Beacon’s 2013 Fundraising Needs A Boost – From You!

The paper and the Web site grow; support dwindles

By Charlie Darling, Beacon staff
Beacon’s 2013 Fundraising Needs A Boost – From You!

It’s that time of year again – time for Andover residents, all of whom receive the Beacon in their mailbox each month at no charge, to make a voluntary contribution to help keep the Beacon going. The Andover Beacon is published by Community Publishing of Andover, Inc., a 501(c)(3) public charitable trust. We rely on […]

November 2012 Tied For Second Driest Month In 32 Years

Not even close to the driest month: February ’89

By Bill Bardsley, for the Beacon

Remember November – way back in 2012, half a winter ago? It was a sunny, dry month, so dry that it tied August, 1996 as the second driest month in Andover since 1981.* (That’s when I began keeping precipitation records.) * Like some recent baseball records, this one needs an asterisk. I had a substitute […]

Town of Andover Winter Maintenance Policy and Ordinances

Introduction Ice and snow control on our town roads is necessary for routine travel and for emergency services. The Town will provide such service in a safe and cost-effective manner, keeping in mind safety, budget, personnel, and environmental concerns. The Town will use town officers and employees and town-owned equipment and/or private contractors and their […]

Andover Moves to Semi-Annual Tax Bills in June 2014

Saves town about $9,750 per year

By Andover Board of Selectmen

Once again, the issue of semi-annual tax billing was brought before the Andover Board of Selectmen at a selectmen’s meeting in November. Analysis shows that the cost to the Town of borrowing money is not insignificant. From 2006 to 2012, the Town has paid $79,602.70 in interest to borrow money in order to pay our […]

Andover Blood Drive Dedicated To Tyler Graf

Proctor 2012 graduate is battling leukemia

Press release
Andover Blood Drive Dedicated To Tyler Graf

Proctor Academy is hosting a Red Cross blood drive on Tuesday, February 14 from 10 AM to 4 PM, at the Stone Chapel, 204 Main Street, on the Village Green. This year’s drive is dedicated to New London’s Tyler Graf, who graduated from Proctor last June. A National Honor Society member and captain of Proctor’s […]

Flu Hits Early And Hard In NH This Year

So far, Andover has been spared the worst.

By Charlie Darling, Beacon staff
Flu Hits Early And Hard In NH This Year

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports that this year’s flu season is early and widespread compared to last year. Since December there have been 40 flu outbreaks, mostly in nursing homes and long-term care facilities, which is unusually high for this time of year. In our area, the Convenience Care […]

Merrimack County Proposes Nearly Flat Budget

By Bronwyn Asplund-Walsh, Chair, Merrimack County Commissioners

December 21: Well, another election is behind us, and another County budget has just been proposed to the new legislative delegation by the Merrimack County Commissioners. I am proud to announce to you that we, the Commissioners of Merrimack County, have passed on to your local State Representatives a proposed budget which is nearly flat-funded […]

New Street Lights Are Brightening Main Street

New LEDs are brighter, cost the Town less to run

By Vicky Mishcon, Andover Energy Group

Two new LED streetlights are shining on Main Street in Andover, with more to come. The LEDs give brighter light at less cost and last significantly longer. This should be good news for drivers and pedestrians, who have been complaining for years about the quality of lighting along Main Street in front of Proctor Academy. […]

Can We Have Broadband Throughout Andover?

By Tina Cotton, Cable TV Committee

New Hampshire is the recipient of a three-year, $44.5 million grant funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to expand broadband Internet access throughout the state. Broadband is defined here as 768 kilobytes per second (kbps) downstream to a computer or similar device and 200 kbps upstream from a computer. Dial-up Internet access is […]

Welcome To Andover’s News Web Site!

More volunteers needed to keep the new site running.

By Charlie Darling, Beacon staff
Welcome To Andover’s News Web Site!

The biggest dent in the Beacon’s value to the Andover community has always been that it only appears once a month. We’ve finally solved that problem with a totally new Web site at As news arrives at the Beacon’s office throughout the month, it will be posted to as fast as our volunteers […]