Pump station contract awarded

The town of Derry awarded its second contract under the phase 1 Southern New Hampshire Regional Water Improvements project in the amount of $2.1 million to Hampstead Area Water Services Company (HAWSCO aka Lewis Builders) of Atkinson. This work includes the construction of a new water booster pumping station on Manchester Road/Route 28 at the Derry/Londonderry town line and major equipment upgrades to Derry’s existing Rockingham Road/Route 28 Booster Pumping Station. Work under this project has begun with site clearing and equipment submittal reviews. The pump stations are expected to be in service by July 2020.

The first contract (D1) was awarded in August 2019 in the amount of $3.14 million to DeFelice Corporation of Dracut, Mass., constructing 7,600 feet of new water mains along Rockingham Road/Route 28 from Ryan’s Hill to the Windham town line. This work is expected to be substantially complete by the end of December.

Both projects are fully funded by the State of New Hampshire Drinking Water and Groundwater Trust Fund and will enable Derry to move one million gallons of drinking water from Manchester Water Works through Derry’s water system into Windham.

Take a dip for a good cause

They will once again be freezing for a good reason as supporters of a local food pantry get ready for an icy dip in some chilly waters.

The third annual Pantry Plunge is set for Saturday, Dec. 14, at noon, at Gallien’s Beach at Beaver Lake. Participants will be jumping into the lake to raise money to support First Baptist Church Food Pantry.

Teams and participants are also encouraged to come to the lake wearing fun attire, but it’s a good idea to wear some sort of footwear as people zoom into the waters.

Anyone wanting to learn more about this year’s Pantry Plunge can stop by Blue Seal on Crystal Avenue, visit pantryplunge.org, or search for Pantry Plunge on Facebook. Information will also be posted on the First Baptist Church Food Pantry website.

Book sale planned

The Friends of the Derry Libraries will hold a book sale on Saturday, Dec. 14, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Derry Public Library, 64 East Broadway. Paperbacks are 50 cents and hardcovers are $1. This month DVDs are 4 for $1.

Tax collector holiday hours set

The tax collector's office will be closed and/or have the following amended hours for the holiday: Tuesday, Dec. 24, closed; Wednesday, Dec. 25, closed; Tuesday, Dec. 31, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Wednesday, Jan. 1, closed.

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