Tax Guide Article

By Marj Roy, Town Administrator

This guide is a basic overview of the Town’s tax rate and intended to help explain the components of the tax rate and how it is set each year. The tax rate, or how much we pay for every $1,000 of property valuation is determined by the NH Department of Revenue Administration and considers three […]

Have You Forgotten Something?

Please send your 2019 donation

By Beacon Board of Directors
Have You Forgotten Something?

In October, we mailed 230 letters like this one to people who haven’t donated to the Beacon yet in 2019. To date, we’ve received donations from less than 15%. Please, if you haven’t donated yet this year, see page 4 or visit to show your support for our community’s non-profit newspaper.

Positions for Town Ballot Elections 2020

By Bonnie Wesley, Town Clerk

Town Election Day 2020 •Town Election Day is March 10, 2019, the filing period for Town Offices is Wednesday, January 22, 2020 through Friday, January 31, 2019. •If you are interested in running for office, come on into the town clerk’s office during our regular hours of M, W, Th. 9 – 2, Sat. 1/25 […]

Anyone Can Write a Warrant Article for Town Meeting or School District Meeting

Requires signatures of 25 Andover voters

By Charlie Darling, Beacon Volunteer

Traditionally, the Select Board writes the warrant articles for Town Meeting and we, the voters of Andover, flock to Town Meeting to discuss and ultimately vote on each article. The articles that we accept, including the total budget figure, pretty much control how the town is run for the coming year. But it’s not just […]

Toxic bacteria in Hopkins Pond

By Larry Chase
Toxic bacteria in Hopkins Pond

At 27 acres, Hopkins (or Adder) Pond is one of Andover’s smallest water bodies, but it has been the object of significant scrutiny in recent months, the result of citizen reports and New Hampshire Department of Environmental Resources (DES) tests that confirmed extremely high levels of toxic, tiny single-celled organisms known as cyanobacteria. While DES […]

Elbow Pond Road Re-Opens

Elbow Pond Road Re-Opens

Closed to vehicular traffic since Oct. 31, 2017, Elbow Pond Road was about to officially reopen as this issue of The Beacon went to press, thanks to completion of the Mountain Brook  box culvert. Overseen by the Andover Board of Selectmen and Road Agent John Thompson, the project cost nearly $250,000, 75 percent of which […]

FloorCraft’s Wilmot Warehouse Destroyed by Fire

Dedicated employees back to business as usual

By Beacon Staff
FloorCraft’s Wilmot Warehouse Destroyed by Fire

Thursday, November 14, started like any other day at the family-owned FloorCraft store on Route 11 in Wilmot, just over the Andover line. But by mid-afternoon, the store’s warehouse, across the parking lot from the showroom, was gone, consumed by a raging fire that sent flames 30 feet into the unseasonably cold November air. Wilmot […]

Andover Real Estate Transactions October and November

By Ty Morris, Realtor

Three homes sold in Andover from October 15 to November 18. Michael Rheaume sold 97 Lockwood Road to Edward Mack for $230,000.00. This 4 bedroom and 2 bathroom cape with attached two-car garage has 2,788 square feet of living space and sits on 5.8 acres. Mary-Lou Cummings and David Cleveland represented the sellers and Jamie […]

Andover Conservation Committee Final Minutes, October 8, 2019

By Lee  Wells

Andover Conservation Commission October 8, 2019 Final Minutes Present:  Mary Anne Broshek, Jenny Bodwell, Jerry Hersey, Lee Wells, and Tina Cotton. Minutes:  August minutes were reviewed, Lee made a motion to approve, seconded by Jerry, and approved by all. September minutes reviewed: motion to approve made by Jerry, seconded by Jenny, all approved. Correspondence: Environmental […]

Andover Planning Board Approved Minutes, October 8, 2019

By Nancy Teach

APPROVED Planning Board Minutes October 8 2019 Members present: Nancy Teach, Chair; Art Urie, Vice-Chair; Randy Monti; Doug Phelps; John Hodgson and Dave Blinn, Ex-Officio Also present: Pat Moyer, Planning & Zoning Administrator, Dave Powers, potential board member; Donna Duclos, potential board member; Deb Brower; Eric Pospesil; Chris Dumont; and Jerry Hersey. Teach opened the […]

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