Happy Cinco de Mayo!
Londonderry town councilors wanted to wish everyone a happy Cinco de Mayo prior to the start of their meeting May 5.
Town Councilor Tom Dolan said the day honors the Mexican victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
“Did you buy anything to celebrate?” Councilor John Farrell asked Dolan.
Dolan just wanted everyone to remember the true meaning of the day.
“This is not just the $3 tequila night either,” he said.
Pausing for prayer
The Londonderry Town Council has regularly offered moments of silence and prayer prior to meetings to honor those serving in the military and those that have lost their lives.
Councilor John Farrell noted recently that the Supreme Court voted, 5-4, to allow public prayers at New York public board meetings.
“They ruled it constitutional,” Farrell said. “I’m not saying we should offer prayer, but it’s just something I thought I’d bring up.”
Remembering Alan B.
Derry Town Councilor Phyllis Katsakiores remembered one of Derry’s native sons this month.
She told fellow councilors that May 5 was always “Alan Shepard Day” in Derry.
That’s the day in 1961 that East Derry native Shepard climbed through the atmosphere to become the first American in space.
“We always had a big parade that day,” Katsakiores said. “It was always a big event in Derry.”
Ducklings 9, sunglasses 0
Derry Animal Control Officer Marlene Bishop and police Officer Seth Plumer successfully rescued nine ducklings from a storm drain on Crystal Avenue Monday.
But when they were packing up, Bishop leaned over a little too far and the sunglasses perched on her head fell into the murky drain below.
Plumer took up the rescue net one more time, but only came up with some debris.
See full story, Page 12.
Digging up dirt
Derry Garden Club members were out in force this week, visiting homes around the area and digging up perennials and other plants to sell at this Saturday’s plant sale.
Club members often visit homes where owners offer their extra perennials to sell every year.