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May 30, 2013

Londonderry senior center director steps down

LONDONDERRY — After only a few months on the job, Londonderry’s senior affairs director has left the job.

The search will now begin again for a replacement for Stacy Thrall, who stepped down from the job recently.

Thrall was approved for the senior affairs director job at a Town Council meeting Feb. 11.

She replaced Kimberly Bean, who resigned last fall to take another position.

Acting Town Manager Bill Hart said the town will begin a new search and the job will be posted again.

“It was one of those things that didn’t work out,” Hart said. “The town was excited to have (Thrall) join us, but some things in life just don’t work.”

Thrall took over the job, easing in from an already established relationship with the senior center. She once served the senior center as its outreach coordinator, then went on to start an adult daycare facility, Here on Earth, in Londonderry.

Thrall also led the town’s Senior Affairs Committee.

Hart said prior to Thrall’s hiring the town received a good response for the senior center job.

He expected more interest this time around.

“And we will move forward,” he said.

Gladys Frederick, along with previous senior center director Sara Landry, opened the town’s senior center in 2003 with only a handful of residents attending each day.

The center is located in the historic Mayflower Grange building, which dates back to the early 1900s and was once used by the town for various community meetings and events.

Now, more than 50 seniors are there on any given day, enjoying meals, games, fitness and exercise, technology training and health screenings.

Membership stands at about 450.

The building recently got some much-needed upgrades, including new restrooms.

Hart said seniors appreciate their space and hope they will find that perfect fit for a leader soon.

“This building is very important to those who use it,” Hart said.

Last week, Frederick would not comment on Thrall’s departure and said information about the new search and other issues would have to be directed to Hart.

Attempts to reach Thrall were unsuccessful.

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