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After a break since last spring due to the pandemic, Andover students began the school year under a hybrid model with a mix of in-person and remote learning. Much controversy surrounded the choice of an educational method that would keep staff and students safe.

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A group of area children gathered last week at Drummond Playground in North Andover and used a nearby field as their easel.

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Students returned to Andover School of Montessori on Aug. 31 — the same day that would have been the 150th birthday of Maria Montessori, founder of the Montessori philosophy of education. To celebrate, each student received a growing kit with seeds for flowers and herbs.

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Since 1998, the Andover Community Skate Park, maintained and supported by Andover Youth Services, has offered people of all ages and skateboarding levels the opportunity to enjoy a dynamic atmosphere to advance skills and have fun with friends. It's a great venue to ride a scooter, too.

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Today the Shawsheen River is a lot cleaner than it was before thanks to volunteers who removed items from the waterway Sunday.

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Hiking the Charles W. Ward Reservation is a popular sport for locals, especially in the times of social distancing. The 694-acre property in Andover and North Andover is maintained by The Trustees of Reservations and was founded in 1891.

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Jazz lovers can get their fix on Friday and Saturday nights at Salvatore’s Restaurant, where live music can be heard from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Members of Merrimack Valley People for Peace assembled in front of Old Town Hall on Aug. 6 for a silent vigil to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the use of nuclear weapons on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan that helped end World War II. 8/6/20

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Merrimack Valley People for Peace held a silent vigil in front of the Old Town Hall on Aug. 6 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. Members gathered in a circle for a prayer at the end of the annual event. 

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Scouts from Troop 76 in Ballardvale participated in a socially distant hike through several AVIS reservations July 18.

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It's one thing keeping things sanitized indoors during the coronavirus pandemic. Imagine trying to do the same at a construction site with dozens of volunteer workers coming and going from week to week.

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Despite some restriction due to the pandemic, Andover's Pomps Pond has been a welcome place to cool off for people from all around the region.

Sydney Gregory, a recent graduate of Andover High School, was awarded a $1,000 college scholarship from the Merrimack Valley Credit Union. Gregory will attend Johns Hopkins University in the fall, where she plans to study chemistry.

A large crowd of students, staff and others turned out for the retirement party of fifth-grade teacher Nancy DiSalvo. She has been at High Plain Elementary School for seven years and the Andover school system for a total of 31 years.

The following items were taken from past issues of the Townsman.

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Hannah Goff has been documenting the stark, empty reality of the pandemic in a series of photos she’s taking in the Seaport District of Boston.

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Anyone who has passed Aya Murata’s School Street home recently probably noticed her positive sidewalk-chalk notes.

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ANDOVER — Calia LeBranti was honored for her 10th birthday — and her generosity — Wednesday, April 15, by family, friends and neighbors who organized a socially distant parade for her.

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The newest exhibit at the Addison Gallery of American Art takes a fresh look at youth through impressions captured by photographers over the last century.

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Handel and a host of beloved carols make for pretty traditional fare at a holiday concert.

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 Downtown Andover was happening Friday night as Holiday Happenings filled the town with Christmas spirit, despite the cold and drizzly weather.

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CARL RUSSO/Staff photo. Scores of local families were in downtown Andover for the town's Holiday Happenings event last Friday night. Among them was Elizabeth Thibodeau, 2, who wore her Santa hat for her visit with Old St. Nick.  For more photos from the event, See Page 12. 12/13/2019

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It started with a popular musical comedy-drama television show that ended four years ago. And like high-schoolers across the country, Andover High School singers and dancers caught the show's unique choir fever and they still have it.

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Main Street officially turns into Scarecrow Street this weekend, as a record number of scarecrows takes up residence there.

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A 2011 Andover High School graduate has landed a role on a Fox network holiday series set to air in December.

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The town has summertime concerts for adults and families, but this event was for a special group of kids — Andover's littlest kids.

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The Friends of the Andover Memorial Hall Library and the town's Fire, Police and Public Works departments sponsored the annual vehicle night Tuesday, July 16. The library parking lot was converted into a display of large trucks and a variety of police vehicles for kids to view, climb inside …

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The first-ever town-sponsored weekday concert for kids was a hit as scores of youngsters danced and giggled while enjoying the show. Parents and other caregivers brought lawn chairs and also enjoyed the show geared t[kids ages 1 to 6.

We've heard of Amber alerts that help police find missing children. Now, one Andover resident has stretched the Amber alert sphere to include parrots when she posted a "missing parrot alert" on Facebook last Thursday night.

As Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston aims to raise $60 million for life-saving cancer research and patient care, thousands of bike riders are taking part in the hospital's Pan-Mass Challenge to raise money. Thirty-three riders are from Andover.

Andover Recreation’s Superstars of the Week, for the week starting Monday, June 24, were recently announced by the town Rec. Department.

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