Ann Lange's flower arrangement

Ann C. Lange, a long-time member of the Andover Garden Club, won a national award for her flower arrangement.

Andover woman wins flower arrangement award

The Andover Garden Club is proud to announce that long-time member and past president Ann C. Lange has been named “Flower Arranger of the Year” by National Garden Clubs, Inc.

Lange earned the distinction by creating a flower arrangement in the “Creative Design” style, using hand-painted palm spathes, dipper gourds (Lagenaria siceraria), and braided palm leaves. Photographer Pat Watson then captured an image of the design, entitled “Birds Take Wing.”

Lange submitted the photograph for judging by the committee that picks entries for the annual Vision of Beauty calendar, now in its 73rd edition. She won the coveted Helen S. Hull Calendar award, earning her the title “Flower Arranger of the Year.”

Lange has earned the award once before, making her one of very few designers to have achieved this recognition twice.

Copies of the 2022 calendar may be purchased at

Teens help protect salamanders

An Andover High School Destination Imagination team went to state Rep. Tram Nguyen, D-Andover, to ask for help to protect blue-spotted salamanders.

The team, known as the Andover Animal Advocates, designed a project to teach people about 29 locally endangered species and then crafted legislation to protect what many agreed upon as the most important, the blue-spotted salamanders.

“The blue-spotted salamander is an important part of our local ecosystem,” Nguyen said. “But that is only one reason that I filed this bill. A big reason is another important species even more vital to the sustainability of our planet: students who care. When students get involved, we are all better off. Which is why I am grateful that these students came to me with their request to make the democratically-selected blue-spotted salamander the State Amphibian of Massachusetts. It was an honor to file their bill, and it is encouraging to see my colleagues in the State House sign on as co-sponsors.”

The Andover Animal Advocates team agrees. “This bill extends far beyond selecting a new state symbol for the Commonwealth; it acts as a gateway to greater environmental awareness. We believe that if this bill passes, we can raise awareness of the disappearing Vernal pool habitats and the many species that depend on them. This is a problem that is more urgent today than ever.”

Musical celebrating pilgrims comes to Andover

Anchored: The PilgrimStory will be preformed at the Collins Center at 7 p.m. on Sept. 30. The show is an all-new dramatic ballet created to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the pilgrims, is coming to New England this fall. Anchored is a collaboration between FirstLoveWorks,Inc., a nonprofit organization founded by Ann and Tom Savastano, and Ballet Magnificat!

Anchored covers the saga of the Pilgrims’ voyage from their departure to the first Thanksgiving in America, depicting the faith, hope, and courage which sustained them. Anchored spotlights significant scenes such as the tumultuous crossing of the Atlantic, the signing of the Mayflower Compact, the intensity of the first winter, the long-lasting peace treaty with the Wampanoag people, and the festive harmony of the first Thanksgiving.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $17.50 for children 13 and under. Go to to purchase tickets.

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