Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


February 17, 2011

All Those Years Ago

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.

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