It will be hard for me to forget my first official week as editor of the Andover Townsman. As I settled into our offices on Chestnut Street in downtown Andover on Patriots Day, I joined the community and beyond in being jolted by the numbing news of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Just one week before, I had gotten my first real taste of Andover at the annual Run for the Troops race. What I pleasantly witnessed was a community of caring individuals united around the mission of providing homes for wounded soldiers. But beyond that, I encountered a close-knit community whose residents are united in their great pride for the special town they call home. And despite being a relative stranger, they at once made me feel immediately at ease.
A week later, I watched as this same community grappled with the horrors of a terrorist attack on Boston. But again, I encountered a family of people united over a sense of wanting to aid and support their fellow man and each other, to come together to grieve and find the strength to carry on.
Because at its core, Andover is a small-town community built with people who haven’t arbitrarily landed here, but who have chosen it as the place they desire to live. Truth is, most can’t imagine themselves living anywhere else.
And that’s what makes my job at the Townsman truly exciting. I intend to carry on the Townsman’s proud tradition of having served this community for 125 years.
In the coming weeks, I will be striving to introduce myself throughout town and getting to know more about what makes it ticks. As I do, I want to hear your hopes and desires for The Townsman and what you would like to see in its pages. I want this to be your newspaper and to deliver the news and features you most want to read. I want to be your source for all things Andover — your window into the community you love to call home.