Derry welcomes new administrator

Derry's new town administrator David Caron was scheduled to begin his position Dec. 5. Caron was hired in October after months of searching for the right person to fill the job, town councilors said at an earlier meeting.

Caron, 57, previously served as Jaffrey's town manager and was chosen from a field of several candidates, according to Town Council Chairman Brian Chirichiello. Caron was the best choice to lead Derry, Chirichiello said, with the drive, experience, and commitment the community needs.

Caron worked as Londonderry’s town manager for about 10 years prior to resigning in 2012. In a phone interview, following his hire, Caron said he was looking forward to coming to Derry.

"The more I've spoken with (Derry) town councilors, the more I was impressed and energized with the direction they want to set for the community," Caron said in October.

Clothing ministry opens Dec. 10

Renew clothing ministry at Calvary Bible Church, 145 Hampstead Road, is open Dec. 10, 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Families and individuals on a budget are welcome to stop by for free clothing, including winter coats. Derry residency is not required. Renew gives away gently-used apparel that is donated by the community and sorted by volunteers. Each household is limited to 20 of the newest items, plus a reasonable amount of older items.

Donations of good condition, modern clothing is always welcome and can be placed in the Renew bin by the door at any time. No housewares, books, bedding or toys accepted. Contact Renew on Facebook, email to or call the church at 434-1516.

Friends host book sale

The Friends of the Derry Libraries will host the monthly book sale on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the library on East Broadway. from 9:30 to 12:30 at the Derry Library on East Broadway. Books will be sorted by category; 50 cents for paperbacks and $1 for hardcovers.

Lions Club tree sale underway

The Derry Lions Club hosts its annual holiday tree sale at the parking area near Citizens Plaza in Derry near Five Guys. Trees will be sold Friday nights from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until all trees are sold. Proceeds go to support Lions’ missions and community projects.

Masons selling trees for charity

The Masonic Lodge in Derry on East Broadway is selling Christmas trees, with proceeds going to support the Masons' holiday charitable giving efforts. Trees are sold Monday through Friday, noon to 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. until all are sold.

All aboard the Polar Express

Taylor Library hosts its popular holiday series of Polar Express story hours on Dec. 6, 7, and 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the library in East Derry. Children are invited to come to the library in their pajamas and climb aboard a train for a magical journey to the North Pole to meet Santa and enjoy stories and treats. Call the library for information at 432-7186.

Library hosts adult coloring programs

Derry Public Library offers adult coloring programs for people seeking a break from shopping, cooking, decorating and wrapping. Dates for the coloring programs are Dec.12, and 19, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Materials are provided or bring your own. Call the library for information at 432-6140.

‘Polar Express’ set for Opera House

This is My Derry will present "The Polar Express” on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 2 and 5 p.m. at the Derry Opera House, 29 West Broadway. Receipts from participating local businesses can be used for free admission. Visit This is My Derry on Facebook for information.

Library hosts programs for teens

Winter is coming and Derry Public Library invites teens to come in and keep busy. The library hosts a Writers Group, Fantastic Beasts and Other Weird Things Workshop, Hogwart’s Kitchen, Retro Gaming Club, Holiday Craft Making, Cupcake Wars, and Humanitarian Club. Call teen librarian Erin Robinson, teen librarian, at 432-6140 for information and teen schedule.

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