Andover is Well Represented on Social Media

Beacon invites connections

By Charlie Darling
“For Sale in Andover, NH” is one of about three dozen Facebook pages and groups focused on clubs and organizations in Andover. At about 3,900 members, it is by far the largest.

I spent a rainy day this month on Facebook trying to find every Andover club or organization I could. No, it’s not my idea of a good time, but Tom Hilton, the Beacon’s social media volunteer, is doing such a great job with the Beacon’s Facebook page ( that I thought it was time to look around and see what other Andover-related resources Facebook offers. Quite a lot, it turns out.
(I started with clubs and organizations just because that’s where the Beacon fits in. I hope to look for Andover businesses on the next rainy day and will report back on what I find.)
The list below covers, in brief and in their own words, what I found on Andover Facebook pages and groups that have posted within the past year or so. I was pleased to see how well the warp and weft of our community is represented in this major social media platform.
One of the Beacon’s most important jobs is to support the organizations that support our community, so I hope everyone who manages social media for their club or organization will also send their news, big or small, to so we can get it in the paper and on and on

Facebook Pages
Town of Andover NH
Category: Government Organization … 532 people follow this page … From “About”: This page has been created by the Town of Andover, to deliver fast, accurate information for the community.
Andover NH Police Department
Law Enforcement Agency … 1,497 follow … Serving and protecting the citizens of Andover.
Andover NH Emergency Services
Community Organization … 1,555 follow … Community outreach for the men and women of Andover Fire and Andover Emergency Medical Services.
Andover Beacon
Nonprofit Organization … 562 follow … The Andover Beacon is Andover’s non-profit monthly community newspaper, delivered free to every Andover mailing address.
Andover Community Church
Religious Organization … 140 follow … We are a community of believers in Jesus from many denominational backgrounds, now worshiping in the Anglican tradition. Our worship blends historic forms and contemporary praise.
Andover Community Coffeehouse
Performance and Event Venue … 115 follow … Andover Community Coffeehouse provides a local venue for live music on the third Friday of every month at the Highland Lake Grange Hall in East Andover.
Andover Community Hub
Community Organization … 503 follow … The Andover Community Hub is a community center serving the Andover area with a variety of programs and services for residents of all ages.
Andover NH Democrats
Political Organization … 403 follow … The Andover Democrats’ Facebook page.
Andover Elementary School
Elementary School … 140 follow … Lowest grade taught: Kindergarten. Highest grade taught: 8th Grade
Andover Fish & Game
Nonprofit Organization … 165 follow
Andover NH Food Pantry
Community Center … 275 follow … The Andover Food Pantry is a volunteer driven community center for everyone to use. You can find it through the big double doors at the Andover Community Hub beside Pizza Chef.
Andover NH 4th of July
Community Organization … 1,017 follow … The present tradition of Fourth of July Celebration was started during World War II by two members of the Blackwater Grange, Etta Currier Haughton and Olive Seavey, to entertain Andover youngsters at a time when so many menfolk were away in the service.
Andover Girls Softball
Nonprofit Organization … 146 follow … Girls softball ages 4 to 12. Our teams are from T-ball U6 to U8, U10, U12, U14.
Andover NH Historical Society
Nonprofit Organization … 415 follow … The Andover Historical Society was established to preserve the history of Andover through the acquisition and conservation of property, artifacts, and stories.
Andover Outing Club
Sports Club … 285 follow
Andover NH Rec Sports
Sports League … 178 follow … Andover Recreation’s sports programs include alpine skiing, basketball, and fall soccer for Andover youths.
Andover Service Club Thrift & Gift Shop
Nonprofit Organization … Lovely Thrift and Gift shop featuring creations of local artisans and gently used clothing for women and children. Proceeds benefit scholarship funds and contributions to local organizations.
Andover Snowmobile Club
Sports Club … 1,626 follow … The Andover Snowmobile Club is located in Andover NH and maintains over 80 miles of trails which connect with other area clubs to provide an extensive trail system.
Andover Youth Baseball
Nonprofit Organization … 210 follow … We are a Cal Ripken affiliated youth baseball league. Our coaches donate their time and energy to educating your child on the basics of the game of baseball. Our mission is to develop a love for the game of baseball in your child that will last a lifetime.
Boys & Girls Club of Andover NH
Community … 180 follow … We provide after school and summer day camp programs for kids in grades K-8.
East Andover Village Preschool
Preschool … 367 follow … Quality preschool program for 3 to 5 year olds. We offer developmentally appropriate, hands-on activities as children explore and engage with their natural curiosities and questions.
Friends of the Northern Rail Trail in New Hampshire
Bike Trail … 1,978 follow … 59 miles of resurfaced rail trail extend from just north of Concord to Lebanon for year round use by walkers, bikers, horseback riders, wheelchairs, and dog walkers. Snowmobiles and cross country skiing are allowed in winter.
The Highland Lake Protective Association
Nonprofit Organization … 136 follow … The HLPA welcomes all members of the community who are interested in protecting and celebrating the beauty of Highland Lake.
Proctor Academy
High School … 3,081 follow … Proctor Academy is a coeducational, independent preparatory boarding and day school for grades 9-12.
Ragged Mountain Fish & Game Club
Sports & Recreation … 428 follow … Ragged Mountain Fish & Game Club, a small mountainside community in Andover, was founded in 1901 as a family summer retreat.
Ricky’s Cruise In
Cars … 357 follow … From May through September: Cruise Night at The Refinery every Wednesday from 5 to 8 PM for an evening of food, fun, and classic cars. All proceeds from the 50/50 raffle and Wheel of Chance are donated to the New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton.

Public Groups
Andover NH Area Democrats, Independents & Progressives
67 members … Democrats, Independents, progressives, and general fellow-travelers committed to supporting progressive causes locally, on the state level, and nationally; advancing civic education; and encouraging political action that will ensure a peaceful, just, and prosperous future for all.
I’m From Andover NH and Remember …
556 members … Post memories, questions, and events.

Private Groups
Andover-Danbury-Salisbury Republicans
58 members … The Andover-Danbury-Salisbury Republican Town Committee exists to assist in the election of Republican candidates and supports Republican beliefs and philosophies.
Andover NH Friends
965 members … What’s happening in Andover, New Hampshire? Talk about what’s going on. Post your events or other community news. Let’s build a great community connection and support each other. Buy/sell/trade/barter welcome, too.
For Sale in Andover NH
3,900 members … Because this page is based out of Andover, non-locals should be willing to travel to Andover, unless other arrangements are made between both parties. Please post a picture of all sale items.
Andover Parents
251 members … This group is for parents of the students at AE/MS.