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 […]

Planning Board Public Hearings to Consider Boundary Changes of Village Districts

Scheduled dates are on December 10 and January 14

By Planning Board

The Planning Board is recommending some changes in the zoning ordinance to enlarge the village districts.  This probably sounds like old news, because it is old news. The Planning Board (PB) put together the proposal last year, had public hearings to listen to resident input, and planned to have it on the ballot for Town […]

AARP Urgently Needs Tax Preparation Volunteers in Andover

Basic tax prep experience and computer skills

By Ron Koron, AARP

We need an additional volunteer for income tax preparation in Andover. Presently we have one volunteer. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. You don’t need to be an AARP member or a retiree to volunteer. “The AARP Tax-Aide program is a wonderful resource for the American taxpayer,” said Ron Koron, local coordinator. “AARP […]

Report from Town Clerk

By Bonnie Wesley

Just a few things to keep you updated on what’s going at the Town Clerk’s office. Veterans Day and Thanksgiving The Clerk’s office will be closed on Monday, November 11, for Veterans Day.  The Selectman’s office, however, will be open. Both offices will be closed over Thanksgiving weekend, November 28, 29 and 30.  The clerk’s […]

Andover Real Estate Transactions for September and October

Seven Andover homes sold last month

By Ty Morris, Coldwell Banker Lifestyles

Seven homes sold in Andover between September 12 and October 15. Kevin and Donette McGill sold 18 Last Street to Joseph Coffee for $106,500. This 5 bedroom and 1 bathroom cape sits on 8 acres and has 3,512 square feet of living space. Lori Meding of KW Lakes and Mountains Realty represented the sellers, and […]

State Issues Cyanobacteria Advisory for Hopkins Pond

NHDES will continue monitoring

Press Release

A cyanobacteria bloom has been observed on Hopkins Pond appearing as tan and green colored water.  Samples collected on October 11 exceeded the State threshold of 70,000 cells/ml of cyanobacteria. Samples contained up to 3.55 million cells/ml of the cyanobacteria taxa, Anabaena/Dolichospemrum and Woronichinia. As a result, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) […]