Archive for July, 2013

State Police Investigate Incident Involving Town Administrator

Derry Town Administrator John Anderson is on paid administrative leave after an undisclosed incident that occurred Thursday, July 11, placed him under investigation by the New Hampshire State Police. This comes just weeks after the Town Council awarded him a 2 percent raise on a 4-3 vote. The Town Council met in an emergency nonpublic […]

Taste the Local Flavors

There’s been plenty of talk lately about maintaining the “rural lifestyles” of our communities. And while population density may be on the rise, one of the hallmarks of a rural community and of the New Hampshire countryside – local farmstands and farmers’ markets – is thriving in our area. In recent years, farmers’ markets have […]

Rain Impacts Public Works Maintenance

The recent rains, days upon days of them, have not affected Derry’s summer road projects, according to Public Works Director Mike Fowler. But they are putting a damper on regular maintenance. The major project for spring and summer was the upgrading and sidewalks for Tsienneto Road, which is finished, Fowler said. The next major project, […]

Officials Say Beaver Meadow Dam Work Nears End

Work on the Beaver Meadow Dam has been significantly impacted by the rain during the month of June. Derry Public Works Director Mike Fowler said trying to effect the repairs in the face of the 12 to 15 inches of rain that has fallen has been a challenge, but one he thinks they have overcome. […]

Hood Pond Back Open After Brief Closure

The beach at Hood Pond is open again after closing for one day due to a fecal bacteria advisory by the state Department of Environmental Services (DES). Derry Parks and Recreation Director Eric Bodenrader said the advisory was given on Friday. The advisory was posted on Saturday and the waterfront, one of Derry’s public beaches, […]

Nation’s Birth Celebrated

Residents flocked to the area surrounding Crystal Avenue on Thursday night, July 4, for the annual fireworks display sponsored by the town’s Parks and Recreation Department. The weather cooperated this year making viewing ideal.

Derry Educational Assistants’ Contract Withstands Recount

A revised contract for the educational assistants in the Derry Cooperative School District gained one vote in a recount Monday night, while the residents who requested the recount said they were not upset about the new total. Two Derry Town Councilors, acting as private citizens, requested the recount of the successful June 25 vote to […]

Building, Staff Get Ready for Next Charter School

Joe Crawford waved his hand over a cozy space tucked in the back of Gilbert H. Hood Middle School. “This will be a lounge for students and staff,” he said of the room, equipped with a small kitchen. “We’ve ordered cushy sofas and chairs and coffee tables. We’re looking for a coffeehouse atmosphere.” Crawford added, […]