Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

October 4, 2012

Town Talk

The Andover Townsman

---- — Supporting Andover High grad Jess Katz

Friends and family of Jessyca Katz, Andover High Class of 1986, are rallying to help her in her battle with brain cancer.

They have an fundraising event they’ve dubbed “Say Yes for Jess” planned on Nov. 4 from noon to 4 p.m. at Point St. Dueling Pianos, 1 Davol Square, Providence, R.I.

Katz was diagnosed in July 2011 with a stage IV glioblastoma multiforme. Since that time, she has gone through radiation, chemotherapy, multiple brain surgeries and many trips to the emergency room, according to her friends and family.

For ticket info email her sister Danyka Katz Penick (Andover High Class of 1989) at People interested in helping the cause or in reading more about Jessyca Katz’s story online, can visit her Caring Bridge page at

Sun, worshippers: Solar panels to be dedicated at South Church this Sunday

South Church will dedicate the PV solar panels that have been installed on the 300-year-old church’s roof this coming Sunday, Oct. 7.

During the regular worship service (from about 10:30 to 11:40 a.m.) the congregation willl have a brief, spiritual “blessing” of the solar panels. If the weather is fine, immediately after the service people will go outside to the south parking lot, for a ribbon cutting and celebration celebrate. In case of poor weather, the event will be in the church’s fellowship hall.

Street sign updates

Have you noticed any new street signs in town? New signs are cropping up all over. Department of Public Works Director Chris Cronin said it’s a mandatory federal highway regulation to keep street signs up-to-date. DPW crews are following the mandate.

“If we’re paving a street, see an outdated sign, we replace it,” he said.

The newer signs are easier-to-read and reflective. The old street signs become scrap metal, Cronin said.

- Judy Wakefield

Special Olympics athletes, mentors welcome at meet and greet

People interested in learning about an Andover Special Olympics basketball team that pairs athletes with other youth mentors are welcome at a “meet and greet session” on Oct. 9.

The Andover Rising Stars is a unified player-development league in which Special Olympic athletes are paired with mentors. The team includes athletes from the ages of 8 to 22 years old and is staffed with SOMA certified coaches.

To find out more about team, people can come to the meet and greet session on Oct. 9, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at the Pike School gymnasium at 34 Sunset Rock Road in Andover

Hospital cares for cat burned in three-alarm blaze

Andover Animal Hospital is taking car of a cat badly burned in a New Hampshire fire.

It writes: “On Thursday, Sept. 6, Perry Hill Farm in Bedford, N.H. suffered a devastating loss due to a three-alarm barn fire. Virtually the entire barn structure and indoor arena burned completely to the ground. Owners Harriet and Elissa Finks, mother and daughter, lost 14 of their beloved horses, and they thought three of their cats. After the seven ponies that were saved, relocated to a family friend’s farm, only Miss Colby the Pig and Puffy the Miniature Stallion remained on the property.

“Sunday morning dawned bright after the rain and Miss Colby, much to Elissa’s dismay, hopped right up first thing in the morning and started marching down to her previous home - or the wreckage that remained. On the way, Miss Colby made a sudden detour to a group of rocks, where Elissa heard an eerie sound. [It was] a cat meowing that sounded exactly like Gumbo - one of the cats that was presumed dead in the fire! With burns covering all four of his feet, both ears, and one side of his body, he was rushed to the hospital! Currently, Gumbo the Fire Survivor is receiving daily bandage changes to all four feet and special care for the burns he received. He will stay in the care of Andover Animal Hospital until he recovers.”

Donations can be made at the Andover Animal Hospital on Route 133, or send checks payable to The Shadow Fund c/o the Andover School of Law to 233 Lowell St., Andover MA 01810.