, Derry, New Hampshire


May 29, 2014


The nose knows

Anyone traveling near Exit 4 on Interstate 93 last week soon realized there was a problem at the wastewater lagoon.

The bacteria needed more oxygen.

Officially, the smell was hydrogen sulfide gas.

Readers suggested a hair perm, burned popcorn, rotten eggs and dirty diapers.

Relief, officials said, should come this week.

Cleaning up their act

Londonderry Town Councilor Jim Butler made a point about the trash left behind by those who may be target shooting in the Musquash Conservation Area.

He dumped out a box of litter, including spent shell casings, on a table during a meeting May 19 to make his point.

“Are you going to clean that mess up?” Councilor John Farrell joked.

She’s the chair

Derry’s Margie Ives has led the Conservation Commission for several years. At a recent meeting, fellow Commission member Paul Dionne wanted to make sure the minutes reflected Ives’ strong leadership capacity.

“Make sure it says ‘chair lady,’” Dionne said.

“Or just ‘chair,’” Ives responded.

Almost speechless

It’s a tradition in Derry to include a Town Council proclamation during Memorial Day observances. Council Chairman Mark Osborne gave his thoughts about veterans prior to reading the proclamation and made a big impression on one councilor known for his outspoken nature about issues he cares about.

“I stood here and listened to Mark Osborne and he almost left me speechless,” Councilor Al Dimmock said. “Almost.”

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