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Andover woman wins flower arranging award

The Andover Garden Club is proud to announce that longtime member and Past President Ann C. Lange has been named “Flower Arranger of the Year” by National Garden Clubs, Inc.

Lange won the accolade by creating a flower arrangement in the “Creative Design” style, using hand-painted palm spathes, gourds (Lagenaria siceraria) and braided palm fronds. Photographer Pat Watson then captured an image of the design, titled “Birds Take Wing”.

Lange submitted the photo to be judged by the committee that selects entries for the annual Vision of Beauty calendar, now in its 73rd edition. She won the coveted Helen S. Hull Calendar Award, earning her the title of “Flower Arranger of the Year.”

Lange has won the award once before, making her one of the few designers to have achieved this recognition twice.

Copies of the 2022 calendar can be purchased at

Teens help protect salamanders

An Andover High School Destination Imagination team traveled to Tram Nguyen State Representative D-Andover to ask for help in protecting blue-spotted salamanders.

The team, known as Andover Animal Advocates, devised a project to teach people about 29 locally threatened species, then developed legislation to protect what many considered most important, blue-spotted salamanders.

“The blue-spotted salamander is an important part of our local ecosystem,” Nguyen said. “But that’s just one of the reasons I introduced this bill. A big reason is another important species even more vital to the sustainability of our planet: students who care. When students get involved, we all do better. That’s why I’m grateful that these students came to me with their request to make the democratically selected blue-spotted salamander the state amphibian of Massachusetts. It was an honor to table their bill, and it is encouraging to see my colleagues at State House sign on as co-sponsors.

The Andover Animal Advocates team agrees. “This bill goes far beyond selecting a new state symbol for the Commonwealth; it acts as a gateway to greater environmental awareness. We believe that if this bill is passed, we can raise awareness about the loss of vernal pool habitats and the many species that depend on them. This is a problem that is now more urgent than ever.

Musical Festival Pilgrims Come to Andover

Anchored: The PilgrimStory premieres at the Collins Center at 7 p.m. on September 30. The show is an all-new dramatic ballet created to celebrate the Pilgrims’ 400th anniversary, coming to New England this fall. Anchored is a collaboration between FirstLoveWorks, Inc., a non-profit organization founded by Ann and Tom Savastano, and Ballet Magnificat!

Anchored covers the saga of the Pilgrims’ journey from their departure to the first Thanksgiving in America, depicting the faith, hope and courage that sustained them. Anchored highlights significant scenes such as the tumultuous crossing of the Atlantic, the signing of the Mayflower Compact, the intensity of the first winter, the lasting peace treaty with the Wampanoag people and the festive harmony of the first Thanksgiving.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $17.50 for children 13 and under. Visit to buy tickets.

Terisa K. Carn