LONDONDERRY — The top news in 2013 involved growth in town and how to make it work while keeping the town’s open space and community intact.
It was often a difficult issue to juggle, but town officials worked hard on many plans that would help Londonderry grow while maintaining that balance of community spirit and clean living.
The massive Woodmont Commons project was finally approved, the Londonderry Lancers Marching Band celebrated another presidential inauguration and residents hoped to save as many apples trees as possible.
The town also got new leadership in the front office and in the fire department.
Here are some of Londonderry’s top stories for 2013.
Mr. Smith comes to Londonderry
The town welcomed Kevin Smith as its new town manager in August after many months of searching for the right candidate. He began the job on Aug. 15 and said it was great to come home.
Smith, a Londonderry native, is a 1995 Londonderry High School graduate, and said he was a proud Lancer through and through. His parents still call Londonderry home.
“It’s an incredible privilege to do this,” Smith said after taking the job.
He is a former GOP gubernatorial candidate and ran for the top state job in 2012.
He said his experience carries over well into his new job. Londonderry has a lot going for it, he said, including its prime location, small-town quality of life and also a huge potential for making things happen.
He said he was happy to be working back home.
Police Chief William Hart had served as the interim manager until Smith was selected.
Lancers march back to Washington
In January, the Londonderry High School Lancer Marching Band traveled to Washington, D.C., to be part of the second inauguration for President Barack Obama.
The 260-member band and color guard, along with 30 parents and chaperones, made the trip.