Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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September 13, 2012

Town Talk

Flag pole dedicated to St. A’s veterans

St. Augustine Parish dedicated a flag pole with a ceremony on Monday, Sept. 10 directly after the 8 a.m. Mass at the Essex Street parish.

The flag pole is called the “Liberty Flag Pole” and was donated by Andover’s LTC William Hart and his wife Alice.

A plaque at the site conveys the flag pole is dedicated to St. Augustine Parish war veterans, and it contains a quotation from the Declaration of Independence. The date of the gift noted on the plaque is Sept. 11, 2012.

2013 will

be banner year

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It’s been seven years, but Mark Spencer, head of the Rotary Club of Andover, finally has permission to put a banner across Main Street to promote community events.

With a never-give-up attitude, the former Carriage House Portraits photographer/owner turned Water Aquatics businessman has tirelessly pushed for a downtown banner across Main Street. Final approval finally came through last month when selectmen voted favorably for the banner.

So where is it? This weekend’s popular Andover Day seems like a perfect premiere event for a banner. Spencer agreed, but it’s just not ready. The banner needs special poles, latches and hooks. The work has been sent out to bid to find a specialist for the job.

“Next year, Andover Day gets it,” Spencer said.

What’s another year, anyway?

— Judy Wakefield

Welcome autumn with ‘firewood lawn game’

The Shawsheen River Watershed Association will welcome fall with a special event set around sunset on Saturday, Sept. 22. As part of the celebration there will be “an informal Kubb tournament.” Kubb is a Swedish lawn game involving firewood.

The Autumnal Equinox Celebration event will be held in Recreation Park, by the Pomps Pond beach, off Abbot Street, from 4 to 7 p.m. The sun sets at 6:41 p.m. that day.

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