, Derry, New Hampshire


December 26, 2013

Derry's top stories for the year 2013

Derry loses leader, elects new councilors


Eventually, the Zoning Board agreed unanimously with an appeal brought forward by a resident group and said the Dumpster plan was not an allowed use in the town’s Industrial III zone. The issue remains on the table.

Taylor Library under fire

Taylor Library in East Derry found itself in the budget crossfire this year, as former Town Administrator John Anderson suggested eliminating the tiny library’s funding.

Anderson deemed the library’s $176,000 budget too much for the town to bear during the 2013 budget talks and said the downtown Derry Public Library could absorb the programs and patrons from the East Derry facility.

Taylor Library director Linda Merrill said she was blindsided by Anderson’s request and couldn’t imagine East Derry without the historic library.

The community rallied around Taylor, including a cry for help from 15-year-old Adam Burke who asked town councilors to save his library.

“Please don’t close my library,” Burke pleaded.

In the end, the library was saved.

Taylor opened its doors in 1878 at the nearby Upper Village Hall and moved to its present location in the 1920s, a small brick building given to the town by Frederick Shepard Jr., grandfather to America’s first man in space Alan B. Shepard Jr.

Boston Post Cane awarded to Greene

Derry celebrated its oldest citizen in 2013. Dorothy Greene, 106, was named the recipient of the town’s Boston Post Cane in July. She received her cane in a ceremony at Pleasant Valley nursing center. Greene has lived there for several years.

The cane was given to Greene before a crowd including her family, friends and Pleasant Valley staff.

Town Council Chairman Michael Fairbanks did the honors and gave Greene her cane, a replica of the original Derry cane that is permanently housed at the Municipal Center.

Farmers market finds a new home

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