Many names were in the news in 2012 for various reasons, ranging from those who fought health battles and lost, to new faces taking over key roles in town government.
Others made a difference in quieter ways by offering support and help to those in need.
The following are just some of the more notable names of 2012.
Laura Nelson arrived in Derry this year to take over the helm as Derry’s school superintendent. She replaced Mary Ellen Hannon, who served the district in that role for a decade.
Nelson came to town after serving as assistant superintendent of the Exeter Regional Cooperative School District and was chosen from a top field of three candidates.
Upon arriving in Derry, the Kentucky native said she was looking forward to what was ahead after serving in other New Hampshire schools for 26 years as a teacher, parent, principal and assistant superintendent.
“This is a very supportive community and I love the diversity it has to offer,” Nelson said.
Derry’s top police official celebrated 40 years on the job in 2012.
Police Chief Edward Garone was honored for his 40 years of service this year; he received town and state accolades from officials and political leaders.
Garone’s ride as Derry’s chief began in June 1972, arriving in town from a captain’s position in Lebanon.
He is now the state’s longest running chief of police.
Garone was named Derry’s Citizen of the Year in 1984. He also is known in the community for his other hard work on projects as a Rotarian, Boys and Girls Club leader and many other roles.
This year, officials made June Edward B. Garone Month in Derry and said it couldn’t have happened to a nicer man.
When the Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce was searching for a new leader to take the helm and lead the business organization in a new direction, they found Stacey Bruzzese.