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March 14, 2013

All Those Years Ago

(Continued)

50 Years AgoMarch 14, 1963

The Junior High School was supposed to be blown up Wednesday morning, and students were evacuated for half an hour while police and firefighters checked the building. Sgt. James Lynch described the telephone warning of a bomb, received at police headquarters at 8:12 as coming from a youthful voice. School Superintendent Edward I. Erickson said the department had anticipated receiving such calls, based on the experience in surrounding towns. He said make-up sessions – possibly on Saturday mornings – will be considered if such events persist. He also noted that state law now has established a stiff penalty for anyone telephoning a bomb threat.

In the individual state gymnastics championships held last Saturday at Lexington, Andover High School took six out of the eight gold medal awards. Andover boys took part in the following events: Robert Cargill—state champion in All Around and first in horizontal bar, tumbling and free calisthenics; Roger Hastings, state champion in still rings, second on parallel bars.

Photo caption: Responsible for the activities of the Little League this year is a Board of Directors, which met recently to complete plans for tryouts and the start of the season. Seated are Paul McKinnon, Ted Nowell, Ted Cavellier, Emil Schirner and Jack Broderick; standing are Dick Neal, Bob Hamilton, Joe Tassineri, Ted Boudreau and Dr. Douglas Dunbar.

25 Years AgoMarch 10, 1988

Sen. Patricia McGovern, in conjunction with Andover’s legislative delegation and the Governor’s Alliance Against Drugs, announces a $12,716 grant to the Andover Public Schools for expanded drug- and alcohol-education programs.

The Friends of Shawsheen Neighborhood Association is sponsoring an Andover Selectmen’s Candidates Night on Monday, March 14 at the Lawrence Savings Bank, Shawsheen Square, Andover.

The Planning Board delayed a decision Tuesday night on a zoning bylaw change prompted by a Phillip Academy housing conversion proposal. After listening for about two hours to Phillips Academy officials and neighbors opposed to the project, the board indicated they would wait until their March 22 meeting to vote on the issue.

The Irish sounds of the Clancy Brothers with Robbie O’Connell, will highlight the St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the J. Everett Collins Center for the Performing Arts, Shawsheen Road, Andover, on Friday, March 11.

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