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“The Andy House” celebration

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  • By Maria Holloway

    A community celebration of The Andy House will be held on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Sunday River Brewing Company, Bethel. The event is open to the public. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Join Andy Barlow and friends as they dedicate an evening to giving thanks to the many volunteers whose helping hands built Andy a new, wheelchair accessible home. The house located on his Main Street, Hanover property is nearly complete, and Andy is expected to move in later this year.

    Andy Barlow, joined by emcee Kate Carroll of Bethel, will recognize the Town of Hanover’s 2015 Volunteers of the Year with a presentation of a special gift to each of the many workers who made the dream a reality. Later in the evening Rumford firefighter Ben Byam will weigh-out as he concludes his weight loss challenge (which he began this past September) to lose 30 pounds for the cause. Limited edition Andy Project souvenirs will be sold during the evening and food and drink will be available for purchase from the menu which includes pizza, salads, burgers, sandwiches and more.

    Groundbreaking for The Andy Project took place on July 20, 2015. Thus far, over $27,000 in private funds have been raised for the project. Over $17,000 of the total monies came from events in the local community including a Pie Night in Hanover this summer and auction and weight loss challenge at Rooster’s Roadhouse in Bethel this past fall. Although much of the labor, equipment and supplies have been donated, some money was needed to cover the cost of certain supplies which were acquired at cost or at a discount. Donations continue to pour in as the finishing touches are being made and furnishings are being purchased for the new home.

    Howard Bailey, a long-time builder from Andover stepped forward this past spring and volunteered to spearhead the project. Shortly thereafter many subcontractors and suppliers followed suit and also donated labor, equipment and supplies for the cause. The result has been overwhelming. Andy and the entire community are filled with joy and a deep sense of gratitude.

    For more details about the project and to learn more about Andy Barlow, please visit www.TheAndyProject.com. For more information about the Dec. 10 event, please contact Maria Holloway at HanoverMeNews@gmail.com or call 603-553-1973.

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