Catherine S. Ganley, 89, of Londonderry, NH passed away Wed., Oct. 11, 2017 at the Maple Leaf Healthcare Center, Manchester, NH surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Dec. 1, 1927 in Lowell, MA a daughter of the late John and Mary (McQuade) Quinn. Catherine grew up in Lowell and was a graduate of Lowell High School. She spent most of her life raising her family in Dracut, MA. She lived in Traverse City, MI, Howell, NJ and settled in Londonderry, NH. She was a drummer with the St. Rita’s Cadets while growing up in Lowell. She was a Member of the Sodality Society at St. Mary’s of Assumption Parish in Dracut. Catherine was part of the Choir at Immaculate Conception Church, where she went to Italy, sang at the Vatican, and met the Pope. While at St. Mark’s Church in Londonderry, she helped with the RISE program to help adults achieve Confirmation. Continue reading
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, 55plus 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 now need lights, and have 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.
With the renewed emphasis on economic development and high-density work force housing 55plus, residential neighborhoods traffic, safety and noise situations can and are only get worse. Towns have Traffic Safety Committees to address residents’ and businesses’ concerns, and as we’ve reported, they are seeing plenty of action. Residents regularly ask for stop signs or reduced speed limits or “no parking” regulations, and while they often don’t get what they are seeking the towns, for example, can’t regulate state roads, many of which traverse our communities they point out traffic concerns serious enough to get people off their couches and seeking help from public officials.
Londonderry keeps growing and town administrators want to work with locals to keep it under control. Last week, Town Planner Colleen Mailloux and Town Manager Kevin Smith joined Town Council Chairman Tom Dolan to discuss with the public what the town’s best options are to manage the increase in growth the town is expected to see in the next few years.
Londonderry has become a go-to spot in southern New Hampshire, with an average growth rate of 1.13 percent for the past six years. The local population in 2014 was just over 24 thousand and is projected to grow to 27 thousand by 2020. More people living in town means more money will need to be spent on services like police, schools and the fire department.
Mailloux explained that in the last seven years, the town has seen about 716 housing units built. That’s about a hundred a year. With a steady population increase like that becoming common across southern NH, Mailloux said there is a concern about housing costs and availability, not to mention the financial impact it will have on Londonderry in the future.