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Londonderry council calling on community to help seniors with snow removal

By APRIL GUILMET

Union Leader Correspondent

February 10. 2015 11:45PM


LONDONDERRY — With more snow due to arrive later this week, town officials are calling on community members to help out their neighbors.

During Monday night’s Town Council meeting, Chairman Tom Dolan said there are a number of elderly and disabled residents in town that may need assistance this winter season.

That assistance could come in the form of a friendly visit, a plowed driveway or some help removing ice from front steps.

“Over the years, our community has had the pleasure of leaning on the backs of our volunteer workforce,” Dolan said. “With that in mind, now is the time for us to think about what we can do to help out older residents. I know there are many that could certainly use some help with shoveling their driveways or clearing their roofs.”

Dolan said his ultimate goal would be for a caring citizen to come forward and spearhead those efforts. He noted that such volunteerism-in-action has already proven successful with the annual Beautify Londonderry program, where dozens of citizens and community groups band together every spring to help pick up litter and plant flowers around town.

“I’m not looking to commit any financial resources at this point, but we’d love to see this grow in the spirit of neighbors helping neighbors,” he said. “I know there are already plenty of residents that are already quietly helping their neighbors, and no one is the wiser for it. Perhaps we could organize this a little more?”

Town officials noted that Londonderry has a growing population of elderly residents, and not everyone has family members living nearby.

Londonderry Town Manager Kevin Smith said he hasn’t received any calls from residents needing help with snow removal this season, but he agreed it was important for everyone to lend a helping hand, if they can.

Residents interested in volunteering to assist neighbors in need this winter are encouraged to contact Dolan at tdolan@londonderrynh.org.

AGuilmet@newstote.com


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