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March 21, 2013

Londonderry Boy Scout takes on Grange project

LONDONDERRY — The Londonderry Grange hall is getting more upgrades, thanks to a local Boy Scout.

Thomas Perry, 15, is a member of Boy Scout Troop 521 and will be taking on the Grange project as part of his Eagle Scout project.

Thomas is in the ninth grade and was fundraising on Town Meeting day in town, selling candy bars at the polls to raise money to support his project to install new bathrooms at the historic hall.

The young Scout is also an official member of the Grange Society.

The hall was built in 1909 and was placed on the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places in 2004. Londonderry Grange No. 44 was organized on Jan. 18, 1875, with 24 charter members. Granges were popular with farmers and their families because of the distance between farms and little time to socialize. They gave farmers a place to gather to exchange ideas.

But the years took their toll on the building.

Through the years, volunteers have done work to help with the hall’s upkeep, including new shingles and other projects.

Last summer, Thomas’ brother Andrew also took on a Grange project to help bring running water to the building.

“The Grange had been without water for more than 20 years,” Thomas said.

The hall is used sporadically for art shows and Old Home Day events, but without working bathrooms, it can’t be used for much else.

Other local Boy Scout troops have helped with other things that were falling apart, many taking them on as Eagle Scout projects. Windows were replaced, the inside painted and a handicapped ramp installed.

Thomas said he hopes to raise about $200 to support his project. He is also receiving donations of plumbing equipment, including two toilets.

Thomas hopes to start work at the Grange building later this month.

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