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December 27, 2012

Derry's top stories for 2012

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The hope is also to accommodate new businesses that may want to relocate there to add to the town’s economic development goals and success.

The project came in a little under the original $5.3 million price tag; officials touted its success.

“We are beginning to see the investments being made on Manchester Road,” Town Administrator John Anderson said.

Councilor Joel Olbricht said as he drives down Manchester Road he sees the fruits of everyone’s labor.

“It’s turning out really beautiful,” he said.

Hurricane Sandy

packs a punch

Almost a year to the day after the October 2011 snowstorm, another storm arrived to pack a big punch in the area.

In 2011, the region ended up being blanketed by inches of snow during a freaky Halloween storm. This time around, the wind came, the trees fell and the lights went out.

Hurricane Sandy reared her wet and windy head, and knocked out power to hundreds of residents, leaving many in the dark for days on end.

Schools canceled classes for several days while utility and town crews worked to get the lights and heat back on.

Generator sales spiked and fire officials kept constant watch over the safety and well-being of residents as they weathered the dark nights and cool days.

Voters turn out

in large numbers

Voters in town turned out in record numbers in November to not only choose a president, but also a new governor and new state representatives to head to Concord.

For many years, only Republicans made up the Derry legislative contingent, but voters picked two Democratic women to help lead the local group.

Betsy Burtis and Mary Till both made the cut and joined eight Republicans for the 10 seats.

Approximately 16,500 of the town’s 18,000-plus registered voters headed to the polls to cast their ballots, most likely a record turnout, officials said.

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