It's a regular tradition for Londonderry town councilors to start every meeting with a moment of silence for all affected by the pandemic or to pay tribute to the memories of others who meant something in the community. Prior to the start of the meeting March 15, councilors had an extra burden to bear as they announced the passing of not only 17-year-old Jacob Naar in a car crash, but also the death of longtime community support and town sexton Kent Allen. Allen died the day after Naar. The town forest is named for Allen and his many years of hard work supporting local woods and other projects.
Taking a hike
As temperatures get warmer, local trail systems are seeing a lot of good use, including trails in Derry, Londonderry and Windham. Many people are posting photos of trail times on social media with communities inviting people to safely come out and use the trails while keeping that social distancing intact as the pandemic continues.
The exterior sign at West Running Brook Middle School in Derry showed a lot of support recently for school staff who are continuing to go above and beyond. The sign gave a big shout-out to the school's food service staff and all the hard work they've put in, as pandemic challenges continue.