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April 24, 2014

A salute to community service; Andover Chamber to recognize efforts of 3 honorees

Andover Chamber to recognize efforts of 3 honorees

The Andover Chamber of Commerce will honor two community organizations and a retiring longtime civic leader this spring when it holds its 2014 Community Service Awards Ceremony and Breakfast. The event is set for Thursday, June 5, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Indian Ridge Country Club in Andover.

This year’s distinguished community service honorees are the Andover/North Andover YMCA, represented by president and CEO Stephen Ives; Mary Montbleau, the longtime director of Andover’s Department of Community Services; and Andover Youth Services, represented by director Bill Fahey.

“This year’s recipients have contributed in many important ways to the civic well-being of Andover and surrounding communities. These two wonderful organizations and Mary Montbleau have all helped make our community special, and they are all most worthy and deserving of this award,” the event organizers say in a release.

Chamber leaders say the honorees are being recognized for the following achievements:

The Andover/North Andover YMCA has been in its present location on Haverhill Street since the early 1970s, and currently has more than 8,000 members. The organization’s diverse offerings for young and old alike include health, fitness and wellness programs, such as swimming lessons and competitive swimming programs; youth development programs in dance, gymnastics, summer programs and camps, and youth basketball; educational programs in preschool and school-age care; and a STEM collaborative program with Merrimack College in North Andover. Cultural awareness, social entrepreneurship and innovation are hallmarks of other programs.

The future of the local branch looks bright with last month’s ground-breaking for a 50,000-square-foot expansion. Highlights of the project will include expanded fitness and wellness facilities, more pool and aquatics space, a new locker room, and an active science learning center. A portion of the new space will be occupied by Lawrence General Hospital, to provide pediatric care, physical therapy and rehabilitation programs.

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