Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

April 24, 2014

Town Briefs

The Andover Townsman

---- — Friends Meeting talking citizen activism

The Lawrence-Andover Friends Meeting is hosting a community talk on citizen activism for social justice and sustainability on Saturday, April 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover.

Steve Chase, a longtime Quaker activist and local community organizer for the global Transition Town Movement, will lead the talk.

Chase is educational director of the environmental studies master’s program in advocacy for social justice and sustainability at Antioch University New England in Keene, N.H., and author of “Letters to a Fellow Seeker: A Short Introduction to the Quaker Way.”

The program will be held in the library’s second floor meeting room. For more, call 978-319-9517 or visit the Lawrence-Andover Friends (Quakers) Facebook page.

Optimism reigns for Andover Chroniclers

Diane MacDougall, clinical director of Counseling for Change Associates, talks to the Andover Chroniclers about the role of optimism as a powerful and beneficial approach to life changes in this month’s installment of “There’s Something About Andover.”

For the second half of the program, Marry and Gerald Murphy continue their conversation with Nan James on their experience in Morocco as Peace Corps volunteers.

“There’s Something About Andover” is produced by Andover Chroniclers, an all-volunteer group of seniors from the Center at Punchard. The local-access show airs on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at 9 a.m., Friday at 6:30 p.m., and Wednesday and Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast Channel 8 and Verizon Channel 47. The shows can also be viewed via the senior center website.

Andover Chroniclers welcomes new members; prior experience is not necessary. Anyone who might be interested in any aspect of video production from planning to taping can email with the subject line Skip Wilkins.

To learn more about the group and watch previous shows, visit Viewers with comments on content they would like to see should call the group a The Center at Punchard 978-623-8321.

Diamond jubilee for Foster’s Pond Corp.

The Foster’s Pond Corporation will commemorate its diamond jubilee with a presentation titled “Rescuing the Pond: Marsh Madness or Mission Possible?” on Tuesday, April 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St.

Aquatic biologist Marc Bellaud, who has monitored the health of Foster’s Pond since 2004, will be the featured speaker. Bellaud is president of Aquatic Control Technology and has assisted the Foster’s Pond group in combating invasive weeds and toxic algae for several years.

Founded in 1939 at the urging of Francis Foster, one of Andrew Foster’s heirs, the corporation is dedicated to protecting the 120-acre pond, maintaining its 150-year-old dam and promoting public access.

Next week’s commemoration will focus on what needs to be done today to preserve the pond for future generations. Admission is free and the public is invited. For more, visit

Sen. Finegold office hours on Friday

Sen. Barry Finegold, D-Andover, and his staff will hold their monthly open office hours on Friday, April 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover.

Constituents are invited to meet with Finegold and his staff in the library’s first-floor activities room.

Finegold will also be having office hours that day at Lawrence Public Library, 51 Lawrence St., from 10 to 11 a.m.; Parker Memorial Library in Dracut, 28 Arlington St., from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.; and Tewksbury Public Library, 300 Chandler St., from 3 to 4 p.m.


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