Space man tribute
It's been 58 years since East Derry native Alan B. Shepard Jr. blasted off to be America's first man in space. Since that day in May 1961, Shepard has been immortalized in many areas of Derry, including a green space in East Derry named in his honor, Pinkerton Academy's sports teams known as the "Astros," and even a local business, "Spacetown Auto," still up and running. The Derry History Museum also has an entire room in honor of Shepard's space efforts.
The thrift shop at the Marion Gerrish Community Center on West Broadway in Derry showed a lot of Earth Day spirit recently, offering many items for sale and supporting the benefits of reusing and re-purposing used items the shop had for sale. Shop staff showed off many unique displays of how older, used things could be used in the home, including furniture, home decor and other accents.
Bowling and bikes
Londonderry High students are enjoying two fun clubs this spring. A bowling club meets regularly and a bike club also takes to the area's trails on weekends. Recently the bike club spent some quality riding time on the Derry rail trail. High school assistant principal Katie Sullivan helps advise and participates in both clubs.
Color their worlds
The Gilbert H. Hood Middle School Parent Student Teacher Association sponsors Family Fun Night Color Run on Friday, May 10, at the school at 5 Hood Road in Derry. Check in is at 4:30 p.m. with the first race starting at 5:30 p.m. The event also includes food, and other activities with proceeds supporting student enrichment at the school And there will be a lot of color to boot as runners zoom through some safe, exploding color packets along the way.