A Reminder that Recycling is Available in Andover

By Janet Moore

Just when you thought life couldn’t get any better, along comes more good news. You can now recycle bottles and cans at the Andover Transfer Station. That includes beverage containers of all kinds, as long as they’re glass, tin, or aluminum. Oh wait, we’ve been doing that for several years now. So, save those beer […]

In a Democracy, Citizens Have the Right to Govern Themselves

This requires more than voting

By Ken Wells

Democracy means “the people rule.” As citizens of a democracy, we have the right and also the responsibility to govern ourselves, our democracy’s publicly-owned institutions, and privately-owned commercial enterprises. Doing this effectively requires more than just voting on Election Day. We citizens often neglect our responsibility to pay close attention to what’s happening in government. […]

State Legislature Meets In-Person to Take Up Bills

Partial list of bills and personal vote

By Louise Andrus

Happy Spring!  But it is not Spring this morning, March 15.  It’s only five above zero with high winds. Very cold when I went out to feed the animals. There are some patches of bare ground and muddy roads. The sap is running when it warms up enough for it to run, and some of […]

Benefits of Medicare for All Explained; Vote Yes

By Kent Hackmann

Last month’s Beacon published a petitioned warrant article that will be on the warrant at the upcoming Andover Town Meeting. It asks Congress to pass a bill for Medicare for All (M4All).  M4All would have tangible, positive results: ● Freedom from the worrying expenses of increased deductibles and premiums that have risen annually.  ● Freedom […]

Efforts to Privatize Education Threaten Public Schools

All-inclusive learning is at risk

By Cinde Warmington

Public education is at the edge of a precipice in New Hampshire right now. Our state has some of the best public schools in the country: US News & World Report ranks our state third in the nation for pre-K to 12 education.  But this year, a well-coordinated effort in our state government is poised […]

Property Tax Increase Possible if Education Voucher Bill Passes

By Mary Anne Broshek

A prime concern for New Hampshire legislators and Governor must be to lower property taxes by undoing and preventing the  downshifting of costs to towns and cities. In the past, down shifting was done when State revenues went down.  The promise was to reinstate those funds when revenue went back up. Listed below are a […]

New State Representative Gives Overview of House Happenings

By Louise Andrus

As a State Representative the most gratifying part of the journey is listening to the citizens in hearings or reading their emails, whether for or against any given bill.  Listening or reading both sides of an issue can give a whole new perspective to an issue. To me, the Legislature is of the people, by […]

Andover Community Hub Comes to the Rescue

By Nancy Robart

Many thanks to Andover Hub! In early January, I was scheduled to get my “new hip” and had planned to pick up my “assistive devices,” walker, and cane at the New London Council of Aging prior to surgery date. However, by the time I called COA, they were closed and the opportunity for pick up […]

Andover Resident Thanks Workers Who Keep Roads Cleared

By Janet Moore

Just a note of gratitude from an Andover resident to all of the people who keep our roads plowed: winter seems to have appeared for real in late January, necessitating a lot of plowing. Thanks so much to those who clear our roads (and driveways), allowing for easy, though caution-filled access, to wherever we need […]

2020 Candidate Didn’t Win, But Thanks Andover Folks

By Faith Minton

Apologies for this belated thank you to those supporters and voters for my run for New Hampshire House District 25 State Representative. Although I did not succeed in the election, I am grateful for all the help I received from people in this district’s five towns, especially the very involved folks of Andover! One of […]