Archive for May, 2013

Town Council Vote Guts Farmers Market Funding

The Derry Economic Development budget line survived a challenge not to be funded for 2014, while the Farmers Market, one of its components, will see a sharp drop in town funding. But its manager, Beverly Ferrante, said the market will continue, at least for this coming summer. After a lengthy discussion at the May 14 […]

Pinkerton Graduate Dies Serving at Fort Bragg

The Pinkerton Academy community mourned the death last week of a graduate from the school and its Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program. 1st Lieutenant Paul DeMeo, 23, of Derry died Tuesday, May 14, at Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, N.C. At press time, Army officials were still investigating and had not […]

Divided Council Approves Budget with No Tax Increase

While unexpected revenues and some juggling brought the proposed town tax increase for 2014 to zero, some Town Councilors pressed for and won further cuts. The Town Council took its final vote on the 2014 budget at its May 14 meeting. The final bottom-line budget passed 4-3, with Councilors Brad Benson, Neil Wetherbee and Phyllis […]

So Many Choices

Evienne Revelus and her nana, Paulette Cross, look over some of the many plants set out at the Masonic Temple by the Derry Garden Club on Saturday, May 18. for its annual Plant Sale. The sale offers hundreds of plants from the members’ gardens and is a great way to kick off the planting season […]

Fairies in the Park

MacGregor Park saw some new home construction Saturday during the now annual Fairy and Elf Fesival at the Derry Public Library. Children attending were treated to a parade through the library, a costume contest, a puppet show, face painting and a how-to on building fairy houses. Pictured, Mikaila Smith sorts through her fairy house construction […]

Rotary Clubs Plan Cookout to Honor Local Veterans

The Derry Rotary Clubs will once again give what they have to those who risked everything. The Derry Rotary Club and Derry Village Rotary Club will combine forces for the fifth annual Veterans Cookout, to be held this year on Thursday, May 30, at 5 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Derry, […]

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SUNBEAMS Reading Group Comes Full Circle

A lot has happened over the last eight years but SUN- BEAMS, a reading cooperative between Derry Village Elementary School first graders and West Running Brook Middle School eighth graders, is still going strong. SUNBEAMS Servicing Unique Needs Between Elementary And Middle was initiated by then-Derry Village Principal Leslie Saucier, and pairs middle schoolers with […]

Hearing Set on Proposed Downtown Land Purchase

Derry residents will be asked May 21 to weigh in on a potential land purchase designed to bring new busi- ness and tax dollars to the downtown area. The public hearing will seek residents’ opinions on the purchase of 8 Central St., Tax Map 30, Lot 34, priced at $173,000. The money would be taken […]