Mum's the word

It's a sure sign that the air is changing and summer is nearing its end. Area garden centers, farm stands, and nurseries are now boasting a big variety of seasonal color as the annual chrysanthemum displays are taking shape. Shades of gold, red, yellow and white are filling shelves at local businesses, replacing the summer perennials and annuals and making a big splash of color to help welcome the next season.

Welcoming worship

Area churches are still planning schedules to open their doors safely to parishioners while keeping safety as key. Some local churches continue to host weekly outdoor services, including Central Congregational Church and First Baptist Church in Derry. St. Luke's United Methodist, also in Derry, plans an in-person, indoor reopening on Sept 13. Others are continuing with virtual services throughout the summer.

Leading in Londonderry

The Leadership Londonderry program, a town and school government training program, will begin again next month. The program ended its most recent year a bit earlier than expected due to the pandemic, but the program is ready to roll again for the new season and runs September to May. 

Program organizer Pollyann Winslow said the recent class of Leadership Londonderry graduates was a great group, and all were celebrated recently with a "graduation" party held at the grounds of the Londonderry Historical Society.

Moderator named

Londonderry has a new town moderator. Jonathan Kipp takes the role previously held by Tom Freda who died in June. Freda was honored by the town and the Sept. 8 primary election day will be named in his memory.


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