AT Bancroft K painters

From front, Bancroft Elementary School kindergarten students Leah Satlow and Timmy Conners were busy at easels painting a bear's winter habitat. Kindergarten children are learning about hibernation and where animals live while they hibernate.

And the winner is...

Over a dozen businesses around The Bridal Center in Andover’s Elm Square are coming together for the “Military Dream Wedding” giveaway. The top vote-getting couple was to be announced last night, Jan. 9, after Townsman press time.

Three finalists were announced Dec. 22 and over 6,000 video watchers voted, according to the Bridal Center’s website. The businesses reviewed the entries and selected the three finalists. Videos of the couples were put on the Internet for the public to vote on (as reported in the Townsman, Dec. 13).

— Judy Wakefield

Andover census

in the mail

The Annual Town Census was mailed to residents on Jan. 2, and the town clerk’s office is looking for them to be returned as soon as possible. Failing to return the local census form may affect a person’s voting status.

Special census boxes are available throughout the town. Drop-off locations are listed on the census forum.

If you don’t receive a census by Jan. 15, call the town clerk’s office at 623-8255 or visit the town’s website at and search for “Census Form” to download a form.

Challenge yourself, support the troops

Supporters and participants are welcome to attend the first-ever townwide Troop Challenge being held at Yang’s Fitness Studio in Andover on Friday, Jan. 27 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Compete in such challenges as push ups, pull ups, a wall sit and a 45-pound back pack carry. It’s an event to support Homes for Troops, and build momentum heading toward the annual Run for the Troops, a road race in Andover scheduled this year for Sunday, April 7. The Troop Challenge is a great way to get in shape for the road race, say organizers.

The cost is $25 and you must be over 18. See for more information.

Bears in winter

Speaking of kindergarten, Michelle’s Menagerie visited the Bancroft Elementary School Tuesday as part of the kindergarten science curriculum. The presentation was on woodland animals. Kindergarten children are learning about hibernation and animal’s habitats during hibernation. Michelle’s Menagerie was brought to the school by Bancroft’s PTO.

Faith Matters — the show just on break

If you’re looking for the local spiritual and religious television show, “Faith Matters,” that has been airing for years on Andover’s cable television station, it’s on hiatus, according to the star of the show. But Rabbi Robert Goldstein of Temple Emanuel in Andover said the show is coming back.

Goldstein paired with the Rev. Dr. Jack Daniel, who retired from Free Christian Church last year. Goldstein said he and Daniel are currently working on a taping schedule and hope to be back on cable soon.

— Judy Wakefield

Kindergarten registration date scheduled

Andover Public Schools will hold its annual kindergarten registration event on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at the Doherty Middle School auditorium from 6 to 8 p.m.

The event is held for all students entering kindergarten in September 2013, and it covers all town elementary schools. To be eligible for kindergarten in the fall, students must be age 5 on or before Sept. 1, 2013.

The event will feature a brief introduction followed by individual school registration. Information packets can be obtained online in advance at

For questions, contact the assistant superintendent’s office at 623-8506 or

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