Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

October 10, 2013

Town Talk

Compiled by Judy Wakefield
The Andover Townsman

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He’s a downtown fixture with more than 25 years of pouring brews, wine and mixed drinks at the same address under his belt. And now he’s finding himself on the receiving end of tips.

Bartender Bobby Riordan of Andover — who has worked at 18 Park St. tending bar at both Dylan’s and its forerunner, Justin’s Restaurant, for a combined quarter-century — is fighting cancer and will be out of work for 10 weeks while he undergoes treatment.

“Everyone knows him ... he’s just a great guy,” Dylan’s owner Sam Petrovich said.

Dylan’s is hosting a “Tip the Bartender” fundraising event for the well-liked Riordan on Sunday, Oct. 13, from 4 to 10 p.m.

Patrons will be encouraged to leave a $10 tip — or more — at the door to benefit the local bartender.

“This event is for a good guy and cause,” Riordan’s friend, Damon Dyer, said. “We want the public to come out and tip their favorite bartender.”

Dream wedding vows

The military couple who last year won a $15,000 wedding package from nine bridal businesses located in The Bridal Center building on Main Street in downtown Andover will head down the aisle to exchange their vows this weekend.

Brandon Reynolds of Texas and Kelly Becraft of Utica, N.Y., will be married Friday, Oct. 11, at Woburn Country Club.

Their love story video was the top vote-getter in last fall’s military-wedding giveaway in Andover. Their video was about falling in love while serving in the military and even included Reynolds’ unique proposal — occurring mid-air aboard an Army Blackhawk helicopter. Reynolds and Becraft are both serving with the U.S. Army, and were stationed in Honduras as of early this year.

The nationwide contest awarded $15,000 worth of wedding-related prizes from the tenants of The Bridal Center. Plus, the Fairways at Woburn Country Club offered the couple a $2,000 discount on their wedding-reception package. The wedding was originally planned for Sept. 6, but was postponed a month.

Day of Service

More than 80 people volunteered their time last weekend for Faith Lutheran Church’s Day of Service in celebration of its 50th year in town.

Church Council President Kathy Faulk of Andover said the volunteers cleaned the kitchen at Emmaus House in Haverhill, cooked and served the evening meal at Bread and Roses in Lawrence, made brown bag meals for My Brother’s Table, planted 700 bulbs on the church’s South Main Street property, cleared invasive species from Stanley Reservation, cleaned Andover walking trails, delivered and organized food for Andover’s Neighbors in Need, picked apples at Smolak Farms with members of Creative Living in Andover, and washed windows at Ironstone Farm in Andover. They also helped at Lazarus House in Lawrence with painting and the thrift store,

After they finished their work, they returned to the church to share lunch and fellowship.

Last Sunday, 20 church members also participated in the Hike for Hope, raising more than $1,200 for Lazarus House.

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