Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


January 17, 2013

Cheers for community discussion, support


Also, town residents and businesses have combined to create the Troop Challenge. People will do military style exercises -- they can even wear military gear -- as part of a fundraiser for the national Homes for Our Troops organization. The event also will raise awareness for the annual Run for the Troops road race through Andover in April. Both the exercise challenge and the race raise money to help give a free home to someone seriously injured fighting in Afghanistan or Iraq. While we encourage people to support local veterans groups, too, the Homes for Our Troops events have proven to be great community events.

Thumbs down to whoever called police on a group giving away free Boston Bruins tickets in the Park. Andover’s message: “Hey you young whippersnappers, quit giving away free stuff... and get off my grass.”

The group was travelling around to various communities to give away hockey tickets following the National Hockey League lockout that cancelled many games. The ticker-givers were at the Park for about 15 minutes.

True, the group, which included mascots for the Bruins hockey team and TD Bank, was parked on the grass of the Park in the downtown. Businesses ought to know better than to park there to promote themselves.

But a call to police for this is the equivalent of the stereotypical old geezer sitting on his porch yelling at kids to get off his lawn.

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