---- — Close call
Students at East Derry Memorial Elementary School took part in a national student mock election process. The results mirrored the nation’s tight numbers in the country’s top race.
At the end of the vote, students gave President Obama 202 votes to Mitt Romney’s 189.
“It was a very close vote for sure,” teacher Marty Sheil said. “Our students seemed to enjoy the process.”
Addressing the ball
Derry planners said yes to a conditional plan for a new driving range on the Pete’s Scoop ice cream property on Rockingham Road at a meeting Nov. 7.
During the discussion, Planning Board member Jim MacEachern questioned the range plan’s lighting placement.
“What if a golf ball hits the lights?” he asked.
Town Administrator John Anderson replied “Are you suggesting I might be on the driving range?”
Derry Planning Board members heard details of a new golf plan in town and wondered about how noisy the golfers on a driving range might be with a residential neighborhood nearby.
“You won’t hear the golf balls, just the golfers with their four-letter words,” board member Jim McEachern said.
“And it’s not F-O-R-E,” Town Administrator John Anderson said.
School’s out ... again
Derry students missed three days of school recently due to Hurricane Sandy. Once Election Day rolled around Nov. 7, it was another day off from the books.
Former Derry superintendent John Moody worked the polls at Pinkerton Academy and greeted children when they accompanied their parents to vote.
“No school?” Moody asked one little girl. “Again?”