Book sale planned

The Friends of the Derry Libraries book sale is Saturday, Feb. 8, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Derry Public Library, 64 East Broadway. Books are sorted by category and are all priced at $1 or less.  

Rotarians host pasta dinner

The Derry Village Rotary Club hosts its annual pasta dinner in conjunction with the Frost Festival, Friday, Feb. 14 at the Marion L. Pounder Cafe in the Academy Building at Pinkerton Academy. Doors open at 4 p.m. for bingo and dinner is served from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The meal is free but donations are welcome to support the Rotary’s mission to help local nonprofits and charities.

Primary date set

The state has set Tuesday, Feb. 11 as the official presidential primary day. Derry Cooperative School District along with Pinkerton Academy have announced there will be no school that day in Derry. Then on March 10 voters head to the polls to cast ballots on school budget, and town/school elected officials. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. There will be three polling places in town — districts 1 and 4 voters head to Gilbert H. Hood Middle School; District 2 voters cast ballots at Calvary Bible Church and District 3 votes at West Running Brook Middle School.

Pinkerton students sign up to vote

On Jan. 23, 81 Pinkerton Academy seniors from Derry, Hampstead, and Chester registered to vote with the help of school administration. The event was held in the senior cafeteria during all lunch periods, and was a success for many students as well as school administrators. The event was organized by the Pinkerton Academy Citizenship Committee as well as Judy Strakalaitis, Supervisor of the Checklist chairman.

Derry teachers honored

Two Derry educators have been named top teachers by Parenting Magazine. Kelly Gagnon teaches second grade at Derry Village Elementary School, and Andrew Bengtson is a math teacher at the Next Charter School.

Gagnon was nominated by parent Tara Collins who said the teacher encourages students to advocate for themselves and also celebrates their differences, instead of asking them all to be the same.

"She is the type of teacher that her students will remember their entire lives, and that the parents of her students will be forever grateful for," Collins said.

Bengtson was also nominated by the parent of a current student, Lynda Sabbio, who said he promotes independent thinking among his students and helps them feel confident.

"Mr. B is a teacher that his students will not only remember with respect but I know will carry with them all the lessons learned by him, both academic and preparing for life as an adult," Sabbio said in her nomination letter. 

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