Waterline flushing begins

The town will be flushing the water lines throughout the municipal system starting Sept. 10 and running through Oct. 9 between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

The work is necessary to improve the water quality throughout the town which ensures safe drinking water for residents and businesses. The flushing program also keeps in mind the current drought conditions with the town developing a strategic and limited flushing plan.

The flushing program typically progresses from the Derry/Londonderry town line along Route 28 southerly and easterly across the town. Heavy commercial users and customers with certain sensitivities will be notified prior to work being done. Any customers with special needs can contact the town's Department of Public Works at 432-6147 to make locations known.

The work may result in intermittent periods of brown or rusty water. This is not a health concern, but might temporarily affect the taste and look of the water as well as possible staining of laundry. Customers should run their water lines for several minutes until clear before doing laundry. Any other questions can be directed to the Public Works Department.

Town events being considered

Town Administrator David Caron gave a report on Derry's popular events that are being studied as to how to present them safely during the pandemic. That includes the annual holiday parade and the Very Derry holiday events typically held the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Holiday decorating, including a downtown Christmas tree, will go on as scheduled this season, Caron said.

With Halloween coming up, Caron also said more information will come in early October as to how the town may handle sending out additional safety guidelines for families and neighborhoods wanting to celebrate the holiday.

Upper Room hosts drive-in gala

The Upper Room will be presenting its annual gala in a unique way this year, with a drive-in event on Sunday, Nov. 1 at the Tupelo Music Hall, 10A St.

The gala is held from 1 to 4 p.m. and there will be food, drinks, and a live outdoor auction. An online silent auction will also be held the week of Oct. 30 through Nov. 6.

Gala guests can get tickets at $100 per car as part of the drive-in experience. To learn more, visit urteachers.org.

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