Spring has finally arrived and the snow
is going fast.
6 baby Easter Ducklings being tended
for someone by Mom that will be Easter gifts for some
13th, 2014 Winter Storm
Another foot of snow makes 2014 a heavy
snow winter for Andover.
The only good thing about
all this snow is that I now can walk up onto
the roof to shovel snow without needing a
Lilac bushes weighed down
by the snow in the front yard.
More lilac bushes weighed
down by the heavy snow from the most recent
Main Street Andover lined with high snow
banks after most recent winter storm.
Snow is now up to the house windows in our
front yard after most recent snow storm.
"#@& I'm tired of shovel snow and slipping
on the ice!":
14th 2014 Winter Storm
Well it appears that we are gonna have a a very snowy and
long winter this year. Today we got over a foot more snow
and we seem to be on a schedule of getting 2-3 snow storms a
week with more snow coming tomorrow and in the near future.
In addition to the snow it has also been a very icy winter
with several freezing rain storms that are the worst for
people who have to drive to work every day. We still have a
few inches of ice underneath the snow that makes walking and
While this is great
news for the skiers, snowmobilers, and winter business
people, most of us are already ready for Spring to arrive.
Someone has got to put a contract out on that Groundhog.
The "Whistling Bridge up
by what used to be the Andover Wood Products is being
replaced by a new bridge. This is a somewhat historic bridge
which replaced one of the Covered bridges years ago. Here is
an interesting link that was sent to me by Becky Nickerson
that gives some history of the
Hunting season has
arrived and so has the first measurable snowfall. The
ground is not yet frozen so this probably won't stay for
long. The hunters would love this if it would fall on a
day when you can hunt.
Olde Home Days 2013
Some pictures from this
years Andover Olde Home Days...Do you recognize anyone?
Noone knows who these
people are...they just showed up parade morning
and parked their cars on our front lawn and
setup a bunch of lawn chairs to watch the
One of the floats in the
I heard the guys behind
these people say "I wish you'd get your ASS
going". He seemed to be going alright to me.
Another one of the
floats. The Theme for Olde Home Days was Old
Barns & Agriculture.
Another float but not a
good picture. This person blocking the
picture was dancing I think. She musta been
sippin the sauce a little early that day.
Another float. I think
I need to take wider angled pictures so I
can get the whole thing.
The Barrel Train
One of the many nice
cars from the classic car show.
Alan Remmington and his
photos that he submitted into the photo
contest were taken in Alaska and won some
Olde Home Days Buttons
Olde Home Days T-Shirt
Memorial Day Services
After 5 or 6
days of rain in a row finally a beautiful sunny
day just in time for Andover's Memorial Day
Above are the 4 memorial
Stones on the Common.
The Veterans who
attended today's ceremony.
A Flag folding ceremony was
demonstrated with Pastor Ken reading the Boy Scouts
version of what each fold of the flag means.
I didn't get a picture
but after the ceremony some of David White's delicious
doughnuts and coffee were served at the Town Hall.
This is a picture of
the Lovejoy Covered Bridge when I was a child sometime around
1957 or 1958. It wasn't new but
you'll notice it seems to be well maintained. I'm not
sure if back then it was kept up by the Town of Andover
or like today from what I understand is supposed
to be kept up by the State. I honestly can't tell you if
the State works on it on a regular basis. I just know
for at least the last decade it
hasn't looked very good.
I realize that
there is an infrastructure problem across the country
and everything comes down to money and there never seems
to be enough of it to go around, but covered bridges
are not like metal bridges where they just need a coat
of paint every few years. A wooden bridge will have
missing boards and rotting boards as well as painting
needs that almost need to be addressed on at least a
yearly basis. The Covered Bridge may supposed to be
cared for by the State but it's an Historical Icon of
the Town of Andover. I guarantee you the State doesn't
care for it as much as the people of the Town do.
The Covered Bridge has always been a popular swimming hole and scenic
picnic spot. When I look at pictures of other Covered Bridges around Maine
& New Hampshire they overall seem to be better cared for.
It doesn't seem like any
maintenance is done on this on a very regular basis.
nothing brought up about this in Town Meetings over the
past several years probably because it's really not paid
for by the Town of Andover. Maybe some of you don't
agree it's a problem. I just think it's a shame.
I realize there are
roads in need of repairs and other things that may rank
higher on the priority list for the Town. I'm not sure
what we need to do about this. Do we just sit back and say
"It's not our problem," or should we start writing
our Congressman and become a bunch of squeaky wheels. I
don't know if the State already has plans and a schedule
in place to address this problem but somehow I would be
Just some food for thought... What do you
April 20th 2013- Special
A special Town Meeting
was held to vote on whether or not the town would
approve extra money to keep the Andover Elementary
School open. The S.A.D. #44 District is wanting to close
the school. Negotiations are in progress to allow
Andover to leave the district and start their own
district. This extra money would allow Andover to keep
the school open for another year and give them enough
time to finish negotiations before the next school year
starts. Also on the agenda was to re-vote on the
Farmer's Hill road repair project. Nobody disputes the
fact that the Farmers Hill Road is in dire need of
repair but with 7 more years left to pay for a bond for
roads already repaired would be a lot with the school
costs up in the air as well.
Extra money was
approved for keeping the school open. The majority voted
down the Farmers Hill Road Repair Project after it was
already approved at the March Town Meeting. The general
feeling seemed to be that waiting another year or 2
until we know what's going to happen with the school
would make sure we don't go too much into debt causing
taxes to go up and nobody wanted taxes to go up. This
probably is a good idea. Of course the same majority of
people who voted this down also don't reside on Farmers
The question that
seems to stand out like a sore thumb is: Based on the
contract that the Town of Andover made with the SAD 44
School District years ago, Can the Town of Andover
afford to pay the costs assessed with separating from
SAD 44 and running it's own Elementary School? (which I
believe means starting it's own school district) The
numbers that I've heard tossed around are very
substantial.. Is the SAD 44 School District really
willing to negotiate or are they just going through the
motions? Just getting out of the school district alone
seems to be an expensive venture. There is no question
that every effort should be made to try and keep the
school for the future of our town. I know that there are
some good people working very hard on the town's behalf
to negotiate a fair deal, however, it seems like they
are the only ones willing to negotiate. I hope we won't still
be dealing with these negotiations next year
at this time and that they will start producing some
favorable results soon.
Secret Ballot Vote
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