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December 26, 2013

Londonderry's top stories for 2013

Londonderry sees lots of changes this past year


Students were very excited about the trip and took their turn marching down Pennsylvania Avenue past the viewing stand where the President and Mrs. Obama were seated.

Music director Andy Soucy said it was honor to be part of the celebration again.

“We had the honor four years ago,” Soucy said. “I didn’t expect it again and we are really honored.”

The band was chosen from more than 1,500 applications from groups all over the country. The band has also traveled to China, to the Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena, and numerous trips to New York City for parades.

Woodmont Commons given the OK

It was a long journey, but the vote finally came.

The Planning Board finally gave its OK to the massive, 600-plus-acre Woodmont Commons development this year. The multi-use development plan had been before town boards for more than a year, making for some very long meetings, workshops and public sessions.

The project will be completed in phases over 20 years. Proponents maintained the project would be a good fit for Londonderry and was the first development of this type ever proposed in town.

The plan includes residential areas, parks, business and other community spots all keeping within the town’s zoning laws.

Planning Board Chairman Art Rugg said it was a long process and one that will have many impacts on the town.

“There has been a lot of give and take on this,” Rugg said. “But it has a good, positive vision to it.”

Some residents hosted a “Hug-A-Tree” event to raise awareness and try to save some of the former Woodmont Orchard apple trees that might be lost to development.

Happy trails to you

Supporters of the town’s trail system had a good year, getting a portion of the system paved thanks to continuing support from residents and also celebrating how much the town’s trail system is growing.

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