Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


January 16, 2014

Town Talk

Somber farewell to trusted town employee, friend

Signing up for any town-run course through the Department of Community Services typically meant a chat with Meg.

For 17 years, Margaret “Meg” Bartow Batcheller was the go-to gal for any DCS question. She knew the answer or could find out quickly.

Batcheller, 56, of Methuen, formerly of Andover, died last week after struggling with cancer. She leaves her beloved husband, Burt Batcheller, who is very active with the town’s Conservation Department, and a son, Alec Batcheller.

Her death hit many in town hard, but especially those in the Department of Conservation Services, including its director, Mary Montbleau. She and her staff were struggling with the loss this week.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Alec Batcheller Education Fund, c/o Century Bank, 15 Elm St., Andover 01810. For additional information, visit

Remembering Colleen Ritzer

There’s no better reason to look pretty in pink

That’s because pink was Colleen Ritzer’s favorite color.

A “style-athon” fundraiser in memory of Ritzer of Andover, the Danvers High School math teacher who was killed allegedly by one of her students last October, will be held at Vero Salon and Spa, One Central St. in Middleton, on Monday, Jan. 27, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Pink hair extensions will be available, along with pink T-shirts, pink bracelets as well as haircuts. Gift certificates and gift baskets will also be part of the event.

All proceeds will be donated to the Colleen Ritzer Memorial Scholarship Fund. Call Vero Salon at 978-750-4004 with any questions or for more information.


Have an item for Town Talk? Email

Text Only | Photo Reprints

Pictures of the Week