, Derry, New Hampshire

October 4, 2012


Derry News

---- — Council welcomes Benson back

Town Council Chairman Brad Benson was back at work at the group’s Oct. 2 meeting after being out a few weeks following heart surgery last month.

Chairman Pro-tem Neil Wetherbee retained leadership of the Council as Benson continues to recuperate.

Benson thanked everyone that supported him and his family during his illness, something he called “very unexpected.”

“We had tremendous support from the community,” he said. “The people in the community who have reached out to me and my family is the coolest thing.”

DAR hosts flag event

The Molly Reid Chapter DAR hosts a flag decommission and disposal ceremony Oct. 13 at noon at the Upper Village Hall in East Derry.

The public is invited to bring their old, torn or faded flags to the ceremony. You do not have to bring a flag to attend the ceremony.

Drop off locations for flags are also located at Auburn Town Hall, Londonderry Town Hall lobby, Salem Town Hall, Derry Municipal Center, Atkinson Town Hall and Kimball Library.

Fire department to host open house

October is National Fire Prevention Month. The Fire Department will host an open house Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Central Fire Station, 131 East Broadway. Firefighters will demonstrate ways to escape a smoke-filled room, offer cooking safety tips and fire prevention information and will interact with children to teach fire safety.

Knights sponsor a pro-life contest

The N.H. Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a student pro-life essay/poem/poster contest in conjunction with the national “March for Life” in Washington, D.C.

The contest is open to any junior high and senior high students in the state.

The theme is “What Does it Take to be a Pro-Life Leader?” Winners will win money and trips to Washington. Call for information at 434-4098 or visit

Transfer station holiday hours

The transfer station announces its schedule for the holidays. The hours are as follows: Nov. 12, Veterans Day, closed; Nov. 22, Thanksgiving, closed; Nov. 23, open; Dec. 22, open 7:30 a.m. to noon; Dec. 24, closed; Dec. 25, closed; Dec. 26, open all day; Jan. 1, closed.

Firefighters honored

Firefighters were honored recently for their efforts during a fire in Derry. The annual Committee of Merit Award rewarded members of Derry’s Engine #4 and Derry Medic #1 with unit citations for their work during a fire June 27 on Walnut Hill Road.

Those honored were Jonathan Robertson, Greg Laro and Keith Munroe, Robert Degroot and James Richardson.

Responding to a call, crews found a vehicle heavily damaged, with fire engulfing the rear of the vehicle. The driver was trapped inside. Crews got the door open and rescued the driver, who is now fully recovered.

The unit citation is given to a group of firefighters operating together and performing meritorious service at the scene of a fire or emergency.

Town Administrator John Anderson heralded the firefighters’ bravery and good work.

“They were among a very distinguished group of individuals from all over the state of New Hampshire,” Anderson said. “They were recognized for saving lives.”