Feeding the need
It's summer and there are still several efforts in place to make sure families and their children are fed. The Salvation Army hosts its annual free summer meal program on Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon to 1 pm. at the Fairways apartment complex and on Wednesdays, noon to 1 p.m. at the Salvation Army facility on Folsom Road. Area churches are also providing free meals as part of a free meal network, and Sonshine Soup Kitchen continues to support those in need from its facility on Crystal Avenue.
Or perhaps just cleaning garages, attics and everything in between during these pandemic challenges. Several communities are reporting a big boost in business for local transfer stations, thrift shops and other donation efforts. In Derry, the thrift shop at the Marion Gerrish Community Center is seeing brisk business. At the Chester transfer station on a recent summer night, the line of cars to bring trash and recyclables to the facility snaked all the way from the main area down to Route 102.
There is much more to area playgrounds and parks than just fun swings and slides. For those wanting to add a bit of outdoor fitness to their schedule this summer, Derry's Don Ball Park offers a regular schedule of fitness in the park, including Zumba, a boot camp, yoga and line dancing. Call the recreation department at 603-432-6136 for more information.
Pups at play
Dogs in the area are having a fun summer enjoying the Derry Dog Park with its new upgrades and safety guidelines in place for those visiting the space. The park also has a special area just for smaller pups, with that space also getting some improvements to make tinier pets happy.