25 Years Ago Feb. 13, 1986
A warrant article that defines and governs land use in areas surrounding Andover's water supply met with mixed reviews in a public hearing at Tuesday night's Planning Board meeting. The proposed Watershed Protection Overlay District, drawn up by planning consultant Frances M. Fink in conjunction with town staff and board members, was lauded by members of the West Andover Neighborhood Association (WANA).
The School Committee has agreed to allow the elementary schools to begin to use the $25,000 grant for school improvement out of the $200 million school improvement reform bill instituted by the state legislature in 1985.
After a heated discussion about the planned placement of a controversial intersection, the Andover Planning Board voted to disapprove definitive plans for the subdivision "Devonshire Place," proposed for a location between Osgood and Blanchard streets.
50 Years Ago Feb. 16, 1961
New homes constructed in Andover, with relatively high valuations, actually pay for themselves and services needed by their residents. It has been reliably reported that this is a conclusion by a special study committee appointed after the last Town Meeting to determine how much new homes are costing the community.
Industrial zoning will get a thorough exam when the Planning Board holds its legal hearings on proposed changes in the industrial area. Vigorous objections and concern have been raised about the extension on the industrial zone along Route 93 past the intercept with Route 495 down to High Plain road.
The dedication of a new wing at the Memorial Hall Library will take place this Sunday. Space for a workroom and office and a librarian's office was allowed by the western extension of the former building.
75 Years Ago Feb. 14, 1936
Last Saturday evening the Punchard High School students on Salem street gave their annual sleigh ride party. The group started from the Lynch Farm on Grey road and continued on many country roads of Andover, North Andover and Boxford, and returned by way of the Salem turnpike to the home of Mr, and Mrs. Harold Dunn of Salem street where hot refreshments were served to the hungry crowd.
A tax rate of $30.20, a record high for Andover and one dollar higher than last year's rate is forecast by the town finance committee in the annual report on the town warrant.
The town ballot closed last night with papers being filed with the town clerk for 33 candidates. The last week saw little action in the major battles, although several papers were filed in other contests.
100 Years Ago Feb. 17, 1911
The proprietors of the Myerscough & Buchan garage on Park Street are fast adding to their well equipped business. With the purchase of new machinery which has just been installed, they now have as good a machine shop as can be found in any garage in this vicinity.
The Hemenway property on Abbot street which was sold on Monday afternoon at public auction by auctioneer Rogers, was bought by H. J. Shorten of Lewis street. The purchase price was $2,950.
A party of some of the girl employees of the Tyer Rubber Co. together with their friends enjoyed a sleigh ride to Lowell.