Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

October 11, 2012

Town Talk

The Andover Townsman

---- — Special book, memorials for 2012 Veterans Day in town

The town Veterans Services Office will release its fourth “Heroes Among Us Book” this Veterans Day, at a noontime ceremony at Ballardvale Green on Andover Street.

Book IV puts the spotlight on living Andover veterans who served in World War II.

Also on Sunday, Nov. 11, the town will dedicate two memorials at Spring Grove Ceremony. The memorials are to designate the existing Veterans Burial lot, which is nearing capacity and to dedicate a future Veterans Lot. The names of the monuments are, respectively: the “Twentieth-Century Veterans Lot at Spring Grove” and “Veterans Memorial at Spring Grove.”

Hannigan, Reds in playoffs

Andover fans have a chance to see Andover High graduate Ryan Hanigan play for as long as the Cincinnati Reds remain in the playoffs.

Hanigan has been a defensive standout at catcher, leading the majors is throwing out would be base-stealers. He tossed out 48.5 percent or runners, and also ranked third among catchers in fielding percentage, committing only four errors.

Michael Chiklis returns to TV in ‘Vegas’

Another Andover High athlete of a different era, Emmy Award-winning actor Michael Chiklis (a former Andover High football captain) can be seen again on television, too.

He’s at the heart of a new show “Vegas” that premiered on CBS with a monster cast.

“Vegas” is written by screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi of “Goodfellas” and “Casino” fame, and stars Dennis Quaid, Chiklis and Carrie-Anne Moss (best known for “The Matrix”).

Chiklis plays Vincent Savino, a member of the Chicago mob who is sent to Las Vegas to straighten out the Savoy casino. It’s clear he will regularly butt heads with Quaid’s Ralph Lamb, a rancher and former military police officer drafted to be sherriff after the existing sheriff leaves town and then turns up dead.

Crystal Ballroom masquerade

The new Andover Senior Community Friends group is sponsoring the Crystal Ballroom at The Town House in Andover’s Old Town Hall on Sunday, Oct. 28 from 6 to 10 pm. This particular event will be a Masquerade Ball, to coincide with the Halloween season. Costumes are optional, but there will be many dancers adorned in masks.

Music of the big band era will play.

Advance tickets are $10 for singles and $18 for couples, are available from ASCF at the Andover Senior Center (978-623-8321) or the Andover Bookstore (978-475-0143). Limited tickets will be available at the door for $12 and $20.

Feaster Five anniversary this Thanksgiving

The Feaster Five Road Race is commemorating the 25th year for the popular Thanksgiving Day event in Andover by marketing everything from T-shirts to mugs at an online store.

Registration for the Nov. 22 Feaster Five, one of New England’s largest road races with a field of 10,000, is now open at

In addition to the online store, the Feaster Five website now features videos of the 5K and 5-mile courses as well as a training program for first-time runners provided by the Merrimack Valley Striders, according to a release from the running group.

The Feaster Five Road Race’s 5-mile and 5K races will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the Kid’s Fun Run at 7:45 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 22). All three races – which welcomes walkers as well – begin near Brickstone Square on Main Street at the corner of Routes 133 and 28.

The race offers a “family friendly” early entry discount fee of $30 for both the 5K and 5-mile races through Oct. 28 for entrants over 12 and $20 for youths under 12. The Kids Fun Run entry fee is $5, regardless of when sign up occurs.

The Feaster Five will again welcome New England running legends Joan Samuelson and Bill Rodgers at the 2012 Feaster Five Road Race with meet and greet opportunities at the Expo on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at the Merrimack Valley Y.

Samuelson won gold in the first women’s Olympic marathon in 1984 and remains a worldwide icon for women athletes; Rodgers is an Olympian and four-time winner of both the Boston Marathon and New York City Marathon.

Ball in the House

Men’s a cappella group Ball in the House will perform in town Sunday to help Andover Youth Foundation build a youth center.

The fund-raising concert is Oct. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Wood Hill Middle School. Tickets can be purchase in advance for $10 at the Andover Youth Services house on Pearson Street, or for $15 at the door.