Rotary club helps those in need

The Derry Village Rotary Club launched its Community Improvement Program this year, offering support for projects solicited from 19 Greater Derry charities and nonprofit organizations.

Club members reviewed each proposal, and representatives from various organizations presented information on their projects. Rotary Club members then voted for the proposals they felt were most beneficial to the community. Seven projects were selected to be completed with both financial support and club volunteerism.

The organizations to benefit include The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Derry, The Derry Friendship Center, First Baptist Church Food Pantry, Sonshine Soup Kitchen, The Greater Derry Salvation Army, The Upper Room and the Derry Opera House.

The project work begins this month, and should be completed by the end of summer or early fall. The projects total more than $42,000 in funding along with club member volunteer hours.

Derry Village Rotary Club President Ryan Hazelton said the past year has been challenging for the club and many others.

“As was true for many clubs, the past 12 months have been full of firsts for the Derry Village Rotary club,” he said. “Fortunately, we were able to work through all the firsts, including the ever-dreaded Zoom meetings, and execute what will be a very rewarding and impactful community improvement program.” 

A virtual garden tour

Derry Public Library hosts two sessions, "Adventured in the Vegetable Garden," a virtual look at the garden with some answers to common questions from gardeners about plants, florals, how to keep animals away, and other gardening information. The two-part program is led by Judith Taylor of Seeds2Plate and covers everything from growing to fertilizing and harvesting. The first session is Wednesday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m. and the second is Wednesday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m. Those interested can register for one or both sessions by visiting The Zoom link will be sent out prior to the program. 

Supervisors of the Checklist host session

State law requires the Supervisors of the Checklist to verify the checklist every 10 years. Any person on the checklist who has not voted in the past four years must re-register to remain on the checklist. Supervisors are sending notice letters to these voters at the address provided when registering.

Supervisors will also hold a session for re-registering voters who have not voted since April 1, 2017, accepting applications for new voter registration, accepting requests for checklist corrections and changing political party.

The session is June 28, 6 to 7 p.m. at the municipal center, first floor, 14 Manning St.

Applicants for registration who possess proof of identity, age, citizenship, and domicile should bring that proof when they come to register.

Qualified applicants who do not possess proof or who do not bring proof with them may still register if they sign an affidavit attesting to their qualifications for identity, age, and citizenship, and/or domicile. Voters may check party affiliation online:

Gravesites honored

On Saturday, May 29, hundreds of flags were placed on soldiers' graves at Forest Hill Cemetery in East Derry. Eight organizations gathered at the cemetery to plan the flags, including Boy Scout troops 98, 402, and 405; Pinkerton Academy's AFJROTC; Daughters of the American Revolution, and Children of the American Revolutions, local Girl Scouts, and members of Derry's Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1617 and Auxiliary, and American Legion Post 9.

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