Must be the season . . .

Halloween's coming and a white PT Cruiser parked on Lincoln Street in Derry last week under some trees with changing leaves sported the NH license plate: "— WITCH."

Su casa es mi casa

Londonderry High School principal Jason Parent carries on in the spirit of retired principal Jim Elefante, leaving his office door open most of the time with (shudder) NY Yankee signs and the tub of bubble gum for students.

Last week, he let English teacher Steve Juster, who heads up the Pantene Beautiful Lengths Campaign each year at the winter pep rally, use his office for a meeting with hair donors and a reporter.

"Are we disturbing you?" Juster asked Parent.

"No, this is your space," Parent replied. "I'm just sitting here."

Parent continued working on his computer during the meeting.

A new chapter

With the retirement of Adele Boeske as Derry Public Library's children's librarian, the staff had big reading shoes to fill. But beginning next month, the library will welcome a new chapter to its children's department. Gayle Hutchins Tudisco will join the staff at the library as the new face in the children's room.

A surplus of success

When the town holds its annual surplus auction, it usually brings in several thousand dollars. This year's auction, held Sept. 18, brought in about three times more than last year. Approximately $18,000 was raised by selling unused or unclaimed merchandise. Some items were big money-makers.

"This year, we had vehicles to sell," Town Administrator Gary Stenhouse told the Town Council last week. "Even a truck that's falling apart, you're going to get $3,000 or $4,000 for it."

Pumpkins on parade

Come to Mack's Apples and pick up a pumpkin to take home and decorate. Bring it back in early October and it will be displayed at the farmstand.

It's fun for all ages and a surprise awaits each participant.

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