It's about time

A time capsule, that is, as Londonderry Town Manager Kevin Smith noted at a recent Town Council meeting that he had been contacted by Boston news crews after it was discovered that the time capsule dating back to the 250th anniversary of the original Nutfield settlement, was found to be empty of any contents from that celebration back in 1969.

This is the 300th anniversary of the original Nutfield settlement, with original towns Derry, Londonderry, Windham and Derryfield in Manchester all taking part in historical activities to mark the big birthday.

And part of that birthday celebration was a plan to open the old time capsule that was filled and closed 50 years ago.

Prior to the recent Londonderry Old Home Day celebration, Nutfield committee members had gone to Derry Public Library's New Hampshire Room, where the capsule had been stored, and found the container empty.  The capsule was scheduled to be opened during Old Home Day on Saturday, Aug. 17.

The case of the missing capsule contents has taken off on news outlets all over the nation, Smith said, adding the news "continues to pick up steam."

"Who knows, it's a mystery that may never be solved," Smith said.

Nutfield organizers are planning to fill a new time capsule with pertinent items and then seal it up at the upcoming Derryfest celebration in Derry's MacGregor Park on Saturday, Sept. 21. That capsule will then be opened at the 350th Nutfield anniversary in 2069.

"And hopefully that one will be kept in better security that this one was," Smith said.

Craft fair set

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church hosts its annual Apple Country Craft Fair on Saturday, Sept. 7, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the church, corner of Mammoth and Peabody Row.

More than 70 crafters from all over New England will be on site to show off their works.

There will be drinks, baked goods, sandwiches and more available from the bistro. There will also be raffles. Fair is held rain or shine.

Club to offer scholarships

The Londonderry Women’s Club is now accepting applications for the Adult Female Scholarship for $1,000. The requirements include being a female at least 23 years of age and a current resident of Londonderry; must be currently enrolled at an accredited post secondary institution and must have a minimum of half of the time or credits toward a named degree, certificate or licensing program.

The deadline to apply is Sept. 30. Applications are available at the Leach Library or a londonderrywomensclub.org.

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