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February 14, 2013

All Those Years Ago

(Continued)

Miss Jean Crayke’s cooking class enjoyed a party Friday night at the Owl’d Food Shop on Barnard Street. Bingo was played after a delightful supper.

A Cambridge man was arrested on Jan. 22 by Carl Stevens after a truck crashed in Shawsheen Village because the man claimed that he was driving one of the trucks. Tuesday he was released in district court because he claimed that he was not driving. He had earlier assumed responsibility because he did not want his employer to know that he had allowed someone else to drive the truck.

50 Years Ago— Feb. 14, 1963

Town Manager Thomas E. Duff this week predicted that town-department budgets will not require an increase in the tax rate—but he referred only to departments within his control.

The March of Dimes has raised $4,525 here, with additional amounts expected within the next few weeks. Chairman Bruce Dodd announced the total and expressed his appreciation for the work and help of many volunteers throughout the town. He said this year’s total is about $200 more than at the same time last year.

The Andover Service Club paid tribute to its past presidents last Thursday evening, by way of celebrating the 30th anniversary of the club. President Robert Phinney presented miniature gavels to the 12 past presidents in attendance.

At a recent meeting of the Andover Committee for the Heart Fund drive, Mrs. William O’Reilly was chosen general chairman. Mrs. Thomas Meyers is Heart Sunday chairman; Mrs. Sylvester Berger, Plastic Hearts chairman; and Mrs. Richard Lally, Special Gifts.

25 Years Ago— Feb. 11, 1988

Over the objections of several firemen and one former fire chief-turned-selectman, the Board of Selectmen approved the appointment of Andover’s first female firefighter Monday night. Although the decision to hire Mary Ann Skaff carried by a 4-1 margin, with Selectman William Downs carrying the negative vote, the board’s approval didn’t come without some soul-searching by its members.

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