Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


October 4, 2012

All Those Years Ago


50 Years Ago—Oct. 4, 1962

Ever hear of a pig that ate paper, lots of paper? Well neither has the pig farmer. And that’s the gist of a sad story surrounding the local garbage collection—lots of paper in the garbage pails. And fat little pigs just don’t like a diet of ink and paper, or paper bags or shirt bags. From complaints heard clear across the town, it has become apparent that the municipal garbage collection is one of the most monstrous headaches a bidder could inherit. For most of those putting paper in the swill have also complained bitterly when the pail full was left right where it was.

A representative group of merchants met Monday night, and agreed to form a realty trust to redevelop the commercial area if Urban Renewal is accepted at Town Meeting. A sub-committee was named to continue a study of the trust and work out the fine points of the organization. Named were Stanley Swanton, W.R. Hill, Robert Jeffreys, Douglas Pitman, Joseph B. Doherty and Atty. Robert Zollner.

McDonald Systems Inc, of Chicago, is prepared to begin construction of its take-out food stand on North Main Street, near the Plaza. The plan had been reported earlier this year, but construction had been held up for several months. Building Inspector Arthur Peatman issued a building permit last spring, which still covers the construction.

25 Years Ago—Oct. 1, 1987

The Andover Board of Selectmen Monday night refused to enter into a $4.8 million contingency purchase and sale agreement for the Champy parcel with owner Steven DeCrosta. In an unexpected action, the board instead voted 5-0 to begin eminent domain proceedings to obtain the land for affordable housing development.

Four new wings were recently added to Faith Lutheran Church on South Main Street. Pastor Dennis Kohl says the additions were necessary to serve a fast-growing community. But, he added, the building will probably have to expand in another 20 years.

Andover Recyling Inc. saved the town $18,000 over June, July and August. For those unclear about how this happens, let me remind you that the town is now paying on an average of at least $60 per ton for every ton of trash dumped at the North Andover incinerator.

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