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Summer brings plenty of Summer Stock Theater to New Hampshire.  No matter where you reside, there is most likely a theater within driving distance. Many of the theaters have been in operation for over 80 years, and many are also housed in historic structures.  Here are five theaters, and five plays, to keep you entertained over three days.

The Best Little Whorehouse in TexasDerry Opera House.  The Derry Opera House is a Colonial Revival building designed by architect George G. Adams, and was completed in 1904.

Cities and towns across the state are struggling to keep their recycling programs afloat with rising costs of disposing material. 

But there is one exception, and that's the town of Derry. 

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Mike Fowler, the director of the Public Works Department for the town.


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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Presidential Advisor Ivanka Trump will spend part of Tax Day in New Hampshire. The two White House officials will host a town hall discussion on taxes Tuesday afternoon at the Derry Opera House to highlight passage of the recent tax overhaul.

The event kicks off at 1 pm and will be moderated by former Governor John H. Sununu.

Derry Father Who Killed Son and Himself, Lost a Son in 2009

Feb 14, 2018
NHPR File Photo

  A New Hampshire man who authorities say killed his 6-year-old son and himself by carbon monoxide poisoning had lost a son who was the same age in 2009.

Police conducting a welfare check at the Derry home of Matthew Edmunds, 39, on Monday were met with a sign warning of carbon monoxide in the home. Inside, they found the bodies of Edmunds and his son, Preston Connor Edmunds, in a bedroom that had been sealed using duct tape and a blanket, according to Attorney General Gordon MacDonald and Derry Police Chief Edward Garone.

N.H. DOT Will Expedite Bridge Work After Accident In Derry

Aug 31, 2017
Courtesy of the DOT

Officials at the Department of Transportation are fast-tracking inspections on 16 of the state’s “red listed” bridges. That's after a piece of concrete fell off one of the bridges over I-93 in Derry on Monday.

Michael Brindley

The weather’s heating up, which means farmers markets are opening for the season across New Hampshire.

One of the state’s largest communities has been without a farmers market since 2015, when the market in downtown Derry folded.

A group of community leaders has been working for more than a year to resurrect it.

The new version – rebranded as the Derry Homegrown Farm and Artisan Market – debuted on Wednesday, and will run each Wednesday through the summer from 3-7 p.m.

Emily Corwin / NHPR

While President Trump's recent executive order on refugees and immigrants has caused much concern across New Hampshire, there are also plenty of folks in the state who are happy with the new president's first decisive actions. 

A Look at Recent Police Shootings in New Hampshire

Jul 8, 2016
NHPR Staff

In a week where violence by and against police has dominated the news, from Louisiana to Minnesota to Texas, we thought we’d take a look at recent police shootings in New Hampshire.

Since the beginning of 2015, four people have died at the hands of police officers in the state, and two police officers have been been shot, both surviving those incidents.

Voters in Derry have overturned hundreds of thousands of dollars in budget cuts to the town’s public safety departments passed by councilors earlier this year.

Town of Derry

In Derry, residents are voting Tuesday to decide whether to overturn budget cuts that were approved by the council last May.

The cuts lowered the tax rate by reducing police and fire staff positions, eliminating the human resources director position, and closing a fire station. After a summer of often heated public meetings, Tuesday’s vote comes by court order.

Hunter McGee has been covering the issue for the New Hampshire Union Leader.

He joined NHPR’s Morning Edition.

Can you recap what’s been going on in town?

Town of Derry

 

A New Hampshire judge has ruled in favor of Derry residents who are seeking to repeal town budget cuts.

Three residents took legal action last month in Rockingham Superior Court after town councilors had voted not to take action on eight referendum petitions.

The petitions challenged the councilors' decision in May to approve the town's $40.2 million budget, which led to the closure of a fire station, reduced overtime for fire and police and other cutbacks.

Town of Derry

Deep budget cuts are causing controversy in the town of Derry.

At a meeting last month, the town council voted 4-3 to close one of the town’s fire stations. The budget also eliminates eight firefighter positions and cuts the department’s overtime budget by nearly half a million dollars.

Those opposed to the cuts are raising concerns about the impact on public safety.

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Attorney General Joseph Foster says police were responding to a call from a woman just after 8 a.m. who said her husband had just left their home distraught, suicidal and armed with a shotgun. 

Police located his truck at a nearby intersection and the officer approached. 

The officer returned fire and the man suffered a single, fatal gunshot wound to the head. 

Authorities are withholding the names of those involved at this time. They say the officer involved did not sustain any serious injuries. 

An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

NHPR / Michael Brindley

Strawberry season is in full swing in New Hampshire.

At J&F Farms in Derry, there are buckets filled to the brim with the red, ripe fruit out for customers to buy.

But the farm also gives them the chance to go out into the field and pick their own.

In this audio postcard, NHPR’s Michael Brindley travels to J&F to talk with families and with farm manager Melissa Dolloff about just how many strawberries they sell a day.