Good morning, Andover! Here's your daily rundown of everything happening in town for Saturday, Dec. 17, courtesy of Andover News.
Coming Monday in Andover News: The best holiday light displays in Andover. Let us know where your favorites are located, so we can include it on our map and photo gallery.

A.M. Briefing

4 things to know today:
  • The Merrimack Valley YMCA is collecting gift donations for a kids and teens wishlist. Check out the list if you can help.
  • The Andover Health Division says 84 percent of Andover residents have at least two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 59 percent have been boosted. But only 27 percent of Andover residents have their second booster. You can help raise those stats when the health division holds its "Vaccinate During Winter Break" from 1-4 p.m. at the Robb Centter on Dec. 27. Flu shts will also be available. Registration is required.
  • Andover police are warning that the "grandparents scam has a reared its ugly head" again. The phone scam targets elderly people and often presents a scenario where and grandchild is in trouble and needs money. Learn how to protect yourself.
  • The Andover Water Division will be conducting fire flow tests today beginning at 8 a.m. at 23 Main Street. Water may be discolored in the areas of Main, Elm, Chestnut, Essex, Central, and Pearson Streets. If you have discolorations, run your cold water until the water clears.
Sports: AHS boys hockey (2-0) beat Waltham 6-3 on Thursday. Junior Joe Marcel scored his first varsity goal...AHS boys swimming defeated Lowell/North Andover 91-80 on Thursday...(compiled from the Boston Globe and other media reports).

Weather: Rain, possibly mixed with snow, ends this morning. Partly cloudy this afternoon with a high of 41. Clearing tonight with a low of 28. Sunny tomorrow and Monday with highs in the high 30s/low 40s (compiled from the Weather Channel).

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- Compiled by Dave Copeland

Today's Top Stories

Draft $99.6M Budget For Andover Schools Includes Big Special Education Increases

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Memorial Hall Library's Most Popular Books In 2022

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This Week In Andover, Dec. 18-25

Here’s the Andover News weekly rundown of government meetings, events and activities happening in #AndoverMA.

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Happening today:

2 pm: "Miracle on 34th Street" A Live Musical Radio Play
7:30 pm: "Miracle on 34th Street" A Live Musical Radio Play

9:30 am: Andover School Committee Informal Forum

At Memorial Hall Library
10 am: Saturday Stories
10 am: Junior Green Gatherings – Winter Gatherings
2 pm: Book Explorers

9 am: AHS wrestling at Londonderry
10am: AHS boys and girls indoor track vs. TBA at Reggie Lewis Track
3 pm: AHS girls hockey at Haverhill
6:30 pm: AHS boys hockey at Shrewsbury

Happening Tomorrow:
7 pm: Christmas Carol Sing-Along at Oak and Iron

At Memorial Hall Library
1 pm: Board Games Club

Performing Arts
2:30 pm: Sunday Concert- Peking and the Mystics at Memorial Hall Library

1 pm: AHS boys and girls track at Merrimack Valley Conference Invitational (New Balance Track)
3:30 pm: AHS girls gymnastics vs. Methuen at Reading Gymnastics Academy

Happening Monday:
6 pm: Andover TV: Andover Community Access & Media
At Memorial Hall Library
10:30 am: Morning Book Discussion Group
3 pm: Teen Weekly Craft: Scratch Art
6 pm: Fiber Arts Club
7:30 pm: Great Books Discussion Group

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