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December 27, 2012

Derry and Londonderry's top names for 2012.

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The town of Londonderry honored Andy Soucy this year with its Citizen of the Year award. The music director received his honor during the February deliberative session.

“It’s an honor, it’s overwhelming,” Soucy said. “I was truly shocked.”

Soucy also was named the Chamber’s Citizen of the year in 2010.

Soucy is always humble when attention is directed his way.

“I’m just the front guy,” he said after winning his award. “I support what the department does, it’s the whole program.

Soucy has been with the Londonderry School District for 38 years.

He has led the band through many key performances not only on the local front, but worldwide.

The band has performed in China for the 2008 Olympics and also at the 2009 presidential inauguration of Barack Obama. They have been invited back next month for the 2013 inaugural parade.

Soucy credits the town for making music a top priority.

“This town has made music important,” he said. “And it’s all about the kids. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

William Hart

The town’s police chief took on a dual role this year, stepping into the town manager’s job following the departure of David Caron this summer.

Hart remained on the job through the year as town officials began the process of searching for a new face to lead the town.

He has made some significant changes, consolidating some responsibilities, eliminating jobs and reducing others.

The Town Council appears very happy with Hart’s performance. Members anticipate having a permanent manager in place by April 1.

Hart has not applied for the job. Some may wonder whether his dual roles could be permanent.

Christopher George

Christopher George knows his meat.

The owner of longtime Londonderry staple Mr. Steer meats was named the Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the Year recipient in 2012.

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