Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


October 4, 2012

Town Talk


- 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.

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