Officer injured in snowy crash

A Derry police officer was injured last Friday morning after being crushed between his patrol car and another car that lost control on a snow-covered road, according to a statement from police.

Officer Kevin Davies was investigating a separate crash on Drew Road at about 7:44 a.m. when a car approaching the scene hit him, police said.

Though injured, police said Davies was able to use his radio to call for help. He was taken by members of the Derry Fire Department to Parkland Medical Center with a non-life threatening leg injury and other possible injuries.

“He is expected to be OK,” the police statement reads.

Davies was the only person injured in the crash. Police said after a preliminary investigation that Davies was behind his patrol car when the sliding car hit him and pushed him.

The driver, who is not currently facing charges, remained at the scene and cooperated with the crash investigation, police said.

Drew Road was closed for about three and a half hours while the Derry police investigated the crash.

— Breanna Edelstein

Upper Room awarded grant

The Upper Room, a Family Resource Center, received notification of a $40,000.00 grant to support Adolescent Wellness Programs.

“There has never been a more critical time to direct services and resources to teens than this year,” said Upper Room Executive Director Brenda Guggisberg. “We have seen a significant rise in isolation, concerns for substance misuse and risk behaviors that put teens at risk of lifelong health and social impacts. We need to be available to provide support to teens, their parents and caregivers, and to offer the education, information and skills that align with the current concerning trends."

The Adolescent Wellness program is a comprehensive program, offering teens access to education, counseling, skill-building and connections to others. Staff offer classes, and support to bring teens ideas and information to make informed and educated decisions. This coupled with the Parent Caregiver Café that offers adults in teens life a chance to understand what is happening for their teen and how to encourage and support them through adolescence, including during challenging times.

The Upper Room will continue to deliver the services that the Alexander Eastman Foundation seeks for this community, and ready to deliver its services to address the needs of this region. For more information call 603-437-8477 or visit

— Julie Huss

Diaper drive needs donations

The eighth annual Greater Derry Diaper Drive needs donations of diapers to support the Upper Room’s Teen Information for Parenting Success, or TIPS, program. The annual drive is sponsored by local realtor Susan Ochoa of RE/MAX Innovative Properties with support from Pinkerton Academy’s Interact group. Larger sizes are also needed, along with pull-ups, and wipes. Diapers will be collected through the end of the month and donations can be brought to: RE/MAX Innovative Properties, 66 Gilcreast Drive, Londonderry; Pressed for Time Mobile Cafe, 129 Rockingham Road; Blue Seal Feeds, 68 Crystal Ave.; Derry Municipal Center, 14 Manning St., and Dance Impressions by Debbie, 60 Rockingham Road, Windham. For information contact Ochoa at 603-812-1100.

— Julie Huss



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