, Derry, New Hampshire


February 13, 2013

Derry, Londonderry fare well after weekend storm

Residents, road crews dig out in fine fashion


“Being proactive is our next step,” Derry superintendent Laura Nelson said. “We will assess school roofs to see if any need to be raked.”

Nelson said this week’s warming trends could add weight to buildings, but she did not foresee any problems.

Derry resident Colleen Kowalczyk took a stroll through downtown Derry Saturday once the snow began to wind down.

“I’m not afraid of this,” she said. “This is New England. It comes every year. This is no big surprise.”

On Sunday, the sun came out and cars lined Pierce Avenue in Derry as families came out to enjoy an afternoon of sledding and tubing at Alexander-Carr Park.

The park’s hill brought out hundreds of people from communities all over the region with enough snow to make for successful sledding.

“I came here 30 years ago,” Diane Atherton of Derry said. “I’m here today with my grandchildren.”

Laurel Scharon, 6, of Derry took some time from her tubing to offer advice to her friends on the proper way to sail down a hill with so much new snow.

“When I’m sliding, I usually turn,” she said. “But when you are going straight, you sort of turn anyway.”

Town officials said they will be keeping their eyes on this week’s warmer weather forecast to make sure ice at the area lakes is safe for ice fishing.

“We’ll be checking the ice,” Derry Parks and Recreation director Eric Bodenrader said.

By Monday, town crews had already done an early sweep of the snow on Beaver Lake to check for ice safety. More inspections would continue all week as temperatures were set to rise to 40 degrees or above.

For some, seeing so much snow is what living in New Hampshire is all about.

“I thoroughly enjoyed this storm,” Chester resident Mike Corey said. “I played with my snowblower, shoveled and went snowshoeing in the back woods. In contrast, I hate rainy winter days.”

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