Last week part of my column was missing from the paper, so here is what you missed for news last week. The First Congregational Church has announced plans for a Vacation Bible School to be held on July 22, 23, 24. This year's theme is “God on the Mountain.”
The Andover Olde Home Day Committee met on May 6 and settled on the theme “Barns and Agriculture.” The committee hopes that part of the parade will be old-time farming equipment. The T-shirts and buttons will have pictures of Andover Barns, which were selected from historical society resources. Dave Belanger reported that our usual supplier of Porta-Potties will not be doing that kind of business at the time of our event. A search for a new supplier will be conducted.
The spirit of Otis Morton appeared on my kitchen door recently. For the uninitiated, Otis always went around in May giving pussy willows and flowers to his favorite people in town. It was such a joy to be recognized in this way for so many of us. Otis' sons carry on this tradition in memory of their father and so his joyful gift endures long after his departure. Only in Andover would such a wonderful tradition continue through generations of one family. Thanks to the Morton boys for bringing joy into my life.
Now, to more recent news. The Chairman of the Tax Map Committee reported to the Selectmen of the progress being made in the project to update the town tax maps, which hasn't been done since 2001. The committee met on May 15 to get training in online researching at the Oxford County Register of Deeds and will be collecting data from approximately 900 documents regarding property ownership changes, line changes, and division of lots.
A Celebration of Life was held in honor of Dorothy J. Mills on Wednesday, May 8, at the First Congregational Church with Rev. Jane Rich and Pastor Ken Wagstaff officiating. Our continued prayers and condolences to the many members of the Mills family.
The following from Roger Sabin was omitted last week, sorry Roger it's too late about the tennis lessons, but the Rec Committee is scheduling a Family Night on Wednesday, May 22, at 6 p.m. for softball, Wiffle-ball and T-ball activities. A family night also took place on Wednesday, May 15.
Tomorrow, May 17, there will be a graveside service for Allen Bodwell at 2 p.m. at the Woodlawn Cemetery followed by a reception at the CEB.
Memorial Day weekend is always jam-packed with activities here and this year is no exception. The annual Andover Alumni Banquet will take place on Saturday, May 25, at the school gym, and will honor the Class of 2013. Various scholarships will be awarded. Then on Sunday morning the First Congregational Church will be honoring the graduating class at the regular morning worship service which used to be known as Baccalaureate Sunday. Monday, May 27, will find all of us gathered on the Common at 9 a.m. to honor our veterans. The service is being planned and presented by the Knights of Pythias.