Andover Committee


           Hikers on Nov 2013 Maudsley State Park Hike led by Ted Harney & Sheila Pendleton   ( Fred Snell photo)

Co-Chairs Faith Evans and Richard Soo Hoo
Secretary Deb Sager

Liaison to Boston
Chapter Treasurer.

Richard Soo Hoo
Webmaster Fred Snell
Newsletter Judi Barthakur
E-Mail Coordinator Richard Lombard
Social Richard Soo Hoo

Leader's Page - For leaders only


From Faith Evans and Richard Soo Hoo

Dear  Leaders, Co leaders and Friends,

     I hope you are enjoying Spring, after such a long winter.  We are pleased to have planned many hikes for May and June.  There are  a total of ten hikes planned .

     Our Leaders Appreciation Dinner  is planned for April 27th.  And our Annual Potluck and meeting will be held in June. Details to follow later.

     Most interested people receive this Greensheet electronically.  It has been decided that the snail copy of the Greensheet (US Mail)  will continue to a small number of people with a  small fee.  A separate notice is being sent to them. 

     We are excited about the changes to the AMC's website.  You can now check it out  for a quick listing of all trips two  months at a time:, click Boston Chapter, then click "Find an Activity" and Andover.  .  Its easy and quick!  

     A new one day Training is being planned for  May 31 in Waltham.    This is a regional effort and involves the Committees of Forty Plus, Young Members, Mountains and Music, Family Outings,  Intro and Local Walks.   We  encourage you to consider taking the Training.  You then would qualify to become  a co Leader and later could apply to be a Leader.   Its a good  way to becoming further involved with a great organization.  Please contact Faith for further information and to register. 

     Any questions or concerns, please contact us.   There will be no Greensheet or trips in July and August.  Your next Greensheet and trips will be in September.

    Again, enjoy Spring and see you on the trail.

     Faith Evans (978-356-2098)               Richard Soo Hoo (978-470-2293)
     Co Chair                                             Co Chair                    

Please note, if you are receiving or wish to receive a postal copy of this newsletter, please send $5.00 for a yearly fee to: Richard Soo Hoo at 17 Wolcott Ave, Andover, MA 01810.  Thanks!

September - October Trips

Scenic Georgetown Rowley State Forest, Georgetown Sat Sept 13, 2014   Moderately paced 2 hr. hike, easy terrain. 1PM. Take Rte.95 to Rte.97(Boxford). Just beyond Boxford/Georgetown line, Right onto Pingree Farm Road, Georgetown. Follow PingreeFarmRd. to end(steel gate) Map REF: Insert N 42.70256 W 70.98616 into Children and dogs welcome. Leader: Steve Davis

Scenic Weir Hill North Andover Sun Sept 14, 2014   3 mi. hike, views of Lake Cochichewick, Merrimack Valley. Meet 1:30 PM. From Rte. 93 N., exit 41, go N on Rte. 125 7.0 mi., L on Rte. 114(which is still 125N also). R on Rte. 125N (Bertucci's on corner). Continue on 125N from Bertucci's for 2.2 miles. Turn right at lights onto Prescott St. Take next right onto Osgood St, then first left onto Stevens St. Weir Hill reservation entrance on L. Heavy rain cancels. No dogs please.Trailhead Map: enter N 42.69734 W 71.11091 into Website. Leader: Ted Harney

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary , Topsfield Sun Sept 21, 2014 Enjoy two hour hike thru beautiful fields, forest, wetlands. Meet at 1:30pm at Sanctuary pkg lot. Small pkg fee for non Audubon members. Take Rte. 1 N past Topsfield fairgrounds, turn Right onto Rte. 97, proceed to 2nd Left, Perkins Row, and follow signs. Leader:Faith Evans 978-356-2098

Meadow Pond Reservation (MPR), Groveland MA Sun Sept 28, 2014 Meadow Pond Reservation (MPR), Groveland MA. Meet at MPR parking area at 1 pm. Hike through wooded area and habitat of rare "herps" including Blanding's Turtles and Spotted Salamanders w/views of Meadow Pond. From I-95 take exit 53, Rte.97. Follow Rte. 97 toward Georgetown for 3.4 mi. Take left onto Rte 133W for 1.2mi. Then right on West St. MPR parking area ~1.9 mi on right on Uptack Rd.(West St becomes Uptack Rd Leader: Richard Lombard 978-394-9619 (use on day of hike)

Appleton Farm , Ipswich Sun Oct 12, 2014 A beautiful rambling walk through rolling grasslands with livestock, stone walls, carriage paths and historic farm buildings. Trustees of Reservation property. Meet at1:30 pm at Highland St entrance. Take Rt1 N past Topsfield Fairgrounds Follow to second light, by Dunkin Donuts, turn R onto Ipswich Rd. Follow approx 4 miles, R turn onto Mill Rd, which becomes Highland Ave. Go 2 miles, Park on Left in limited space/ pk lot Rain cancels. Leader:Faith Evans 978-356-2098

Ward Reservation Hike Andover Sun Oct 19, 2014   Approximately 2.5 hours. Hike through woods and along stone walls. Boston and Holt Hills with solstice stones and view of the Boston skyline. Bring snack and water. Meet at 1:30pm, parking lot. I-93N Exit 41, Route 125N for 5 miles, turn right on Prospect Road and go 0.4 miles to parking on the right. Rain cancels, no dogs. Leader: Ted Harney

Willowdale State Forest, , Ipswich MA Sun Oct 26, 2014 Meet at 1:00 pm at parking area. Hike section of Bay Circuit Trail along easy woodland trails stopping occasionally to observe the natural environment ~4 Mi From I-95 take 54A follow Rte 133 East toward Rowley for 2.5 Mi Then turn right onto Rte 1 Follow for 1.2 Mi then turn left onto Linebrook Rd Parking area 1.1 Mi on right. Leader: Richard Lombard 978-394-9619 (use on day of hike)

Links to other Area Organizations for maps, trail guides, and other information:

Andover Trails Committee

A citizens committee that works to increase the public's access to recreational trails in Andover, particularly on the Town's Conservation land
Andover Village Improvement Society AVIS is an Andover Land Trust protecting 1100 acres of land in it's natural state with 30 miles of trails in 26 reservations. Founded in 1894, AVIS is one of the oldest conservation organizations in the country.
Bay Circuit Alliance This group is working to link green space surrounding Greater Boston area with over 200 miles of trails.  An eighteen mile segment of the Bay Circuit Trail passes through Andover.  Now jointly run by AMC and The Trustees of Reservations.
Shawsheen River Watershed Association S.R.W.A. focuses on preservation and cleanup of this river.  Public paddling trips are offered once a month during the season.
Trustees of Reservations The first private, state-wide conservation and preservation organization in the nation. Ward Reservation in Andover and Weir Hill in North Andover are Trustees of Reservation properties.
ECTA logo Essex County Trail Association The Essex County Trail Association exists to protect access to the trails and open lands throughout Hamilton, Wenham, Ipswich, Topsfield, Essex and West Newbury.

Boxford Trails Association / Boxford Open Land Trust Boxford Trails Association/Boxford Open Land Trust, Inc. (BTA/BOLT) is a volunteer, private, nonprofit,tax-exempt organization for more than 30 years dedicated to preserving and protecting natural and aesthetically important land and wildlife habitat, in Boxford.