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.
be banner year
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.
There will be a short presentation on astronomy of the equinox and how different cultures have celebrated the harvest season, according to organizers.
Canoes and kayaks will be available for boating on the pond on a first-come, first served basis. People can also bring their own boats.
There will be a campfire to roast marshmallows and s’mores. Attendees should bring there own supplies and soft drinks.
The playground equipment will be available for kids.
The beach is closed this time of year, and there will be no swimming at this event.
Terrier on tour again: New Mr. Pish children’s book
Just in time for the new school year, Cambridge Books has released Postcards from Mr. Pish: East Coast Edition, the fourth book in the educational Mr. Pish series by Andover native K.S. Brooks.
In this book, the dog visits Brooks old stomping grounds. It’s available on Amazon.com and will become available through bookstores and other online venues, according to the author.
Postcards from Mr. Pish Volume 3 follows a Jack Russell terrier, Mr. Pish, as he embarks on a new adventure, traveling from New Hampshire, through the Merrimack Valley, down the East Coast and into Georgia. The book features full-color photographs designed to teach children about American geography, history and culture.
On Aug. 23, Mr. Pish and K.S. Brooks were featured on Conversations Live Radio as part of a special show entitled “Dog-Gone Great Books.” Mr. Pish has completed travels across 43 states, Washington D.C., and 7 provinces of Canada in hopes of promoting outdoor learning and literacy, according to Brooks.
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