Carter Marquis, 3, gets a little help from Steve Finn at the Derry Fire Department Open House on Saturday. Residents were invited to Central Station to learn how to prevent household fires, with several displays set up, and to enjoy food and fun. See photos page 8. Photo by Chris Paul
Many of us bought our homes a while ago, probably in part because of their rural location. In many cases trees kept the house from full display to the road, and the road itself was often a winding country byway.
But Southern New Hampshire towns have grown in population since then, and those rural byways have in many instances become alternative routes to get to the highway, or back-road speedways for drivers seeking to avoid daily traffic jams.
The population of our towns is headed only one way, and that’s up. It’s not just single-family homes that we’re seeing under construction, but multi-story buildings housing apartments and condos. And with the new residents come multiple vehicles, adding up to more and more traffic.
Intersections that were once easily traversed using a stop sign – think Tsienneto Road and Route 102 in Derry – turn into nightmares at certain times of day and require drivers to exercise patience and self-control, two qualities that are often in short supply these days. Continue reading
At just before 5 p.m. Friday, a capsized boat with three young boys standing on the hull was spotted on Beaver Lake. A 911 call was made from the boat, but before first responders arrived, the capsized boat and the three teens were brought to shore by another vessel.
Derry Fire Chief Michael Gagnon said his department received a 911 call and Derry Fire Battalion Chief Scott Haggart responded to the Field Drive location at 4:50 p.m. with Car 1, Engine 1, Medic 1 and Marine 4, as well as Derry Police.
Steven Anthony, a Beaver Lake resident, said, the boat that capsized was his and that his son, who was one of the three boys aboard, had made the call for help.
Steven Anthony said that when his son was in the water on top of the capsized boat, he called a friend on John Sweeney’s dock. That friend came to the rescue aboard the Sweeney boat and towed the three teens and the capsized 14-foot motor boat to shore. Once there, the youngsters were met by the first responders. Continue reading