Don't forget the special Town Meeting this evening, August 22, in the Town Hall at 7 p.m. It's important that there be a big turnout so that the wishes of the general population be known regarding the three items to be voted on. Item one is funding for the removal, clean-up and replacement of diesel tanks at the Town Garage. This was necessitated by a leak. The other two articles concern the purchase of a new fire truck and funding for same.
The Free Lunch Program at the First Congregational Church has been a success this summer with 40 attending the last lunch on Aug. 13. The next lunch will be Tuesday, Sept. 10. The menu is ham and scalloped potatoes, coleslaw, homemade rolls and assorted desserts. The lunches take place at 12 noon and are sponsored by the People in Action Committee, a group of local citizens.
A former Andover resident, Roberta Abbott Haney's family, Marcia Cox of Concord, N.C., Norma and Jennifer Gevaltney of Frankfort, Ill. and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Cox and daughter of Salt Lake City, Utah spent a week recently vacationing at the Meisner cottage on Howard Pond in Hanover. The last time they were in the Andover area was 30 years ago.
On Aug. 10, nearly 70 family members and friends gathered for a going away party for Buddy Simmons, son of Bill Simmons and Amanda White. Lots of delicious food was served and there were horseshoe games and guitar music enjoyed by all. The celebration was held at Uncle Greg's home in South Andover. Buddy, a 2013 graduate, leaves for Alaska on Aug. 31 for the adventure of a lifetime. Good luck Bud!
On Saturday I journeyed to Upton for Fun Day. The reading of the Civil War letters between Stephen and Lydia Richards took place in the church and was a glimpse into the life and times of that tumultuous time in our history. The Ladies Aid Society celebrated their 100th birthday with cake and homemade ice cream for all those in attendance. Congratulations to the Upton residents for putting on such a wonderful day of events particularly the Upton Historical Society. The day was capped off by a special worship service at 5 p.m. in the church. Worship occurs each Sunday at 5 p.m. in the Upton Union Church.