YMCA, 165 Haverhill St.

All eligible and new blood donors are encouraged to give blood. Blood donors are needed everyday to ensure an adequate blood supply for patients in need.

All presenting blood donors will receive a free pair of socks from New Balance.

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