Owen Boucher, 3, settles in for a morning of fishing at the Londonderry Fish and Game Club’s annual Kids Fishing Derby. The club’s pond was at capacity with eager youngsters surrounding the perimeter. See more photos on page 10. Photo by Chris Paul
Big changes are going on at the Londonderry Town Forest, altering it from a forested retreat to a park-like area of trails that are an extension of the Town Common.
Much of that is due to the work of volunteer Kent Allen, who took it on himself to advocate for “cleaning up” the forest and making it more like a park. On the second try, voters this year agreed with Allen’s vision and changed oversight of the Town Forest from the Londonderry Conservation Commission to the Town Manager. Had it stayed with Conservation, it would have continued to be managed as a forest, woody debris and all.
Forests include both an understory and decaying trees and branches, the latter nourishing future growth. Much of that understory has been cleared since the March vote – both of invasive plants and natural debris. Continue reading
In an update on transportation offerings for Londonderry seniors, Town Manager Kevin Smith said several neighboring communities are providing services to residents at varying costs.
“What we have found in surrounding communities is some have town-run transportation systems for their seniors and some are a hybrid, offering a town subsidy but having it be privately run,” he told the Council at its May 2 meeting.
The Senior Resource Committee has proposed Londonderry enhance transportation offerings seniors are accessing through the Cooperative Alliance for Regional Transportation (CART), which Councilor Joe Green said are not sufficient for the needs of seniors in town. Continue reading