DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

March 21, 2013

Scenic Byway Council seeks public input


Derry News

---- — The public is invited to offer their thoughts on ways to protecting the history and culture of the landscape along some of the state’s most scenic area.

The Robert Frost/Old Stage Coach Scenic Byway Council hosts a public input session on April 6 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Chester Town Hall, 84 Chester St.

The byway plan began several years ago after the town of Atkinson received an official state designation for its Main Street as a New Hampshire Scenic and Cultural Byway. This recognized some of the more historical areas within this area and also put focus on the importance of other nearby areas, including the primary stagecoach route between Boston and Manchester.

The Atkinson Byway group met with Rockingham Planning Commission members, along with other community representatives from Chester, Hampstead, Auburn and Derry — all towns showing interest in extending what Atkinson did to make the byway plan a true regional route.

Derry’s interest also including the Robert Frost aspect since the famed poet owned a home in town for more than a decade while teaching at Pinkerton Academy.

The Robert Frost/Old Stage Coach Scenic Byway Council now exists and includes Derry, Atkinson, Auburn, Chester, Hampstead and the Southern New Hampshire and Rockingham Planning commissions.

The group designated the scenic byway, a 44-mile route that travels through all five towns and highlights the history and culture of the original stagecoach route between Boston and Concord.

All towns will have representation by two voting members and two alternate members. Derry was the final community to name its members to the council. Derry members are Margie Ives and Richard Holmes, serving one-year terms, and alternates David Gomez and Katherine Prudhomme-O’Briend.

The byway celebrates the Southern New Hampshire landscape and communities it passes through. It also focuses on the history of Robert Frost and the Frost Farm in Derry.

The public meeting in Chester will give people a chance to offer ideas and voice concerns about the byway initiative and the towns it serves.

Public input will be used to help guide the Byway Council members as development continues on a Corridor Management Plan.