Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

December 13, 2012

Town Talk

The Andover Townsman

---- — Super Fly group flies to aid of Sandy victims

Seventeen members of the Faith Lutheran Church high school youth group “Super Fly” and six chaperones recently traveled to New Jersey and contributed canned goods, cleaning supplies and toiletries, which the group distributed to residents who had been displaced by Hurricane Sandy.

The group also participated in Group Mission Trip’s Big Day of Serving in Keansburg, N.J. They were among more than 600 youth and adults who helped residents of Keansburg by removing old insulation, sheet rock and flooring in more than 100 flooded houses. Because of the nature of the work, the youth and chaperones had to wear protective suits, masks and goggles that were donated by a member of the church.

According to Kathy Faulk, a church spokeswoman, the youth worked on two houses. The first was occupied by a woman who had been out of work for a year and her three children. For economic reasons, she had let the flood insurance on the house lapse just before the storm. The Faith Lutheran group removed and disposed of all the debris and flooded sheet rock and insulation on the first floor of her house. They also removed old tile, insulation and other items from her flooded yard.

The group also worked on a house owned by a young family. The father had seen other participants in the Big Day of Service working on a neighbor’s house, and asked how he could obtain help in cleaning his own house, Faulk said. The Faith Lutheran group sprang into action.

“The father remarked, ‘I can’t believe how much work these kids got done in a day...Whenever I think of Boston, I will think favorably of you guys,’’” Faulk said.

The group used King of Kings Lutheran Church in Middletown, N.J. as its base of operations.

— Judy Wakefield

Last minute requests allowed, as big guy is coming to town

It’s getting close to Christmas Day and Santa Claus is visiting Andover once again for last minute requests.

Santa will be arriving in downtown Andover at 9:30 a.m. and departing at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15. He will be at Old Town Hall, also known as the Town House, 20 Main St., on the first floor across from the small post office space during the weekly “Saturday Coffee” event. Saturday Coffee organizers are hosting the visit.

Help out

a needy family

Lazarus House, which runs a variety of programs for homeless and other needy people in Lawrence, is in need of Project Bethlehem donors.

Project Bethlehem provides Christmas gift to families in Lawrence by matching donors and recipient families. The families are referred through their children’s schools and area agencies and include Capernaum Place and Bethany House families. Donors are asked to purchase two articles of clothing for each family member, one wish toy for each child (up to $30), a household item for the mother and anything else they are able to do.

People interested in helping can sign up on the website at

Tree time

Atria Marland Place residents are taking part in the Andover Historical Society’s “Tree Time Festival.” The tree is named “The Stars of Marland Place” and features photographs of Marland Place residents.