"Packed" describes the Pomps Pond scene, as temperatures soared to 90 degrees this past week and the town swimming hole was a good place to cool off. The parking lot has been full, forcing cars to park along the entrance road, according to Recreation Coordinator Kim Stamas.
"We're incredibly packed. But we're ready," Stamas said. "It's been busy early this summer and the staff is certainly prepared for the crowds."
The Pond View concession stand is packed with ice cream, and there are boats to rent.
— Judy Wakefield
Water quality checks out
Andover's 2011 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report is out.
The town is required to test its water for a variety of contaminants and health risks. It reports no violations, or "sites above action level."
Have you noticed the new windows at brassiere28 in Elm Square? The windows look out from the restaurant's bar.
"The view of downtown Andover and the breeze in the restaurant is awesome," owners Matt and Alison Morello say in a recent email to friends.
Next up for redesign is their website.
"Our website brasserie28.com will be under construction for a few months, but when it's finished it will be great," the Morellos wrote. "Also, we will be closed from July 3 to 7 for a little restaurant R&R."
The Elm Square restaurant celebrates its second birthday this summer.
— Judy Wakefield
Fireworks still close to her heart
Fourth of July fireworks continue to be close to the heart of Myrna Silverman. Her late husband, Jerry Silverman, was the driving force behind the jar collection for fireworks contributions when town money woes almost cancelled the fireworks years ago. She and former selectman Ted Teichert manage the jar collection. There are jars on the counters at Andover Spa and Perfecto's, among other places.