Recycling Committee Plans December 1 Holiday Swap

By Janet Moore and Robin Boynton, Holiday Swap Shop Co-Chairs

The annual Holiday Swap Shop/Gift Exchange will be held on Saturday, December 1, in the AE/MS gym from approximately 8:30 AM to 2 PM. Items for the Exchange may be dropped off at the school in the main lobby on Friday, November 30, or you may bring them in the morning of December 1. This […]

Legislature Drops $62,000 Bomb On Andover School District

By Bill Bardsley, Andover Budget Committee

The state cut its contribution to the New Hampshire Retirement System, leaving $62,000 to be paid by the Andover School District for the 2011-2012 fiscal year that just ended June 30. This action was reported to the Andover Budget Committee at an October joint meeting with the Andover School Board and SAU administrators. The $62,000 […]

Selectmen Plan SSR, Dual Trash Hoppers For Transfer Station

By Jim Danforth, Board of Selectmen

Solid waste disposal costs have been relatively constant for the past five years, while recycling revenue has been fluctuating and is currently underperforming, though still reducing waste disposal costs to our town. Currently, Andover is paying about $65 a ton or about $64,000 a year in tipping fees (984 tons per year). The Selectmen have […]

Improvements To Town Communications Are In The Works

By Jim Danforth, Board of Selectmen

Starting in 2013, residents will be able to contact all elected and appointed town officials by phone and e-mail. The Board of Selectmen has authorized a new Web-based phone system for the Town offices that will reduce cost and provide all departments, officials, and committees with individual extensions. As the new phone system requires all […]

Meetings Under Way To Prepare 2013 Budget, Warrant Articles

By Jim Danforth, Board of Selectmen

On October 15, the Board of Selectmen held the first of many budget meetings and, together with the efforts of the Budget Committee, will produce a proposed 2013 Town Budget that will be voted on at Town Meeting in March. (This article does not deal with the Andover School, Fire Department, or Village District budgets.) […]

Andover/East Andover Fire Departments

By Rene Lefebvre, EAFD Chief

There is a bit of electricity in the air as we work to combine operations. Bylaw changes that had been a future project are now upon us and have taken on the urgency they deserve. The overpowering theme among the team is to get it right the first time. Last month as we settled in […]

Party Platforms Can Offer Insights Into Candidates

By Mary Anne Broshek, for the Beacon

One of the ways to get a feel for how a candidate will vote is to read the party platform of the candidate’s party. Below is a taste of a relevant document from each party, plus a link to where you can read the entire document online. Platforms change over the years, so hopefully these […]

Understanding The Questions On The November 6 Ballot

By By Susan Chase, for the Beacon

Voters going to the polls on Tuesday, November 6, will have three questions, including two amendments to the New Hampshire Constitution, to vote on in addition to choosing candidates. The first proposed amendment, Question 1 on the ballot, would prohibit a state income tax, and the second, Question 2, would allow legislators to write rules […]

Time To Change Your Smoke Detector Batteries

On Saturday, October 27, the Andover Fire Department will help

Press release

Andover and other participating communities are collaborating with LRGHealthcare for its 12th annual Senior Safety Day. On Saturday, October 27, members of the Andover/East Andover Fire Department are available to visit homes of seniors or those who need assistance with changing their smoke detector batteries free of charge. LRGHealthcare provides the batteries and replacement detectors […]

Andover Road Agent

By Jon Champagne Andover Road Agent I hear a lot from various people about the safety of our bridges and the number of red-list bridges in the town. Of the 20 bridges that we have: Eight bridges are on the New Hampshire Department of Transportation’s (DOT) municipal Red List: Kearsarge Mountain Road over Mountain Brook […]