Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

April 25, 2013

Town Talk


The Andover Townsman

---- — Bittersweet exposure

Professional freelance photographer Winslow Townson of Andover has had a very emotional week while his Boston Marathon photographs have been appearing in well-known publications. Townson was taking photographs at the Red Sox game when he was called and redirected to the Boston Marathon finish line. His Marathon photographs appeared in Sports Illustrated as well as on the front page of a Boston newspaper.

— Judy Wakefield

A lesson from the young

On Saturday, April 20, Ella and Ethan Waszkelewicz, with the help of their neighbors, held a lemonade stand on the corner of Tiffany Lane and Greenwood Road to raise money for The One Fund for Boston Marathon victims. They offered free lemonade and Oreos with a donation to the fund. Ella, a kindergartner, and Ethan, who is in second grade, also went through their books and picked out some to sell to raise some additional money. Despite the chilly spring day, the children — who also included Avery Murray, kindergarten, and Peyton Cavanaugh and Sona Chaudhary, both in grade 4 — raised $250. The generosity of the people that stopped made the kids so happy and they were thrilled they raised so much, mom Tracy Waszkelewicz said. Ella wrote a letter to accompany the check that was sent in and is hoping the money will help someone.

Tai chi with the world

Yang’s Martial Arts & Fitness Center, 5 Dundee Park, is joining an international recognition of World Tai Chi & Qi Gong Day on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to noon in the parking lot behind its building. The annual event is held the last Saturday in April worldwide. At 10 am, tens of thousands of people in hundreds of cities across more than 70 nations will gather to celebrate tai chi and qigong.

Yang’s will be participating with a free event of its own. The public is invited; no experience is necessary. The start will be delayed until 11:15 a.m. in the event of inclement weather. For more on Yang’s observance, visit www.yangsandover.com/taichi_sched.aspx#wtcd1 or call 978-475-2020. More information is also available at www.worldtaichiday.org.

Don’t you love a bargain?

Summer is coming and so is the early bird discount for a pass to the town pond, Pomps Pond. Stickers go on sale Monday, April 29, at the Department of Community Services. The discounted price is $75, $40 for seniors if you buy before the pond’s opening on Saturday, June 23. After that pond opening date, the price is $100, $60 for seniors.

— Judy Wakefield

Touring for Trash finds plenty

Touring for Trash participants at West Parish Church filled dozens of trash bags and recycle bins on Sunday, April 21, as they picked up garbage from West Elementary to the high school, including all around the church and Children’s Garden by West Parish Cemetery. The successful intergenerational event brought out more than 75 participants ages 2 to 82 to help care for the Earth. Participants sorted through the assortment of found trash — from hubcaps to bottles to wrappers to Duct tape-covered rocks — in order to fill blue bins with everything that could be recycled. The rest filled a pickup truck several times over.

Journalist to journalist

Outgoing Andover Townsman editor Neil Fater has had many unusual experiences in his 20 years as reporter and editor, but being honored in a traditional Vedic ceremony earlier this month was a new experience. Sreenivas Madras, a former Indian journalist and novelist, covered Fater’s shoulders with a colorful ceremonial shawl and presented him with a bouquet of flowers and a flowery speech. The only thing missing was chanting by Hindu priests. A journalist and writer in his native home, Madras said the rite was a common way to honor professionals in India. The ceremony took place in the Center at Punchard during the weekly meeting of The Write Stuff, the writing group that meets Tuesday mornings at 10. Chris Young leads the group.

Generosity boosts food drive

The Rotary Club of Andover collected more than 20 shopping carts filled with non-perishable food and $448 in cash during a food drive March 30 to benefit Lazarus House in Haverhill. Shoppers made donations as they left the Andover Stop and Shop and North Andover Market Basket. Six Rotarians along with some sons and daughters staffed the four food drop-off points at the two stores, according to Christine Krupa, event leader from the Rotary Club of Andover.

Ken Campbell, Lazarus House food services coordinator said the donations will “go a long way in providing much-needed assistance to the community that we serve. This time of the year, the need for food increases and it can be difficult to keep up with the demand.”