, Derry, New Hampshire


December 27, 2012

Londonderry news in review


splash at YMCA

In June, the YMCA of Greater Londonderry celebrated the opening of the Schaefer Community Pool.

The heated, outdoor, six-lane pool replaced two older oval pools.

The pool is named for Schaefer Mortgage, a lead sponsor of the project, part of the YMCA’s $750,000 capital improvement plan, that will also include an outdoor multipurpose sports complex.

The YMCA opened in 1999 and serves 175 to 180 campers during its summer programs.

New hope for rail trail

Londonderry Trailways started cutting overgrowth on railroad tracks from Mammoth Road to the Little Cohas Brook in an effort to complete its section of the Granite State Rail Trail.

The trail will include more than six miles of paved paths through Londonderry once it’s completed. The Iron Horse Preservation Society, a nonprofit group, has agreed to remove the railroad free of charge.

The grassroots organization was approved for a $20,000 grant earlier in the year, but must raise 20 percent of the funds themselves, Rimol said.

Once complete, the Granite State Rail Trail, will extend from Salem to Lebanon, with much of it being paved.

Up in arms over gunfire

Golfers at the Londonderry Country Club have had enough gunfire. The owner complained bitterly to the Town Council about noise from the nearby police firing range, the Fish and Game Club firing range and the Musquash Conservation Area.

Town councilors went out to listen for themselves. Some thought the noise from planes landing at and departing nearby Manchester-Boston Regional Airport was worse than any audible gunshots.

The conflict between the country club and people using the firing ranges is not new, and no real solutions were reached. But police Chief William Hart promised to limit the use of the outdoor range.

A state law, passed in 2004, protects firing ranges from noise pollution complaints.

Hunting in the Musquash is legal, so it appears the noise — and the complaints — will continue.

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