A special presentation was dedicated to longtime Derry resident George Katsakiores, who died in 2010. He was a New Hampshire state representative for 28 years, and also World War II veteran, serving in the Army from 1943 to 1945. He returned back to Derry to get involved in town government and also the state government world.
He was named one of the town's original "Town Treasures" in 2005.
His wife, Phyllis, attended the Pinkerton ceremony with her family to accept a flag in his honor.
Teachers honored at School Board
Three Derry district teachers were honored at the School Board meeting May 22.
Gilbert H. Hood Middle School reading specialist Sandi Baier was recognized for being a nominee for the state Department of Education's Teacher of the Year award. She was one of 17 nominated for the state's top award.
"I was happy to get as far as I did," Baier said. "I'm really proud to represent Derry, it was an amazing experience."
Also recognized for South Range Elementary's Lauren O'Brien and Holly MacAskill of West Running Brook Middle School, both named the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1617 Teacher of the Year winners for elementary and middle school, respectively.
Every year, the VFW honors top community members including teachers, firefighters and volunteers. A celebration is held at the Post Home on Loyalty Day.