Although downtown Derry still hosts a spattering of empty storefronts, local artisans are jumping in to help spruce up some windows this winter. On a recent morning, Derry artist Karen Lincoln was busy painting a fun winter scene on one window on Broadway.
Ring those bells
It's an annual holiday sight when Salvation Army officials and volunteers are out in force ringing bells and collecting much needed donations in the famed red kettles. Londonderry state representatives Doug Thomas and Tom Dolan also became honorary bell ringers one day this past season, joining other state representatives for a day of support for the Salvation Army. Thomas told town councilors recently it was a great way to help.
"It was fun, we collected $1,000 in one day," Thomas said. "We hope to get more representatives to do it next year."
Snow was glistening
Derry Town Councilor Charlie Foote mentioned at a recent meeting that some out-of-town visitors to Derry during the holidays appreciated the downtown lights amidst the snow. Foote said he received several calls thanking the town for the lights and for showing the visitors a good destination and holiday time.
"The draw was the lights," Foote said. "They wanted to see them in the snow."
Time to sign up
Anyone wanting to run for town or school district office can start signing up and filing papers with their town or school clerks on Jan. 22. The filing period will run through Jan. 31 for all sorts of openings in area towns for town council, school board, and other positions up for election in March.