Upper Room honors volunteers

The Upper Room, a Family Resource Center, celebrated its volunteers recently. A gathering recognized more than 80  volunteers that support the agency within a year, who in less than 10 months have donated 2,036 hours of service to the agency. Volunteers include the board of directors, food pantry volunteers, and Juvenile Diversion Community Review, along with individuals who offer seasonal support.

Upper Room Executive Director Brenda Guggisberg volunteering creates a stronger community.

“Thank you for your gift of time, for your expertise, for the love and commitment you bring to our agency, we know that we are one of many nonprofits that you could support, and we are happy that ours is one you have chosen to give your most valuable resource, your time," Guggisberg said. “We are so fortunate to have a community that provides us with people who care about our work and the mission.

Guggisberg added those who support the agency through time and other ways of giving are the most valuable assets. Volunteers are always needed, including a Wednesday morning slot of time to help with the Upper Room's administrative function. Anyone interested can visit urteachers.org.

Torch passes in Derry

The 2019 Special Olympics Torch Run and the “Flame of Hope” will pass through downtown Derry on Thursday, June 6. The Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 West Broadway, invites people to come to the center’s front lawn that day at approximately 10 a.m. to cheer on the flame and its runners.

Synagogue hosts talk

Etz Hayim Synagogue, 1 1/2 Hood Road, hosts a talk “Visiting a Jewish Cemetery” given by Rabbi Joshua L. Segal on Thursday, June 6, 7 p.m. Segal, the author of “A Field Guide to Visiting a Jewish Cemetery: A Spiritual Journey to the Past, Present and Future,” and the Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Betenu in Amherst, will speak on Jewish cemeteries and their place in the community. The program is part of Etz Hayim Synagogue’s Continuing Education Program, and except where indicated, programs are open to the public at no charge. Donations to the synagogue to allow us to continue with these and other programs are welcomed. For more information, contact: Stephen Soreff at soreffs15@aol.com or call 603-895-6120.

Book sale planned

The Friends of the Derry Libraries will host a book sale on Saturday, June 8, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Derry Public Library, 64 East Broadway. There is a room full of books sorted by category and updated each month. Hardcovers are $1 and paperbacks are 50 cents. This month there is big collection of cookbooks, DIY/crafts, sports and CDs, all at sale prices.

Police host blood drive

Derry police host an American Red Cross blood drive on Wednesday, June 12, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Calvary Bible Church, 145 Hampstead Road. All blood types are needed. There will be pizza from Blue House, Papa Gino’s and Domino’s, Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, Clam Haven ice cream and Lindt chocolates. All presenting donors will receive a police/American Red Cross shirt. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Library hosts bowling program

Derry Public Library hosts a program on the golden age of candlepin bowling on Wednesday, June 19, 6:30 p.m. The program features author Mike Morin who will offer a history of the sport. For information call the library at 603-432-6140.

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