From the Town Office: Town meeting will be on March 19. Voting for officers on March 22 from 4 to 8 p.m. The candidate for selectman, assessor, overseer of the poor is Susan Merrow for a three-year term while Tim Akers is seeking a three-year term for school board. Both are running unopposed. Due to the illness of the town auditor, the audit was delayed and therefore will not be included in your Town Report booklet, but will be printed separately and available at the meeting.
As in past years, Andover Service Circle (ASC) will delight those with a good appetite by providing lunch during break on the first floor of Town Hall. For a suggested $5 donation everyone will be able to eat homemade soups, chilies, chowders, stews, rolls, muffins and desserts. All the collected money will be put to good use by ASC for the benefit of Andover residents through charitable giving.
Former Andover resident Polly Johnston, author of "Once Upon A Memory" which is her story of growing up at Bosebuck Camps, reports that she has sold all but 70 of the books. Copies are available in the area at the Bethel Historical Society, The Rangeley Historical Society and Books N Things.
Through the School District 44 Adult Education Sandee Conley will be teaching a class on Yoga at the Andover Elementary School beginning March 21. You can register through Adult Ed. The cost is $35 and the course will run for six weeks. So if you've ever wanted to know anything about Yoga or try Yoga out, this is the ideal opportunity and you don't have to leave town to do it. Check with Adult Ed for time.
The First Congregational Church announces that the Birthday Supper will be held this year on April 9 and the menu will be turkey and all the fixings. This supper has been held since 1938 with the exception of a couple of World War II years. All the tables will be decorated for the months of the year and birthday cake, of course, is the dessert. Price is $7 for adults, $3 for children under 12. Table decorators and cake bakers always try to outdo one another. It's a lot of fun for the providers as well as the diners.
Our featured community organization this week is the Andover Service Circle: This group was founded in 1974 and provides a number of services to the community including scholarships for graduating seniors, donations of various kinds for Andover Elementary School, the library, Christmas gifts through Santa's Helpers and other Christmas for children programs, the local food pantry. Other services to Andover include holiday cards and Christmas gifts for shut-ins and nursing home residents, baby spoons and quilts for newborns. The group also does baking for funeral and memorial gatherings. Financial support is given to the Andover Education Fund, March of Dimes, American Cancer Society and other worthwhile causes. Fundraisers by the Service Circle support all of these activities and include the community birthday calendar project, the town meeting luncheon, the craft fair on the common for Olde Home Day. At some time, The Andover Service Circle will likely extend a kindness to you, your family, or someone close to you. The Service Circle's current project is a gift to the town of a community bulletin board being constructed by David C. Smith, carpenter, which will be placed in front of the Town Hall, between the building and the handicap ramp. The group meets in the second Thursday of each month, September through June beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Hall. If you're new in town, this would be a great way to meet people and do something useful. For further information, please contact one of the officers: Andrea Savitz, president 392-1020, Evelyn Bodemer, vice president 392-2371 or Judy Michaud, secretary/treasurer 392-1221.
Next week we will feature the Andover Historical Society.