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October 25, 2012

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Pumpkin elves at work

The pumpkin crop is a good one this year, so good shoppers at Mack’s pumpkin patch may think the fruit is multiplying overnight.

Despite brisk sales, the patch always looks full.

Farm manager Mike Cross has the answer.

“We’re restocking the ‘shelves’ with pumpkins,” he said.

History says otherwise

At the public hearing on the Adams Pond Dam, one speaker questioned the historic value of the dam by saying that town historian Rick Holmes didn’t write about the dam in his book Derry or in “Derry Revisited.”

But Holmes wishes to inform the town that he didn’t deal with that subject in those books because those are picture books and there are no pictures of the mill as it was in the 1720s.

However, in “Nutfield Rambles,” Holmes devotes a chapter to the mill’s history (see pages 261-266) and there is a permanent display on the mill at the Derry Museum of History.

Get ready for ghouls and goblins

Derry and Londonderry host Halloween fun on Oct. 31 with community trick-or-treat times set.

Derry families can enjoy the night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. In Londonderry, children can gather treats from 5 to 8 p.m.

Litter knows no season

It was a successful week of sprucing up when Derry hosted its annual town cleaning event last week.

Residents and organizations were out in force, taking on spots around the community for some serious cleaning.

At the end of the week, more than 50 bags of trash were collected from roadways and neighborhoods.

Still waving

The life and popular roadside wave of a Derry man is still being honored weeks after his death.

Robert Young died in a tragic accident last month and was known to many as the “waving man” along Route 102.

Since his death, a memorial of colorful flowers and mementos has grown at his home.

A life-sized black silhouette of Young sits in a chair along the road, seemingly still waving to passing cars.

Foreign policy

A blue Honda was seen traveling southbound on Interstate 93 with a veteran vanity plate reading “NUKEEM.”

The driver must have made up his or her mind about foreign policy issues when serving in the military.

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