Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

April 24, 2014

Town Briefs


The Andover Townsman

---- — Tackling unwanted invaders with AVIS

The Andover Village Improvement Society, or AVIS, is seeking volunteers to help clear invasive species from Sunset Rock Reservation at the end of Hammond Way, off Porter Road, on Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to noon.

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.

‘Touring for Trash’ time in West Andover

The families of West Parish Church will be “Touring for Trash” throughout West Andover on Sunday, April 27, and are inviting neighbors of the church to join them.

The annual cleanup is always timed to coincide with Earth Day and is designed to be an intergenerational event.

Anyone interested in pitching in should meet the team leaders at the gates of West Parish Garden Cemetery on Reservation Road at 10:20 a.m. Families with young children will be directed to designated non-traffic areas for trash pick-up. Team leaders will provide trash bags and will have signs indicating routes that are appropriate for adults only.

All children must be accompanied and supervised by a parent. Participants are encouraged to wear green and bring gloves, if available.

Neighbors who pitch in for the trash pick-up are invited to join church members for lunch after the cleanup in Fellowship Hall at the church.

This event honors the goals of Earth Day and celebrates an intentional goal at West Parish Church of acting responsibly as stewards in caring for the Earth that all enjoy.

Annual fishing derby casting off Saturday

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 mddrmd@hotmail.com.

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