There have been many unique ways to keep town and school business and events moving forward during the pandemic. That includes school districts keeping up with remote learning when it comes to music lessons and performances.
Many schools hosted virtual spring concerts featuring choral and instrumental groups, including Londonderry High School. Instrumental music students were asked to record themselves playing their individual parts and then the segments were edited into a performance piece for live social media audiences to enjoy.
However, officials are still planning and waiting for state guidelines for how to proceed in the fall in case students and teachers can return to the classroom.
In the meantime, recent days were still filled with celebrations, car parades, cheers, honor rolls, virtual awards ceremonies and many activities to make students feel like this past school year was special.
Dog days of summer
For area pups and their owners who have been missing social time at Derry's dog park these past few months, there is good news coming from town officials.
The dog park, like most other recreational areas in town, has been closed for the past several months due to the coronavirus pandemic, but officials say the park will open this month. While closed, town crews took an opportunity to give the popular park some much-needed upgrades including new stone dust, new toys and equipment and a general overhaul to make way for dogs to return. Signs will also be posted about safe distancing and other safety guidelines.
"It's a massive improvement," said Derry Public Works Director Michael Fowler.