Voter Turnout Lowest in Eight
Years for March Election

Derry Town Moderator Margaret Ives couldn’t help being facetious as she reviewed the voter turnout Tuesday, March 11, at Calvary Bible Church, the District 2 polling place. “Did you have trouble finding a place to park?” she asked. “Did you have to walk far?”

The answer was “no” and “no,” as Ives and her staff reported a lower-than-usual turnout in the March 11 voting. The total votes cast were 1,257, or 6 percent of Derry’s 20,139 registered voters.

At Ives’s post in District 2, ballot clerks knitted or chatted, and there were no lines to wait in as voters wandered in during the afternoon. “Just put in one at a time,” Ives said to a lone man at the voting machine. He did, and left.  Read more »

Pinkerton Commissions Musical
Piece to Mark 200th Anniversary

The 200th anniversary of Pinkerton Academy will have a special choral and orchestral piece to mark the milestone, and students will be in on the process.

Tom Quigley, director of the Fine Arts Department at the semi-private high school, announced this week that Andrew Boysen, a professor of music at the University of New Hampshire, will write a commissioned piece for the anniversary using words from a poem by Robert Frost, who lived in Derry and taught at Pinkerton.

Boysen visited the school this past Friday to meet with choral and wind ensemble students to update them on the process.

Quigley said the staff met with Boysen and gave him some “ideas of what we wanted.” They talked about what music groups Pinkerton had, and settled on a piece for choral and wind ensemble, he said. When Boysen visited on Friday, the students were to perform briefly for him and then hear his ideas. Read more »

Hooksett Voters Say
No to Pinkerton Academy

Hooksett voters sent their School Board back to the drawing board for high school options, after a two-thirds majority of voters rejected a 10-year contract with Pinkerton Academy.

The contract was Article 3 on the warrant voted on March 11. The vote was 1,096 no to 792 yes.

The two boards began talking last year, after Hooksett successfully withdrew from its long-time tuition contract with Manchester.

Pinkerton and Hooksett executed a short-term tuition agreement for next year, allowing Hooksett eighth-graders to choose Pinkerton whether or not the contract was approved. Those students will be allowed to continue at Pinkerton for their freshman year and the rest of high school. About 108 eighth-graders have chosen Pinkerton. Read more »