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April 4, 2013

Andover Townsman names new editor

The Andover Townsman, a sister paper of The Eagle-Tribune, has a new editor.

She is Sonya Vartabedian, now city editor at The Daily News of Newburyport.

She replaces Neil Fater, who is leaving the Townsman after 20 years to become the first marketing director for Challenge Unlimited at Ironstone Farm in Andover. Challenge Unlimited is a nonprofit organization that uses horseriding to provide therapy for people with physical, emotional and cognitive disabilities. Ironstone is expanding to offer additional services, including therapy for cancer patients and for veterans with post traumatic stress.

“I am honored to take over for Neil and to build on his success in providing Andover with its own hometown weekly newspaper,” Vartabedian said. “I believe very strongly in the value of a community paper and the role it can play in uniting its residents. Joining the award-winning team at The Andover Townsman offers a great opportunity to further that commitment,” she said.

She wants The Townsman to continue to be local residents’ source for all things Andover.

“I’m hoping to spotlight everything from the triumphs of the town’s Little League teams, the benevolent work of its civic groups and what’s new and trending in the dining and arts scenes to the latest developments in town government affecting taxpayers. My hope is to fill The Townsman’s pages each week with stories and photos about the people of Andover,” Vartabedian said.

“From the triumphs of its Little League teams and the benevolent work of its civic groups to what’s new and trending in the dining and arts scene to the latest developments in town government affecting taxpayers. My hope is to fill The Townsman’s pages each week with stories and photos about the people of Andover,” Vartabedian said.

In the coming weeks, she will introduce herself throughout town and get to know more about Andover.

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