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December 27, 2012

Londonderry news in review

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The program keeps growing, just like hair, as each year passes, organizer Steve Juster said this year.

He credited everyone’s commitment to the cause, including all the students and school staff who pledge to cut their locks to help others.

This year, the program at the school was honored by Gov. John Lynch. He called Londonderry’s efforts “a selfless act of giving” during his final State of the State address.

Five students and Juster made the trip to Concord to hear Lynch’s speech.

The next Pantene event at the high school will be held in January 2013. More than 100 students and staff have already pledged to cut their hair for a good cause.

Sandy rears

her stormy head

Hurricane Sandy hit Londonderry hard, along with other towns in the region. The storm was responsible for canceling school and other community activities for several days while power outages left hundreds of residents in the dark for days.

Public Service of New Hampshire said Londonderry may have been one of the hardest hit communities in the southern portion of the state.

But many officials and residents said it could have been much worse.

“We had along preparation time,” Londonderry fire Chief Kevin MacCaffrie said. “People in no way, shape or form were taken by surprise by this.”

MacCaffrie said his department was very successful in getting information to the public about the storm using social media outlets like Twitter and emergency text messaging.

The storm hit almost a year to the day after the October snowstorm of 2011. MacCaffrie said this time there were fewer fire calls, only 78 compared to last year’s 150.

It was all about being prepared and ready. Some kept their lights on and fared well.

For once, Gerald and Dorothy Gulezian of Brookview Drive did not have to pump out their basement.

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