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July 25, 2013

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Far-flung birthday wishes sent

Those wishes were sent officially by the Londonderry Town Council to far-off friends in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland, a city that shares not only a name with this region, but also a rich history.

Town Councilor Tom Dolan read a proclamation honoring the Irish city’s 400th anniversary at a meeting July 15.

And closer to home

It’s been all about birthdays for Londonderry Town Councilor Tom Dolan. His fellow councilors and audience members wished him a happy birthday at the last meeting.

In addition, a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday” was sung to Dolan.

“Who says we can’t have fun?” someone remarked from the crowd.

He is legenDERRY

Derry town historian Richard Holmes recently returned from his trip to northern Ireland to honor that country’s city, Derry/Londonderry, that has strong historical ties to towns sharing the same name here in New Hamsphire.

Holmes said he was “treated like a king” and was honored to be part of the celebration naming Derry/Londonderry as the official City of Culture for 2013.

The local history expert also returned sporting a hat and shirt with the slogan “I am legenDerry.”

Double, double, toil and rubble

It’s finally down. An old gas station owned by Derry businessman and Town Councilor Brad Benson was reduced to a pile of rubble last week.

The building located on Broadway stood empty for many years after it ceased operation as a local gas station.

In the pink

Londonderry resident Pauline Caron is a regular at Town Council meetings, speaking her mind about various topics on the agenda.

At a meeting July 15, Caron got up to speak about one topic, but offered additional information about her choice of colors for the day — a bright shade of hot pink.

“If you notice,” she told councilors, “my folder matches my shirt tonight. I’m color coordinated.”

Salute to the rooster

Derry Planning Board members are working on proposed updates to the town’s animal ordinance, but had a bit of fun during a recent meeting when Chairman David Granses interspersed his own form of fowl humor.

During the discussion, when roosters were mentioned, Granese paid tribute with a special crowing sound from his phone.

Later, cows made the cut and Granese once again provided the proper barnyard sounds.

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