March 18. 2013 8:19PM

Spring will be busy in Derry, if winter ever goes away

Union Leader Correspondent

DERRY - Although winter is doing its best to hang on, the Conservation Commission and Go Green Derry are getting ready for spring.

In anticipation of Earth Day on April 22, the Go Green committee is sponsoring a townwide cleanup from April 13-20.

Blue bags for the cleanup will be available from the transfer station as the dates get closer, according to Judy Follo, Go Green chairman. A number of local groups, including Boy and Girl Scout troops, typically help with the cleanup, with each group focusing on a particular area of town.

Follo said organizations and groups are encouraged to go on the Go Green website at to let people know where they are going to clean.

"We're hoping to continue to contact a lot of those groups to get them involved," said Follo.

During April, Go Green is also sponsoring several presentations at the Derry Public Library in conjunction with the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension.

On April 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Go Green is sponsoring Rethinking Trash, a presentation by John Halstead on the economics of recycling and composting.

On Earth Day, April 22, Go Green and the Derry Public Library are co-sponsoring "A Garden for Wildlife: Natural Landscaping for a Better Backyard" with Jean Eno.

On May 4, Go Green is presenting a showing of the movie "Dirt at the Coffee Factory" at Hood Commons.

The movie is about the importance of using sustainable methods to preserve soil and how farms can use sustainable practices, according to Follo.

Go Green and the Conservation Commission plan on moving outside for a cleanup day at the Shepard Conservation Property on May 18 at 9 a.m.

"It will be a land steward and work day where we will be removing invasive species and planting native species," said Follo.

Conservation Commission Chairman Margaret Ives said she would also like to use the day as an opportunity to clear the path from Pond Road onto the property.

"Last year, some people tried to make some headway on that, but this year I'm hoping we can get in there and get it done," she said.

Anyone who wants to volunteer for the Shepard property cleanup is welcome, said Ives. She said volunteers should be sure to wear gloves and boots.