Derry's Upper Village Hall work nearing completion
By HUNTER McGEE
Union Leader Correspndent | October 16. 2013 9:08PM
During the meeting, the council received an update on the status of the project from Paul Dionne, president of the East Derry Village Improvement Society. Dionne told councilors the organization had invested a tremendous amount of “sweat equity” in the mult-year effort.
“I was blown away when I went in there,” said Cardon who is the board’s liaison to the Energy and Environmental Advisory Committee. “They have a state of the art air conditioning system that takes care of the entire building. They’ve got blown-in insulation throughout and nice and tight. They deserve a lot of credit on it. I know the Benson family put a lot of money into it.”
Constructed in 1875, the building has served many functions within the community. It was home to Nutfield Grange, housed the Taylor library from 1878 to 1930 and served as the East Derry Fire Station from 1934 to 1979. It also served as the town’s first jail.Dionne said the walls of the former jail still bear the written musings of some of the prisoners who spent time in the facility.
Simpson’s Painting Inc. of Derry will began painting the front and right exterior wall, the most visible sections, first, Dionne said. The goal is to get all of the painting completed this fall.