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May 8, 2014

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Loyal to their teachers

During the VFW Loyalty Day celebration in Derry Sunday, local teachers were honored for their hard work.

Jane Fox, a fifth-grade teacher at Ernest P. Barka Elementary School, was named Elementary Teacher of the Year.

Barka principal Dan Lafleur said it’s a difficult decision to decide which teacher should be nominated for the annual VFW awards.

“Every year, the elementary schools fight over who gets to name their top teacher,” Lafleur said. “As luck would have it, I won the fight this year.”

She wears it well

Dot Mattson is known for many things, including her many years of service to the Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 1617 Ladies Auxiliary, the local post and its veteran members.

Mattson is often seen at the home on Railroad Avenue, wearing patriotic red, white and blue clothing.

Her fingernails are always in tune with America as well. During the recent Loyalty Day celebration, Mattson sported dark red nails with patriotic details included.

Let the good times roll

The Derry Village Rotary Club is gearing up for warmer days with a special display in the main lobby case at Derry Public Library.

The case is filled with beach balls, sand buckets and toys. Rotarians are gearing up for a grand opening celebration at Don Ball Park.

On June 20 from 1 to 4 p.m., Rotarians will celebrate the park’s new pavilion, a project the club completed last fall.

Pray out loud

A pickup truck owner puts his or her faith on display. The truck, bearing the vanity plate “RFATHER” was spotted, appropriately enough, in a local church parking lot.

Plus or minus?

A black Sonoma pickup parked at a Derry restaurant carried the license plate “-LOVE+” Addition-subtraction? Plus-minus? We’ll just settle for love.

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