Town meeting was well attended, although it lasted seven hours, and the lunch put on by the Andover Service Circle was a tasty, welcome break for all those brave enough to stay the entire day. For particulars of the meeting see Alison's story elsewhere in this edition.
The First Congregational Church membership held a supper and a movie gathering on Friday night. Spaghetti being the meal and the movie was "Pilgrim's Progress." The event was a celebration of the five new members who have joined the church since the first of the year who each received a bouquet of multi-colored roses.
Once again I remind you to set aside April 9 for the annual Birthday Supper at 5 p.m. for the first sitting and 6 p.m. for the second. Birthday cakes will decorate each table, although there are many who prefer the second sitting when they get the option to sample any or all of the cakes for dessert. Menu is turkey and all the fixings. Price $7 for adults $3 for children under 10.
Friends of Polly and Dick Johnston will want to know that Dick has broken his ankle and is in a nursing home in the Spanaway, Wash., area.
Planning for Olde Home Day will begin shortly. As always the committee is looking for volunteers to help plan and run the events of the day. This celebration has the reputation of being one of the best small-town projects in western Maine. If you're interested in helping this great event happen contact Vickie or Marshall Meisner to learn of the first scheduled meeting for this year.
As I've often guessed from reading Melinda's column, it's not easy to find news unless you let me know. I invite all the organizations to submit meeting schedules and your news to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the old fashioned way 392-3761. I will be ever so grateful for your support in this area.
Our featured organization this week is the Sno-Valley Sno-Goers snowmobile club. The club was organized in 1974 and the first meetings took place in what was then called the library at the town hall. The club's first president was Richard Merrill, who interestingly enough has just been elected president for the 2011-12 snow season. Others who have served as president included Marshall Meisner, Dave Belanger, Harold Hutchins, Dwight Hutchins and Robert Hutchins. When membership grew the club began using the East Andover School House as a meeting place and has most recently built a "warming hut" off of Main Street. You can see the sign hanging out with the hours if they're open or the simple word closed if they aren't. The club maintains the snowmobile trails in winter with dragging and in summer with the cutting of brush, the building of bridges and other activities to insure that snowmobilers here can ride safely and enjoy the beautiful scenery in Andover. In the past the club has sponsored Poker Runs and the occasional dance in the Town Hall.