Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


February 14, 2013

Editorial: Three cheers


The Ward Reservation has 14 miles of trails, views of Boston, and one of the better sledding hills in town where kids can go without being chased away.

“People have a tendency to take that 700 acres for granted. For years, I’ve tried to get people to imagine what it would be like if it wasn’t the Ward Reservation,” said resident Al French, who knows a thing or two about how to use land for public good. “It’s high and it’s dry and the family could have cashed in if they wanted to. People need to think of the alternatives [developments that might have been]. Those trails wouldn’t be there if it wasn’t for the foresight of the families.”

Here’s hoping current and future generations continue to preserve such special places.

We appreciate tradition. We also appreciate people who find new ways to entertain. So kudos to the Andover High community for bringing back the Mr. AHS competition, but with a new element.

The 20-year-old contest for high school males returned this year after a two-year hiatus. With its return came the introduction of a fan favorite winner, decided by votes made that night on people’s smartphones. That helps bring the fun of the 1990s event to today’s high-schoolers, while bringing Mr. AHS a bit more into the modern age.

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