Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

March 28, 2013

Town Talk

The Andover Townsman

---- — Vicissitudes of a spelling bee

Andover community members enjoyed the typically entertaining adult spelling bee last Friday, sponsored by the Andover Fund for Education.

For whatever reason, teams in the third round seemed to have the toughest opportunities, yet succeeded in spelling an impressive number of words.

Before pronouncing the 10th word of the round, “legerdemain,” reader Stephen Murray, principal of West Middle School, said “I was hoping we wouldn’t get to this word.”

Two words later as he pronouced “eremology” and read that it means a study of desert features, he mouthed “Oh my gosh!”

West Elementary School’s team, “West Spellementary” won the round and went on to win the championship. The winning word was subboreal.

Gone, not forgotten

The honors continue for the boys gymnastics team at Andover High School – even though there is no more MIAA-supported team.

The team won the state championship last month just as the sport was being cut by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association. Seven high schools in the state — including AHS — had to end their MIAA boys gymnastics programs. MIAA said there were too few male gymnasts for the sport to continue in its current form.

But Coach Steve Sirois said town gymnastics pride runs deep and the accolades are continuing. AHS boys gymnast team members were expected to be honored yesterday, Wednesday, March 27, at 7 p.m. at Orange Leaf on Park Street.

The team was to arrive at the yogurt shop in a limousine driven by Garrett Katter, Sirois said. They were to enjoy a free frozen yogurt, and the public was invited to stop by and meet the champs.

“The town is very proud of this team,” Sirois said.

— Judy Wakefield

Buy running gear, support research

A “Ladies Night” fundraiser to help two Andover mothers running the Boston Marathon to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will be held at the Boston Running Company on Main Street next Thursday, April 4 from 8 to 10 p.m.

Sue Kiley and Ellen McGlynn will be running the Boston Marathon (again) and chose to run for JDRF, because their neighbor’s son Gavin was diagnosed almost three years ago. These two women and Gavin’s mom, Mimi LeBrun, are hosting the fundraiser.

The store is providing a 20-percent discount, and 10 percent of proceeds with go to JDRF, according to LeBrun.

“I’ve contacted other Diabetes moms in Andover and we have put together a slideshow/videos of our children living with Type 1 Diabetes. This is exciting for us to be able to get the word out and build community awareness,” reported LeBrun. “Many local businesses have donated raffle items, food, flowers, etc.”