At the annual Andover Alumni Banquet on Saturday evening, the following students in grades 6 through 12 received the Walter Fox Book Awards: Sonya Farrington, Jeffrey Stetson, Taylor Merrill, Dharma Damon, Michael Cintron, Katherine Mills and Harley Wheeler. The Alumni Association's Award for Math went to Autumn Berry. The Science Award went to Joshua Rainey. Two students received the East Andover Community Club Scholarship and they were Gabrielle Conrad and Harley Wheeler. Kelsey Averill was the recipient of scholarship awards including the Lila Farrington Scholarship, the Andover Service Circle Scholarship, the Michael Marston Award, and the Sweatt Family Memorial Scholarship which was awarded by the Andover Educational Fund. The Andover Ed Fund awarded two other scholarships. The Anna Thurston Scholarship went to Gabrielle Conrad, and Joshua Rainey received the John and Eunice Fox Scholarship. The speaker was Roger Mills III representing the class of 1967. Eda Perkins celebrated 74 years of high school graduation which took place in 1939, while the class of 1953 celebrated 60 years. The 50 year class this year was the class of 1963 and they were honored in the grand march at the beginning of the celebration.
Members of the community gathered on the Common at 9 a.m., Monday, to honor our veterans. There were 18 veterans present. Wreaths were laid on the monuments and a flag folding ceremony was conducted using a flag in memory of Rufus Rich donated to the Knights of Pythias for future use by yours truly. The Robinson's sang "God Bless America". The knights then hosted a time of fellowship in the Town Hall with coffee and donuts made by Dave White. Each year the Knight of Pythias Lodge undertakes the planning and execution of this ceremony as a service to the community. Thanks to Freeman Farrington, for organizing such an event; to the veterans who participated; and Pastors Ken Wagstaff and Jane Rich. From a personal perspective, it was the first bug-free Memorial Day I can ever remember thanks to the cold and the wind.
Vacation Bible School is something most of us participated in during our formative years and this year, local children will have two opportunities to participate in such an event. Calvary Bible Church will have an adventure entitled "Kingdom Chronicles" July 8 through 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. each evening.
The First Congregational Church VBS will be held July 22, 23, and 24 from 9 a.m. until noon, and will be entitled "The Voice from The Mountain." Further information about these events can be had by contacting the pastors.