Krit Classic set for June 5
On Sunday, June 5, 2011 the third annual Krit Classic Road Race will be held in Andover.
This 5-kiolmeter road race/walk will raise money for the Krit (Kristin) Kearins Memorial Scholarship Fund. Kearins, an Andover High graduate, died September 2008 after a tragic bicycle accident in Boston.
Elections heating up as LWV event nears
Town elections are approaching, with the deadline to register to vote coming next Wednesday, March 2, and the big day itself set for March 22 at the high school's field house.
Leading up to the event, the League of Women Voters is planning a candidates forum, where the candidates will field questions submitted by the public and talk about their positions on key issues in Andover.
All candidates for office have been invited to attend the forum, but Board of Selectmen candidate Larry Bruce initially said he would not attend, expressing concern that contributions by many of the LWV's members and their past actions in previous forums and other events showed the organization holds a liberal bias.
In an e-mail sent to Bruce and media members, LWV Vice President of Voter Service Stefani Traina challenged any claims of a liberal bias in the organization, saying that many of its members have supported particular efforts and individuals privately but that these decisions have not influenced the organization as a whole.
"The League cannot prevent or prohibit our membership from being individually politically active and supporting candidates," Traina said. "But they may never do so in the name of the League."
Bruce has since announced that he will attend the forum, saying he was convinced by his supporters to do so. The event is scheduled for Saturday, March 12 at 1:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library.
— Dustin Luca
Bruce wants Pledge before forum
In accepting the invitation to attend the League of Women Voters forum, selectmen candidate Larry Bruce did make one request.
"I have been convinced by supporters to attend the upcoming LWV candidates forum. I will attend. I specifically request that the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag be recited at the open of the meeting," he wrote.
No word on whether the pledge will be a part of the meeting.
Andover man is Volunteer of Year
David Nesbitt of Andover, chairman of the board of the Home Health Foundation, has been named as the Visiting Nurse Association of America Volunteer of the Year. The award honors him for leadership, accomplishments at state, regional and national levels, and significant contributions to a home health agency.
He won under the category of Agency Board Member, and home care organizations from across the United States nominated their board members for this award. "Dave has many professional accomplishments and has been recognized as an innovator and leader who, through know-how, honesty and hard work, has help this organization tackle tough problems and succeed," John Albert, president and CEO of the Home Health Foundation, which includes Home Health VNA, Merrimack Valley Hospice, and HomeCare Inc., said in a release. "In addition, as vice chair of the Campaign for the Merrimack Valley Hospice House, Dave was the force behind our $5 million fundraising campaign to build the first Hospice House in this region. Due in large part to Dave's hard work and determination, our campaign was successful despite the difficulties of raising funds during one of the deepest recessions faced by our nation in more than 25 years." "This award is a reflection of the talent, hard work and commitment of the 763 employees of the Home Health Foundation," said Nesbitt. "They are truly remarkable people, all working tirelessly to serve the home health and hospice needs of our community."
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