Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

June 13, 2013

Town Talk

Compiled by Judy Wakefield
The Andover Townsman

---- — Necklace found

Walking home from a friend’s house on Sunday, June 9, Fred Scribner of Andover found a necklace on Sherbourne Street and he thinks it may have sentimental value for someone.

Scribner, 19 and a 2012 Andover High School graduate, said the gold and silver necklace has a light brown ornament in the center, an Effy’s jewelry tag on it and is about 16 to 18 inches long.

“I think it may be valuable to someone,” he said.

Call Scribner at home, 978-475-6701, if it’s yours.

Booking it

Former longtime Andover Historical Society curator Julie Mofford, now of Maine, has a new historical book that has just been published. Discovery Enterprises published her first little book “Cry Witch!” in 1995. Her new book is “Abigail Accused — A Story of the Salem Witch Hunt.” In 1692, Abigail Dane Faulkner was convicted of witchcraft and condemned to die. Based on years of research and actual 17th century documents, this historical novel is the dramatic account of one frontier family whose lives became tangled up in the infamous Salem Witch Trials and how the courageous 40-year-old mother of six managed to survive, Mofford wrote in an email. Here’s the link for more information:

Still laughing

Award-winning children’s author Jeff Nathan of Andover recently performed at the International Reading Association Convention in San Antonio, Texas. During his presentation on the effectiveness of poetry in helping struggling readers, he sang and enacted his “Take Me Out of the Ball Game” book. Nathan will also perform at the upcoming International Reading Association Poetry Olio event.

“I’m known as the wacky guy that ends up on the floor or in the middle of the audience. ... I use that humor and energy to help students learn,” Nathan wrote in an email. See for more information.

Pastry pairing

Fisichelli’s Pastry Shop on Main Street has paired with children’s author Carol Ekster of Andover and her new book, “Ruth the Sleuth and the Messy Room.” Ekster, a 40-year town resident and retired teacher, wrote in an email that Fisichelli’s agreed to carry the book and package it with chocolate chip cookies. Here’s a link to the book trailer on youtube:

Parking news

The Department of Community Services is already preparing itself for construction of the new youth center. Staffers are asking day-trippers to park at a commuter parking lot to help keep a clear path for construction trucks. DCS Director Mary Montblau said her department hosts numerous daylong trips over the summer, including trips to Martha’s Vineyard and Fenway Park. Participants are being asked to park at the Park and Ride lot on Dascomb Road, near an entrance to Interstate 93. DCS buses will stop there. The youth center plans to break ground in August.