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Merrimack Valley

September 8, 2013

Thousands gather on streets for Andover Day


At another booth, Tracie Fountas of River Road Veterinary Hospital was more concerned with the health of four-legged animals. Adjacent to the booth for the proposed Andover Dog Park, Fountas handed out brochures touting her and her husband’s five-year-old business at 176 River Road catering to animals of all kinds.

Alex Vispoli, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, said the event was a good way to bring local residents together with local businesses.

“This is spectacular,” he said. “The ABCA works on this 12 months a year. This is a wonderful event for families who have lived here 30 or 40 years or people who just moved here or people who are visiting. Our downtown is a jewel. It’s one of the reasons people mention as to why they moved here.”

Meanwhile, across the street, 40 members of the 101 people in the cast of “Les Miserables,” being put on by Andover Community Theater in late October, got ready to take the Second Stage in front of the Savings Bank.

Police and fire officials said there no major problems, although one child was lost for a short period of time. Police were able to reunite the child with their parents quickly.

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