Archive for February, 2014

Union Contract Approved
on Split Town Council Vote

The members of the collective bargaining unit for the Derry Professional, Administrative and Technical Employees (PATE) will have their first contract since 2011 after a split Town Council vote Tuesday, Feb. 18. The contract was first presented to the Council on Feb. 4 and was scheduled to be voted on Feb. 18. Though a winter storm […]

Council Disagrees on
Whether to Hold Meeting

The Feb. 18 Town Council meeting had just begun when one Councilor called for it to be adjourned. Councilor Mark Osborne called for adjournment shortly after the Pledge of Allegiance. Chairman Michael Fairbanks said he had decided to go ahead with the meeting after he learned that three Councilors would be unavailable the following week. […]

Details Sought for Retreat
Center Organic Farm Proposal

A longtime Derry resident was asked to fine-tune his plans for a Unitarian-Universalist retreat center on his property before the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) endorses them. Paul Doolittle of 33 Old Chester Road appeared before the Zoning Board of Adjustment Feb. 20 to appeal an administrative decision by Code Enforcement Officer Bob Mackey. Mackey […]

Seventh graders at Gilbert H. Hood Middle School play a game of Tug of War in what turned out to be ideal weather conditions for the school’s annual Winter Carnival.

Heave Ho in the Snow

Seventh graders at Gilbert H. Hood Middle School play a game of Tug of War on Thursday, Feb., 20, in what turned out to be ideal weather conditions for the school’s annual Winter Carnival, held just before Winter Break.  Photo by  Chris Paul

Snow Woes Continue

With snowstorms coming so close together these past few weeks, it may seem as if this is a winter for the record books, but that still remains to be seen. Nevertheless, it’s been a trial for all of us, but particularly for the highway departments. Most are over budget by now and prepared to dig […]

Councilors Threaten Legal Action Over Contract Vote

Town Councilors Mark Osborne and Al Dimmock say they are considering legal action after the approval of a contract for the Derry Professional, Administrative and Technical Employees (PATE) by the Town Council on Feb. 18. In a phone call the Friday after the meeting, Osborne said according to the Town Charter, the method of counting […]

Falling Ice Leads to Gas Leak at Pinkerton

Three Pinkerton Academy buildings were evacuated last week while the Derry Fire Department dealt with a gas leak. Chip Underhill, Pinkerton’s executive director of public relations, wrote in a press release that an “apparent natural gas leak” was detected at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at the front of the Pinkerton Building. The Pinkerton Building […]

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Pinkerton Icemen Drive to Tournament With Gusto

The Pinkerton Academy ice hockey squad’s up-and-down 2013-14 season soared toward some definitive high points last week with wins over the Concord High Crimson Tide and, quite surprisingly, the red hot Londonderry High Lancers. First-year varsity coach Joey Lee’s Astro crew, which has spent a considerable amount of time with its record hovering below the […]