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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.

The following Andover people were recognized for a variety of achievements:

On his passing in 1918, the Reverend Charles C. Carpenter was remembered as a dedicated missionary, local historian and tireless researcher. “C. C. C.”, as he was widely known, was fascinated by the world around him. When he was 10-years-old he began a diary charting his daily events, discov…

The Andona Society has awarded five graduating seniors at Andover High School with a $2,000 scholarship each.

Research shows that homelessness traumatizes children as it negatively impacts a child's brain development.

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Justice Louis Scolnik of Andover, was presented with the ACLU of Maine’s annual award at an event at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, Maine,on June 6.

On the 75th anniversary of the historic Allied invasion that set the stage for vanquishing Nazi Germany in World War II, America’s remaining D-Day veterans are a small army indeed.

During the 1800s, Syrians and Armenians were among the French Canadian, Irish and Italian immigrants who settled in the Merrimack Valley. Many found work on area farms and in local woolen mills. Sarkis Colombosian and his wife, Rose, came from Armenia in 1922. His parents gave them a milk ro…

Congregation Beth Israel of the Merrimack Valley, located at 6 Dundee Park in Andover, recently hosted a program, "Recalling Havana," featuring the immigrant story of a local Cuban native.

From demolishing a deck to mixing 5,280 pounds of concrete to replacing a tub with an accessible shower, 43 South Church high schoolers and 13 adults kept busy over spring break helping low income homeowners in Virginia on a mission trip.

In the immediate aftermath of the gas fires and explosions that tore through the communities of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover on Sept. 13, 2018, it was ‘trust,’ said Gov. Charlie Baker, that made swift action of the collaborative effort to assist the thousands of residents and business…

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 More than 200 people gathered at the Andover Country Club on May 1 to celebrate 19 of Andover’s unsung heroes honored at the Rotary Club of Andover’s annual Citizens Who Care gala.

Andover Townsman—All Those Years Ago

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It was anything but a typical Little League parade as former big-league pitcher Curt Schilling was on-hand as a special guest to throw out the first pitch on Saturday.

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Sgt. Daniel M. Clark, aka “The Singing Trooper,” performed for nearly 350 guests in Andover, at least 100 of whom were veterans, at the Andover Country Club last Friday night as part of the pre-race dinner for the Run for the Troops 5K fundraiser.

Charles L. Carter was born in Georgetown, Mass., on Aug. 28, 1833. At the age of 34 he arrived in Andover, having just accepted the position of Innkeeper at the Mansion House on the Phillips Academy campus.

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Obituaries

Andover, MA - Robert B. Shapiro, of Andover, formerly of Chestnut Hill, passed away on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. For 56 years, he was the beloved husband of Ruth (Neistadt) Shapiro. Loving father of Mark Shapiro and his wife Janet and daughter Sienna, and Gregg Shapiro and his wife Lauren…

North Andover, MA - Paula Joan Eldridge, in North Andover, formerly of Andover, and Siasconset, on January 8, 2020, at 91 years old. Beloved mother of Victoria Aloiau and Scott Pascucci, and grandmother of Dillon Pascucci and Aiden Pascucci. Predeceased by Vincent Pascucci and Patricia Eldri…

Naples, ME - Robert "Bob" Van Der Zee, 92, of Naples, Maine passed Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019 after a brief illness. Robert was born in Quincy, Massachusetts and raised in Hingham. He was a varsity basketball player known as Chick by his teammates. Bob served his country during World War II. Upon …