Reader Pens Response to Louise Andrus’s August “View”

By Marie D. Nardino

Louise Andrus provides us with her “View from Concord” on a monthly basis in The Beacon.  I found her August View to be somewhat of a contradiction on a number of levels. She states that she is now taking some Constitution classes (I hope not with PragerU) and provides her interpretation that both the New […]

Reader Urges Exercise Enthusiasts to Wear Reflective Clothing

By Connie Ressler

Several times lately, I have observed Andover and East Andover residents jogging or riding their bicycles. These times have been at dusk, and those individuals have not been wearing reflective clothing. Please protect yourselves. None of us want to hear of a tragedy. Reflective clothing and sneakers are widely available. Connie Ressler East Andover

Thanks a Million!

By Meg Dugan, Executive Director

It was a palooza of a day! The Wilmot Community Association’s (WCA) fifth annual Wilmotpalooza was nonstop fun. Held on September 10, fortunately, Mother Nature held off her deluge until later in the afternoon.  We couldn’t have done it without our fabulous volunteers, community partners and sponsors. Wilmot Learning Place painted faces, to the delight […]

What’s happening to Democracy?

By Lorna Carlisle

On Thursday morning, September 14, the State Board of Education held a public hearing regarding a proposal to use an outsourced “Financial Literacy” program. This would be from PragerU — an organization run by a rich person — not an accredited University. Two rooms at Granite State College were filled with attendees. The overwhelming majority […]

Uriah and Mary N. Chase Research Project Completed

By Kent Hackmann

I am delighted to report to the Andover Beacon readership that I have completed my research and essays on Mary N. Chase and her father, Uriah Chase.  I thank again the many persons who contributed to my projects.  The father and daughter belong to Andover’s history. Uriah (1820-1888), a Free Will Baptist minister, commands attention […]

Update on Mary N. Chase Research Efforts


By Kent Hackmann

Thank you, readers, who answered my call for information about Mary N. Chase, when she lived in Andover, from 1899 to 1942. Thanks, too, to Luan Clark, curator of the Andover Historical Society, and other helpful members of the AHS. She introduced me to a local history treasure trove stored in the J. C. Emmons […]

“Geese on the Beach” Project Proves Successful


By Janet Eklund

The combined efforts to keep the Canada Geese off the Town Beach and out of Chaffee Park paid off this summer. What a difference a year can make. Geese are not there. Thank you to our Town Selectboard, Road Agent and Highway Department, the Highland Lake Protective Association, private landowners, and the East Andover Preschool […]

Planning Board Invites Public Participation in Master Planning

Input from businesses and organizations needed

By Ken Wells, Chair Andover Planning Board

Andover’s 2013 Master Plan has reached its 10-year sunset, so for the past several months the Planning Board’s Master Planning subcommittee, chaired by Jake Gilman, has been meeting with townspeople to update our shared vision of Andover’s future for the coming decade. Andover businesses and organizations are also a vital part of our community. We […]

Deborah Aylward’s View from Concord

Deborah Aylward’s View from Concord

The House finished its sessions on June 29, but that does not mean representatives can necessarily take a vacation. The filing dates for bills are September 11 through the 15th, which means the next few weeks could be dedicated to preparation, and, of course, constituent services are ongoing. Constituent services may involve various non-legislative activities […]

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