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Taxpayers will likely be asked in the spring to approve borrowing $280 million — $115 million of it to build a new West Elementary School.

The items below were taken from past editions of the Townsman.

Candidates are lining up for elected town and school positions which Andover voters will fill in late March.

As Andover children continue with hybrid learning due to the pandemic, parents are pressuring town education officials to get students back into classrooms full time.

60 Dascomb Road: Rita E. Deldotto to Jen C. Lin and Siew T. Tan, $590,000

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It started with one cake made from scratch and gifts bought with her babysitting money. Now Hannah Finn's One Wish Project is on the way to providing happy birthdays to more than 250 children.

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Elizabeth Covino noticed more and more little libraries were popping up in the area, and she had always wanted one of her own.

After leaving the Andover school district to work for the state Department of Education in 2010, Claudia Bach was always willing to help the town.

The following items come from past editions of the Townsman:

36 Bobby Jones Drive, Unit 36: Peter J. and Susan E. Cannone to Sylevester J. and Marcial Boumil, $975,000

It was a gesture that warmed the hearts — and bellies — of local healthcare workers.

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In the days after George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police, hundreds of protests against police brutality and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement sprang up around the country.

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Santa made a special visit to Andover in advance of Christmas Eve, dropping off 1,000 candy canes, according to organizers of the 4th annual Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt. 

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All of a sudden one week in March, things changed across the Merrimack Valley. Schools closed their doors, churches were forced to forego weekly worship, and residents ran to the supermarket in hopes of snagging enough toilet paper to last for 14 days or more.

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In March 2020, just as the COVID-19 pandemic was emerging, the $143 million class action settlement for the Merrimack Valley gas disaster was approved.

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This was the year the world grew sick. More than 320,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, the virus still is surging, and pandemic-induced changes have tossed normalcy to the wind.

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Three more people are dead from a COVID-19 outbreak at Atria Marland Place, bringing the total number of fatalities at the assisted living and memory care complex on Stevens Street to 16, according to an official at the company that owns the facility.

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The pandemic has wreaked havoc on businesses across the Merrimack Valley — and all around the country for that matter.

Interim Superintendent Claudia Bach has settled her six-month contract with the school district.

A proposal requiring monitors to supervise work on natural gas pipes has been approved by Congress as part of a year-end government spending bill.

The pandemic has been wreaking havoc on small businesses across the Merrimack Valley and the country, but a local architecture firm has been quietly planning and hiring people to help rebuild after the pandemic.

42 Clark Road: Miriam W. Chapman to Mario Barela and Christine Caples, $702,000

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Santa Claus made a special visit to Andover earlier this month to greet children and pick up wish lists. 

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Hundreds of local doctors were among the first frontline workers to receive Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine this week at both Lawrence General Hospital and Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, where shots were administered to employees in hopes of curbing the spread of coronavirus.

BOSTON — Police officers accused of wrongdoing could be brought before a board mostly composed of civilians with the power to suspend them and take away their credentials.

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