Former town selectman, local businessman and community activist Ted Teichert is being honored next week with the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Yankee Clipper Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Teichert, a selectman in town from 2000-2012, is one of two area residents being recognized for their “outstanding contributions to the community,” according to a statement issued by the group organizing the event. At-Large Lawrence City Councilor Dan Rivera is also being honored.
The awards will be given during a breakfast event Friday, May 17, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Andover Country Club, 60 Canterbury St., Andover.
“This award is bestowed upon individuals who have been unselfish in their service to others and have demonstrated integrity and genuine concern for others in their professional and personal lives, making important contributions serving their fellow citizens, community and nation,” said the statement, issued by committee chairwoman Eileen O’Connor Bernal, attorney Peter Caruso, businessman Robert Lavoie and Andover Town Manager Buzz Stapczynski.
Teichert grew up in Andover, son of a local small business owner, and continues to be involved in the community. During his term as selectman, he was an advocate for downtown business, senior citizens and public schools.
Projects he was involved with include the public safety center, Woodhill Middle and High Plain Elementary schools and the Andover Youth Center.
Teichert is owner of Ted Entertainment, a disc jockey service he started in 1980. He is involved with the Andover Business Center Association’s efforts to promote the downtown and is one of the backers for Andover Day, which now attracts 10,000 people.
He also is well-known for his work coaching youth sports, through Andover Little League, Buddy Werner Ski League, Andover Jr. Football League and the Andover Soccer Association. He has been president of the Andover Jr. Football League for 10 years.
Rivera, meanwhile, is the son of a single mother who emigrated from the Dominican Republic to find a better life for her family by working in area mills.