Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


April 17, 2014

Town Briefs

A call to repel woodland invaders

The Andover Village Improvement Society, or AVIS, is holding a special event next weekend to help clear invasive species from area woodlands.

On Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to noon, AVIS is seeking volunteers to help clear invasive species from Sunset Rock Reservation at the end of Hammond Way, off Porter Road. Bittersweet, honeysuckle and multiflora rose have supplanted native species there.

Group members say active land management is required to cut and clear the invasives in order to reestablish native vegetation and improve the natural vitality of the preserve. Volunteers will be instructed on invasive species recognition and the methods used to remove them.

For more information, contact project leader Jerry Witt and Dave Doub at 978-828-3498.

Annual fishing derby casting off April 26

The Andover Sportsmen’s Club is holding its annual Fishing Derby on Saturday, April 26, from 6 a.m. to noon at Sudden Pond in Harold Parker State Forest.

The event is free and open to youths up to age 15. There will be trophies, bait, food and much more at the event, which goes off rain or shine.

Registration starts at 6 a.m. For more information, call Bob Dalton at 978-886-5347 or email

Girl Scout Camp Maude Eaton

Girl Scout Camp Maude Eaton in Andover is planning two open houses in advance of the approaching season for the day camp.

The open houses will be held on Sundays, May 4 and June 8, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Camp Maude Eaton is located on 56 acres of pine forest between Pomps Pond, the Shawsheen River and local conservation land. Boating, swimming, sports, crafts, nature and a challenge ropes course are among the favorite activities of the campers. Day, week and extended opportunities are available.

For more information, call 617-350-8335 or visit

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