Safety Services Exercises at The Parsonage

Andover, Franklin, Wilmot, and Salisbury practice as a team

Safety Services Exercises at The Parsonage

The Parsonage, a 19th-century extended cottage on Proctor Academy’s campus on North Street, was used until recently as a faculty residence but has since been gutted in preparation for demolition and the construction of a new dormitory. The school made the facility available to the safety services teams from Andover, Franklin, Salisbury, and Wilmot for […]

Merrimack Officials Sworn In by David Souter

Merrimack Officials Sworn In by David Souter

Retired Supreme Court Justice David Souter presided over the swearing-in of Merrimack County Officials. Pictured: Justice Souter, County Treasurer Leo Bernier of Loudon, County Commissioner Elizabeth Blanchard of Concord, County Commissioner Peter Spaulding of Hopkinton, Register of Probate Court Jane Bradstreet of Hopkinton, Sheriff Scott Hilliard of Northfield, County Attorney Scott Murray of Dunbarton, Deputy […]

New Street Lights on Main Street Improve Safety, Save Money

New Street Lights on Main Street Improve Safety, Save Money

Workers from New Hampshire Electric Co-op (NHEC) installed new LED street lights on Main Street in Andover last month. The old-technology bulbs had dimmed over time, so for safety and energy efficiency, the Andover Energy Group worked with NHEC to change the fixtures to LEDs at no cost to the town. The LEDs give brighter […]

New Check-In Policy for Town Meeting

Quick ballot votes, legal show-of-hands votes are the goal

By Carly Strathdee, Beacon intern

Town Moderator Dan Coolidge has set in place a new check-in policy for Town Meeting that has been adopted by many other New Hampshire towns to improve the legality of show-of-hand votes and to speed up ballot votes. The new policy will require Andover residents to get an Andover Voter Card and a set of […]

2013 Budgets Set for Annual Meetings

Overall increase of about 4% compared to 2012 budgets

By Charlie Darling, Beacon staff
2013 Budgets Set for Annual Meetings

Budgets for 2013 for the Andover School District, the Town, and the Fire Departments have been finalized by the Budget Committee and will be presented to voters at the annual meetings. The finalized budgets are the same as discussed in detail in the front-page article in the February issue of the Beacon. The net 2013 […]

2012 Town Report Published in New Size

Letter-size format provides more room for easy-to-read text and numbers.

By Carly Strathdee, Beacon intern

The Andover Town Report underwent apparent and essential changes this year, increasing from 5.5 by 8.5 inches to 8.5 by 11 inches, the size of standard letter paper. The Board of Selectmen made the decision as a solution to a major problem: how to fit considerably more information in the Town Report without spending significantly […]

Homeland Security Urges Residents To Prepare For Storm

Homeland Security press release

The New Hampshire Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is encouraging state residents and visitors to take precautions in advance of a major winter storm that is expected to strike New England beginning tomorrow. “There is still uncertainty about the exact track of this storm, but it seems certain that New Hampshire will experience […]

Proctor is Latest Area School to Add Solar

“Substantially more cost effective” than fossil fuel

By Kenston Dearborn for the Beacon
Proctor is Latest Area School to Add Solar

Two local schools have seen the value in making a commitment to harnessing solar energy. Both Colby-Sawyer College in New London and Proctor Academy in Andover are prime displays of harnessing the sun’s abundant energy while not spewing waste into the atmosphere or into the environment. You can see Proctor’s solar array when you drive […]

Run For Town Office In 2013!

Candidates needed for Selectman, School Board, and more.

By Charlie Darling, Beacon staff

With Town Meeting coming up in March, it’s time to think about who’s going to fill all the positions in town government and in the school district to keep the wheels turning smoothly. The following is a run-down of what offices will be on the ballot in March and what the incumbents may be planning. […]

Expect To See More Changes in Town Offices

New service windows, new Web site, and more

By Carly Strathdee, Beacon intern
Expect To See More Changes in Town Offices

The new year brings new and necessary changes to the Andover Town Offices. Improvements to safety via the Department of Labor, adjustments to Town personnel and their hours, and technological upgrades are all in effect. Progress is essential to the Town, and the Board of Selectmen is confident these changes will prove to be valuable. […]