Rain puts damper on dam work
Town officials said the rain over the past few weeks have slowed progress on the Beaver Meadow Dam in East Derry. Structural damage was discovered back in May; town crews and construction workers have been working hard to complete the repairs.
Public Works Director Mike Fowler told town councilors the weather hasn’t been helpful.
“We need a long stretch of dry weather, a week to 10 days of sustainable dry weather,” he said.
He said there is no use spending town resources to complete work that might be comprised by wet weather later on.
“The dam is stable, but we can’t keep up with the water,” he said.
The dam dates back to 1929. It is accessed off East Derry Road from Sabra Circle and Martha Drive at the southern end of Beaver Lake.
Bible study planned
A summer Vacation Bible Study is planned for children ages 5 through fifth grade at First Baptist Church, the corner of Broadway and Crystal Avenue, July 30 and 31, and Aug. 1.
There will be games, Bible lessons, petting zoo and pony rides. The program is free and open to all. Register by calling 216-7782.
Council remembers longtime officials
Two longtime Derry officials were honored at a recent Town Council meeting.
Roland Routhier died June 17 and served as Supervisor of the Checklist for many years. Florence “Flo” Ouellette died May 31 and also served Derry well, working as the town’s animal control officer for 26 years.
Officials paid respects to both veteran town officials. Routhier received a Town Council certificate of appreciation prior to his death.
Molly Reid Chapter goes to D.C.
A member of Derry’s Molly Reid Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution represented the local group at the 122nd Continental Congress, the group’s annual convention held earlier this month in Washington, D.C.
Shirley Reed was among more than 3,500 members representing the DAR, taking part in the weeklong schedule of business meetings, committee sessions, formal ceremonies and other social functions.
The DAR was founded in 1890 to promote historical preservation, education and patriotism and has more than 175,000 members in 3,000 chapters worldwide.