Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


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


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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