Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


March 7, 2013


It’s the least wonderful time of the year. The holidays are no longer even specks in the rear-view mirror. Forget about reaching spring, when the wind whips, even mud season still seems weeks away. We live surrounded by the blackening remains of sand-encrusted snow piles. Some of us could use a pick-me-up. So, below are a handful of items in this paper worthy of bringing a smile to your face.

RESPONSIBLE YOUTH: Nicholas Duda, an 11-year-old Chandler Road resident, is receiving praise this week for keeping his head and calling emergency professionals when family friend Corinne Keeler, who watches him after school, suffered serious complications suddenly as a result of a recent surgery. Keeler says, “I wouldn’t be here if not for Nicholas.”

Unfortunately, Nicholas has been around sickness before, when his father had a heart attack and when his mother was dealing with cancer.

“My parents have taught me to be strong when stuff like this happens and I try to do that,” Nicholas told reporter Judy Wakefield.

Here’s hoping there’s no need for Nicholas to show his obvious inner strength for a long time. But if there is a need, if another emergency arises, we suspect he’ll rise to the challenge again.

It’s a good reminder for adults that the kids we worry about are capable of some pretty great and mature accomplishments.

TEAM EFFORT: There was a strong showing of Andover police present to support the official vote to make Sgt. Patrick Keefe the incoming Andover police chief.

When current Chief Brian Pattullo became chief, he had to build the department back into a team because morale was quite low, and grievances were quite high. Keefe is inheriting a much stronger, more together department, and that’s good news for Andover residents who respect the law. We wish Patrick Keefe well as he prepares to assume command.

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