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October 30. 2012 8:06PM

Londonderry moves trick-or-treat to Sunday, opens high school for residents

LONDONDERRY -- With power restoration efforts taking longer than planned, the town's Wednesday Halloween festivities will have to be postponed for the second year in a row, Police Chief Bill Hart confirmed Tuesday evening.

Hart said the decision was made Tuesday evening, after evening weather forecasts predicted more rain and high winds.
Trick or Treat will now take place Sunday, Nov. 4 from 4-7 p.m.

Town officials will open the high school gymnasium to the public on Wednesday for residents needing to use shower facilities. The gym will be open in the morning from 6 to 8 a.m. and in the evening from 4 to 9 p.m.

As of mid-afternoon Tuesday, around half of the town remained without power: still a significant increase over the 75 percent outages reported earlier that day.

Fire Chief Kevin MacCaffrie said local emergency officials had completed a damage assessment around town and due to extensive damages on the town's power grid, additional crews would be coming in from Quebec to assist PSNH with the restoration process.

Hart said the majority of the town weathered the storm with no major instances, with the exception of a sole domestic violence incident on Londonderry Road in the midst of Monday evening's storm.

Local police arrested Greenville resident Eric S. Fox, 28 at 5 p.m. Monday evening after a patrolling officer saw a crying woman walking down the road as she carried an infant.

Police said the woman reported being physically assaulted by her husband, who she identified as Fox, inside the couple's vehicle moments earlier.

Fox was arrested at a nearby gas station moments later and faces eight charges of assault, as well a single charge of drug possession.
PSNH officials warned it could be several days before all the town's power is restored. According to company spokesman Martin Murray, this week's storm resulted in the fourth highest number of outages in the PSNH's with over 137,000 customers losing power this week, compared to the 125,000 who lost power during Hurricane Irene last year.

Murray said the company has enabled the services of 50 local electricians who spent much of Tuesday morning assessing damages left in Hurricane Sandy's wake. Over 100 PSNH crews joined 100 tree-trimmers and 80 out-of-state line crews in a massive restoral effort to clear roads of downed power lines and restore power to schools and municipal facilities, followed by residences.

Shortly before 2 p.m. Monday afternoon, 6,847 of the town's 10,439 PSNH customers, representing 65 percent of Londonderry's clients, remained in the dark.

Fire Chief Kevin MacCaffrie said the town's fire stations would open their doors to the public this week for residents needing to fill their water containers.

MacCaffrie urged residents to stay safe in the storm's aftermath by avoiding downed power lines, placing generators a safe distance from residences and not leaving candles unattended.

As of midday on Tuesday, sections of Bancroft, Kimball and Auburns roads remained closed, as did parts of King Philip, King Arthur and Sparhawk drives.

The Londonderry Senior Center was closed for the second day in a row Tuesday due to power loss, though Londonderry Town Hall was open for business on Tuesday, with several residents making use of the Moose Hill Conference Room's free Internet access.

AGuilmet@newstote.com

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