Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


January 31, 2013

All Those Years Ago


Andover’s assessment for the operation of the Essex County tuberculosis hospital will increase this year about $250, it was announced by the county commissioners this week. Last year’s assessment was $6,687.51, this year’s $6,933.04.

50 Years Ago

Jan. 31, 1963

Finance Committee Chairman Philip B. Marsden Jr. refused to answer inquiries Tuesday, concerning the cost and income figures being used by that committee in its study of Urban Renewal. He was asked by the Townsman whether the FinCom is using the set of figures agreed upon at a meeting Jan. 17, or whether there is additional material available to the FinCom. “We have nothing to say at all,” Mr. Marsden stated crisply. “When the time comes we’ll make known our decision.”

School population is growing faster than predicted here, on the basis of new figures released by the School Committee. Predictions in 1960 were for 3,708 to 3,987 in 1963. But now it looks like there will be at least 4,115 in all grades.

From an advertisement for Andover Value Days: Andover Co-Op Fresh native chicken, 33 cents/lb.; Andover Gift House, Buenilum Chafing Dish, $12.95; John H. Grecoe Lunt, sterling silver 25% off; Michael Jay’s, Olga Girdles, $6.90; Elander & Swanton, boys’ nylon ski mittons, $2.39; Dantos’ Andover Spa, fresh candy cupboard chocolates, $1.00 per lb.

Kenneth P. Thompson, 45, 6 Howell Drive, is seeking election as selectman at the March 4 balloting.

25 Years Ago

Jan. 28, 1988

In an attempt to solve the over-crowding problem in the elementary schools, the School Committee has voted unanimously to institute the 5-3-4 plan of grade organization next September. The new system will put children in kindergarten through fifth grade in elementary schools, children in grades six through eight in middle schools, and the high school will consist of grades nine through twelve.

Dating in the ‘80s has taken on a life of its own. The sock hops of the ‘50s, the rock and roll and love-ins of the ‘60s and the disco and nightclub rage of the ‘70s have been replaced by the increasing popularity of dating services. Don Blanchette and David Coppola of North Andover saw this as an opportunity to embark on a business venture. “We noticed the market was wide open,” Blanchette said. So he and Coppola established a new dating service called Peer Balance Introductions last October.

Eric and Katie Grunner, 66 Bailey Road, Andover, each won first prize in the Crayola National Coloring Contest. Each child received a five-foot plastic Crayola crayon in recognition of the achievement. Thousands of entries representing every state were submitted and judged on creativity, according to Dean Rodenbough, spokesperson for Binney & Smith, maker of Crayola products.

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