Upper Room announces scholarship winner

The Upper Room, a Family Resource Center, announces its winner for this year of the Anna Willis Memorial Scholarship. Emily Lefebre from Salem High School is awarded $500.

Upon the passing of Anna Willis, The Upper Room’s former executive director and one of its founders, the board of directors decided to keep Anna’s spirit alive through a scholarship to be offered annually. Funds are raised through donations at the annual auction fundraiser and dedicated to this scholarship.

When discussing the character of a student who the Willis family thought would represent some of the traits that Anna possessed, they agreed that students wishing to pursue education, who have an understanding of The Upper Room, and who have shared their own talents in volunteerism would be a good test to measure against for applicants. Lefebre will be heading to Rhode Island in the fall, to pursue her degree in veterinary medicine. She presented her application having donated to several local organizations that benefit our communities, in many areas.

“The Upper Room is a community agency, supporting families from across Southern New Hampshire, and it is an honor to support students in their desire to continue their education”, said Brenda Guggisberg, executive director of The Upper Room. “It is really interesting that this is the third year in a row that a Salem High Student has been selected to receive this scholarship, as Anna lived in Salem and was deeply invested in the school, and community there. She would be very excited to know her home town students are applying for this scholarship."

Libraries offers curbside pickup

Derry Public Library and Taylor Library are now offering curbside hours for materials pickup.

Derry Public Library offers the service Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesday evening, 5 to 7 p.m. Call the library for information at 432-6130.

Taylor Library's hours for curbside service are  Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, noon to 7 p.m.; closed Saturday. For information, call the library at 437-7186.

Sprucing up the downtown

Over the past several weeks, trees along Broadway have been removed and replaced, part of a project to improve Derry's streetscape and visual appeal.

Trees that had grown too large or were diseased were removed with replacements planted in the same spot. Fourteen trees that were in poor condition were removed and new trees planted. Other new trees were planted in tree pits that had no tree, for a total of 20 new trees. The old trees had been installed back in 2001 during a previous downtown streetscape effort that also included improved sidewalks and street lights.

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