, Derry, New Hampshire

October 17, 2013


Derry News

---- — Derry library hosts Technology Thursdays

DERRY — Do you know someone who needs help using computers? Do you feel like the “technology train” has left you behind? Do you know someone who is unemployed and needs help with basic computer skills?

Derry Public Library has begun offering classes and drop-in times for people who find themselves “technologically challenged.” An ongoing series of Technology Thursdays might be just the thing to help you get over your fear of computers, or give you that extra know-how to help you enjoy your computer or new device.

From basic computer classes for real beginners, to help with writing a great resume, to letting you try out some cool devices, the library is offering something for everyone. There are also drop-in times where library staff can provide individual instruction based on your needs. The library will provide the computers, participants bring the questions.

On Thursday, Oct. 17, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., learn about Basic Resumes. Create a great-looking resume using template and get other resume tips for success.

On Thursday, oct. 24, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., check out the Device Petting Zoo: Try an iPad, Kindle, and Nook.”

Call 432-6140 for more details.

Students will ‘Drop, Cover and Hold’

On Oct. 17 at 10:17 a.m. the Great Northeast ShakeOut will be held. At that time, all schools and child care programs throughout the Northeast will Drop, Cover and Hold.

Damaging earthquakes may occur anywhere in New Hampshire at any time with no warning, as evidenced by the quake last Thursday evening.

New Hampshire is the most seismically active state in the New England. The ShakeOut is a chance to practice how to protect yourselves. During an earthquake you have only seconds to respond and to do so you must practice.

North Londonderry Elementary is one of the local schools participating.

New charter school holds open house

DERRY — Granite State Arts Academy, a charter high school to open in September 2014, will hold an open house on Saturday, Oct. 26, beginning at 10 a.m. at its tentative location at 16 Route 111, Building 4.

The public, interested families, community leaders, artists, educators, business professionals and volunteers are invited to attend to learn more about the school and ask questions. Children are welcome. The program will consist of an informal presentation and tour of the facility. Light refreshments and snacks will be served.

The arts-based school will serve grades 9-12 and offer rigorous core academics, as well as intensive studies in four areas of art: dance, music (including voice), theater, and visual arts. Granite State Arts Academy plans to open with all four grades, capping enrollment at 40 pupils per grade.

People interested in volunteering are encouraged to contact the Board of Trustees of Granite State Arts Academy. Visit the website at and Facebook at For further information, contact Wendie Leweck at: or 770-5282.

Knights host essay, poster, video contest

The N.H. Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a Student Pro-Life Essay/Poster/Video contest in conjunction with the National “March For Life” in Washington, D.C.

The essay/poster contest is open to any student in grades 6-12. The video contest is open to high school and college-aged amateur filmmakers in New Hampshire. Entries are first submitted to the national contest, which will make awards of $100 in each category, plus trips to Washington, D.C., for winning students and a parent in each category. Entries are then provided to the N.H. Knights of Columbus, who will make up to six additional awards of $100.

The theme is “Adoption: A Noble Decision.” The deadline for entires is Dec. 3. Visit and click on “2014 Student Contest.”

For further information, contact contest chairman John P. Matuszewski at 434-4098 or State Pro-Life Chairman Ron Distasio at 595-7837.