Winter parking ban underway

Derry’s Department of Public Works announces the annual winter parking ban is now underway and running through April 1. During that time no one is allowed to park any vehicle on public roads between midnight and 6 a.m. Any vehicle parked during those hours will be towed and stored until owners pay the cost of towing.

No person may place any snow or ice on any surface of town-maintained roads or highways. Blowing, shoveling or plowing snow into streets is a violation and can be dangerous. Anyone violating this rule is subject to a fine.

The town advises that all mailboxes and newspaper boxes located within the town’s right-of-way are done so at resident and owners’ risk. The removal of snow around mailboxes and maintenance of the box is the responsibility of the owner.

Residents are also asked not to place any permanent or temporary structures, sprinkler heads or other landscaping items within the town’s right-of-way. The town does not repair damaged mailboxes during snow removal operations. Stakes, rocks or other delineators placed at edges of pavements can not be guaranteed protection.

The Public Works Department has also announced its holiday hours for the Derry Transfer Station.

The facility off Fordway will be closed Nov. 25, Thanksgiving Day, Dec. 25, Christmas Day, and Jan. 1, New Year’s Day.

Other holiday season hours are as follows: Friday, Nov. 26, open 6 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 27, open 6 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 24, open 6 a.m. to noon; Friday, Dec. 31, open 6 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For information about winter rules or transfer station operation, contact Public Works officials at 603-432-6144.

Turkey Trot a holiday tradition

It’s a Thanksgiving tradition that draws people from all over the area for a Derry 5K run prior to that big holiday meal.

While this year’s event promises to continue tradition, alternative options are also in place to for participants who want more distance during pandemic times.

The Greater Derry Track Club hosts its 48th annual 5K Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, with an in-person start at 9 a.m. at Galliens Beach at Beaver Lake.

A virtual option is also available any time between Nov. 25 and 28.

In addition to the actual race, the Turkey Trot serves as a community mission to help those in need. Runners are asked to bring nonperishable food items that will support local food pantries. Monetary donations are also welcome.

The Greater Derry Track Club is a nonprofit organization started in 1978 and devoted to promoting running-related activities and improvements in the community. The club not only hosts the annual Turkey Trot, but other projects and programs throughout the year including the annual summer Fun Runs for children, the Boston Prep 16-Miler, and the Couch to 5K program. Visit gdtc.org for more information.

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