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 […]

Beacon Kicks Off 2014 Fundraising

Annual “Round Tuit” is foundation of local support

By Charlie Darling, Beacon staff
Beacon Kicks Off 2014 Fundraising

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 for 2014 to help keep the Beacon going. If you receive your Beacon at an Andover address, you should find a “Round Tuit” envelope in […]

Health Insurance “Navigator” to Speak in Franklin and Andover

In Andover on January 22

Press release

Either of two upcoming events can help you learn more about the Health Insurance Marketplace. The presentation will be offered in Franklin on Tuesday, January 14, from 6 to 7 PM at the Franklin Public Library at 310 Central Street. The presentation will be offered again in Andover on Wednesday, January 22, at 7 PM […]

Selectmen Propose Capital Budget for Roads and Bridges

Bundling projects could save $550,000

By Vicky Mishcon, Board of Selectmen

The Board of Selectmen propose to take advantage of the present state of the economy and the historically low interest rates to address the Town’s roads and bridges. We will present a warrant article at Town Meeting asking for authority to take out a loan or bond to pay for the proposed projects. Below is […]

Beacon’s First Canvassing Campaign a Success

Marks a significant step toward sustainability

By Charlie Darling, Beacon staff
Beacon’s First Canvassing Campaign a Success

I’m very pleased to announce that our first-ever canvassing campaign for The Andover Beacon raised well over $6,000 and brought to 330 the total number of Andover households who have donated to the Beacon this year. That puts us just over half-way to achieving long-term sustainability for the Beacon, which we calculate will require about […]

Andover Tax Rates for 2013 Up 3.9%

Unexpended surplus from school averts much larger increase

By Ed Hiller, Andover Budget Committee
Andover Tax Rates for 2013 Up 3.9%

The tax rates for Andover for 2013 have been finalized – up about 3.9% over last year. A property in the Andover Fire District assessed at $200,000 will have its tax bill increase from $3,734 for 2012 to $3,876 for 2013, an increase of $142. Similar amounts apply for a property in the East Andover […]

Special Election to Fill Councilor Burton’s Seat

January 21 primary, March 11 election

NH Executive Council press release

We are all deeply saddened by the loss of Councilor Ray Burton, New Hampshire’s public servant and champion of the North Country. His dedication to the citizens of New Hampshire was unparalleled, and he will be sorely missed. A memorial service celebrating the life of Councilor Burton will be held on Saturday, December 14, at […]

Traffic Pattern Changes at the Transfer Station

New pattern accommodates new equipment, promotes safety

By Duncan Coolidge, Board of Selectmen
Traffic Pattern Changes at the Transfer Station

When you visit the Andover Transfer Station, you will see that some major changes are in progress. You will see a new compactor for recyclables; a new four-lane drive-through pattern, with two lanes for recycling and two for trash; and a new barrier between the recycling lanes and the trash lanes. In addition, there were […]

Halloween Event Scares Up Funds for Andover Food Pantry

Lawrence Street haunted house a big hit

By Lois Magenau, for the Beacon
Halloween Event Scares Up Funds for Andover Food Pantry

A good scare! I’m talking about the delightfully scary, even bone-chilling Halloween event that Jason Roy, Sean Clark, Kyle McGrath, and their outstanding team created this year. I heard that there was a near-faint involved, so expertly was the haunted house on Lawrence Street put together. But there was something for all ages, as there […]